Richard Alan Knudsen, 1933-2014

April 17, 2014
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The Rev. Richard Knudsen died on April 14, 2014.

A native of St. Louis, Dick was born on Dec. 9, 1933. He had a passion for learning and received a BA from University of the South in 1957; Masters from Univ. Missouri in 1959; theological training at Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge MA, receiving an MDiv in 1962. After further studies in Germany and Paris, Dick received the Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School in 1972. While in Europe, he served for five years as a member of the staff of the American College in Paris.

In 1972 Dick returned to the Diocese of Missouri and was lay assistant at Calvary Church in Columbia. Bishop George Cadigan ordained Richard Knudsen to the transitional diaconate on Nov. 11, 1973, and to the priesthood on May 11, 1974 at Calvary Church. In July of '74, he was called as rector and vicar of St. James Episcopal Church in St. Clair and St. John's Episcopal Church in Sullivan. He retired from those two positions in 1999. Active in diocesan life, he was Secretary of Diocesan Convention for over two decades.

After retirement, he continued to teach philosophy and religion at East Central College in Union, MO. Honored by East Central for 20 years of distinguished teaching in 2010, Professor Knudsen was described as "the face and voice of philosophy" on campus. "In class, Mr. Knudsen is as animated, if not more, than when he started teaching at East Central College in the mid 1980’s. He requires, and honestly prefers, nothing more than a chalkboard and chalk to deliver memorable lectures about the great philosophers from the Greeks to the modern era. His love of teaching is apparent in all he does. Students know Mr. Knudsen as demanding and caring, but most importantly excited about the philosophers."

Funeral at Kutis City Chapel, 2906 Gravois, Friday, April 18 at 11 am. Memorials to the charity of your choice appreciated. Visitation on Thursday 4-8 pm.

Obituary in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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