Talbot

When Frederick H. Talbot ’57 M.Div. was a boy, he admired the beautiful robes of two ministers in his church. Vowing to wear one of those robes himself, Talbot left his South American hometown in Guyana to enter Yale Divinity School as an M.Div. student. The retired AME bishop explains, “Com­ing to Yale was an exciting time—I enjoyed myself, I learned the seriousness of humor, the inspiration of worship in the chapel, the excitement of field work where I became the first black associate director of the Wesley Foundation.” A recipi­ent of the YDS Woodward Scholarship, Talbot proclaims that he “would not have been able to complete my work without that assistance.” When Talbot received the 2007 Lux et Veritas Alumni Award at Convocation and Reunions for his international ministry, he demonstrated his gratitude by presenting Yale Divinity School with a $10,000 check to endow scholarships for future students. Observing that God had been “embarrassingly good” to him, he said he would use the money that he had received for his 80th birthday that same October to be a blessing for other Yale Divinity School students.