Deaths

Claire Randall, 91, a Presbyterian who in 1974 was the first woman elected as general secretary of the National Council of Churches, died September 9 in Sun City, Arizona. Near the end of her 10-year leadership in the post the NCC and the World Council of Churches were the subject of allegations on a 1983 CBS 60 Minutes program implying that the two councils were leftist organizations that ignored the wishes of their conservative constituencies. The accusations by conservative religious critics resurfaced in 1984 in a Reader’s Digest article. Randall firmly disputed the charges. She was partially vindicated, said a NCC spokesperson, when retiring 60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt called that program’s report the one show he regretted in his 36-year career. Looking back on those “turbulent” years, NCC president Michael E.

 

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