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J. Thomas (Thom) Meigs, 65, a former professor at Midwestern Seminary, died April 16 in New Orleans of a heart attack.

Meigs, who served as professor of pastoral care and psychology at Midwestern from 1979-97, was an Atlanta native earned his Ph.D. in 1971 at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He is survived by wife, Barbara, and two adult children, Angela Meigs Godfrey and James Christopher Meigs.


Legendary bass singer George Younce, a two-time inductee into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, died April 11 at Akron City Hospital in Ohio. He was 75.

A founding member of the Cathedrals Quartet, Younce was selected 14 times in Singing News fan surveys as their favorite Southern gospel bass singer.

Younce had suffered from failing kidneys and a heart condition in recent years, the Akron Beacon Journal reported, and had retired in 2002 after collapsing during a Bill Gaither Homecoming concert at Carnegie Hall.

His last public appearance, in September 2004, was as a surprise guest at a Bill Gaither event in Cleveland, the city's Plain Dealer newspaper reported.

Younce and his wife, Clara, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 27. Other survivors include his son, George, of Powder Springs, and three daughters, Gina Eroskey, Lisa Haase and Tara Aidala, all of Stow, Ohio; and three grandchildren.


Wendell C. Lang, executive director of the Illinois Baptist State Association, has announced his resignation, effective May 27, to become senior pastor of West Jackson Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn.

Lang has served IBSA since February 2003. Previously he was pastor of First Baptist Church in Pryor, Okla., for 14 years. He also has served as pastor of churches in Farris and Norman, Okla., and in Arkansas.


Thomas E. Corts has announced his retirement from the presidency of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., a post he has held since 1983. A search committee has been appointed, and if they elect his successor before his stated retirement date of May 2006, Corts will step down earlier.

Corts, 63, made plans known during a joint meeting of Samford's board of trustees and board of overseers April 14.

Samford is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention.


Edsel D. (Eddie) Pate Jr. has been named director of the Southern California Campus of Golden Gate Seminary.

Seminary trustees approved the appointment during their April 12 meeting at the Northern California Campus in Mill Valley upon the recommendation of President Jeff Iorg and the trustees' personnel committee.

Pate has been associate professor of missions at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., since July 2004. Previously he was responsible for Southern Baptist mission work in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa with the International Mission Board.

Pate, a native of Memphis, Tenn., and his wife, Myria, have four sons, Eddie, Benjamin, Samuel and Jonathan, age 7 to 19.