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James Kiefer, known to Christians for his hagiographies of Church figures, passed away on April 18th, 2015

James Kiefer, known to Christians for his hagiographies of Church figures, passed away on April 18th, 2015

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, K Street

James Kiefer, an amateur Church biographer who worked as a mathematician, passed away on April 18th, 2015.

His biographies are collected in several places, including a Rowan university site curated by Darren Provine, and on the website of The Society of Archbishop Justus.

Provine shared Kiefer’s obituary with the Practical Christian Life listserv.

From his email:

James worked at NIH as a mathematician for about 40 years until 2008. In later years he was at his desk nearly daily although officially retired.  In June 2008 he was seriously injured in a fall and has needed assisted living ever since.  He was moved from Bethesda to Scottsdale AZ for care near his sister, Beth.  He lived in a wonderful home with a competent, caring, Christian family.  On April 18, 2015 after a short illness James passed away with two of his sisters, Beth and Margaret, at his side.  Now he rests with the Lord, at peace.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 6, at 5 PM in  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2430 K Street NW, Washington DC. This was James’s beloved church home while he lived in the DC area.


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William Moorhead

James’ work will continue to be a valued resource for the lives of the saints.

Michael Hartney

James was a hagiographer, not a church biographer. A church biographer would have written about churches. He will be missed.

Michael Hartney

And the title of the article has been corrected … thanks. James would be happy, I hope.

June Butler

Sorry to to hear this. Rest in peace, James.

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