Rev. Daniel WhalIon, 1922-2001 花祥牧師
Taiwan Church News. Occasional Bulletin, V18, no.6 November/Decenber 2001. p.16 The Rev. Daniel O. Whallon(花祥牧師), who served in Taiwan from 1962 until his retirement in 1987 under the Presbyterian Church in the United States and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, died on December 24th, 2001. A memorial service was held on January 5th 2002.
Taiwan Church News.No.2605, February 3, 2002. Translated and written by David Alexander.
Dan Whallon, a minister of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) served the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) in various capacities fro 1962 until his retirement in 1987. He went on to God’s greater glory on December 24th, 2001. A memorial service was held t the PCT’s General assembly mission Center on February 1st.2002.
Born in 1922, Dan and his spouse ,Cary, came to Taiwan 1962. His first assignment was as an evangelist among Mandarin Chinese speaking people. In 1072 he moved into the General Assembly Headquarters, serving there as the inter board treasurer. until 1987 Cary worked steadily as the English language secretary to the general secretary.
In the 1970’s Dan and Cary were in the thick of the tension between the PCT and Taiwan’s martial law government. They were steadfast partners of this church. Their position was not made articulate in words so much as in their actions of protecting the Rev. Dr. C. M. Kao, PCT General Secretary, who eventually was imprisoned on political charges. When Dr. Kao was facing arrest and rumors were circulating, the Whallons physically stood with him. Their loyalty and the actions they took to demonstrate it were felt throughout the structures of this church.
Following 1979’s “Formosa Incident” an assassin snuffed out the lives of many members of the family of Lin Yi-hsiung, a human rights activist. Many clergy decided to make an appeal in local and overseas churches for funds to purchase the house were the murders took place and convert it to a church. Dan and Cary supported the movement and assisted it in every possible way. They personally cared for Mr.Lin and the survivors in his family. Yi-kwang Presbyterian Church, which now occupies the house, made Dan and Cary ‘life members.
When the PCUS came
instituted its mission activities in Taiwan in the 1950’s it
purchased land in Taipei, Taichung and Yuli (Hualien
County). By the 1980’ retention of these properties by a
foreign church was seen as anachronistic.
Dan was instrumental in pushing through the
administrative aspects of property transfer to the PCT.
While Dan and Cary lived in Taiwan they had extensive contacts among the foreign community. They maintained these in their retirement to Florida, where Cary continues to reside.