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Service for historian Elizabeth Pryor to be held Monday at Robert E. Lee’s church

Posted at 11:33 AM, Apr 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-19 18:31:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A funeral service for Elizabeth Brown Pryor is scheduled for Monday afternoon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on East Grace Street in Richmond. The service is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Pryor, 64, was a renowned Civil War historian and author known best for her work Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through His Private Letters for which she was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, presented each year for the outstanding non-fiction work related to the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee and his wife worshiped at St. Paul's Episcopal Church during the Civil War.

Pryor was killed Monday afternoon in a crash along the 4400 block of Grove Avenue in Richmond.

"At approximately 2:45 p.m., Pryor was driving a silver-colored Audi eastbound in the 4400 block of Grove Avenue when the vehicle was struck from behind by a white Mitsubishi Outlander also heading eastbound on Grove Avenue. Pryor died at the scene,” Richmond Police advised.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Robert Stevens Gentil, 32, of Richmond, was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter.

Pryor moved to Richmond in 2010, according to the University of Richmond. She was listed as a Course Leader at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the UR website.

"The University of Richmond community is saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Pryor," University of Richmond President Dr. Edward L. Ayers released in a statement. "She will be remembered fondly."