Albert Dreisbach Jr.
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REV. ALBERT DREISBACH, JR. The Rev. Albert Russel (Kim) Dreisbach, Jr., 72, of East Point, died April 29, 2006 at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport while preparing to board a flight to Italy. A lifelong world traveler, the significance of location for what became a final departure is not lost on family and friends. Kim was the only child of the late Col. A. R. Dreisbach, Sr. and Florence Agnew Dreisbach of Wilkes-Barre, PA, and was husband of 45 years to his first love, the late Jane Corey Dreisbach. Survived by his two children, Diane Corey Dreisbach Weber of Snellville and Daniel Agnew Dreisbach of East Point, other survivors include two grandchildren, Matthew Carl Weber (17) and Lauren Rose Dreisbach (19), dedicated son-in-law Richard C. Weber, Jr., and second love of his life, Nancy Whitworth of West Point, GA. Also surviving are two most beloved canine companions "Shiloh" and "Dixie Dawg." Born 4/27/34 in Watertown, NY, his formal education included Episcopal Academy (PA), Wesleyan University (CT), and The USMC as an artillery officer. Education continued at Union Theological Seminary (NY) where earning a M.Div. followed by ordination into the priesthood of The Episcopal Church. Assignments as a clergyman began as assistant to the Dean, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral (DE) where he founded and chaired Concerned Citizens, and ecumenical Civil Rights coalition in the early '60s. "Fr. Kim" was then called to Atlanta as the Associate Director of ESCRU (Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity) and later becoming Executive Director until '70 when the organization disbanded. A participant in the March on Washington, he was active in numerous and memorable civil rights demonstrations during that era. Following service for several years on the staff at St. Bartholomew's, he answered the call as Rector of Atlanta's first interracial parish, Church of the Incarnation, on Cascade Road in SW Atlanta. Retirement as Rector in 1985 was followed by twice serving as Incarnation's Interim Rector before being named Rector Emeritus in 1998. From 1978 forward, Kim served as the founding president of the non-profit organization AICCSST, Inc. (The Atlanta International Center for Continuing Study of the Shroud of Turin), dedicated to interdisciplinary education about the artifact. It was to present his most current research work on the Shroud which inspired travel overseas at the time of his death. Kim will be cremated according to his wishes with services to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th at Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road, SW followed by interment of cremains at St. John's Episcopal Church, College Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks help to honor Kim's passions by making donations in his memory to one of the following works: Shroud of Turin Website, 3003 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039-1083; The GA Transplant Fund, Atlanta, in memory of his beloved Jane; or the local chapter of the ASPCA in memory of the many canine companions who have been part of the Dreisbach extended family. Metro Crematory, Peachtree City, 770-631-4101.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 7, 2006.
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May 14, 2006
"Kim" Dreisbach may not of been my biological grandfather but he treated me as one of his own grandchildren. That man taught me a lot in the short peirod that I known him. Even though he is not with us physically he is with us in spirit. Kim will always be alive in our hearts.
Corey Railey
May 12, 2006
My sister said, when I told her Father Kim had died, that we had lost our "personal priest". He called my mother and father, one of whom is bedridden, the other plagued with heart disease, every day and sat for hours with me and my sisters in the uncomfortable ICU chairs at both my mother's heart surgeries. He came to the house to offer communion, he told bad, off color jokes, and filled a space I didn't even realize how big until he was gone. Our heartfelt sympathies to family and friends. He'll be sorely missed.
Colleen Bates Lance
May 12, 2006
Father Kim was a wonderful and loving man. He was always there to help others in their time of need. Even though I only had him in my life for a short time, Father Kim truly showed me what it meant to live life to the fullest. Father Kim also gave my daughter something she never had and that was a wonderful Grandpa.
Grandpa we love and miss you deeply.
Tina Railey
May 11, 2006
He was warm, loving, and kind. Made me feel welcome.
iverson Bell
May 11, 2006
Though we had many differences (I am a rather socially and religiously conservative Southern Baptist)I always liked and respected Fr. Kim. I got to know him twenty years ago when he was running the Shroud Center at the CNN Center. Thereafter we would have dinner together 3-4 times a year when I would come to Atlanta. I also accompanied he and his wife Jane on the 1998 Shroud tour to Italy. I will greatly miss him. But now all who loved and respected him can be comforted by the fact that now he beholds Thy Holy Face.
Randy Sheppard
May 10, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Father Dreisbach's family. May it bring you some peace to know that he died doing exactly what he wanted to do. Although I had to be dragged along kicking and screaming, he graciously presided over my confirmation in the Episcopal church some 30 years ago. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was one of my mother's (Almeta Gould Woodson) longterm and dearest friends and I shall always appreciate knowing I could rely on him every time I called.
Caroline Gould
May 9, 2006
May 9, 2006
I met Fr. Kim when he led a tour group to Italy to see the Shroud in 2000. His encyclopedic knowledge, combined with his inimitable sense of humor made him an excellent guide. From that time onward, he has been my dear friend. Words are inadequate to express how much I miss him. Au revoir, 'mon capitaine.'
Monica Grant
May 8, 2006
Father Kim was my Father in Law for nearly 15 years, but he was so much more. He loved so completely and unconditionally. He was a treasure in my life and I thank God for allowing me to be a part of his life. He was my "Pops" and I will truely miss his hug. He had the best hug!
Ginger Englett
May 7, 2006
Fr. Kim taught me how to be a Christian and love life. From six years old he raised me at Church of the Incarnation, comforted and prayed with me during life's trials and always showed unyiedling love for God, my family and our church family. Thank you God for Fr. Kim! Betcha he's got a good long sermon to share!
Melodie Griffith-Poindexter
May 7, 2006
Father Dreisbach was my dad and he was a wonderful man. He taught me many things about life and was also my best friend. His passion and zest for life was unmatched. The unselfishness he had towards others has been instilled in me. I miss him terribily and will never forget this wonderful and beautiful human being. I love you dad. Daniel
Daniel Dreisbach
May 7, 2006
Father Kim was a wonderful "addition" to our family.
He enjoyed the "hat" sisters (Betty, Kittie & Ione), their husbands and children. He comforted us when they departed this earth. We enjoyed his "stories" at many a family gathering during the years.
It was an honor and a privilege to have known Father Dreisbach
Marlene & Ted Currier
May 7, 2006
We thoroughly enjoyed Father Kim's tour when the Shroud exhibit was at the Omni. He was a kind and gracious man. We took our oldest daughter there after her first communion, and he made a special effort to congratulate her.
Nancy and Dan O'Neill
May 7, 2006
My deepest sympathies to Kim's family. I am sure that his grace and goodness will always be remembered by his many friends.
Thomas Foster
May 7, 2006
One time, my partner and I had Kim and Jane over for dinner. My partner had known them for years but I was meeting them for the first time. Early in the evening, before dinner, I found myself talking alone with Kim. At some point, he asked me, "Are you Catholic or Protestant?" Feeling very awkward and a little afraid, I answered truthfully, "neither." Kim didn't miss a beat. He said, "Ahhh, a free thinker." I loved him from that moment on. And later in my life, I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Kim lived his belief, his faith, and his love for other creatures, both great and small. He will be greatly missed.
Cindy Montgomery
May 7, 2006
Father Kim opened my heart and mind to the dispossessed and excluded among us. He taught me what the true meaning of Christ's love and grace through action for social justice and equality. May the angels lead him to paradise.
Gail Mackinson
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