, you're a tough act to follow.
Ken's career as a professor of Religious studies flourished at Southern Methodist University in Dallas beginning in 1952, lasting 35 years before he returned back here to the Eastern Shore and to settle down in Easton.
Ken's travels and studies back in the '60's and 70's, led him to persuade notable visitors to visit us here later...from Japan, Ireland and England.
On a sabbatical in '69 & '70 Ken
spent a year's study @ Haverford
as the T. Wistar Brown Fellow.
He became a member of Third Haven in 1986 and began at once, serving on Worship and Ministry.
At the request of the Meeting, Ken
wrote "300 Years and More of Third Haven Quakerism" to help us celebrate that anniversary in the mid '80s. (not incidentally, copies are available today for purchase in the Common Room)
Ken was asked to serve as our clerk in 1988 and did so until 2001... some 13 years at the helm.
During that time he
gave a variety of talks on numerous topics including the creation of the Bible; on the life and teachings of Jesus... as well as on many aspects of Quakerism.
During Ken's leadership as clerk, we experienced growth in numbers and diversity and the beginnings of Wednesday evening worship.
Introductions of new visitors became common place at the rise of meeting.
, we thank you.
We thank you not only for you past contributions but for your continued presence; often high-lighted during worship with your inspiration and words of wisdom... sometimes salted with warm humor.
And today, in some way, we want to mark our appreciation for your leadership and service.
As a result, Friends have felt called to raise funds in your honor and, in the process, have arranged to have a large, finely-crafted, custom cherry table with your name on it to be placed in the new, expanded Maryland Room of the new Talbot County library.
This is done in recognition of your contribution to passing along local Quaker history to this generation and those to come.
, the flow of gratitude and funds keeps coming and, as a result, we're now able to also add a very substantial sum to Third Haven's
youth scholarship endowment fund in your name.
I want to thank those generous contributors.... but, even more to the point today...
...we say: "Thank you, Ken
, for your contribution to our future.""
It was so nice for those who traveled from a distance to enjoy the Meeting for Worship, Larny Claggett's presentation, Ken Carroll's
lecture, and then to have such a delicious meal.
What a delightful day.