I just read this Jaroslav Pelikan RIP on Kendall Harmon’s blog. I cannot find confirmation of this, but indeed it is a loss for us all. I first encountered Pelikan through The Christian Tradition series and heard him speak (incongruously, it seemed to me) at my brother-in-law’s college graduation from the University of South Carolina. He was marvelous, witty, warm, and very thought provoking. At the simplest level he encouraged everyone, even engineers like my brother-in-law ;-), to read. I think of that speech every year at convocation, even with the two speakers Tulane had this year.
The world was enriched by his presence. May light perpetual shine upon him.
UPDATE: St. Vladimir’s posted this notice:
Dr Jaroslav Pelikan falls asleep in the Lord
Christ is Risen!
We have just learned that our seminary trustee and friend, Dr Jaroslav Pelikan, fell asleep in the Lord this afternoon, Saturday, May 13 around 2:30pm after a long battle with lung cancer. The schedule of services in the seminary chapel is as follows:
Tuesday evening, May 16 7:00 pm
VIGIL (FUNERAL) SERVICE
Wednesday morning, May 17 9:00 am
MEMORIAL DIVINE LITURGY
Recognized by many as the most noted church historian of our times, Dr Pelikan made St Vladimir’s his parish home upon his reception into the Orthodox Church along with his wife in 1998.