Monie, Reverend Dr. Blair Russell
May 6, 1948 - October 30, 2018
The Reverend Dr. Blair Russell Monie died on October 30, 2018 at home. Dr. Monie, a native of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was born on May 6, 1948 to Russell W. Monie and Doris Butcher Monie of Bloomsburg.
Dr. Monie was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School, Bloomsburg State College, and held The Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also held an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Dr. Monie was ordained on June 3, 1973, and served churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. He served as senior pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas from 1995 until his retirement in 2014. Following his retirement, he was appointed Professor in the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair of Pastoral Ministry and Leadership at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Also, upon his retirement, Dr. Monie was honored by a gift to Austin Seminary by Mary and Bob Wright, establishing the Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics, also at Austin Seminary. Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and the PVN Foundation also honored Dr. Monie’s years of service by establishing the Reverend Blair and Cyndy Monie Chapel at Presbyterian Village North.
Dr. Monie was deeply committed to Community Service in Dallas and served on numerous boards including the Boards of Trustees of Presbyterian Communities and Services and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He also served on the Boards of Trustees of Austin Seminary and his alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dr. Monie is survived by his wife, Cynthia Downs Monie, two daughters, Erin Gomez de Monie and her husband, Raul Gomez, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Courtney Monie Semmel and her husband Eric Semmel, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; four grandsons Addyson Hamilton, Kael Gomez, Collin Semmel, and Thomas Semmel, a granddaughter, Beth Gomez, as well as a brother-in-law Syd Downs and his wife Teresa of Denver, CO and Mark Downs and his wife Susie of Atlanta, GA, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. A. David McCollum at Baylor University Medical Center, the Infusion Nurses at Texas Oncology, the entire Faith Presbyterian Hospice team and the caregivers from Acappella. We are grateful for the compassion and loving care provided by our friend, Dr. Paul A. Neubach, MD2.
Blair Monie was grateful for a life-long call to ministry, in which his life was blessed with many friends and colleagues. In life and in death, he belonged to God.
A service of Witness and Resurrection will be held at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church on November 17, 2018, at 2pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monie Pastoral Residency Fund of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230; Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to the Learning and Information Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, 100 E 27th Street, Austin, TX 75090; Princeton Theological Seminary in honor of Blair Monie, P.O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.
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