Reading Room Dedicated to Trinity Professor Emeritus Stephen Noll
Article by Peggy Noll (Mrs. Stephen Noll)
Uganda Christian University — Trinity Professor Emeritus Stephen Noll cut the ribbon at the dedication of a theological reading room named in his honor at the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University in Mukono on July 3 as part of the centenary celebrations of the School. Afterwards he gave one of a series of three public lectures at the university, entitled “Faith of Our Fathers: The Legacy of the Bishop Tucker School of Theology and Divinity in Uganda Christian University.”
Over 1500 volumes of his personal library now form this special reserve collection available to UCU students, staff, and other researchers. The Stephen Noll Reading Room is located on the second floor of the Bishop Tucker Library behind the historic clock tower building of the University. A group of about 30 faculty, administrators, and student guild officials crowded into the room for the short ceremony including thanks by the University Librarian, remarks by Professor Noll, and a concluding prayer by the University Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye, aUCU student at Trinity in 2004-05.
Steve purchased many of the books with his Trinity faculty book allowance during the years he served as Academic Dean and taught at the seminary from 1979-2000. Specialty areas in his collection include biblical theology, ethics, angels, and Judaica.
“I shipped my library on the container with me when we moved to Uganda in 2000 with the view of leaving it there when I returned to the U.S.,” Steve explained. “And living as near Trinity as I do made it easier, knowing I can go to the seminary library in Ambridge to do research now that I no longer have my own collection. I am glad the books are available for current and future generations of theological students from Uganda and the other African countries UCU serves.”
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