JEFFREY--James B., was born May 22, 1929 to Neill P. Jeffrey Sr. and Minnie Meade Beck Jeffrey who resided in Jeanerette, Louisiana. He is survived by brother David W Jeffrey and predeceased by brother Neil P. Jeffrey Jr. He was partner of Harold M. F. Rush from 1961 until his death on June 6, 1996 residing in East Hampton and NYC. After graduating from Tulane University in Civil Engineering in 1950 he worked for Raymond Concrete Pile Company starting as a field supervisor and later becoming assistant District Manager of the New Orleans office. In preparation for seminary he attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Entered General Theological Seminary in NYC graduating in 1958 and served the Church of the Incarnation NYC for four years and then as Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Eastchester, NY until 1966. After being awarded a Fellowship by the Episcopal Mission Society of the Diocese of New York in Clinical Pastoral Education he moved into institutional chaplaincy at Central Islip State Psychiatric Hospital, the Rikers Island Penitentiary of NYC, Bellevue Hospital, Juvenile Detention Center, Bronx, NY. In 1970 he became the Director of Chaplains for the East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Incorporated which served the East side hospitals: New York/Cornell, Memorial Sloane-Kettering, Lenox Hill and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Changing the name to The Hospital Chaplaincy, the organization expanded to a staff of six chaplains, two CPE supervisors and five residents and was sustained by internal development efforts. He obtained a Masters degree in Human Resource Development from American University, Washington D. C. in 1984 and became the Chaplain and CPE Supervisor at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Here he coordinated the Ministry to Persons with AIDS establishing the AIDS Ministry and continued to care for those with AIDS until retirement in 1995. James Jeffrey spent his entire ministry in the Diocese of New York and the Eastern Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He served the Diocese as the Dean of Institutional Clergy and for the Committee on Alcoholism and Addictions. Within the ACPE, he served on the Certification Committee and chaired the Accreditation Committee. He helped found the Gay and Lesbian Task Force and was elected the Regional Director of the Eastern Region ACPE. Mr. Jeffrey's true passion was gardening and horticulture. He was renowned for his success in acclimatizing camellias to the environment of his East Hampton home. He was Honorary Vice President of the Delphinium Society, President of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) bringing horticultural education to local schools, the elderly, and the disabled. Visitation Friday 2-4pm and 7-9pm Yardley and Pino in East Hampton. Service 10:30am Saturday St. Luke's Episcopal, East Hampton. Donations to HAH and Episcopal Relief and Development.
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Published in The New York Times on July 10, 2013