|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 2007|
From 1973 to 1994 Pastor of
First Congregational Church of Buckland
commonly known as the Mary Lyon Church.
son of Charles Munson and
Augusta (Eriksson) Munson
m. Doris L. Frisk in 1949
"When I was a boy, 12 years old, I went to a Swedish Evangelical church. We're all Swedes. At that time I was chosen to speak several pieces during confirmation. One of the oldest members of the congregation put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'You should go into the ministry,' And I thought that was a very good idea. And I acted upon it. And from that day I decided I was going to be in the ministry." [quoted of Dr Munson in article Widely Traveled Pastor, by Penney Humphrey, published Sunday, November 20, 1988, Springfield Union]
Dr. Howard Munson came in 1973 as part-time pastor, his other work being a psychology teacher.
His BS degree he secured in 1943, followed by a Masters Degree in Sacred Theology in 1945 at Hartford Seminary Foundation.
The five years between 1944 – 1949 he was stationed in Saudi Arabia, the youngest chaplain in the Air Force.
On entering civilian life, he became Director of Christian Education in Chicago at the Missionary Society followed by pastorates for 15 years in Michigan and Massachusetts.
An honorary degree of D.D. was granted him in 1962 from Piedmont College in Georgia, but he earned his Masters Degree in Psychology in 1968 in Salem, Massachusetts.
From 1971 to 1974 he was instructor at the University of Massachusetts; his Doctorate in Education he secured in 1975. Worcester State College is his present teaching position in the Department of Health. He has published articles and books in fields of health, psychology, and education.
Dr. and Mrs. Munson annually entertain the Ladies Club in their home in Conway for the September meeting. His special interest is in music, and through his influence the Music Committee purchased new hymnals and recently conducted a drive for a new Allen organ for the sanctuary, purchased through gifts and church money. A service of dedication took place on July 14, 1985, at 3:00 with William Phelps Rugg of the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield putting on a concert to demonstrate the advantages of the new organ.
For many years Dr. Munson supervised an Ecumenical Service on Thanksgiving Eve in the church with joint choirs and area ministers participating. He has continued the custom of an Easter Sunrise Service at the Perchard home with young people leading the worship service followed by breakfast in the vestry.
[History of the Mary Lyon Church by Beulah Cross 1985]
published on Friday, November 30, 2007 from The Recorder, Greenfield MA:
CONWAY -- The Rev. Dr. Howard E. Munson, 86, of 16 Baptist Hill Road died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at the Northampton Rehab and Nursing Home in Northampton.
He was born in New Britain, CT, April 12, 1921, the son of Charles and Augusta (Eriksson) Munson.
He was a WWII Army veteran, serving from 1946 until 1948, as a military chaplain. He was stationed mostly in Saudi Arabia during his tour of duty.
He was a graduate of New Britain (CT) High School, the former Central Connecticut State College, the Hartford Seminary, Salem State College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Prior to his retirement in 1996, Munson was pastor of the Mary Lyon Church in Buckland, a position he had held for several years. Previously he had served as minister in several Congregational churches and at the same time was a professor at several colleges including Franklin Pierce College in Fitzwilliam, NH, the UMass/Amherst and Worcester State College.
He retired from teaching in 1994 from Worcester State College.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Doris L. Frisk. He is survived by his son, daughter-in-law and his two grandsons.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Mary Lyon Church. There will be a reception in the church hall following the memorial service. There are no calling hours.
It is suggested donations be made to either the Alzheimer's Association, 153 Magazine St., Springfield, Ma 01109 or to the charity of one's choice. Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls/Greenfield is in charge of arrangements.
This cemetery is cared for by The Buckland Union Cemetery Assoc., a non-profit, all volunteer organization, that gratefully accepts donations for monument care and grounds keeping. Mail your contribution payable to BUCA, P.O.Box 69, Buckland MA 01338-0069.
Doris Frisk Munson (1920 - 1989)*
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