Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Horace Lytton Varian, Jr.

The Rev. Horace L. Varian Jr. was born in Baltimore on 31 July 1918, the son of Horace Lytton and Edith May (Burton) Varian. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1941 and was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group, where he became a Major. After the war he entered Seabury Divinity School and was ordained a priest by Bishop Mallett in 1952. Mallett assigned him first to the Church of the Good Shepherd, where he served from 1952 to 1954. He moved to Christ the King, Huntington, where he served until 1956, and then he became the first rector of St. Michael and All Angels in South Bend in1956, serving to 1958. He was also in charge of the youth summer camp at Howe. It became evident during this time that Varian was mentally ill. The Standing Committee urged his removal from the priesthood, and Bishop Mallett defrocked him in 1959. The two remained friends, however, and kept up a correspondence after Varian moved to New York City to work in a restaurant. Varian's sexual problems were treated as a mental illness and not as a crime, with Bishop Mallett describing it as "infantile behavior." Varian died in Newton, Massachusetts, on 15 August 1988. He was buried in Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore.


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