In Memoriam
Rev. Dr. John Winthrop Brigham, D.D.
1914-2004

Minister of the Quincy Unitarian Church and the Burlington, Iowa Fellowship from 1976 to 1982.

A few of John Brigham's sermons.

His entire career was in the Unitarian-Universalist ministry, beginning with his ordination in 1938 at Castine, Maine. He then served churches in Billerica, Massachusetts; Sioux City, Iowa; Burlington, Iowa; and Rochester, New York. He also held various offices in the Unitarian-Universalist denomination. Following his retirement he served us as Minister Emeritus, giving strong support to the Summer Sunday Discussion Series.

John W. Brigham was a graduate of Tufts University and the Crane School of Religion in Medford, Massachusetts. In 1966 he was awarded the doctor of divinity degree from Meadville Theological School of Chicago. His published volumes of poetry are "Windows of the Mind" and "Still Sounds the Buoy from the Sea."

His concerns centered on social justice issues. He was president of the Sioux City chapter of the NAACP, and in Quincy he contributed to the activities of the Walter Hammond Day Care Center. He served on the steering committee for the POLIS study program of Quincy University.

On November 18, 1938, he was married to Anna Louise Dege of Quincy, who survives along with three sons. They are Lawrence W. Brigham of Morrow, Ohio; Jeremy John Brigham of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Daniel George Brigham of Canandaigua, New York. There are six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

John W. Brigham died in his home on January 23, 2004, at the age of eighty-nine.

A Memorial Service was held on February 7, 2004, in the Unitarian Church of Quincy, led by Dr. Robert J. S. Manning, Unitarian Church Minister.

We are presenting a small collection of the sermons that John has given to several of his congregations during his career.