Tag Archives: In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM: John C. Whitehead, D.D. ’03

IN MEMORIAM: John C. Whitehead, D.D. ’03

The Hon. John C. Whitehead (D.D. 2003), a Wall Street banker who led the international expansion of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the 1970s and 1980s, died on February 7, 2015 after a battle with cancer. Whitehead was also founding chairman of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He was a devoted Episcopalian and friend of the Church who served on the Advisory Board of the Church Center Development Office.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Willoughby Newton ’56

IN MEMORIAM: Willoughby Newton ’56

The Rev.Willoughby Newton (Class of 1956) died on April 18, 2015, in New York City at the age of 90. Newton was a faithful son, friend, and servant of The General Theological Seminary. As a member of the leadership team in the late 1980s, he was instrumental in establishing the Chelsea Square Conservancy to maintain and protect the GTS Close, where The Willoughby Newton Fragrance Garden is named in his honor.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: William Dwyer ’55

IN MEMORIAM: William Dwyer ’55

The Rev. Canon William D. Dwyer (Class of 1955) died peacefully on February 11, 2015, surrounded by family at the age of 84. Born in New York City and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dwyer graduated from Princeton University in 1951 before entering The General Theological Seminary.

Ordained into the Diocese of Newark, Dwyer was affectionately known as “Father Bill” in all of the congregations where he served.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener ’54

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Fleener ’54

The Rev. Thomas W. Fleener (Class of 1954) died March 26, 2015, in Dallas at the age of 87. He attended The General Theological Seminary after service in the U.S. Army, and served as a priest in The Episcopal Church for 20 years, during which time he founded St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas and the Montessori School on the same campus.

After leaving ministry, he had a number of different jobs, often as office manager, accountant, or executive assistant.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM Kenneth L. Smith ’87

IN MEMORIAM Kenneth L. Smith ’87

The Rev. Kenneth Lee Smith (Class of 1987) died peacefully on November 12, 2014, after a brief illness at the age of 79. Ken is survived by his cherished wife, Portia (née Miles); son Craig (Cindy); step-daughter Elizabeth; granddaughters Laura (Nick) and Heather (Ben); and great-grandchildren, Reese, Creighton, Solomon, Abram and Ezra. Ken was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen.

Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, to James Scott and Leta Smith, Smith graduated from the Fisher School of Business at Ohio State University and served as an officer in the U.S.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Ben Moss ’56

IN MEMORIAM: Ben Moss ’56

The Very Rev. Robert Benjamin Moss (Class of 1956) of Medina, New York, died March 14, 2015, at the Martin-Linsin Residence of Hospice in Albion, New York. He was 88 years old.

Born in Horseheads, New York, Moss graduated from high school at age 15 and went to college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he met and married Judith Lawrence Howard, his wife of 64 years.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Robert Keaten ’01

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Keaten (Class of 2001) died on March 11, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was 79 years old.

Born on March 20, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia, Keaton graduated from Yale University in 1957 with a B.S. in physics. He spent the next 40 years working as a physicist, including positions at Rockwell International and as the American representative to the OECD Halden Reactor Project in Norway before finishing his career at GPU Nuclear Corp.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Orris G. Walker, Jr. ’68

IN MEMORIAM: Orris G. Walker, Jr. ’68

The Rt. Rev. Orris G. Walker, Jr., Class of 1968, died on February 28, 2015 at the age of 72. He was the Seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, serving from 1991 to 2009. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 1988 and also served on the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary.

“His episcopate championed the cause of full inclusion of women in the ordained ministry of the diocese,” Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano said of Walker.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: James Paul Stevenson ’68

The Rev. James Paul Stevenson, Class of 1968, died at home in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, on January 25, at the age of 71. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his loved ones, wife, Judy Stevenson, and son, Ian Andrew Stevenson.

Stevenson was born in Bethlehem, son of the late Rt. Rev. Dean Stevenson and Doris Quier Stevenson. He was a graduate of Emmaus High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lehigh University before attending General; he also received a master’s degree from Marywood College in Christian education and mathematics.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Grahame Butler-Nixon ’64

The Rev. Grahame Butler-Nixon, Class of 1964, died January 19, 2015 at Agape Hospice House in Columbia, South Carolina at the age of 82. A Requiem Eucharist was celebrated at Grace Episcopal Church, Camden, South Carolina on January 24 with interment in the church’s Memorial Garden following the service.

Butler-Nixon was born in Sydney, Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide Law School, served in the Australian Foreign Service, and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Markham ’70

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Markham ’70

The Rev. Richard Benedict Markham, whose longtime tenure at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, West Brighton, Staten Island, New York, was marked by his kindness, generosity of heart and deep spirituality, died January 2, 2015 in Staten Island University Hospital. He was 75.

Born in Westerleigh, Markham graduated from Curtis High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Wagner College, Grymes Hill. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in December 1973 in the Cathedral of St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: T. Herbert Johnson ’73

IN MEMORIAM: T. Herbert Johnson ’73

The Rev. Dr. T. Herbert Johnson, Class of 1973, died on December 5, 2014 in Charlotte, NC at the age of 81.

Johnson was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Newark in 1973 by Bishop Leland Stark and served as Curate at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral from 1973-1975. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1977 in the Diocese of Michigan and served congregations in the Dioceses of Michigan, Ohio and Long Island.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM John Negrotto ’72

IN MEMORIAM John Negrotto ’72

The Rev. John Negrotto, Class of 1972, died suddenly on December 13, 2014 of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

Negrotto served as Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Hillsdale, NJ, retiring in 2004 after 27 years. In his “retirement” John served as Interim Rector of several parishes in both the Newark and New Jersey Dioceses: Church of the Messiah (Chester), St. Peter’s (Essex Fells), St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM Charles Poindexter ’55

IN MEMORIAM Charles Poindexter ’55

The Rev. Canon Charles L.L. Poindexter, Class of 1955, died Nov. 25, 2014 at the age of 82.

Born April 11, 1932 to Walter Poindexter and Pearl M. Robinson in Richmond, Va., he attended West Virginia State University and Philadelphia Divinity School before furthering his studies at General and then Chichester Theological Seminary in England. He was ordained to the diaconate and the sacred priesthood in 1958 in the Cathedral of St.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis Nichols ’92

The Rev. Dennis Witt Nichols, Class of 1992, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Holy Comforter, Gadsden, Alabama, died suddenly on November 24, 2014, at the age of 59.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1992, Nichols previously served at St. Peter’s Clarksboro, New Jersey, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness, Gibbsboro, New Jersey. A native of Virginia, he was a graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music and an accomplished concert organist who taught school for fifteen years in Lynchburg, Virginia before attending General.    Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey ’83

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey ’83

The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey, Class of 1983, of Little Silver, New Jersey, and Vero Beach, Florida, died November 2, 2014 in the Hospice at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank at the age of 80.

Coffey graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biblical History in 1956, and resumed her education at General where she received her Master of Divinity and then became one of the first women ordained into the Diaconate at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw ’70

IN MEMORIAM: The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw ’70

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Class of 1970, died on October 17 in the care of his SSJE brothers at Emery House in West Newbury, Massachusetts. He was 69 and had been diagnosed with brain cancer in May, 2013.  He was consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on September 24, 1994, and served in that position until his retirement on September 13, 2014.  Read more...