Rev. David Buick Van Dusen
June 2, 1929 – October 16, 2018
David Buick Van Dusen June 2, 1929 ~ October 16, 2018
David Buick Van Dusen, Episcopal Priest, husband and father of six children, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2018. Reverend Van Dusen served as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston Massachusetts from 1976 until 1991 when he retired and moved to South Brooksville, Maine with his beloved wife of 35 years, Althea Wilbur Van Dusen, who passed away in 2006 after a long illness. David loved his entangled web of a family and believed deeply in ministering to the poor.
Reverend Van Dusen was predeceased by his son, E. Reed Wilbur, and daughter, Anne Wilbur Van Dusen. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Sara, widow of Reed Wilbur, and their children, Regan and Christopher; Annie Van Dusen Wohlgenant, her husband, Tim, and their children Zoe and Clio; Lynne Van Dusen Lawhead, her husband, Alan, and their children Rachel and Eric; Charles David Van Dusen, his wife, Hilary, and their children, Marika and Islay; Catherine Van Dusen Godschalk, her husband, David, and their children Peter and Claire. He is also survived by his former wife and close friend Margaret Matter. Reverend Van Dusen was predeceased by his first wife, Isabel Baxter Van Dusen (mother of his children, Annie and Charles), who died in 1999 after a life-long illness.
Reverend Van Dusen was born on June 2, 1929 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He graduated from Princeton University in 1951. Within months of his graduation, he married and went to the front lines of the Korean War as a Marine Corps Captain, where he was recognized for an act of bravery and valor. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1957, having been called to his vocation in the Episcopal Church at the age of 16 when was awed by the splendor of the mountains while working at the Teton Valley Ranch. Over the course of his 40-year ministry, Reverend Van Dusen protested the Vietnam War, stood up for civil rights and traveled to the front lines of the war in Nicaragua as a Witness for Peace.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 320 Boston Post Road, Weston, Massachusetts, on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:30 in the afternoon. Donations in his memory can be made to: Blue Hill Heritage Trust, 157 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill, ME 04614 OR St. Francis by the Sea Church, 300 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Maine, ME 04614