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Minister's faith inspired others to follow path

| Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
The Rev. Dr. Richard Marlin Cromie of Matthews, N.C., formerly of Pittsburgh and a former moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, died on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.

The Rev. Dick Cromie made God's work come to life in many ways.

The Rev. Cromie could give just a look, word or prayer and alter the course of a person's life forever, family and friends said.

“As a youngster growing up in Mt. Lebanon, I attended Southminster Presbyterian Church with my family, where I heard Dr. Cromie preach,” said the Rev. James Tinnemeyer Jr., senior pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

“He was someone to look up to. And it was from his dedication in serving others that I answered a call to the ministry.”

The Rev. Dr. Richard Marlin Cromie of Matthews, N.C., formerly of Pittsburgh and a former moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, died on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy. He was 76.

He inspired his daughter, Courtney B. Cromie, to follow in his footsteps. On Oct. 2, 2011, she was installed as the pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Jackson, N.J.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the Rev. Cromie was one of two children of Harry Marlin Cromie and Margaret Acker Cromie.

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Rev. Cromie received his doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and in 1981 his Doctor of Divinity from Grove City College.

The Rev. Cromie was always true to his Scottish heritage. On St. Andrew's Day, which honors the patron saint of Scotland, he preached attired in a kilt.

Before his retirement in 2004, Cromie served pastorates in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Mt. Lebanon and McCandless, as well as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Good Cromie; daughters, Catherine C. DeCramer of Charlotte, Anne C. Cromie of Gainesville, Fla., and the Rev. Courtney B. Cromie of Jackson, N.J.; his sister, Alice Williams of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Williams, and his brother, Robert Cromie.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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