Douglas Cadwallader, who served as Assistant Rector at Saint Thomas’ and taught in the School from 1996 through 2010, has died in Louisiana. He joined the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in May of 1977, when he accepted an assignment serving the communities of Palacios and Matagorda. During his time in the priesthood, Fr. Cadwallader offered spiritual guidance and support to many individuals, including those who were grieving for the loss of loved ones. A devoted scholar, Fr. Cadwallader earned his Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Louisiana State University, and in 1977 he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity
Doug derived great personal enjoyment and education from extensive travel. His most memorable trip, a sojourn to Israel and Egypt in 1983, provided him with a wealth of meaningful cultural, religious, and social experiences. Awed by the ancient religious edifices in both countries, Fr. Cadwallader experienced life on a kibbutz, saw the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and crawled into the Great Pyramid of Giza.
A multi-talented individual, Doug acted in many professional capacities throughout his career in addition to his primary focus of priestly service. He served as a bar keeper, taxi driver, history teacher, and civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, among other professions. Despite his varied work history, he considered his primary accomplishment to be his more than three decades of service to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.