EGELHOFF, The Rev. William F. "Bill," of Richmond, retired minister of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, and retired director of the Virginia Center on Aging, died peacefully May 5, 2013 after a brief illness, surrounded by loved ones. Bill's 95 years were replete with love of learning, love of God, the Episcopal Church, of which he was a minister for more than 50 years, and love of traveling the world with his beloved "Dot" (Dorothy), his wife of 38 years. He grew up and learned to embrace the outdoors in Buffalo, N.Y., where his father taught him to ski and sail, both of which became lifelong passions. His love of the water led him to join the Navy, where he proudly served as air ordnance officer on the carrier U.S.S. Midway, during World War II. After the war and for many years, he enjoyed sailing his own boats on the Chesapeake Bay and served as Club Chaplain of the Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Va. His devotion to snow skiing had him on the Matterhorn as a young man and later he celebrated his 90th birthday skiing with his son, Tom, at Massanutten. Bill received a B.A. from Williams College and went on to study business administration, completing an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School in 1943. In 1947 he established an insurance agency in Norfolk, Va., and partnered with Jerry Taylor to form Taylor-Egelhoff Company, a general insurance company. Eventually he felt called to the ministry, attending Seabury-Western Seminary and then Virginia Theological Seminary, completing his Masters in Divinity in 1957. After graduating, he served as rector simultaneously at Holy Trinity and Emmanuel Episcopal churches on the Eastern Shore for many years. He was a visiting fellow at St. Augustine's College in Canterbury, England for a memorable year in 1962. Subsequently, he was asked by the bishop to organize a new ministry which became St. Martin's Church in Williamsburg, Va., one of the first integrated churches in the area. He built a progressive, loving church and led the congregation from 1963 to 1971. He served as Clergy Associate at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Bon Air for years, always willing to stop what he was doing and serve when called upon. He and Dot were married there and have been members of the congregation for more than 38 years. Bill was an unabashed liberal, and a tireless advocate for equality over the decades, causes included the ordination of women in the church, and numerous issues to improve the lives of the elderly. His accomplishments include originating the Elderhostel (now "Exploritas") program in Virginia in 1978 and serving as state director until 1990. He was a professor of gerontology in the master's program at VCU. For 12 years he served on the Governor's Advisory Board on Aging, two as chairman. He was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission in 2006. In 2011, he was commended by the state legislature for his leadership at the Virginia Center on Aging in a joint resolution. Among his adventures was the summer he bicycled through Europe in 1939 as World War II was breaking out, "just one step ahead of the Nazi Wehrmacht." His journals of that experience were donated to the archives of the Library of Virginia and the bicycle was recently given to a grandchild. He loved learning languages and traveled the world easily and fearlessly. He and Dot made lasting friendships in the church, the academic world and on their travels. Some of the best memories for the two of them were the many cruises they took to all parts of the world, where he served as the ship's chaplain. He also served as guest rector to parishes in England and the islands of Jamaica and Barbuda. His boundless capacity for love left an indelible impact on so many throughout his long and fruitful life. Among them, his wife Dorothy Egelhoff of Richmond; his son, William F. Egelhoff Jr., who predeceased him; his daughter-in-law, Natalia Egelhoff; daughter, Elizabeth Schusser and husband, Doug, of Maui; daughter, Catherine Egelhoff and husband, Randy Block, of Alameda, Calif.; son, Thomas T. Egelhoff and wife, Karen Parker, of Cleveland, Ohio; Dorothy's children, Beverley Lumpkin of Washington, D.C., Barry Kelliher of Richmond, Heather Johnson and husband, Jeff, of Travelers Rest, S.C., Marian Lumpkin and husband, Robert "Butch" Ball, of Hanover, Cecily Slasor and husband, Keith, of Chesterfield; grandchildren, who will also be missing his big smile and bear hugs, William Schusser, Thomas A. Egelhoff and his wife, Erin, Helen John and her husband, Cliff, of North Potomac, Md., Nathan, Elliott and Benjamin Block, Rose and James Egelhoff, Nathan and Zachary Johnson, Chays Slasor and his wife, Krystle, Savannah Butler and her husband, Jason, Amber Kelliher, Paris Ball and her wife, Maria Gullickson, Robley Ball and Patrick Ball; great-grandchildren, Landon and Luke John, Maya Ratzloff and Jayden Slasor, Cole Butler, Taylor and Breanna Cameron. The family will receive friends at Westminster Canterbury, 1500 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Thursday (today) May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 8706 Quaker Ln., in Bon Air at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 5/9/2013.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.