Former Calvary rector Rev. Pike celebrates 80th birthday

Rev. Tom Pike with Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison and and Gramercy Park executive assistant Alex Nguyen (Photos by Ira Fox)

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Pike, formerly the rector of Calvary-St. George’s, celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday, January 10 at the parish house.

At the event, a video tribute in Pike’s honor was shown, made by Alex Nguyen, Matt Veligdan and Kamel Boutros. Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison also made some remarks cheering Pike’s accomplishments as a religious leader and a community one.

“Our community has always counted on you for your wisdom, compassion and support,” she said. “We can’t thank you for all you have done for us and meant to us. We look forward to many more years of leadership and friendship.”

Pike, ordained in 1963, served as rector of Calvary-St. George’s in 1975 when it became connected to a third parish, Holy Communion (now de-consecrated). He remained there for 37 years.

Pike has served on many committees of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and is also a preservationist who has written numerous articles on the issue and served for 17 years on the Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is also a trustee of Gramercy Park and archivist for the Gramercy Park Block Association and an artist and art educator.

Locally, activism work has including helping set up homeless shelters at Calvary-St. George’s as well as the nearby Brotherhood Synagogue.

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