Tag Archives: In Memoriam

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...

In Memoriam: Richard Hall ‘61

The Rev. Richard Charles “Dick” Hall, Class of 1961, died at his home in Pasadena, CA on March 5, 2017 at the age of 81, after a brief illness. He was the former director of St. Barnabas Senior Center in Los Angeles. During his 25-year tenure, he also assisted at St. Paul’s Church, Pomona (1985-1991), and at St. Mark’s Church, Upland (1975-1983). Previously he was rector of St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: John Southern, Jr. ‘72

The Reverend John Carlton Southern, Jr., Class of 1972, 70, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Asheville, NC.  He was preceded in death by his partner of 36 years, John Crawford.

Born in Winston-Salem, NC on December 14, 1946 to the late John Carlton Southern, Sr. and Elizabeth “Lib” Nail Southern, Southern was a graduate of C. A. Erwin High School and UNC-Chapel Hill before attending General.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Gavin White ’67

The Rev. Gavin D. White, Class of 1967, died peacefully at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Scotland on Christmas Eve 2016. The funeral service was held in All Saints’ Scottish Episcopal Church, St. Andrews, on January 20. The following obituary is adapted from one White wrote for himself in 2002:

Born April 6, 1927 in Montreal, White was the son of a Canadian army brigadier, and on both sides of railway stock.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret A. Guenther ’83

The Rev. Dr. Margaret A. Guenther, Class of 1983, died peacefully early Sunday morning, December 11, 2016, surrounded by her whole loving family.

Guenther was Professor Emerita of Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary, where she served for many years as Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality. She was a noted retreat leader and lecturer, and author of many books including Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction (1992); Toward Holy Ground: Spiritual Directions for the Second Half of Life (1996); My Soul in Silence Waits: Meditations on Psalm 62 (2012); The Practice of Prayer (1998); Just Passing Through: Notes from a Sojourner; (2007); At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us (2006); and most recently, Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus (2011).  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM Walter Carlson ’67

The Rev. Walter Carlson, Class of 1967, died on November 6, 2016 at his home in Somerset, New Jersey, at the age of 82. A funeral service was held on November 12 at St. Luke’s Church in Montclair.

Carlson was born on February 3, 1934 in Glen Ridge and lived in Washington, New Jersey, New York City, Fair Lawn, Wayne, and Verona before moving to Somerset four years ago.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Paul Cochran ’70

The Rev. Paul Coleman Cochran, Class of 1970, died in Lexington, Kentucky on October 14, 2016 at the age of 74. Born in Michigan December 14, 1941, to Maurice William Cochran and Ellanna Born Cochran, and raised in Rockport, Texas, he was a resident of New York City for most of his adult life, serving parishes in New York and Long Island.

Cochran received his undergraduate degree at St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Brian Murdoch ’85

The Rev. Brian Murdoch, Class of 1985, died at his Martha’s Vineyard home on October 16, 2016, at the age of 62. He was the Pastor of the Grace Episcopal Church, William Street, Vineyard Haven, where a memorial service was held on October 19. A funeral service was held on October 22 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.

“He was so very well-loved,” said Pat Waring, a parishioner at Grace.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Paulette Schiff ’87

The Rev. Paulette Agnes Toppin Schiff, Class of 1987, who served at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, died September 17, of colon cancer at her home in Miller Place, New York at the age of 69.

Born in Rockville Centre, New York, she graduated in 1964 as valedictorian from Douglas MacArthur High School, Wantagh, New York. In 1968, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, before receiving her M.Div.   Read more...