In Memoriam

William George Gillespie (1931-2001)

William G. Gillespie, who served for more than a half century as pastor of the Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church in St. Louis and was the longtime chair of the board of regents of Harris-Stowe State University, has died from complications resulting from Alzheimer's disease. He was 80 years old.

Rev. Gillespie was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and earned a bachelor's degree at Knoxville College. He earned a master of sacred theology and a doctor of ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

Dr. Gillespie served on the faculty at Lindenwood College and Johnson C. Smith Seminary in Charlotte before becoming pastor of Cote Brillante in 1956. He served on the Harris-Stowe State University board for more than 30 years. A residence hall on campus is named in his honor.