Richard W. Cain (1926-2012)


Friday, March 30, 2012 at 3:38PM

Richard W. Cain (1926-2012) Richard W. Cain, Claremont's third president and dedicated UMC pastor, passes away at the age of 86.

Rev. Dr. Richard Wilson "Dick" Cain died peacefully on Friday morning, March 30, at Mount San Antonio Gardens in Claremont, after several weeks of decline. His nephew and his nephew’s wife, Paul and Gail Cain, were by his side. He was 86.

The funeral and memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, Calif. 91711. All are welcome, and members of the clergy are invited to process in robes and white stoles.

A visitation is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Draper Mortuary, 811 North Mountain Ave., Ontario, Calif. 91762.

A memorial service will also be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at First United Methodist Church, 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85012.

"Dick Cain was a prominent United Methodist minister and an important president in the history of Claremont School of Theology," said Rev. Dr. Jerry D. Campbell, president of Claremont School of Theology. "We will miss his presence, counsel, and sense of humor."

Rev. Dr. Cain served congregations in Long Beach and Monterey Park before being named District Superintendent for Los Angeles in 1962. In 1968, he was appointed to First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, where he served until 1977, when he was selected as the third president of Claremont School of Theology.

Educated at University of Southern California and Boston University School of Theology, Dr. Cain brought to Claremont a distinctive blend of experience in denominational leadership and expertise in church history, ecumenism, and historical theology. He served as Claremont’s president for 13 years, retiring in 1990.

As a pastor and educator, Dr. Cain was committed to issues of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, as well as various political and social affairs. He served on the Arizona State Commission on Ethics and sat on the board of Samaritan Health Services. He also served as president of the Maricopa Ecumenical Council, Arizona Ecumenical Council, and Southern California Council of Churches.

Nationally, Dr. Cain was an active and engaged leader in The United Methodist Church, serving on numerous commissions and committees ranging from issues related to ecumenism, racial-ethnic, and interfaith concerns, to finance, architecture and higher education.

Cain’s leadership in church and society was widely recognized. In 1963, The University of the Pacific awarded him the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, and the Los Angeles Council of Churches named "Churchman of the Year" in 1967.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Zelma Cain, his brother Ray Cain and nephew Steve Cain. He is survived by his sister-in-law Alcene Cain, niece Jody Bell, nephews Paul Cain and John Cain, and six grand nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial gifts may be sent to the following organizations:

First United Methodist Church, Phoenix
5510 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Claremont United Methodist Church
211 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

Claremont School of Theology
Development Office (designated for the Richard W. Cain Professorship in Ecclesiology and Theology)
1325 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Condolences may be sent to Paul and Gail Cain, 230 W. Ash Street, Brea, CA 92821.


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