Bishop Wylie of Northern Michigan Is Dead

Diocesan Press Service. May 10, 1974 [74143]

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Rt. Rev. Samuel J. Wylie, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Michigan, died here May 7 in his sleep at General Theological Seminary where he had spent the night after having delivered a lecture.

Bishop Wylie, 55, was formerly dean of General Seminary from 1966 to 1972 prior to his election as Bishop of Northern Michigan. He was consecrated to the episcopacy on March 11, 1972, in Menominee, Mich., the see city.

Born in 1918 in New York City, Bishop Wylie received his B.S. degree from Wheaton College in 1938, his S.T.B. degree in 1942 from Biblical Seminary, New York City, and his S. T. M. degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1953. He received honorary D. D. degrees from several institutions, including Virginia Theological Seminary, Brown University, and Huron College (London, Ontario, Canada).

From 1942 to 1951 he was a Presbyterian clergyman, during which time he was chaplain in the U.S. N.R., minister of a congregation, and counselor to Protestant students at Columbia University.

Ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1952, he was chaplain to Episcopal students at the University of Virginia, 1951-54. He was canon at the Cathedral of St. John, Providence, R. I., and Episcopal chaplain at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, 1954-58. From 1958 to 1960, he was associate secretary of the division of college work of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. He was rector of the Church of the Advent, Boston, when he became dean at General Seminary in 1966.

His books include "New Patterns for Christian Action" and "Precede the Dawn."

Surviving are his widow, the former Beatrice Irene Browne; a son, John; three daughters, Mrs. Irene Rogers, Mary and Jeane; and his mother, Mrs. May Wylie.

A funeral service was held on May 10 at 11 a. m., in St. Paul's Church, Marquette, Mich.