THE REVEREND CRAIG EDUARD of Washington, DC, and Falmouth, ME, died Sun., November 22, 2009, at Sibley Hospital of complications related to congestive heart failure. He was born in 1919 in Ridley Park, PA, the son of the Reverend Charles and Wilhemina Eder.
After graduating from the Penn Charter School, Harvard University, and the Virginia Theological Seminary, he was ordained a minister in the Episcopal Church in 1945.
Following parish work in West Virginia, he became Chaplain at St. Albans School for Boys in 1953, where he remained for the next 20 years. He will be remembered by generations of St. Albans students for his gentle manner, good humor, and leadership on many summer trips, whether to do volunteer work in West Virginia, South Dakota or Tanganyika, or to bicycle through the British Isles and Europe. Retiring from St. Albans in 1973, "Rev" Eder, as he was known, served as interim pastor and priest-in-charge at numerous parishes in the Diocese of Washington from Potomac to St. Mary's City. In 1975 he became Assistant to the Rector at St. Columba's Church, with which he was connected for the next 34 years. St. Columba's recently honored him as Associate Rector Emeritus. Since the early 1980's he was deeply involved with the Friends of St. Benedict, and, more recently, with the Iona Poets Group.
Mr. Eder is survived by his wife Edith, with whom he spent almost 40 summers at their home on Casco Bay; his sister Shirley and her husband the Rev. Joseph Laird; nephew Craig Laird, nieces Holly Laird and Heather Laird Beaudry; step-children Edith Gilliss Faile, William Gilliss, and John Gilliss, along with a host of loving in-laws, grandchildren, grand nieces and nephews, friends, colleagues, parishion-ers and former students.
A Memorial Service in Rev. Eder's honor will be held at St. Columba's Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, Washington, DC, on Saturday, December 12 at 1 P.M. Interment will be private. Honoring his great love of his many dogs, his family suggests that donations be made in his name to the Washington Humane Society, 7319 Georgia Avenue, NW. Washington, DC 20012, or to the charity of one's choice.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of The Methodist Home of Washington, D.C. for the wonderful care that they provided over the last several years.
EDER EDITH C.H. EDER A long-time resident of Washington DC, completed her life on July 10, 2010 at her residence on Connecticut Avenue, aged 93. 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, CT, before moving to Washington during World War II to work for Bishop Angus Dun of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. In 1948, she married the Reverend Carter S. Gilliss; they lived in Poolesville, MD, where he was rector of St. Peter''s Church until his death in 1960. In 1968, she married the Reverend Craig E. Eder, then chaplain at St. Albans School. Their devoted marriage lasted until his death in November 2009. The Eders were enthusiastic travelers all their lives together, visiting friends in many parts of the world and spending as much as possible of every summer at their island home in Maine. Always generous with her time and resources, she led a life of service and of quiet philanthropy. She was a member of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church for over forty years, serving on its Vestry for many of them. Other volunteer activities took her to various roles at Sibley Hospital, St. Albans School, Sidwell Friends School summer programs, and the City Hall hotline. Mrs. Eder is survived by a brother, Dr. Thomas Brown of Lebanon, NH; a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Dallett of Taconic, CT; daughter Edith Gilliss Faile and husband David of Fairfield, CT; son William Gilliss of Louisville, KY; son John Gilliss and wife Barrett Alexander of Portland, ME; grandchildren Carter Gilliss, Meghan Gilliss, Nathan Gilliss, and Edith H.M. Faile; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, Washington DC, in September. Private interment will follow in Rock Creek Cemetery. The family wishes that any donations in Mrs. Eder''s name or memory be made to the Loaves and Fishes Program,1525 Newton St. NW, Washington DC, 20010.
The Rev. Charles E. Eder
Charles Eder is best remembered as the pastor of Grace Church, Mount Airy for thirty-five years. He was born in Philadelphia on March 31, 1887. He was educated at St. Steven's College, where he obtained a BA degree in 1911. Subsequently, he got an MA at the University of Pennsylvania in 1917. He went to the General Theological Seminary and was graduated from there in 1914. He was made a deacon by Bishop Gray in that year and the next year was ordained a priest by Bishop Rhinelander on May 26, 1915, beginning his career as curate of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill.
After six years with us, during which time he also played a major part at St. John the Evangelist in Essington, he resigned to become the rector of Grace Church. Dr. Eder was a most distinguished priest and a very active member of the diocese. He and his first wife had two children, Craig and Shirley. Craig was ordained a priest also and is associated with St. Alban's School, Washington, D.C. After the death of his first wife, Dr. Eder married one of our parishioners, the former Lucille Berlin. Mrs. Eder is now a resident of the Conner-Williams Nursing Home in Ridley Park. Dr. Eder retired in 1959 and died in 1960.