Hugh Edmondson Prather III, 1938 - 2010

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Born: 23 January 1938, Dallas Texas
Died: 15 November 2010, Tucson, Arizona

Raised at Dallas, Prather earned a bachelor's degree at Southern Methodist University and went on to study at the University of Texas at Austin without completing a degree. His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1965, on his second date with Gayle Halligan, he asked her if she wanted to get married and they immediately drove to Oklahoma to wed. He began a journal which he edited into a manuscript and sent to a small publisher with limited distribution and no advertising budget, the first 10,000 copies of Notes to Myself sold quickly by word of mouth. He and Gayle started The Dispensable Church at Santa Fe, New Mexico where he preached a blend of Buddhism, Christianity, and pacifism. In 1990 they moved to Tucson, Arizona and became involved with St. Francis in the Foothills, a Methodist church where Hugh was a lay preacher, teacher, and led meditation services. The Prather's together wrote a number of books for couples and led marriage workshops. Gayle found him slumped over in their hot tub, a heart attack is assumed to be the cause of death.

Biography from Wikipedia and The New York Times obituary

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