Service measured not by GOLD,
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Wooster, OH – L. Gordon Tait, who had a long association with The College of Wooster and the Presbyterian Church, died Saturday, March 7th at LifeCare Hospice. He was 94.
Gordon Tait was born in Bessemer, PA on March 6, 1926 and grew up in Brockway, PA as the son of Leo Leslie Tait, a Presbyterian minister, and Anna Elizabeth Tait. Gordon served in the Pacific as a Navy officer during World War II. He graduated from Harvard University in 1948 and became a Presbyterian minister after graduating from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1951. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1955. That same year, Gordon married Martha Lois Neilson, a deaconess in the United Church of Canada.
In 1956, Tait became a professor of religious studies at The College of Wooster, where he stayed for the next 35 years. Gordon served as chair of the religious studies department on three occasions. He received a number of prestigious honors and awards including a Distinguished Alumni Award from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1992, the Outstanding Higher Education Award from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1992 and an honorary fellowship from the University of Edinburgh in 1991.
Tait was the author of two books – “The Promise of Tillich” and “The Piety of John Witherspoon: Pew, Pulpit and Public Forum” and he also wrote many articles published in various journals and newspapers. Gordon was an active member of the local presbytery, often lecturing and preaching in area churches. He also developed a keen love of Scotland, where he lived for a total of four-plus years. After retiring from The College of Wooster, Gordon enjoyed fishing and doing volunteer custodial work at the Viola Startzman Clinic. Gordon also had a great sense of humor and loved to share jokes with everyone.
Gordon was married to his wonderful wife, Lois Tait, for almost 50 years until she passed away in 2005. Lois and Gordon had one child, their son Paul, who lives and works in Cleveland. Surviving Gordon are his son Paul, daughter-in-law Tamela (nee Neininger), grandson Neilson and granddaughter Julianna. One of Gordon’s biggest joys was spending time with his grandchildren who made frequent trips to Wooster to visit with him.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the L. Gordon Tait Scholarship Fund at The College of Wooster or to the Viola Startzman Clinic.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Family will greet friends following the service.
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L. Gordon Tait Scholarship Fund at the College of Wooster or the Viola Startzman Clinic.
Family will greet friends at a reception following the service
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE