Profile of William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
A graduate of Yale and its divinity school, Coffin was ordained to the ministry by a U.S. Presbyterian denomination in 1958… It’s only half true that a Doonesbury comic-strip character is modeled on Coffin. Creator Garry Trudeau, a Yale student during Coffin’s chaplaincy, says the Rev. Scot Sloan is also based on Trudeau’s roommate, Scotty McLennan, who himself later became a university chaplain… Coffin’s wives were Eva Rubenstein (married 1956-1968), daughter of pianist Arthur Rubenstein; Harriet Harvey Gibney (1969-1983); and Virginia Randolf (“Randy”) Wilson (1984-2006). He and Eva had three children: Amy, Alexander Sloane and David Andrew.
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