The Rev. Douglas Nissing, Class of 1988, died September 29, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, from a complication of health issues. He was 52 years old. Nissing grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, and was a graduate of Webster Groves High School. He attended Rice University in Houston, Texas before coming to General. Upon completion of training at the Blanton-Peale Institute in New York City in 1994, he opened a private practice in pastoral psychotherapy. Nissing also served in the Diocese of Connecticut as assistant at St. Mark’s, New Britain and vicar of Calvary-St. George in Bridgeport. He returned to St. Louis in 2009 to be with family and to pursue an MBA at St. Louis University.
He is survived by his husband of 22 years, Daniel John Kelly, his father, Burton John Nissing, a sister, and eleven nieces and nephews. The memorial service took place at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, on October 4. A podcast of the sermon by the Rev. Susan C. Skinner is available on the Cathedral website here.
A Memorial Eucharist was also celebrated on November 2, with Bishop Andrew Smith preaching. Our alumna Judith Greene ’96, reports that “a goodly number of saints gathered together to celebrate his life at St. Paul’s on the Green, Norwalk…each of us a little more whole for having known Doug.” Greene remembers that “he was a pioneer in the priesthood of openly gay persons in the Diocese of Connecticut…he counseled persons young and old struggling with issues of sexual identity. As a psychotherapist, he knew people and, he cared. He was a sensitive and strong preacher, and a brilliant worship leader.”