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The Rev. Dr. A. David Bos Dies

by Louisville Seminary | Feb 17, 2011
The Rev. Dr. A. David Bos, a Presbyterian community leader and the spouse of Dr. Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, died February 12, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. He was 75.

A service was held at Central Presbyterian Church, Friday, February 18, 2011, followed by a graveside service at Cave Hill Cemetery and a reception at the church.

David was born in Holland, MI to Eunice I. and Alvin D. Bos. He attended Holland High School, and graduated from Harvard College (BA). He received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Leiden University in The Netherlands, and obtained his MA degree from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.

As a Presbyterian minister, David served churches in Olean and Rochester, N.Y. He was the founder of Smith Haven Ministries on Long Island, one of the first community ministries in the country, and later served St. Matthews Area Ministry in Louisville and Interfaith Community Ministry in New Albany, Ind. He received his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1981.

He was a cofounder of the Louisville Metropolitan Housing Coalition and a founder of the national Interfaith Community Ministry network. He also served as co-chair of the Presbyterian Association for Community Transformation—one of several networks of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Most recently, his efforts for social change saw him deeply involved in the movement for a single payer health care program as a member of Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, and he was helping to spearhead a campaign for divestment from for-profit health care companies.

David was the author of A Practical Guide to Community Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 1993) and Bound Together: A Theology for Ecumenical Community Ministry (Pilgrim, 2005). At the time of his death he was writing a work on the issue of fair housing for the disenfranchised, tentatively entitled Sheltering the People.

He leaves behind his grieving family: his wife, Johanna W.H.van Wijk-Bos; his son, J.Martin Bos; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Bos, and granddaughter, Emma, all of Louisville. Other family members include his son, Stephen Van Kuiken, of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Julianne Zinn, of Ann Arbor, Mich., their spouses and children; as well as brothers, Thomas Bos, of Holland, Mich., Philip Bos of Hudson, Ohio, and their spouses and children.

May David's life find its rest in God's divine munificence.

Memorial gifts may be made to the A.David Bos Memorial Fund for the Women's Center, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Obituary from The Courier-Journal | February 16, 2011.

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