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James W McKay

died 1921  



  Dr. James W. McKay 

Dr. J.W. McKay
Acting President 1899-1900
President 1915-1921    Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, Pa

Dr. James W. McKay, aged 64, of Waynesburg, until last June president of Waynesburg College, and founder of the Shady Avenue Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, died in the Grove City Hospital. Dr. McKay was taken quite  ill while on a business trip  to Mercer County. Dr. McKay was born in Lake Township, Mercer County, and attended the Mercer Public schools, the Edinboro State Normal School and Waynesburg College, graduating from the later in 1883, Two years later he graduated from the Theological Seminary, Cumberland (Tenn) University. His first pastorate was at Charmichaels, Pa. From there he went to Pittsburgh where he organized and built the Shady Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which at that time was known as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. After serving as pastor of that church eight years, Dr. McKay went to Washington, Pa., where he organized and built another church. From there he went to Waynesburg Colege as financial agent and followed his service by serving as acting President of the college two years. From 1901 to 1906 Dr. McKay was editor and owner of the Waynesburg Daily Times, which paper is now operatied by his son Rex McKay. During this period, Dr. McKay also served as right-of-way agent for the Wabash Railroad, and later served in a like capacity for the Pittsburg [sic] Railways Company. In 1906 Dr. McKay returned to Washington, where he organized the Washington County Fair Association. Besides his  widow and Rex McKay, another son Lynn McKay, of Jackson Center, and a daughter Marie McKay of Waynesburg survive.


Mercer Dispatch Friday, Dec 23, 1921

Submitted by Deb Logan




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