In Our Care

Charles B. Ketcham, age 97, of Lexington, MA, formerly of Newburyport, MA, died peacefully on April 15, 2023. His wife of 73 years, Joyce Parker Ketcham, was by his side. Ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Ketcham began his professional career in 1955 as the parish minister at Rockaway Valley (NJ) United Methodist Church. He accepted an appointment as Chaplain to Allegheny College in 1957 and remained at Allegheny until his retirement in 1988. At Allegheny, following his tenure as Chaplain, he was named Chairperson of the Department of Religion and Philosophy and was appointed the Bishop James M. Thoburn Professor of Religion, a chair he held for twenty-one years. Ketcham authored five books along with many chapters, articles, reviews, and photographs. In 1978-79, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Following his retirement in 1988, Dr. Ketcham and his wife moved to Conway, MA. From 1990-1999 he taught at Smith College in Northampton, MA in the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature.

A native of Ohio, Ketcham was the son of Mount Union College President Charles Burgess Ketcham and Lucile Brown Ketcham, Alliance, Ohio. During WWII, Ketcham served in the 54 th Armored Infantry Bat., 10 th Armored Division, Europe. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Parker Ketcham. He is predeceased by his son Merrick Scott Ketcham and his sisters, Dorothy Schaffner and Lucile McIntosh.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport, MA Saturday, June 3,2023 at 2:00PM. It will be live streamed on YouTube. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Allegheny College in Meadville, PA or Drew University, Madison, NJ