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June 2015

Rev. Leonard T. Grant

May 8, 1930
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June 24, 2015
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May 8, 1930-June 24, 2015 The Rev. Dr. Leonard T. Grant passed away in St. Augustine at the age of 85 surrounded by many he loved. Born in Lakewood, N.J., at the cusp of the Depression to Allaire Harrison and Edith McEntee Grant, Leonard lived an accomplished life. The family moved to Merchantville, N.J., when he was 12. Len was a member of the 1947 Merchantville High School state championship team on which he played alongside South Jersey basketball legend George Dempsey. He attended Rutgers College of South Jersey on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1952. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a BDiv and was ordained in the Merchantville Presbyterian Church before taking his first congregation in Camden. While at that first church, he received a master's degree in sacred theology from Temple University. In 1958, he married his beloved wife, Nancy MacKerell, also of Merchantville, and the two went on a three-year "honeymoon" to Scotland so that the future Dr. Grant could obtain a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. The young couple returned to the United States and Rev. Grant became the pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Wenonah, N.J. In 1965, he moved with his family to Indianapolis to become dean of Indiana Central College. While living in Indianapolis, he served as the pastor of the Groveland Presbyterian Church in Groveland, Ind. In 1976, he became the 11th president of Elmira College. After retiring, he went to New York, where he served as president of the Independent College Fund of New York for many years. He retired from academia in his late 60s and then went on to serve as the associate pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, N.J., and the nearby Westfield Presbyterian Church. Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com.