United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar

Word has been received of the death of The Rev. Bob Edgar on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

In May 2007, Rev. Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause, a national nonpartisan, non-profit “citizens” lobby working to make government at all levels more honest, open and accountable, and to connect citizens with their democracy.  Prior to Common Cause, Bob served as secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for seven years, in the US House of Representatives for six terms, and as president of the Claremont School of Theology.  Bob received a BA from Lycoming College and a master of divinity degree from the Theological School of Drew University.  In the 1960’s he served as campus minister at Asbury Ministry at Drexel.

He is survived by his wife, Merle, and three sons: Andrew, David, and Rob.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Mrs. Merle Edgar, 9704 Woodcarver Court, Burke, VA 22015.

We will post additional information on memorial servies when it becomes available.

“United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar”
By Kathy Gilbert*

3:00 P. ET April 23, 2013 | WASHINGTON (UMNS)   The Rev. Bob Edgar, a United Methodist pastor and a “tireless defender of the poor and an advocate for justice,” died unexpectedly April 23 of a heart attack at his home in the Washington area. He was 69.

Edgar, who was top executive of Common Cause, is the former top executive of the National Council of Churches and a former six-term member of Congress from Pennsylvania. He was president of United Methodist-related Claremont (Calif.) School of Theology from 1990 to 2000.

Jim Winkler, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, was a close friend and colleague.“Bob Edgar was a close personal friend of mine. I cannot believe we have lost him. He was a great servant of Christ, possessor of a magnanimous and positive personality, and a faithful United Methodist. Those of us who knew him have been sharing our sadness and our fond memories of him all day.”

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