Thursday, July 08, 2010

Professor R. McL. Wilson died on June 27th. His colleague at St Andrews, Jim Davila, notes his death. The Divinity Department of the University of Edinburgh notes that "the main part of his scholarly career was spent in teaching and supervising students in St. Andrews University. On Wednesday 7th July there will be a short Committal Service in Dundee Crematorium at 9.30am and a Service of Thanksgiving in St Leonard's Church, Hepburn Gardens, St Andrews at 11.00am."

He was a marvelous scholar and a kind teacher to those of us who were undergraduates at St Andrews. He introduced me to the study of "Gnosticism" and I remember with gratitude reading texts that were edited by him before they were published. And at academic gatherings he went out of his way to greet former students and catch up on their doings. I met him on one occasion when I came from Munich to Rome for an SNTS meeting. We went on a tour of the catacombs which he insisted on continuing even after he discovered his hearing aid batteries were dead. We last met in Aberdeen for the SNTS several years ago, as it wasn't far for him to come by train.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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