Professor Emeritus Channing R. Jeschke died on January 13, 2016, at age 86 and is survived by his wife of sixty years, Carol Ahrens Jeschke. He was the Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and served on the Candler faculty from 1971 until his retirement in 1994. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Medal from the Candler School of Theology in recognition of his faithful and creative service.
Professor Jeschke received his BA from Oberlin College, the BD from Yale University, the PhD from the University of Chicago, and the MS from Columbia University, and he was ordained in the United Church of Christ. In addition to building the collections of the Pitts Theology Library and overseeing the major renovation of the library building in 1975-1976, he served as president of Board of Directors of ATLA (1988-1989) and was widely recognized for his encouragement of ATLA libraries to collect materials from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He was respected by colleagues for his integrity, embodiment of the scholar-librarian, and efforts to develop the next generation of theological librarians. Staff of the Pitts Theology Library regarded him as a friend and one who subsumed any personal ambition for the benefit of the library and its mission to serve Emory and the larger world of theological education and research.
Submitted by M. Patrick Graham, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Read by M. Patrick Graham, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference