Tag Archives: In Memoriam

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...

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...