It is with great sadness that Claremont School of Theology (CST) acknowledges the recent death of Lynn Margaret O’Leary-Archer, 68, former Vice President for Administration and Finance at CST.

Lynn was born on July 13, 1948, in Butte, Montana, and died in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Lynn spent innumerable years as an administrator at many prestigious institutions of higher education, including the University of Southern California, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Claremont School of Theology.

At CST, Lynn served from 2007 to 2015, helping to usher in a new era of increased ecumenical relationships and interreligious partnerships with institutions such as Bayan Claremont, the Academy for Jewish Religion – California, and University of the West.

“Lynn understood the value of interreligious education and fully supported breaking down the silos between our faiths and traditions,” said Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, CST President. “She would be pleased with our continued path, to work with people of all faiths and traditions to truly understand one another and create a difference for the world we live in, together.”

Lynn believed strongly in mentoring and shepherded many young women in the business and finance world.

“I knew and loved Lynn dearly,” Nicole Turner Senior Director of Institutional Administrative Services at CST (with Lynn in photo). “From her, I learned the art of patience, listening, and extending grace to others. She always took the time to listen to someone, no matter the topic of conversation. She also consistently extended grace to others so that he/she/they might have the opportunity to succeed in his/her/their endeavors.”

Colleagues from throughout Lynn’s career recognized her passing. “Lynn and I first met at University of Southern California (USC) in 2000,” said Gamward C. Quan, Vice President for Business Affairs/CFO at CST. “From our first projects together, it was evident that we had complementary skills: she had a way with words, I have a way with numbers, and we could both appreciate our respective strengths. She and I did some great things together working that way.”

CST alumnus (2016), Dr. Christopher Carter – now an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at University of San Diego – remembers Lynn as one of the strongest women he has ever known. “She was a fighter! And yet, beneath her tough and at times demanding personality, she was a woman who had deep compassion for marginalized people – human and animal alike. Her strength and compassion will be missed, but lives on in those into whom she poured herself. I’m merely fortunate to have been one of her receptacles.”

Details regarding a memorial celebration will be shared at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that all donations be directed toward the USC Kidney Transplant Medical Fund, which “gave Lynn a truly renewed life.”

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