May 7, 2008

1513 Church News--Russell Standish

Russell Standish, 74, Killed in
Australian Car Crash
Adventist was a church critic, participated in 2007 QOD Conference

GIFTED HANDS: Dr. Ben Carson is one of the world's most respected neurosurgeons and a devout Seventh-day Adventist. Carson, 56, said he prays for guidance before every surgery. [Photo courtesy Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly/RNS]

BROTHERS: Adventists Colin Standish (left) and Russell Standish  Oct. 27, 2007, in Berrien Springs, Mich.  [Mark A. Kellner/AR photo]

capDr. Russell Standish, age 74, a former Seventh-day Adventist medical missionary, was killed in a car crash in Mildura, Australia, on the evening of May 2. Standish was a passenger in a car that reportedly crossed the path of an oncoming vehicle, the local newspaper indicated. He was on his way to a speaking engagement at the time of the accident. A local Adventist, Cliff Cocks, was driving and also perished.

Standish differed with church leaders over some elements of the 1957 book, “Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine.” Both he and his twin brother Colin Standish participated in a 2007 Andrews University conference on the book and its impact on the church. Many who attended noted the atmosphere of cordiality and healing at the event.

Dr. Standish is survived by his wife, Glenys, and sons  Stephen, James, and Timothy. James Standish is the world church’s liaison to the U.S. Congress, and Timothy is an associate director of the church’s Geoscience Research Institute in Loma Linda, California.

  -- AR Staff