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We are remembering Bernard Mayes, who passed away on October 23 at the age of 85 after one of the most engaged lives imaginable. A survivor during his childhood of the London blitz, Mayes went on to become an ordained priest in the Anglican church. His many accomplishments included broadcasting with the BBC, his founding of the Suicide Prevention movement in his adopted America, and serving as first chairman of NPR. Mayes joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1981 and created the university's media studies program. He was also a valuable activist for gay rights, and his memoir, Escaping God's Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest, is a fascinating look at the how a gay priest resolves his sexuality with his faith.
The Daily Progress has published an excellent look at Mayes's life here. We should all bring this much courage and passion to our lives.