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Edward Salmon Jr. (1934-2016)

The Rt. Rev. Edward Lloyd Salmon Jr., Bishop of South Carolina for 18 years, died June 29 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 82. The bishop’s death ended 55 years of active ministry.

After he retired from his work as a bishop, Salmon became rector of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which he had previously served as an episcopal visitor beginning in 2006. He served as dean and president of Nashotah House Theological Seminary from 2012 to 2015.

A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Salmon was a graduate of the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon in 1960 and priest in 1961.

His first ministry was in three churches in Arkansas, including St. Paul’s, Fayetteville. From 1978 to 1990 he was rector of the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis. In 1990 he was elected on the first ballot as the 13th Bishop of South Carolina.

The bishop is survived by Louise, his wife of 43 years; a daughter, Catherine; a son, Edward III; grandchildren Fiona, Celia, and Edward IV; and a sister, Sarah.

The Church of St. Michael and St. George will host a vigil July 6 and 7, and a funeral at 7 p.m. July 7.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial gifts to The Anglican Digest. Bishop Salmon was chairman of that publication’s board of directors for 41 years.

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