15 December 2008
Remembering Adam at the Dean's Commentary
From Dean Ian Markham's "Dean's Commentary" today from www.vts.edu
From time to time, a gift is made to the Seminary in honor of Adam P. Goren. And often I meet alums who describe and talk fondly on this remarkable young man. So today we remember Adam Goren, a member of the Class of 2005 who died unexpectedly on December 14, 2004. Appropriately, Adam’s classmates chose to honor his life and presence among them through the purchase of two benches which are in Trotter Bowl and by establishing the Adam P. Goren Scholarship Fund to benefit students pursuing chaplaincy. Since the fund was established, close to 100 classmates, fellow students, friends and family have contributed over $25,000 in Adam’s honor.
At the time of the dedication of the two benches Dean Martha Horne remembered Adam as one who embraced this seminary and his friends with an exuberant and extravagant love. Adam had a distinctive and resonating laugh that brought joy to those who heard it. Adam was a person of many interests and abilities who delighted in coaching the Fighting Friars football team that practiced each week on Trotter Bowl. On the day the seminary community celebrated Adam’s life in the Seminary chapel, the Texas State flag and Adam’s cleats hung from the flagpole on the Aspinwall Tower. At the Commencement service in May 2005 when Adam’s classmates received their diplomas, Adam’s mother was present to receive a special certificate of work accomplished in Adam’s name.
Adam has a special place in the life and memory of this Seminary.
The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President