Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Board member emeritus Dr. David Epperson, a lifelong social reformer whose 29-year stewardship built the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work into a nationally recognized program, died June 20. He was 76.

Epperson lived out his commitment to education, racial equality, social and civic improvement through decades of leadership at the University of Pittsburgh, the Urban League, the YMCA and a host of boards and committees including Urban Redevelopment Authority, The Pittsburgh Foundation, PNC Bank’s Urban Advisory Board, and Negro Educational Emergency Drive. He served the PTS Board faithfully as a member of the Education Committee from 1992 through 2001 and then as an emeritus member since 2004.

“His outgoing personality, his infectious smile, and wise counsel will be long remembered,” stated Seminary President William J. Carl III.

Epperson is survived by this wife Cecelia, two daughters Sharon Epperson and Lia Epperson Jealous, and three grandchildren.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.