Gregory T. Armstrong

December 23, 1933 - July 2, 2014

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Gregory T. Armstrong, 80, died July 2, 2014 at Sunnyside Retirement Community. He was born December 23, 1933, in Evanston, Illinois to the late John and Clara Armstrong.
Greg graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and with highest honors from McCormick Theological Seminary, receiving his Bachelor’s of Divinity degree. He continued his education at the University of Heidelberg where he earned his Doctorate of Theology, which is equal to a PhD in the US. He knew six languages including Hebrew and Greek.
He taught many religious classes at Sweet Briar College in his 29 years as a tenured professor. During his career, he wrote a book, “The Book of Genesis in Early Christian Art” and over 50 articles for various publications.
Throughout his career, he received many honors, resulting his being included in Who’s Who.
Greg was an active member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, and the Presbyterian Church (USA). He held various positions in the church, including Presbytery Moderator, Bills & Overtures Committee Chair, and commissioner to the Reuniting General Assembly.
Greg was also active in Amherst County as president of the PTA, vice-chairman of the School Board, and Chairman of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors.
Greg cared deeply for his family and they for him. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Edna Stagg Armstrong; his daughter Edna Montague and husband Paul; his daughter Beth Roncace and husband Jim; his two grandsons James Montague and Evan Roncace; his brother Philip Armstrong; and a large number of extended family members.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his two brothers Geoffrey Armstrong and George Armstrong.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Meredith Chapel, Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, VA. Greg will be cremated. Burial at Sweet Briar College will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center, 712 Massanetta Springs Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, Sunnyside Retirement Community,3935 Sunnyside Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or a charity of your choice.
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