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Bill Strickland, charter faculty member at Southeastern, dies

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)–William C. (Bill) Strickland, one of the five original faculty members of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Dec. 21, 2004, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Strickland, 87, spent 15 years teaching at Southeastern, from the seminary’s founding in 1951 until 1966. He joined the faculty receiving both a B.D. and Th.D. degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Strickland served under the first Southeastern president, Sydnor Stealey, as well as his successor, Olin Binkley, before departing to become professor and chairman of the department of philosophy and religion at Appalachian State University in 1966, where he worked until his retirement.

An ordained Baptist minister, Strickland taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock, N.C., for 28 years and authored several books and various journal articles.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Strickland, his daughter, Claudia Strickland of Blowing Rock, his son, Jeff Strickland and wife Kerstin, and two grandchildren.

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