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Ackerman salutes Presybterian clergyman
Rev. Warren E Darnell on 100th birthday,  
Feb. 10, 2005

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) has saluted the Rev. Warren E. Darnell, who spent 53 years as pastor of The Community Church of Little Neck, for reaching his 100th birthday on Feb. 4.

In a House speech on Feb. 8, Ackerman suggested that Darnell was so "eager to begin his work in this world" that he "was born before the doctor arrived at his parents' home... From nearly that day forward, Rev. Darnell has dedicated his life to helping others."

A graduate of Hanover College in 1928, and the Union Theological Seminary in 1931, Darnell continued until his 95th birthday "performing weddings, baptisms, funerals and supplying pulpits," Ackerman said. 

"In addition to his church service, Rev. Darnell has received numerous awards and accolades," the congressman added. "He helped found the Great Neck Clergy Association to fight anti-Semitism and promote brotherhood, tolerance, and understanding among the different religious traditions represented in the community. 

"Rev. Darnell also served as the Director and Trustee of the New York State Christian Endeavor Union Summer Assemblies, as a commissioner to the General Assembly of The United Presbyterian Church, and on various committees of the New York City Presbytery. 

"Local and family values have always been of the utmost importance to Rev. Darnell. He and his wife, Dorothy, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this past September, together with their three children, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren." —Donald H. Harrison