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GOES TO ROBERT W. EDGAR, NCC GENERAL SECRETARYBob Edgar Receives Drew Distinguished Service Award

Photo: Dr. Charles H. Straut, Jr. (left), last year's Distinguished Service Award winner, presents Dr. Edgar  (right) the 2001 Distinguished Service Award, a mirror.  Photo courtesy of Drew University.

October 17, 2001, MADISON, N.J. – Drew University’s Theological School has honored the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, with its 2001 Distinguished Service Award.

The award was presented on Oct. 17 at the annual alumni/ae banquet, during the annual Tipple-Vosburgh Lectures Oct. 16-18. Dr. Edgar also was among lecturers, on the theme "Searching for the Good Community."

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the Drew University Theological School Alumni/ae Association. It is based on a consistent pattern of outstanding leadership and proven service to the church and religious organizations, the recipient’s particular profession, the community and Drew University.

Nominations by fellow alumni/ae are reviewed by the Theological School’s Distinguished Service Award Committee and the Alumni/ae Association Executive Committee, whose selection is subject to the approval of Drew University’s President and Board of Trustees.

Dr. Edgar was cited for his leadership in the United Methodist Church, the U.S. Congress, at Claremont Theological School and of the National Council of Churches – the leading U.S. organization in the movement for Christian unity.

Since becoming NCC General Secretary in January 2000, Dr. Edgar has led the Council to focus on two major initiatives: a ten-year domestic Mobilization to Overcome Poverty and an exploration of an expanded ecumenical vision for the new millenium.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Edgar came to the Council from Claremont Theological School, where he was president from 1990-2000. Dr. Edgar is also well known for his service as a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1975-1987.

During his distinguished professional life, Dr. Edgar has also served as a pastor at United Methodist congregations, teacher, college chaplain, community organizer, and director of a "think tank" on National Security issues. Dr. Edgar received the bachelor of arts degree from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa., and the master of divinity degree from Drew Theological School (1968).


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