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Holmes, Urban Tigner, III

12 June 1930–6 Aug. 1981

Urban Tigner Holmes, III, Episcopal priest, teacher, and dean, was born in Chapel Hill, the son of Urban Tigner, Jr., and Margaret Allen Gemmell Holmes. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of North Carolina, and theological degrees from the Philadelphia Divinity School and the University of the South. Ordained in 1954, he served Episcopal churches in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and was chaplain at Catawba College, Salisbury, and at Louisiana State University, where he also taught Greek. After teaching at the Episcopal seminary at the University of the South, Holmes became dean in 1973. He was the author or coauthor of sixteen books and numerous articles, many dealing with spirituality and man's concept of God.

Holmes married Jane Wiley Neighbours, and they were the parents of four children: Jane Teresa, David Thomas, Janet Reid, and Allen Tigner. He was buried in Chapel Hill.


William S. Powell, ed., North Carolina Lives (1962).

Raleigh News and Observer, 7 Aug. 1981.

Additional Resources:

Episcopal News Service. "Dean Urban Holmes, 51, Episcopal Theologian, Dies." (press release). August 20, 1981. Episcopal Press & News 1962-2000. The Archives of the Episcopal Church. (accessed May 5, 2014).

Holmes, Urban Tigner, III. A History of Christian Spirituality: An Analytical Introduction. Harrisburg, Penn.: Church Publishing, Inc. 2002. (accessed May 5, 2014).

Paul, William E., Jr. "Spirituality for Ministry." (review). The Military Chaplains' Review 12, no. 2 (Spring 1983). 104-105. (accessed May 5, 2014).

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