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Notes about people

May 6, 2010

On May 16, Davidson (N.C.) College will award an honorary doctorate to Frank Dimmock.

He will be recognized for his 25 years of PC(USA) mission service dedicated mainly to Africa's children. He is a much sought after participant and speaker at international conferences on HIV/AIDS affected and other vulnerable children. Dimmock and his wife, Nancy, are currently stationed in Lesotho.

On the same day the Dimmocks' daughter, Jessica, will receive her undergraduate degree from Davidson.

Estelle Rountree McCarthy, who devoted much of her life to educational ministries in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), died Easter Sunday, April 4, at the age of 79. She was professor emeriti of Christian education at Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va.

McCarthy began her career as a public school teacher of music and English in Bay Minette, Ala., after earning her B.A. at Judson College in Marion, Ala. In 1956, she earned a masters degree in Christian education from the Assembly's Training School (ATS) for Lay Workers, later renamed the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. In subsequent years, she served as a church educator in many capacities, including on Presbytery staff, in campus ministry and in theological education.

Mrs. McCarthy served from 1985-1996 as associate professor of Christian education at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. A Certified Church Educator in the PC(USA), McCarthy received the Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators in 1980. Recently she was honored by The Resource Center of metro Richmond for distinguished leadership in the ministry of Christian education.

The Rev. Jamie D. Stimson, 87, a member of Salem Presbytery who pastored churches throughout the southeast for more than 45 years, including well into retirement, died May 4 in a hospice facility in Statesville, N.C.

The North Carolina native graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Tennessee. He was the father of Eva Stimson, editor of Presbyterians Today magazine.

Services will be held May 11 at Concord Presbyterian Church in Statesville, N.C.

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