In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM: Lance Allen Ball Gifford‘69

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The Reverend Lance Allen Ball Gifford, Class of 1969, has died at the age of 74. He was an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Maryland for nearly five decades, serving as the rector of St. John's Mt. Washington for 23 years until he retired in 2008.

Gifford was a graduate of McDonogh School, Washington & Lee University in Virginia, before attending General. Committed to a love of history, He continued to volunteer with the Diocese of Maryland in the archives department until his death. An advocate for community and faith throughout his life, he cherished the opportunity to engage with and counsel others.

Gifford is survived by Margaret McCampbell, his wife of 42 years; his two daughters, Caroline Adams and Meg Tucker; four wonderful grandchildren, Samuel, Ellsie, Henry and Zachary; and sister, Candace Bonney.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. David's Church in Roland Park.

IN MEMORIAM: Gary McCauley ‘66

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The Rev. Gary Francis McCauley, Class of 1966, died on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the age of 78. Born April 1, 1940, in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada, he was an Anglican priest, a Member of Parliament, an adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. He was also a novelist and essayist with a quick and inventive sense of humor, a passion for the downtrodden and a compulsive attention to planning meals months in advance.

McCauley has written three novels beginning with Soldier Boys, the story of a young man who goes off to fight Hitler and comes home badly scarred by his war. The novels which follow, Faith Of Our Fathers and Morgan Le Fay tell how the man’s damaged psyche affects his life and the life of his son. He also wrote Fraud and Disability: The SNAFU at Veterans Affairs.

He is survived by his sister Jane Sullivan, his former wife Dianne Archibald, his children Randall, Tim and Heather. His loving partner and friend Maire J. O’Callaghan, and his purrfect pals Daisy, Sadie, and Casey Coal McCauley are all bereft without his loving care and sustenance.

Click here to read the reflections of his friends and colleagues.

IN MEMORIAM: Alexander Aiton ‘77

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The Rev. Canon Alexander Anthony Aiton, Class of 1977, died on July 30, 2018 at the age of 68, after a courageous battle with cancer. Bishops Alan Scarfe and C. Christopher Epting presided at a service celebrating his life on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at St. John’s-by-the-Campus Episcopal Church in Ames, Iowa.

Aiton graduated from Kearny High School in New Jersey, and completed degrees from the City University of New York, General, and Drew University. Dedicating his life to the Episcopal ministry for more than 40 years, he served in parishes in Rumson, Palmyra, and Salem, N. J., served on the Bishop’s staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and in Ames, Iowa for the past 27 years. He retired as rector of St. John’s-by-the-Campus in December 2017.

Aiton had many gifts he shared during his lifetime including his strong faith and love of God, his wonderful sense of humor and his storytelling. Over the years, he served on many committees both in the community and the Episcopal Diocese. He loved his cats and dogs, was an avid reader, enjoyed many years of camping and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Becci, Grace and Joy; a son-in-law, Jeff; six grandchildren, Bailey, Keegan, Charlotte, Mya, Parker and Sophie; former spouse and friend, Joan; two sisters, Cathie and Joanne; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.

IN MEMORIAM: David Richards ‘45

IN MEMORIAM: David Richards ‘45

David Emrys Richards, Class of 1945, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Church for whom the House of Bishops is named, died peacefully at home in Coral Gables, Florida, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was 97 years old.

Following his graduation from General, he was ordained priest in Panama and subsequently consecrated as Suffragan Bishop of Albany in 1951.

In 1957, he was elected Bishop of Central America where he served until 1968. During that time, he provided leadership in the growth of a national and indigenous ministry in Central America. Upon leaving this position, Bishop Richards assumed the role of national coordinator of the House of Bishops’ Committee of Pastoral Development, which he held from 1968 until his retirement in 1988.

Bishop Richards was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on January 24, 1921, and did his undergraduate work at Lehigh University.

He leaves his beloved wife, Helen Rice Richards, four children and their spouses, Timothy (Bessy), Mark (Carmencecilia), Andrew (Peggy), and Anne (Eugenio), and seven grandchildren, Maddock, Gwendolyn, Cait, Dan, Cassie, Galicia, and Miguel.

Services scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 AM at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Coral Gables, Florida with reception to follow.

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IN MEMORIAM: Julius Cruse ‘99

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Dr. Julius M. Cruse, Jr., who was honored by General with a Doctor of Divinity in 1999 and donated his T.S. Eliot collection to our library, died on August 20 at the age of 81, following complications from a long battle with cancer at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

His parents, Julius and Effie, and his sister Julia Cruse Corso preceded him in death. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 24, from 4-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 25, from 10-11 a.m. at St. Columb's Episcopal Church in Ridgeland, MS. A Solemn High Mass will follow the Saturday visitation at 11 a.m. at St. Columbs, where Cruse was a faithful communicant. 

Dr. Cruse recently retired from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS after a professional tenure of almost fifty years where he served as Guyton Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Medicine and Microbiology, as well as Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine. He formerly served as the first professor of immunology at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

"The Medical Center has lost one of the great ones, and I have lost a mentor, colleague and friend," said Dr. Ralph Didlake, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Medical Center. "He and I shared a passion for the history of medicine, and I was inspired by his intellectual energy, his curiosity and the integrity of his scholarship." 

Cruse graduated in 1958 with B.A. and B.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of Mississippi. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Graz (Austria) where he received the D.Med.Sc. Degree summa cum laude in 1960. He received the MD/PhD in pathology from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Memphis.

Cruse became one of the most eminent immunologists of his time. He authored or co-authored more than 40 books and more than 300 scholarly articles in professional journals. Among his best-known works were the Illustrated Dictionary of Immunology and the Atlas of Immunology. His former students serve as professors, physicians, researchers and administrators in medical centers throughout the U.S. He was founding editor-in-chief of three international scientific journals, Immunologic Research, Pathobiology and Transgenics, as well as serving as editor-in-chief of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. In addition, he served on the editorial board of International Pathology and Human Immunology.

He was an active member of more than 20 professional societies which include the American Association of Immunologists (historian), the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the American Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics (Member of Council 1997-99; Chair of Publications 1987-95; Historian 2000-2015), the Societe Francaise d'Immunologie, the Transplantation Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).

At the Medical Center, Cruse was valued for his contributions to the life of the institution. He was a life-time member of the Friends of Rowland Medical Library. He founded the Dean Billy S. Guyton Visiting Professorship in the History of Medicine and presented the fifth Guyton Lecture at the Medical Center.

Cruse was an ardent bibliophile. He gave his medical/immunology collection (4000 plus volumes) to the University of Wisconsin where he was honored by their Medical School Library in 1980 with the establishment of the Julius M. Cruse Collection in the History of Immunology. The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) recognized the significance of this valued resource and adopted it as their official History of Immunology Collection. In 1995, he donated his 3000 plus volume T.S. Eliot Collection, the largest in private hands, to the St. Mark's Library (now Christoph Keller, Jr. Library) at General.

Citing Cruse as a "devout Episcopalian whose life exemplifies the great tradition of Anglican lay people who have, within their professions and through their avocations, enriched and expanded the knowledge of the Gospel and bestowed the special gifts of their genius upon their church." General conferred the Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa on Cruse in 1999 and named the T.S. Eliot Collection in his honor. Cruse's T.S. Eliot Collection has recently been transferred to the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University, Woodruff Library in Atlanta.

Memorials may be made to the Julius M. Cruse Professorship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Office of Development) or to St. Columb's.

Published in the Clarion Ledger, MS from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2018 

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In Memoriam William Martin ‘65

The Rev. William Henderson Martin, Class of 1965, priest, teacher, musician, photographer, died May 11, 2018, at age 94. Fr. Martin spent most of his ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. He was Vicar of St. Mary's, Lovington, NM, and in El Paso, Rector of Christ the King, associate at St. Alban's, and in retirement, for periods of time, cared for Holy Spirit, St. Luke's, St. Frances on the Hill, St. Christopher's, and All Saints. He touched the lives of many through his work in Cursillo and church camps, and through the retreats and quiet days he frequently conducted.

From 1967-1969 Martin was chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital, NYC, and the State Hospital for Mentally Ill in Philadelphia. During this time, he was also associate priest at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine, NYC. In 1982-1983 he interrupted his ministry here to be Rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church, São Paulo, Brazil. Before ordination, he taught in high schools in West Texas, Sul Ross State University, and the Escola Graduada de São Paulo. Martin was one of the founders of Hospice of El Paso and served as their first chaplain. It is fitting that this caring group ministered to him at the time of his death. 

Martin was a World War II Veteran, having served in the South Pacific, an accomplished organist, and a sensitive photographer. He is a graduate of McMurry University, Abilene, and North Texas State University, Denton, before General. Fr. Bill, as he was affectionately known to parishioners and colleagues, embodied all that was best in a Christian and a priest, a true man of God, wise counselor, inspiring preacher and teacher, and a source of encouragement and strength to all. In his love which he gave so freely, Fr. Bill showed us the face of Christ.

He was born in Sonora, Texas, May 7, 1924, to John Allen and Willie Henderson Martin, and grew up on a ranch near Sonora, in Del Rio and San Angelo, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Sam, Taylor, and Robert, and four sisters, Gladys Taylor, Mary Martin, Mabel Ellis and Debbie Almond. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joan Herndon Martin, nephews, nieces, and a flock of loving friends. 

Services were at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm Street, El Paso on June 2, 2018.

In Memoriam David Pritchard ‘54

The Rev. David G. Pritchard, Class of 1954, died peacefully on May 26, 2018 in Wallingford, CT at the age of 90. Known to most as Fr. Pritchard, or Fr. David, he served parishes in Lowell, MA, Madison, FL, Augusta, Americus, and Savannah, GA, and East Berlin and Waterbury, CT.

Born in Washington, DC on December 12, 1927, Pritchard was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Catholic University in Washington, DC, before attending General. He also served in the US Army for a short time between high school and college. He was instrumental in starting the Episcopal Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Connecticut. In addition to serving the Lord for 64 years, David also enjoyed community theater, and gardening. He was also the editor of the diocesan newspapers in Georgia and Connecticut. He was a life member of the Danbury Garden Club and served on both the state and national boards of the Federated Garden Clubs of America.

Pritchard is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Helen Hollis Pritchard, and their children, and daughters-in-law: Elizabeth Tamiso, David and Angela Pritchard, Robert and Marianne Pritchard, and Ruth Pritchard. He was known as Granddaddy to twelve grandchildren: Jay Tamiso, Emily Jensen, David IX, Paul (deceased), Michelle, and Adriana Pritchard; Rob, Christopher, and Katie Pritchard, and Matthew and Sabrina, and Seth Pritchard, and to five cherished great-grandchildren: Xoe Tamiso, Damir, Amber and James Pritchard, and Robert O. Pritchard III "Trip". Their memories of their husband, Daddy and Granddaddy will fill their hearts forever. Alleluia, He is Risen. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 59 Main St., Cheshire, CT, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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."

In Memoriam: John Steed ‘71

The Rev. John Steed, Class of 1971, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, of late stage Parkinson's Disease at his home in Whiting, NJ at the age of 75. His last active ministry was at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Whiting, NJ. Previous charges were Trinity Church in Scotland Neck, NC, Christ Church in Rocky Mount, NC, St. Joseph's Church in Durham, NC, Trinity Church in Wilson, NC, and St. Stephen's Church in Culpeper, VA.

He was on the Search Committee for a new bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. He also enjoyed many years' service on the Companion Dioceses Commissions in the Diocese of NJ and the Diocese of NC. After his retirement from active ministry, Rev. Steed was an assisting priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River, NJ.

Born to Dr. James Steed and his mother, Dr. Marion Steed, in Dayton, OH, Steed was a civilian employee in the Navy Department at the Pentagon Prior to entering the priesthood. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves during the Vietnam Conflict. John's academic career was broad; he had a BA and MA in Political Science from the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, a BA in Psychology from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, an MA in Psychology from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, before receiving his MDiv from General.

Surviving is his wife of 52 years, Mary Lou Steed (nee Widmer). He is also survived by his son, James Steed, his daughter-in-law, Catherine Hou, and his grandson, Sebastian Steed, all of Bala Cynwyd, PA. He also has two surviving brothers-in-law, John Widmer and Kurt Ericksen, both of Toledo, OH. The memorial services was held Wednesday, May 16, in the Chapel at Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River, NJ. Interment followed in the Memorial Garden on the parish property.