Farewell to Nancy Reagan

President Barack Obama escorted former First Lady Nancy Reagan to a signing ceremony for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act on June 2, 2009. • REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

T.K. Barger reports for The Blade of Toledo, Ohio:

An Episcopal priest presiding at Nancy Reagan’s funeral today in California is a former Toledoan.

The Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, interim vicar of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, is a 1969 graduate of Maumee Valley Country Day School.

Father Kenworthy was a member of Monroe Street United Methodist Church, where he attended with his parents. His father, Stuart A. Kenworthy, who died in 1971, was a vice president at Owens-Illinois. His mother remarried, and his stepfather, Floyd Canter, served as executive vice president at Owens-Illinois; he is also deceased. Mrs. Canter now lives in Florida.

The Blade reported in 1979, as a 27-year-old United Methodist minister, Father Kenworthy was the organizational director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, then the country’s largest nondenominational public interest group.

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