In Rememberance: Dale Dempsey Gorman

03-29-2012 by

Emily McGinley

Dale Dempsey Gorman (D.Min., 1980) died Wednesday, 21 March, after a long illness from idiopathic fibrosis in Chillicothe, MO.

Dale was born Oct. 14, 1929 in Greenwood, Mo., the son of Thelma S. Smith and George Russell Gorman and raised by his aunt Sarah "Auntie" and uncle Brock Smith in Chula.

A 1947 graduate of Chillicothe High School, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Park College in 1951 and a diplôme d’études en langue française, also in 1951, from the University of Poitiers, France. He began his theological studies at the University of Geneva in 1952 and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1955. In 1980 he received a doctorate of ministry from McCormick Seminary in Chicago.

During his 40 years of ministry, Dale served churches in southwestern France, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. His enjoyed literature, skiing, music, travel, tending his roses, visiting with many friends and the simple joys of everyday life.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marianne; three daughters, Christine, Catherine Anne and Michèle; two grandsons, James and Nathan; his sisters Gladys Kingsolver, Lakewood, Colo., and Marge Gates, Chillicothe, Mo.; cousin Bill Smith, who he considered a brother, and his entire extended family; cousins Frances Lee Lamp, Chillicothe, Mo., Helen Meservey, Trenton, Mo., Hazel Testa, Chillicothe, Mo.; assorted other Smiths and many life-long friends.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4151 Royal Lane in Dallas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas 75229 or Faith Presbyterian Hospice at 4350 Sigma Road, Suite 400, Dallas, Texas 75244.

Let us give thanks for the life and ministry of Dale, praying God's comfort and peace with his family and loved ones.