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Robert C. Rusack '47

Late Episcopalian Bishop of Los Angeles

Certain of his future since the age of nine, Rusack graduated from Hobart in three years, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Lawrence of Western Massachusetts, and later was made a priest by Bishop Daniels of Montana.

While in seminary, Rusack served as a lay worker in the Missionary District of Utah, the first six years of his ordained ministry took place in Deer Lodge, Philipsburg, and Drummiond, Mont. He studied at St. Augustine's College in Canterbury and, in 1958, was appointed rector of St. Augustine's-By-The-Sea in Santa Monica, Calif. He was eventually elected bishop suffragan of Los Angeles in 1964, a position he held for 22 years.

Rusack is best remembered for developing a wide-spread ministry to AIDS sufferers, embracing the cultural and racial diversity of Southern California, particularly encouraging Asian newcomers to the church, and advocating on behalf of the ministry of women. He received the honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from Hobart in 1967 and was later awarded the Hobart College Medal of Excellence in 1991.

Rusack passed away in 1986.

 

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Robert C. Rusack
Hobart Class of 1947

Contribution: Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles

College Activities: Service Assistant for William Smith College Dining, Member of Geneva's Trinity Church, Theta Delta Chi

Other Education: General Theological Seminary, Cantbury, England (1948)


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