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The Living ChurchOctober 3, 1999Bishop Zabriskie Dies, Was Leader in Total Ministry 219(14) p. 6

The Rt. Rev. Stewart Clark Zabriskie, 62, Bishop of Nevada, died Sept. 13, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, after suffering an aortic aneurysm during a diocesan council meeting in Reno, Sept. 11.

He was born in White Plains, N.Y. He was a graduate of Yale University and the General Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1963. Before his episcopal election and consecration in 1986, Bishop Zabriskie served as assistant at Incarnation, New York, N.Y., 1963-65; rector of St. Mary's, Scarborough, N.Y., 1966-69; assistant at St. John's, Pleasantville, N.Y., 1969-72; rector of St. Andrew's, Cloquet, Minn., priest-in-charge of Christ Church, Proctor, Minn., 1973-77, and rector of Epiphany, Plymouth, Minn., 1977-86.

Recognized nationally as a leader in the Total Ministry movement, Bishop Zabriskie was noted as a speaker and workshop leader. He was also the author of Total Ministry: Reclaiming the Ministry of All God's People.

"The continuation and development of Total Ministry was really the major thing that happened with his ministry in Nevada," said the Rt. Rev. J. Michael Garrison, Bishop of Western New York, who served as a regional vicar in Nevada under Bishop Zabriskie. "He had a strong passion for that work."

The Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Ray, retired Bishop of Northern Michigan, and a collaborator with Bishop Zabriskie "in a number of venues," said Bishop Zabriskie was always grateful to follow the pioneering leadership of the Rt. Rev. Wesley Frensdorff, Bishop of Nevada before him. "Stew was always very committed to Total Ministry, as was the diocese," Bishop Ray said.

Bishop Zabriskie is survived by his wife, Sarah, his son, Michael, and daughter, Joanna, and two grandchildren.