We would like to offer our condolences on the recent passing of Rev. John deVelder.
From the early 1980’s until his retirement in 2015, he was Director of Pastoral Care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Rev. DeVelder was instrumental in securing our access to RWJ Hospital in the very early years of the Bikur Cholim organization. Rev. DeVelder was resolute in the conviction that the Jewish patients receive visitation by Jewish visitors and that all needs (Holiday, Shabbat, daily) be provided for the Jewish patients. He partnered with us and would often speak to our volunteers in the hallways of the hospital, encouraging us to fulfill our mission.
His passing leaves a great loss in the chaplaincy community. We will always remember him fondly.