George Reindorp

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George Edmund Reindorp (11 December 1911[1]- 20 April 1990) was an Anglican bishop. He was the 5th Bishop of Guildford in the Church of England and subsequently the 75th Bishop of Salisbury.[2][3]

Reindorp was educated at Felsted School[4] and Trinity College, Cambridge. After a curacy in Kensington and wartime service in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve his ministry positions included the incumbency of St Stephen's with St John's Westminster[5] and Provost of Southwark Cathedral[6] before his consecration to the episcopate. In 1973, he was installed as the Bishop of Salisbury. One of his first actions was summarily to determine (without interview) the licences of eight clergy who were either divorced and remarried or married to a spouse who had been previously divorced.

Reindorp married a South African doctor qualified in surgery, Alix Edington, in South Africa following the end of the Second World War. The Reindorps gained a reputation as public speakers on the British lecture circuit. Their clerical and medical backgrounds earned the couple the nickname "Body and Soul". Reindorp had four children with Alix. Two of his sons, David and Julian, have been ordained in the Church of England. Reindorp's only daughter, Fiona, married Baronet Sir Richard Baskerville Mynors. Reindorp's youngest son, Richard, became a teacher in the East End of London before moving into the Civil Service. After the death of his first wife in 1987, Reindorp married Lady Bridget Mullens. The service was conducted by his eldest son, Julian.

A prolific author[7] and broadcaster[8] he died in retirement three years after his wife Alix. Reindorp has 10 surviving grandchildren, the eldest of whom, Nicola Reindorp, is the head of Oxfam International in the United States.

A biography of Reindorp was written but not published in full. Parts of his life were edited and published in a shortened form. This was privately circulated and focussed mainly on his time as a parish priest. He was mainly remembered for his sense of humour and sermons built around three key words, e.g. "launch", "nevertheless", "partners".

For many years in Guildford, Surrey, he had a school named after him. In 2003 Bishop Reindorp Secondary school was demolished and a new building built in its place, Christ's College, Guildford, as a "Christian college".

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, 21 December 1911; pg. 1; Issue 39774; col A, Births
  2. ^ The Times, 17 January 1961; pg. 7; Issue 54981; col C, New Bishop Of Guildford Very Rev. G. E. Reindorp
  3. ^ The Times, 15 December 1972; pg. 16; Issue 58658; col E, "Dr Reindorp to be new Bishop of Salisbury"
  4. ^ “Who was Who”, 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ The Times, 12 June 1948; pg. 6; Issue 51096; col C, "Services To-Morrow St Stephen’s Rochester Row Westminster"
  6. ^ The Times, 5 December 1957; pg. 12; Issue 54016; col D, "Provost of Southwark"
  7. ^ His publications included "What about You?", 1956; "No Common Task", 1957; "Putting it Over: ten points for preachers", 1961; "Over to You", 1964; "Preaching Through the Christian Year", 1973. “Who’s Who” (Ibid)
  8. ^ Details of 1973 series
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Edward Ashdown
Provost of Southwark
1957–1961
Succeeded by
Ernest William Southcott
Preceded by
Ivor Stanley Watkins
Bishop of Guildford
1961–1973
Succeeded by
David Allan Brown
Preceded by
Joseph Fison
Bishop of Salisbury
1973–1982
Succeeded by
John Austin Baker