first_imgRIP: The Rt. Rev. Coleman McGehee, 8th Bishop of Michigan Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal Diocese of Michigan] The Rt. Rev. H. Coleman McGehee, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, has died at the age of 89McGehee served as bishop coadjutor from 1971 to 1973 and as diocesan bishop from 1973 to 1990.He died March 14, after a protracted illness at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. The bishop was surrounded by loved ones, keeping vigil by his side, throughout his final days. His peaceful transition was made while his daughter, Cary, was reading spiritual imperatives to himHe is survived by his wife of 67 years, June, their daughters, Lesley and Cary; sons Alexander, C. Harry and Donald; and four grandchildren.Visitation will begin at noon on March 23 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, with a requiem Eucharist at 2:00 p.m.Coleman McGehee was born in Richmond, Virginia and came to the ordained ministry via engineering, military service and the practice of law. He was at one time deputy attorney general of the Commonwealth of Virginia.An avid golfer, McGehee was swimming laps three times a week and taking other exercise as he had for years until the onset of his final illness in mid-February. He had stopped functioning publicly after the onset of dementia several years ago.After service during World War II as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1947. He earned a law degree at the University of Richmond in 1949. Eight years later he entered the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary of Virginia, graduating in 1957. Prior to coming to Michigan he was rector of Immanuel-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va., from 1960 to 1971 where he was the pastor to the late President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford.Coleman was elected a bishop in May 1971 and took up his new duties in Michigan October of that year. Then 48, he succeeded the Rt. Rev. Richard S. Emrich who had led the Michigan diocese since 1948.His convictions about justice and peace matched his concern that not only the church but society, too, should respect the dignity of every human being.McGehee supported union labor. He offered a liturgy for peace on many a Good Friday at the gates of Williams International in Walled Lake where missiles were then made. He supported the cause of women clergy and in 1977 ordained the first woman priest in the Diocese of Michigan. He welcomed gay and lesbian members into the church and was not hesitant to ordain them.He was one of the founders, with Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and the late Rabbi Richard Hertz, of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.The bishop’s conscience led him to support the locked-out Detroit Free Press and Detroit News employees in 1995. Already 72 and retired for five years, he stood with them on the picket line, spoke for them and was willing to go to jail with them.McGehee was a spiritual leader, friend and advocate in the diocese and throughout the church.  His legacy will not be forgotten. 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This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags March 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm Rt Rev Coleman McGehee was a beloved friend to our family. He was a truly extraordinary man. We are eternally grateful for his presence in our lives, and he lives on in our hearts. He inspired us all to go forth into the world and do great things. We send our love and prayers to the McGehee family, and trust that his message of human dignity and respect for all is carried forward like a brightly shining beacon by those he touched. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID House of Bishops, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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