February 3: Harry Webster Baldwin, Jr.+ (2015)

The Rev. Harry Webster Baldwin, Jr. grew up from very modest means in rural Goochland County, Virginia. He learned how to exchange his mother’s homemade bread for “store bought sliced bread,” and how to repair a cracked baseball bat with screws and tape. Following graduation from the University of Richmond in 1945, Harry enrolled at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Towards the end of his studies, Harry was assigned to do his field education at the Church of the Epiphany. There he met a young woman named Elizabeth King, who was living in the area and working at the Pentagon as a secretary. On the weekend she was a Sunday School teacher at Epiphany. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

Harry and Elizabeth began their lives and ministry together in marriage at the Church of the Epiphany in 1950. Rector Leland Stark and Bishop Frederick Goodwin of Virginia jointly performed the ceremony. Harry spent his career in several churches in Virginia, but mostly at St. Andrew’s in Richmond, where he served for 30 years. At the time of his passing, 95-year old Harry Baldwin was the longest resident clergy person in the Diocese of Virginia. He lived a full and rewarding life. The concluding lines of Harry’s obituary sum up his life well, “He fought the good fight, he finished his course, and he kept the faith.”

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