May 9, 2017
We are blessed that Don recently joined in covenant with Plymouth! Don returned to Seattle after 49 years last September, and currently lives at “Skyline at First Hill” with his beloved cat Max. He was a professor of East Asian History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas for 38 years until he retired in last year. He received his education from Whitworth College in Spokane, WSU and U of W, and earned his graduate degrees at Harvard.
Don spent his childhood in Colombia, Venezuela, Japan and Korea. Many family members, including his parents, served as missionaries for the Presbyterian Church. By age 11, Don had attended school in five countries. During the Viet Nam war years (1967-1970) Don and his wife Linda served in the Peace Corps. “My passion is travel,” he adds.
Don’s wife Linda lost her life in a highway mishap in 2009 commuting home from work in Texas. “She was my inspiration. Now I'm inspired by our two brilliant and wise daughters Jennifer and Joanna,” he says.
An Elder at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio and chair of Worship and Arts from 2011 to 2016, Don says, “UPC is probably the most politically liberal PCUSA church in that area, certainly, with a put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is social conscience. It was also a supportive community that got me through the ordeal of recovery from my wife's sudden death. I wanted a church with the same intellectual and spiritual quality. My sister in Ashland OR, herself a retired UCC minister, recommended Plymouth since it was in my neighborhood. It was a good recommendation.”
Welcome to Plymouth!