February 14: Sallie Hews Phillips McClenahan (1994)

Sallie Hews Phillips McClenahan moved to Washington as a teenager and the older of two daughters when her father, The Rev. ZeBarney Phillips, became Epiphany’s ninth rector. After graduation from the National Cathedral School for Girls in 1924, she taught briefly at a small private girls’ school in Washington and for several years was national secretary for young people’s work of the Episcopal Church. In 1934, Sallie’s father both gave her away and performed the wedding ceremony when she married Robert Wallace “Wally” McClenahan at Epiphany. In addition to raising a family, Sallie McClenahan devoted a lifetime to volunteer work, largely with young people, the Junior League, and church-related activities.

A natural born storyteller, Sallie McClenahan was the author of several books. Written in 1950, So Live tells of the life of her father, Epiphany’s rector for 18 years, dean of National Cathedral, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, and president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies. Written later, Touchstones tells of four important chapters in her life. Sallie McClenahan led a varied and adventurous life, enriched by her work with young people, her family, and a wide circle of friends.

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