The Reverend Carlton Leland “Lee” Udell – Shelburne

The Reverend Carlton Leland “Lee” Udell, Episcopal priest and hospital chaplain, 82, of Shelburne, died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Arbors, surrounded by his family. Fr. Udell was born on Oct. 29, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Carlton and Martha Udell. Lee grew up in Briarcliff and Ossining, N.Y., graduating from Ossining High School in 1948, and from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1952, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A practicing Presbyterian when he began at Union Theological Seminary in 1953, Lee entered the ordination process in the Diocese of New York. After he received his Master’s of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1957, he was sent to General Theological Seminary in New York City for a year of Anglican studies. Fr. Udell then taught at City and Country School, and worked at Church of the Resurrection, both in Manhattan, where he met and married his beloved wife, Susanne Udell, in April of 1960. He was ordained into the diaconate in November 1960 by Bishop Donegan, and to the priesthood in May 1961, celebrating his first Solemn High Mass on June 11, 1961. As part of his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training, he had further training at Hartford Hospital and the Newington Hospital for Children. After six years, Fr. Udell left Resurrection to work as a chaplain at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, and to train to become a Certified ACPE Supervisor. In 1971, Chaplain Udell became the first Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Fletcher Allen Hospital, starting the first nationally certified program in Vermont. In 1977, Lee became a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. As chair of the Seminary and Judicatory Committee from 1995 to 2000, he helped write a new version of the National ACPE Professional Ethics procedure. After his retirement in 1995, from the CPE program he had founded at FAHC, Lee experienced satisfaction from a teaching role at the hospital. On April 12, 2012, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) presented Reverend Udell with the Supervisor Emeritus award. In addition, the Spiritual Care Department of Fletcher Allen Health Care will initiate The Rev. Lee Udell Symposium in 2013 to honor its first director of Pastoral Education and Director of Pastoral Care. Reverend Udell is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Susanne; son, Nathaniel and wife, Meghan Udell, of Chelsea, Mass.; daughter, Lili and husband, James Fiore, of Essex Junction; and grandchildren, Esther, Brian, and Mark and wife, Christin Fiore, of Essex Junction, Waterford, Mich., and Charlotte, N.C., respectively. A Requiem Eucharist to celebrate Lee’s life and ministry will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 1 pm. A reception immediately follows, with burial to be at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to L’Arche USA. Please note on your donation that the gift is in honor of the Rev. C. Leland Udell Memorial Fund. For more information, contact Andrew Callahan at or call (503) 282-6231.

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