Dr. Albert Curry Winn, 90, president of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 1966 to 1973 and remembered as a great leader of the church, died July 17 in Clemmons, NC.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. He will be interred at a later date at the Louisville Seminary, where his papers also will be archived.
Born in Ocala, FL, Dr. Winn came to the Louisville Seminary in 1960 as a professor of systematic theology and served as President during an era of tremendous social change. He was Moderator of the Presbyterian Synods of Alabama in 1958 during the Civil Rights movement and Kentucky in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War protests. He also was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. in 1979.
Dr. Winn returned to Louisville Seminary in 1988 as a visiting professor and the following year the Winn Center – where students, faculty and staff gather for meals and fellowship – was dedicated to him and his wife, Grace Walker Winn, who predeceased him and is interred at the Seminary.
“Dr. Winn was not only deeply loved and fondly remembered on this campus, but he has been for 30 years one of my heroes,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “His scholarship and leadership touched thousands of lives and made this world a better place.”
Throughout his life, Dr. Winn observed and experienced the close connection between social activism and spirituality and became a lifelong advocate for peace and justice, as expressed in his 1993 book, Ain’t Gonna Study War No More: Biblical Ambiguity and the Abolition of War.
During his seven years as President of the Seminary, the faculty expanded by one-third, enrollment reached a then peak of 214 students, and the seminary was re-accredited by the American Association of Theological Schools.
In the late 1970s, he was chair of a General Assembly committee organized to write a new Confession. Its work was approved by the 1976 General Assembly of the PCUS, but failed to receive the necessary vote of approval by three-fourths of Presbyteries. It nevertheless became popular for liturgical use and is still used by many congregations today.
Dr. Winn was valedictorian of the 1942 class of Davidson College; received his B.D. and Th.D. from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia; and earned his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He held pastorates at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA from 1974-1981 and at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Georgia from 1981-1986.
Dr. Winn is survived by his children James Anderson Winn, Albert Bruce Curry Winn, Randolph Axson Winn
and Grace Winn Ellis, as well as his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1416 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103;
to the Elms at Tanglewood, 3750 Harper Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012; or to a church, institution or peacemaking group
Dr. Winn served.