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SPOFFORD--Rt. Rev. William B. (Bill), 4th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon (1969-79) and Assistant Bishop of Washington, D.C. (1979-1984), died at his home in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 92. Bishop Spofford was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Bill Sr, also an Episcopal clergyman, and Dorothy Ibbotson Spofford, and was raised in Middletown, New Jersey. He graduated from Lenox School for Boys in Lenox, MA, from Antioch College, and from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge. He later studied at the Yale School of Alcohol Studies and earned an MSW from the University of Michigan. He was ordained in 1945 and served churches in Boston, Detroit and Idaho, and was chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1969, after a stint as dean of St. Michael's Cathedral in Boise, Bill was elected the Bishop of Eastern Oregon, where he spent 10 years. He then became assistant bishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C. and later bishop-chaplain at St. George's College in Jerusalem. Bishop Spofford's wife of 64 years, the former Pauline (Polly) Fawcett, died in 2008. He is survived by his sister, Suzanne Rester; sister-in-law Temple Fawcett; sons Tim, Mark, Andrew, Stephen, and Daniel; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services are planned for December 21 in Portland and January 11 in Cove, Oregon. A more complete obituary is available at http://spof.org/bill-obit.html

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 10, 2013
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