on October 9, 2013 - 8:16 PM
, updated October 10, 2013 at 2:36 AM
Nov. 29, 1934 – Oct. 7, 2013
Rev. Michael William R. Stott, a longtime Buffalo-area educator, psychologist and clergyman who ministered in Orthodox and Episcopal churches, died Monday in Buffalo General Hospital following a short illness. He was 78.
The Buffalo native attended School 26 and graduated from South Park High School in 1952. He earned a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the University of Buffalo, where the head of the classics department was a Russian Orthodox priest who in his spare time directed theological studies for men interested in the Orthodox priesthood.
Although raised in an Episcopal church in South Buffalo, Rev. Stott initially studied theology in the Orthodox tradition. He taught for two years in the North Tonawanda School District before being ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in 1957 by the late Archbishop Samuel David. His first priestly assignment was as pastor of St. George Syrian Orthodox Church in Glens Falls, where he ministered until 1959.
From 1959 to 1962, he served as pastor of St. Nicholas Syrian Orthodox Church in Allentown, Pa., and continued graduate studies at Lehigh University in Easton, Pa.
He returned to teaching for a year in Hicksville, during which time he also took courses at the George Mercer School of Theology and served weekends at St. Nicholas Syrian Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, Conn.. He was pastor there until 1968.
He earned a master’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University 1966 and a professional diploma in counseling from St. John’s University in 1968.
He returned to the Buffalo area with his family in 1968 and worked as a school psychologist.
He also was supervising clinical psychologist with the Erie County Family Court Psychiatric Clinic for nearly 20 years, and he earned a doctoral degree in counseling and educational psychology from UB in 1987.
He taught psychology classes at the Houghton College Buffalo Campus, Canisius College, and was adjunct professor of psychology at UB.
He also taught psychology at Trocaire College. A licensed psychologist, Rev. Stott maintained a private practice until 2003, and he wrote numerous scholarly articles and presented many workshops at secular and religious conferences.
While employed in the secular world, Rev. Stott continued his priestly ministry and was known to many people as “Father Bill.”
He was licensed as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and in the Anglican Mission in America.
In 2004, he became rector of a new congregation in East Aurora, St. Luke’s Anglican Church.
He also established Saint George’s Pro-Cathedral in Niagara Falls, the cathedral of the Independent Anglican Church, Canada Synod, and he served as archdeacon.
Survivors include his wife, the former Shirley Mueller; three daughters, Rebecca E. Cooke, Judith M. Stanley and Naomi A. Carey; a son, David; and two sisters, Betty Pszonak and Roberta O’Hara.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 591 Porterville Road, East Aurora.