Dr. (Oliver) Lamar Cope
July 13, 1938 - February 13, 2023
Professor emeritus of religious studies (1969-2003)
A 1961 graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, Cope received a master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1964. After writing a dissertation on the use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Matthew, Cope received a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in 1971. Cope taught at Carroll from 1969-2003, chairing the department of religious studies from 1995 until his retirement. He played an important role in the shaping of the religious studies program. When he began his tenure at Carroll, the religious studies department was denominational, and the focus was on teaching Bible courses. Lamar was recognized in 1990 with the Benjamin F. Richason Jr. Faculty Award for his commitment to students and excellence in instruction. Over the years, he helped broaden the coursework to include more classes on world religions and ethics. One change spearheaded by Cope was the introduction of Understanding Religion, a class that focused on the historical development and central teachings of religious traditions from around the world. In retirement, he moved to Orange County in California with his wife, Sandra. He passed away at the age of 84.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am PST (12:00 pm CST) at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. A live stream of the service can be viewed here.