On October 26, 2015, long-time friends of General, Frank Strup, Jr., Richard Strup, and Susan (Strup) Hood, visited the General Seminary Close. While there, the Strup family also stopped by the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews Conference Room in The Desmond Tutu Center which occupies the space where Frank Strup, Jr., once played basketball. The Strup family’s historical connections to The General Theological Seminary go as far back as the early 1900s, when Frank Strup, Sr., became the Seminary’s Bursar and Registrar. He worked at General for 55 years until his retirement, and it was here that he started a family—his son Frank Strup, Jr., was born on the Close. It was also here in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd where funeral services for Frank Strup, Sr., were held in 1965.
Shortly after the funeral, the Strup family made a donation to the Seminary designating a new ambo for the Chapel in his memory. Faithful supporters of the Seminary for over 30 years, they are members of both the Mary Crooke Hoffman Society and the Jacob Sherred Society. Their dedication to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd has been steadfast, with recent gifts for the restoration of the ambo and for new glass panels at the entrance of the Chapel.
We are deeply grateful to be blessed with the Strup family’s continued faith and support. Grandson Richard Strup, a retired Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Reyes Holdings, L.L.C., will be joining the Board of Trustees this coming year. He will bring the great assets of his business experience and love of General to further service for the Seminary.