Retired Bishop Carman Of Oregon Dies

Episcopal News Service. December 6, 1979 [79372]

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Rt. Rev. James W. F. Carman, who retired in 1974 as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, died at a hospital here on Nov. 29. He was 76 years of age.

He had become bishop of the diocese in 1958 after serving two years as bishop coadjutor. Prior to that he had been dean of Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Ariz., for 10 years. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1930, he had been rector of parishes in Denver and Pueblo, Colorado.

Bishop Carman was field officer of the Episcopal Church's National (now Executive) Council for two years, 1944-46, serving Province III, the mid-Atlantic dioceses. Later, from 1947-1952, he served as an elected member of the National Council in the Department of Promotion.

Bishop Carman was born in Denver in 1903. He was a graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and of Seabury Divinity School, Fairbault, Minn. He was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 1949 by Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill.

In 1930 Bishop Carman was married to Phyllis Churchill, who survives him. Surviving him also are a son, the Rev. Charles C. Carman of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and a daughter, Mrs. Stephen Edwards of Northfield, Ill., and five grandchildren.

The Carman Trust was recently established to provide scholarships for clergy children, a loan fund for clergy, and funds for the maintenance of Oregon Episcopal School.

A requiem was held at Trinity Church, Portland on December 3. Memorial gifts may be designated to the Carman Trust of the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Foundation.