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Ed McAteer, who played a leading role in birthing the Religious Right movement, died Oct. 5 in Memphis, Tenn.

McAteer, who was 78, aided Jerry Falwell in founding the Moral Majority during the 1970s, played a key role in introducing evangelicals to Ronald Reagan in 1980 and remained a leading figure in the Religious Right over the years.

He was a member of Bellvue Baptist Church in Memphis.


John W. Drakeford, a professor emeritus of psychology and counseling and a writer-in-residence at Southwestern Seminary, died Oct. 16.

He taught counseling and psychology at the seminary for 31 years, retiring from the faculty in 1985. In 1960 Drakeford founded the Baptist Marriage and Family Counseling Center at Southwestern.


Claude Thomas, the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, announced Oct. 18 that he has declined an invitation to become special assistant to the president at Southwestern Seminary.

Thomas had announced Sept. 26 that he was taking the position.


Henlee Barnette, who served as professor of Christian ethics at Southern Seminary from 1951-77, died Oct. 20 at his home in Louisville, Ky. He was 93.

Barnette was perhaps best known for his work on behalf of social and civil rights causes. In 1961, Barnette hosted civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on the campus of Southern Seminary and later marched with King in Frankfort, Ky.

Barnette was a two-time graduate of Southern Seminary, receiving his Ph.D. in 1948 and a master of theology in 1943. He taught at Howard College (now Samford University in Alabama) from 1946-47 and served as professor of sociology and religion at Stetson University in Florida from 1947-51, before joining the Southern Seminary faculty. After retiring from Southern, Barnette served as clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville from 1977-92.

Barnette is survived by four children, John, Wayne, Martha and Jim.


David E. Hankins was elected as executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in a unanimous vote during an Oct. 28 meeting of the convention's 98-member executive board in Alexandria.

Hankins, 54, is a former Louisiana pastor who currently is executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee.

He will succeed Dean Doster, who will retire from the Louisiana post Jan. 31. Plans call for Hankins to join the convention staff Jan. 1 and assume full responsibilities Feb. 1.

He holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and an undergraduate degree from Dallas Baptist University.