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G. McLeod Bryan, Professor, Author and Human Rights Champion, Dies

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September 29, 2010 | bpfna

September 29, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - G. McLeod "Mac" Bryan, professor emeritus of religion known for championing racial justice and human rights, died Wednesday, September 29, at his home. He was 90. Bryan, who retired in 1987, taught religion and ethics at Wake Forest for more than 30 years and wrote 13 books.

Born in Garner, N.C., on Aug. 26, 1920, Bryan received his B.D. (1947) and Ph.D. (1951) from Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Edna Johnson, had four children: Katherine MacLeod, George, Andrew and Julia.

Bryan taught at Mars Hill College, Mercer University and in the Wake Forest Religion Department from 1956-1987. Deeply involved in civil and human rights struggles in the U.S. and abroad, he inspired generations of students, colleagues and friends to do likewise. The Religion Department’s annual service award is named in his honor. Arrangements for a memorial service are pending, with an announcement to follow.

-information and photograph from the Wake Forest University Office of Communications & External Relations


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