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Frederiksted-Born Episcopal Priest Ezra Naughton Dies In Washington D.C. At Age 90

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WASHINGTON — The Rev. Dr. Ezra A. Naughton, 90, an Episcopal priest, academician and teacher who retired in 2012 after five years as priest in charge at the Church of the Holy Communion in Southeast Washington, died Nov. 22 at his home in D.C. The cause was a cerebral vascular attack, said his wife, LaVerne Naughton.

Dr. Naughton was born in Frederiksted and settled in the Washington area in 1960. He was ordained a priest in 1994 and served at the Washington National Cathedral, St. Luke’s and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches in Washington, and at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Md.

Previously, Dr. Naughton was director of the research and teaching program at the Agriculture Department and held academic or administrative positions at Howard University, the University of Maryland, the American Association of University Professors and Tuskegee University, among other institutions.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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  1. Marcia Naughton Loyd
    January 30, 2018 at 8:56 PM — Reply

    The Rev Dr Ezra Naughton had a lengthy career which he started in 1950 after living in Harlem before attending Howard University. He was married three times. His first wife the aclaimed Registered Nurse from Fredericksted with whom he had two children. His second wife also a Registered Nurse with whom he had no children. His third wife a clerk in Children’s Hospital in D.C. His journey and accomplishments took him to many avenues. After retirement he went back to school and became an Episcopal. Priest. A man of great determination for success. In life we make choices that cannot deter our success even if it leaves us with part of the dream. Fredericksted St Croix should be very proud of their native son. It has been my honor to have known him. A man who was an educator, also received a doctorate from Catholc University and dealt with all terms of racism in a quiet manner. I thank you very much for reading and I remain respectfully,
    Marcia Naughton Loyd

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