Authorized Form of NameBackus; John (1938-2009)
TypeOfEntityPerson
SurnameBackus
ForenamesJohn
Dates1938-2009
CodeGB/109/24228
ActivityGraduated from Lincoln High School, Seattle in 1956. He attended the University of Washington for 2 years and transferred to Grinnell College in Iowa, where he graduated in 1960. Spent three years teaching in Greece. Returned to the U.S. in 1963 and attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained an Episcopalian priest in 1965. Served as Deacon at St. Andrews Seattle, and was chaplain at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, WA from 1969 to 1973. In 1973 he attended Oxford University to obtain a Doctorate of Divinity. At the Archbishop of Canterbury's request, served as his representative to the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Constantinople. His mastery of languages (Greek, Turkish and Russian ) helped in furthering his impressive career. Return to the U.S. in 1978, and was the rector of 3 churches, the last being Church of the Good Shepherd in NY, NY from 1992-2003. He retired to Quilcene, WA in 2003. He died in St. Moritz.
GenderMale
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