Donald Coggan, 90, leader of the world's Anglicans as archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980, died May 17 at a nursing home near Winchester. The announcement from Lambeth Palace, official home of the archbishops of Canterbury, did not give a cause of death.
"Dr. Donald Coggan's death at the age of 90 brings to an end an illustrious ministry as a distinguished Hebrew scholar, devoted pastor and dedicated archbishop," said the current archbishop, George Carey, who was in Canada.
"He will be remembered particularly for his remarkable contribution to the New English Bible and Revised English Bible and for his unfailing support for the Council for Christians and Jews."
Dr. Coggan, who was born in London, was a lecturer in Semitic languages at Manchester University from 1931 to 1934, a professor of the New Testament at Wycliffe College in Toronto from 1937 to 1944 and principal of London College of Divinity from 1944 to 1956.
He was ordained a priest in 1935 and was appointed bishop of Bradford in 1956, archbishop of York in 1961 and archbishop of Canterbury in 1974.
Dr. Coggan was a strong supporter of the ordination of women, formally proposing it at the Lambeth Conference of the world's Anglican churches in 1970. It was not until 1994 that the Church of England admitted women to the priesthood.
After his retirement as archbishop, he was elevated to the House of Lords. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and two daughters.