Eugene H. Adams
Adams was born June 7, 1917, in Boston. He received an A.B. from Tufts University in 1942 and an A.T.B. from Crane Theological School in 1945. He was ordained in 1945 by the Universalist Church of America and the Massachusetts Universalist Convention at the Universalist Church in Cambridge, Mass.
Adams served congregations in East Boston, Medford, Orange, and Worcester, Mass., and in Binghamton and James -town, N.Y. He served as chaplain and secretary at the YMCA in New York City. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford named him minister emeritus upon his retirement in June 1987.
In 1965, while serving at the First Universalist Church in Worcester, Adams joined with local clergy to follow the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. He remained active in the civil rights movement as a member of the Medford branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition, and the Medford Human Rights Commission. He also served as the head of Medford’s Fair Housing Commission.
As a teenager, Adams boxed professionally under the name of “Red
Adams.” His boxing career ended in 1938 by way of a knockout at
the old Boston Garden.
Agnew was born April 29, 1920, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in 1941 and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Harvard University in 1954. In 1955, he was ordained in Newport, R.I.
Agnew served congregations in Auburn, Maine; Newport; and Brookfield, Mendon, and Rockland, Mass. After retiring in 1995, he was named minister emeritus by the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church, where he served from 1977 to 1995.
Agnew served in the United States Army during World War II. He attained the ranks of sergeant and chief clerk of the Judge Advocate General’s Office at the Central Pacific Base Command in Honolulu.
After completing his military service in 1945, he worked as a staff reporter for several publications, including the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and the Watertown Daily Times, both in New York, the Providence Journal, and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. In 1966 he joined the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette as a religion writer and suburban staff reporter and worked there until 1985.
In the late 1950s he was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, serving two terms.
His wife Rosemary, two daughters, two stepsons, and three grandchildren survive him.
David Paine Osborn
Osborn was born January 20, 1925, in South Weymouth, Mass. He received an A.B. from Boston University. In 1952 he received a B.D. and in 1977 a D.D. from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He was ordained in 1951 by the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Osborn served the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society, now known as the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y., from 1976 to 1990. Upon his retirement that congregation named him minister emeritus. He also served congregations in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Marblehead, Mass.; Adelphi, Md.; Paramus, N.J.; and in Lewisham and Hackney in England.
Throughout his ministry he was dedicated to a wide range of social justice issues, as well as to the arts and education. He was active with the Greater Washington Area Unitarian Universalist Congregations and served as its president. It was through this organization that he became deeply involved in addressing institutional racism, fair housing concerns, the women’s movement, and supporting the emerging gay and lesbian community. Osborn also served as president of Meadville Lombard Theological School’s board of trustees.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet Hooper Osborn.
Horace Frederick Westwood
Born March 15, 1911, in Youngstown, Ohio, Westwood received an A.B. and an S.T.B. from Tufts University in 1938 and a D.D. from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1971.
Westwood was ordained in 1938 by the First Congregational Church (Unitarian) in West Bridgewater, Mass., where he served from 1936 to 1938. He also served congregations in Somerville, Fairhaven, and Brewster, Mass.; Houston, Texas; Woodstock and Hartland Four Corners, Vt.; Summit, N.J.; St. Paul, Minn.; Victoria, B.C.; Annapolis, Md.; and Schenectady, N.Y. In 1950 he was called to the First Unitarian Church in Houston, Texas, where he served for 22 years. In 1972 that congregation named him minister emeritus.
Westwood was a chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, holding the rank of lieutenant commander. Most of his service, from 1942 to 1945, was spent in the South Pacific.
Westwood was active in the denomination, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
Survivors include a brother, the Rev. Arnold F. Westwood of Cummington, Mass., a daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.