-- Adam Bernstein The Washington Post 2010
The Rev. Grant R. Sherk Jr., 90, an Episcopal priest who founded St. Dunstan's
Episcopal Church in McLean in 1956 and retired as its rector in 1986, died April 9 at his
home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Rev. Sherk was involved in teen outreach programs over the years. He helped start
Alternative House, a Vienna facility for runaway and troubled teens.
In retirement, he served as interim rector at Washington area churches and moved to
Palm Beach Gardens from McLean in 1994.
Grant Rhoads Sherk Jr. was born near Norfolk and spent his teenage years in
Washington, where he graduated from Western High School in 1936.
After Army service during World War II, he graduated from the University of Virginia with
a bachelor's degree in 1948, and he received a master's degree in foreign affairs there
He received a master's of divinity degree in 1957 from Virginia Theological Seminary in
He was a past board member of Shrine Mont, the diocesan conference center in Orkney
His first wife, Ellen Nesom Sherk, died in 1983. His second wife, Frances FitzHugh, died
in 1999. In 2002, he married Constance "Polly" Kelly.
Besides his wife, of Palm Beach Gardens, survivors include three children from his first
marriage, Marna Zok of Purcellville, Linda Postelle of Falls Church and Grant Sherk III of
Fork Union, Va.; nine stepchildren; two sisters, Judith Wolfe of Aldie, Va., and Miriam
Skillman of Richmond; a brother, Neville Sherk of Purcellville; 26 grandchildren; and 11