Pittsburgh -- The Rt. Rev. Austin Pardue, D. D., retired Bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, died here April 28. He was 81.
Throughout his life, Bishop Pardue was well-known as a public speaker. From
1941 to 1945 he conducted a regular radio program, "Our Morale," which was broadcast
coast to coast in the United States, and he spoke on the Episcopal Radio Hour in 1956. While
he was Bishop of Pittsburgh, he also went on preaching tours for the U. S. Air Force in
Greenland, Europe, the Far East, Africa and Canada. At the invitation of the Archbishop
of Capetown, Bishop Pardue conducted preaching missions in South Africa. He was invited to preach at St. Paul's, London, and at Westminister Abbey for the Royal Family.
Bishop Pardue was born in Chicago on August 9, 1899. He did his undergraduate
work at Hobart College, Geneva, N. Y., and seminary work at Nashotah House, Wis., and
the General Theological Seminary, New York City, where he received a bachelor of divinity
in 1925. He earned a doctorate of Sacred Theology from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1941, and received the honorary degrees of Doctor of Divinity from Hobart College
and Doctor of Laws from the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1922 Bishop Pardue was secretary of the national Episcopal Young People's
Movement. He was ordained priest in 1925, and served in Chicago, Minnesota and Iowa from
1925-1938. In 1938 he became dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, where he stayed until
his election to the episcopate in 1944. From 1944 until his retirement in 1968, he was bishop
of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Bishop Pardue wrote several books, including Bold to Say, Life Out There, Create
and Make New, Korean Adventure and The Eucharist and You.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Klotz Pardue, their two children, Peter Austin
and Nancy P. Sheerer, and four grandchildren. The funeral was held April 30 in Trinity