Bishop Robert Wolterstorff has died
The Right Rev. Robert M. Wolterstorff, who became the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego when it was carved out of the sprawling Los Angeles diocese in 1974, has died. He was 92.
Wolterstorff was known for his optimism, his steadfast faith and values.
“The combination of those made him an inspirational leader,” said Susan Mallory, a local bank president, who had known him since 1957. “He was a unifier.”
Wolterstorff’s tenure as bishop also was marked by controversy.
The Episcopal Church voted to ordain women as priests in 1976, but Wolterstorff held fast to his belief that only men should be ordained.