Professor Emeritus W. Eugene March receives award for outstanding service to the Presbyterian Church
W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, received The Austin College James I. McCord Award for Outstanding Service to the Presbyterian Church on February 15, in Sherman, Texas. March is the eighth recipient of the award, established by his alma mater in 1998.
James I. McCord, a graduate of Austin College, served as dean of the faculty at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1945-1959) and president of Princeton Theological Seminary (1959-1983). McCord was president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and became a distinguished figure in religious education. The award honors Austin College alums who have made significant and far-reaching contributions to the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
In celebration of March’s recognition, Louisville Seminary President Dean K. Thompson, Seminary Dean David Hester, and faculty colleagues declared February 15, 2006, to be “Gene March Day” on the Louisville Seminary campus, where March taught for 22 years.
“We offer our warmest congratulations to our friend and colleague as he receives from his alma mater this award for outstanding service to the Church, an honor which we also know to be most richly merited,” stated Hester.
The declaration and a congratulatory banner, covered with signatures and messages from members of the Seminary community, were shipped to Sherman, Texas, for the occasion.
Following his graduation from Austin College in 1957, March earned the Bachelor of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He returned to Austin Seminary, where he taught Old Testament for 18 years. In 1982, March joined the Louisville Seminary faculty as the A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament. During his tenure there, he also served as Director of Continuing Education, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Assistant to the President, and Dean of the Seminary. In his retirement he serves as an editorial consultant for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.
March is widely recognized for his adult Bible lessons in The Presbyterian Outlook and his revision of A.B. Rhodes’ The Mighty Acts of God, published in 2000. He is also the author of Israel and the Politics of the Land (1994), a commentary on Haggai in The New Interpreter’s Bible (1996), and The Wide, Wide Circle of Divine Love: A Biblical Case for Religious Diversity (2005), which was initiated by his 2002 Luce Fellowship.