I was blessed to meet and be in the presence of Otto Maduro at the American Academy of Religion a few years ago as well as at the 2008 joint meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society and Society for Pentecostal Studies. I write with sadness that Maduro has passed away. For me, seeing Otto Maduro at work, doing theology at the grassroots level, presenting before his peers, I felt inspired and encouraged. Maduro was an example to all Christian scholars who desire to do theology at the intersection of the church and the academy.
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It is with sadness that we share the news that Professor Otto Maduro passed away at 8:45 p.m. last night. In a note to the Theological School community this morning, Jeffrey Kuan wrote: “He was surrounded by his wife Nancy, son Mateo and family members when he died. I went with Professor Laurel Kearns and Dr. Tanya Bennett to be with Nancy and the family. Professor Maduro looked very peaceful. When I have information about memorial service I will let all of you know. We have lost a great theologian and a great friend.”
Share your comments on Prof Maduro below or on his retirement page. http://www.drew.edu/otto/
” Although I did not have him as a professor at Drew University, I did meet him and sat in some of his lectures and he worked with me as a mentor when I was selected as the speaker at my commencement. I particulay have had a deep resepct for the way he connected his scholarly work to the world of lived faith. He was very active in the AAR and his work with hispanic seminarians and pastors has , and will continue to have, a major impact on their church communities.”
“Let us remember Otto for his pioneering work in sociology. Let us not forget his commitment to multiple communities, and his gentleness that surpassed our own.”– Robyn Henderson Espinoza
“Otto Maduro gave me joy. He restored my faith in men, in scholars, in humans. I like to think I gave him a love for bluegrass and Hank Williams.”