IN MEMORIAM: Robert B. Doing ‘54

The Rev. Robert Burns Doing Jr., Class of 1954, a priest of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, died early Jan. 2, 2019 in Wisconsin.

Doing was born December 14, 1929 in Brooklyn, and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, before attending General. He married his wife Susan Shaw Doing in 1954. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was ordained a deacon and a priest in the Diocese of Long Island under Bishop James Pernette DeWolfe.

He was a curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Roslyn, N.Y., and vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church in Bristol, Conn. From 1962 to 1982, he was the rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Winsted, Conn. While in Connecticut, he became involved with the Faith Alive movement, associated with the Episcopal Church in Darien, Conn., according to his son, James Russell Doing.

His son said that his grandfather, Robert Burns Doing Sr., was an atheist who later came to Christ. The elder Doing served in the lay leadership of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, where he traveled on evangelistic missions with Dutch writer and Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom.

He served at St. Anselm's, Lehigh Acres from 1982-1994, where he retired from active ministry. At the time, Bishop Rogers Harris wrote him that he would "no doubt be looking for ways to serve the Lord." In his retirement from active ministry, he assisted at All Souls, North Ft. Myers; St. Michael and All Angels, Sanibel; Holy Spirit, Osprey; and St. Paul's, Naples, among others. He moved to Wisconsin to be with his son in August, 2018.

He is survived by sons Mark Howard Doing, James Russell Doing, daughter Elizabeth Crissy Doing Tammaru, and 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His wife of 61 years, Susan Doing, predeceased him in 2015.

"He was a much loved part of the community," said the Rev. Dr. David Jackson, who served as vicar at Good Shepherd, Labelle and All Souls in North Ft. Myers. "He will be greatly missed."

Services are planned for Friday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Madison, Wisc.