C. Benton Kline Jr. dies; was former moderator of Atlanta Presbytery

A former president of Columbia Theological Seminary, C. Benton Kline Jr., died on June 20 following a brief illness.


Kline, a former moderator of the Presbytery of Atlanta, served as president of Columbia seminary from 1971 to 1976. He previously worked at the seminary in other capacities, as a professor of theology from 1969 to 1985 and as dean of the faculty from 1969 to 1971.


Kline also served as chairman of the philosophy department at Agnes Scott College, and served as a member of the Committee on Theological Education and the Committee on Theology and Culture for the Presbyterian Church (US). He was a graduate of the College of Wooster and of Princeton Theological Seminary, and earned a doctorate in philosophical theology from Yale University.


As a longtime resident of the Atlanta area, he was involved there with the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Pastoral Care, the Protestant Radio and Television Center, the Decatur Board of Education, the Board of Governors of the Christian Council of Metro Atlanta, and the Executive Board of the Atlanta Region Council of Boy Scouts of America.


The visitation for Kline will be on June 24 from 5 – 7 p.m. at A. S. Turner and Sons in Decatur, Ga. The memorial service will be held at North Decatur Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. on June 25.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Columbia Theological Seminary (Gift Box 325, P. O. Box 520, Decatur, GA 30031) or Agnes Scott College (141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030).