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Bob '59 and Marge Long

Bob '59 and Marge Long

When Bob and Marge Long decided to include United in their wills, they also sent a letter to Bob's Mission House Seminary classmates encouraging them to include a bequest to United in their wills as well, stating, "We are extremely grateful for Bob's seminary education and want to help United Theological Seminary. This is the way we can say thank you."

Bob was guided by his home pastor to change his vocational aspiration to one of working with people through church ministry. "I came to know deep in my heart and mind this vocational change was the very best path for me."

One of the blessings Bob cites as most important in his life was meeting Marge during their undergraduate work. Following marriage and seminary at Mission House, Bob was called to serve churches in Canada and Indiana. However, he'd had a dream since seminary—to be a hospital chaplain. After completing his clinical pastoral training, he received a call to a UCC-related hospital in Cleveland, where he served as the director of pastoral care for 18 years. At the same time, Marge was instrumental in establishing Meals on Wheels and was its director and volunteer coordinator. Finally, Bob served as chaplain of a small Chicago hospital where, because of his exceptional leadership and a high demand for services, pastoral care and the number of staff grew tremendously. At the same time, Marge served as a volunteer at the hospital.

"If I could do it over again, I would enroll at United Theological Seminary because it is so vibrant, creative, artistic, and theologically based. Marge and I are especially pleased that we can give back to United in such a simple but meaningful way."

United deeply appreciates Bob and Marge's thoughtful support.


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