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IN MEMORIAM: Wayne Nicholson ‘02

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From his classmates, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall, Bishop of Arizona, with the Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg, Bishop of Spokane:

The Rev. Wayne Nicholson, Class of 2002, died on June 10, 2019 following injuries from a car accident.

Wayne had recently retired from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he had served as Rector since 2006. Prior to serving in Mount Pleasant, Wayne had been Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s in Chester, New York. Wayne was sponsored for ordination by St. John’s, San Francisco, where the kneeling cushions he needlepointed are still in use.

At General Wayne notably helped found an on campus homeless shelter under the umbrella of the New York City Partnership for the Homeless. As a leader in the community discernment process he learned that “while opinions may differ, they can be offered honorably, and can be both listened to and heard [and] regarded with reason. But the bottom line that all share – our point of absolute agreement – has been a deep desire to listen for, and follow, the will of the Holy Spirit.”* He also served as a Sacristan, and found a role as the Chaplain to the 1999 seminary Football team. As such he censed the field at VTS and blessed their team in the name of Mary.

Wayne had a wry sense of humor and was a warm and joyful presence to all who knew him. He was president of the Community Council and presented great pieces at the Follies.  He was such a great cook – he did a wonderful Christmas Day breakfast our senior year using only a microwave, and when he had a real kitchen was a gourmet.  He was blessed with a metabolism which allowed him to use whipping cream for his coffee and eat clotted cream ice cream!  He learned to spin and weave and many now have tea towels and scarves he made. 

Wayne and his husband, Harry Nicholson, made a moving “It gets better….” video in 2016 where they testified to their experience that life as gay men did indeed get better, and that it is possible to find your soul mate late in life. They married in 2014.

Wayne and Harry moved to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, in late 2018 where they made their home near Wayne’s sister, Nikki Moon.  Friends and family gathered on June 15 for his burial office and Eucharist at St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea in Gulfport, MS.  The Rev. Patrick Sanders, Rector, preached and General Seminary was sung.

*The General Seminary News, Summer 2000

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Baustian ‘57

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The Rev. Donald E. Baustian, Class of 1957, of Ames, IA died Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at the age of 87. Born in Iowa City, IA on March 6, 1932 to Adolph and Jennie Kleemeier Baustian, He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Eva Huffman, and a brother Harold H. Baustian.

He is survived by his wife Beverly Kaiser Baustian of Ames and three children: Anne Ruybal and husband Joseph of Castle Rock, Co; Gregory Baustian and wife Jennifer of Maple City, MI; and Teresa Balsley of Ames, IA. In addition, there are three surviving grandchildren: Zackery Ruybal and Samuel and Taylor Rae Balsley; and, a sister Myra Tunwall of Eldridge, IA; as well as nieces and nephews.

Baustian grew up in Davenport, IA where he attended public schools and graduated from Davenport High School. He attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) for one year before transferring to Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where he received an A.B. Degree and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa before beginning his studies at General where he received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree with honors in Bible. During his three years of seminary he did weekend field work at Saint Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue. During a sabbatical period in 1975, he and his family went to New York City where he pursued advanced studies in New Testament at both General and Union Theological Seminaries, Woodstock College and Fordham University.

Baustian was ordained deacon and priest in 1957 by the Right Rev. Gordon V. Smith, Bishop of Iowa. He and Beverly Kaiser were married in Waterloo, IA on June 15, 1957. Fr. Baustian served in three locations in Iowa (Emmetsburg/Algona, Fairfield and Keokuk) before becoming rector of Christ Church in downtown Little Rock, AR, in 1981. In 1988, at the invitation of the Bishop of Haiti, the Rt. Rev Luc Garnier, both he and his wife joined the faculty of the Theological Seminary of the Diocese of Haiti. At the conclusion of their three year term in Haiti, they returned to Arkansas. Fr. Don served as vicar of Saint John's Church, Camden until he retired from active pastoral ministry in 1997. Between 1991 and 1997 he also served for a time as vicar of Saint Mark's Church, Hope and Saint James' Church, Magnolia. After retiring, he also served a five year term as North American Warden of the International Order of Saint Luke the Physician, a position in which he traveled extensively to lead and teach at conferences on Christian Healing and at Healing Missions all over North America as well as in New Zealand and the Caribbean. The Baustians moved to the Northcrest Community, Ames, IA in 2013. 

After cremation, ashes are to be interred at a later date in Orange Township Cemetery in Waterloo, IA. There will not be a formal funeral service. Friends and family are asked to pray for the repose of Donald Baustian's soul at their own church services. Memorials may be given to Food for the Poor 6401 Lyons Rd Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005, one of the largest international feeding and development organizations or to Bethlehem Ministry P.O. Box 48387 Athens, GA 30604-8387, helping to meet the spiritual, educational, medical and agricultural needs of people in rural northern Haiti.

IN MEMORIAM: Henry Male, Jr. ‘55

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The Rev. Canon Henry A. Male, Jr., Class if 1955, of Norway, Maine died peacefully on Friday, May 10 at the age of 89, with his sons at his side.

A lifelong Episcopalian, he was known for his deep compassion and caring for others. Male was born in Atlantic City, NJ, and was the younger of two children to Henry and Adelaide Male. He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College, a LTh. from General and ordained in 1955. He was assigned as Vicar to Church of Our Savior in Cheesequake, NJ, and also installed as rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Keyport, NJ in 1956. He served St. Mary’s until he was called to Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn, PA in 1967 where he served until he retired in 1993. He was also a Fellow at the College of Preachers in Washington, DC. In retirement he continued to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Barnabas in Rumford, ME from 1994 to 2006 and then Trinity Lutheran Church in South Paris, ME from 2006 to 2007. 


Henry’s commitment to ecumenism included leadership roles in the Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and trips to the Rome as a part of an Anglican-Roman Catholic Seminar in 1979 and 1984. He had numerous accomplishments advancing ecumenism as one of the pioneer clergymen of the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium in Clarks Summit, PA. His involvement with other organizations over the years included Rotary Club International, Oxford Hills SCORE, several local choral groups, and Ruby’s Gold Mine.

Male was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Ellen in 2015, and his daughter Margaret in 2011. He is survived by his two sons, Henry Arthur and his wife Donna, and Mark Andrew and his wife Melissa. He had three grandchildren: Mark Andrew Jr, Ashley Allison, and Kathryn Margaret. He had one greatgrandchild, Taylor Rose Childs. Also surviving are foster twins Pinky Cleary Kubiak and her husband Gordy of Sun Lakes, AZ and Hank Cleary and his wife Nadia of Red Bank, NJ. He has numerous nieces and nephews as well. 

Holy Eucharist was celebrated in honor of Henry’s life on Thursday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church Episcopal Church in Bridgton. Condolences and tributes may be shared with Henry’s family and friends at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

IN MEMORIAM: Peyton Craighill ‘65

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The Rev. Dr. Peyton Gardner Craighill, Class of 1965, died peacefully in Lexington, VA on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at age 89. He was born in Nanchang, China on October 24, 1929, also known as Black Thursday, the day that the Wall Street stock market first crashed, as the youngest child of missionaries Marian Gardner Craighill, a teacher and writer, and Lloyd Rutherford Craighill, Sr., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Anqing.

Craighill spent his early childhood years in China until World War II and spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese for most of his life. His father and future father-in-law Donald Roberts, a college professor in Shanghai, were both interned in a Japanese concentration camp while Peyton, his mother, and his siblings, the late Lloyd Rutherford Craighill, Jr. and Kate Craighill Roberts, returned to the United States and settled with family in Englewood, NJ. He attended the Englewood School for Boys (now Dwight-Englewood School) and began his lifelong passion for opera at age 13, taking the New York bus across the Hudson River to buy standing room tickets at the old Met.

He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, followed by Yale University where he participated in the Directed Studies program, sang tenor with the Yale Glee Club and an octet called the Augmented Seven, and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. At that time he discerned his call to the priesthood and returned to the “Holy Hill” in Alexandria for his master’s in divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon and a priest at St. James Church, Lothian, MD on July 10, 1954 by his father and sponsored by Bennett Sims, future Bishop of Atlanta and then rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, where Peyton served as a curate.

While he lived in Baltimore his sister Kate embarked on a matchmaking effort to connect him with a Swarthmore College student, Mary Markley Roberts, Kate’s husband John Roberts’ first cousin. Mary had been too little to bother with while they were children in China; her older brothers Harley and Markley Roberts were far more interesting companions for a young boy. Their first official date was in Philadelphia at the Victor Café, launching a romance and Peyton’s pursuit of Mary which spanned more than half a decade as they worked in different corners of the globe - Peyton following missionary family tradition as a chaplain in Okinawa and Mary as a teacher in Beirut, Lebanon.

In 1961 Peyton joined the faculty of Tainan Theological College in Taiwan, and on April 24, 1962 he and Mary were married at the college chapel. They served a joint ministry as teachers and administrators, Peyton eventually as vice principal, returning twice to the US to pursue a master of sacred theology degree at General and later a PhD in liturgy at Princeton Theological Seminary. Their children, Cecily Gardner Craighill Davis and Peyton Markley Craighill, were born during their years in Princeton, NJ.

He was a member of the Southeast Asia Association for Theological Education and the Taiwan Church Consultation Council, and was influential in the design and construction of several Episcopal churches in Taiwan. He maintained a love of architecture and design throughout his life, especially around worship spaces. The annual member conferences of the North American Academy of Liturgy were a highlight for him each year.

The family moved back to Princeton in 1978 and Peyton spent several years working at the Episcopal Church Center in New York before becoming Associate Dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. While in Sewanee Peyton realized his lifelong dream of designing and building a house in a style he came to call “Appalachian shibui,” which incorporated elements of Japanese, modern, and timber frame design.

In 1983 he joined the faculty at The Episcopal Academy in Merion, PA and served as a chaplain and religion teacher until 1988 when Allen Bartlett, Bishop of Pennsylvania, asked him to create and lead the School of the Diaconate to prepare vocational deacons for service. Peyton also served as a chaplain at maximum-security Graterford Prison, where he became very active in the criminal justice reform movement and joined the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

After his retirement - which he referred to as re-tiring, with four new tires and a new lease on ministry - Peyton spent two years at St. James Church in Taichung, Taiwan and, returning to the US, as a part-time Senior Associate at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA. He and Mary traveled often, several times with the Yale Alumni Chorus, and chaperoned a memorable trip one summer with Yale’s undergraduate chorus throughout Africa.  

They moved to the retirement community Kendal at Lexington in Virginia in 2008, where they became very involved at Grace Episcopal Church. Peyton was able to finally join the choir and indulge his love of singing instead of serving behind the altar. He found joy in keeping up with the Met Opera through the live HD broadcasts at the local Lexington movie theatre and found great purpose in his writings and program development for baptismal mission and the ministry of the laity. His utter delight for the past six years was showing anyone with eyes his ready stash of pictures of his adored granddaughter, Riley Elizabeth Craighill.

In recent years he developed Parkinson’s and slowly lost his ability to speak and to write, a difficult thing for a man who had spent his life as a teacher, a preacher, a counselor, a scholar and writer, and a singer.

He was predeceased by his parents, oldest brother Edward Gardner Craighill, who died of influenza at a year old, brother Lloyd, and sister-in-law Maryly Nute Craighill. He is survived by Mary, Cecily, son-in-law William John Davis, Jr., Peyton, daughter-in-law Ashley Elizabeth Jeffress Craighill, Riley, sister Kate, brother-in-law Markley, sister-in-law Leslie Chapman Roberts, nieces, nephews, and a constellation of cousins to whom he was devoted.


A memorial of Peyton’s life is expected to take place at Grace Episcopal Church on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Lexington, with an additional service planned for later in the year in Bryn Mawr, PA.

IN MEMORIAM: Albert Peters ‘55

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The Rev. Albert Fitz-Randolph Peters "Al", "Father Pete", Class of 1955, of Seaford, Delaware died at age 91 on Friday, April 26, 2019, at ACTS Manor House in Seaford. He was born on September 13, 1927 in Washington, DC, son of the late Albert F. Peters, Sr. and Marguerite (Brewer) Peters. 

Peters proudly served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Following the war, he received his BA from the College of Arts and Sciences before attending General Seminary. While at college he became a member of Beta Beta Beta. Following seminary, he became an ordained Episcopal priest in 1955 at Washington National Cathedral. 

His many church appointments included, All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD; Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains New York; St. Agnes & Ascension Episcopal Church in Washington, DC; St. Margaret of Scotland in Chicago, Illinois; and St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Bridgeville, DE. While in the Delaware Region he was the Program Coordinator for Sussex County for the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

In addition to his parents, Peters was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Robinson Peters. He is survived by two sisters in law: Alice Pitt Robinson of Lewes, DE and Dorothy Battle Rankin Robinson of Georgetown, DE; and many extended nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services were held at St. George's Episcopal Church, Rt 23, Angola, DE on Monday May 13, 2019 at 11:00 am with Rev. Eunice Dunlap officiating. Memorial services will be held at the Manor House, Seaford, DE on Friday May 24th at 2PM with the Manor House Chaplain, Paul Rosa officiating. A service of remembrance will be held during the morning Sunday Services at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Bridgeville, DE on Sunday June 16, 2019 at 10:30 am with Fr. Carl Mosley officiating. 

Published in The News Journal on May 2, 2019

IN MEMORIAM: William Bosbyshell ‘58

Pictured above, the Rev. Dr. Bosbyshell, at right, with the Rev. Bob Browning, at the 2014 Retired Clergy and Spouses event in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Pictured above, the Rev. Dr. Bosbyshell, at right, with the Rev. Bob Browning, at the 2014 Retired Clergy and Spouses event in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

The Rev. Dr. William Allen Bosbyshell, Class of 1958 and long-time Southwest Florida priest, died Friday, May 10, 2019. "Fr. Bill," as many knew him, was not only a familiar priest at many parishes, but counseled hundreds of laity and clergy over his second career as a counselor. He was past executive director of the Episcopal Counseling Center (Samaritan Center) in the Diocese of Southwest Florida

Born Oct. 15, 1933 in Philadelphia to John H. Bosbyshell and Lilla Gibson Bosbyshell Mitterling, he received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1955. After graduating from General, he later received a Masters and PhD in education and counseling from the University of Florida. He was ordained deacon in 1958 and priest also that year, under the Rt. Rev. Oliver Hart. He met his wife Caroline at Swarthmore; they married after seminary. Their wedding was at St. Andrew's in Tampa, where Caroline's family attended.

He served first as curate at Grace Church, Mt. Airy, Penn. and was Canon Sacristan at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando from 1960-62. He served as rector of St. Johns, Eau Gallie, from 1962-66. From 1966-1968 he was counselor to residents at the University of Florida, and later served as auxiliary chaplain of the 691st Radar Squadron in Cross City, Fla.

While living on the Space Coast from 1962-66, Bosbyshell felt the call to counseling. It was during the race to the moon, when the area was growing quickly, that the stress of the progress in the space program brought family issues. “So many people had problems,” said Caroline Bosbyshell. “They were over-working, up all night and at a bar at 6 a.m.”

He assisted and served in many churches in the new Diocese of Southwest Florida beginning in 1970, when he became associate director of the Episcopal Counseling Service in Southwest Florida and later Executive Director. He stayed at the Samaritan Center until 1990. In 1995, he finally retired after 19 years of psychological evaluations of aspirants for the ministry. He put his philosophy in words to the bishop’s office:

As a pastoral counselor, I have a ministry enabling people to grow in God’s love and grace as they face individual problems, overcome family difficulties, live through crises and make important decisions. I have been with people through times of depression and despair, in grief and loss when God seems remote and I would like to be with people also at turning points and celebrations when God’s response can be recognized and real.”

In a Samaritan Center brochure distributed to the diocese, Bosbyshell wrote that counseling was another way to make us more in the image that God intended:

“God holds out a hope and promise for each of us. The promise is that HE is within our life process, within our being, within our life. The hope is that, through our living in touch with ourselves and aware of God, we will experience the joy He intends for us.”

During his time at the center, he served as assistant at Good Shepherd, Dunedin, and later served at Church of the Ascension from 1972-77, and St. John’s Clearwater from 1978-90. He also served as canon at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter from 1990-98 under the then dean of the cathedral, the Very Rev. Barry Howe. He retired after 41 years of active ministry. In retirement he served a long tenure at St. Bede’s, assisting as priest from 2000-16.

His wife Caroline said that he was, in spite of his interest in counseling, very good at the altar. "When he was assisting, everything went right." While he was a traditionalist, he also was glad to "move on" and was in favor of ordaining women priests.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Caroline Thomas Bosbyshell; by children, William Allen Bosbyshell Jr. (Maura), Charlotte, NC;  Frances Lima (Al), St. Petersburg; and Mary Helen Landmesser (Kevin), Simpsonville, SC; grandchildren,  William Allen Bosbyshell III, Katherine D. Landmesser and Sarah H. Landmesser; brother, Ronald J. Bosbyshell, Texas and nephew, Ronald J. Bosbyshell, Jr. (Yolanda),Texas.  He was predeceased by his parents and nephew, Randall S. Bosbyshell.

A  Eucharistic celebration of his life will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 on Sunday, May 19, 2019; at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cathedral Church of St. Peter.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Lillicrapp ‘74

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The Rev. Arthur R. Lillicrapp, Class of 1974, of Elk Grove California died on April 30, 2019 after a brief illness. Father Art was born in Rockville New York on June 7, 1947 and was ordained into the Priesthood on December 22, 1974, New York City, Diocese of New York, at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Along with his MDiv from General, he held an MS in Pastoral Counseling. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great sense of humor, intelligence and his compassion.

 Lillicrapp served in New York, Maryland and Northern California. Since moving to the west coast, he served at Redding Medical Center and then was called to serve at Kaiser South in Sacramento. During his years at Kaiser he built the Spiritual Care Programs and under his direction the program grew to have 17 volunteers and 30 Eucharistic ministers. He trained chaplains and created a Spiritual Care Advisory Council with people of all faiths.

 Lillicrapp loved music, (particularly the The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Pa.) gardening and working with the staff at Kaiser South. He was often quoted as saying, "my ten years at Kaiser were the happiest and most fulfilling of my life". He was predeceased by his beloved Daughter Phoebe, his parents Arthur Lillicrapp and Irene Nora (Yerger) Lillicrapp and his Sister Suzanne L. Anderson. He is survived by his Brother in Law Richard Anderson, his Nephews John Raymond Anderson (Beth), Stephen Arthur Anderson (Amy) his nieces and nephew, Molly Greer Anderson, Rachel Grace Anderson and Ian Arthur Anderson and his cousin Vicki Lillicrapp, along with other family and many friends.

 Funeral Services were held on Friday May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral 2620 Capital Avenue, Sacramento, California 95816. Internment Monday May 20 at 4:00p.m. at the Cathedral.

 

In Memoriam: Michael Whinney ‘90

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The Rt. Rev. Michael Whinney, who received a Master of Theology degree from General during a sabbatical from the Church of England in 1990, died February 3, 2017 at the age of 86. Whinney was a well-loved bishop who made a great contribution to the Church of England in Birmingham as Bishop of Aston (1982-1985) after fruitful ministry in Rainham, Bermondsey and as Archdeacon of Southwark. In 1985 he moved to take the role of Bishop of Southwell before returning to Birmingham three years later due to ill health. After a sabbatical year in the Diocese, he became a stipendiary assistant bishop where his passion for mission, his approachability and his care of the clergy were highly valued. During the period between the departure of Archbishop Sentamu and the arrival of Bishop David, the Archbishop of Canterbury asked Whinney to lead the Diocese and his ministry during that time was deeply appreciated.

A great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, Whinney inherited something of his ancestor’s social concern for the inner-city and two decades of immersion in Bermondsey and Southwark had provided him with a deep knowledge of South London’s inherited problems and their continuing challenge to the church.

Michael Humphrey Dickens Whinney was born in Chelsea on July 8 1930. At Charterhouse he was captain of football, leaving in 1948 to take a National Service commission in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Surrey Regiment. This completed, he joined as a trainee a family firm of accountants founded in the mid-Victorian era.

Evangelical influence intervened, however, and he left in 1952 to prepare for Holy Orders. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he read History and Theology, before completing his training at Ridley Hall. From 1957 to 1960 Whinney was a curate at Rainham in Essex. He then became head of the Cambridge University Mission Settlement in Bermondsey.  On completion of a seven-year stint at the Settlement, he became Vicar of the neighboring parishes of St James with Christchurch, thus widening his responsibilities and influence. These increased further in 1973 when he became Borough Dean and Archdeacon of Southwark.

Nine years later his experience and expertise in urban ministry led to his appointment as Bishop of Aston with a remit to tackle the problems for the Church created by Birmingham’s fast-changing social and racial make-up. In 1985 he was asked to move to the leadership of Southwell.

In 1988, Whinney accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Birmingham, Mark Santer, to join him as a full-time stipendiary assistant bishop. He was thus able to resume his urban ministry, and with great success support the parish and specialist clergy, as well as contribute to diocesan policy. He was a Canon Residentiary of the cathedral from 1992 to 1995.

Whinney remained in Birmingham after his retirement and was active as an honorary assistant bishop. He became vice-president of the Dickens Fellowship in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Veronica, and by two sons and a daughter.