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Bishop David Leighton

Bishop David Leighton

The Right Rev. David Keller Leighton Sr., the former Episcopal bishop of Maryland who ordained his diocese's first woman priest and led other church reforms, died of respiratory complications Wednesday at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, an institution he helped found. He was 91.

"He helped bring the church out of the country club," said the present Episcopal bishop, the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton. "He aided the homeless, the poor and the marginalized, African-Americans and, of course, women. There are many trees in the forest, and some are grander than others. A great oak has fallen."

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Bishop Leighton was the son...