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06th May 2021

College mourns former Chaplain, Reverend Graham Shaw

It is with sadness that we announce the news of the death on 21 April of Graham Shaw, who was Fellow and Chaplain of Exeter College from 1978 through to 1985.

Born in 1944, Graham Shaw read History at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating in 1965.  He trained for the Anglican priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and in the United States.  Before taking up his post at Exeter Rev Shaw was a curate in Esher and Claygate (south-west London) and then Rector of Winford, Somerset.  After he left Exeter he was Rector of Farnborough in south-east London.  In his later years, Rev Shaw lived both in France and in south-west London.

Rev Shaw was greatly appreciated in College, not least for his pastoral care for Fellows, staff, and students.  He also did much to care for those Church of England parishes for which Exeter had a role in appointing vicars.  In addition, his sermons in College were striking both in manner and in content.  Among his achievements at Exeter was a book, The Cost of Authority: Manipulation and Freedom in the New Testament (1983).

Rev Shaw’s funeral service, at 11 am on Friday 7 May, is by invitation only due to the circumstances of the pandemic.  However, the service is being webcast live and can be accessed according to the instructions in this link  The link also contains an obituary by Graham’s partner, Jorge Toro, and a space to leave your own tribute.

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