Memorial service set for Guy Fitch Lytle

July 19, 2011

A memorial service will be held July 18 for the Very Rev. Guy Fitch Lytle III, a member of the University of the South's School of Theology faculty who died July 15. Lytle, professor of church history and Anglican Studies, Bishop Juhan professor of divinity, and dean emeritus of the School of Theology, had said on Jan. 1, 2010, that he would retire at the end of 2011. He was on sabbatical leave this year, pursuing several writing and research projects. A press release said that Lytle served the University of the South "with creativity and distinction," during which time the School of Theology "doubled in size, built the Chapel of the Apostles, found financial stability, and gained national prominence." Lytle also "vastly increased participation of Sewanee students in world mission outreach and cross cultural experiences," the release said. With his wife, Maria E. Rasco, he developed Hispanic ministries programs and attracted Latino students to the school. Lytle is survived by his wife and their two children, Elizabeth and Ashley. A daughter, Jessica, preceded him in death. The memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Apostles of The School of Theology. Visitation will be between noon and 1:30 p.m. in the narthex. Clergy are invited to vest in alb and white stole.