The death of Lois Crofoot on December 30, 2017, is a very sad event for McMaster Divinity College. Lois was one of the small group that helped to recapture the ethos and identity of MDC as a vibrant evangelical institution serving the wider church. She was instrumental in this shift in orientation and not only served on the Board (from 1980 to 2008) but became the Board Chair and served in this capacity from 1999 to 2005. MDC was honoured to grant the degree Doctor of Divinity honoris causa on May 19, 2009 to this long-time supporter of McMaster Divinity College.
Stanley E. Porter, President and Dean of MDC, writes: “I will personally miss Lois as well. When I heard the news of her death it was as if I had been hit in the stomach. Lois was on the search committee when I came to MDC and we hit it off immediately. Her enthusiasm for what MDC could become was contagious. Through our work together—she as Board Chair and I as President—we formed a close working and personal relationship of mutual support and encouragement, a relationship that continued after she stepped down from her formal responsibilities. Lois continued to support MDC in numerous ways in the last ten years, and I always looked forward to seeing her or speaking with her on the phone. I am terribly saddened by the loss. McMaster Divinity College has lost one of its greatest advocates.”
We are encouraged to know that Lois was prepared to meet her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and that we will meet her again. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church, 135 Highland Rd. W., Kitchener.
“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8 (NIV)