Tag Archives: In Memoriam

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...

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...

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...

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...

In Memoriam: Peter D’Alesandre ‘69

The Rev. Peter J. D’Alesandre, Class of 1969, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, RI at the age of 73.

Father Peter’s ministry began at Grace Church in Delavan, WI, and included All Saints Church in Kansas, City; Christ the King Church in Huntington, IN; St. Barnabas Church in Warwick, RI; St. Matthew Church in Ashland, OH; St. Mark’s Church in Storrs, CT; and St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Lynn Edwards ‘66

The Rev. Lynn Chester Edwards, Class of 1966, died on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the age 76. Beloved son of the late Chester and Eleanor M. (Cutler) Edwards; partner of Barry R. Horton, Father Edwards recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a graduate of General as well as his ordination to the sacred order of Priests.

Edwards had many years of faithful service to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including membership on the Standing Committee and ministry at Christ Church, North Hills, All Saints in Brighton Heights, Good Shepherd Church, in Hazelwood, PA, St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Carl Gerdau ’59, DD ‘12

The Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau, Class of 1959 and a recipient of General’s honorary doctorate in 2012, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 of heart failure at the age of 84.

Gerdau served as canon to two Presiding Bishops: the Most Rev. Frank Griswold and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori during her transition into office. With a particular interest and expertise in seminary education, he served as Chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seminary, and also received honorary doctorates from Bexley as well as Virginia Theological Seminary.  Read more...

In Memoriam: William White ‘54

The Rev. William D. White, Class of 1954, died on his 93rd birthday, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Maryland, he served Episcopal churches in Maryland, Arizona, New York and Maine.

For more than 10 years following his retirement, Fr. White served as volunteer chaplain at Parkview Medical Center, Brunswick, Maine, and has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Michael Whinney ‘90

The Rt. Rev. Michael Whinney, who received a Master of Theology degree from General during a sabbatical from the Church of England in 1990, died February 3, 2017 at the age of 86.

Whinney was a well-loved bishop who made a great contribution to the Church of England in Birmingham as Bishop of Aston (1982-1985) after fruitful ministry in Rainham, Bermondsey and as Archdeacon of Southwark.  Read more...

In Memoriam: William Starr ‘58

The Rev. Dr. William Frederic Starr, Class of 1958, died on Feb. 11, 2017 at his home in Chilmark, MA surrounded by his family. He was 83.

A direct descendant of Dr. Comfort Starr, who emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635, Starr was born on May 17, 1933 in New Haven, Conn. but spent his youth in Watertown, Conn. He attended the Taft School, and Yale University, before he matriculated at General, and then received his Ph.D.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Fred Borsch ‘60

The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch, Class of 1960 and D.D. 1988, died in his sleep early April 11 from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Borsch served as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002. The clergy of the Diocese learned of Borsch’s death as they gathered for the annual Holy Tuesday renewal of vows at the Cathedral Center on April 11.  Read more...

In Memoriam, Deborah Dunn ‘91

The Rev. Canon Deborah Dunn, Class of 1991, rector of St. Peter’s, Santa Maria, CA, and a former deployment officer for the Diocese of Los Angeles, died April 19, at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, after suffering heart failure and complications of a stroke. She was 65 and had served as rector in Santa Maria since 2007.

Dunn previously served as vicar of St. Thomas Church, Hacienda Heights (1999-2007), as an associate at St.  Read more...

In Memoriam, David Ball ‘53

Bishop David Ball, Class of 1953, who led the Episcopal Diocese of Albany for 14 years and who was devoted to preserving the historic Cathedral of All Saints, died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 90, in his room at the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence, where he had welcomed dozens of friends in recent days as they came to say their goodbyes to a beloved native son and spiritual beacon.  Read more...

In Memoriam, Bob Hibbs ‘57

The Rt. Rev. Robert (Bob) Hibbs, Class of 1957, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 17. He was 84. As bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, he served alongside then-Diocesan Bishop Jim Folts until Hibbs’ retirement in December 2003.

Bishop Hibbs was born on April 20, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was baptized April 30, 1933, confirmed April 9, 1942, ordained deacon on June 24, 1957, ordained priest Dec.   Read more...

In Memoriam: Jesse Anderson, Jr. ‘61

The Rev. Canon Jesse Anderson, Jr., Class of 1961 and recipient of an honorary doctorate in 1964, died April 4, 2017. From 1991 to 2001 he was the 16th Rector of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia (founded by Absalom Jones).

Born in New York City and reared and educated in Philadelphia, Anderson graduated from Lincoln University before attending General and being ordained into the priesthood in 1961.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Richard Bolles ‘53

Richard N. Bolles, Class of 1953, a former Harvard physics major, Episcopal minister and career counselor whose own twisting vocational path led to his writing What Color Is Your Parachute? — the most popular job-hunter’s manual of the 1970s and beyond — died on Friday, March 31, 2017 in San Ramon, Calif. He was 90.

Bolles originally self-published his manual in 1970 as a photocopied how-to booklet for unemployed Protestant ministers.  Read more...