Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bishop Bainbridge Remembered for Compassion

From The Living Church-

The Rt. Rev. Harry Brown Bainbridge III, 12th Bishop of Idaho and chairman emeritus of Episcopal Relief and Development, died May 27 at age 70.

The bishop died at Talbot Hospice in Easton, Md. He was rector of Christ Church, Easton, from 1988 to 1998, when he was elected in Idaho. He retired as bishop in 2008. He had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2007.

Bainbridge was born in 1939 in Knoxville, Tenn. He completed a master’s degree at the University of the South, served in the Navy — he was a communications officer aboard the USS Norfolk during the Cuban Missile Crisis — and completed his seminary studies at the University of the South’s School of Theology in 1967. He was ordained deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968.

He joined the board of Episcopal Relief and Development in 2001 and was its chairman from 2003 to 2008. The board’s executive committee elected him as chairman emeritus in March.

“I am profoundly saddened by Bishop Harry’s death. He played a critical role in the life of this organization and served as a personal mentor and friend to me,” said Rob Radtke, president of Episcopal Relief & Development. “Harry was a wonderful man whose love, humor, humility and numerous contributions will remain with all of us.”

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