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Wedel, Cynthia Clark

Donald S. Armentrout

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Wedel, Cynthia Clark (26 August 1908–24 August 1986), Episcopal ecumenist, was born in Dearborn, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur Pierson Clark, a civil engineer, and Elizabeth Snow Haigh. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and Evanston, Illinois. Wedel received her bachelor’s degree in 1929 and her master’s in 1930, both from Northwestern University. From 1931 until 1934 she was director of Christian education at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston. In 1934 she went to New York City, where she was a fieldworker at the national headquarters of the Episcopal church, becoming in 1935 the director of youth work. In May 1939 she married Theodore Otto Wedel, a widower and sixteen years her senior, who at the time was general secretary for Episcopal college work. In 1939 the Wedels moved to Washington, D.C., where he became the canon chancellor of the Washington Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul and director of studies at the College of Preachers of the cathedral, a program of continuing education for clergy. From 1943 until 1960 he was warden of the College of Preachers. Cynthia Wedel called herself “the busiest volunteer in Washington,” working for the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts, and the Public Welfare Advisory Committee of the District of Columbia. Later President ...

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