Special News from St. Anne's
Beloved St. Anne's Friends ,
I am sad to write that The Rev. Dr. Alice Scannell, former vicar of St. Anne's 2004-2012, died peacefully at home with her husband John, friends, and loved ones at her side on Monday.
She was a wonderful colleague to me, a skilled and wise priest, and an inspiring author. She left an amazing legacy here at St. Anne's, visible in our beautiful and useful buildings and in the quality of the music program she fostered under Sue Snyder's leadership. Some biographical material follows below --Mo. Kathleen
The memorial service will be held at
St. Michael's and All Angels, 1704 NE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR
on Saturday, December 21, at 2:00 pm,
and all are invited. From the office of the Bishop:
... I so enjoyed working with Alice. She and I had just conversed a week earlier and she knew her time was short. She had a remarkable vocation and I offer some of that below.
The Rev. Dr. Alice Updike Scannell
Born: 7/15/1938 in New York, NY. Daughter of Godfrey & Mary Updike
1960, BA Smith College
1963, MRE (Masters degree in Religious Education), Union Theological Seminary,New York
1963, Certified Healthcare Chaplain, Windham House, New York
1989, PhD (Gerontology), Portland State University, Portland, OR
Married: 6/13/1964 The Rev. John Scott Scannell. Children: 2 sons
Ordained: 5/15/1998 Diaconate, by Bishop Robert Ladehoff, Diocese of Oregon
12/12/1998 Priesthood, by Bishop Robert Ladehoff, Diocese of Oregon.
1963-1964, Director of Christian Education, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Owings Mills, MD.
1965-1967, Case Worker, Wayne County Dept. of Social Services, Lyons, NY
1968-1979, Resident of Connecticut where her husband, John, served
Episcopal churches in Waterbury and Bethel, CT.
1979-2019, Resident of Portland, OR - Variety of positions relating to aging,
long-term care, care giving, chaplaincy, etc.
1994-1997, Worked for the Multnomah County Dept. of Aging & Disability Services
1997-2002, Self-employed research evaluation & training consultant; and as chaplain with long-term care.
2009-2019, Senior Research Associate, Institute on Aging, Portland State University.
1998-2004 St. Michael & All Angels, Portland, OR
2000-2004, Chaplain, St. Aidan's Place, Portland, OR
2004-2012, Vicar, St. Anne, Washougal, WA
1989, PhD Dissertation, The Longterm Psychosocial Impacts of Caregiving on the Caregivers of Persons with Stroke, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
2003, Focus Groups Help Congregations Improve Its New Member Ministry,
Reviews of Religious Research.
2017, Radical Resilience: When there's No Going Back to the Way Things Were, A. Beekman Updike, publisher.
American Society on Aging; Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains; Association for Religious Research; Associations of Professional Chaplains; Gerontological Society of America.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Applied Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America, 1989;
Fellow, College of Preachers, 2002;
Woods Fellowship, VTS, 2002;
Gerontologist, researcher, educator and Episcopal priest, the Rev. Dr. Alice Scannell's long career - while varied - has focused primarily on the aging process, how individuals adapt to changing circumstances and on providing care and support to those going through such inevitable transitions. Until very recently, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Aging, Portland State University, Portland, OR - while at the same time functioning as a parish priest and chaplain.
Born in New York, the daughter of Godfrey Updike, a law professor at the New York University Law School and his wife Mary, Alice attended Smith College, graduating in 1960. She went on to obtain a Masters degree in Religious Education (1963) from Union Theological Seminary in New York and also became a Certified Healthcare Chaplain (1963) through a program at Windham House.
Windham House served as a residential center for furloughed missionaries or women who were training for church work at Columbia University, Teachers' College, Union Theological Seminary, or the New York School of Social Work. The house offered regular worship and special courses, often taught by General Theological Seminary faculty. By 1945 the program had evolved into a two-year training course which included supervised field education. Most Windham House residents enrolled in the Masters of Religious Education program at Union Theological Seminary when that program began in 1954.
Alice worked for a year as the Director of Christian Education at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills, MD. Then, in 1964, she married Episcopal priest, the Rev. John Scott Scannell who began his career as Minister-in-Charge at St. Stephen's Church, Wolcott, NY and at Christ Church in Sodus, NY. In 1968 they moved to Connecticut where John served churches in Waterbury and Bethel. Alice and John remained in Connecticut until 1979 when they moved to Portland, OR.
In Portland, Alice became a doctoral student in Gerontology and received her PhD from Portland State University in 1989. Her dissertation, entitled The Longterm Psychosocial Impacts of Caregiving on the Caregivers of Persons with Stroke was dedicated to her mother who had been the primary caregiver for both her grandmothers - and was, undoubtedly, the inspiration for her dissertation and much of her professional and pastoral work.
In 1998 Alice was ordained to the diaconate and to the priesthood by Bishop Robert Ladehoff, Bishop of Oregon. In October of that year she began a new ministry - a chaplaincy for people with Alzheimer's at St. Aidan's Place, a residence for people with Alzheimer's and related diseases.
In Alice's words: I began to see late life issues as something we had to look at in new ways. What do we know about relationship with God, about maintaining a living faith during the aging process?
During this time, she was also assisting at St. Michael's and All Angels in Portland, where her husband was rector.
In 2004, Bishop Vincent Warner licensed Alice to officiate as a priest in the Diocese of Olympia and appointed her vicar at St. Anne's in Washougal. Alice served St. Anne's for eight years, retiring in 2012. During her years at St. Anne's, the congregation supported a small weekday pre-school program and developed a strategic plan. This plan led to the strengthening of the Sunday school program and the use of Godly Play; the creation of adult formation and other learning opportunities and the renovation of the church building and grounds which led to a safer environment and provided more effective use of the space. Under Alice's leadership, St. Anne's also began to participate in the College of Congregational Development.
Although Alice retired from St. Anne's in 2012, she did not retire from "active duty."
Alice and her husband, the Rev. John Scannell, have served as lead chaplains on the Diocese of Oregon's team of chaplains, providing help and support to the retired clergy, their spouses and partners in the diocese. They also served as coordinators of the Province VIII chaplains.
With all this going on, Alice also managed to write a book! Entitled, Radical Resilience: When There's No Going Back to the Way Things Were (2017), the book details 10 specific skills which people can learn to help manage the changes that come with living longer. The following review appeared in Alice's alumni magazine: Animated by inspiring stories, this short, powerful book presents practical tools and techniques to enhance personal resilience in the face of adversity. When something major happens to us, we can't always get our lives back to normal. Radical Resilience offers hope and encouragement to those who have encountered life-changing obstacles. Dr. Scannell shows how we can come through life's adverse events with a renewed sense of self, become creative in responding to change in your life, regain some control over your circumstances, overcome feelings of helplessness, be courageous when days are difficult, and navigate the challenges of growing older.
Radical Resilience draws on every capacity we have to move forward emotionally, physically and spiritually after adversity has changed our life and we can't go back to the way things were. Our aim in working through the process of radical resilience is to reach the state of feeling whole again, ready to live our life with meaning and purpose in our new reality.