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From: "gale honeyman" <>
Subject: [BRE] Ken Shaffer
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:58:58 -0400
We were informed today of the death of Ken Shaffer, director of the Brethren
Historical Library and Archives (BHLA). Ken passed away peacefully on
Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23, at his home in Elgin. In May he had announced
his retirement date as Dec. 31. Judy Keyser, our treasurer, has been one of
the caregivers for Ken along with his sister Jean over the last few weeks.
Ken began work for the Church of the Brethren in Aug. 1970 as consultant
for curriculum development for the former General Board. From 1972-88 he
worked at Bethany Theological Seminary in Oak Brook, Ill., where his
positions included bookstore manager, acquisitions librarian, administrative
assistant to the Doctor of Ministry program, and library director. He served
as book review editor for the journal "Brethren Life and Thought" from
1986-99. From 1987-89 he was editor of "A Guide for Biblical Studies," the
Brethren Press Bible study curriculum for adults.
He began as BHLA director in Jan. 1989, holding responsibility for the
extensive archival collection housed in the basement of the Church of the
Brethren General Offices. With documents dating back to a 1539 German New
Testament, the archive preserves Brethren publications, records, and items
of historical importance.
Most recently he had been contributing to a new project to digitize
Brethren periodicals, in a cooperative endeavor with several other Brethren
bodies, and along with co-author Graydon Snyder was writing articles for the
journal "Brethren Life and Thought" to bring their books on "Texts in
Transit" up to date.
Originally from the eastern shore of Maryland, Ken was born Dec. 10, 1945,
in Greensboro, Md. He was an ordained minister and early in his career
filled two summer pastorates. Most recently he has been active in Highland
Avenue Church of the Brethren.
He is survived by his sister Jean Shaffer, aunts Kathleen Cole and Betsy
Bareford, and numerous cousins. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, Oct.
27, at 2 p.m. at Denton (Md.) Church of the Brethren. A memorial service
will be held at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren at a date yet to be
Karin L. Krog
Director of Human Resources
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120-1694
847-742-5100 X 258
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