Douglas Robert Adams Hare

OBIT-HareMOUNT DESERT — Douglas Robert Adams Hare (age 86) of Mount Desert passed away on May 14, 2015. Doug was preceded in death by his wife of 63½ years, Ruth (2014). He is survived by daughters Jennifer Shaw (Burr), and Laurie Kreitzer (Peter); grandchildren Kohl Shaw, Herbie Shaw, Claire Shaw, Dora Kreitzer, and Helen Kreitzer; and many relatives in Canada and Germany.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Doug attended the University of Toronto, where he met Ruth, and Victoria University. Doug and Ruth moved to the United States in 1954, where he attended Union Theological Seminary (N.Y.) and received both his S.T.M. and Th.D. degrees. They became naturalized citizens in 1961 and after serving churches in the New York area, Doug joined the Pittsburgh Seminary faculty as a teaching fellow in 1962. Holding many positions in between, Doug was installed as the first incumbent of the William F. Orr Chair in New Testament in 1978 and was named William F. Orr Professor of New Testament Emeritus upon his retirement.

In 1971, Doug spent a sabbatical studying in Heidelberg, Germany, where he and his family became friends with the extended Bamberger family. The families have visited one another almost yearly since then and the relationship is now in its fifth generation.

It was during their New York City years that Doug and Ruth began camping in Acadia National Park, a yearly tradition that continued until they completed their house on MDI in Hall Quarry during the summer of 1993. They relocated from Pittsburgh, Pa., with their numerous cats and remained avid supporters of the feline community.

Once in Maine, Doug served as the minister for Islesford Congregational Church for 17 years and taught at Bangor Theological Seminary. He continued his scholarly writing, publishing three books during the 1990s and countless research articles on various biblical topics. After retiring from Islesford, he became an active member of the Somesville Union Meeting House and would fill in for Minister Victor Stanley as needed.

A memorial service with interment and a reception to follow will be held on Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Somesville Union Meeting House, UCC in Somesville ( Memorial contributions may be made to Forgotten Felines of Maine (, P.O. Box 264, Gouldsboro, ME 04607, or to The Doug and Ruth Hare Memorial Fund c/o Somesville Union Meeting House, P.O. Box 96, Mount Desert, ME 04660.


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