RIP: Marilyn McCord Adams

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The Rev. Marilyn McCord Adams, who was at home in both the congregation and the academy, died of cancer March 22. She was 73.

A native of Oak Park, Illinois, she was a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (AB, philosophy, 1964), Cornell University (PhD, Philosophy, 1967), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM, biblical studies, 1984, and ThM, developmental psychology and faith development, 1985). She was ordained deacon and priest in 1987.

She was distinguished research professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, distinguished research professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale University, and professor of philosophy at UCLA.

Adams served most recently as an associate at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey. Her previous pastoral roles were at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (2004-09); St. Mary in Palms, Los Angeles (1993-2007); St. Thomas’ Church, New Haven, Connecticut (1994-2002); Christ Church, New Haven (1993-99); St. Augustine’s by-the-Sea, Santa Monica (1990-92); All Saints Church, Beverly Hills (1998-99); UCLA (1987-93); and Trinity Church, Los Angeles (1985-88).

Her books include William Ockham (University of Notre Dame Press, 1987), Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God (Cornell University Press, 1999), Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and Some Later Medieval Theories of the Eucharist: Thomas Aquinas, Giles of Rome, Duns Scotus, and William Ockham (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Survivors include Robert Merrihew Adams, her husband since 1987.

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