Recent focus has been brought to the issue of minority hiring and workplace diversity on public sector projects in and around Rochester by the local paper. Progress in that direction is an important step in the right direction. That being said, I remind this community that equal if not more attention must be given to the hiring of minority workers on private sector projects as well. Whether one looks at construction for grocery stores, hospitals, universities, business parks, or corporate offices, there is an obvious absence of diversity on those sites. This is 2013, and the absence of women and ethnic minorities on so many conspicuous construction sites is an affront to the history of Rochester as a progressive community. We should and we must do better!
We received word from Princeton Theological Seminary of the death of Dr. Paul William Meyer, the Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emeritus. Professor Meyer who died at the age of 89 on Monday, July 29, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and by two daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth.
The son of missionaries to India, Professor Meyer earned his Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York, before beginning a teaching career at Yale University Divinity School as Assistant Professor of New Testament. At Yale, he began a lifelong friendship with J. Louis Martyn and was a teacher of both Wayne Meeks and Moody Smith. He subsequently became Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1964-1970), before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt (1970-1978), followed by Princeton Theological Seminary where he served until his retirement in 1989. He was the Shaffer Lecturer at Yale in 1976. His collected essays, and his masterful, succinct commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, were published in 2004 under the title, The Word in this World, edited by John T. Carroll.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Paul Meyer, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Apt. 134, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514. May we remember Dr. Meyer and his family at this time.
On August 1, Pres. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., appeared on "Need to Know Rochester," a televised news show that focuses on local issues in Rochester, New York. It is broadcast by WXXI, the area's PBS and NPR affilliate.