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William Eugene 'Gene' Bolin, Episcopal priest and passionate social advocate, dies

William Eugene 'Gene' Bolin, Episcopal priest and passionate social advocate, dies

The Rev. William Eugene “Gene” Bolin, a “master of the pun” and spiritual man known for his compassion and skills as a public speaker, died Feb. 7 in Towson. He was 78.

Born July 2, 1940, in Dundalk, he was the son of Helen Gertrude Williams, a homemaker, and Carroll Eugene Bolin, the owner of a land-leveling business and, later, a minister.

Growing up, Mr. Bolin’s parents frequently relocated the family along the West Coast as his father explored his calling as a Christian minister. Along the way, Mr. Bolin joined his school football team in Madras, Ore., and later in Seattle, Wash., where he excelled in his high school varsity team and developed a lifelong passion for the...

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