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David McKechnie Hay, 70, died at his home in McDonough, Georgia on August 25, 2006.

He was born on September 19, 1935 in Fargo, North Dakota to Donald Gordon Hay and Lillian McKechnie. He married Mary Campbell Carmichael on June 30, 1961. His family includes daughter Mary Cameron Hay-Rollins and husband Rob of Oxford, Ohio; son Michael David Malchow-Hay and wife Laura of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Turner Cameron Rollins and Sydney Ray Rollins of Oxford, Ohio; Twyla Kaylee Malchow-Hay of Portland, Oregon; step-mother Jane Hay of Waterbury, Connecticut; brother John Hay and wife Carol Lynn of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; sister Jean Hay of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; and sister-in-law Carol Hunt and husband Hugh Hunt of Marietta, Georgia.

David Hay attended Ithaca High School, Duke University (B.A., 1957), Yale University (B.D., 1960; M.A. 1962; Ph.D. in New Testament, 1965), and studied at the University of Tübingen (1963-4). He was a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary (1964-1971) and at Coe College where he was Joseph McCabe Professor of Religion (1971-2001). As an important scholar in New Testament, Pauline, and Philo studies, he authored two books, Glory at the Right Hand (1973) and Colossians (2000), edited several volumes, and wrote numerous journal articles.

In addition to his life as a scholar and teacher, he was a lover of music, especially Wagnerian opera. He played the violin, organ, and piano and composed several piano pieces for his family.

David Hay was truly a Renaissance man, a beloved teacher, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the David Hay Religious Scholarship Fund, Coe College, 1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.

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