School of Divinity


Tributes to alumni who have died, as posted in the media or submitted by colleagues, family and friends.

Andrew F. Walls (1928–2021)

Honorary Professor of World Christianity, pioneering historian of Christian missions and world Christianity

Rev. Dr. Jung Woo Shin (1961-2021)

It is with great sadness that New College reports the death of Rev. Dr. Jung Woo Shin on 25 September 2021, in Seoul, South Korea.

Rev Dr Norman Francis

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Rev Dr Norman Francis on Sunday 13th September.

Rev Professor D. W. D. Shaw (1928–2020)

Black and white head and shoulders picture of Bill Shaw
Former Dean and Principal at New College in the 1970s.

Dr Hon Lee Kwok

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dr Hon Lee Kwok on Tuesday 6 July 2021.

Hans M. Barstad (1947 – 2020)

Colour head and shoulders photo of Hans M. Barstad
Former professor of theology and nationally noted academic figure

Professor Ken Shields (1931-2020)

The 'unofficial' New College student who became assistant professor of English at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Rev Peter Macdonald (1958-2020)

Minister at Broughton St Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh.

Professor James P Mackey (1934–2020)

Former Thomas Chalmers Chair of Theology, Dean of Divinity and founder-editor of Studies in World Christianity: The Edinburgh Review of Theology and Religion.

Professor Larry Hurtado (1943-2019)

Founder of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins

Rev Dr Ian B Doyle (1921-2019)

Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Home Board

Dr Lloyd John Ogilvie (1930–2019)

Official Senate photograph of Dr Lloyd John Ogilvie with the White House in the background
A visiting student at New College in 1955–56, Lloyd Ogilvie served as minister of First Presbyterian Hollywood before becoming chaplain to the United States Senate in 1995, a position from which he retired in 2003.

Professor John Starr (1960-2018)

A physician and honorary Professor of Health and Ageing at the University of Edinburgh who wrote his dissertation on the Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Professor William (Bill) Gray (1952-2019)

After a BD and PhD from New College, Dr Gray went on to become Professor of Literary History and Hermeneutics, University of Chichester and Director, Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.

Douglas Templeton (1935-2017)

Graeme Auld remembers the life and work of Douglas Templeton