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Who is Christopher Julius Rock III?

Who is Christopher Julius Rock III? [6] The entertainment and acting world know him as Chris Rock, he is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director.


After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.

He was voted in the US as the 5th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.[9] He was also voted in the UK as the 9th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the 8th greatest stand-up comic.

Early life

Rock was born February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. A few years later, they relocated and settled in the working-class area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.[6]
His mother, Rosalie (née Tingman), was a teacher and social worker for
the mentally handicapped; his father, Julius Rock, was a former truck
driver and newspaper deliveryman.[10] Julius died in 1988 after ulcer surgery.[11] His younger brothers Tony, Kenny[12] and Jordan[13] are also in the entertainment business. His older half-brother, Charles, died in 2006 after a long struggle with alcoholism.[14][15] Rock has said that he was influenced by the performing style of his paternal grandfather, Allen Rock, a preacher.[6][16]

Rock was bused to schools in predominately white neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where he endured bullying and beatings from white students.[17][18][19] As he got older, the bullying became worse and Rock’s parents pulled him out of James Madison High School.[19] He decided to drop out of high school altogether and later received a GED. Rock worked menial jobs at various fast-food restaurants.[17][18]

Career

Early career

Rock began doing stand-up comedy in 1984 in New York City’s Catch a Rising Star.[6][17] He slowly rose up the ranks of the comedy circuit in addition to earning bit roles in the film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the TV series Miami Vice. Upon seeing his act at a nightclub, Eddie Murphy befriended and mentored the aspiring comic. Murphy gave Rock his first film role in Beverly Hills Cop II.

George Carlin was probably the biggest influence for him.[3] Other major influences have been Sam Kinison, with whom he managed to hang out with,[3] Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.[1][3] Other influences have been Mort Sahl,[2] Rodney Dangerfield,[3] Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Bill Hicks, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Steve Martin and Pigmeat Markham. Among the contemporaries, in 2008 he said he enjoys Chris Tucker and Adam Sandler.[3]

Saturday Night Live

Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990. He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade became known as the Bad Boys of SNL. In 1991, he released his first comedy album Born Suspect and won acclaim for his dramatic role as a crack addict in the film New Jack City. His tenure on SNL gave Rock national exposure.

Standup success

A frustrated Rock left Saturday Night Live in 1993, appearing instead as a “special guest” star on the predominantly African American sketch show In Living Color. The show, however, was canceled months later. Rock then decided to concentrate on a film career. He wrote and starred in the mockumentary CB4 but the film was not a success. Acting jobs became scarce, and Rock abandoned Hollywood to concentrate on stand-up comedy.[16]

Rock starred in his first HBO comedy special in 1994 titled Big Ass Jokes. But it was his second stand-up special, 1996’s Bring the Pain, that reinvented Rock as one of the best comedians in the industry.[20][21] For it Rock won two Emmy Awards and gained large critical acclaim.[22] The segment on race in America, in which Rock used the “N word” extensively was most talked about.[22] Adding to his popularity was his much-publicized role as a commentator for Comedy Central‘s Politically Incorrect during the 1996 Presidential elections[20] which earned him another Emmy nomination.[23] Rock also was the voice for the “Lil Penny” puppet who was the alter ego to basketball star Penny Hardaway in a series of Nike shoe commercials from 1994–1998,[20] and hosted the ’97 MTV Video Music Awards.

Rock later had two more HBO comedy specials: Bigger & Blacker in 1999, and Never Scared in 2004. Articles relating to both specials called Rock “the funniest man in America” in Time[24] and Entertainment Weekly.[2] HBO also aired his talk show, The Chris Rock Show,
which gained critical acclaim for Rock’s interviews with celebrities
and politicians. The show won an Emmy for writing. His television work
has won him a total of three Emmy Awards and 15 nominations.[23] By the end of the decade, Rock was established as one of the preeminent stand-up comedians and comic minds of his generation.

During this time, Rock also translated his comedy into print form in the book Rock This! and released the Grammy Award-winning comedy albums, Roll with the New, Bigger & Blacker and Never Scared.

Rock’s fifth HBO special, Kill the Messenger, premiered on September 27, 2008, and won him another Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety or music program.[25]

Film and television

It
was not until the success of his stand-up act in the late 1990s that
Rock began receiving major parts in films. These include roles in Dogma, Beverly Hills Ninja, Lethal Weapon 4, Nurse Betty, The Longest Yard, Bad Company, and a starring role in Down to Earth. Rock has also increasingly worked behind the camera, both as a writer and director of Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife. In the fall of 2005, the UPN television network premiered a comedy series called Everybody Hates Chris,
based on Rock’s school days, of which he is the executive producer and
narrator. The show has garnered both critical and ratings success.[26] The series was nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best TV Series (Musical or Comedy), a 2006 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy, and two 2006 Emmy Awards for costuming and cinematography.[27]
Following the release of his first documentary, 2009’s Good Hair, Rock is working on a documentary about debt called Credit Is the Devil.[28]

Academy Awards

In early 2005, Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards
ceremony. The decision to have Rock host the awards was seen by some as
a chance to bring an “edge” to the ceremony, and to make it more
relevant or appealing to younger audiences. Jokingly, Rock opened by
saying “Welcome to the 77th and LAST Academy Awards!” During one segment Rock asked, “Who is this guy?” in reference to actor Jude Law seemingly appearing in every movie Rock had seen that year and implied Law was a low-rent Tom Cruise (he made a joke about filmmakers rushing production when unable to get the actors they want: “If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait [to make the film]!”). Subsequently, a defensive Sean Penn
took the stage to present and said, “In answer to our host’s question,
Jude Law is one of our finest young actors.” (At the time, Penn and Law
were shooting All the King’s Men.)
Law was not the only actor that Rock poked fun at that evening,
however—he turned the joke on himself at one point, saying, “If you want
Denzel
[Washington] and all you can get is me, wait!” Older Oscar officials
were reportedly displeased with Rock’s performance, which did not
elevate ratings for the ceremony.[29]
Rock was also criticized for referring to the Oscars as “idiotic”, and
asserting that heterosexual men do not watch them, in an interview prior
to Oscar night.[30][31]

Music videos

Rock’s first music video was for his song “Your Mother’s Got a Big Head” from his album Born Suspect. Rock also made videos for his songs “Champagne” from Roll With the New and “No Sex (In the Champagne Room)” from Bigger & Blacker. Chris Rock also directed and appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Hump de Bump“.

Rock appeared in the Big Daddy Kane music video “Smooth Operator” as a guy getting his hair cut.

He also appeared in Johnny Cash‘s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down“, one of the many celebrities seen lip-synching the song.

Stage plays

In 2011, Rock appeared on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis‘ play The Motherfucker with the Hat[32] with Bobby Cannavale and Annabella Sciorra.[32] Rock was nominated for a Drama League Award.

Comedic style and views

Rock’s subject matter typically involves family, politics, romance, music, class relationships, and race relations
in the United States. Though not strictly autobiographical, much of his
comic standpoint seem rooted in his teenage experience; his strict
parents, concerned about the inadequacies of the local school system,
arranged to have the adolescent Rock bused to a nearly all-white high school in Bensonhurst (an Italian-ethnic neighborhood of Brooklyn known at the time for poor race relations). In his memoir Rock This,
the comedian recalls, “My parents assumed I’d get a better education in
a better neighborhood. What I actually got was a worse education in a
worse neighborhood. And a whole bunch of ass-whippings.”[33]

The comedian has also expressed discomfort with the notion that
success in standup comedy—or, indeed, in any aspect of the entertainment
industry—should oblige him to serve as a role model. In this position, he finds himself directly at odds with one of his comic idols, Bill Cosby. Cosby has reprimanded Rock both explicitly—for his famous/notorious Niggas vs. Black People track—and implicitly, for heavy use of the word “nigger.”[34] Rock has not wavered from a position explored in his 1996 Roll With The New
show, and reiterated in his 1997 memoir: “Why does the public expect
entertainers to behave better than everybody else? It’s ridiculous…Of
course, this is just for black entertainers. You don’t see anyone
telling Jerry Seinfeld
he’s a good role model. Because everyone expects whites to behave
themselves…Nowadays, you’ve got to be an entertainer and a leader.
It’s too much.”[35] Often the subject of tabloids, when asked about paparazzi and the other negative aspects of fame,
Rock says he accepts the bad with the good: “You can’t be happy that
fire cooks your food and be mad it burns your fingertips.”[36]

At the London Live Earth concert on July 7, 2007, which was broadcast live on the BBC, before introducing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rock called the crowd “motherfuckers
and “shit” after a brief sigh when he said he was joking. Due to the
broadcast being at 5:45 pm Rock was immediately cut off, and the BBC
made several apologies for his use of the word “motherfucker”.[37]

Chris Rock has been an avid fan of the New York Mets
baseball team since childhood. He famously complained that his team
“had no money” in a comedic rant during a 2011 interview with David
Letterman.[38]

Personal life

Rock has been married to Malaak Compton-Rock since November 23, 1996.[39] She is the founder and executive director of StyleWorks, a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.[39] They have two daughters together, Lola Simone (born June 28, 2002) and Zahra Savannah (born May 22, 2004).[40]

In November 2006, the entertainment news website TMZ.com reported that Rock was filing for divorce after nearly ten years of marriage to Malaak.[41]
Two weeks later, however, TMZ reported that Rock had not filed divorce
papers, and that it appeared that the couple had been able to work out
their differences and stay together.[42] In response to the reports, the Rocks released a statement to the press denouncing them as “untrue rumors and lies”.[39]

In 2007, freelance journalist and former actress Kali Bowyer filed a paternity suit against Chris Rock, claiming he was the father of her son, and in need of hospitalization.[43] DNA testing proved that Rock was not the child’s father. Rock resides in Alpine, New Jersey.[45]
 

In 2008, Rock’s family history was profiled on the PBS series African American Lives 2. A DNA test showed that he is descended from the Udeme people of northern Cameroon.[46] Rock’s great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, was a slave for 21 years before serving as part of the United States Colored Troops until 1866; Tingman fought in the American Civil War.
During the 1940s, Rock’s paternal grandfather moved from South Carolina
to New York City to become a taxicab driver and preacher.[47]

Work

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Krush Groove Person Standing Next to Phone During Fight in Club uncredited
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Playboy Mansion Valet
1988 Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen Himself Direct-to-video Concert film
1988 I’m Gonna Git You Sucka Rib Joint Customer
1989 Who Is Chris Rock? Himself Documentary Short
1991 New Jack City Pookie
1992 Boomerang Bony T
1993 CB4 Albert Brown/M.C. Gusto Also wrote story, screenplay and was co-producer
1995 The Immortals Deke Anthony
1995 Panther Yuck Mouth
1996 Sgt. Bilko 1st Lt. Oster
1997 Beverly Hills Ninja Joey Washington
1998 Dr. Dolittle Rodney Voice
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Detective Lee Butters
1999 Torrance Rises Himself Documentary short
1999 Dogma Rufus
2000 Nurse Betty Wesley
2001 Down to Earth Lance Barton Also co-writer and executive producer
2001 AI: Artificial Intelligence Mecha Comedian Voice/cameo
2001 Pootie Tang JB/Radio DJ/Pootie’s Father Also producer
2001 Osmosis Jones Osmosis Jones Voice
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Chaka Luther King Cameo
2002 Bad Company Jake Hayes/Kevin Pope/Michael Turner
2002 Comedian Himself Documentary
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself Cameo
2003 Head of State Mays Gilliam Also director, producer and co-writer
2004 The N-Word Himself Documentary
2004 Paparazzi Pizza Delivery Guy Cameo
2005 The Aristocrats Himself Documentary
2005 Madagascar Marty Voice
2005 The Longest Yard Farrell Caretaker
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Richard Marcus Cooper Also director and co-writer
2007 Bee Movie Mooseblood the Mosquito Voice
2008 You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Taxi Driver Cameo
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Marty and other zebras Voice
2009 Good Hair Himself Documentary
2010 Death at a Funeral Aaron Also producer, Remake of the 2007 film of the same name
2010 Grown Ups Kurt McKenzie
2012 2 Days in New York Mingus
2012 What to Expect When You’re Expecting Vic
2012 Madagascar 3 Marty Voice
2013 Grown Ups 2 Kurt McKenzie

Discography

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
U.S. U.S.
R&B
1991 Born Suspect
1997 Roll with the New 93 41
1999 Bigger & Blacker 44 26
2005 Never Scared

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Uptown Comedy Express Himself HBO special
1987 Miami Vice Carson Episode:Missing Hours
1990–1993 Saturday Night Live Various Cast member
1993–1994 In Living Color Various Recurring
1994 Big Ass Jokes Himself HBO special
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Maurice/Jasmine Episode: “Get a Job
1996–1998 The Moxy Show Flea Uncredited voice role
1996 Martin Valentino Episode: “The Love Jones Connection
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Carver Episode: “Requiem for Adena
1996 Bring the Pain Himself HBO special
1996 Politically Incorrect Himself Correspondent
1997 MTV Music Video Awards Himself Host
1997–2000 The Chris Rock Show Himself Cast member, writer
1998 King of the Hill Roger “Booda” Sack Episode: “Traffic Jam
1999 MTV Music Video Awards Himself Host
2000 Bigger & Blacker Himself HBO special
2003 MTV Music Video Awards Himself HBO special
2004 ChalkZone Boris the Burger Episode: “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em
2004 Never Scared Himself HBO special
2005 77th Academy Awards Himself Host
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Narrator/Mr. Abbott Creator/Narrator/Chris’ guidance counselor
2008 Kill the Messenger Himself HBO special
2011 Louie Himself 1 Episode
2012 Tosh.0 Himself 1 Episode

Internet

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Annoying Orange Marty Episode: Big Top Orange
cameo appearance
guest star
2012 Rap Battle Parody Tremendous Repeat Episode: 4

Books


 

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Man Shoots Himself While Detained! (*Warning* Graphic)(Old Vid)

Just mind blowing that this guy had a gun that he walked in the jail with and they did not find it. I am wondering did his family sue the jail.

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Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player, died from injuries sustained in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster he was 26

Alexander Saidgereyevich Galimov  was a Russian professional ice hockey player died from injuries sustained in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster he was 26. . At the time of his death, he was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) [1] whose team plane crashed on September 7, 2011.

( May 2, 1985 – September 12, 2011)

Playing career

Alexander Galimov was born in 1985 in Yaroslavl, then the Soviet Union. He began his professional career in 2004 with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The 6-foot, 196-pounder, played 341 RSL/KHL games, scoring 64 goals and 126 points, while racking up 280 penalty minutes.
Galimov was a member of the silver-medal winning Russian U20 team at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He also played for the Russia men’s national ice hockey team on the 2009–10 and 2010–11 Euro Hockey Tours.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash

On September 7, 2011, a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team including Galimov, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk
to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and
prospects. Galimov was the only player from the team’s roster to survive
the initial impact. A crew member, Alexander Sizov, also survived.
Galimov suffered burns to over 90 percent of his body.[6]
The medical team in Yaroslavl managed to stabilize him, and on the
following day, September 8, he was transported to the Vishnevsky
Institute of Surgery of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, where
he was placed in a medically induced coma, and on artificial ventilation.[7]
On September 12, 2011, Galimov died from the burns he had sustained in the crash.[8][9] Lokomotiv Yaroslavl marketing manager
Yevgeni Chuev said it was likely that another memorial, this time
specifically for Galimov, would be held on September 13, 2011.[10]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 41 1 1 2 37 9 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 35 5 3 8 46 11 3 0 3 2
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 54 16 13 29 50 7 1 1 2 10
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 51 9 9 18 45 10 0 0 0 14
2008–09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 55 7 6 13 28 19 2 2 4 8
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 52 13 12 25 46 16 8 6 14 33
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 53 13 18 31 31 18 9 5 14 10
RSL/KHL totals 341 64 62 126 283 90 23 14 37 77
Medal record
Competitor for Russia Russia
Men’s ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2005 USA

International

Year Team Event Place GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Russia WJC 2 6 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 6 1 2 3 0

See also

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Andy Whitfield, Welsh-born Australian actor (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma he was 39.

Andy Whitfield  was a Welsh-Australian actor and model died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma he was 39. He was best known for his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand during 2010.[2]

(died 11 September 2011)

Whitfield was born in Amlwch, Wales. He studied engineering at the University of Sheffield, England and worked in Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia as an engineer before settling in Sydney in 1999.[3][4] He appeared in several Australian television series, such as Opening Up, All Saints, The Strip, Packed to the Rafters, and McLeod’s Daughters.
Whitfield gained his first prominent role in the Australian supernatural film Gabriel.[5] He also starred in the 2010 television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which was filmed in New Zealand.[5] He portrays a version of the historical Spartacus,
although in this retelling he is a conscripted soldier condemned to
death who defeats all four of his executioners and is thereby recycled
as a gladiator. The actual Spartacus, like this fictional version, was destined to lead a rebellion against the Romans (the Third Servile War).[6] Whitfield also appeared in the Australian thriller The Clinic starring opposite Tabrett Bethell (of Legend of the Seeker fame) which was shot in Deniliquin.[7]
In August 2010, Whitfield teamed up with Freddie Wong and created a 2-minute YouTube video named “Time Crisis”, based on the game Time Crisis.[citation needed] Whitfield made a brief, uncredited voice-only appearance in the prequel mini-series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, which premiered on 21 January 2011.[8]

Illness and death

In March 2010, Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and began undergoing treatment immediately in New Zealand.[9] This delayed production of season two of Spartacus: Vengeance.[9] While waiting for Whitfield’s treatment and expected recovery, the network produced a six-part prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,
with only a brief uncredited voiceover from the actor. Although
declared cancer-free only two months later, he suffered a recurrence of
the disease later in the year and was ultimately compelled to abandon
the role.[10][11][12] Starz recast Australian actor Liam McIntyre as Whitfield’s successor.[13]
Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, on 11
September 2011, at the age of 39, 18 months after his initial cancer
diagnosis.[1][14]

Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 All Saints Matthew Parkes “Opening Up” (season 2, episode 7)
2008 The Strip Charlie Palmer (season 1, episode 2)
(season 1, episode 7)
Packed to the Rafters Nick Leigh “All in the Planning” (season 1, episode 10)
McLeod’s Daughters Brett Samuels “Nowhere to Hide” (season 8, episode 4)
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Spartacus Lead role
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Spartacus (voice / uncredited) “The Bitter End” (season 1, episode 6)
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Gabriel Gabriel Lead role
2010 The Clinic Cameron Marshall

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Walter Righter, American clergyman, bishop in the Episcopal Church, after long illness, died he was 87

Walter Cameron Righterwas a bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America  died he was 87.. He served the Diocese of Iowa from 1972 to 1988. He then served as assistant bishop for the Diocese of Newark from 1989 to 1991.

(October 23, 1923 – September 11, 2011) 

Early life and Ministry

Righter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served with the field artillery in the United States Army in World War II where he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.[2] He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948 and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from Berkeley Divinity School in 1951. Righter married Nancy Tolbert[2] and together they raised four children.[3] He was ordained a deacon on April 7, 1951 and a priest on October 6 of the same year.[4] The Rev. Righter served parishes in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and Georgetown, Pennsylvania [disambiguation needed ] and then the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, New Hampshire. While in Nashua he also served as the Ecumenical Relations Chairman for the Diocese of New Hampshire and on the Standing Committee on Structure of the National Convention.[5]

Diocese of Iowa

Rev. Righter was elected the seventh Bishop of Iowa October 8, 1971 at a Special Convention held at St. Paul’s Church in Des Moines. He was consecrated a bishop by the Most Rev. John Elbridge Hines, and the Rt. Rev.s Charles F. Hall and Gordon V. Smith on January 12, 1972. The consecration was an ecumenical service held at St. Ambrose Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and the service used came from the Services for Trial Use. He was the 671st bishop consecrated in the United States, and served as the Bishop of Iowa for 16 years.
When Bishop Righter came to Iowa there were 21,618 baptized people in
33 parishes, 36 organized missions and two unorganized missions. There
were 70 clergy serving the diocese. The numbers of people in the church,
like other mainline Protestant Churches, started to decline after that
time.[5]
Because of the decline Righter conceived of a program called the Second
Mile, which he proposed to the Diocesan Convention in 1976. It was a
five year plan for renewal and evangelization in the church. The
culmination of the program in 1981 was a visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.
The Diocese of Iowa developed relationships with Companion Dioceses
during Bishop Righter’s episcopate. In 1975 it initiated an informal
relationship with the Diocese of the Central Philippines but the connection lapsed. In 1983 Righter appointed a Companion Diocese Committee and it developed a relationship with the Diocese of Brechin in Scotland. In 1990 another link was developed between the Dioceses of Iowa and Brechin with the Diocese of Swaziland in Africa.
Bishop Righter ordained the first woman in Iowa, the Rev. S. Suzanne Peterson, as a deacon on December 18, 1976 at St. Paul’s Church in Des Moines. The Rev. Anne Wagner Baker was received in 1978 from the Diocese of Missouri to serve as assistant rector at Trinity Church in Iowa City and chaplain at the area hospitals.[6]
In the later years of his episcopate in Iowa the diocese started a
program called Responding in Ministry and Mission, which provided funds
for social justice projects in Africa and across the diocese. Bishop
Righter retired as the diocesan bishop on December 31, 1988.

Diocese of Newark

Following his retirement Righter served as the assistant bishop to the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong of the Diocese of Newark from 1989-1991. While he was serving in New Jersey he ordained Barry Stopfel a deacon in 1990. Rev. Stopfel was openly gay
and living with his partner. Bishop Righter had also signed a statement
saying he supported the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals.[7]
This was a change of opinion for Bishop Righter. Shortly after becoming
a bishop he wrote that homosexuality was an illness that could be cured
and voted against the ordination of homosexuals in 1979.[3]
Ten bishops brought a presentment, or a formal accusation, against
Bishop Righter accusing him of violating a doctrine of the church and
his own ordination vows. The presentment was supported by a quarter of
the church’s 300 bishops.[7] On February 27, 1996 a hearing was held at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington, Delaware. It was presided over by the Rt. Rev. Edward Jones of Indianapolis and eight other bishops.[7]
In an 7-1 decision on May 15, 1996 the court dismissed the charges
against Bishop Righter stating that the Episcopal Church “has no
doctrine prohibiting the ordination of homosexuals,” and that Bishop
Righter did not contradict the “core doctrine” of the church.[4][8] In 1998 Righter wrote a reflection on the trial and his life in a book titled A Pilgrim’s Way.

Later life and Death

Bishop Righter and his wife Nancy retired to Allstead, New Hampshire before moving to Export, Pennsylvania. He was invited by the rector of Calvary Church in Shadyside to celebrate weekday Eucharist and to be listed as part of the parish clergy. Bishop Robert Duncan of the conservative Diocese of Pittsburgh objected.[3]
After the diocese split from the Episcopal Church in 2008 Righter
applied for canonical residency and was immediately welcomed. He was in
poor health in the months before his death from heart and lung ailments.
His funeral was held at Calvary Church and his interment was in the
parish’s columbarium.[3]
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