Cheyney University Pays Tribute To Father Thomas S. Logan
June 1, 2012
At the May 12, 2012 Commencement program, President Michelle R. Howard-Vital presented a proclamation in honor of Father Thomas Logan who passed away on May 2, 2012. Along with his wife Hermione Hill Logan, Logan was a long-time Cheyney University supporter. Mrs. Logan was the daughter of Cheyney University's first President, Leslie Pinkney Hill.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Rev. Thomas Logan. He was a loyal and valued member of the Cheyney University family," said President Howard-Vital. "We will miss him dearly."
The Proclamation In Memoriam of The Reverend Thomas W. Logan reads as follows -
WHEREAS, The Reverend Thomas W. Logan was a tireless advocate of Cheyney University; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Thomas W. Logan became a part of Cheyney University’s legacy in 1934 when he met his future wife of seventy-four years, Hermione Pinkney Hill, the daughter of Cheyney University’s illustrious President, Leslie Pinkney Hill; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Thomas W. Logan continued his father’s tradition of being a religious leader, serving as a minister at the Calvary Episcopal Church for over forty-four years, an associate priest at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, and served as a dean and advisor to the bishop the in Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Thomas W. Logan in 1945 created one of the first interracial congregations in Philadelphia by merging the Calvary Monumental Church and St. Michael’s Church; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Thomas W. Logan was the oldest practicing African American priest in the nation’s Episcopal Church, the oldest alumnus of Central High School, the oldest living member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the recipient of seven honorary degrees; and
WHEREAS, The Reverend Thomas W. Logan was a founder of the African American Museum, a longtime grand master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and a board member of the Haverford Hospital; and WHEREAS, deepest sympathies are extended to The Reverend Thomas W. Logan’s wife, Hermione; brother, Leonard; five grandchildren; and many relatives;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHELLE R. HOWARD-VITAL, Ph.D., President; do hereby express the condolences of the entire Cheyney University family on the passing of a most valued friend of Cheyney University and leader of our nation’s African American community.
PROCLAIMED at Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pennsylvania; this twelfth day of May, 2012.
Mr. Logan graduated from Central High School in 1930 and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Lincoln in 1935. Father Logan attended Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University, General Theological Seminary, and the Philadelphia Divinity School. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and Manifield's College in Oxford, England for graduate studies.
The Logans met during the time they were attending Cheyney State College and Lincoln University, respectively. He was a student-athlete at Lincoln University when he met his future wife, Hermione, when he was playing football at Cheyney College. After a five-year courtship, they married. They were married for 74 years and had a son, the late Rev. Thomas W. Logan Jr.
In 2011 Hermione Clark Hill-Logan and Father Thomas Starly Logan, Sr. were recognized for their long-standing association with Cheyney University at the commencement ceremony. They attended campus activities regularly, including the Founder's Day program in February which celebrated Cheyney University's 175th anniversary.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Logan is survived by a sister, Phyllis Logan Simms, a brother, Leonard, five grandchildren, and other relatives. Father Logan was buried in Eden Cemetary in Darby.