Hugh Gould Nevin Jr.

Hugh Gould Nevin Jr.

Hugh Gould Nevin Jr.

SLINGERLANDS — The Reverend Dr. Hugh Gould Nevin Jr. of Slingerlands died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021— one week shy of his 88th birthday — after a battle with cancer.

“Hugh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Hugh Gould Nevin, a successful banker, and Eda McCoy Nevin, a vibrant Wellesley College grad,” his family wrote in a tribute. “Both his father and mother were descendants of the original Scots-Irish settlers of western Pennsylvania. (Hugh had a passionate interest in family genealogy, his history of the Nevin family name becoming one of his two published books.) Pittsburgh also left its mark on Hugh as a life-long Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan!”

Dr. Nevin was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy, Williams College, Union Theological Seminary, and finally, Columbia University Teachers College where he earned a doctorate in religion and education. He became an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA in 1959, honorably retiring in 1996.

He served the congregations of Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, New York; Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany; Ballston Spa Presbyterian Church in Ballston Spa; Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia; First United Presbyterian Church in Troy; Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland; First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Glenville; Bethany Presbyterian Church in Menands; and the First Presbyterian Church of Albany.

He also served a term as moderator of Albany Presbytery and for 20 years as a director of Auburn Theological Seminary.

“Hugh’s passion for education and for supporting youth to spread peace and understanding led him to become a campus minister in 1963,” his family wrote. “He initiated and eventually built a Long Island-wide collaboration of ‘town-gown’ ministries to 22 campuses for over 16 years. SUNY Stony Brook was his home base and the community in which he and his family resided for that time.

“His work during those years included many social-justice projects, including seeking support for foreign students at universities, participating in racial justice events like the ’63 March on Washington with fellow ministers, fighting discriminatory housing practices, counseling for Vietnam war conscientious objectors, co-creating a community crisis hotline and co-founding a unique shopping-mall-based youth ministry.”

From 1980 until his retirement, Dr. Nevin provided ministry staffing at both Union College in Schenectady and the University at Albany and initiated several projects as an employee of the United Ministries Board of Education for New York State.

“Hugh treasured his family life, supporting the education and dreams of his wife, children, and grandchildren,” his family wrote. “He loved to travel and led the family on many wonderful adventures across the United States and Europe.

“He loved to sing and had a glorious baritone voice. He sang in school, community and church choirs for his entire life, with choirs such as at Setauket Presbyterian Church and, most recently, the First Presbyterian Church of Albany and community groups like Albany Pro Musica and, most recently, the Beverwyck Chorale. His rendition of the spiritual ‘Were You There?’ (sung at a Good Friday service) is among several indelible musical memories for family members.

“Hugh will be remembered most for his endless kindness and gentle wisdom. He gave fully of his love and in return was deeply loved by his family and many friends.”


The Reverend Dr. Hugh Gould Nevin Jr. is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Vaughn (née Lainhart), and their children: Alison Sheahan and her husband, Bernard, of Arlington, Virginia, Christopher Nevin and his wife, Karen, of Moretown, Vermont, and Faith Libby and her husband, David, of Scotia.

He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Aidan Nevin and his wife, Hannah Shihdanian, Cameron Nevin, Samantha Sheahan, John Sheahan, William Sheahan, Amy Sheahan, Kristin Libby and Michael Libby; and by three great-grandchildren: Bella, Jaime, and Bear Nevin.

His parents, Hugh Gould Nevin and Eda McCoy Nevin, died before him, as did his younger brother, David Nevin; his sister-in-law, Janet Nevin; and his cousin, Charles Wirls.

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Memorial contributions may be made to a religious or educational institution or charity of choice.

A memorial service will be planned for a future date.

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