—Author of children’s books, Army
Major General, missionary to India, and participant in the Hungarian Revolution
honored at Seminary reunion—
NJ, October 24, 2013–Kathleen Long Bostrom, Kermit D. Johnson, Bruce J.
Nicholls, and Zoltan Daniel Szucs were honored on October 22 by Princeton
Theological Seminary, which named them Distinguished Alumni/ae during the
annual alumni/ae reunion.
Bostrom, a graduate of the Classes of
1980 and 1983, was recognized for her ministry as a writer, an author of more
than thirty books, particularly her contributions to children’s literature and
her care for the faith of children through picture books that teach children
about creation, heaven, the Bible, Christmas, Easter, and who Jesus is. Her
books have been translated into fifteen languages, including Chinese, Russian,
Finnish, and Italian.
Johnson, a graduate in the Class of 1960,
was honored for his service as major general and the chief of chaplains of the
United States Army, the highest rank one can attain as a chaplain, and his
writing on issues of war and peace in a nuclear age, and on ethics, including
on the unjust treatment of prisoners, and on torture as inhuman behavior.
Nicholls, a native of New Zealand and
graduate of the Class of 1961, was recognized for his thirty-eight years of
ministry in India, teaching in a seminary there and serving as pastor to a
Hindi congregation for the Church of North India, for his work with projects to
aid poor families in India, and for his leadership in theological education in
Asia as cofounder of the Asia Theological Association.
Szucs, a graduate in the Class of 1962, was
honored for his courage as a participant in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956,
and for his ministry as a pastor and campus minister in the United States, for
his ecumenical leadership in the world church, and for his contributions to the
Hungarian culture as recognized by his being awarded Hungary’s highest honor,
the Officer’s Cross of Honor.
President M. Craig Barnes in presenting
the awards said, “This is the heart of Princeton Theological Seminary—graduates
like these four people taking ministry all over the world, in many forms and
expressions. This is the mystery, the magic, and the excitement of our
Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders
for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and
11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve
Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions,
nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the
emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.
Pictured from left to right: President Barnes, Bruce Nicholls, Kathleen Long Bostrom, Zoltan Daniel Szucs, Kermit Johnson, and Alumni/ae Executive Council president Quinn Fox.