New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 2009|
Rev. Barbara Edgar
ACTON — The Rev. Barbara Edgar, an Episcopal priest whose work in ministry extended through parishes in Gloucester, Weston and Cape Cod, died at her home in Acton on Dec. 24, 2009. The cause was metastatic endometrial cancer, her family said. She was 73.
Rev. Edgar made her first step toward the ministry in 1982. While working as visiting nurse at Emerson Hospital in Concord she volunteered to visit fellow parishioners from Boston's King's Chapel at Massachusetts General Hospital. She soon became involved in the hospital's chaplaincy program, then enrolled in Harvard Divinity School in 1985. After graduating in 1987 she was ordained to the deaconate in 1988. That same year she took her first position, as an assistant in St. John's Episcopal Church, in Gloucester. In 1989 she was fully ordained at the Church of St. Paul, the Episcopal Cathedral in Boston. After four years in Gloucester she served as interim rector at St. Peter's Church in Weston. In 1993 she moved to Cape Cod, becoming assistant rector at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans. Five years later she became assistant rector at St. Christopher's Church in Chatham. Then in 2001 she became the assisting priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, in Barnstable, where she remained until her retirement in 2004. In 2009 she moved to Acton, returning to the area where she had spent much of her life.
Whether she was nursing, teaching or preaching, Barbara's work always meant helping others, either physically, intellectually or spiritually.
Asked by a friend to name her most marketable asset, Barbara answered, "My curiosity." Along with music, art and literature, her interests also included politics and the Boston Red Sox. Known for her warm yet frank sense of humor, she enjoyed people who possessed what she considered "a lively mind." She had a tremendous work ethic and was determined to triumph over any obstacle. Her decision to return to college in her late forties and pursue a new career as a minister was just one example of this determination. As the mother of three, she possessed a genuine respect for children, and was always able to bring out their intelligence, humor and opinions. She revered nature, loved animals and relished swimming in the ocean in almost any season, floating over the waves with just her toes and head exposed.
Barbara Ann Edgar was born in New York City in 1936, the daughter of Allen MacMartin Look and the former Maria Sloan Auchincloss. She graduated from the Chapin School for Girls in New York, and after Bradford Junior College she followed the same career path as her mother and grandmother, receiving her nursing degree from The Columbia School of Nursing.
Early in her career she worked at Children's Hospital in Boston. She also studied how to teach reading to children with learning disabilities and taught at the Carroll School in Lincoln. But she continued to be drawn toward nursing, and accepted a position at Emerson Hospital where she helped establish the visiting nurses office. Her husband, David L. R. Edgar, was a former headmaster of Fenn School in Concord who later became an independent educational consultant. He died in 2001. Her first marriage to Thomas deForest Bull ended in divorce in 1966.
She is survived by her three children: David Bull of Phoenix, Maria Bull of Orange, and Tom Bull of Acton. She is also survived by four grandchildren and a stepdaughter, Anne Edgar of Concord.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St., Concord.
Rather than send flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gyn/Onc Research Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey 9064, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. Please note "Penson/Goodman/BLE" on the donation.
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