In Memoriam: Paul Woodrum ‘65

With great sadness we share news of the death of the Rev. L. Paul Woodrum, Class of 1965, on May 22, 2018. Woodrum first served churches in Pennsylvania, and then went on to the Diocese of Newark, and then later New York and Long Island. Woodrum was a former board member of Integrity USA. With the permission of Integrity’s current President Bruce Garner, also a member of General’s Board of Trustees, we share the following post from their website, written by Prof. Louie Crew Clay, founder of Integrity USA and the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from General in 2003.

"I am in shock learning that my friend Paul Woodrum+ died six days ago, of heart failure. He is survived by Victor Challenor, his husband of 37 years.
Paul was ordained deacon in June 1965, priest a year later. He paid dearly for his early openness, fired quite early when a bishop used the lew and spotted a photograph of a male nude. Paul never gave up on the church which so forcefully gave up on him. Paul spent all of his clerical ministry as a faithful, indefatigable priest, and when fired, was deployed to assignments that could offer only low stipends, serving persons of the greatest need.
To survive economically, he and Victor established Challwood, vestment makers sought by almost all bishops and other clergy from many denominations.
Paul was active in Integrity as soon as he learned of it. He served on the Integrity board in many different capacities. He was a splendid educator for those of us who did not know how to get things done using the formal instruments of governance. He drafted many of the resolutions that made their way to General Convention for almost five decades.
Paul was one of the most hospitable persons that I have ever met. He never gave guests a meal: it was always a feast.
Paul's memorial mass will be at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, Long Island, NY on June 12th, at 11 AM. Paul is resting in peace, gussying up the heaven's vestments. Pray for his beloved Victor."