Richard Schori grew up in Evanston, IL, graduating from Evanston Township High School in 1956, BA from Kenyon College in 1960, and PhD in Mathematics from University of Iowa in 1964 working in the area of topology. His academic career was chiefly spent at L.S.U. and Oregon State where he was hired by the latter as Chair of Mathematics in 1978. He met his wife Katharine Jefferts at the Episcopal Church in Corvallis, OR, in the fall of 1978 and they were married September 1, 1979. She was a graduate student in Oceanography at Oregon State at the time. The have one daughter Kate born in 1981 who is an Air Force pilot.
Richard was an active researcher in topology with several named theorem and was involved in establishing the field of infinite-dimensional topology, a relatively new area of topology. Later in his academic career he wrote one of the first distance education websites to teach calculus, first for Oregon State and later for UNLV.
Richard is a life-long active Episcopalian and was not surprised when his wife Katharine entered seminary in 1991. Richard retired from Oregon State in 2001 to join Katharine in southern Nevada where she has been consecrated the Episcopal Bishop of Nevada in February, 2001. He has lived in Henderson, NV, since August of 2001.
Richard is currently an active tennis player. Earlier in life he was a high school and collegiate wrestler and voluntary wrestling coach, rock climber and mountaineer, and runner. He has climbed in 13 states and 7 foreign countries with notable climbs of the Diamond on the East Face of Long's Peak in Colorado, The Brandler-Hasse Route on the Grand Chime in the Dolomites of northern Italy, an un-roped assent of the Matterhorn, and a 1988 ascent of Mt. McKinley.
Richard travels selectively with his wife, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church and is a member of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Henderson, Nevada.
This was truly an inter-religious service at our National Cathedral, which is Episcopal. The 20 participants in the service are all national religious leaders in their own faith: a number of protestant Christians with the full range of perspectives, Catholics, Greek Orthodox, 3 Rabbis (two of whom were female), a Sikh, and Muslims. This group with a few spouses and family members were the 30 vetted people who met the Obamas and Bidens before the service in a large chapel in the crypt of the Cathedral. Katharine and I were first in the receiving line. I congratulated the President and said, "Congratulations and welcome to our National Cathedral. Can WE now be called fellow Episcopalians?" He responded immediately with a smile, "Why not?" He had attended St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House yesterday before the inauguration and has attended it frequently in recent years. President Obama pointed to Katharine's staff and said, "I need one of those! I'd get more respect around the Oval Office".Read full article...