The Right Reverend Edward L. Salmon, the 13th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, died today in St. Louis, Missouri at age 82.
The Diocesan Office will send word about arrangements as they are announced.
Bishop Salmon was born in Natchez, Mississippi on January 30, 1934. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of the South in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a Deacon in 1960 and Priest 1961 in the Diocese of Arkansas. He served a number of congregations in Arkansas in the 1960s and 1970s, including vicar of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Rogers, St. James Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Springdale, and Grace Episcopal Church, Siloam Springs. He was rector of St. Andrew’s from 1963-1968, and was then called to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Fayetteville, where he served as associate rector and rector until going to St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, Missouri, where he was rector from 1978-89.
He was elected as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina on September 9, 1989, and consecrated February 24, 1990. He served until January 2008. In retirement he continued as a member of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church and participated in the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City last summer.
In 2007, he was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto. He served on the board of Kanuga Conferences, Hendersonville, NC and in leadership positions at schools and organizations including the University of the South, Voorhees College, Porter-Gaud School, Bishop Gadsden retirement community York Place, and the Province IV House of Bishops. He served as Dean of Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin from 2011-2014.
He married Louise Hack in 1972 and they have two children, Catherine and Edward, III.
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; let light perpetual shine upon him.
“During a significant part of my time as bishop of East Tennessee, Bishop Salmon served here in South Carolina. Thus, we were colleagues in the House of Bishops and fellow bishops in Province IV. Ed had a unique leadership style among bishops, and he could be counted on to offer his particular point of view on most matters. His perspectives and personality were assets among his fellow bishops. He will certainly be missed.”
“It was with great sadness that I learned early this morning of the death of Bishop Edward Salmon. I first met Bishop Salmon when he was Bishop-elect. He was kind enough to meet me in Virginia, where I was serving a curacy. It was a challenging time in my life and ministry, and through his kind pastoral care to my family and me, and with his assistance, we returned to South Carolina to live and minister. During all the subsequent years, Ed has been a dear friend and mentor, and has had a profound influence on my formation as a priest. After his retirement as bishop, we continued to work as colleagues, as we served together on the Board of Trustees at Nashotah House, he as chairman, and later, as Dean and President (a role he “retired” from a second time, just a little over a year ago). I was particularly made even more aware of his priestly gifts in these last years as I saw just how loved and admired he was by the students. So many young men and women in ministry for decades to come will be shaped and guided by the Gospel-truths and generosity of spirit embodied by Bishop Salmon.
“May God grant comfort and peace to Louise, Catherine, Edward and Theresa, and their children. May he rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!”