In Memoriam: Mart Gayland Pool ‘62

The Rev. Mart Gayland Pool, 80, Class of 1962, died Monday, December 11, in the arms of his wife, Katie Sherrod.  The funeral will be at 1 pm on Friday, December 15, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive So., Ft. Worth, TX 76109. The Rev. Karen Calafat will celebrate, the Rev. Bruce Coggin will preach.

Gayland was born April 23, 1937, in Plainview, TX, where his father, Mart Pool, was a hotel manager and community leader. His brother, Larry, was born in Ada, Oklahoma, when Mart was managing a hotel there. The family then returned to Plainview where his father managed the Hilton Hotel. The fact that Gayland lived his most formative years in hotels may help explain his love of playing host.

The Pools were Presbyterians and Gayland went to Presbyterian church camp each summer. He graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock with a degree in history, but was pulled toward the ministry. He went off to Union Seminary in New York City as a Presbyterian. He served First Presbyterian in Spur for two summers as a student pastor. In July of his second summer at Spur, when he was 23, his father died suddenly. 

After his first year at Union, he became an Episcopalian and transferred to General Seminary. He was ordained a deacon on April 27, 1962, by Bishop George Quarterman, bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, in St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Lubbock. He was ordained a priest on November 30, 1962, by Quarterman at St. Mary’s, Big Spring, where he was curate.
He then became assistant chaplain at St. Mark’s School in Dallas and curate at St. Luke’s, Dallas. In 1966, he spent one year as the Canterbury Chaplain at SMU, and in 1967, he moved to Fort Worth to be Canterbury Chaplain at TCU. 

In his seven years at TCU, Canterbury went from having less than 10 students to having more than 100 show up for Wednesday dinners. The students called him Super Priest. While he was at TCU some life-changing events happened. His mother, Mattie, was living with him while she dealt with terminal cancer. After a visit, his brother Larry, sister-in-law Ginger and his two nephews, first-grader Jeffrey and baby David, left to drive home to Plainview. In avoiding a drunken driver making an illegal U-turn, their car flipped into a deep culvert. Larry and Jeffrey were killed, Ginger badly injured. Baby David survived in his infant seat.

Mattie died nine months later. Driving home from his mother’s funeral in Plainview, Gayland was overcome with grief and rage. Pulling over to the side the road, he realized he could either let the grief devour him, or he could resolve to let happiness, care, and hospitality to define his life. He knew he could best honor his lost loved ones by being a happy person. But these losses informed his ministry from that point on, making pastoral care a main focus. The teachings of Dr. Paul Lehman at Union that we need to continue what God is doing in the world “to make and keep human life human” became formative for him.

Back at TCU, the Vietnam War was going on, as was the national debate over our nation’s involvement in that war. Never one to shrink from controversy, Gayland marched in anti-war protests in downtown Fort Worth and sponsored speakers such as Jane Fonda, David Harris and comedian Dick Gregory. TCU refused to have Fonda on campus, so they moved that event to UTA. And when the City of Fort Worth refused to let rock concerts continue at Trinity Park, Canterbury sponsored them at TCU. 

After seven years at TCU, Gayland was called to be rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church. Under Gayland’s leadership, they moved a charming old country church onto the Christ the King property on Lackland Road. It arrived in several pieces in December, 1975 and opened for the first service on July 4, 1976, as part of the Bicentennial Celebration in Fort Worth. When Gayland left in 1980, all the debt was retired, Christ the King had three Sunday services, and an average Sunday attendance of 200. 

While he was at TCU, Gayland had arranged for interfaith groups of chaplains to study in Cuernavaca, Mexico. After a 1978 sabbatical there, he left Christ the King to become rector at St. Michaels and All Angels in Cuernavaca. He was there two years and then worked two more years as assistant to the Rt. Rev. Jose Guadalupe Saucedo, bishop of Central and South Mexico. He also became fluent in Spanish.

In 1985, he returned to the United States and accepted a call to St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. He spent the next five years at St. Luke’s, after which he accepted a job as executive director at Tarrant Area Community of Churches. And he got married.

He first met his wife, Katie Sherrod, when she was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram sent to TCU to report on what this “controversial priest” was doing. They met again after she became an Episcopalian in the late 1980s. To their mutual astonishment, they fell in love and got married in 1991.

After Gayland left the Tarrant Area Community of Churches, he briefly became interim rector at Christ the King, and then opened the Market on Montgomery, a restaurant and gallery. He served on the Executive Council of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission as well as taking a number of groups on trips to Israel. His love of travel caused him to become a travel agent. He continued his ministry with services at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and All Saints Hospital. 

He served as an interim priest at St. Paul’s Oak Cliff, Dallas, for two years and served four years at Holy Trinity, Rockwall/Heath, and then a second time at St. Paul’s. After that, he began assisting at various continuing congregations in the reorganized Diocese of Fort Worth.

One of the gifts that marriage brought to Gayland was another extended family in addition to all the Pools to whom he is related. He married into the large Sherrod family, which includes Katie Sherrod’s daughter, Daniella Judge, and eventually, two wonderful grandsons. Gayland became “Da” – the most indulgent grandfather on the planet. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mart and Mattie Pool, by his brother, Larry, his nephew, Jeffrey, and his sister-in-law, Ginger Pool. He is survived by his wife, Katie Sherrod; his step daughter, Daniella Judge; and his two grandsons, Curran and Gavin Judge; his nephew, David Pool and his wife Vel Pool; his great niece Courtnie Pool Wise; his great nephews, Jeffrey, Matthew, and Jack Pool; along with various in-laws, numerous cousins, and wonderful great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church, 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76103; Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, 7424 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX, 75231, or the Humane Society of North Texas, attn: Donor Services, 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX, 76103.

Kevin Brown ’07 consecrated Delaware bishop

The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Class of 2007, was ordained and consecrated as the 11thbishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware in Dover on Dec. 9. Brown was elected on July 15, marking the culmination of a search that began in April 2016, after Bishop Wayne P. Wright announced his retirement.

Approximately 750 people attended and participated in the two-hour service, with the theme of “Come, Holy Spirit,” at Delaware State University, Education and Humanities Theater.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry served as the chief consecrator and Wright and West Tennessee Bishop Don E. Johnson acted as co-consecrators. The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan of North Carolina, and the Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, assisting bishop of Texas, acted as additional consecrators.

The Rev. Amanda K. Robertson, associate rector at Brown’s former parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, delivered the sermon, which drew appreciative laughter and murmurs of agreement.  She acknowledged her former boss as also an admired colleague and true friend.

Brown grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his master of business administration at the University of West Florida while in the U.S. Air Force, worked in finance and marketing at FedEx, and launched an investment firm, before gaining his master of divinity from General, followed by ordination as deacon and priest in 2007.

Before the election, he served as rector at Holy Comforter Church in Charlotte, NC, where he led the merger of separate English and Spanish preschools into a single groundbreaking school focused on bilingual education and dedicated to access for low-income and immigrant families. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, Tennessee.

Following the election, Brown and his wife, Caroline, an accomplished artist, relocated and now live in Wilmington.  They have two college-age daughters.

The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware encompasses the three counties of Delaware and includes 9,300 congregants and 34 worshipping communities.

A New Call for Annette Chappell ‘03

The Rev. Annette Chappell ’03 has accepted a call to be Interim Rector at Holy Trinity Church, Churchville, MD beginning Jan. 1, 2018. She previously served as Interim Rector at Sherwood Parish, Cockeysville, MD after retiring as rector of the Church of the Redemption, Locust Point (Baltimore), MD.

Chappell is a charter member of SCP North America and served for two years as convener of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of SCP. She has also served the Diocese of Maryland on diocesan committees and doing supply and interim work. Before entering holy orders, Chappell was Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Towson University.

In Memoriam: Peg Webber

Margaret Elisabeth Rose Webber, beloved wife of Christopher L. Webber, Class of 1956, and daughter of Lawrence Rose, our 6th Dean, died on October 27, 2017, in San Francisco, California, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Syndrome.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, on November 17, 1935, where her father was teaching theology, Margaret Webber grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City where her father was Dean of Berkeley Seminary before being called as 6th Dean and President of General.  She graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, CT, and Radcliffe College where she sang with the Radcliffe Choral Society. 

After working briefly for the Oxford University Press in New York and appearing in off-Broadway productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, she starred in a production of “Pirates of Penzance” at General Seminary.  There she met Christopher L. Webber, a tutor and fellow at General, and married him in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. They lived in Brooklyn, NY, Lynbrook, NY, and Tokyo, Japan, before moving to Bronxville, NY, where Chris was Rector of Christ Church for many years.  She was Director of Volunteers for the Westchester Chapter of the American Cancer Society and then created the volunteer program for the first American Hospice at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York.  She served then as Director of Volunteers at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and in the same capacity at Montefiore Medical Center.  After retiring from health care she developed a career as a travel advisor, specializing in guided group tours of the British Isles.  After a life lived in cities and suburbs, she and her husband retired happily to rural Sharon, Connecticut, living in an environmentally sensitive home that she helped design.  In retirement, she sang with the Kent Singers and cultivated her long interest in both classic 19th century and contemporary detective novels.  In recent years, the Webbers moved to San Francisco to be nearer family.

Margaret Webber is survived by her husband of sixty years, Christopher L. Webber, four children:  Michael J. Webber of Chiriqui, Panama, and his wife Maureen Laverty, Elisabeth R. Gruner of Richmond, Virginia, and her husband, Mark Gruner, Lawrence A. Webber of Jackson Heights, NY, and Caroline M. Grant of San Francisco, and her husband Anthony Grant, four grandchildren, Mariah Gruner, Rose Gruner, Ben Grant, and Eli Grant, and her two sisters, Judith Rose of Madison, WI, and Frances Besmer of Kent, CT.

Requiem Eucharists were celebrated at All Saints Church, San Francisco, and St. Paul’s Church, Bantam, Connecticut, with Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut presiding.  Burial was in the Ellsworth Hill Cemetery in Sharon, CT.


In Memoriam: Joan Madeira ‘76

Joan Dillon Hay Madeira, Class of 1976, died peacefully November 9, 2017 at her home in Jupiter Island, FL, at the age of 94. Her life was one of service to God and then to her family of 6 children, 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and then to hundreds of close friends.

Madeira was a spiritual guide and mentor to countless friends and students, a committed Christian who walked her talk to the very end. Many called her a saint because of her tireless work for the Lord. She was loved and respected by all who knew her as she was always on point knowing when to push and when to pray.

Madeira was one of the first women to be ordained as an Episcopal deaconess (sic) and served as such in her churches in Manchester, VT and Jupiter Island, FL. She worked for most of her life as a chaplain and Episcopal clergy person in several hospitals on Long Island, Bellevue in New York City and several in Florida. She was instrumental in setting up Hospice Centers on Long Island, Vermont and Florida. She was on the Board of Directors of The Harvard Medical School, The National Salvation Army of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Adelphi University, Bellevue Hospital, The Church Club of New York, Nassau County Red Cross, Trinity Episcopal Seminary, Westover School, Jupiter Hospital, Martin Memorial Hospital, Jupiter Island Medical Clinic, Christ Memorial Chapel, Jupiter Island Historical Society, Jupiter Island Garden Club, Hobe Sound Nature Center, Hobe Sound Yacht Club, Jupiter Island Beautification Committee, Bennington Hospital, Southern Vermont Art Center and many more.

The daughter of Herbert Lowell Dillon and Hope Bush, Madeira was born in New York City, and grew up between Long Island, Mountain Lake, FL and Hobe Sound, FL. She graduated from Greenvale School, Westover School, Bennett College and Sara Lawrence College before attending General and Mercer Seminaries and receiving diaconal degrees in 1983.

She married Air Force Captain Henry Hay in 1944 and they had a devoted marriage for 45 years and had six children together. They raised their family in Old Brookville and Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island until Captain Hay’s death in1989. Madeira moved from Long Island to Dorset, VT for her summers, spending her winters in Hobe Sound, FL., and then married Lewis N. Madeira in 1991. They were happily married until his death in the fall of 2009.

Madeira spoke French fluently and was a seasoned world traveler. She loved to play piano and was a talented singer/songwriter. She was a great appreciator of art and was a prolific painter. She was also a strong athlete playing golf, tennis, swimming and sailing. She is survived by four remaining children, John Hay, Sandra Hay Marshall, Laura Hay and Lisa Hay Morrin, as well as her four grandchildren and six great-grand-children. Her two deceased sons were David (Wyck) Hay and Henry (Ry) Hay. 

A New Call for Lorenzo Lebrija ‘14

The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija has been named Chief Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2018. As a member of the bishop’s senior staff, he will also work closely with the ongoing stewardship efforts for the congregations of the Diocese. Lebrija is currently the bishop's officer for development, as well as pastor to St. John's Episcopal Church in San Bernardino, CA, where his final mass will be Christmas Eve.

Prior to entering seminary Lebrija was president and CEO of Seraphic Fire & Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Miami's professional choral and orchestral ensemble. Before that he was the program director in Miami for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation responsible for a substantial grant portfolio and the launch of the Knight Arts Challenge. He is a non-executive advisory board member at Purple Arrow Marketing in New York City, specializing in advertising and media relations. Having been General Manager for Radioactiva Hispanic Radio, as well as Editor/Director of Operations for Miami's Community Newspapers, Lebrija has vast experience in media marketing. He has been a frequent speaker at community groups on community involvement, the arts, business strategy and marketing.

Beyond his MDiv from General, Lebrija also has an MBA and a B.A. from Florida International University, has completed the full training at the Fundraising School at Indiana University, and is a graduate of Rice University's Executive Education Program.

In Memoriam: Henry Coke, III ‘54

The Rev. Henry Cornick Coke, III, Class of 1954, a fourth generation Dallasite, died at home on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Born September 6, 1928, he was also educated at The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut, Yale College, and The Perkins School of Theology.

Ordained in 1954, Coke served Episcopal churches in Wichita Falls, Texas, Santa Barbara, California, and at St. Michael and All Angels Church Dallas. From 1976 to 1991 he was a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice.

Coke was married to Anne Craddock Schoellkopf in 1954, who survives him, and together they had four children, Henry Cornick Coke, IV, Anne Coke Long, Sarah Coke King, and John Andrew Coke, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Saint Michael and All Angels, 8011 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, on Saturday, November 25.

The family would like to add that “he regaled us all with his quick humor, never mean, and his lively wit; there was much laughter in our house. His humor was very funny, playful and infectious. His mind was a treasure. His span of knowledge and his great intelligence he shared in his classes. The marriage of sixty-three years was a boon, a comfort, and a blessing to his wife and their children. We will sorely miss him.”

A New Call for Tom Rightmyer ‘66

We heard from the Rev. Thomas N. Rightmyer, Class of 1966, that at age 78 he has been called to be part-time Pastor/Priest at The Church of the Savior, Newland, NC.  

“Episcopalians and Lutherans have been worshipping together in the High Country of North Carolina since 1983,” Rightmyer reports. “First and second Sundays we use the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal 1982; third and fourth Sundays we use the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. Fifth Sundays alternate.” On October 29, 2017 Rightmyer’s parish joined with Lutherans and other Christians all over the world to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  

Rightmyer has served for most of his ministry on various Christian Ecumenical committees, including the Moravian Episcopal Dialogue. He is excited that he now has “an opportunity to see how it works in a congregation.”