Family-Placed Death Notice
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.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 7, 2006.