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The Rev. William J. Miller-Coulter, 94

May 13, 2010

JUNE 17, 1915-MAY 6, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Rev. William J. Miller-Coulter died peacefully May 6, 2010, with his family by his side at his home in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He was born June 17, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pa., to William and Jane Hart Coulter.

Bill was an Episcopal parish priest, a member of the Christian Education Department of the National Council of the Episcopal Church, a trainer for the Church Army and the City of New York, retiring at age 75. He believed that humor is an important part of healing. After retiring, he participated as a therapeutic clown in trips to China and Russia with Dr. Patch Adams. He was an advocate for Waldorf education in the NY/NJ area. Bill was an active member of the Association for Creative Change, the Laboratory Trainer Consultants Network, the Center for Progressive Christianity, the Lions Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sharpsburg, Md.

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Bill is survived by his brother, Jay Coulter; in-laws, Roberts Clark of Greene, N.Y., and Edward and Joan Hartman of Riverton, N.J.; daughters, Ann Coulter and husband, John Shaw, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; Janet Coulter and partner, Betty Bowker, of Boston and Bridgton, Maine; Lois Kelberman and husband, Dale, of Annapolis, Md.; Carolyn Coulter and husband, Ahmad Shraideh, of Holyoke, Mass.; his wife, Susan Miller-Coulter of Burlington, Vt.; nephews, John and Karel; nieces, Jenny and Anna Grace; five grandchildren, Dina, Joshua, Seth, Jacob and Lila Grace; and one great-grandchild, Emlyn. He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Clark; a son, James; and his first wife, Margaret Hartmann Coulter.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held June 19, 2010, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sharpsburg, Md., at 4 p.m. Bill requested that memorial contributions be made to The Order of St. Helena, 3042 Eagle Drive, Augusta, GA 30906. Condolences may be sent to The Coulter Family, P.O. Box 153, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg, Md.

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