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Marin Independent Journal
Friday, October 16, 1987
Section A, page 4

Assistant rector of St. John's dies
by Mary Leydecker

A Requiem Mass for the Rev. Wade Wright Egbert of Mill Valley, assistant rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross, will be celebrated by Bishop William Swing at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Church.

Rev. Egbert died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1987, at his home. He was 55.

After he was diagnosed in January as suffering from AIDS, he shared this with the congregation of St. John's, where he had been on the staff since 1985.

Earlier, he served seven years as rector of Holy Innocents' Church in Corte Madera.

The Rev. Bart Sarjeant, rector of St. John's, noted that Rev. Egbert had also been diagnosed as having cancer in 1974 and given six months to live. "He lived with death all that time. He was so prepared for death despite how long he held it off," Sarjeant said.

"I don't know if I've ever met a finer priest or a finer man...even when he was hospitalized and was so ill, he was very concerned about other people."

Rev. Egbert was born and reared in Fort Smith, Ark., and was a lifelong Episcopalian.

He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Arkansas and then a master of divinity degree at thge University of the South.

He also earned a master of arts degree at Mississippi and a doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley.

While he was studying in Berkeley in the 1960s, he assisted in Holy Innocents' Parish.

However, much of his career was spent in education and missionary work.

Early in his career, he was in charge of the education program and parochial school at the Episcopal cathedral in Little Rock, Ark.

Later, he was dean of Cuttington College, a liberal arts school operated by the Episcopal Church in the African country of Liberia for five years.

He then returned to New York, where he was on the national world mission staff of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

He also had served on various committees of Church World Service and on the boards of the Heifter Project International and CODEL, a consortium of Roman Catholics and Protestants working in underdeveloped countries.

Rev. Egbert served as rector of Holy Innocents' from 1978 to 1985, when he left to go to St. John's.

Rev. Egbert is survived by his sister, Moselle Hudson James of Fort Smith, Ark., and a foster son, Samuel K. T. Harris, whom he adopted in Liberia and who also lives in Fort Smith.

The funeral Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Lloyd Prator, rector of All Saints' Church in San Francisco, and the Rev. Victor Wei, executive officer to the bishop.

Sarjeant will preach, and numerous other Episcopal clergy will participate in the service which Rev. Egbert had planned before his death.

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