{ "" }
Share CARLSON's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

of New York City, 22 February 1933 - 27 May 2017. Education: Buckley, St. Mark's '51; Harvard '55, General Theological Seminary '59. Son of the late of Kathryn Schaefer Gerdau and Carl Gerdau of New York City. Canon of the Episcopal Church who served presiding bishops Frank T. Griswold and Katherine Jefferts Schori and was Superior General of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, an international Anglican order which he joined in 1964. He found his vocation in the church in 1949 by serving as a counselor to the Brantwood Camp in Peterborugh, NH. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Anson P. Stokes, Jr. of Massachusetts and to the priesthood by Bishop Herman R. Page in 1959. He requested a position in the Midwest and served as vicar of St Mark's, Ewen, MI and Church of the Ascension, Ontonagon, MI, 1959-1965, St David's, Sidnaw, MI, 1960-1965, Church of the Nativity, L'Anse, MI, 1962-1965, St. John's Church, Munising, MI, 1965-1971; and Rector, Trinity Church, Houghton, MI, 1971-1978. In 1979 he was appointed Archdeacon, Diocese of Missouri, St Louis, MO, where he served until 1986. After a sabbatical year spent studying Spanish in Guatemala and theology at the University of Chicago, he resumed his ministry as Interim Rector, St Gregory's Church, Deerfield, IL, 1987-1988. He became Director for Ministry, Deployment, and Communication in the Diocese of Chicago where he served as Canon to the Ordinary, 1988-1997. He returned to New York City as Canon to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, 1998-2007. He served on the boards of the Episcopal Church Pension Fund; Bexley Hall Seminary, where he became chair and oversaw its federation with Seabury-Western Seminary; Auburn Seminary; the Church Historical Society; and Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in the USA. He received honorary doctorates from General Theological Seminary, Bexley Hall; and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was a lifelong Democrat, a supporter of women's ordination, known for his mentoring skills, gruffness and generosity, and love of reading. He was a member of the Union Club, the Harvard Club, and the Church Club. Sixth-generation New Yorker proud of his Times Square roots. Mourned by his four nieces, the daughters of his sister, Sondra Gerdau Blewer: Cecilia Blewer of New York City, Evelyn Blewer of Paris, Victoria Blewer of Weybridge, VT, Julia Cox of Boxford, MA and their husbands: Clayton Young, Chris Bohjalian, and Robert Cox; and their children: Theodore Young, Catherine and Grace Blewer, Thomas and Myrna Cox; cousins; and many friends. Funeral 11am at his ancestral church, St. Luke's Lutheran, 46th between 8th and 9th. Private burial at Woodlawn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brantwood Camp, PO Box 3350, Southborough, NH 03458 or NAACP, of which he was a lifelong member, NAACP Development, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in New York Times on May 30, 2017.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
4 entries
May 24, 2019
On this the Second Anniversary of his passing, we continue to pray for the repose of his soul and Gods sabbath rest.
Fr. E. Ulric C-Jones
May 27, 2018
We continue to remember him and reflect upon his good natured spirit. He served his God, he served his church and he was a source of inspiration and encouragement to many. Sleep on Canon Carl.
E. Ulric C-Jones
May 30, 2017
We thank God for the Gift that Canon Gerdau was to the church band to those of us whose lives he touched. We thank God for his mentoring of our daughter, Sharon Jones (Ex. Asst. to the P.B.) who became his Executive Assistant while he served as Canon to the Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Frank Griswold.
It was a pleasure to visit with him at his home over a year ago and enjoyed fine conversation.
To his sorrowing relatives, we offer our deep and prayerful condolences.
Rest Eternal Grant Unto Him, O Lord and May Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him. May He Rest In Peace.

The Rev. Fr. & Mrs. E. Ulric C-Jones
E. Ulric C-Jones
May 30, 2017
My condolences for your loss. May memories of happy times you shared help ease your loss. Matthew 11:28,29,30
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences