Cathedral Events

Saturday, October 25, 2008 1 PM

Memorial Service for the Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre, Jr.

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The Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre, Jr., died peacefully in his sleep on October 3, 2008. He served as the fifth dean of the Cathedral from 1951 to 1978 and was instrumental in making the Cathedral what it is today.

The first grandchild of Woodrow Wilson, Dean Sayre was a visionary on many fronts. He oversaw the building of the Central Tower, the theme of creation for the West Façade, and was here when the marble floor was laid. He had the foresight to build the Bell Tower and said that when people saw the tower and heard the bells, they would come to the Cathedral.

Dean Sayre served the nation in other ways including as a WWII Navy Chaplain, advocate for world refugees, chaplain to national leaders, and was at the forefront of the civil rights movement—having marched from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A memorial service took place at the Cathedral on Saturday, October 25 at 1 pm. The Rt. Reverend John Bryson Chane, Bishop of Washington, served as presider, with co-presiders the Rt. Reverend Nathan D. Baxter, bishop of Central Pennsylvania; the Rt. Reverend A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of Maryland, (retired); and the Very Reverend Charles A. Perry, former provost, Washington National Cathedral. Thomas Hart Sayre delivered the tribute and Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III delivered the homily. All were welcome.

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