SBTS mourns death of former trustee

Communications Staff — September 1, 2004

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—James B. Hyman, a longtime trustee at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Aug. 26 at the University of Louisville Hospital following a head injury he sustained in an accident on a farm he owned near Shelbyville, Ky.

Hyman served on Southern Seminary’s board of trustees for the past 10 years having rotated off the board in June. He had also served as a member of trustee financial board. The Louisville native was an obstetrician and gynecologist and had practiced in his hometown since 1967, delivering more than 10,000 babies.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., Southern Seminary president, said Hyman’s life was an example of one lived in faithful Christian service to the glory of God.

“Dr. James Hyman was a remarkable Christian servant, physician and committed layman,” Mohler said. “He was a faithful member of the board for a decade, always engaged with the issues of discussion and very much committed to the work of Christ around the world.

“He assisted in the birth of thousands of babies and gave leadership to the pro-life cause, both in Louisville and at the national level. His mission trips were an extension of his personal commitment to the Gospel, and his death robs us of a friend and of a committed layman who did so much good during his all too brief life.”

Hyman was a devoted churchman, serving as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Ky., where a celebration service was held Aug. 30.

Hyman was active for the cause of Christ in numerous areas. In 1989 he received the Dr. Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Man of the Year Award from the Kentucky Right to Life Organization for his courageous stance against abortion. Hyman also traveled worldwide, placing Bibles and Christian tracts in numerous countries across the globe.

Hyman is survived by wife Nancy, three children, Kimberly Ruth Schroering, Roderic Barrett Hyman, Eric Thomas Hyman, and seven grandchildren.

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