Rev. G. Palmer Pardington III, a descendant of Rev. George Palmer Pardington for whom Nyack Rockland’s Pardington Hall is named, recently passed away at his Oregon home. Mr. Marshall Davies Lloyd, the great grandson of the Pardington patriarch, informed Nyack President Michael Scales of the family’s loss.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pardington family as they prepare to memorialize Rev. Pardington, who is from the lineage of a Nyack College patriarch,” said President Scales. “Our Rockland campus School of Music, housed in Pardington Hall, proudly bares the family name.”
The following is the obituary published by the family in The Oregonian.
The Rev. George Palmer Pardington III, an Episcopal priest and leader in religious education, died July 26, 2017, at home. He was 78.
Palmer, fourth in a line of clergymen, was born July 12, 1939 in Mobile, Ala., and grew up in Houma, La., where his father, the Rev. George Pardington, was the rector of an Episcopal church, and his mother, Mary England Pardington, helped in every aspect of parish life.
He moved to Portland with his family in 1978 to be Episcopal chaplain for Portland State University and four other colleges. After he retired in 1997, he continued to serve on the staff of several Oregon churches, most recently as an associate priest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish in downtown Portland.
Throughout his career Palmer worked for peace, human rights and in his words, healing “a broken and suffering world.” He trained mentors in the Education for Ministry program and served in leadership roles for many organizations, such as the Oregon Episcopal Peace Fellowship and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.
He held a bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University, two master’s degrees from General Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.
Even as his health declined due to heart problems and a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, he did yoga every morning, traveled to Costa Rica and Israel and enjoyed reading and discussing theology and philosophy. He played cello, piano and organ. One of the highlights of his final years was singing in Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Chamber Singers.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Simpson Pardington; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kristin Pardington; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Pardington Effros and Steve Effros; brother, William Pardington; and three grandchildren, Lila and Eva Effros and Ezra Pardington.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish, 1432 S.W. 13th Ave., Portland, OR, 97201.