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William Leslie Carlough, 78

January 17, 2010

William Leslie Carlough, 78, of Sunbury Road, Riverside, died peacefully in his sleep with his wife at his side on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.  The Rev. Dr. Carlough was born in New Jersey on June 20, 1931, the son of the late William Leslie and Martha Balfour Carlough. 


He graduated from Weehawken High School in New Jersey in 1948 and earnedhis B.A. in biology from Hope College in Michigan in 1952. He then received his Master’s in Divinity from General Theological Seminary in NewYork in 1959 and his Ph.D in religious philosophy from New York Universityin 1961. Dr. Carlough also studied at Western Theological Seminary,Columbia University and University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


Dr. Carlough began his career in New York City as a pastor and chaplain and for five years was an associate professor of philosophy at Muskegon College in Zanesville, Ohio. In 1964, he became professor of social sciences at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently founded and chaired the Department of Philosophy. He also served as the

Director of International Education. Many students fondly remember the courses he taught in the summers of 1981 to 1992 in Salzburg, Austria, through the Pennsylvania Consortium for International Education. He was a minister-at-large of the Presbyterian Church of USA most of his career and was active in Northumberland Presbytery and on the Finance Committee of the Synod. From 1984 to 1998, he served as pastor of MahoningPresbyterian Church in Danville, and from 2001 to 2007, he served on thePermanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly of the PresbyterianChurch.  Dr. Carlough was an avid reader, gifted debater, and an enthusiastic traveler with whom many friends and family experienced the world. He also

enjoyed sailing, reciting poetry, and spending time with his family. Dr. Carlough was also an active member of the community, participating in the Danville Community Players, Scouting and public speaking.


Dr. Carlough is survived by his wife, Carol Stephens, and his three children: Leslie A. Carlough of Portland, Ore.; Martha C. Carlough of Durham, N.C., and Rebecca Robbins Crider of New York, N.Y. He was a proudand loving grandfather of six grandchildren: Charlotte, Caroline,Christian and William Crider and Kestrel and Savannah Carlough. He is alsosurvived by his sister, Doris Lambert, of Plantsville, Conn. In additionto his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Pas Carlough, and his sister, June Halik.


Dr. Carlough’s memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Mahoning Presbyterian Church in Danville and will be followed by a luncheon at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mahoning PresbyterianChurch.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc.,10 W. Mahoning St., Danville.  www.visneski.com

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