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Marin Independent Journal
Monday, June 10, 1985
Section A, page 4
GORDON C. OXTOBY
A funeral for the Rev. Gordon Corning Oxtoby of Los Gatos, retired dean and professor emeritus of Old Testament at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.
Rev. Oxtoby died Saturday following a brief injury-related illness. He was 83.
Rev. Oxtoby served on the faculty of the theological seminary for 38 years, retiring in 1967 as dean.
He was a native of Saginaw, Mich., but the seminary faculty campus was his home for more than 50 years. His father, William Henry Oxtoby, joined the seminary faculty and later served as president for eight years.
After his retirement, he taught the Old and New Testaments at a seminary and at a university in the Philippines. He returned to the United States in 1974, settling in Los Gatos.
Rev. Oxtoby was a highly regarded biblical scholar, churchman and amateur magician. He also was known for his homebaked bread and his photography.
Rev. Oxtoby graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1923 and received his masterís degree from Columbia University in 1929. He earned his doctorate of theology from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1938.
He also studied at the University of Berlin and the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. He toured, taught and lectured in a number of countries, including Thailand, India and Egypt.
For many years, he was a member of the United Presbyterian Council on Theological Education and served a six-year on the Commission of Accrediting of the American Association of Theological Schools. He is a former moderator of the Synod of California, the highest elected state office of the United Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Oxtoby of Los Gatos; two sons, Willard Oxtoby of Toronto and Lowell Oxtoby of Mac_??_b, Ill.; a daughter, Louise Carey of Morro Bay; and seven grandchildren.
The family prefers contributions to the Gordon C. Oxtoby Memorial Fund, San Francisco Theology Seminary, 2 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 94960.
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