Date: March 25, 2022
Madeleine K. Albright was a good friend of the Seminary. She was in many ways a remarkable American story – a Jewish child of Czech refugees who became the first woman to serve as Secretary of State. It was under President Bill Clinton that she became the United States’ representative to the United Nations (1993-1997) and then later Secretary of State (1997-2001); she was not simply a “first” (the highest ranking women in the history of American government) but also exceptionally competent.
She was a dedicated Episcopalian. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Cross and visited the Seminary often to be part of other events and programs. She was always gracious, funny, interesting, and full of extraordinary stories. Time spent with Secretary Albright was special. She died of cancer at the age of 84 on Wednesday.
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Madeleine. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of
your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President