October 20: John Stephens Graham (1976) & Elizabeth Breckinridge Graham (2005)

John S. Graham (d. October 20, 1976) and Elizabeth B. Graham (d. October 25, 2005) lived the majority of their married life in suburban Maryland with their four daughters. When it came time to choose a church home, the Grahams made the decision to bypass several nearby churches and attend Epiphany in downtown Washington where their children would be exposed to a wider variety of people. John Graham, a native of Reading, Massachusetts, grew up in North Carolina, attending the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia Law School. After leaving the Winston Salem firm of Vaughan and Graham to serve as an officer in the Naval Reserve during World War II, Graham became assistant to the under secretary of the Treasury. In 1948, President Truman appointed him assistant secretary of the Treasury. In 1957, President Eisenhower named him a commissioner of the Atomic Energy Commission and a delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Elizabeth B. Graham was born in Monterey, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. Her father was the assistant secretary of War under President Woodrow Wilson. Elizabeth later compiled a journal of recollections of her childhood in Washington in the early 1900s. Her first ride in an airplane was with her father’s friend Charles Lindbergh when they flew over Washington in 1927. Her mother was lost at sea off the coast of Iceland in 1941 when a ship she was on was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. Elizabeth was a graduate of Vassar College and had a lifelong interest in education. She devoted countless hours to such programs as Reading is Fundamental, which encouraged reading in inner city schools. She was the founder of the Tuesday School, a weekly after-school enrichment program at the Church of the Epiphany for fourth graders from a local school. Following their deaths, the funerals of John and Elizabeth Graham were held at Epiphany.

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