The Rev. Jerome Foute Politzer
Born in 1926–Died In 2014
Father Politzer cherished the value of the spiritually uplifting prose contained in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and worked tirelessly throughout his ministry to maintain its use as central to the faith and practice of Episcopalians and all who believe in the Word of God and good English.
He was born in San Francisco and served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, he earned an A.B. degree from Stanford University, a B.D. degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an S.T.M. degree from the Pacific School of Religion. Fr. Politzer was ordained in 1952. He was a founding Vicar of St. George’s Church, Salinas; Good Shepherd Church, Corral de Tierra; and Trinity Church, Gonzales California. He worked with the city of Salina’s to acquire the land for the Church of the Holy Spirit, North Salina’s, and was responsible for having the streets around the church named after former California Episcopal bishops. He was Rector of St. John’s Chapel, Delmonte, Monterey, and was named to an honorary position there after many years of service. From 1981 to 1991 father Politzer was president of The Society for the Preservation of the Book of Common Prayer (AKA The Prayer Book Society). He was a faculty member of Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California. From 2002 until his death, he served on the advisory Council of the Episcopalians for Traditional Faith (dedicated to the use within the Episcopal Church of the Cramner based liturgy contained in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer). He was a founding trustee of York Preparatory School in Monterey, and Rector Emeritus of St. Johns Chapel.
Father Politzer died July 27, 2014 at his home in Carmel, California. He is survived by Beverly Reeves Politzer, his wife of 61 years; his sister Mary Haney; three children, Jerome, Mary Pradier, and Ann Rosenberg; and grandchildren Jerry, Paul, Gene, Thomas, Amelia, and William. He is predeceased by brothers Robert and Alexander.
A funeral service was held in St. John’s Chapel. To read more about father polisher, go to the ETF website,WWW.ETF1928.org