Category Archives: Alumni

A New Call for Nancy Hagner ‘14

A New Call for Nancy Hagner ‘14

The Rev. Nancy J. Hagner, Class of 2014, has been called to serve as the twelfth Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA beginning October 1, 2017. Hagner has served as the Associate Rector of Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ since the summer of 2014. She also currently serves on the Diocese of New Jersey’s Committee for Lifelong Formation.

Prior to being called to ordained ministry, Hagner was the Director of Development for the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore MD for five years, and had an earlier career in the business world including time as a Vice President of Wealth Management at Bank of America.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Daniel Kunhardt ‘52

In Memoriam: Daniel Kunhardt ‘52

The Rev. Daniel B. Kunhardt, Class of 1952, 90, died on August 10, 2017 at home in Brunswick, ME, after a short illness.

Born on September 21, 1926 in Lawrence, MA, he was the son of George and Joan Kunhardt. He was predeceased by Margaret Hale Kunhardt in 2004, and is survived by Mary Lou Lavallee, his children Elizabeth, Daniel, Susan and Amelia, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Read more...

A New Call for Joseph Peters-Mathews ’12

A New Call for Joseph Peters-Mathews ’12

(Photo credit: Dani Scoville / Diocese of California)

The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews, Class of 2012, will begin his cure as Vicar of St. Joseph-St. John, Lakewood, WA on September 17, 2017. He was ordained deacon in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in December 2011. He was ordained priest in San Francisco in December 2012. From September 2012 through December 2016 he served as the Working Group Head for Communications for the Diocese of California.   Read more...

A New Call for Dion Thompson ‘07

A New Call for Dion Thompson ‘07

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Class of 2007, has joined St. Anne’s Episcopal Church of Annapolis, MD as the Associate Priest for Pastoral Care.

Thompson previously served for eight and a half years as the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore City and immediately prior to St. Anne’s, he served as interim rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Darlington, Maryland.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Canon Janice Rusack 1919 – 2017

In Memoriam: Canon Janice Rusack 1919 – 2017

Canon Janice Morrison Overfield Rusack, widow of the late fourth Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack, Class of 1951 and a former chairman of our Board of Trustees, died Aug. 29. She was 97, and had been in declining health in recent years.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, who were great benefactors of our Desmond Tutu Center, and daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Rusack Waycott and Richard Waycott.  Read more...

A New Ministry for Geraldine Swanson ‘08

A New Ministry for Geraldine Swanson ‘08

The Rev. Deacon Geraldine Swanson, Class of 2008, has been appointed the deacon to the Richmond Episcopal Ministry which is overseeing the development of new ministries on Staten Island, NY and helping existing congregations revamp their vision for the future due to changing demographics and resources.

Swanson has served over 25 years as an educator in both public and private schools in New York City, both in the classroom and as a mentor to new teachers, trainer of teacher mentors, and staff developer.  Read more...

Lucinda Mosher ’02 Continues “Building Bridges”

Lucinda Mosher ’02 Continues “Building Bridges”

Lucinda Mosher, Th.D., 2002 has recently finished the most recent in her Building Bridges series, co-edited with David Marshall: God’s Creativity and Human Action: Christian and Muslim Perspectives. It has been published by Georgetown University Press and is available from the publisher or through Amazon.com.

A record of the 2015 Building Bridges Seminar for leading Christian and Muslim scholars, this collection of essays explores the nature of divine and human agency through themes of creation’s goal, humankind’s dignity and task, and notions of sovereignty.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Thomas Droppers ‘56

In Memoriam: Thomas Droppers ‘56

The Rev. Thomas Droppers, Class of 1956, widely known throughout North Carolina for his passion and commitment for the environment, died July 21, 2017, following a period of declining health. Fr. Droppers, 86, was retired after 61 years of service in the Episcopal ministry.

Droppers was born in Albany, NY March 30, 1931, the son of Seton Rand Droppers and Margaret Evelyn Droppers. He was a 1953 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY before attending General.  Read more...

In Memoriam: G. Palmer Pardington, III ’66

The Rev. G. Palmer Pardington, III, Class of 1966, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2017 at home after a lengthy illness. He was 78. Fourth in a line of clergymen, he was born July 12, 1939 in Mobile, Ala., and grew up in Houma, La., where his father, the Rev. George Pardington, was the rector of an Episcopal church, and his mother, Mary England Pardington, helped in every aspect of parish life.  Read more...

Scott MacDougall ’07 Named Co-Editor of Anglican Theological Review

Scott MacDougall ’07 Named Co-Editor of Anglican Theological Review

Dr. Scott MacDougall, Class of 2007, has been appointed Co-Editor in Chief of the Anglican Theological Review, effective September 1, 2017.

MacDougall is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Along with his M.A. in Theology from General, he has a doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University. He serves as Secretary of the ATR Board. MacDougall’s research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology, and he is the author of More than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology (T&T Clark, 2015).  Read more...

A New Call for Melanie Lemburg ‘04

A New Call for Melanie Lemburg ‘04

The Lemburgs: Mary Margaret, Melanie, David and Jack.

The Rev. Melanie Dickson Lemburg, Class of 2004, has been called as the new Rector of St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, Georgia. She follows the Rev. Richard Nelson who retired earlier this year. Her first Sunday will be August 6.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Lemburg earned a BA in English Literature from Rhodes College in 1998. On graduation she worked for Stewpot Community Services, where she created and directed an adult enrichment day program for senior citizens and adults with mental disabilities in Jackson, Mississippi.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Omar Pitman, Jr. ‘57

In Memoriam: Omar Pitman, Jr. ‘57

The Rev. Canon Omar William Pitman, Jr., Class of 1957, died Monday, March 20, 2017 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 83. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, loving family members, and close friends. Pitman was the oldest of two children born to Omar William and Daphne Bernice Barnes Pitman in Big Spring, Texas in 1933. His dear sister, Nancy Pitman Lohner, preceded him in death.  Read more...

A New Call for Sheelagh Clarke ‘05

A New Call for Sheelagh Clarke ‘05

The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, Class of 2005, has been appointed to the position of Interim Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministries on the diocesan staff of the Diocese of Newark, according to an announcement from the Diocese. Effective August 6 she is stepping down as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Millburn, NJ, where she has served for the past six years. She will assume her new role on September 1.  Read more...

Kevin Brown ’07 Elected 11th Bishop of Delaware

The Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Class of 2007 was elected 11th Bishop of Delaware at a special convention on July 15, 2017. He was elected on the fifth ballot at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, according to a news release issued by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

Brown has been the Rector of Holy Comforter Church in Charlotte, NC since 2010. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, TN.  Read more...

A New Call for Adam Shoemaker, ‘07

A New Call for Adam Shoemaker, ‘07

The Rev. Adam J. Shoemaker, Class of 2007, has been called to serve as Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

He has most recently served as rector of Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C. since 2011. While at Holy Comforter, Shoemaker supported the launch of a thriving partnership with a nearby Title I elementary school and helped the parish open a bilingual preschool to serve children in the wider Burlington community.  Read more...

A New Call for Rick Robÿn ‘07

A New Call for Rick Robÿn ‘07

The Rev. Richard Robÿn, Class of 2007, has been called as rector of St. Mary’s-In-Tuxedo Episcopal Church in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.  He has been serving as rector at Trinity Church Oxford in Philadelphia, and previously at Church of the Resurrection in Manhattan.

While at General, Robÿn served his seminary internship at the Church of the Transfiguration, where he helped organize a mission trip to New Orleans to help in the Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts.  Read more...

Travis Smith ’05 Leads Parish to Financial and Missional Stability

Travis Smith ’05 Leads Parish to Financial and Missional Stability

The Rev. Travis Smith, Class of 2005, after three years as Rector of Grace Church in Elkridge, Maryland, has led a turnaround in the parish’s financial and missional stability. Grace is made up of two properties, the Historic Stone Church consecrated in 1911, and a new facility, built in 2002 to house an Early Childhood Center. When he arrived in 2013, he found a $91,000 operating deficit and their bank calling the remaining $700,000 on the loan taken out to create the school.  Read more...