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The Living ChurchDecember 19, 1999Bishop Van Duzer of New Jersey Dies 219(25) p. 7

The Rt. Rev. Albert W. Van Duzer, 82, eighth Bishop of New Jersey, died Nov. 27 at the Evergreens Retirement Center in Moorestown, N.J.

Bishop Van Duzer was born in Newburgh, N.Y. He was a graduate of Trinity College and the General Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon in 1945 and priest in 1946. He was consecrated bishop in 1966.

Bishop Van Duzer served his entire ministry in New Jersey. He was curate at Grace Church, Merchantville, 1945-47; rector of the Church of the Advent, Cape May, 1947-49; and returned to Merchantville as rector in 1949, remaining there until 1966, when he was elected Bishop Suffragan of New Jersey. At a special convention of the diocese in 1972 he was elected bishop coadjutor and, in 1973, he became the diocesan bishop.

Bishop Van Duzer's episcopacy was noted for its healing qualities and pastoral relationship to all, clergy and laity alike. He led the diocese through a time of controversies in the church and he spearheaded the highly successful Venture in Mission (VIM) campaign that raised several million dollars for outreach programs. His influence was felt in the State of New Jersey in such organizations as the Camden County Children's Shelter, the Evergreens Home and the South Jersey Religious Radio Committee. He served as a member of the Presiding Bishop's Advisory Committee on Evangelism, chair of the Joint Commission on Urban Ministries, President of Province 2, and was on the Committee for Program, Budget and Finance of the General Convention.

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Marion R. (Lippincott) Van Duzer and three daughters, Daryl (Mrs. Henry Gorczycki), of Medford, N.J., Lynn (Mrs. Donald Muller), Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Gayle (Mrs. Joseph Carson), Bordentown, N.J., six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.