James Edward McEldowney, 1907-2005
Dr. James Edward McEldowney, 98, died August 13, 2005. He recently moved to Penney Farms Retirement Community after living in Bradenton, Fla., 29 years.
Dr. McEldowney served as a Methodist missionary to India for 35 years. He was born in South Dakota, and received his B.A. and honorary Doctor of Divinity from Simpson College, Iowa, M.A. and Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Boston University, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Jim served in churches in Iowa, Rhode Island, Hyderabad, India, and Virginia. He was Professor of Old Testament and Principal at Leonard Theological College in Jabalpur, India. Dr. McEldowney was a pioneer in audio visual productions, founding CARVAS, Christian Association for Radio and Audio Visual Services, which produced films and trained students in photography, music, writing, broadcasting, and production of audio visual materials. He was Administrative Director of the World Association for Christian Communications headquartered in London before returning to America. He then served as minister at Unionville in Virginia in the 1970s and chaplain at the Shores in Bradenton in the 1980s.
Dr. McEldowney was editor of South Asia's Audio Visual News and contributed to many books and magazines in India, England, and America. His books, God's Presence Among the Aging: a book of meditations (1982,1988) and The Making of a Missionary: the story of my life (1993) have been used for study and devotionals. He wrote stories for his great grand-children, Gateway to India:children's stories (1997). [See a bibliography below.]
Jim married Ruth Calkins in 1933. They had three children, Betty (Mrs. Richard) Conard, Bradenton; Dr. Philip McEldowney, Charlottesville, Va.; Barbara Carroll, Richmond, Va. Jim had eight grandchildren, including Kimberly Greenlaw, Bradenton, and Scott Conard, Dallas, Texas, Timothy McEldowney, Charlottesville, Virginia, Julie Carlson, Jefferson, Iowa, Virginia Fitts, Norfolk, Virginia, Daniel W. Bird, Richmond, Virginia, and James B. Bird, El Paso, Texas, and 18 great-grandchildren. Ruth passed away in 1989. Jim married Jeanne Nave, also a Methodist missionary.
Dr. McEldowney's activities included directing orchestras, bands, and choral groups. He was a founder of the Manatee West Coast Symphony Association, member of Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church.
A memorial service was held August 17, 3p.m., at Penney Farms Retirement Community. Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the Scholarship Fund of Leonard Theological College c/o Jeanne McEldowney, Box 1087, Penney Farms, FL 32979.
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A bibliography of James E. McEldowney
1932. Tawney's critique of Weber .. James Edward McEldowney. 1, 2, 126 pp. Note(s): Typewritten sheets in cover./ Bibliography: p. 125-126./ Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--Boston University, 1932.; Entry: 19811102; Update: 20040107. Thesis/dissertation (deg)Manuscript (mss). English. 7899603.
1943. John Wesley's theology in its historical
setting. James Edward McEldowney. 1 v. pp. Note(s):
Includes bibliographical references./ Dissertation: Thesis (Ph.
D.)--University of Chicago, Divinity School.; Entry: 20000207; Update:
20040425. Thesis/dissertation (deg)Manuscript (mss). English. 43671046.
1945-. Audio Visual News. India: Pakistan, Burma,
Christian Council of India. Notes: Journal. Frequency:
Quarterly; v; Entry: 20041026; Update: 20041026. Journal. English.
1947. The Good Samaritan. James Edward
McEldowney. Jabalpur, India: National Christian Council of India.
Notes: Actor: Jabalpur. Motion picture; silent, color film. About
10 minutes in length. Abstract: A story from the New Testament.
1948. [Motion picture film of the Immersion of Gandhi's
ashes in the Narbadda river near Jabalpur]. Filmed by James
Edward McEldowney. Jabalpur, India. Motion picture; black and
white / color; procession of Gandhi's ashes from the Jabalpur rail station
to the river, with Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shukla of Raipur
performing the immersion ceremony. Note: Copy of the film donated to the
Madhya Pradeh government for their archives.
1948?. The Shepherd of India. James Edward
McEldowney. Jabalpur, India: National Christian Council and Church of
the Brethern in Gujarat. Notes: Last film of a series on
Christianity in India in the 1940s. Motion picture. Abstract: Script
telling of one of the Gujarat Church of the Brethren remarkable converts
who had grown up in their mission, received education, and had given
service in the area. Script written by Mrs. Schull.
1949. The Prodigal Son. James Edward
McEldowney. Jabalpur, India: National Christian Council of India.
Notes: Actors: Stanley Downs a prodigal; Saroj Macwan as girl
during prodigal's riotous living. Motion picture; silent, colorabout 10
minutes in length. Abstract: A story from the New Testament.
1950. "The Use of Audio-Visuals in the District." James Edward
McEldowney, p. 104-110. In Audio Visual Handbook for
India edited by Donald F. Ebright. India: National
Christian Council of India and Pakistan. Mysore City, India: Wesley Press
and Publishing House. 215 pp.
1953?. Zacchaeus : The Transformed Life. James
Edward McEldowney. Jabalpur and Bombay, India: National Christian
Council of India. Notes: Actors: A. T. Georege of Hyderabad as
Zacchaeus; Alexander from Kerala as Christ. Motion picture;
feature-length film, black and white, sound. Hindi. Abstract: New
Testament story of Zacchaeus.
1955. "You and Your Moving Pictures." James Edward
McEldowney, p. 260-269. In Audio Visual
Handbook for India edited by Donald F. Ebright. India:
National Christian Council of India. Madras, India: Diocesan Press. 335
1959: Apr. "An Emerging Church Music in India." James E.
McEldowney International Review of Missions, 48:190. p.
1961. The recruitment of the Christian minister: a report of the conference on recruitment held at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, M.P., India, January 31 to February 3, 1961. James E. McEldowney and Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, India.,. [Jabalpur]: pub. by Leonard Theological College and the Board of Theological Education of the National Christian Council of India. Theology--Study and teaching--India Clergy--India Clergy--Appointment, call, and election.
1982. God's presence among the aging: a book of meditations. James E. McEldowney. Bradenton, Fla.: Retirement Corporation of America. Older Christians--English. Call number: BV4580 .M37 1982
1988. God's presence among the aging: fifty-five meditations : a new series dealing with stress. James E. McEldowney. Bradenton, Fla.: Southmark Foundation on Gerontology. Older Christians--English. number: BV4580 .M37 1988
1992. Helping caregivers cope with Alzheimer's : written for the National Foundation on Gerontology. James E. McEldowney. Bradenton, Fl: National Foundation on Gerontology. 16 pp. Notes: Responsibility: by James E. McEldowney.; Entry: 19930311; Update: 20040530. Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Care Caregivers. English. 27717717. Call number: LC: RC523; Dewey: 618.976
1993. The making of a missionary : the story of my life
James E. McEldowney. Bradenton, Fla. (7307 19th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton): J.E. McEldowney. 378 pp. Notes: Responsibility: James E.
McEldowney.; Entry: 19940504; Update: 20041223. Missionaries -- India --
Biography McEldowney, James E. English. 30475487. LCCN:
93-91763. Call number: LC: BV3269.M3
1997. The gateway to India : children's stories. James E. McEldowney. Bradenton, Fla: McEldowney. 114 pp. Notes: Responsibility: James E. McEldowney.; Entry: 19990827; Update: 20050107. Children of missionaries -- Juvenile literature Missionaries McEldowney, James E. -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature McEldowney, James E. -- Childhood and youthI ndia -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile literature India -- Social life and customs Juvenile (no specific ages) (jau). English. 42256507.
Materials which James Edward McEldowney promoted, contributed to, or wrote with others:
1950. The audio-visual handbook for India : a symposium. edited by Donald F. Ebright. Mysore Cite, India: Wesley Press and Pub. House. 215 pp. Entry: 19820526; Update: 20030801. Audio-visual education. Book; WorldCat. English. 8465679. Call number: LC: LB1043 [Back to "District" article citation]
1951?. India, Crucible of Freedom. India: [National
Christian Council in India]. Motion picture. Abstract: Chrsitan work
1955. The audio-visual handbook for India. edited by Donald F. Ebright; introduction by Raja Maharaj Singh, revised edition. Madras, India: Audio-Visual Aids Committee, National Christian Council of India. 335 pp. Note(s): Includes bibliographical references.; Entry: 19991026; Update: 20050110. Audio-visual educationMissions -- Audio-visual aids Missions -- India. Book, Whole. Book; WorldCat. English. 42704343. Call number: LC: LB1043.5 [Back to "Moving Pictures" article citation]
1958. Catalogue of library of film strips, slides, transcriptions & magnetic tapes of the Christian Association for Radio & Audio-Visual Service (CARAVS) : November 1958. Christian Association for Radio and Audio-Visual Service. Jabalpur, India: Christian Association for Radio & Audio-Visual Service (CARAVS). 153 pp. Notes: Note(s): Contains index.; Entry: 19990728; Update: 20040419. Christian Association for Radio and Audio-Visual Service -- Catalogs. English. 41972020. Call number: LC: PN1995.9.R4
1967. Sadhu Sundar Singh apostle of the bleeding feet. Christian Assoc. for Radio and Audio Visual Service. Notes: 58 fr; Named Person: Sundar Singh, 1889-; Geographic: India -- Saints.; Responsibility: Writer of the script, Venu Macwan; artist Frank Wesley.; Entry: 19780921; Update: 20041130. Filmstrip (flm). Visual Material. English. 4242854. Call number: LC: BV5095
1972. Christian saints of India. CARAVS and Inc
Intermedia. Caravs of India,; Jabalpur,; 1965.; Edited and released in
the U.S. by Intermedia,; 1972. Notes: 4 filmstrips (243
fr.); Named Person: Singh, Sundar, 1889- Tilak, Narayan Vaman, 1862?-1919.
Ramabai Sarasvati, Pandita, 1858-1922. Azariah, Vedanayakam Samuel, Bp.,
1874-1945.; Note(s): With scripts and guide.; Responsibility: Producer, K.
D. Bhasker; writers, Venu Macwan, James McEldowney.; Entry: 19731121;
Update: 20010628. Filmstrip (flm). Abstract: Presents biographies of
four noted Indian Christian leaders.; Sadhu Sundar Singh. --Bishop Azariah
of Dornakal. --Pandita Ramabai. --Narayan Vaman Tilak.
1972. Bishop Azariah of Dornakal. Jabalpur: Caravs
of India,; S.l.; Intermedia editor and distributor. Notes: 1
filmstrip (69 fr.); Named Person: Azariah, Vedanayagam Samuel,
Bishop, 1874-1945.; Entry: 19930625; Update: 20020517. Filmstrip (flm).
Abstract: A short biography of the first Indian bishop in the
Anglican Church, Vandanayagam Samuel Azariah, known in India as "The
Apostle of Unity.".
1972. Sadhu Sundar Singh. Jabalpur: Caravs of
India,; S.l.; Intermedia editor and distributor. Notes: 1
filmstrip (58 fr.); Named Person: Singh, Sundar, 1889-; Entry:
19930625; Update: 20000120. Filmstrip (flm). Abstract: A short
biography of a Christian known in India as "The Apostle of the Bleeding
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