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1965-1969 Bernard Mayes


Bernard Mayes,  taught Humanities at SFAI in the mid-1960s, so a “Fellow-Traveler” with artists.  Mayes was from England where he was an Anglican Priest, became an Episcopalian Priest in the U.S., an actor, a radio announcer, and on the forefront of the beginnings of National Public Radio.  He CREATED the FIRST SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE in S.F. in 1962—a MODEL for the rest of the WORLD—Saving Lives. A Friend observed: “He was a faithful counselor and friend to all those who felt a little out of place.” His autobiography is titled, Escaping God’s Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest.


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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