Rev. James R. LeVeque, Episcopal priest

The Rev. James R. LeVeque, a retired Episcopal priest and mathematics instructor, died of kidney failure Saturday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Charles Village resident was 81.

Born in Cassopolis, Mich., he attended the Howe Military School in Howe, Ind., and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Chicago. He then earned divinity and theology degrees at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, Wis. He was ordained a priest in 1956.


He later earned master's degrees in mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. In 2003, he received a doctorate in mathematics education from Morgan.

He served at Grace Church in Detroit and parishes in Texas before moving to Baltimore in 1958. He was rector at the old St. Stephen's Church on West North Avenue, Holy Cross Church on Millington Lane, and the Church of the Advent on South Charles Street. He served at St. Michael and All Angels from 1963 to 2007.


Father LeVeque taught at the old Hannah More Academy in Reisterstown. He also worked at American Totalizator in Hunt Valley and retired from Morgan State University as a mathematics instructor.

"He was a quiet supporter of human rights and civil rights," said his wife of 57 years, the former Katharine Williams. "He was in favor of women's ordination and gay people's rights. He said, 'People are people.'"

He enjoyed reading and was a chess player and liked the Asian game of Go.

A memorial requiem will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul Street, where he was a communicant.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Gregory W. LeVeque of Baltimore and Joseph LeVeque of Parkville; three daughters, Martha LeVeque Worley of Marshall, N.C., Anne LeVeque of Takoma Park and Elisa LeVeque of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, Robert C. LeVeque of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Paul LeVeque of Lexington, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.