Tag Archives: In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Sarah Nazimova-Baum ’11

In Memoriam: Sarah Nazimova-Baum ’11

Sarah Rachel Nazimova-Baum, Class of 2011, died on March 2, 2016, after an eight-month struggle with ovarian cancer, bringing to an untimely close 52 years of a life that fused creativity, spiritual discernment, intelligence, and caring service to others. Her love extended to a constellation of family and friends, and focused on the centers of her life: her husband, Mark, and her son, Raphael.

Nazimova-Baum’s creative impulse was manifest in every facet of her life, from her accoutrements—homemade jewelry, a bag with her knitting—to the inviting posters she crafted for family occasions.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Alanson Houghton ’66

In Memoriam: Alanson Houghton ’66

The Rev. Alanson Bigelow Houghton (Class of 1966) died peacefully at his home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, on January 24, 2016. He was 85 years old. Born August 3, 1930 in Corning, New York, Houghton earned multiple degrees, including an M.B.A. from Harvard University, before attending The General Theological Seminary.

Houghton spent the early part of his career in business, where he worked for the Corning Glass Works.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Johnston ’91

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Johnston ’91

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Johnston, Class of 1991, whose call to the priesthood came after a significant and gifted career in science, died December 3, 2015, in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Johnston was born May 23, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri. Early in his childhood, his family moved to Colorado.  Following graduation from Colorado College, cum laude, in 1968, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Yale University.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Jae Chung ’14

IN MEMORIAM: Jae Chung ’14

With profound sorrow we post that the Rev. Jae Wook Chung, Class of 2014, died December 16, 2015, at Stony Brook Medical Center in Long Island at the age of 42. Chung’s recurrence of cancer, and the swiftness with which it overtook him, has shocked us all. We join his family, his parish family, and all those whose lives he touched in their overwhelming grief.

Jae Wook Chung was ordained deacon in January 2014 at the Cathedral of Incarnation.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Herbert Wentz ’60

The Rev. Herbert Stephenson Wentz, Class of 1960, Professor Emeritus of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of the South and a former Marshal of the University Faculties, died at his home in Sewanee on October 16, 2015. He was 80 years old and is survived by his wife, Sofia, a former dean of the faculty at St. Andrews-Sewanee School.

Born in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1934, a son of Carolyn and Charles Wentz, Wentz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1956.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Charlie Lee, D.D. ’01

IN MEMORIAM: Charlie Lee, D.D. ’01

Charles Carroll Lee, Jr. (D.D. 2001 and a former member of the Board of Trustees), of Spring Island, South Carolina and Prouts Neck, Maine, died peacefully on November 5, 2015, at the age of 86, surrounded by his children at the family home in Maine.

Lee attended St. Bernard’s School in New York City, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale University in 1950.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Molly McGreevy ’86

IN MEMORIAM: Molly McGreevy ’86

The Rev. Molly Paine McGreevy, Class of 1986, former actress turned Episcopal priest, died on November 1, 2015, at her home in Pittsford, New York.

Born on June 11, 1936, to Hugh Eustis Paine and Helen Duncan Paine, she graduated from The Chapin School and Vassar College, completing as her senior thesis a play based on her favorite childhood character, Mary Poppins. After college, she moved to Paris to study mime under Marcel Marceau.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Curtis Denney ’63

The Rev. Canon Curtis S. Denney, Class of 1963, died November 1, 2015, at the United Helpers Riverledge Nursing Home, Ogdensburg, New York, at age 83. He was surrounded by his children.

Denney graduated from Watertown High School; then served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, before attending SUNY Albany where he graduated magna cum laude from the bachelors’ program, before attending The General Theological Seminary.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: William J. Barnds ’56

IN MEMORIAM: William J. Barnds ’56

The Rev. William Joseph Barnds, Class of 1956, died peacefully at his home on October 4, 2015. Born August 20, 1931, he entered The General Theological Seminary after earning both a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska.

Barnds served several churches in the Diocese of Nebraska, including St. Timothy’s in Gering from 1967-1993. From 1993-1998 he served Saint Mary’s in the Highlands, Cold Spring, New York.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Donald L. Rogan ’54

The Rev. Donald L. Rogan, D.D. and D.H.L., Class of 1954, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Kenyon College, a noted seminary and college educator, died September 18, 2015, at the Ohio Eastern Star nursing facility, where he was under the care of Hospice of Knox County. He was 85.

Born in Virginia and raised in West Virginia, Rogan was educated at Morris Harvey College, West Virginia, before attending The General Theological Seminary and St.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Bill Rhodes ’76

The Rev. Canon William Chester Rhodes, Class of 1976, died suddenly at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 2, 2015. He was 67 years old. Mentor, pastor, and teacher, Rhodes is remembered for having exemplified a spiritual depth and honesty about God that touched the lives of everyone who knew him.

He was born January, 1948, in Philadelphia, to John F. Rhodes, M.D., and Janis Aileen (Gilfillan) Rhodes, both of whom predeceased him.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Harry Brearley Whitley ’45

IN MEMORIAM: Harry Brearley Whitley ’45

The Rev. Harry Brearley Whitley, Class of 1945, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary, died on August 16, 2015 on Cape Cod at the age of 94. During his 70 years of ordained ministry, he served as Rector of St. Peter’s, Essex Fells (1966-1970) and St. Paul’s Paterson (1971-1981) in the Diocese of Newark.

Whitley was born on July 11, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas J. Brady ’61

The Rev. Thomas J. Brady, Class of 1961, companion for more than 50 years of the late Rev. Sheldon B. Foote ’49, died in August, 2015. Brady graduated from the University of Illinois before attending The General Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate in June, 1961, and to the priesthood in December, 1961. Brady served as Curate of the Church of the Atonement, Chicago, from 1961-1963.  Read more...
IN MEMORIAM: William Lawson English ’65

IN MEMORIAM: William Lawson English ’65

The Rev. William Lawson English, Class of 1965, longtime Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, West Brighton, New York, died on August 25 at the age of 79.

Born in Cambridge, Maryland, English graduated from Cambridge High School in 1954. He graduated from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, in 1957 and the American University in Washington, D.C., in 1960. English worked in the office of the United States Treasurer in Washington, D.C., from 1960 to 1962, before attending The General Theological Seminary and being ordained in the Diocese of Easton in 1965.  Read more...

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...