St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is deeply saddened to report the recent passing of former Headmaster Reverend Edwin M. Ward.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is deeply saddened to report the recent passing of former Headmaster Reverend Edwin M. Ward on October 29. Rev. Ward, who served as the head of St. Stephen’s School from 1982-1989, encouraged teachers to lead by positive reinforcement and reward, and believed strongly in inspiration as a helpful teaching tool.
Christian Ferry ’93 shares, “For nearly a decade, Rev. Ward led St. Stephen’s School with a commitment to living the Episcopal identify that continues to define St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School today. Even in challenging times, he remained hopeful and optimistic about the future of our school. He was an example of decency to the Saints of his day and on behalf of the alumni, we send our thoughts and prayers to his family.”
Before coming to St. Stephen’s School, Rev. Ward was head of the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., for 16 years. He served at St. Mark’s School in Southboro, Mass., where he was the chaplain and a faculty member. He was also the vicar of St. Mark’s Church in Alabama.
Rev. Ward graduated from Middlesex School and then earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University. He entered seminary after college and received his masters of divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and later attended the Graduate School of Theology at the University of the South. During his career in education, he was a member of a number of academic institutions, including the National Association of Episcopal School (for which he served a three-year term as president) and the Headmasters’ Association, a national council for a select group of headmasters. Rev. Ward also served as a trustee of St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., the Marvelwood School in Cornwall, Conn., and the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn.
Rev. Ward is preceded in death by his wife, Allein. A funeral service is planned for November 23 in North Carolina. Please keep the Ward family and those touched Rev. Ward’s death in your thoughts and prayers.
Rev. Ward's obituary is available to read by clicking here. A celebration of Rev. Ward's life will be held at St. Luke's Church in Hilton Head at 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 23.