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In Memoriam: Robert Lavender (1929-2010)

Robert T. Lavender, former Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) financial advisor, died on October 5, 2010, of Parkinson's disease, at age eighty-one. Lavender served on the UUA Board as financial advisor from 1981 to 1989, after which he chaired the Committee on Ministerial and Church Staff Compensation. Lavender was also a member of the UUA President's Council, from 1993 to 2004. In addition, he served on the Beacon Press Advisory Board, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Sub-Committee on Candidacy, and the Metro NY District Board. Lavender was an active member of the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT, serving twice as board chair, and on many other committees.

In his professional life, Lavender was associated with Arthur Andersen & Co., Irving Trust Company, Long Island Sports (the New York Islanders and New Jersey Nets), and his consulting firm, Claymore Partners. He received a B.A. from Colgate University, an L.L.B. from the Yale Law School, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Meadville Lombard. In 2001, he received the UUA President's Annual Award for Volunteer Service. He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Carolyn H. Lavender, three children, and six grandchildren.

Memorial Service Information

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 2 p.m., at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 12 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. Rev. Frank Hall will conduct the service, and Rev. William F. Schulz will deliver a homily on Lavender's service to the UUA. A letter of condolence from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales will be read at the service. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Lavender's memory to The Meadville Lombard Theological School, c/o the Unitarian Church in Westport.

Condolences may be sent to Carolyn Lavender, c/o the Unitarian Church in Westport.

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Last updated on Friday, October 29, 2010.

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