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Former Crozer Divinity School president dies

Leon Pacala, former president at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, died Tuesday, school officials said Thursday.

Mr. Pacala served as president from 1971 to 1980 and continued in his role of life trustee. His professional career began in 1956 as instructor of religion and philosophy at De Pauw University. In 1961 he became chairman of the department of religion at Bucknell University, and, beginning the next year, dean of arts and science and professor of religion.

In 1973 he became president of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary. In 1980, he was appointed as executive director of the Association of Theological Schools in United States and Canada, a position he held until retirement in 1992.

“Leon was a dear friend of the school,” said Eugene Bay, CRCDS president. “His life enriched CRCDS. He will be missed tremendously.”

Married to Janet Lefforce, the couple had three sons: Mark, Stephen and James. Janet died at age 58 following a long illness. A service celebrating Mr. Pacala’s life will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rochester, 175 Allens Creek Road.

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