22 Jun 2011 spirit   » (Journeyer)

Craig Eder, 90, an Episcopal priest who served as longtime chaplain of the private St. Albans School and who retired as assistant to the rector at St. Columba's Church in the District, died Nov. 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had congestive heart failure.

Rev. Eder was chaplain at St. Albans from 1953 to 1973, during which time he taught sacred studies, conducted chapel services and started the school's community service program. In the last role, he took students to Quaker work camps in West Virginia, a church mission in eastern Africa and a Dakota Indian reservation.

In 2006, Rev. Eder told a St. Albans publication, "For the kids from St. Albans to come to know Indian people -- Indian persons -- was of real value. . . . One of my deepest convictions is that the real meaning of life is found in close personal relationships with people. God is involved in that."

After stepping down from St. Albans as chaplain, he spent about 14 years working at St. Columba's. He stayed involved with St. Albans as chaplain emeritus.

Craig Eduard Eder was born Sept. 6, 1919, in Ridley Park, Pa., and was a 1942 graduate of Harvard University. He completed studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1944 and the next year was ordained an Episcopal minister.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Edith Brown Eder of Washington; three stepchildren, Edith Gilliss Faile of Fairfield, Conn., William H. Gilliss of Louisville, Ky., and John H. Gilliss of Portland, Maine; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Rev. Eder said he initially intended to pursue a career in medicine and that his father, an Episcopal priest, played a key role in reorienting his focus toward the ministry.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Edith C.H. Eder, 93, a resident of Falmouth and Washington, D.C., died July 10.

Born Edith Corlies Houston Brown in Philadelphia in 1916, she was the daughter of Dr. Henry Paul Brown, Jr., and Edith Houston Brown.

A graduate of the Agnes Irwin School and Radcliffe College, she worked in Boston, Philadelphia and Avon, Conn., before moving to Washington, D.C. during World War II.

In 1948, she married the Rev. Carter S. Gilliss. They lived together in Maryland until his death in 1960.

In 1968, she married the Rev. Craig E. Eder. They were married over 40 years until his death in November 2009.

She and her husband Craig were enthusiastic travelers, visiting friends in many parts of the world, and spending summers at their Falmouth home.

She is survived by a brother, Dr. Thomas Brown of Lebanon, N.H., and a sister, Charlotte Dallett of Taconic, Conn.; a daughter, Edith Gilliss Faile and husband David of Fairfield, Conn., two sons, William Gilliss of Louisville, Ky., and John Gilliss and wife Barrett Alexander of Portland; four grandchildren, Carter Gilliss, Meghan Gilliss, Nathan Gilliss, and Edith H.M. Faile; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Arrangements are by Rapp Funeral Services, 933 Gist Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Memorial donations may be made to the Loaves and Fishes Program, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20010.

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