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Gordon-Conwell Remembers Faithful Trustee

March 29, 2012

The Gordon-Conwell community is saddened by the loss of Rev. Dr. Robert J. Lamont, Sr., a faithful servant of the Lord and Trustee Emeritus. An active Trustee member from 1969 to 2000, Dr. Lamont devoted his considerable leadership to Gordon-Conwell, greatly strengthening its growth and sustaining the integrity of its mission.

Ordained in 1943 by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, he served various Presbyterian churches of Pennsylvania, including twenty years at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. With a membership of 2,000 and a staff of 49, the church was known for its institutional programs—most notably the Tuesday Noon Club for Businessmen, where an average of 1,000 men gathered each week for lunch and an inspirational talk by Dr. Lamont. Dr. John Huffman, who served on the Gordon-Conwell and Christianity Today boards with Lamont, and was his successor at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, said, “His Pittsburgh years are legendary for his Christ-centered preaching, ministry to men, weekly outreach on KDKA radio and community/denominational leadership. Scores of young men and women have gone into full-time Christian service as the result of his inspiring model and prayerful encouragement. I will forever thank God for both his positive example and self-giving friendship!”

Dr. Lamont was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from Geneva College, Doctor of Letters from Grove City College and Doctor of Laws from Ursinus College. In 1985, Religious Heritage of America presented Dr. Lamont its National Business and Professional Award, stating, “This busy executive, preacher, teacher displays his deep faith and Christian commitment in his daily life and serves as an example to all.”

After being ill for several weeks, Dr. Lamont passed away on Monday, March 26 in Vero Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Edna, and their three children: Robert, Jr., Edna Karen and Joanne Marie. Funeral services will be private.