John Hoad
(1927 - 2011)

John Hoad

November 1, 1927

South Carolina, United States of America
May 27, 2011

Rev. John William Lionel Hoad, PhD

John Hoad, 83, died May 27, 2011, of pneumonia after showing great determination through a heroic battle with several illnesses. Dr. Hoad was attended by his family and the team at Medical University of South Carolina.

His death is one milestone in a storied life, and comes a year after publication of his book, “Translating Jesus for Today.” Born in the island of Barbados, schooled at Harrison College, he began his career as a Methodist minister, educated at Cambridge University in England. He preached in Guyana and then from 1962-1972 in Jamaica, at Providence Methodist Church. In 1968, he was named the first permanent president of the United Theological College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

His great love was counseling people in need, and he moved to the United States in 1972, to earn a PhD in pastoral counseling from Princeton University. From 1980 to 1994, he was Leader of the St. Louis Ethical Society, and a leader in Ethical Culture thinking. For six years, he preached and counseled at Alton Unitarian Church in Illinois, and Emerson Unitarian Church in St. Louis.

After retiring to Charleston, he supported his wife Karen Hoad in sustaining Life Transformations, a resource for helping people through difficulties.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and children Michael, Paul and Barbara, as well as Karen’s children Evan and Holly. His own family extends throughout the world, from his ancestral home in Barbados to Canada, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland and the United States.

He donated his body to MUSC for student learning.

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I was so sorry to learn of John's death. I got to know him when he filled the pulpit of First Unitarian Church of Alton, Illinois some years ago. My heartfelt condolences to Karen and other members of his family. Rest assured that I will never forget John!
John Dunphy (friend)
November 23rd, 2011
John was an esteemed Leader of the St. Louis Ethical Society. We reached our highest membership levels during his tenure. No small part of the increase can be attributed to his lectures, carefully constructed and caringly delivered, and which always contained intellectual and spiritual value.
He officiated at my daughter's wedding, and he was a true friend and counselor to me upon the tragic death of my son. I will be forever grateful for his kind support.
My condolences to all his family. You are in Ginger's, Kevin's and my thoughts.
Lenora Hobbs (Former member St. Louis E)
August 8th, 2011
Hi all ... we'll share any comments left here. John wanted his memorial to be shared throughout his worldwide family, and therefore online. Michael
Michael Hoad (Son)
May 29th, 2011
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