CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The 13th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina has died, according to a release from the diocese.
The Right Rev. Edward L. Salmon died Wednesday in St. Louis, MO. He was 82.
"I first met Bishop Salmon when he was Bishop-elect," the Reverend Dow Sanderson, Rector of Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston, said. "He was kind enough to meet me in Virginia, where I was serving a curacy. It was a challenging time in my life and ministry, and through his kind pastoral care to my family and me, and with his assistance, we returned to South Carolina to live and minister. During all the subsequent years, Ed has been a dear friend and mentor, and has had a profound influence on my formation as a priest."
Salmon was born in Natchez, Mississippi on Jan. 30, 1934 and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of the South in 1956. He graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a Deacon in 1960, and a Priest in 1961 in the Diocese of Arkansas.
After serving congregations throughout Arkansas in the 1960s and 1970s, and as rector at St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, MO, from 1978 to 1989, he was elected as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina on September 9, 1989, and consecrated February 24, 1990. He served until January 2008.
"Ed had a unique leadership style among bishops, and he could be counted on to offer his particular point of view on most matters," the Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, said. "His perspectives and personality were assets among his fellow bishops. He will certainly be missed."
In retirement he continued as a member of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church and participated in the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City last summer.
In 2007, he was awarded South Carolina's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto. He served on the board of Kanuga Conferences, Hendersonville, NC and in leadership positions at schools and organizations including the University of the South, Voorhees College, Porter-Gaud School, Bishop Gadsden retirement community York Place, and the Province IV House of Bishops. He served as Dean of Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin from 2011-2014.
Sanderson said they continued to work as colleagues after Salmon's retirement, working together on the Board of Trustees at Nashotah House, where Salmon served as chairman, and later, as Dean and President, a role Sanderson said Salmon retired from a second time, just a little over a year ago.
"I was particularly made even more aware of his priestly gifts in these last years as I saw just how loved and admired he was by the students," Sanderson said. "So many young men and women in ministry for decades to come will be shaped and guided by the Gospel-truths and generosity of spirit embodied by Bishop Salmon."
He married Louise Hack in 1972 and they have two children, Catherine and Edward, III.
Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday afternoon.