“Remembering Rev. John M. Coffee Jr.”

Rev. John Coffee as Emerson College professorRev. John Coffee-2 as Emerson College professorRemembering Rev. John M. Coffee Jr.

About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1) rogersgleanings.com, a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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2 Responses to “Remembering Rev. John M. Coffee Jr.”

  1. Charles Sprague says:

    He was a great teacher. His Bible History class at Emerson College was one of the best classes I took at Emerson. Thank you for posting this wonderful remembrance PDF file online. It sure brings back great memories.

  2. Dear Charles — Thanks much for your comment and appreciative words. I knew Rev. Coffee well through his involvement as an advisor to Liberal Religious Youth (LRY). This was in my adolescent years. Rev. Coffee was a major influence on me and many others. We were out of touch for a large part of my adulthood (though I remembered him fondly), but fortunately, I looked him up and we had contact several times in the early 2000’s. He told me how much he loved teaching at Emerson. You could see that he found a place to hang his hat. This is not to say that he hadn’t been successful before, as a minister in Roxbury and as a youth advisor. Great to hear from you.

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