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Elder Hartman Rector Jr., Emeritus General Authority Seventy, Dies at Age 94


Elder Hartman Rector Jr., convert to the Church, emeritus General Authority Seventy, and former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, passed away on Nov. 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. He was 94.

Sustained to the First Council of the Seventy on April 6, 1968, at age 43, he served in that position until 1975. From Oct. 3, 1975, to Oct. 1, 1976, he served in the Presidency of the Seventy, at which point he was called to be a General Authority Seventy. He served in that calling until he was given emeritus status on Oct. 1, 1994.

At the time of his call, he was the only General Authority who had been baptized as an adult.

During his time as a General Authority, Elder Rector completed various assignments including: interim president of the Florida Italy Rome Mission in 1969, the first mission president to preside over the Alabama Florida Mission from 1971-1972, mission president of the California San Diego Mission from 1977-1979; counselor in the Young Men general presidency from 1986-1988; first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency from 1991-1992; and in the area presidencies of the North America Southwest Area, South America North Area, and North America Central Area. From October 1991 to August 1994, Elder Rector served as Assistant Executive Director of the Family History Department. He was also the managing director of the Genealogical Department from 1979-1988. He spoke in general conference seven times.

Lead image of Elder Hartman Rector Jr., emeritus General Authority, retrieved from Church News.

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