In 2013 Dr. Larry Kent Graham, his wife Dr. Sheila Davaney, Harvey H. Potthoff Professor Emerita, and colleague Dr. Carrie Doehring established the Larry Kent Graham Endowed Scholarship. As Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Care, he shaped how Iliff students think about and practice pastoral care since he came to Iliff in 1977.
Dr. Graham taught at Iliff from 1977 to 2014 when he was recognized as an emeritus professor. He served as the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of the Joint PhD Program in Religious and Theological Studies and headed many major committees during his tenure. He chaired 17 Ph.D. dissertation committees, and served on 13 others, as well as overseeing DMin projects and masters theses. He passed away on October 19, 2017, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.

The Dr. Larry Kent Graham Scholarship has been a transformational gift to Masters students pursuing vocations in pastoral and spiritual Care degree at Iliff School of Theology and PhD students specializing in Pastoral Theology in the Joint PhD Program with the University of Denver. The Dr. Larry Kent Graham Scholarship has been awarded to eight students since its founding.
Dr. Graham’s last book, Moral Injury: Restoring Wounded Souls, combined his research and experiences from his long career at Iliff to give caregivers an interdisciplinary understanding of moral injury with strategies for soul care that does not reduce human suffering to medical diagnoses or simplistic moralizing.
Dr. Graham hoped to equip religious leaders and communities to become vital moral and spiritual agents for change in a sea of conflicting moral voices. In these challenging times of complex moral stress of COVID-19 – terrible deaths, illness, unemployment, and financial stress – moral Injury helps us search for meanings complex enough to bear the weight of suffering. As Dr. Doehring notes, “I often hear Dr. Graham’s voice, when I quote his sage counsel to share our moral stress and injuries, so we can bear them together.”
Dr. Graham proposed a collaborative approach to addressing the moral dissonances, moral dilemmas, and moral injuries present in the everyday lives of clergy, caregivers, veterans, and laity. He outlined how the theological and spiritual dynamics of contextual creativity can be employed to name, frame, engage, and revise the moral histories and struggles of individuals, communities, and political groups to heal moral injury and live creatively with moral challenges.