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. He then found his true calling and became an ordained Episcopal priest. He served at a number of different churches, including Church of the Epiphany in New York City, Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Church of The Heavenly Rest in New York City, and St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He felt a strong commitment to public service and giving back to his country. One of his proudest accomplishments was becoming a United States Marine. Houghton had a passion for philanthropy, and particularly enjoyed starting and supporting charitable programs in the communities in which he lived. Lastly, he loved to write. He was a published author who enjoyed writing cards, prayer books and letters to the editor.
Houghton was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Billie Fisher Carr Houghton; his sister, Laura Houghton Beer; and stepsons, John Thomas Fisher Carr and Oscar C. Carr III. He is survived by his siblings, Elizabeth Weinberg, Amory Houghton Jr., and James Richardson Houghton; his children, Alexander Stewart Houghton, Alanson Bigelow Houghton III, Hope Houghton Newell and John Carter Houghton; his stepchildren, Blanche Carr Symons, Scott Carr Adams and E'Lane Carr Tipton; and 19 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, at 10 a.m. on January 30th.