IN MEMORIAM: Vernon Austin ‘59


The Rev. Vernon A. Austin, Jr., Class of 1959 of Collegeville, PA, died  March 19, 2019 at the age of 84. He and his wife, Judith (Haubens) Austin, would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 6th of this year.

Born June 9, 1934, in Trenton, NJ, he was a son of the late Vernon A. Austin, Sr. and Elizabeth (Clarke) Austin. He was a graduate of Hampden-Syndey College in Virginia before earning his Master of Divinity from General.

Austin began his ministerial work as a curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ambler, PA. He later served as an assistant at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Schenectady, NY, before being called to Christ Church in Herkimer, NY as their Rector. In 1967, he answered the call of Trinity Episcopal Church of Gloversville, NY. He then served St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown, PA starting in 1976, and retired in 1996.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Virginia Carol Stellato and her husband, Mark T., of Valley Cottage, NY, and Stephen Michael Austin and his wife, Amber Y., of Lewisburg, PA; and four grandchildren, Martin, Austin, and Marissa Stellato, and Nola Austin.