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Susannah Jane Rankin

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Died  24 July 1989, Australia

Susannah Jane Rankin (1897 – 24 July 1989) was a Welsh Congregational minister, religious educator, linguist and translator. In 1922, she was the first woman at the University of Wales to earn a Bachelor of Divinity, having studied at Bala-Bangor Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 1925 at Pendref, Llanfyllin. After serving as a lecturer at Lawes Theological College, she became an evangelist in Papua New Guinea (Boku Kapakapa, 1928; Saroa, 1931). Rankin and her husband, Robert Rankin, were appointed Professor and Principal at Chalmers Memorial Theological College after its establishment in 1957. Her husband died three years later, and she took over the role of Principal till 1964. For her translation work from Welsh and English to the Motu language, Rankin received an Honorary M.A. degree from the University of Wales. She died in Australia in 1989.


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