James Duncan (bishop)
|The Rt. Rev. James L. Duncan|
|I Bishop of Southeast Florida|
|Church||Episcopal Church in the United States of America|
|See||Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida|
|In office||1969 1980|
|Successor||Calvin O. Schofield, Jr.
II Bishop of Southeast Florida
September 11, 1913|
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
July 20, 2000|
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, cremated
|Previous post||Bishop Coadjutor of South Florida 1961-1969|
James Loughlin Duncan, (1913–2000), the first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, was born September 11, 1913, in Greensboro, North Carolina, the son of Robert Duncan and his wife, Mary (O'Loughlin) Duncan. He died July 20, 2000, a resident of Coral Gables, Florida.
James Loughlin Duncan attended Emory University and received a B.A. in 1935 and an M.A. in 1936. He studied theology at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee and received a B.D. in 1939, and an honorary D.D. in 1962.
James L. Duncan was ordained to the diaconate in 1938 and to the priesthood in 1939. He served as curate of All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, from 1939–1940, when he left to become rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, in Rome, Georgia, where he stayed until 1945. From 1945-1950, he was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, in Winter Park, Florida, His last rectorship at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, in St. Petersburg, Florida began in 1950 and ended in 1961 when he was elected suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Florida. In 1969, he was elected the first bishop of the newly formed Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida and served until he retired in 1980.
After retirement, Bishop Duncan remained active in the Diocese. He served on the board of Trinity Episcopal School (now Palmer Trinity School) and taught seventh grade religion there from 1983 to 1985.
The Duncan Center in Delray Beach, Florida is named in his honor.
James L. Duncan married Evelyn Burgess on July 27, 1943. They had three children. She died in January, 1967, and Bishop Duncan married Elaine Lucille Beisler Gaither on October 7, 1967 (Elaine is the maternal grandmother of actor Billy Crudup).
- Episcopal Clerical Directory, 1981 New York: The Church Hymnal Corporation, p. 181
- All Saints Atlanta, Georgia
- All Saints Winter Park, Florida
- The Diocese of Southeast Florida
- History of the Diocese of Southeast Florida
- St. Peters' Rome, Georgia
- St. Peter's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Florida
|Episcopal Church (USA) titles|
|1st Bishop of Southeast Florida
1969 – 1980
Calvin O. Schofield, Jr.