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Shirley C. Guthrie, Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, Dies


Decatur, GA.— Shirley C. Guthrie, professor emeritus of systematic theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, at his home in Avondale Estates, Georgia. The cause of death was cancer. Dr. Guthrie’s family will receive friends at the seminary on Tuesday, October 26, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Ellis Room of the Richards Center. The memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Cremation Society of the South is handling arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Vivian Hays Guthrie; their son, Tom Guthrie of Chicago; a brother, Allen Guthrie, Coahoma, Texas; and a sister, Janet Sims, McKinney, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions in Dr. Guthrie’s memory be made to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515; or to Columbia Theological Seminary for the Shirley Guthrie Memorial Fund, Gift Box 325, Columbia Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 520, Decatur, GA 30031. Shirley Guthrie was a member of the seminary’s faculty from 1958 to 1997. He was born in Navasota, Texas, October 9, 1927, to Shirley C. Guthrie and Helen Wilson Guthrie. His father was a minister in Presbyterian Church U.S. and served various churches in the Synod of Texas. Dr. Guthrie received the B.A. degree from Austin College, Sherman, Texas; the B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Th.D. from the University of Basel Switzerland, where he studied under Karl Barth. He served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Rusk, Texas, from 1956 to 1957, when he joined the Columbia faculty. He was a member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. One of his books, Christian Doctrine, first published in 1968, is widely regarded as one of the most important works in contemporary Protestant theology. A revised edition was published in 1994. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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