Rev. Harvey G. Throop, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 19, 2012. Harvey was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 23, 1943, the second of four children to Dr. Harvey M. and Helen E. Throop.
He received a B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., in 1961, and a M.Div. degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1968. In 1967 Harvey married Joan, his loving wife of 44 years. He was ordained into the ministry in 1968.
He served churches in Minnesota and Iowa before he was called to become Pastor of Palisades Presbyterian Church in San Diego in 1979, where he served for more than 33 years. He was a gifted writer who wrote and published Christian education curriculum. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Youth Club Program, nationally known as LOGOS System Associates, for many years. He will be remembered for his love of preaching and the compassionate care he gave his congregations. Harvey was a great family man with a wonderful sense of humor, who loved spending time with his grandchildren at his lake cabin in Minnesota.
Rev. Harvey Gibson Throop
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joan, their children Sheryl, Susan (Jay), Lisa (Laird), and Brian (Ellie), six grandchildren, sisters Carolyn Blaine and Judy Nelson, brother Rev. F. David Throop, and the countless people whose lives he touched.
A celebration of his life will be held at Palisades Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the American Cancer Society.