The Rev. Dr. Robert Cotton Fite was awarded posthumously at the 2017 Diocesan Convention by the Very Rev. Joy Rogers.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Cotton Fite (Cotton) was a beloved Episcopal priest, clinical psychologist and peace activist, who died in August of 2017. At the time of his death, Fite was Priest Associate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL, where he had been serving for almost 40 years. He was also serving his eighth year as board chair of Seraj Library Project, an organization created to build children’s libraries in rural Palestinian villages. During his tenure at Seraj, he was gratified to watch these libraries become vibrant centers of refuge and community renewal.