Memorial Lecture

The third annual Noel Q. King memorial lecture will be held at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 14, 2012, at the Downtown branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library (224 Church St, Santa Cruz.) Please RSVP to

This year’s “lecture” also incorporates the interests of his wife, crime writer Laurie R. King, in conversation with three other award-winning crime writers, an event we are calling: “Higher Mysteries: Faith and Theology in Crime Fiction.” Joining Laurie will be authors Zoe Ferraris, Sharan Newman, and Julia Spencer-Fleming.

For further details, click on the flier below to enlarge, or download it in PDF format here.

2013 lecture

To read about past events in the King memorial series, click on the pictures below to enlarge.

NQK lecture 2012

Noel King Poster-2


6 comments so far

  1. greg lehman on

    Just a short note of my condolences. As a 1968 Merrill College student, one of my first glimpses into the world of thought was through Dr. King. What better spirit could there have been? He embodied the Santa Cruz experience to me and many of my friends, please know that he is and will be remembered in wonderful light that he helped throw into the world.
    With great respect over the years.
    Greg Lehman

  2. Anonymous on

    “We belong to God and we have to return back to Him”

    We shall always remember him in our prayers as a great friend of Pakistan. My personal interaction with him is spread over last 18 years of his life mostly during his pilgrimage to Pakistan. We travelled together across Pakistan to trace out his birthplace (Rawalpindi), his childhood place (D.I. Khan) and scores of ancient Hindu and Sikh Temples, Buddhist Monasteries and the Silk Route during his quest for knowledge on different religions. His Pakistani contemporary and freind, Prefessor Ahmed Hassan Dani (born 1920) also died here in Islamabad three days earlier.

    My his soul rest in eternal peace,

    Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Cell: +92-300-5048895

  3. Lee Slaff on

    A scholar, a compassionate human being and man of God. A seeker, teacher and friend to all who stood for Truth. The world is greater for the time he spent here. We who knew him are blessed by and through that contact. I would say “go with God” but for Noel, there was no other.

  4. Harold A. Hyde on


    Farewell Noel, dear colleague and neighbor. We have shared a warm friendship together for over 40 years. You breezed into UCSC in its third year, a mystic from faraway lands, at a time when you faced personal and family challenges in a new homeland, that was questioning the Vietnam War. You showed us, including countless students, personal strengths and values of humanity, humility, care, faithfulness and love. You taught and familiarized us with details and perceptions of little understood parts of our world. Thank you for coming our way.

    My love goes to you Laurie, and all the family. Noel loved you all mightily.

    Hal Hyde

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    […] early 90s. When he died in 2009, his family—both blood and his university kin—began a series of Noel King lectures with a goal of maintaining the presence of religious studies on campus. The third such was […]

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