P. H. Bufkin, longtime SBTS treasurer, dies

Communications Staff — July 21, 2008

P.H. Bufkin Jr., longtime treasurer at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died July 18 at the age of 99.

Bufkin came to the seminary in 1948 after working for an accountant firm in Louisville. He retired from Southern in 1974, after 26 years of service under presidents Ellis Fuller and Duke McCall.

“Mr. Bufkin loved the seminary,” T.J. McGlothlin, the assistant treasurer under Bufkin, said. “He was a dedicated Christian man.”

McGlothlin, who became Southern’s treasurer in 1981, said Bufkin was known for his work ethic.

“He had a great attitude,” McGlothlin said. “He was a hard worker. Back then the administrative staff was equivalent to about 12 people. It was 60, 70, 80-hour weeks. There was no such thing as a 35-hour week. He was a very accomplished man.”

In 1979, Southern named a building after Bufkin at the Seminary Village housing complex in honor of his service.

A member of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville, Bufkin would have turned 100 in December. He celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife, Frances, in 2000, just months before her death.

Bufkin is survived by a daughter, Nancy Soloski, of Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 22 at Pearson Funeral Home in Louisville with burial at cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, July 21.

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