LTSP Notes – July 2016
David Grafton joining Hartford Seminary faculty
The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, has accepted a position as the Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, in Hartford, Connecticut, and will join the faculty of the seminary’s MacDonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations beginning August 1, 2016.
The LTSP seminary community came together at a luncheon on July 11, to give thanks to God for Dr. Grafton’s presence at LTSP the past nine years, and to wish him all the best in his new position. Both President David Lose and Dean Jayakiran Sebastian offered brief reflections and well wishes, and then a gift of a handmade glass jar was presented to Dr. Grafton by the Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath, LTSP’s Director of Student Services; Director, Abundant Life Student Advising Center; Title IX Coordinator. The jar was filled with words from the community that speak to the ways God’s light has been made visible to LTSP through Dr. Grafton.
Hartford Seminary has been an important seminary in inter-faith theological education, training Christians and Muslims from around the world, and the MacDonald Center is the oldest center of its type in North America. Dr. Grafton said, “Although I am excited about this opportunity, it is bittersweet for me. It means that I will need to leave a cohort of colleagues that I cherish, students who are top notch and doing exciting things, and an institution that is in the midst of significant changes.” Dr. Grafton also stated, “Over the years my wife Karla and I have cultivated significant relationships with colleagues, had students in our home, enjoyed the opportunity to work with our international students, and shared important moments of our family’s life with friends here.”
Agnes Doctor Grant Bornemann
(April 28, 1923 – June 14, 2016)
Agnes Doctor (Grant) Bornemann, 93, passed away peacefully at home in Vermont on June 14, 2016. She was the wife of The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Bornemann, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament for 41 years at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), and director of the seminary choir from 1955 to 1990, who died in 2009.
Mrs. Bornemann wrote Sunday School curricula for Augsburg-Fortress Press for several years. She also wrote several children’s books inspired by the children she taught in the Get Set Program for preschoolers in Philadelphia. After teaching at Get Set, she was the lead teacher for the therapeutic nursery classroom at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (originally known as the Center for Early Childhood Services) in Philadelphia. She taught there for 25 years before retiring.
Mrs. Bornemann shared her husband’s love for music and the arts, including choral music and opera, and they were often seen taking the Chestnut Hill local train from their Mt. Airy home on excursions to performances in Philadelphia and New York. She was an avid reader and loved to hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and did so for many years. She enjoyed the beauty of the Vermont countryside and mountains where she vacationed and later lived.
Survivors include her children, John Bornemann and wife Collette; Annamary Anderson; Elizabeth Kozakowski and husband Stanley; and Katherine Ayers and husband Alan; grandchildren Aretha Ayers, John Ayers and wife Sierra, Eric Bornemann and wife Erica, Alec Bornemann, Katherine Foster and husband Jesse, Michael Kozakowski, Andrew Kozakowski and wife Whitney, and Lisa McCoog and husband Bill; and great-grandchildren Bentley, Madalena, Avan and Ulyana Ayers, Sawyer and Fischer Bornemann, Otto Foster, and Christopher and Lukas Kozakowski.
The Rev. Dr. Robert Robinson, Anna Burkhalter Professor, Old Testament and Hebrew at LTSP, remembers:
“Agnes Bornemann was a woman of great kindness and great strength. Her bearing mirrored her character, tall and erect with a wonderful smile on her face, occasionally a bit quizzical but always a smile. She and Bob were the perfect pair. Bob was a man of immense enthusiasms and uncounted interests. Agnes provided the structure for the family, good common sense and steady, willing support. Never a begrudging participant, she was companion, organizer, loving partner. She was Bob’s beloved ‘Pooh.’ They were quite a team. Agnes had a significant career of her own, serving children at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center. The name signals the importance of the work but does not begin to give a sense of Agnes’ commitment and passion for those children. She was equally passionate about her own children and provided the loving home that nurtured each of them. She was proud of the seminary and of the contribution she and Bob had made to its noble tradition. Agnes will be remembered with great affection by all of us privileged to know her. God has surely welcomed a true saint.”
Mrs. Bornemann had donated Dr. Bornemann’s harpsichord to the seminary, along with a gift from the family for its restoration, and also was a supporter of the annual Advent Vespers. She was able to attend the April 28, 2015 dedication of the harpsichord at Easter Vespers, which fell on Mrs. Bornemann’s ninety-second birthday.
A memorial service was held Saturday, June 18, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho, Vermont.