In Memoriam

Frederick Douglass Jefferson Jr. (1928-2008)

Frederick Douglass Jefferson Jr., theologian and seminary professor, has died from complications associated with Parkinson’s disease at a nursing home in Rochester, New York. He was 79 years old.

A native of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, the Reverend Jefferson graduated in 1950 from Wilberforce University in Ohio. After serving in the Korean War, Jefferson earned a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate in divinity from the University of Chicago.

In 1969 he was one of three black professors hired at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In addition to teaching he served as pastor of Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Rochester.