Kerry E. Spiers ’56

Kerry E. Spiers ’56 of Louisville, Ky., died January 12, 2007, at this home with his loving family. Born in Detroit, Mich., he soon moved to Mobile, Ala., where he became an Eagle Scout.

After graduation from Davidson, he served in the U.S. Navy, and then studied at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, earning his master of divinity degree. He earned his master of arts at the University of Chicago Divinity School, then was pastor of the Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile for three years.

After earning his Ph.D. at Tulane University, he became professor of history at the University of Louisville, teaching there for thirty-one years. An avid traveler, Kerry spent much time studying at the Vatican and leading student groups to Italy and Greece. Throughout, he continued to serve the U.S. Navy in the Chaplain Corps., retiring with the rank of commander.

Survivors include his wife of forty-three years, the former Barbara Ramey, 2402 Malvern Hill Ct., Louisville, Ky. 40242; his daughter, Laura Harrell; and granddaughter, Hannah; sons, Kelly and Patrick; his father and stepmother, Tally and Dolores Spiers of Mobile; and his brother Dennis (Sherry).