Theodore A. Gill, 85, a prominent Presbyterian theologian and educator who was also a civil rights activist, ecumenist and magazine editor, died in Princeton, New Jersey, on June 10 after a lengthy illness. In the 1960s he was one of a group of white Protestant church leaders who championed the civil rights movement. While president of San Francisco Theological Seminary, Gill led students and staff in accompanying civil rights leader Martin Luther King during the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Such activism did not endear Gill to some of the institution’s donors, who later withdrew pledges for the seminary.


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