Thursday, July 23, 2009

Robert Hatch, Retired Bishop of W. Mass., Dies

From The Living Church-

The Rt. Rev. Robert M. Hatch, 99, retired Bishop of Western Massachusetts, died on July 16, in Louisville, Colo., where he had lived for the past five years. He was the fourth bishop of that diocese, and during his tenure helped establish new missions, support the civil rights movement, and was involved in many environmental causes.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a graduate of Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Episcopal Theological Seminary. He was Bishop of Western Massachusetts from 1957 to 1970. Prior to that he was Bishop Suffragan of Connecticut from 1951 to 1957. He was also involved in parish ministry in the dioceses of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Delaware. After retirement he served in interim ministry in Berlin, N.H.

He was married to Helen Crocker Addison, who died in 1998. Bishop Hatch was survived by two daughters, Martha Balph of Utah and Louise Cass of Louisville, Colo., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

1 comment:

Daniel Weir said...

Bp Hatch confirmed and made me a postulant for holy orders. He had retired by the time I was ordained, but he did preside at the Eucharist at our wedding. I'm not sure, but I think the wedding may been the first time that he wore a chasuble. He was a gentle soul.