In Memoriam: George Pickering
Highligher & Laureate, Summer 2002
The following is a letter Dean John Staudenmaier, S.J., interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, sent to colleagues at the University of Detroit Mercy.
On May 11, 2002, our College lost one of its best. George Pickering's wife Betty found George that morning after he had died in his sleep. As most of you know, George had decided that this [past] semester would be his last in the classroom. Ed DeWindt told me the day George died that George had intended, since he would no longer be teaching, to finish one book and begin another. He and Betty had planned to settle in at their home on the Cape.
Following is George's obituary, and some information about a new scholarship in his name at UDM.
George Pickering, a professor of Religious Studies at UDM for more than 30 years, taught social ethics, Christian social thought, American Religion and theories and issues of justice, religion and science. He wrote extensively about the civil rights movement, the development of American religious liberalism, and ethical issues in contemporary society. In 1987, Pickering received the Myers Award from the University of Arkansas' Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights in recognition of a book he cowrote, Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago.
Pickering is probably known best to students as a long-time panelist on "Ask the Professor," the University's long-running radio quiz show. Pickering's brilliant and often acerbic wit and contagious laugh kept the rest of the UDM professor panelists and program listeners entertained for years until his retirement from the show in 1999.
The family of George Pickering has established a fund for scholarships in Religious Studies and to support the UDM Center for Religion and Community Values. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please indicate which activity you'd like to support and forward your contribution to: Christine McNish, University Advancement, University of Detroit Mercy, P.O. Box 19900, Detroit, MI 48219-0900. Make checks payable to University of Detroit Mercy or call 313-993-1250 to make a credit card donation. You may also make a donation by visiting http://www.udmercy.edu/giving/.