PLTS Student Dies Suddenly

Apparent Heart Attack Fells Margaret Monroe

Margaret Monroe, a second-year student from Cleveland, Ohio, died on Sunday, June 8, of an apparent heart attack. She was 55. She and her husband and classmate, Carlton, were Fund for Leaders Scholars and preparing for their third year at PLTS. She had been very active with the Women’s Philanthropy Project on campus and is widely known among the women for her leadership in that effort. She served as assisting minister with the Rev. Dr. Margaret Schultz-Akerson, presider, at worship at Women’s Philanthropy Day on May 21. (See picture.)

Margaret had just finished her first week of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Cleveland Clinic and was at the clinic when she suffered the heart attack. Earlier in the day she had preached in the clinic chapel. Then, completely without notice or symptoms, she collapsed. All the efforts to revive her failed. Carlton, who is doing his CPE in Concord, California, was in Berkeley at the time of the incident.

An informal Service of Prayer and Remembrance was held in the Chapel of the Cross on the PLTS campus. Students, friends, pastors, and seminary staff were all present to surround Carlton and remember Margaret before he left to be with their children and other family members in Cleveland. She will be missed by her classmates and friends and those who taught her.

Margaret’s celebration will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 14, 2008. A wake will precede from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

An additional gathering opportunity will be Friday, June 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Thomas G. Smith Funeral Home, 14601 Saint Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110 (Phone: 216-249-5000).

Cards for the family may be sent to Carlton Monroe, 2770 Marin Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708.

Memorials can be directed to the Margaret Memorial Fund at PLTS.

Margaret and Carlton Monroe