The Rev. Carlton Leland “Lee” Udell, Class of 1958, of Shelburne, VT, died peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the age of 82, surrounded by his family. A practicing Presbyterian when he began at Union Theological Seminary in 1953, Lee entered the ordination process in the Diocese of New York. After he received his M.Div. from Union in 1957, he was sent to General for a year of Anglican studies. Fr. Udell then taught at City and Country School, and worked at Church of the Resurrection, both in Manhattan, where he met and married his beloved wife, Susanne Udell, in April of 1960. After six years, Fr. Udell left Resurrection to work as a chaplain at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, and to train to become a Certified ACPE Supervisor. In 1971, Chaplain Udell became the first Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Fletcher Allen Hospital, starting the first nationally certified program in Vermont. In 1977, Lee became a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. As chair of the Seminary and Judicatory Committee from 1995 to 2000, he helped write a new version of the National ACPE Professional Ethics procedure. After his retirement in 1995 from the CPE program he had founded at FAHC, Lee experienced satisfaction from a teaching role at the hospital. On April 12, 2012, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) presented him with the Supervisor Emeritus award.
The Spiritual Care Department of Fletcher Allen Health Care will initiate the Rev. Lee Udell Symposium in 2013 to honor him. Reverend Udell is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Susanne; son, Nathaniel and wife, Meghan Udell, of Chelsea, Mass.; daughter, Lili and husband, James Fiore, of Essex Junction; and grandchildren, Esther, Brian, and Mark and wife, Christin Fiore, of Essex Junction, Waterford, Mich., and Charlotte, N.C., respectively.
A Requiem Eucharist to celebrate Lee’s life and ministry was held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, on January 19, 2013.