Rev. Ralph S. Carpenter

  • "Gail, I just learned of Ralph's passing yesterday. I am..."
    - John Peterson
  • "Gail, We at ITNBG send our sympathies. Mr. Carpenter was..."
    - Laura Dake
  • "Saddened to hear of Dr. Carpenter's passing. Enjoyed..."
  • "Gail, I was one of Ralph's Hospice volunteers for awhile on..."
    - Liz Berryman
  • "Gail .. So sorry to hear :( .. I just found out, so I am..."
    - Gary Soderman

CARPENTER Rev. Ralph S. was born in Montclair, NJ, December 29, 1925. He was a graduate of Montclair public schools and Princeton University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Seminary in New York. His career centered in hospital chaplaincies in New Jersey, Virginia, and, for 26 years, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. As a supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education, Rev. Carpenter helped educate hundreds of theological students and clergy. He was a long-term member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. In retirement, he served several Episcopal Churches, especially St. Patrick's in Somerset, KY. He rekindled his love of foreign languages by earning a master's degree in classical languages at the University of Kentucky. He was also a long-time participant in 12-step recovery programs. Rev. Carpenter was married to Gail V. Carpenter, who survives him. He was the father of Stephen Carpenter of Pennsylvania and David Carpenter (Mari-sol) of Washington, D.C. He was the stepfather of Greg Andrews (Kathleen) of Indianapolis, IN, and Steven Andrews (Julia) of Los Altos, CA. Greg and Steve are the parents of five children. Rev. Carpenter's sister, Jane Carpenter, and his brother, Stewart Carpenter, preceded him in death. Memorial service will be 2pm on Monday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, officiated by Bishop Doug Hahn and Rev. Laurie Brock. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013
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