ASA/CSCA Member Obituaries
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Ps 116:15
Last Entry: 12/1/2015
Abernethy, John L.
Adams, Robert M.
Adams, Roy M.
Albers, Robert J.
Anderson, V. Elving
Archibald, Ralph G.
Arndt, John Richard
Aulie, Richard P.
Ault, Wayne U.
Baldwin, Alan R.
Band, Hans E.
Barclay, Oliver K.
Barkman, Paul Friesen
Barrueto, Richard B
Beal, Richard S. Jr.
Beery, Ronald W.
Beilstein, Henry R.
Benson, Russell Verner
Berkhout, Peter G.
Bertsche, George J.
Bliese, John C. W.
Blizzard, John L. (Jack)
Block, Stanley M.
Blumhagen, Rex V.
Bouma III, Hessel
Boutwell, Joseph Jr
Brabner-Smith, John W.
Brace, Neal Orin
Brackbill, Maurice T
Bradley, C. Henry
Bruce, David S.
Brugger, Hans Rudolf
Burgus, Roger C.
Burkholder, Gary L.
Bush, L. Russ
Buswell, James Oliver
Calhoon , Stephen W.
Calhoon Jr., Stephen W.
Carlson, O. Norman
Carter, Ben Michael
Cassell, J. Frank
Chappell, John T.
Claassen, Howard H.
Clarke, W. Grainge
Coble, Jerry G.
Crawford, James H.
Crichton, James H.
Cunningham, Robert W.
Custance, Arthur C.
Davis, Paul C.
Deckard, John I
DeHaan, Robert Frank
Deibler, Timothy A.
DeKoning, Dr. Paul
Devries, Johannes J.
Doane, Howard John
Drechsel, Paul D.
Dye, David L.
Halver, John Emil III
Hamilton, Willian E. Jr.
Harder, Allen J.
Harris, A. Dorothy
Harris, Franklin J.
Harris, R. Laird
Hartzler, H. Harold
Haynes, John D.
Henkel, Milford F.
Hinshaw, Lerner B.
Hoover, Joseph R.
Hoshiko, Tomuo (Tom)
Howell, Henry H.
Howitt, John R.
Katon, John E.
Key, Harold H.
King, Donald E.
Knapp, Dr. John A.
Knighton, J. Raymond
Knott, Maurice F.
Knudsen, Robert D.
Krueger, Dennis L.
Kruse, Richard W.
Kulp, J. Laurence
Landmack, Holfger C.
Leith, T. H.
Lewthwaite, Gordon R.
Lewis, L. Gaunce
Liefeld, Herbert T.
Lindberg, David Charles
Lincoln, Kenneth A.
Linquist, Stanley Elmer
Litty, Albin H
Logefeil, Rudolph C.
Loptson, Melvin E.
Lubansky, Harry J.
Lyon, Howard William
Lyons. Lawrence E
Macaulay, Sidney S.
McIntyre, John "Jack"
Magnuson, Vernon P.
Malmstadt, Howard V.
Manetech, Thomas J.
Maniaci, George D.
Mattson, Enoch E.
Maxwell, Joseph S.
Maxwell, Eugene L.
McCleery, John M.
Miller, Roger W.
Mills, Mary Jane
Mills, Gordon C.
Mills, Francis J.
Mixter, Russell L.
Moon, Irwin A.
Morris, Henry M.
Morrison, William D.
Myers, George F.
Salter, Lewis S.
Seeger, Raymond J.
Simpson, Paul G.
Smith, John L.
Stam, Paul B.
Stark, James W.
Starkey, Lawrence H.
Stewart, John F. H.
Stipe, Claude E.
Stoner, Peter W.
Stores, Charles D.
Strong, Albert Charles
Sturgis, Russell D.
Sutherland, Herbert W.
Swartz, Allan E.
Swift, David L.
Tanner, William F.
Templeton, John Marks
Templeton, Jr. John M.
Tinkle, William J.
Torrance, Thomas F.
Townes, Charles H.
Troutman, Charles H.
van der Fliert, J. R.
Van Dek, John W.
van der Ziel, Aldert
Van Haitsma, John P.
Vayhinger, John M.
Vermeulen, C. W.
Vis, William R.
Voth, Elver H.
Vothspan, Elver H.
Wall, Richard G.
Walton, Ray D.
Weir, James R.
Wenger, C. Bruce
White, Ardis H.
White, Elias D.
Widmer, James Glen
Wineland, Stanley H.
Winter, Ralph D.
Witmer, S. A.
Wolgemuth, Mark B.
Wonderly, Daniel F.
Woodburn, John Henry
Woodside, Edmund R.
Wright, Paul M.
Wymer, William H.
The Obituaries section has been compiled from records in The ASA/CSCA Newsletter
and other sources with editing to emphasize the scientific career
church life of men and women have been ASA members for a significant period. Readers are asked to send additional information to
the ASA office or
. ASA members are drawn to the organization for diverse reasons. They join the ranks of Christians; scientists, philosophers, biblical scholars, and other thoughtful persons over many centuries who have reflected on the interaction of science and the Christian Faith. Some have been able to participate in the discussion, others take the discussion to the church and the general public where science touches human values. We honor here a portion of those who have joined our fellowship.
John Leo Abernethy
John was emeritus professor of chemistry from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and had been living in La Verne Manor in La Verne, with severe impairment of his vision. Born in San Jose, California, John received a B.A. from U.C.L.A. and an M.S. (1938) and Ph.D. (1940) from Northwestern, followed by postdoctoral work at the Radiation Laboratory at U. C. Davis and back at U.C.L.A.
He was a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi, and had served on the editorial board of J. Chem. Ed. He had also done consulting work for International Chemical & Nuclear Co., and in 1962-63 was a Fulbright Fellow at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru.
He was introduced to ASA by one of its founders, Alton Everest. John Abernethy's research on enzyme chemistry focused on reactions catalyzed by papain and similar photolytic enzymes. A series of his papers in Bioorganic Chem. continued into the 1980's in spite of his disability.
He contributed an article " A personal God, viewed scientifically" to a 1950 collection evidence-god-expanding-universe, (1958). His paper, "The Concept of Dissymmetric Worlds" J. Chem. Education 49 (7), 455-461 (July 1972), embodies a teaching concept he has worked out over the years. At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, "Jack" Abernethy uses "mirror spellings" of words to drive home to organic chemistry students the significance of chirality (optical activity). Thus, a world enantiomorphic to our present world is referred to as a "d1row" in which 'snamuh' and other forms of "efil" are made up of 'sdnuopmoc' that are mirror images of those in our own bodies. Jack included in his paper a section on philosophical implications, stating that some scientists would include deity in their total picture of the origin of living matter. This modest assertion managed to survive the editing and refereeing process, although a referee had been critical of an earlier form of the paper. Jack says he is still getting reprint requests from all over, including one from Leningrad State University and one from the Organic Division of the Siberian Section of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. We like a quotation Jack included from G. N. Lewis's The Anatomy of Science (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1926): "The scientist does not speak of the last analysis but rather the next approximation."
Robert M. Adams
Of Dallas, Texas, died of cardiac arrest on 22 November 1985, at age 72. Born in Rome, Georgia, Bob received a B.S. in mathematics from John B. Stetson University in Florida in 1938 and did graduate work at the U. of Texas in Austin, where he taught for many years. He was a member of various mathematics and engineering societies and of Scofield Memorial Church of Austin, where a memorial service was held on November 25, "befitting the passing of a believer."
Bob Adams was an effective witness on the U. T. campus, a man of deep faith, broad interests, and ready wit. He is survived by his wife Annie Jo, a brother and sister, sons Bob, Jr., and Charles, three grandchildren-and a large extended family. Bob cared about people and was a good companion. For the past ten years, since his retirement, Bob had worked at the center in Dallas where, young people are trained to become Wycliffe Bible translators.
Roy M. Adams
Roy passed away March 26, 2003 at age 83. He was born in Hong Kong of missionary parents and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sterling C. He took his doctoral work at U. Kansas in two installments, interrupted by military service as pilot and navigator. He was professor of chemistry at Geneva C. in PA from 1947 until his 1985 retirement.
He edited the textbook Boron, Metallo-Boron Compounds and Boranes. Roy held eleven patents and encouraged more than 100 students to earn PhD or MD degrees. His sons tell us that, to the end, his memory was near photographic, his wit sharp and dry, and his health good enough to feed cows every day. He often quoted the verse, "The Earth is the Lord 's and the fullness thereof," and practiced stewardship and recycling long before these became popular. We know that when these gentlemen met their Maker, they heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant.
Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA is the school of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Internationally known boron researcher and prof. emeritus Roy Adams was
paid tribute at a dinner on Sept. 16, 2000, for his 45 years of service
to the college. Nearly 300 people attended. The 26,000 sq. ft. Adams
Chemistry Center is the next building to be built on campus. C&EN
reported (16 Oct 2000, p. 56) that "Adams told supporters that his
accomplishments were never done for his own glory. Rather, it was his
commitment as a Christian scholar that drove his research and mentoring
of students." He did his graduate work at the U. of Kansas, and started
teaching at Geneva in 1946. He held eleven patents."
Robert J. Albers
Professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, died of stomach cancer at age 47 on 3 September 1985. A Calvin graduate, Bob received his Ph.D. at the U. of Connecticut (under ASA member Roy Gritter, now at IBM) and did postdoctoral work at Leiden in the Netherlands and at Florida State in Tallahassee. He had also taught at Northern Illinois in De Kalb before joining the Calvin faculty in 1972. Bob did collaborative research with Fritz Rottman, a Calvin classmate on the biochemistry faculty at Case Western Reserve; they began publishing together when Rottman was at Michigan State.
Bob Albers was a long-time member of ASA. He is survived by his wife and three children. (Our thanks for much of this information to Bob's brother-in-law, Calvin biologist Uko Zylstra. Uko is the brother of Bernard Zylstra of Toronto's Institute for Christian Studies, whose illness
was also diagnosed as stomach cancer.-Ed.) Newsletter
Craig R. Allen
( -2000) Electronics Engineer.
Jerry Albert reports that on March 4, 2000 Craig R. Allen died after a
three-month's convalescence following a stroke last November which left him with right-side paralysis. He was an electronics engineer retired from San Diego's Naval Ocean Systems Center. He received his A.A, from Compton Junior College and his B.S.E.E. from California State Polytechnic College. Craig was a long-time ASA member, faithfully read the journal, and attended many annual meetings with his wife Jackie and was a founder of the southern CA local section.. He is also survived by two sons and a daughter.
(1874 -1965) Physicist.
On November 19, 1965, Dr. Frank Allen, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Manitoba died at the age of 91. He
rests from his labours and his works follow him. A descendent of the Tuttles who came from London, England, on the Planter, the vessel following the Mayflower. Frank Allen was born in New Brunswick, his later ancestors having moved into Canada among the United Empire Loyalists. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1895 with highest honours in Physics and Chemistry and a Gold Medal in Latin, and was appointed High School Principal the same year at the remarkably early age of 21. In 1897 he received his M.A. from New Brunswick, in 1900 his A.M. from Cornell, and in 1902 his Ph.D. also from Cornell, the last for work on physiological optics, a subject which interested him for the rest of his life. It might well have been otherwise for at Cornell he became interested in the newly discovered thermionic diode but allowed himself to be dissuaded by his professor from investigating the effect of adding a third or grid, electrode as developed by Lee de Forest a few years later. After a short period of high school teaching, he accepted the founding chair of physics in the new University of Manitoba in 1904 and remained there all his life, serving as Head of the Physics Department until his retirement in 1944. He was elected to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada in 1912 and was awarded the Society's H. M. Tory Gold Medal for Scientific Research in 1944.
Other honours included honorary degrees of the University of Manitoba and the University of New Brunswick, membership in Canada's National Research Council and honorary membership in the Optical Society. On a very small research budget, he and his students enthusiastically undertook research and in his lifetime Professor Allen contributed about 300 research papers, mainly on physics Professor Allen was not only a creative research scientist but also an inspiring teacher. A former student describes his first lecture in Physics thus:
"Uneasy and diffident, I climb to the very back, the room fills, the lecture starts . . . The professor talks quietly but even where I am sitting every word is clear. Every now and again he pauses and apparently looking beyond the walls lays a fresh vision before us. Soon I forget my self-consciousness, then myself; the room fades, the very earth becomes but a speck in a great immensity beckoning for study. Within the hour I had become a physicist."
Professor Allen constantly stressed the importance of science and the excitement of discovery, while for relaxation he delighted to write and converse in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He joined the ASA in its early days and was elected a Fellow soon afterwards. He contributed the chapter The Witness of Physical Science to the Bible" to our book "Modem Science and Christian Faith
" and was the author of ASA Monograph III on "The Eye as an Optical Instrument". He was one of the Affiliation's four honorary members. In 1903 he married Sarah Estelle, daughter of D. S Harper.
He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1902 and joined the University of Manitoba as Professor of Physics in 1904. He was one of the original six professors at the University of Manitoba. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1909. Allen was awarded an L.L.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1924 and from the University of New Brunswick in 1944. In 1944 he retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Manitoba. During his esteemed career, he published sixty articles and two critically acclaimed books.
Custodial history: The academic papers of Professor Frank Allen came into the possession of University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1979 through the efforts of his daughter Professor Lillian Allen. MSS SC 184 was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1990 by Audrey Kerr of the University's Medical Library.
, Brian P. Sutherland, Administrative Assistant of Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, Montreal,
154, 456-457 (07 October 1944). *
(1921 - 2014). Genetics.
September 6, 1921,
March 9, 2014 in Stillwater, Minnesota. Preceded in death by parents,
Edwin and Olga Anderson; sister, Virginia and grandson Rowan. Survived
by wife, Carol; son, Carl Anders on; three daughters, Catherine
(Jay) Sleiter, Christine (Richard) Anderson- Sprecher, Martha
(Christopher) Anderson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Anderson was born in Stromsburg, NB, worked in his family's funeral home
before enrolling at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, where he met his wife,
Carol. At the urging of a professor, he took a class in zoology that
changed his life.
Originally headed headed for the mission field Elving
attended (then) Bethel Jr. College. During his second year he was an
assistant in the Biology Lab. He next enrolled in
Bethel Seminary where he made a (radical) change to a career path in biology. He
transferred to the University of Minnesota and earned the
BS, MS and Ph.D (Zoology) while
teaching part-time at Bethel. After graduation he served Bethel as head
of the the biology department, temporary faculty dean and dean of
students. In 1960 he took a post - doc appointment at the NIH in
Washington to work on study on the inheritance of disease in prenatal
children. Hooked on genetics he made a second radical move to
accept an offer from his doctoral advisor and joined him the Dight
Institute of Genetics and on the University faculty where he had a
distinguished career investigating the genetics of breast cancer and
epilepsy. Years later, he would tell an interviewer: "I can see
how God was leading me step by step into human genetics research."
Elving never forgot his Christian roots and lectured
at many Christian colleges in a period when Christian education was
emerging from the Bible college period. He joined the ASA and was
voted to the ASA Council in 1960. One of his more
important books On Behalf of God:
A Christian Ethic for Biology
and an article "Imaged Through the Lens
Human Personhood" written with Bruce
Reichenbach for the ETS and his early JASA article: "Personal Decisions in
Biomedical Research," reflect the wide range of his interests.
behalf of God explored two of the subjects closest to
his heart. "His idea was always that there's no inherent contradiction
between the two," said his son, Dr. Carl Anderson, a child psychiatrist
in New York. In fact, he was entirely at home in both worlds, his family
said, at a time when religious groups and scientists were often in
conflict. Anderson often found himself in the role of peacemaker, trying
to help them find common ground, his son said. "He was really very
gifted in that."
Anderson's youngest daughter, Martha Anderson, a scientist in Silver
Spring, Md., said her father was "quiet and understated" and would often
talk at home about his love of science. "He was just the consummate
professor," she said. "He was a teacher at work and at home."
President of Sigma Xi, American Scientific Affiliation, Behavior
Genetics Association, and a founder of the Institute for Advanced
Christian Studies. Volunteered with United Way, Intervarsity Christian
Fellowship, church and community.
Profile for essay on his life, Wilberforce Academy
Tribute, ASA Newsletter*
Ralph G. Archibald (1901-1990) Mathematicians.
Of Greensboro, North Carolina. His son wrote that Ralph died on 25 Apr 1990. Born in 1901 in New Brunswick, Canada, he earned a B.A. at the U. of Manitoba, an M.A. at the U. of Toronto, and a Ph.D. at the U. of Chicago, all in mathematics. He was professor emeritus of Queens College of C.U.N.Y. in Flushing, New York, where he was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. Ralph's 1970 textbook, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, was published by Charles E. Merrill in 1970. He had been an ASA member for some 30 years.
Arndt (1938-2012) Geology,
Higher Education Administration.
Sonora resident John Richard Arndt died Oct. 6 at his home after an
eight-month battle with leukemia. He was 74. Mr. Arndt was born in
Sacramento to John and Laura Maxene Arndt. Soon after, his family moved to
Portland, Ore., where he grew up. He graduated from Grant High School in
1955 and Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., with a bachelor of science degree
in geology in 1959.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963 during the Berlin Crisis.
Afterwards, he attended Oregon State University and graduated in 1965 with a
master of education in guidance and a master of science in general science.
He earned a doctorate in administration and higher education from Michigan
State University in 1970.
Mr. Arndt worked in higher education for many years. He was director
emeritus of advising and testing services at California State University,
Fresno, until retiring in 2000. He then served as a part-time adviser at
Fresno City College for six years. He moved to Sonora in 2006 when he
married Dorothy Hill Woodford.
A lifelong Christian, he was involved with several churches and InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship where he taught Bible studies. He was a member of
Sierra Bible Church in Sonora, where he served in men�s ministries and home
Bible studies. He was a religious volunteer at Sierra Conservation Center.
Arndt also volunteered as a court appointed special advocate for children
in foster care and was involved in a reading and tutoring program for
underprivileged children and with Interfaith Community Social Services
Dr. Arndt joined the ASA in 1964 as a graduate student at Oregon State
Mr. Arndt is survived by his wife of six years, Dorothy Hill Woodford Arndt,
of Sonora; his children, Scott Arndt, of Fresno, Heidi Vandemark and her
husband, Lorne, of Modesto; his grandchildren, Tyler and Kenna Vandemark, of
Modesto; his sister, Cathy Congdon, of Killingworth, Conn.; his former wife,
Jan Arndt, of Fresno; and several nieces and nephews.
The Union Democrat Oct. 16, 2012, Newsletter.*
James Guy Ashwin ( - 1996) Physiologist and Pharmacologist
Of Ottawa, Ontario died May 18, 1996. BS 1948 and MS 1953 at Saskatchewan University, PhD fro McGill He was an enthusiastic ASAer who gave many talks in churches. Jim was in a wheelchair for nearly 40 years due to polio that he contracted on the mission field. He wrote his autobiography,
God's Mountain, which, according to his wife, Myrtle, "told mostly of his faith but not of his suffering which was intense." Jim spent 1953-1955 at Ludhiana Christian Medical College in Punjab, India.
Richard P. Aulie (1927-2006) High School Biology Teacher and Historian of Science
Of Chicago, IL, died 12-6-2006. He was active in science education issues especially as they dealt with diluting the teaching of evolution. In 2001 he was on a panel discussing "Evolution and Creationism in Illinois Public Schools" that aired on Urbana PBS TV. That same year he presented a paper titled "Intelligent Design, High School Biology, and the Lessons of History" at Haverford College at a conference of the Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. Richard had a doctorate in history of science from Yale and taught in the Chicago community college system. He was active in the Chicago area Committees of Correspondence and the local ASA chapter and attended annual meetings where he contributed papers relating to his passion. He organized a major symposium on AIDS for the Chicago National Association of Biology Teachers in the 1990s.
Wayne U. Ault (1923-1996) Geologist.
Born 1-20-1923 died on 6-25-1996 in Memphis, TN. BS from Wheaton College, MS and PhD from Colombia. Wayne was an ASA Fellow who was active in the ASA for many years. He served on the ASA Council and was vice-president twice. He joined Garry Collins in authoring
Our Society in Turmoil. He was an early prot�g� of Larry Culp and worked in his lab at Columbia.. Reported on the 1959-60 eruption of the Kilauea Volcano as a geologist of the US Department of the Interior. Employed at Westwood Labs, Westwood NJ for many years, Wayne U. Ault taught at Nyack College in the 1960's and later at the Kings College NY, retiring in 1986. He then moved to TN to teach geology at Memphis State U, Memphis.
Alan R. Baldwin (1919?-1968) Science Teacher of Brookfield, Wisconsin died in 1968. He received his M.A. degree in science education from Adams State College, Alamoosa, Colorado, in 1963 and taught general science at the Brookfield Central Junior High School.
Hans E. Band
(1924-2009) Physicist, Engineer.
Born 14 October 1924 - died 04 March 2009 - of Parkinson's disease at age 84. Born in Vienna, Austria, Hans graduated from Harvard University in 1946, and earned his master's degree in physics at Boston University in 1953. He served in the Pacific theater with the U.S. Army, and later joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring as a commander after 28 years of service. Hans was an engineer, scientist, and inventor, and received several patents, including one for his pioneering work in the development of carbon-fiber composites. In retirement, he tutored mathematics at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA.*
Hans, a steadfast supporter of the ASA and a member since 1960, was convinced of the full compatibility of science and Scripture. He was a long-time member of the Carlisle MA Congregational Church. He leaves his wife, Betty of 61 years, three sons, four granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren. Tim Wallace,
Barclay (1919-2013) Zoology, UCCF General Secretary, Research
Scientists Christian Fellowship
Oliver Barclay's career in student ministry took him beyond his original
interest in teaching biology in China yet he would play a critical role in
developing organizations that sought to relate science and Evangelical
Christianity and was an encouraging influence to the "cousins" across the
water. In appreciation for his pioneering work, with the Research Scientists Christian Fellowship (later Christians in Science)
he elected by the ASA as an Honorary Fellow of the ASA. He fostered the 1965
"select" meeting of RSCF and ASA in England and general meetings of the
organizations in an 1985 meeting at Oxford
He was born in Kobe, Japan, on 22 February 1919, the son of Joseph Gurney Barclay (who served with what is now the Church Mission Society). His great grandfather was the MP Thomas Fowell Buxton who campaigned with William Wilberforce as part of the influential Clapham Sect.
Oliver first joined the small IVF team in 1945, having completed a doctorate in zoology. His original hope was to teach in one of China's newer universities, but Douglas Johnson, IVF founding General Secretary (always known as DJ), persuaded him to defer his departure by two years. As Oliver's newly-created role as Assistant Secretary took shape, it soon became clear that the universities of Britain and Ireland would instead be his life's work.
Oliver Barclay served for two years as a wartime President of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) and as Chairman of the students' national IVF Executive Committee. From his days in Trinity College, Cambridge, he formed a lifelong friendship with John Stott, also at Trinity, and two years his junior.
As Chair of the student national IVF Executive, Oliver was privy to DJ's plans that the IVF should found a Centre for Biblical Research in a university town, to strengthen the roots of the church in the then very liberal Theology faculties of the universities. What would soon become Tyndale House, Cambridge (secured in 1944 and opened in 1945) had originally belonged to a member of the Barclay family. When Oliver heard it was to be sold, he conferred straight away with DJ, as he could see the strategic benefit of its location, close to Ridley Hall and the Cambridge University Library. Financial help from John Laing (later Sir John Laing of J W Laing Construction) and others made the purchase possible, and Tyndale House now hosts one of the finest libraries for biblical research in the world.
In 1953, Oliver became the first IVF Universities Secretary, supporting the IVF travelling secretaries [now UCCF staff workers] around the four nations. The liberal hold in the university theology faculties, and in the churches, created much opposition to evangelical influences among students. When news broke in 1954 of the invitation by the CICCU to the US evangelist Billy Graham to lead the 1955 triennial university mission, with John Stott as his Chief Assistant Missioner, The
Times carried a lengthy correspondence on the matter. This was of such substance that it was later published (by The
Times) as a separate booklet.
In 1963 the government's Robbins Report was published, which led to massive expansion in higher education. In 1964 Oliver Barclay succeeded Douglas Johnson as IVF General Secretary. This was the same year his first wife, Dorothy, a consultant surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital (whom he had married in 1949) died of cancer, leaving four children. The following year, Oliver married Daisy Hickey, a family friend.
Oliver Barclay steered the Inter-Varsity Fellowship through its own significant expansion to engage with the times, as new universities and colleges were founded, and as a surge of change swept through societal norms. In 1974, under Dr Barclay's leadership, the IVF office was relocated from Bedford Square in central London to De Montfort Street, Leicester, and in 1975 the movement's name was changed to the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) to reflect the growing work in the polytechnics and colleges of education. Its publishing wing, by then known as Inter-Varsity Press (IVP) was the UK's leading evangelical publishing house.
Oliver Barclay urged clear-thinking evangelical graduates to consider two major directions: to pursue an academic career; or if ordained to apply for vacant churches in university towns. Gradually the tide of liberalism began to turn.
In retirement, Dr Barclay continued to serve on the IVP long-range planning group, and was instrumental in the founding of the UCCF Research Council to oversee the work of Tyndale House in Cambridge and the new Whitefield Institute in Oxford. He was co-founder in 1989 of the journal Science and Christian Belief, joint organ of the Victoria Institute and of Christians in Science, formerly the Research Scientists Christian Fellowship, which traced its roots back to a small group of research scientists Oliver had first drawn together in his student days.
Oliver Barclay wrote several books including Evangelicalism in Britain 1935-1995 (IVP, 1997) to which he brought a unique perspective. For some titles he adopted the pseudonym A N Triton. In the 1980s he edited a book series entitled
When Christians Disagree himself contributing to the volume on Pacifism and War. Here he showed how, now more informed than in his student years when he espoused the pacifist convictions of his Quaker forebears, he had moved to adopt the Just War theory.
He had no formal theological training but developed in himself � and cultivated in his staff � the ability to 'think theologically'. He read through Calvin's Institutes each year and prayed daily for a deeper understanding of the meaning of the death of Christ. He never lost sight of his dual task, to strengthen a witness to Christ both in the student world and among faculty.
Paul Friesen Barkman (1921-2009) Psychologist
6-1-1921 to 6-20-2009 died at Twentynine Palms, CA at age 88.
Education: A.B., Bethel College, N. Newton, KS, 1943. M.A., New York University, 1946. M.Div., New York Theological Seminary, 1946. Ph.D., New York University, 1959. Pastoral internships at 1st Presby. Church of Throgg's Neck, NYC; and 1st Presby. Church of Jersey City, NJ. Post-doctoral psychological internships at Grant County Mental Health Clinic, Marion, IN; Traverse City State Hospital, Traverse City, MI. Post-doctoral fellowship at Reiss-Davis Clinic for Child Guidance, Los Angeles.
Experience: Private practice of Clinical Psychology, 1961 to present. (Over 3,000 patients.) On the staffs of a number of psychiatric hospitals. President, Counselaid
Psychological Corp., 1972 to present. A founder and Assoc. Prof. of
Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology,
1963-70. Head, Dept. of Psychology, Taylor University, Upland, IN,
1956-63. 14 years pastor of small churches between 1942 and 1963.
Superintendent, Grace Children's Home, Henderson, NE, 1946-55. (During
this time we also raised 10 foster sons in our own home.) Other
services, including: A director of the Indiana State Mental Health
Assn.; founder and director of 4 California mental health clinics across
the Mojave Desert. Consultant to the Presbyterian Synod of Southern
California, American Baptist Churches of the Pacific. Obituary*
Marion D. Barnes Chemistry.
After high school, he attended a small college in Arkansas and later the University of Arkansas. After graduation, he secured a chemistry teaching position at City College of New York while embarking on graduate school. He later accepted a professorship teaching chemistry and qualitative analysis at Columbia University to future professional school students enlisted in the Navy during World War II
He had always wanted to work at a Christian college, so he later was hired at Wheaton College in Illinois. Right before he was to leave, he received a rare opportunity to teach at Harvard. He asked Wheaton officials if he could work briefly at Harvard before going to Wheaton to make his resume more impressive, but they said no.
A recent visit with the JASA editor served to clarify some of the mysteries surrounding Dr. Marion D. Barnes who recently left Monsanto to become Director of Industrial Research of the newly organized Sulphur Institute of Washington D. C. This activity is sponsored by the sulphur industry of the world and Marion is engaged in fundamental, exploratory and applied research on a worldwide scale. He supervises projects at Heidelberg University, University of Munich, Batelle Institute in Frankfort, Laboratory of Ponts and Chaussees in Paris, University of Dublin., Road Research Laboratory in Houndsworth., England, McGill University in Montreal Princeton University, Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio, Stanford Research Institute., Grace Chemical Company, Monsanto Chemical and the Highway Department of Edmonton, Alberta, He makes about two European trips per year and will soon be going to the Far East to start work in the underdeveloped countries of the world. The main idea is to increase the use of the copious quantities of sulphur available even to such extent as developing a sulphur "concrete" for use of the moon!(Sept 61
Newsletter) Born in 1913, Dr. Barnes began his working career as a child behind a mule near El Dorado, Ark. After high school, he attended a small college in Arkansas and later the University of Arkansas. After graduation, he secured a chemistry teaching position at City College of New York while embarking on graduate school. He later accepted a professorship teaching chemistry and qualitative analysis at Columbia University to future professional school students enlisted in the Navy during World War II.
Being in New York was quite a contrast to Arkansas, he said. "I liked the education and cultural things, but the other things about New York I didn't especially care for," he
said. He had always wanted to work at a Christian college, so he later
was hired at Wheaton College in Illinois. Right before he was to leave,
he received a rare opportunity to teach at Harvard. He asked Wheaton
officials if he could work briefly at Harvard before going to Wheaton to
make his resume more impressive, but they said no.
Barnes was the
first president of Covenant College, bringing strength to this
infant Christian institution through his varied experience.
He was very
active in the ASA, especially in the early years when he was the
founding editor of The Journal of the American Scientific
Affiliation (January 1949). Newsletter*
Richard B. Barrueto
Richard Sidney Beal, Jr. (1916 - 2015) Zoology.
Born in Victor,
Colorado, to Richard Sr. and Mona Lelia (Ballfinch) Beal on May
7, 1916, he died Jan. 29, 2015, in Wenatchee,
Washington. Dick's career as
cleric-naturalist was more characteristic of the British
tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries than than in the USA. Before his
second birthday, his parents moved to Tucson, Arizona, where his father had been called to pastor the First Baptist Church. In
1941, he married Wilma Juhree (Billie) Gibbons of Tucson. After
graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1941 Richard entered the
ministry, first becoming pastor of the Grace Baptist
Church of Phoenix, then of the First Baptist Church of
Joined the ASA in 1956 Richard B. Barrueto died March 10, 2010, at age 82. He was born in Guatemala City and became a biochemist. His many charitable and philanthropic activities included Latin America Mission, Rotary International, and the Fellowship Foundation. He was chairman of the board of Agros International,
committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for rural families in Central America and Mexico by enabling landless communities to achieve land.
In 1947, convinced God had given him
gifts for teaching rather than the pastorate, he began a
teaching career at Westmont College in Santa Barbara,
California. While there, his first son, Richard III, was born.
In 1948, he took a teaching position at the San Francisco
Baptist College, and began work on a Ph.D. degree at the
University of California in entomology. On completing his
doctorate, he became a professor of systematic theology at
Denver Seminary while searching for a position in biology. In 1953, while he was on summer vacation in
Tucson, his son Andrew Allen Beal was born. In 1956, he was
invited to work as a research entomologist for the Department of
Agriculture with assignment to the Smithsonian Institution,
where he worked until 1958, when he became a professor of zoology at Arizona
State University. In 1962, he was transferred to Northern
Arizona University. In 1965, he became Dean of the Graduate
College and Research, a position he held until his retirement at
NAU in 1983. He contributed many
specimens to the UC Berkeley Essig Museum of Entomology.
His wife, Billie, passed away in 1986 after
a lengthy illness. That year he became an interim pastor at
Faith Baptist Church in Cornona, California. In 1987, he married
his longtime friend Evorine Brewer. They moved to Lakewood,
Colorado, where both were on the faculty of Colorado Christian
University until their retirements in 1994. That fall they moved
to Prescott, Arizona. Dick and Evorine moved to East Wenatchee,
Washington, to be close to family in 2011. In his retirement, he
enjoyed studying beetles, including publishing several articles
in scientific journals. He also authored four books.
Dr. Beal earned his B.S. degree with a major in Zoology at the
University of Arizona and his Ph.D. degree in Entomology at the
University of California, Berkeley. His career included teaching
Systematic Theology at Denver Seminary.
Beal linked his
premillennialist eschatology with his environmental concerns in
a 1994 PSCF
disputing Al Truesdale's
assertion that "evangelicals with premillennial convictions have
abdicated their responsibility towards the environment by
subscribing to a belief in an earth under a sentence of
destruction at the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ."
attended the 2000 ASA Annual Meeting. Newsletter,
AZ Daily Courier*
Ronald W. Beery (1935-2015) Physicist.
Ron Beery passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Alice, four children, and five grandchildren. He was a professor of physics at Hope College and the president and founder of Audio Scripture Ministries, a recording and translation ministry. He was a member at Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Jenison, a historian and a fix it man. Ron joined the ASA in 1960. In 1966 he served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids section of the ASA.
Henry R. Beilstein (1923-2004) Bacteriology.
Henry, 83, died of prostate cancer July 10, 2004. He joined the Philadelphia Public Health Department in 1945 and remained there 33 years,
becoming head bacteriologist in clinical microbiology during the mid-1950 's and finally director of public health laboratories, overseeing evaluations for the water department. He was active in research throughout much of his career. After retiring from that post in 1979, he taught and conducted research for eight years at Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. He took a degree program from Philadelphia School of the Bible graduating in 1949 and taught SS classes at Berachah Church in Cheltenham PA for most of his life.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsletter.*
Chris Beling (1956-2010) Physicist.
Died in accident (June 18, 2010). Son's tribute to professor who died saving brother-
Devon County News (UK)"The son of the man who died trying to save his brother in difficulties off Preston Beach last week has paid a fond tribute to his father. Chris Beling, a professor of physics at the University of Hong Kong, suffered heart failure as he swam out to rescue his younger brother Jeremy from the sea on June 18. His brother survived but Chris, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene, despite efforts to revive him by his teenage daughter Cathy and paramedics. An inquest will not be held as the death was by natural causes, according to the coroner's office.
Professor Beling leaves a widow Evelyn, daughter Cathy and son John. He was the son of retired Paignton vicar David Beling and his wife Anne. The funeral service
was held at St Paul's Church. Friends and family from across the world are expected to attend the service of thanksgiving followed by interment at Torquay Cemetery.
Professor Beling was educated at Torquay Grammar School and won a scholarship to study physics at Keble College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a first-class honours degree. He later moved to Hong Kong and took a post as assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong where he spent 23 years.
Son John, a second year physics student at Liverpool University, said, "My dad not only taught his students with passion, but also wanted them to think critically and challenge their beliefs concerning matters of science and faith and their relationship with Christianity." "My dad became very interested in the theory of intelligent design, which is the assertion or belief that physical and biological systems observed in the universe result from purposeful design by an intelligent being rather than from chance or undirected natural processes. He always tried to voice his opinion on the subject and try to bridge the gap between Christianity and science, believing that science and Christianity were not in conflict with one another". He added: "We have received many messages and phone calls after the news of dad's death reached his students. They all said what a passionate professor and lecturer he was, and how much they appreciated his openness for discussion inside and outside lectures." "My dad always made time for his students and sometimes there would be very little family time together. But when we did have it, we appreciated the time we had with him. "He loved us so much because he really always had our best interests in mind, and always told me the importance of making time for others. He told me to continue to fight for freedom of thought in the scientific community." "My dad saw no conflict between science and Christianity. He loved Jesus with all his life, and even risked his life to save his agnostic brother." Chris joined the ASA in 2003.
Memorial: A Great Loss to the Department of Physics by Professor F C Zhang, Head of Physics
Chris came to Hong Kong from The University College London where he was a lecturer. It was a time when the department had not yet assumed the role it would play in research, and Chris' s active and pioneer studies in positron physics contributed significantly to that transition. His more lasting contribution was the spirit of research in experimental physics that he cultivated in the department, through his mentoring of research students and encouragement to technical staff. Undergraduate students were by no means ignored. Chris' kind and unselfish readiness to interact with them made him a popular teacher. Despite his profound interest and deep understanding of his subject, Chris was one of those of unusual spiritual conviction. It was of no surprise to see him on the opposite side of an argument with colleagues, but his willingness to listen to different voices always ensured respect for his position. In the midst of his hectic schedule,
Chris could always spare time to be a model husband and father. All these incidents truly reflect Chris's outstanding personal qualities devoted, conscientious, kind, hard-working, unassuming, patient and modest. He lacked the slightest hint of arrogance which sometimes characterizes professors, and it was this humility that especially endeared him to all his students and colleagues.
Paul Bender (1899-1990) Physics
From Goshen, Indiana, born on Jun 26 1899, died on September 13 at age 91. Paul graduated from Hesston College, earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the State U. of Iowa, taught physics at Hesston and then at Goshen College, where he also served as registrar. He was at Goshen when Harold Hartzler joined him there in the Physics Dept in 1937. Paul's paper, "A Physicist's Glimpse of God," appeared in Vol. 1, No. 2, of JASA (May 1949) and for many years he attended every ASA Annual Meeting. He was a member of the College Mennonite Church of Goshen. On Dec. 25, 1929, he was married to Bertha Burkholder, who died July 1, 1978. Surviving are one grandson and one sister (Ruth Bender). One daughter (Alice) preceded him in death. Since 1987 he had lived at Greencroft Nursing Center, where Harold
Hartzler was able to visit him and read articles to him from Perspectives.
Newsletter, Find a Grave Memorial, Archives of the Mennonite
Church, Goshen, Indiana.*
Russell Verner Benson(1928-2009) Mathematics
Carlsberg CA. B.E.E., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California in Math. Joined the ASA in 1971, emeritus professor of mathematics, Cal. State, Fullerton, died Feb. 22 of a rare form of leukemia. He was 80. Benson joined the campus in 1965 as an associate professor and served for 18 years. A specialist in geometry, he authored Euclidean Geometry and Convexity, published in 1966 by McGraw Hill Book Co., and was a member of the Mathematics Association of America, American Mathematical Society and Orange County Math Association. In 1970, Benson served as a visiting lecturer to Orange County high schools under the sponsorship of the MAA-Southern California Section, and instituted a National Science Foundation-sponsored, 12-week summer institute in mathematics for educators from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern and Butte counties, as well as Oregon and New Mexico. Benson earned his doctorate at USC and had taught at Long Beach State, as well as Long Beach and Los Angeles City colleges. Benson also earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 54 years. Cal. State Bio.*
Peter G. Berkhout MD (1895-1966)
Physician was killed instantly on 19 July 1966 in the Colorado Rockies when his car plunged off the road and was dashed against a boulder 30 feet below. Mrs. Berkhout, who was driving, was unhurt, their 16-year old daughter was treated for shock. Dr. Berkhout, the only occupant of the car not wearing
a seatbelt was thrown out and crushed between the car and boulder. Dr. Berkhout had practiced medicine in Paterson, New Jersey, for 33 years and was an outstanding leader in community affairs and in the Christian Reformed church. He was a trustee of Calvin College and active in the affairs of the New York section of the ASA.
Howard Mattson puts it this way:
"We will miss him here. He had been active in ASA affairs since the local chapter was formed, and he was elected to our executive committee this year. He had also been active in the Christian Reformed churches in the area with discussions on 'The Bible of Nature'. He used the term to include "all that God has revealed to us outside the Scriptures." He further maintained that we are wrong in our tendency to throw out anything which science discovers that appears to be out of harmony with what we find in Scripture; that we should no more be dogmatic here than with the "apparent contradictions" we find in Scripture itself. In sum, he said: "Let us not be satisfied until we have put all (the truths and facts the Bible of Nature offers us) into the framework of the Holy Bible. *
George J. Bertsche (1926-1997) Electrical Engineer
From Woodburn, IN died on June 18, 1997. He was an electronics design engineer at ITT in Ft. Wayne, IN. George got his BSEE from Purdue U. in 1951 and a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary in 1957. George was first introduced to ASA by Hendrick Oorthuys at Purdue. George considered that ASA's main effort should be to deal with issues and work with students. His wife of 44 years died in 2000.
E. Paul Arveson.
Allen H. Bilderback (1915-2002) Pastor, Missionary, Social Worker
Born Nov. 3, 1915 in Seattle, WA and passed away February 23, 2002
in Tacoma, WA. Graduate of Lincoln High School, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington. Twenty-five-year ASA veteran Allen Bilderback died of pneumonia at age 87. He was a Free Methodist missionary to Burundi, then pastor and finally social worker.
His favorite article in
JASA (predecessor of Perspectives) was Edward Kessel's "A Proposed Biological Interpretation of the Virgin Birth" (Sept. 1983). He found the possible explanation of parthenogenesis liberating and handed out many copies of this article in his Sunday school class. His son Don Bilderback comments: As an amateur scientist and a student of the Scriptures, dad found many connections between science and faith issues that I've never heard others talk about. His astronomical dating of the book of Revelation from the vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Rev. 6:1-8 is unique. He interpreted the vision in terms of planets and constellations, making the ordinary assumptions for the story of the stars known for thousands of years. He concluded that the vision was seen around Nov. 4, 96 AD plus or minus 10 days (Allen Bilderback,
Revelation and Apocalyptic Symbols [Puyallup, WA: Valley Press, 1991], partially online at www.lightlink.com/donald). He interpreted Ezekiel's vision of wheels as halos around the Sun due to refraction of light from ice crystals... Dad gave a paper on these findings at one of the ASA annual meetings (Eastern U. in PA, I believe) and the material was received as being on the
John C. W. Bliese (1913-2000) Biology
Of Kearney, NE, Born March 10, 1913, passed away Nov. 27, 2000 at 87. He was a retired biologist interested in science education. Awarded a life membership by the Assoc. of Midwestern Biology Teachers in 1978. Served as President Nebraska Academy of Science 1965-66. He was born March 10, 1913 in Waterloo, Iowa to August and Caroline (Kolm) Bliese. He graduated from East Waterloo High School in 1931 and received his bachelor degree in biology from Iowa State Teachers College in 1935. He received a masters degree from Columbia University in 1936, and his doctorate in economic zoology from Iowa State College in 1953. He also receive additional schooling at the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, State University of Iowa, Colorado State College and the University of Colorado.
He taught biology and physical sciences at Cedar Falls High School and at Teachers College High School, both in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
He was an instructor of biological sciences at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Iowa State College in Ames. He moved to Kearney, NE, in 1953 where he was a full-time biology professor at Kearney State College until retiring in 1983. He served as head of the biology department from 1962 to 1966. The John C. W. Bliese Biology Laboratory at UNK was dedicated on May 13, 1987. Both Wife Margaret (1913-1995) and one Son, John Ross Edward Bliese (1943-2009) preceded him in death. Buried in Kearney Cemetery, Buffalo Co., NE*
Rex Vernon Blumhagen (1920-2012) MD
Of West Chicago IL.
Rex Vernon Blumhagen, who later in life helped start the emergency room at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, brought health care to rural areas of Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. With a fearless sense of adventure and an approachable personality, Dr. Blumhagen made inroads in remote regions where people rarely had access to health care. "My father was unbelievably friendly with people," said his daughter Susan Fullerton. "He could never speak the language in Afghanistan, but he could always communicate by his manner and his friendliness and his sheer ability to connect with people." Dr. Blumhagen, 92, died of malignant melanoma on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at his home in West Chicago, his daughter said.
He was born in Montana and grew up in Washington state, receiving a bachelor's degree from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. There he met his wife, Jeanne, to whom he was married in 1943. Dr. Blumhagen was in the Army during World War II and received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1946.
He was enamored with Afghanistan from a young age. After medical school, he worked with the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky, caring for the poor in rural Appalachia. "He felt that Kentucky would be good training for the rural medical world," his daughter said. After working first at a county hospital in California and then in private practice in Madera, Calif.,
Dr. Blumhagen went to Afghanistan in 1960. He worked as a doctor in the U.S. Embassy, treating the American community in Kabul. He remained in Kabul for four years, returning to California briefly before signing up to work with a nongovernmental organization in Afghanistan that providing medical care in rural areas. He worked to establish clinics and a hospital in the countryside. "He was just so adventurous," his daughter said. "When they first went there, they bought an old school bus and they would drive all over the country on these tiny little roads and would set up a clinic in a town. The people there had absolutely no medical care, so when he would come they would just flock to him." What Dr. Blumhagen lacked in language skills, he could not speak Persian or Pashto he made up for with a winsome personality. As a term of respect and endearment, Afghans would call the bearded Dr. Blumhagen "Whitebeard," his daughter said. In 1973, with the overthrow of Afghanistan's monarch and growing Islamic power, Dr. Blumhagen and his wife were ejected from the country. They returned to the U.S. and settled near their children in Wheaton, and he became one of Central DuPage Hospital's founding emergency room doctors.
"Emergency was the best place for him, since he had been away and in a place like Afghanistan where he had exposure to doing all different kinds of medicine that people in the States hadn't been doing," his daughter said. Wheaton real estate agent Mary Kane, who was the office manager for the hospital's emergency room in the 1970s, recalled Dr. Blumhagen's caring manner with patients and his enthusiastic interest in others. "The thing that always bothered him the most was if a parent wasn't taking care of their children," Kane said. "He was emphatic about that." Dr. Blumhagen retired from Central DuPage Hospital in 1986. He and his wife subsequently started an
care clinic, Stratford Urgent Care, in Bloomingdale, IL. He had been an
ASA member for the past 15 years. Chicago Tribune.*
John L. (Jack) Blizzard ( -1994)
Died on Nov. 5, 1994 after having been diagnosed a year earlier as having ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Taught at Evangel University, Springfield MO (1965-1994). He continued his college teaching until May. His last days were spent writing on the topic of science and the Bible. Jack's wife, Ruth, mentioned that he had great respect for many ASA members and their work.
Newsletter and other
Stanley M. Block (1923-2005) Mechanical Engineering
82, died Oct 22, 2005 in Carol Stream, IL. He served in the Army during WWII. After obtaining his B.S, MS, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering
from U. of Minnesota, he served as prof. of industrial engineering at U. of Minnesota, then at U. of Chicago, then chairman of the Dept. of
Industrial Engineering at IL Inst. of Tech. Later he was professional lecturer and consultant to several companies, and labor arbitrator.
He was heavily involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in various parts of the world. He also sang in the church choir. Ray Brand*
Donald C. Boardman (1913-1988) Geology.
Died at home in San Diego, California, on 7 December 1988, a few weeks past his 75th birthday. He had served on the ASA Executive Council from 1968-72, was a consulting editor for the ASA's Journal for many years, and was president when ASA employed its first full-time executive secretary. At the 1987 Colorado Springs Meeting, he gave a paper and first felt a symptom of the cancer that took his life a year and a half later.
Born in Adria, Washington, Don grew up in Fillmore, California. When he was
fifteen, his mother and a sister were among the 600 flood victims
when the St. Francis dam burst. Perhaps that influenced him to study geology. After a year at Biola, he
transferred to Wheaton College. In 1938, he graduated and married
Betty Baillie, went on for an M.S. at the U. of Iowa and a Ph.D. at
Wisconsin. Don was a member of many professional societies and a
Fellow of the Geological Society of America reconstructed by Don and students over an 11 year period Don Boardman was a born teacher. He
taught geology at Wheaton College from 1940 to 1979, with 1942-46 out for service in the Pacific in WWII. On Saipan he was " president"
of "Saipan U.," teaching illiterate enlisted personnel to read and write despite opposition from bigoted Navy brass.
Back at Wheaton, he
chaired the Geology Dept. for many years and directed the Wheaton Science Station in South Dakota's Black Hills (where ASA held its
Annual Meeting in 1952). On leave from Wheaton in 1959-60, he went to Peshawar, Pakistan, as a SEATO Professor to establish a department
geology. In 1974-75 he went back to the same department as a Fulbright Professor, driving from Germany to Pakistan and back, 6,800 miles
way, camping more than half the nights. (Betty: "An interesting and entertaining man to be married to.") Don was active in the College
Church and at times in Wheaton politics. In the late '60s and throughout the '70s the Boardmans threw their support behind inner-city
LaSalle Community Church in Chicago. When Don retired in 1979, they moved to San Diego and became active in Rancho Bernardo Community
Presbyterian Church. They celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in England at the ASA Oxford Meeting, with the whole family on hand.
The family was together again at Lake Tahoe in August 1988 to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. Don leaves three children: science teacher
Ann Hein (Mrs. Robert H.), a second-generation ASA member; Barbara, married to Richard Herd, geologist and CSCA member, Donald, Jr.; and
six grandchildren. The family asked that memorial gifts be sent to the LaSalle Community Church (office, 300 W. Hill St., Chicago, IL 60610).
Robert L. Bohon (1925 - 2003) Physical Chemistry
78, of White Bear Twp., MN died unexpectedly on Nov. 21 while on vacation in Jackson, MS,
due to a massive viral infection. Bob graduated from the U. of Illinois in 1946 majoring in chemical engineering and earned his PhD in physical
chemistry in 1950. He was employed for ten years at the Anderson Physical Laboratory. In 1956 he joined 3M. For 33 years, he worked in central
research and environmental labs. Bob retired as the director of analytical & properties research. He worked on developing solid rocket propellants
and researched ways to reduce pollution.
Bob's life was defined by more than his work. His zest for life and unrelenting desire to learn and challenge
himself was demonstrated through his mentoring and volunteer work with S.C.O.R.E. & East Metro Women's Council; SMM, world travels, church choir
director, and devotion to youth. He loved his violin and his fellow musicians with the 3M Club Symphony, the Lakewood Community Orchestra
and his string quartet "Con Brio". He loved genealogy, writing, tennis, skiing, sailing, dancing, a good laugh, and most importantly, his God,
family and the church. V. Elving Anderson called him "a wonderful scientist, believer and friend." Walt Hearn published a tribute in 1988
now at: www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1988/PSCF12-88Hearn.html. Newsletter *
Hessel "Bud" Bouma III (1951 - 2015) Genetics, Medical Ethics
Bud Bouma served as Professor of
Biology at Calvin College for 37 years and was a member of Church of
the Servant. An alumnus of Calvin College he received his PhD in
human genetics from the University of Texas Medical Branch and did
postdoctoral work ay the University of California, San Diego. He
served on the ethics committees of several local hospitals and for a
decade was on the Board of Hospice of Michigan.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ruth Bouma and their four children.
From Calvin Remembers:
At 6 a.m. on most weekdays the lights have
been on in DeVries Hall 221. That office belonged to Hessel “Bud”
Bouma III, 64, who died on Saturday, May 2, after a brief battle
with an aggressive metastatic melanoma. That illumination in DH 221
represented Bouma’s dedication to the institution he served for 36
years. “He was somebody who was disciplined, detail-oriented and
hard working,” said Arlene Hoogewerf, chair of the biology
department at Calvin College. “If
he was in charge of putting something together, he would have done
it really, really well.”
A leader in his field
Bouma joined the biology department at Calvin College in 1978 after
receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and completing a
postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.
He regularly taught cellular biology courses, but as his interests
evolved, he took a leadership role with the department, college,
community and denomination in the field of medical ethics. Bouma published
a book and numerous book chapters and articles considering the
ethics of many current societal issues, including capital
punishment, genetic testing, human sexuality, reproductive
technologies, end-of-life issues, genetically modified organisms and
embryonic stem cell research. He regularly taught “Perspectives in
Medicine” as a capstone course and the non-majors “Human Biology”
course where he developed a Moral Issues Readers that has been used
both at Calvin and other universities as a way to help students
study, discuss and make Christ-centered informed moral choices on
various biomedical ethical dilemmas relevant to today’s
society. While Bouma’s expertise on medical ethics was sought after
by media, church groups, synodical committees and hospital boards,
he never lost sight of his primary audience: his students.
An encouragement to students
“He was a kind, understanding and warm man,” said Rebecca Ajuonuma,
a senior organizational communication major, who took a class with
Bouma last summer. “The last day of the summer session was a hectic
one for me. I had to take the third test for the class, my final
exam, and head to the airport right afterwards. Professor Bouma did
everything he could to make sure my stress level was reduced. He
even drove me to the airport because I didn’t have a ride and I was
going to take a taxi.” Erika Steensma, a junior biology major
remembers the advice Bouma gave her when she agreed to work as a lab
assistant in his Biology 115 lab: “‘Make sure you take the time to learn
all of the students names. It really helps to build a connection
when you can call someone by his or her name. And if you see them
outside of class, make sure to greet them or give them a wave, so
that you can start to build relationships with the students.’ This
was the approach that Professor Bouma took with his students; he
really strove to make each person feel special and cared for.”
“He was an absolutely remarkably sensitive professor and I often
thought he would have made an awesome grandfather,” said Calvin
senior biochemistry major Marcia Beare. “He just had that gentle way
about him.” “I
think one thing that continually amazed me was how he kept track and
in contact with a number of students after they graduated,” said
Rich Nyhof, a longtime colleague of Bouma’s in the biology
department. “When something came up in a department meeting he would
say, ‘oh this is what this person is doing now.’ He knew them. He
knew the details of their lives. He kept up with a lot of students.”
A servant of his colleagues
And while his colleagues remember him as a man who cared for his
students, they also appreciate him for the work he did on their
behalf, serving on numerous department-wide (scholarships and
hospitality) and college-wide (professional status, faculty senate,
planning and priorities) committees. “He was really quite a
servant,” said Hoogewerf. “He would always prepare, always come to
those committee meetings having read, done the homework, thought
about questions that had to be asked.” “Bud will be deeply missed at
Calvin College, and I think it will be nearly impossible to replace
the unique gifts, talents and perspectives that he brought to our
department and the rest of the college,” wrote biology professor and
longtime friend John Ubels. “He was one professor that left a mark
on my life and I will never forget him. I will miss him greatly,”
Bud joined the ASA in 1974. He was very active in national
meetings and with the local section and published inPSCF.
He was head of the bioethics commission, an ASA Fellow and served on
the ASA Council for a five year term. He was program chair of the 2006 ASA annual meeting held at Calvin College.
Joseph H. Boutwell Jr. MD
( - 2000) Biochemistry, medicine
Of Atlanta, GA, died September 14, 2000. He was a medical doctor interested in the history and philosophy of
science. "Pie" received the 12th AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions through Service to Clinical Chemistry as a Profession, in 1977. Dr. Boutwell was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.S. degree (chemistry) from Wheaton College, Ill., and then went to Northwestern
University, where he obtained the M.S., the Ph.D. (biochemistry), and the M.D. degrees. He then moved to Philadelphia, where at Temple
University he progressed from assistant, associate, to professor of biochemistry at the School of Medicine, and was director of the Clinical
Chemistry Laboratory. In 1966, he became deputy chief of the Medical Laboratory Section at the National Communicable Disease Center (now Center
for Disease Control at Atlanta, Ga. In 1969, he was appointed chief of the Licensure and Development Branch; in 1972, the director of the Clinical
Chemistry Division; in 1975, acting assistant director, Bureau of Laboratories, and in 1976, its deputy director.
Dr. Boutwells fields of special
interest have been in clinical chemistry, quality control, and clinical and public health laboratory practice. He is the author of a number of papers,
four manuals, a book on clinical chemistry, and a monograph on quality control. Dr. Boutwell became a member of the AACC Philadelphia Section in 1954,
and served as chairman in 1960. He has served on many national AACC Committees: the Committee on Standards in 1965 and in 1966, when he became chairman;
the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws in 1969-70; and as a member of the Board of Editors of Clinical Chemistry, 1968-72. In 1972, he served as
president of the AACC. After 1973, he was on the Long-Range Planning Committee and met with the Committee on Professional Relations as a member of
the American Chemical Society Committee on Clinical Chemistry. He is a founding member of the National Registry, and is on the board of directors of
the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Besides the AACC, he is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Medical Association, the
American Public Health Association, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and has been a CDC Liaison Member of the National
Council for Health Laboratory Services, and on the FDA Advisory Committee on In Vitro Diagnostic Products. He has been adjunct professor of biochemistry,
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. from 1971 until the present. AACC. Joseph is an ASA old-timer. He has just retired from the U.S. Public Health
Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe is a Wheaton alumnus who went on to get M.S., Ph.D., and M.D. degrees at Northwestern. He taught
physiological chemistry at Temple University before joining USPHS and moving to Atlanta. "
John W. Brabner-Smith (1901-2000) Lawyer
Of Vero Beach, FL died Feb. 22, 2000 at age 99. Born to Methodist missionary parents in 1900 in Little Falls, MN, he graduated from Yale U. (1925), Yale Law School (JD, 1927), and Northwestern Law school (JSD, 1931), practiced corporate law, then taught at Northwestern. He then moved to Washington, DC to become special assistant to the Attorney General of the US. He worked on the historic Lindberg kidnapping case and the prosecution of Al Capone. He was also elder and trustee of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington. While in the US Army, he was promoted to colonel. He practiced international law during WW II as chief of the Provost Marshal General's legal office.
He was involved in the Allied Control Council in Germany and the War Crimes Trials in Japan. In 1972 Dean John W. Brabner-Smith and four other
prominent attorneys founded the International School of Law in a church basement in the District of Columbia. In 1979 this law school merged with George Mason University, which is the state university in Northern Virginia. Brabner-Smith possessed a highly distinctive vision of legal education that to this day influences us and other law schools, notably some that are religiously affiliated. After Brabner-Smith laid the cornerstone, two other deans succeeded him: Ralph Norvell and Henry Manne. Each of these deans also possessed a highly distinctive vision of legal education, especially Henry Manne who is one of the four acknowledged founders of law and economics. He also authored many articles on constitutional law. George Mason University,
Neil Orin Brace (1924-2013) Organic Chemistry
Former Wheaton College professor Neal Orin Brace, 91, died July 27, 2013 in his
home in Carol Stream, IL. Dr. Brace was born in Osceola, WI to Cleo W. and Alice
L. (Krienke) Brace. In high school he was active in music, sports, and church
life. Dr. Brace graduated from the University of Minnesota and served in the U.
S. Army Air Corps as an instructor at the Radio and Radar School at Yale
University. After the war, Dr. Brace enrolled in the University of Illinois and
completed his doctoral degree in organic chemistry. It was in Champaign, IL that
Dr. Brace met his first wife, Evelyn Larson. Together they raised seven children; Judy, David, Nancy, Linda, Sharon, John and Roger; all survive. Brace worked
for Eastman Kodak and the DuPont Company as a research chemist, before moving in
1963 to Chicago, where he taught at North Park College. Dr. Brace spent the
greatest part of his career at Wheaton College teaching Chemistry where he
especially enjoyed the challenge of preparing pre-medical students.
Neil's first association with the ASA was with the Wilmington DE section in the
middle 1950s. He with 14 other ASA Delaware section Chemists had met a number of
their peers at the 1958 ACS Meeting in Philadelphia. His 1959 JASA
described the activities of a active local section of the time.
years, Dr. Brace served as a research consultant for Ciba-Geigy Corporation. His
laboratory and classroom successes allowed him to travel to China, Germany, and
Russia at a time when foreign travel was less common.
Dr. Brace received
numerous awards including the Humboldt Prize and he participated as a Fulbright
Scholar. He wrote widely in the area of organo-fluorine chemistry and held
multiple patents. Dr. Brace was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He is
survived by his wife of 17 years, Marilynn (Wikholm Bach) Brace. Dr. Brace was
predeceased by his sisters Lily Setter, Fern Bruner and brother Robert Brace. He
is survived by his brothers, Ray Brace and Leo Brace.
Maurice T. Brackbill (1891-1962)
Mathematics Professor emeritus of mathematics at Eastern Mennonite College, died Sep. 18, 1962. Professor Brackbill was born May 11, 1891, near Lancaster, Pa., the son of Aldus and Lizzie Brackbill. He received a BA at Hesston College and a BS and MA in astronomy at the University of Virginia. He also took graduate work in astronomy at the Universities of Kansas and Michigan. He was married to Ruth Mininger in 1932 and she preceded him in death on April 30, 1962. They had no children. Professor Brackbill joined the faculty of Eastern Mennonite College in 1919. He taught a wide variety of courses ranging from agriculture to zoology in the fledgling institution. He was appointed head of the department which he designated
Physastromath and was chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences until he suffered a stroke in Jan. 1956 which ended his teaching career.
He joined the ASA in 1949 and later was elected to the grade of fellow. He served as host to the 9th convention which met on the EMC campus in 1954.
Although most of his education was in mathematics and astronomy, his special interest in literature and ability in speech was demonstrated in many ways. His reading of
Dickens A Christmas Carol became an annual treat to the student body. He cherished the idea that the
Bible, being the word of God, possesses supreme literary quality; however his ultimate concern in the scriptures was spiritual and not merely literary. He saw beauty in mathematics, particularly geometry, and was deeply interested in the integration of scientific knowledge and the scriptures. A classroom discussion of a neat mathematical concept was often the cue for the interpretative reading of a corresponding scriptural gem.
His laboratory was a maze of intriguing wires and hand-made gadgets which aroused students curiosity. He delighted in collecting simple toys with a lot of physics in them, such as dunking ducks, topsy-turvy, etc. He had little faith in ordinary toggle switches, and being endowed with dry skin, he was unable to understand or appreciate the apprehension of many of his students at the use of open knife switches on 110 volts A. C. Because of a perennially small budget, he made much of the demonstration apparatus. The only recompense for these hundreds of hours in the shop was a sort of fierce satisfaction in having made something better and for less cost then from Cenco.
M. T. Brackbill's greatest interest in life began in 1910 when he saw Halleys comet. Of this experience he wrote in characteristic fashion, Saw Halleys comet in the early morning beyond the barn in the southeast. Not having read the newspaper I missed the privilege of being badly frightened by the alarming new. � His fascination by astronomy increased with the purchase of a 2-inch telescope in 1929. In 1930 he founded the Astral Society, a student extracurricular club with six charter members. In 1934 he published the Astra-Guide, a 13-inch adjustable planisphere. M. T. Brackbill was an imaginative writer, particularly in the area of popular astronomy. Among his publications are the following:
Heaven and the Glory of the Sunset (Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pa., 1924), 45 pp.
Christian Companion (YCC), a series of articles in 1937-38. (Mennonite Publ. House). Evenings with the Stars, 1943-44; reprinted as a booklet, 1945 (Mennonite Publ. House).
Stars from Starrywood, YCC Series in 1948-50. JASA, Vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 22-27, March 1951.
If the Stars Appeared Only One Night in a Thousand Years, The Sky, Vol. 1, no. 10, p. 15, Oct. 1937.
Sky and Telescope, Vol. 2, no. 11, p. 15, Sep. 1943. The Heavens Declare (Moody Press, Chicago, 1959), 128 pp.
Through his persistence and charm he was able to develop astronomical facilities at the college second in the state only to those at the University of Virginia. The existence of Vesper Heights Observatory, the Astral Hall, and associated instruments valued at over $25,000 in the frugal economy of the eastern Mennonite constituency is an amazing tribute to his ability to communicate his love of the stars to laymen. Professor Brackbill was a poetic and imaginative soul. Scientific facts could not remain cold fish to him but were manifestations of the glory of God and fit subjects to be rhapsodized upon in verse. A sample of his whimsical verse is given below. He was truly a celestial citizen and his ability to transcend ones thoughts from the mundane materialistic to the glories of the heavenly will be missed by those who knew him. Robert
C. Lehman, Associate Professor of Physics, Eastern Mennonite College.
Taken from JASA, March 1963, pp. 3:
"There was a little atom once, his name was Hydrogen.
Elusive little chap it was
For none knew if nor when
Nor what it was till Cavndish came
And proved that it existed,
And in the theory Dalton wrote
Its pedigree was listed.
The atom was a tiny mite
In metal, milk or lumber;
But billions, billions of them
When Avogadro got their number.
Some said it is a sort of brick
Or tiny little ball;
But Bohr said it was onion-like
And not a brick at all.
The onion shells were little tracks
Whereon electrons sped,
Sometimes close to the nucleus,
And sometimes not, he said.
But Hydrogen was very poor:
Electrons it had one;
But it could jump from shell to shell
And have a lot of fun,
Unless a quantum big came
So Bohr theorized
And bunted little electron off
And atom unionized.
Then Uhlenbeck and Goudsmit |
The atom looked within,
And claimed they saw electrons
Indulging in a spin.
The nucleus all the while reposed
And long in safety trusted,
Till Lawrence came with protons swift
And right into it busted.
And little lectron soon was doomed
Why now Professor Barker takes
And puts it in a well,
Ding dong bell, Lectron in a well;
Who'll pull it out?
Och my! Its not about!
But where it is seems no one knows
Unless Mr. Shrody
Since his equation says its here Probably or maybe.
But now at latest count we see come on quite a jog;
For Eectron circles round no more
But simply makes a fog! " Maurice T. Brackbill.
C. Henry "Hank"
Bradley (1930 - 2014)
C. Henry Bradley, age 83, a
resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, IL, died Monday, August
18, 2014, at Central DuPage Hospital in
Winfield, IL. He was born December 26, 1930 in Baltimore, MD.
Hank grew up in Baltimore, and graduated from Baltimore
Polytechnic High School.
attended Wheaton College and graduated in 1953. In August of 1952,
Hank married Barbara "Bobbi” Brown, a 1952 Wheaton graduate. In
preparation for a missionary career in Bible translation, Hank also
completed an M.A. in Biblical Literature at Wheaton. After
completing two semesters of linguistic training offered by the
Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) at the University of Oklahoma,
Hank and Bobbi joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and went to Mexico
in 1955 to translate the Bible for the Mixtec Indians of southern
Over the next 25 years, along with the help of about
15 local Mixtec men, Hank and Bobbi completed the translation of the
New Testament into the Jicaltepec dialect of Mixteco. With the New
Testament in their language, the Mixtec church grew from less than a
handful of believers to several thousand believers in about 20 or so
different congregations, reaching to all the villages where the
language is spoken. The Mixtec church is now well into its third
generation of believers.
During this time Hank and Bobbi also
did a number of other things related to their work among the Mixtecs.
These included earning advanced degrees in linguistics and
anthropology, serving their colleagues in Mexico in a variety of
elected and appointed positions, and teaching linguistics and
translation skills to aspiring Bible translators each summer at one
or another of the Summer Institutes of Linguistics sponsored by
Wycliffe. Hank also taught anthropology at Judson College in Elgin,
IL for a period of six years when he and Bobbi needed to be in the
US. After that time Hank was asked to serve as the international
anthropology coordinator for Wycliffe and SIL in Dallas, which he
did for nine years. He was also asked to help in a special situation
in Southeast Asia, which he did for another three years.
August 1999, several years after Bobbi’s diagnosis with leukemia,
Hank and Bobbi moved to Wheaton to be near their sons and
grandchildren. They retired from active status with Wycliffe in
2001. Bobbie died July 28, 2001.
On August 16, 2003, Hank
married Grace E. Woodberry, a Wheaton College classmate whose
parents served on the mission field in China.
intervening years Hank never forgot the Mixtec people in Jicaltepec,
Mexico, and when the younger believers there decided in the mid
2000’s that they would like to translate the Old Testament into
their language, Hank was pleased to assist them. He served as a
consultant for a team of Mixtec national translators. That work is
not yet complete, but the Mixtec translators are carrying on. In
Hank’s own words, “This latest development shows how far they have
come in their educational and spiritual growth in the last 20+ years
since we lived there.”
He is survived by his wife, Grace; his
five sons, Charles "Brad" (Pamela) Bradley, Jr. of Wheaton, IL, Dave
(Karen) Bradley of Kenya, Africa, Mark (Sarah) Bradley of Wheaton,
IL, Eric (Mitzi) Bradley of Elgin, IL and Scott (Debbie) Bradley of
Wheaton, IL; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
ASA in 1962 and was a lifetime member. . Hultgrenfh Obituary,
Paul Brand (1914-2003) Medical Doctor
When Dr. Paul Brand met his first leprosy patients, he was told, "Nothing can be done with hands - or feet - or faces like this. It's just leprosy." Translation: You can't fight the inevitable. But "just leprosy" was not in Brand's vocabulary. He found leprosy deformities were correctable; he performed surgeries on thousands, and taught his skills to others who outlive him. He died July 8. Brand saw the body as God's ally in healing. He declared: I have come to realize that every patient ..., every newborn baby, in every cell of its body, has a basic knowledge of how to survive and how to heal, that exceeds anything that I shall ever know ... God ... has made our bodies more than we could ever have devised. His med. school professors called the thymus a "vestigial organ" whose usefulness humans had outgrown. Brand commented: Today we can see from the victims of AIDS, that people cannot survive without those immune cells from the thymus and bone marrow. A lot of biologists still cling to the idea of evolution by chance, and now it is scientists from mathematics, information theory and computers that are forcing us to recognize that chance alone cannot possibly account for the code of DNA and the wonders of life. All of science points toward a creator.
Brand spoke at ASA's 1993 Annual Meeting at Seattle Pacific U., presenting Sunday morning worship and Monday devotions. Carol Aiken recalls, "He so impressed me that I went to the book-store and bought his book for my daughter who was in Gordon College. at that time."
Brand was knighted Commander of the Order of the British Empire. But CRISTA president Jim Gwinn pays an even higher tribute: "To know Paul Brand is to know Christ better. He evidenced his compassion, grace and mercy to all." In a final expression of frugality and modesty, he chose to be buried in a plain plywood box with the lid nailed shut. His last message was, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last." For further reading: "Noted Surgeon and Author Paul Brand Dies at Age 89",
Christianity Today, Breakpoint*
David S. Bruce (1939 - 2000) Biology.
Professor of Biology at
Wheaton C. at 61 years of age, went to be with the Lord in October,
after suffering from an Epstein Barr viral infection introduced by a
kidney implant in July. David attended Taylor U. and completed the
M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology/Physiology at Purdue U. He taught at
Seattle Pacific U. immediately after completing the Ph.D. and began
work at Wheaton C. in 1974. David's research interests focused on
physiological adaptations of animals to the environment and the
improvement of teaching in physiology through the appropriate use of
computers. He maintained an active agenda of research and
publications, with students and other collaborators, on hibernation
of ground squirrels, bats, and bears, and the search for a
"hibernation trigger molecule" that induces hibernation. Over 65
published articles. Special interests in health professions made
David an enthusiastic mentor and advisor to students pursuing
careers in medicine or physiology. David also taught regularly at
the Wheaton C. Science Station in South Dakota and led students in
the study of the creation and Creator he so dearly loved. David is
survived by his wife, Janet, and two adult sons, Rob and Scot.
Newsletter, Chicago Tribune*
Hans Rudolf Brugger (1928-2001) Physics
A long-time ASA member, went home to be with his Lord on August 4, 2001.
He died at the age of 73 after a long illness of the blood platelets, which he bore in much weakness, but patiently and in peace. After earning a Ph.D.
in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he did research in elementary particle physics at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
excellent teacher, he taught physics and mathematics at the Evangelical College of Schiers, Switzerland for 25 years. Twice during this time, he
spent some months doing astronomical research at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. He was fascinated by astrophysics and cosmology, which
displayed to him the glory of God. He lovingly but resolutely opposed young-earth creationism, having thoroughly studied relevant dating methods. Last
year, he translated ASA's Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy into German. Hans Ruedi, as his Swiss friends called him, is survived by his wife
, two daughters and three sons. Peter Rust*
Wilbur Lewis Bullock (1922-2007) Zoology (photo 1950)
Age 85, of Dover, NH, went to be with the Lord on April 22. He taught zoology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for 39 years, retiring in 1987. He was born in New York City and was the husband of Cecilia Broenewold Bullock for 63 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He graduated from Queens College and attended New York University before entering the Army where he served in Europe during WW II with the U.S. Army Medical Detachment of the Combat Engineers. When the war in Europe ended, he taught at the U.S. Army University in France.
Upon returning home, he earned his MS and PhD at the University of Illinois. He then joined the faculty at the UNH, where he remained his entire career. He was an internationally respected fish parasitologist and published one book, People, Parasites, and Pestilence: An Introduction to the Natural History of Infectious Disease. While at UNH he was a faculty advisor to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Throughout his career he maintained an avid interest in the relationship between science and Christian faith and Christian attitudes toward stewardship of the environment. Wilbur was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the ASA. He served as Vice President of ASA and was Editor of
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith in the 1980s. He was active in the Dover NH Baptist Church and was a major contributor to the
establishment of the Durham Evangelical Church, serving both churches in various capacities. He was an ASA member for 57 years. Newsletter.*
Sam Brunsvold (1960 -1996) IVCF.
Involved with the Pittsburgh local section was Sam Brunsvold, an IVCF worker at the U. of Pitts. and Carnegie-Mellon U., who at age 36,
was tragically killed (1996) by an unknown assailant as he was returning home about midnight following a meeting. Police reported that he
died of a gunshot wound to the head. His wallet, watch and car were not taken. Robert Voss, Pittsburgh ASA local-section initiator, notes
that Sam helped organize an ASA meeting at the New Hope Christian Community Church near the two campuses, in April of 1995, to promote
in local section development. Newsletter*
Roger C. Burgus ( -1995) Biochemistry.
Of Tulsa, Oklahoma died June 3, 1995. Roger was one of ASA's Newletter Editor Walt Hearn's biochemistry students at Baylor University He recommended Roger to colleague R. Guillernin who subsequently shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine (for unraveling the structure of the first "brain hormone") with rival scientist Shalley, and also with Rosemary Yalow. Burgus was instrumental in key achievements needed to win the prize. The story is told in more detail in Nicholas Wade's book,
The Nobel Dual: Two scientists' 21 year race to win the world's most coveted research prize, Anchor Doubleday, 1981. After the Prize, the book states, in the chapter called "Parting of the Ways": With all the praise he was getting for the work on GIF and the other releasing factors, he [Guillemin] seemed to forget, or perhaps he remembered too well, the extent to which his colleagues had helped achieve these successes. "Before his operation, he would understand the debt he owed to someone like Burgus, but after he had received so much of the credit Burgus should have gotten, time after time, award after award, he just seemed to forget, and started to relax in his attitude toward Burgus," says a member of the group. [p. 247].
The book includes a photograph, of Roger and even acknowledges his religious faith (while going out of its way to avoid using the word "Christian") In its opening chapters,
The Nobel Duel also describes Walter Hearn's role as the first biochemist to work with physiologist Roger Guillemin on the problem (at Baylor medical school). That work began in 1954.
Later, at Iowa State University, Roger did his Ph.D. research under Hearn on an entirely different problem. At the end of the book, after chronicling the break-up of Guillemin's group soon after the Prize was awarded, the author says that Burgus "became more interested in the long-held religious beliefs which his biochemistry professor, Walt Hearn, had helped reawaken. He studied religious healing, and was himself the beneficiary of a process in which it happened that his sight, which had been partially lost in his left eye, was restored.
The Nobel Duel is a model of accurate, fascinating science writing. Scientific investigations seldom have as much drama as that particular one, and Christians seldom have an opportunity to play such a crucial role. Schally is quoted as saying that Burgus "did tremendous, beautiful work. A lot of credit for what was done at the Salk Institute must go to Burgus. Guillemin used Burgus and gave him very little credit." Guillemin is quoted as saying, " Burgus is one of those people who is the salt of the earth, Burgus and honesty are the same word." At one point "Dr. Burgus tells of the time when he was sequencing an unknown protein and his vacuum system started leaking- -If air got at my unknown, it would have oxidized it. and weeks of work would be lost. I prayed pretty hard there. and immediately the vacuum was restored. How many times does a high vac system heal itself? I consider that a miraculous intervention of the Holy Spirit."
In mid-1977 Burgus left the Salk Institute and moved to the medical school of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma," where he was head of the school's peptide structure laboratory. Burgus was a professor of biochemistry at the medical school of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa for over ten years. A Sept 1989 announcement that the entire medical complex would close down, caught him by surprise. Most of the med students found places in other schools, but many faculty members were simply out of work. A toxicology lab Roger ran continued to do drug testing for a few outside clients after the Nov 1989 closure, but it, too, soon shut down. When we (Hearn) talked to him, Roger was pondering what God wanted him to do, with research or consulting among the possibilities. His wife Jackie's opportunities for writing and speaking on spiritual renewal have grown beyond the U.S. and both were open to serving Christ overseas. Roger says that the peace he has about the situation really "passes understanding-just like the Bible promises."
Burgus, R., Ling, N., Butcher, M., and Guillemin, R. 1973. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 70:684.
Gary L. Burkholder (1943-2000) Biology
Prof. of biology at Mount Vernon Nazarene C. (MVNC), died of a heart attack Friday, Jan. 7, 2000. He was 56 years old. He was assisting with a
travel course, "Group Processes and Behavior," led by Randy Cronk of MVNC. The group, which included nineteen students, had left San Francisco on
December 30 and was traveling along the California coast by bicycle. Burkholder suffered a heart attack on the afternoon of January 7, while
the group stopped for lunch in Los Padres National Forest on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Burkholder was born July 21, 1943 in Tacoma, WA.
He earned an A.B. degree in biology from Northwest Nazarene C. (1966), an M.S. from the U. of Arkansas (1969), and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young U.
(1973). He was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Mount Vernon. He served as elder, board member, head trustee, board
secretary, and Sunday school teacher. In Dec. 1998, he helped to plant a new CMA congregation in Fredericktown. Gary attended the 1993 annual
meeting in Seattle. Joe Lechner*
Maurice Burns (1924-1994) Microbiology
Maurice was a teacher and administrator at Indiana Wesleyan U. for 32 years. He suffered a heart attack at home and died in early Oct 1994, at age 70, six days before the university science hall was dedicated in his honor. IWU president James Barnes, once a student of Burns recounted the huge, fatherly impact Burns had made on him.
Burns earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from Kansas State U. and was instrumental in establishing a campus television station, WIWU. He had retired in August 1994. In May 1972 Dr. Burns convinced the IWU Board of Trustees to unanimously approve a nursing major. Twenty-seven freshmen and 27 sophomores were admitted to the program in September 1972, and the first class of 33 students graduated in May 1975. Before IWU, he was academic dean at Central Wesleyan U. in South Carolina and then also at IWU from 1962 to 1982. He was a member of the ASA for over 3 decades.
Newsletter, IWU Archives*
L. Russ Bush (1944-2008) Philosophy
After a two-year battle with cancer, L. Russ Bush III, noted philosopher, apologist, author, professor, pastor and friend of Southern Baptists, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening January 22, 2008. Bush, who was born in 1944, spent his life serving the church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the greater evangelical community in a number of capacities. He served most recently at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., as the Director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Religion. His time at Southeastern marked a turning point in the leadership of the institution, and his contributions to the academic environment of Southeastern will continue on. When he first began at Southeastern, during the presidency of Lewis A. Drummond, Bush was one of the few conservative voices at the institution. Due in large part to his direction of the faculty, Southeastern was able to band together for the cause of reclaiming a sound theological heritage. Bush wrote
The Advancement: Keeping the Faith in an Evolutionary Age (Broadman & Holman, 2003) .
In 1980, at the beginning of the "conservative resurgence" in the Southern Baptist Convention, Bush and (fellow professor at the time) Tom Nettles wrote Baptists and the Bible, a book which called for the return to Biblical inerrancy as a core belief of the denomination. "Russ Bush was a champion and faithful warrior for the cause of Christ and the Gospel," said Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern. "His work Baptists and
the Bible was a landmark in the battle for the Bible that engulfed our denomination. Its impact is still being felt today." "Their book was timely, urgent, controversial and filled with ample documentation," said Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. "It changed history - quite literally".
At the time of Bush's appointment as academic vice president and Dean of the Faculty at Southeastern, Paige Patterson, current president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said Southeastern "was undergoing a metamorphosis as it returned to the faith of its fathers." "Bush accepted the responsibility ...even though the entire faculty voted against the appointment," Patterson said. "It was one of the most incredibly difficult times anyone could have ever gone through. He was cursed ... and accosted ... By the time I arrived at Southeastern some years later, I discovered that he had won over the hearts even of those who were his bitterest enemies." David Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., said, "No one will ever fully know all that Russ Bush did to keep the doors of Southeastern Seminary open during the turbulent years of transition in the late 1980s and the early 1990s."
In more recent times, Bush's guidance was instrumental in developing the Center for Faith and Culture, an initiative to connect culture and the church by being an example of a redeemed community. The Center was named for Bush during its creation in 2006, because he "embodies the vision of, and models the ministry of, this Center." In October of 2007, Bush and the Center brought together the culture and the church as Southeastern hosted a conference on "C.S. Lewis: The Man and His Works." "Russ Bush was my teacher, colleague and friend. He was a man of absolute integrity and a consistent witness to the Christ he loved so dearly" Akin said. "My love and respect for him goes beyond words. I will miss him, but I rejoice knowing I will see him again in glory." Bush is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cynthia Ellen. He was a member for three decades.
Newsletter, Southeastern Archives*
Fred Busker (
(1915-1992) of Lansing, Illinois, died on 9 Jan 1992. The ASA office
was notified by his widow, Mrs. Dena Busker, but has no other
information about Fred, other than that he was an emeritus member of
ASA for years.
James Oliver Buswell, Jr (1885-1977) Theology
Died February 3, 1977, in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, at the age of 82. He had served as the third president of Wheaton College from 1926 to 1940, then taught at Faith Theological Seminary and served as president of Shelton College for 16 years and as dean of Covenant Theological Seminary for 14 years. In addition to an A.B. from Minnesota, B.D. from McCormick, M.A. from the U. of Chicago, and Ph.D. from NYU, he held three honorary doctorates. His best known book,
Systematic Theology of the Christian Religion (Zondervan,..1964), is something of a monument to his personal integration of scholarship and devotion to Jesus Christ.
He was a Fellow of the ASA, having become a member early in our Affiliation's history. He was a staunch defender of the faith but also a warm and delightful person. (I probably recall every exchange of views I ever had with Dr. Buswell, because in both intellect and spirit he was such a powerful person. After one public exchange he asked me to meet him for breakfast, no doubt to straighten me out on some doctrinal points. 'When I arrived I found him reading--in Greek--one of the classical philosophers, so our conversation began with the most animated critique of that author's ideas. My arguments then received the same intense scrutiny. Later, his son Jame 0. Buswell
III quoted his father's reaction to our breakfast conversation: "He's
wrong, of course, but that young fellow really loves the Lord." Besides son Jim III,
he is survived by his wife Helen, two daughters, and another son. Newsletter*
Stephen W. Calhoon (1930-2009)
October 21, 1930 - December 12, 2009
He was executive director of the
Institute for Chronology, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, established in 1970. The senior Calhoon worked on revision of radiocarbon dating in connection with
correlations of Old Testament chronology. Martin and Faye Labar.
Stephen W. Calhoon Jr. ( - 2009) Chemistry. B.S., Houghton College; M.S., The Ohio State University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Sc.D. (honorary), Houghton College. (He was a chemistry professor at Houghton College, and while there, he served as Book Review Editor for the previous incarnation of the
PSCF. He left Houghton to take up the position of Academic Dean at Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC serving from 1978-1993. He had taught
there for a year while on sabbatical from Houghton. He was active in the Western New York section of the ASA. Calhoon died in 2009, in Tennessee, where
he was living near his son, Kevin, and, his wife, Lou Ann. Martin and Faye Labar.*
O. Norman Carlson (1922 - 1993) Metallurgy.
Professor of metallurgy at Iowa State University, Ames, died at 72 years on Friday 10 Sep 1993. Former Newsletter editor Walter Hearn,
who was also a professor at ISU, thinks he might have recruited Norm into the ASA. Carlson was internationally known for his work on high-purity metals (especially vanadium), phase equilibria and mass transport in solids, having published more than 120 papers, two books and chapters of others - another full and productive scientific career. A native of rural Mitchell, South Dakota (home of the Corn Palace), he got his bachelor's degree at nearby Yankton College in 1943 and his doctorate in chemistry at ISU in 1950.
What brought Norm to ISU was the Manhattan Project (1943-1945), which Norm reflected on in an Ames Laboratory
Newsletter interview in 1984: "The lab was an exciting place to be in the early years, particularly for a young scientist. The morale was high; it was an important and exciting mission. We were on the forefront of a new and rapidly developing field. Nuclear engineering was a `fair-haired boy' and it was prestigious to work in the field." During a forum on Hiroshima a year later, Norm said he "believed the time will come when we will see that nuclear energy can be a blessing to mankind." No sooner had he graduated at ISU than Norm joined the chemistry faculty, only to be appointed chairman of the newly formed Department of Metallurgy. Later in 1961, he was made chief of the metallurgy division of Ames Laboratory, where he continued his work after retirement in 1987. A colleague, Jack Smith, said some kind words about Norm: "He was just a very fine individual, very conscientious about his work. He stayed at it. ... He was the kind of guy that was easy to get along with. He was well-liked." Besides membership in societies in his field, Norm was yet another Sigma Xi member and was involved in community service. A long-time member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church, he served on the Foundation Board of University Lutheran and was also on the Board of Regents of Waldorf College. Virginia Carlson,
Ben Michael Carter (1949-2005) Church History
Died Irving, TX, June 5, 2005 at age 55 of a heart attack. He was born December 31, 1949 in Dallas, TX and was baptized in the Christian faith March 13, 1960. He was the beloved husband of Salma Carunia Carter of lrving. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and received masters degrees in theology from Wheaton College and the University of Aberdeen. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He was widely traveled and spent two one year tours as a missionary in China. He has written five books as well as numerous articles, poem reviews and newspaper columns. He was employed through the Dallas/Ft. Worth Hospital Council. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Irving, TX.
He served in the US Army in Korea and Panama. He was a member of The American Scientific Affiliation, the Evangelical Theological Society and the Irving Chapter of the Texas Poetry Society. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years; brother James Patrick Carter and wife Terry Ann Carter, Cuyahoga Falls, OH and parents Hilda and Ben Carter, Irving, TX.
His doctorate from the U. of Edinburgh was in Christianity in the non-Western World, and he served in short-term missions in Puerto Rico and China. He wrote four theology books, a novel and numerous magazine, journal and newspaper articles. Shortly before his death, he wrote to his wife: Vows may bend and hearts may break And dreams may fade away, Tears may drop like autumn leaves, But GOD will always stay.
J. Frank Cassel (1916 - 2004) Zoology.
Frank was born on July 9, 1916 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in
1938 from Wheaton College IL, his Masters in 1941 from Cornell
University, NY and his PhD. from theUniversity of Colorado (Boulder). He spent 4 years in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, including 2 years in the Southwest
Pacific. Prior to joining North Dakota Agricultural College in 1950 as an Assistant Professor of Zoology, he was an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Zoology at Colorado State University from 1946-1950.
In 1953 he was promoted to Associate Professor and became the Chairman of the Zoology Department. In 1961 he was promoted to Professor and remained as Chair, but took an one year leave in 1963-1964 to become a National Science Foundation senior faculty fellow at Harvard University. He continued as Chair of the Department from 1968-1977, when he stepped down. Shortly after his retirement in 1982, he was named Professor Emeritus after 32 year tenure at NDSU.
His research interests were varied, but focused birds and mammals. He studies waterfowl nesting along North Dakota highways and railroads, duck production in the Turtle Mountains, and feeding habits of blackbirds. He also led students on many an early morning expedition in search of feathered fowl. He had numerous professional memberships, including the Society for the Study of Evolution, American Scientific Affiliation, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Ornithologists Union, North Dakota Academy of Science, Sigma Xi, and the Wildlife Society. After retirement he moved back to Colorado and was a visiting professor of biology at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He died on July 4, 2004 at the age of 87 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was married to Elizabeth and they had four children. (NDSU archives)
Frank joined the ASA about 1949 and became a guiding force in the development of the organization joining in the planning of numerous Annual Meetings. He was elected to the ASA Council in 1960 and served as President in 1963. He participated in a conference with our British counterpart at Oxford in 1965, providing a report on the status of Evolution in the UK for
JASA. He had joined Larry Culp, Russ Mixter, Walt Hearn and other PhDs of the Early 50s to openly discuss evolution which led to the publication Darwin Centennial volume,
Evolution and Christian Thought Today (1959). Ahead of his times, he became increasingly frustrated with the
lack of willingness of his ASA colleagues to come to grips with evolution.
John T. Chappell (1890 - 1982) Chemistry.
Less than two months short of his 92nd birthday, John T. Chappell died on 26 October 1982 in a hospital in Taiwan. He had been ill for some months with what was eventually diagnosed as stomach cancer. During the two weeks he spent in the hospital, students, staff, and faculty of Sheng-te Christian College in Chungli were at his side constantly. John was the founder and president of Sheng-te College and a very beloved professor there.
is writing a chemistry text with a strong dose of history and a
flavor of spiritual insights. He was impressed by the lines of T. S.
Eliot about "the wisdom we have lost in knowledge", quoted in the
October 1970 issue of ASA News.
John had received a B.S. from Guilford College in 1913 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins in 1923 and 1927, and was a long-time member of ASA.
On 18 October John went into a coma after talking of heaven and of being reunited with his wife, who had preceded him in death. He never came out of the coma. The funeral service was held on 7 November in the college auditorium. John was buried next to his wife's grave on the school campus. Professors Lee Hur and Grace Lee are trying to carry on the work of the college. Lee spent every night in the hospital outside John's room in the Intensive Care Unit, after attending him in his room several nights before he went into the coma. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Psalm 116:15).
Howard H. Claassen (1918 - 2010) Physics
Died Dec. 27, 2010, at age 92. He grew up in Hillsboro, KS, and earned his BA at Bethel College in Newton, KS. He earned a PhD in physics at the U. of Oklahoma and had a post-doctoral appointment at Ohio State U. In 1952 he and his family moved to Wheaton, IL, where he was a professor at Wheaton College until retiring in 1980.
Dr. Claassen conducted research on inert gases at Argonne National Laboratory. On a two-year leave there in the early 1960s, he was the leader of a group that was the first to obtain a simple (two-element) compound of xenon, leading to a change in the name of inert gases in many textbooks to noble gases. By mixing xenon and fluorine at high temperature, outer electrons in the filled shells of xenon atoms were raised to a higher energy level where they could react with fluorine to produce xenon tetrafluoride (XeF4). The result was in the form of clear crystals, which were featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society when the discovery was published in September of 1962. For this work Dr. Claassen was named Chicago Scientist of the Year and nominated for a Nobel Prize. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966 to do research at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He published many scientific papers and a 1966 book entitled The Noble Gases.
While at Wheaton he established the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) program, which sends students for six-month internships to developing countries. He introduced a number of students to ASA and nominated ASA Executive Director Randy Isaac for Fellow. Howard served the ASA on the Council and as Presidenti in the 1970s. In 1989 he and his wife moved to Tacoma, WA, and he helped Habitat for Humanity for ten years with his carpentry and plumbing skills. He single-handedly built a solar home in the mountains near Ashland, OR. He was very active in church choirs, contributing his rich baritone voice, often as a soloist. He is survived by his wife, Esther, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Wheaton College,
William Grainge Clarke (1929-2012) Science Education.
B.Sc. (Hons.), M.A., Dip. R.E., M.A.C.E.
Throughout his teaching career Bill believed it a priority to encourage Christian groups and to mentor young Christians as they studied in Colleges and Universities. Most of his working life was spent in Teachers Colleges and Colleges of Advanced Education. He began as a Lecturer at Mercer House in Melbourne.
After his marriage in 1964, he moved to Alexander Mackie College and then Sydney Teachers College, where he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Science. He was involved in the opening of Westmead Teachers College, which later became Nepean College of Advanced Education (now the University of Western Sydney) where he taught student teachers for many years. In each of these colleges, he was involved in mentoring and encouraging the Christian student groups, giving advice and assistance. He always advised student teachers to contact the Teachers Christian Fellowship (T.C.F.) and to get involved wherever possible. While Bill lived in Victoria he served for several years as Chairman of T.C.F. Victoria and when he moved to Sydney he soon joined the T.C.F committee. During the 1970s and 1980s, Bill played a significant role in the local Blue Mountains T.C.F group. Bill was deeply interested in relating his scientific knowledge with his knowledge of Scripture and was concerned that so many Christian students believed that Science and Scripture were incompatible. He loved to talk to students about all aspects of the Christian faith and despite failing health, he continued to do this until his final illness. His major work, The continuing conflict is a detailed account of his thinking on the relationship between science and Scripture He also wrote articles on this and related topics, some of which were published in the
Journal of Christian Education and other journals. Lynette Clarke,
Jerry G. Coble ( - 1972) Mechanical Engineering
Of Tullahoma, Tennessee, he died suddenly on November 26, 1972.
Jerry had been a member of ASA only since February 1972. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the U. of Missouri, Rolla, in 1966, and an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.of Tennessee Space Institute in 1971. At the time of his death he was employed as a research assistant at the Space Institute. He had several publications on the aerodynamics of glide vehicles and was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as the AAAS and ASA. He was a member of the Bel Aire Church of Christ of Tullahoma, where he was active in teaching and personal work.
Irving A. Cowperthwaite (1904-1999) Chemistry
(picture 1947) by F. Alton Everest. One of of the five founders of the ASA, Irving Cowperthwaite died of cancer on May 27, 1999 at age 94. Irving was formerly the chief engineer at Thompson Steel Co. in Mattapan, MA. Born in Worcester, Irving earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at MIT and doctorate ant Columbia U. He taught chemistry at Columbia from 1930-37, then joined Thompson Steel. He retired in 1969. It is with sorrow and with great respect that we note that Irving Cowperthwaite is dead but it is with joy that he is now with the Lord he loved and served. Irving was one of the five who met in 1941 and organized the American Scientific Affiliation.
While the attention of the nation was on war and preparation for war, this tiny band, each in some branch of science, had aspirations of helping the local church to understand the new language of science and especially to help young people meet the spiritual challenges to their faith that science seemed to be making. Some of the first five fell by the wayside very soon. Irving was one who faithfully took up his responsibility and became an important early member of the ASA. He served as Secretary/Treasurer for the years 1942 and 1943, and was on the Executive Council, which directed all ASA affairs for those very formative years. He was faithful in contributing to and attending all the early conventions. Irving received the BS degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemistry in 1926. About that time Prof. D.A. MacInnes left MIT for Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research and he took Cowperthwaite with him. For the next four years Irving was a research chemist at Rockefeller Institute in New York City while pursuing a full graduate Ph.D. program at Columbia University. In 1937 Irving left Columbia University to become Chief Engineer and Metallurgist at Thompson Wire Company in Boston. He retired from Thompson in 1969 with an impressive list of scientific papers to his credit. Irving married Fae Irene Poore, a graduate student at Teachers College, in 1931 whom he had met at Calvary Baptist Church of New York City. An interesting twist: Will H. Houghton was pastor of Calvary at that time. It was in Dr. Houghton's Board Room at Moody Bible Institute that ASA "first saw the light of day." F. Alton
James H. Crawford (1922-1984) Chemistry/ Physics
James Homer Crawford Jr, professor in the physics and astronomy department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on 20 October 1984, at the age of 62. Crawford was born on 19 May 1922, in Union, South Carolina. After earning his BS from Wofford College and serving as a US Army meteorologist in World War II, he came to Chapel Hill as a graduate student and earned his PhD in chemistry.
Crawford's professional career was based in two institutions. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, from 1949 until 1967, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 1967 until his death.
At Oak Ridge he served as assistant director and then associate director of the Solid State Division. He conducted extensive research on the effects of high-energy radiation on the electrical and structural properties of crystalline and glassy solids, including
pioneering investigations of the effects of fast neutrons and gamma rays on semiconductors. Along with related efforts by the Lark-Horovitz group at Purdue, these experiments provided the first detailed information on the electron donor-acceptor states due to point defects in germanium and silicon.
In 1961, Crawford and Douglas Billington wrote Radiation Damage in Solids, which described these effects. In 1967, Crawford became the chairman of the physics and astronomy department at the University of North Carolina. He returned to full-time teaching and research in 1977, and recently became the first chairman of a new cross-disciplinary curriculum in applied science. During his tenure at North Carolina, Crawford maintained a vigorous and internationally recognized program of research on lattice defect phenomena in ionic crystals. His work on lattice imperfections and ion transport in doped fluorite-type crystals provided valuable insights into the behavior of conventional nuclear fuel materials, which are less amenable to experimental study but have analogous crystal structures and defect properties. During recent years his interests were focused on the effects of high energy radiation on crystalline oxides and on the complex color-center interactions in these materials.
Crawford was the editor of the Journal of Applied Physics (1960-64). He enjoyed teaching courses at the fringes of physics: photographic science, which allowed him to capitalize on one of his hobbies; and "Physics and archeology," which gave him an opportunity to acquaint students with the growing use of physical techniques in archaeological explorations.
Crawford's scientific work was closely intertwined with his activities outside the laboratory and the university. He loved the outdoors and was especially fond of the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Quite a few of his scientific papers were written in campgrounds in the mountains. He had a deep religious faith that was combined with humility, dedication and compassion. More than his many good works and accomplishments,
those who knew him will miss his loving and gentle spirit. "He had been a member of the ASA only a short time before his death." ed. E. Merzbaxker., L. M. Slifkin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 102, May 1985
James H. Crichton (1937-1999) Physics and Engineering
A professor at Seattle Pacific U., Crichton discovered a mass in his abdomen while at ASA99 last year, diagnosed as a metastatic melanoma. He died on Dec. 18, 1999 at age 62. He grew up in Seattle, where SPU physics prof. Roger Anderson was his childhood friend. A beloved SPU professor since 1965, Jim Crichton was born and raised in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood and attended Seattle Pacific College. Yet long before he graduated summa cum laude in 1959, and long before he earned a 1965 doctorate in physics from the University of California-Berkeley, people noticed his quick mind. "I met Jim when I was 11 and he was 4," says Roger Anderson, SPU professor emeritus of physics. Shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Anderson and other kids were on a local street corner, talking about growing world tensions. A 4-year-old made an "unusually bright remark," recalls Anderson. "So I went over and quizzed him." He asked the boy about world leaders, and a 4-year-old Jim Crichton reeled off the names of Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler and Mussolini.
Years later, in addition to teaching physics and engineering to countless Seattle Pacific students, Crichton gained international recognition by disproving a long-held opinion pertaining to quantum physics and "phase shifts." His view became known as the "Crichton Ambiguity."
Yet his interests went beyond science. Crichton was passionate about classical music, baseball, and sports statistics - including Falcons stats. He also hiked, climbed 180 mountains, ran marathons, and reached 22 official U.S. state elevation "high points." He frequently climbed with his students and with longtime friends such as Anderson, Professor of Music Eric Hanson, Professor of Chemistry Grayson Capp and Professor of Chemistry Paul Lepse. After scientific conferences, he and Lepse often climbed nearby state high points, including Humphries Peak in Arizona and Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
Crichton never shied away from grappling with faith and science. "I learned a lot from him about things like the Big Bang theory and how that relates to God as the creator," says Lepse. Anderson had similar experiences. "He was truly a spiritual inspiration to me," he says. "He faced hard questions continuously." James Crichton is survived by his wife, Evelyn Vander Pol Crichton, also of the class of '59; two children; three grandchildren; and one sister.
He earned his physics doctorate at U.C. Berkeley. Known from childhood as unusually bright, Crichton disproved a long- held opinion regarding quantum physics and "phase shifts"- a view known as Crichton ambiguity. Jim was also into classical music, baseball, and mountain climbing, having climbed 180 of them. And he did not shy away from sci/Xny issues. "He was truly a spiritual inspiration to me," said Anderson. "He faced hard questions continuously."; Jay Hollman, Seattle Pacfic College.*
John Cruzan (1942 - 2004) Zoology
Born in Bridgton NY January 6, 1942 ; joined ASA in 1965, the year he graduated from King's C., Briarcliff Manor, NY. After earning his Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Colorado in 1968, he joined the faculty at Geneva C., where he taught biology, ecology and environmental science. His most recent research involved developing techniques for surveying nocturnal mammalian predator/scavengers in the Mojave Desert. He was exploring a procedure to collect hairs from nocturnal animals, extract DNA from hair follicle cells and identify individual animals by DNA fingerprinting. Dr. John Cruzan, biology professor and biology department chair, died of cancer on July 28, 2004, shortly after the disease was diagnosed.
When I reflect on my years at Geneva, I realize how much of a positive impact Dr. John Cruzan had on my life. During my sophomore year, he took a special interest in me and gave me many opportunities to learn under his leadership, mentoring, and guidance. I had the privilege of being his student, working with him on his research and assisting him in the lab. Before I took his ecology class, I had little direction as far as career goals, but after that first class I recognized that this was what I wanted to do with my life. Since then, I have realized more than a few times in the course of my own work and research how many of the things I have experienced and accomplished can be traced back to his
influence and guidance. I am so grateful that he believed in me and took it upon himself to mentor and encourage me to believe in my own abilities. During my senior year at Geneva, Dr. Cruzan invited me to go with him and his wife to California for a 10-day research trip in the Mojave Desert. The one occasion that defined for me what Dr. Cruzan was all about happened on this trip. We usually worked in the mornings and then hiked and explored the desert in the afternoons. Dr. Cruzan had a passion for the unique setting of the desert and he enjoyed hiking and climbing the mountains and rock formations. One day we hiked about three miles up to Ryan Mountain, one of the highest points in Joshua Tree National Park. After a pretty strenuous climb we reached the summit and beheld an amazing panoramic view. As we stood there catching our breath and taking it all in, I remember looking over at Dr. Cruzan. He was standing on top of that mountain with a look on his face that seemed to say that he knew that this was where he was supposed to be. It said he was doing what he was meant to do, and he was content despite the obstacles he had to overcome to make it there. That picture has stayed in my mind throughout the years, and I see it in my mind's eye whenever I think about him. Dr. Cruzan served the Lord through his work, protecting and caring for the creation. I have been blessed to have that kind of example in my life." Luanne Seffy, Geneva College '99. Local
Robert W. Cunningham ( - 1996) Physics
From Bolivar, OH, he died June 15, 1996. Robert
was a full member and had a Ph.D. in physics.
Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985) Anthropology, Education.
From Brockville, Ontario, died on 22 October 1985. Arthur had not been a member for many years, but he attended Annual Meetings when he was just beginning to self-publish his long series of
Doorway Papers. Those papers were eventually collected in a massive multivolume hardcover series by Zondervan. His last four books were
Sovereignty of Grace, Seed of the Woman, Journey Out of Time, and
Two Men Called Adam. Although his writings demonstrated great breadth of scholarship, he regarded himself primarily as an orientalist and anthropologist. Some years ago he visited the Kirklands in Bethesda; his secretary, Evelyn White, sent Glenn a copy of the program from the October 27 memorial service. It included a passage from Journey Out of Time in which Arthur anticipated his meeting with the Lord as "a day of rejoicing."
Arthur C. Custance was born and educated in England and moved to Canada in 1928. In his second year at the University of Toronto he was converted to faith in Christ. The experience so changed his thinking that he switched courses, obtaining an honours M.A. in Hebrew and Greek. In his 13 years of formal education, he explored many facets of knowledge and was particularly interested in anthropology and origins. He completed his Ph.D. (education) at the University of Ottawa in 1959 while serving as head of the Human Engineering Laboratories of the Defence Research Board in Ottawa (Canada) and was engaged in research work for 15 years. During that time he also wrote and published The Doorway Papers, and in retirment in 1970, he wrote 6 major books.
During the 15 years with the Defence Research Board, he worked briefly on the respirator mask programme, developed a mask-sizing meter and an anthropometric facial countour measuring device. He then pursued, until his retirement, an active research programme into physiological stress under combat operations, using voluntary military personnel as subjects.
He held several patents in the area of applied physiological instrumentation, including the Custance Sudorimeter which permits exceedingly accurate measurement of levels of sweating (caused not only by heat stress but by emotional and mental as well). He presented numerous classified papers before scientific and military audiences, and his significant research in physiological heat stress resulted in a score of government reports as well as publishing in scientific journals. His was recognized as the authority on human thermoregulation. His writings are characterized by an eclectic combination of scholarly thoroughness and biblical orthodoxy. He had an on and off relationship with the ASA and would be found in that group of anti-evolotionists that preceeded the creation science movement. He held a gap-theory position for Genesis 1.
Paul C. Davis ( -1990)
From Stanwood, Washington, died 1990. ASA Fellow (in progress)
John I Deckard
Jr. (1920 -2005) Engineer,
From Grand Rapids MI. Joined the ASA in 1963, wife Anne joined in 1948. John Irvin Deckard Jr. was called home by his blessed Savior on December 22, 2005. He was born on September 3, 1920 in Duncannon, PA, the son of Fanny Bertha and John I. Deckard Sr. Both he, an engineer, and his wife, Anne, a chemist, were longtime members of ASA. John's patents on electronic fuel injection produced many jobs in a new industry.
John served the Lord faithfully throughout his life, most recently as an Elder at John Knox Presbyterian Church. He served his country as a member of the Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during WWII. John retired from General Motors in 1985 after a distinguished career as an aeronautical and automotive engineer. In 1986 John was awarded the General Motors Kettering Award in honor of his many important patents. Because of his diminished hearing and vision, in recent years they have not been able to attend the ASA annual meetings, but Anne
was present at the 2006 event. She attended her first ASA meeting in 1948 at Calvin College.
Robert Frank DeHaan (1925-2005) Psychology
Entered the Lord's presence Jan. 29, 2005 at age 79 in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating from Calvin C. and earning a Ph.D. from the Committee on Human Development of the U. of Chicago, he pursued a lifelong career in education. He directed the Gifted Child Project in Quincy, IL, for several years.
In 1955, he organized the Psychology Department at Hope C., Holland, MI. While there, he initiated an Urban Semester Program for students from the Great Lakes Consortium to study in Philadelphia, PA. In 1968 he moved to Philadelphia to direct that program. He later set up a Masters in Social Work program at Lincoln U., directing it until his retirement. DeHaan authored several books and wrote a column for
The Banner for many years.
Most recently he wrote
Into the Shadows: a Journey of Faith and Love into Alzheimer's, an intimate account of his experience with his wife Roberta's struggle with that disease. His obituary in the
Grand Rapids Press says:" He was a man of surpassing kindness, compassion and courage. He was unfailing in his love and solicitude for Roberta, and as the darkness of Alzheimer's disease overtook her, he loved and cared for her even more. Steadfast, he bore without complaint a life of increasing difficulty. A talented artist and woodworker, he carved busts of his children and other family members and made furniture and other items. He was known as a man of surpassing kindness, compassion and courage.
Obituary, Anne Deckard and Jim Ruark*
Timothy A. Deibler (1951-2011) Theology
From Cypress, TX, died Feb. 24, 2011, at age 59. He was born June 28, 1951, in Philadelphia, PA. He received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and his PhD from Rice University. After serving in the pastorate, Tim focused his teaching skills on the academic community as a university instructor and a teacher and administrator in classical and Christian schools. Deibler professional life, his participation in the local church, and his commitment to his wife and family all reflected his devotion to his Lord. Deiblers wife Carolyn recalls, Sadly in January 2011 my husband had to go to the emergency room. He was admitted, had three surgeries, and after 6 weeks in ICU, he died. He was buried on the couple's 34th wedding anniversary. Newsletter.*
Paul DeKoning ( -1958) Medical Doctor.
1949 Annual Meeting report. (in process)
Tomas Dent ( -1994) Botany
From Brunswick, OH died of cancer July 12 1994. He will be missed, not only by his wife, Beverly, but by the Pittsburgh ASA local section. He was professor of biology at Gordon College Wenham MA for many years, specializing in botany. Thomas Dent Ph.D. received a BA in Life/Physical Science from Akron State University, and a MS and Ph.D. in Botany from Oklahoma University. Tom was known for nurturing students and his exhaustive knowledge of Maple leaves. .
With his wife Beverly he has a son Rick currently on the staff at Messiah College and a daughter Fedra; He was a faithful member of Beverly Farm Baptist Church. He is remembered by the ASA staff for helping to move the office equipment from then Executive Director Bob Herrmann's home up a very long flight up stairs to the then new ASA office on Market St., Ipswich. Newsletter, JWH.*
Johannes Joost (Joe)
DeVries (1936 - 2013) Civil Engineering
Joe was born in 1936 in Chicago to
George and Georgia DeVries and died at home in Davis on Dec. 8, 2013, after
a 17-year battle with prostate cancer. He attended schools in Alameda and
college in Michigan, earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from both
Calvin College and the University of Michigan and a master's degree in civil
engineering from the University of Michigan. He returned to California in
1961 to work for the state Department of Water Resources Aqueduct Design
Branch. He received a Ph.D. from UC Davis in 1978. He had been an ASA
member since 1983.
Joe married Donna Hefner from Woodland in
November 1968 and was the father of Jeffrey S. DeVries of New York City and
Doney L. DeVries Biggs (Mark) of Woodland, and grandfather of Ellora and
engineering career spanned 50 years in the fields of hydraulic engineering,
irrigation system analysis and hydrology. He was a registered civil engineer
in California, a registered professional hydrologist with the American
Institute of Hydrology and a life member of the American Society of Civil
Engineers. He began working at UC Davis in 1972 and served as a research
engineer, engineer-in-charge of the J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory,
northern regional coordinator and associate director of the Water Resources
Center and lecturer in the departments of civil and environmental
engineering and land, air and water resources. From 1978 to 1981, he also
had an engineering appointment with the federal Hydrologic Engineering
Center in Davis.
Joe taught courses at UCD, at Sacramento State
University, through University of California Extension, the Computational
Hydrology Institute, and for professional groups such as ASCE and the
Floodplain Management Association. He retired from UC Davis in 1993 and
became a consulting engineer working with various firms, state, federal and
international agencies. From 2001 through 2012 he held the position of
principal engineer with David Ford Consulting Engineers Inc. in Sacramento.
He received great pleasure in encountering students who had taken courses
from him, and who thanked him for receiving practical engineering knowledge
from his teaching. He received an award for Excellence in Teaching and
Outstanding Service from University Extension at UCD and an award from the
California Extreme Precipitation Symposium in recognition of his lifetime
of service as a teacher, adviser and mentor to colleagues who work to
minimize the adverse impacts of extreme precipitation in California.
consulting work included projects for the United Nations, the World Bank,
the state of Gujarat in India; computer model applications in Japan and
Canada; improvement of flood forecasting with the World Meteorological
Organization, a U.S. AID irrigation project in Morocco and co-teaching a
class in Taiwan. He made five trips to Morocco, 11 trips to India, two to
Japan and one to Taiwan and one to Argentina. He assisted federal, county
and city governmental agencies with training, review of hydrologic models,
studies and floodplain analysis.
Joe had a lifelong love of music, and in
the 1960s was a member of a folk singing group. He enjoyed entertaining
family and friends with his guitar and singing. He also sang in church
choirs and with the Davis International House choir. He had a real passion
for the outdoors, and in his 20s was an avid outdoorsman and mountain
climber. He was a member of the Sierra Club for more than 50 years. In more
recent years, he greatly enjoyed summer excursions to the Hefner family
cabin at Bucks Lake in the Northern Sierra.
Joe and Donna enjoyed
international travel and Donna accompanied him on working trips to India,
Morocco, Japan and Taiwan and to international conferences. They also
traveled together in the U.S. and to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America,
Australia and New Zealand for pleasure and loved taking ocean and river
Joe was an active member of Living Stones Christian Reformed
Church at 1390 Florin Road in Sacramento and loved singing with the Praise
Team. Obituary, Davis Enterprise; Newsletter*
Paul D. Drechsel (1925 - 2009) Physical Chemist.
Died December 8, 2009, in Gainesville, GA, at age 84. He earned a BS in chemistry from Rutgers and a PhD in physical chemistry from Cornell. He was a research chemist for Hercules, Inc., for 35 years, researching physical properties of polymers as related to molecular structure and morphology. He held membership in Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, the American Chemical Society, and joined the ASA
before 1959. In addition to responsibilities as deacon and elder, he was involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Rockdale (GA) County Historical Society, Asheville-Buncombe County Christian Ministries, and the Elachee Science Center. He sang tenor in the Raleigh Oratorio Society, numerous church choirs, and the Barber shoppers, as well as playing violin and viola in string quartets.
David Dye (1926-2006) Physics of Mercer Island, WA,
Went to be with the Lord on Feb. 1, 2006, at age 80. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He was a Boeing scientist all his life as Chief of the Radiation Effects Dept. He spent three years (1955-1958) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, as head of the physics dept. at a Presbyterian school called Gordon College, and two years at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque (1967-1970) as a radiation physicist. David wrote a widely cited book
Faith and the Physical World: A Comprehensive View (Eerdmans, 1966). See also. He was very active with International Students and InterVarsity and was a member of ASA for over fifty years. David introduced Kenell Touryan to ASA and Ken says he "helped me sharpen my budding ideas on issues of science and faith." See. Ken also says that Dave had "a sharp and searching mind which made conversations with him both a pleasure and a real learning experience." David was survived by his wife Bernice.
Donald H. Ebeling (1915-2001) Chemistry, Bible Translation
Don joined the ASA in 1976. He was born on April 21, 1915 in Kalamazoo, MI. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1936 with a BS in chemistry. His parents had met while attending Wheaton, graduating in 1906 and going to China as missionaries. While at Wheaton, Don met the most influential people in his life. First and foremost was his sweetheart Lisette Herron whom he later married, with two children, both Wheaton graduates. Secondly, his good friend was Ken Taylor from whom
he shared his lifelong career and passion for Bible translation. Thirdly, his chemistry mentor was ASA Fellow Dr. Paul Wright.
Don served in Tanzania, Africa, with the Africa Inland Mission for 28 years, focused on translation work. Upon retirement from the mission in 1967, Dr. Wright tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to be the chem lab instructor at Wheaton College. In that role he worked with many ASA members on the Wheaton faculty such as Larry Funck, Neil Brace, Derek Chignell, and many others. Don loved that job and he cared deeply for the students.
One of the students he helped was Randy Isaac, who later became his son-in-law and eventually the executive director of the ASA.
Don was deeply influenced by Bernard Ramm's book The Christian View of Science and Scripture and was a devoted ASA member. He was elected to the status of emeritus later in life. His many thoughtful conversations with his future-son-in-law helped the latter see beyond his young-earth convictions.
The Abernathey Retirement Center, Newton NC was his home from 1988 until he went to be with his Lord on June 28, 2001.
Newsletter, Randy Isaac*
Delbert N. Eggenberger (1914-1982) Physics
Of Downers Grove, Illinois, Eggenberger was born in Emington, Il. on May 28, 1914.died on January 29, 1982. A note from his wife Hazel says that Del "suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage on Sunday morning, January 24, had surgery, and went into a deep coma until the Lord took him home."
Del had worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, for the past twenty years, working right up to January 22. He graduated from Illinois State Normal U. in 1935 and obtained his M.S. in physics at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1947. At the time he joined ASA he was employed as a research chemist at Armour and Company in Chicago. He worked as a physicist at Urgonne National Laboratories.
"Delbert N. Eggenberger, editor of Journal
ASA in its formative years, designed such things as particle accelerators,
X-ray imaging equipment, and breeder reactor instrumentation at the Argonne
National Laboratory in Illinois.
He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church and a member of the Instrument Society of America, the American Scientific Affiliation, Sigma XI, American Chemical Society, National Association of Evangelicals, American National Red Cross, Physics Club of America and American Association of Physics Teachers.
His first scientific publications were a series of papers in
J. Am. Chem. Soc.
conductivities and other properties of aqueous solutions of
quaternary ammonium salts of faty acids-hot new detergents in those days. Del also began publishing reviews of significant developments in physics in
JASA. "Garnow's Theory of Element Building" appeared in the sixth issue of
JASA (Vol. 2, No. 3, Sept 1950) and "Methods of Dating the Earth and the Universe" in the eighth issue (Vol. 3, No. 1, Mar 1951). With the tenth issue (Vol. 3, No. 3, Sept 1951), he became editor of
JASA, replacing the first editor, Marion D. Barnes. Eggenberger continued in that post through Vol. 13 (1961), then served as associate editor under David 0. Moberg and then under Russell L. Mixter (through 1968) until Richard H. Bube became editor. During Delbert Eggenberger's ten-year tenure as editor, our Journal grew from a rather primitively-stapled mimeographed format into a distinguished printed publication. Del also served on the ASA Executive Council in the years 1952-56. Many of us old-timers knew Del Eggenberger as a soft spoken but effective servant of Jesus Christ and of our Affiliation. We will miss him. We pray that Hazel will have God's peace as she adjusts to life without Del, until she and we are reunited with him in the Lord's presence.-Newsletter,
Obituaries of Taylor County, Kentucky, Volume I, compiled by Eunice Montgomery Wright, January 20, 1989, p. 230*
Willaim C. Eichelberger (1907-2001) Chemistry of Honey Brook PA passed away July 16, 2001, at age 94. Graduated in chemistry from Johns Hopkins (1930) (PhD), worked as a research chemist for Solvay Process Division of Allied Chemical Company in Syracuse for 32 years. He was a member of many professional organizations and also led and financially supported many activities in the Presbyterian churches and the rescue missions with which he was associated over his lifetime. He was a National Research Fellow in chemistry at Columbia U. in the 1930s and research assistant for the late Nobel laureate Harold Urey. He retired in 1967 after 32 years with Allied Chemical Co. Eichelberger was an ordained Presbyterian elder and helped found Faith Heritage Christian School in Syracuse. We think he joined ASA in 1950 or earlier (materials were lost in a 1979 fire at the Elgin office). His other memberships included Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, ACS, AAAS and Christian Business Men 's Committee. He and Esther Dorr Eichelberger were married 66 years. Margaret E. Burns, his sister.
H. Neil Elsheimer ( -2000) Chemistry
Neil was a chemist from Bend, Oregon. From Oct 71 Newsletter."...Neil Elsheimer spoke on "The Role of the Christian in Ecological Crises", critically reviewing Francis Schaeffer's book Pollution and the Death of Man: The Christian View of Ecology. Neil commented also on Ian McHarg's eastern mystical views of man and nature, and spelled out the distinctive ecological role to be played by a Christian, whether knowledgeable scientist, informed citizen, or dedicated government official.
Neilwass an analytical chemist at the U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, who has served both as president and vice-president of the San Francisco Bay local section of ASA. After graduating from Wheaton College he took an M. A. in analytical chemistry at Indiana University under Robert Fischer, former ASA president. Then he worked in industry in Oklahoma and Colorado before moving to California". He published numerous analytical chemistry papers for U.S. Gelogical Survey. He was last heard from in a March 1996
Newsletter: "Neil Elsheimer also retired, leaving the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA shortly before his lab was abolished. In Bend, he has built a new home on a butte with a great view of eight Cascade mountain peaks. Neil likes central Oregon and has gotten involved in local politics, edits the local right-to-life newsletter, and is a volunteer for ACMC, a church-nurturing mission agency." Newsletter*
Runyon G. Ernst
( -1976) Chemistry We were notified in October1976 by Mrs. Margaret B. Ernst that her husband, Runyon G. Ernst, had passed away. Runyon, who lived in Woodbridge, New Jersey, had a Ch.E.. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in chemistry from Rutgers. He had joined the ASA in 1965. Published his masters thesis:
A Study of Some Catalysts for the Oxidation of Linseed Oil, Runyon G. Ernst, 1933 Rutgers Press 52 pp. He had several patents. Various sources
George W. Evans (1926 - 1992) Philosophy, Lab Technician.
Of Monona, Wisconsin, adjacent to Madison, died on 18 Nov 1992 at the age of 66. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Madison, and during WWII served as a radar man on a Navy mine sweeper in the Pacific. After the war he earned a B.A. in philosophy at the U. of Wisconsin and started working for the Oscar Mayer meat-packing company, where he was a research technician until 1973. For the next seven years he worked on the Biotrin Project and for the Dept of Agricultural Engineering and Bacteriology at U.W. From 1980 to his retirement, George worked for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a long-time member of ASA and active in the Bethany Evangelical Free Church of Madison. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, three sons, two daughters, a number of grandchildren, and a brother.
F. Alton Everest (1909-2005) Electrical Engineering
"We Looked Up to Alton Everest," Alton Everest Dies at Age 95.
Everest was an appropriate name. For F. Alton Everest (1909-2005) was as towering and rock solid as the mount that shares his surname. The 6'2" Everest spent 95 very productive years on earth before passing away on September 3. He was the last survivor of the five founders of ASA.
In what his son Dan calls "part of his own systematic, thorough preparation of his affairs," Alton summarized highlights of his professional life (slightly edited): He taught Electrical Engineering at Oregon State U. 1936 - 1945. He was Senior Lecturer in Communications at Hong Kong Baptist College 1970 - 1973. Still teaching, but in less formal situations, he helped produce documentary science films at Moody Institute of Science (MIS) from 1945 - 1970.
He authored seven books on acoustics written for the nonspecialist and published by Tab-McGraw Hill. He also wrote and privately produced the audio-visual training courses, Critical Listening and Auditory Perception.
During World War II, he served at the U. of California Division of War Research in San Diego. As Chief of the Listening Section, he studied transmissions of sound in the sea, ambient noises in the sea, making sonar much more useful. (Ed. Note: He and colleagues traced a mysterious background noise to the activity of millions of "snapping shrimp".)
As an acoustical consultant (1973 - 1988), he designed radio and recording studios in the U.S. and 16 foreign countries; provided acoustical correction of churches, auditoriums, and civic spaces; and worked with architects on new construction. He was an Emeritus Member of the Acoustical Society, a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and cofounder and past president of ASA. See also and
The American Scientific Affiliation: Its Growth and Early Development,
F. Alton Everest , 1986, 2010 ASA Press (available from the ASA office). Various
Edwin Fast (1914-2004), Nuclear Physics
Of Idaho Falls, ID;. 7-2-1914 to 10-7-2004. He was a nuclear physicist at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory until his 1993 retirement, taking time out to teach at Missouri Baptist C. during the 1973-74 school year. He was a charter member of the Idaho Academy of Science and joined ASA in 1954. Idaho Academy of Science executive director Philip A. Anderson recalls that when the academy first established a website, in 1994 or 1995, Ed told me his name was missing from the list of charter members. I told him that we would correct that omission ... But just to make sure, the following day Ed showed me the check with which he paid his IAS dues as a charter member - not just a copy of the check, but the original processed check that he still had in his possession from 1958. That speaks volumes about what an "organized" person he was.
Fast often led Bible studies at the lab during his lunch hour. He was a member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Idaho Falls, where he led music, taught Sunday school, and held various leadership roles. Philip A. Anderson, Executive Director, Idaho Academy of Science; Kirk Casey of Calvary Baptist Church and Margaret Shinnyhorn, Fast's daughter.*
George H. Fielding ( - 2007) Chemistry,
Of Fort Belvoir, VA. He received his BA (1931) and MA (1936) in chemistry from UCLA and was honored as a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society. George was voted a Fellow of ASA in 1959. He was active in arranging local ASA section meetings in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area.
By 1978 George lived in Alexandria, Virginia, working as a chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. George and wife Grace
were the "golden oldies" of McLean Presbyterian Chruch, now becoming active in jail ministries. Their son Ed and his wife Margy in Toronto, are co-directors of the Patmos Gallery, an art gallery established by Christians to encourage Christian artists.
Robert Blanchard Fischer
Bob was born on October 24, 1920, to Charles Albert Fischer and Matilda Nylen Fischer in Hartford, Connecticut. Following the death of his father in 1922, he moved with his mother and two brothers to Wheaton, Illinois. He attended Wheaton College (BS in Chemistry in 1942) and the University of Illinois (PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Electrical Engineering in 1946). He was on the faculty at the University of Illinois (1946-1948) and Indiana University (1948-1963). He was the founding Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Dominguez Hills, (1963-1979) and the Provost and Senior Vice President of Biola University (1979-1989).
He lived in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, from 1963 to 2002 and then in Fullerton, California.
Bob joined the ASA in 1945, was elected a Fellow and later served on the ASA Council 1962-1966, the last two years as President. He contributed as a scientist to the safe harnessing of nuclear energy through his studies of deuterium (heavy water) with the Manhattan Project during World War II. He studied the application of the electron microscope to scientific investigation and led the initial successful efforts to chemically add fluoride to toothpaste in order to prevent cavities.
As an educator, Robert Fischer taught thousands of students as they prepared for careers in many fields, helped create a new university at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and led the transformation of Biola College to Biola University. He wrote scores of scholarly articles and authored textbooks about electron microscopy and quantitative chemical analysis. For lay readers seeking to properly integrate science and faith, he wrote
Science, Man, and Society as well as God Did It, But How? (2 Eds. English, a 3rd. in Spanish,
a 4th in German ) and Who Is God?
Robert Fischer met God personally during his childhood and sought to serve Him faithfully throughout his life. He demonstrated his faith daily. He taught Bible classes and preached in several churches and was active at different times at College Church (Wheaton, Illinois), Twin Cities Bible Church (Urbana, Illinois), United Presbyterian Church (Bloomington, Indiana), Peninsula Baptist Church (Palos Verdes, California), Rolling Hills Covenant Church (Palos Verdes, California), and Evangelical Free Church (Fullerton, California).
Beyond Robert Fischer's many accomplishments, much of his enjoyment in life centered on his wife and family. Though orphaned of his own father and raised by a single mother, Robert Fischer was himself a role model of a loving father and faithful husband. He
was survived by his wife of 66 years Mary Ellen (Mitchell) (Fullerton, California) and his five children.--Phil Fischer,
Charles Flynn ( -1994) Chemistry died quietly in his condo on Oct. 28, 1994, while resting after dinner. Chuck published his annual Flynn Frizzer at Christmas time, and word of his death came in the final issue (vol. 8), written by brother Geoff, whose cover letter offers some insight into Chuck's personality: "While the loss of Chuck is difficult to accept it is comforting to know that he is now with our Lord, dancing and running and I'm sure also exchanging puns." Chuck worked as a chemist at the U.S. Bureau of Mines' Research Center in Reno, Nevada, and his fellow employees put together a retirement party for him, including a ballad that two coworkers wrote.
The reader might be indulged for a verse or two that provides some insight into Chuck's delightful character (sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies' song):
Come and listen to a story `bout a man named Flyn
a-notched chemist, and a warm-hearted friend
He's a scholar and a Christian
And he's always got a pun.
Well, here's to you Chuck, it's been great fun!
Rahr, that is...fight the fat...entropy
If you ask about his hobbies, we'd say he's had a few
When it comes to classic music, composer birthdays what he knew
His computer's been abuzzin'|
Cause Chuck's on his way to be a Mathcad hero!
Chuck, that is...Dr. Flynn...we'll miss him.
(from The Ballad of Chuck Flynn, written by Debbie Bluemer and Sandy McGill, USBM)
Geoff recounts one of his favorite stories about Chuck in the final Frizzer. In high school, Chuck entered and won first prize in a science contest, which was a four-year scholarship to Caltech. The awards ceremony was held in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where Chuck was awarded the prize by Werner Von Braun. As part of the offering, he was allowed to ask Von Braun a question. Geoff recounts: "Our parents were quietly praying in the audience that Chuck would keep quiet. But you know Chuck. He did in fact ask a question which resulted in a period of silence from Dr. Von Braun. Our parents thought Chuck's question must have been extremely basic and Dr. Von Braun was trying to think of a nice way to respond without embarrassing Chuck. Dr. Von Braun's response indicated that the auditorium was filled with many noted scientists and that only a handful probably even understood the question and maybe only three knew the answer! He then proceeded to answer Chuck's question. Needless to say we never doubted Chuck's brilliance after that." During the funeral service, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was played, and afterwards "we gathered to share stories and of course pizza and soda. What else would you expect to be served at a party to honor Chuck?"
Gerard Fridsma (1936-1995) mechanical engineer from Grand Rapids, Michigan, ended a nine-month battle with cancer Friday, March 31, 1995, at age 58 years. Jerry was born May 1, 1936 and educated in Passaic, New Jersey and employed as a research engineer in experimental hydrodynamics for 38 years, working on designs of landing craft, submarines and sailboats. A long-time ASA member. Joan Fridsma*
Robert C. Frost (1926 -1992 ) Biology
Of Escondido, California, an internationally known lay minister and teacher, died on 15 Sept 1992 at age 66. While speaking at a charismatic conference in Brighton, England, last December, he developed a hoarseness which was soon traced to a thyroid malignancy. After chemotherapy the cancer subsided, then came back beyond medical control.
Born in Vancouver, Washington, Bob graduated from Reed College in Oregon, earned an M.A. and Ph.D. (1952) in biology at Rice, stayed on in Houston to teach anatomy at Baylor College of Medicine. He later taught biology at Evangel College in Missouri, Westmont and Southern California colleges in California, and Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, where he chaired ORU's Dept of Natural Sciences. In 1970 he resigned to take up full-time writing and speaking. For several years he also taught at Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, California. Bob contributed articles to a number of periodicals and was a contributing editor to
New Covenant, a Catholic charismatic magazine. Speaking at the 1960 Annual Meeting at Westmont College: "Dr. Frost then asked the question., "To what extent is the Christian biologist a mechanist?" His answer pointed out the Christian's commitment to a transcendent God Who established the laws and supervises their operation and Who is also the Author and Finisher of the moral and spiritual life, as well, The Christian biologist sees beyond the mechanistic operation to the author beyond, much as a person can look through a glass window or focus attention on the glass itself". He wrote about the "Spirit-filled life" in a series of books from Bridge Publishing, Inc. (formerly Logos), Plainfield, New Jersey.
Aglow with the Spirit (1971) was followed by Overflowing Life and
Set My Spirit Free (1973), The Mystery of Life (1975), and Our Heavenly Father (1978). Inspired by Jesus' words in John 4:34, Bob finished revising Our Heavenly Father the week before his death. As his breathing became more difficult, he and his wife Ruth, a nurse, were sustained by Psalm 116. Besides Ruth, Bob is survived by four grown children and six grandchildren. He was a Fellow of ASA and active in Cathedral of the Valley Church. (As young profs at Baylor Med in the '50s, the two of us spent many lunch hours in his lab or in mine praying or studying the Bible together, sometimes with students. I've never had a more "whole-hearted" Christian colleague. Walt Hearn.
James E. Gaughan (1924-1996) Physics of Escondido, CA
James E Gaughan was born on 06/16/1924 and died on 07/31/1996 at the age of 72. James Gaughan is buried in the cemetery: Riverside National Cemetery, which is located in Riverside, CA. He was a physics graduate of U, of MI and USC, and got an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in CA. James specialized in materials and worked as an aerospace non-metallic materials and processing engineer, with expertise in elastomers (synthetic rubber). He did some research into the history of "Creation Research." James joined ASA in 1990.
Duane T. Gish (1921-2013) Biochemistry
Joined the ASA in 1960, was elected a fellow soon after for his contributions to the ASA and science. Gish died on March 5, 2013, at the age of 92, Born on February 17, 1921, in White City, Kansas, he served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater of Operations, attaining the rank of captain. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1949, and then a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1953. After a stint as a postdoctoral fellow and then assistant professor of biochemistry at Cornell University Medical College, he returned to the University of California, Berkeley, from 1956 to 1960, before joining the Upjohn Company as a researcher from 1960 to 1971.
Along the way he became an avid anti-evolutionist and left the scientific community in 1971, he became the vice president of the Institute for Creation Research, founded by Henry Morris. In 2005, Gish retired, becoming the ICR's Senior Vice President Emeritus. A prolific writer, his most famous book was
Evolution: The Fossils Say No! (Master Books, 1973), entitled in later editions Evolution: The Challenge of the Fossil Record (Master Books, 1985) and
Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! (Master Books, 1995). His most recent book was
Letter to a Theistic Evolutionist (ICON, 2012).
But Gish was famous, or notorious, principally on account of his debates with scientists, including such opponents as George Bakken, Kenneth R. Miller, Massimo Pigliucci, Kenneth Saladin, Michael Shermer, and William Thwaites. "If the mild-mannered professorial Morris was the Darwin of the creationist movement," wrote Ronald L. Numbers in The Creationists (2006), "then the bumptious Gish was its T. H. Huxley." Gish boasted of having engaged in over three hundred debates. He was certainly a lively debater, whose style involved a rapid delivery of arguments on widely varying topics; his debate style was dubbed the "Gish Gallop" by NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott in 1994. But scientists quickly concluded in the words of Karl Fezer, writing in 199, that "Gish will say, with rhetorical flourish and dramatic emphasis, whatever he thinks will serve to maintain, in the minds of his uncritical followers, his image as a knowledgeable 'creation scientist."' Gish spoke to the biases of a segment of Christendom that discounted science for a biblicist understanding of God and nature. --abstracted from bio,
Robert P. Glover (1913 -1961) Medicine'
One of the most distinguished members of the ASA, Dr. Robert P. Glover, died at his home in Cynwyd, Pa, after an illness of six months. Dr. Glover was one of a three-man team of surgeons who in 1947 and 1948 pioneered in mitral valve heart operations. Later he found a way to slice into the heart near a diseased valve thickened by scar tissue and inserting a tiny rod-like instrument which opened like an umbrella to stretch the valve back to normal. In 1952 they developed the famous "drawstring" technique to reseal leaking heart valves. By 1956 he was Chief of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Presbyterian and Episcopal Hospitals; Clinical Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital; Director, the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Research Laboratories at Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. He was the author of sections on cardiovascular surgery in a number of textbooks and was editor of the book, "Practical Diagnosis of Surgical Heart Disease".
Newsletter, Kitchell Jr. Memoir of Robert P. Glover (1913-1961). Trans Stud Coll Physicians Phila. 1962 Apr;29:191-2.*
Gilbert E. Goheen (1912 -1985) Chemistry
Of Kiln, Mississippi, died in the fall of 1985. He had been a member only since February, perhaps after seeing the write-up of the 1984 Annual Meeting in Chem. & Engineering News. Born in 1912, he received a B.S. from Illinois in 1934, and an M.S. (1935) and Ph.D. (1938) from the U. of Iowa, all in chemistry. His specialties were organic and agricultural chemistry, and he eventually retired as assistant director of the Southern Regional Research Center of USDA's Agricultural Research Service in New Orleans. He was the author of 23 publications and patents. Newsletter*
G. Michael Gonda (1957 - 1993) Philosophy of Science
Michael's undergraduate degree in biology was obtained from Kenyon College in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Sally Nasser Gonda, and children, Lucy and Sarah of Pittsburgh. He was a middle school teacher at Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, from 1986 to 1990. He received a masters at Tufts University, Medford, Mass.,1992. He was currently studying at University of Pittsburgh.
Newsletter, The Morning Call.*
John Gray ( -1971) Physician.
Was a physician in private practice in Hong Kong. An Englishman, Gray received his M.D. degree from Cambridge University in 1936 and had published several papers on urology. He was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, International Society of Urology, and International College of Surgeons. He was an Anglican but had served in the Gospel Clinic of Lutheran World Service in Hong Kong and was a consultant surgeon at the Fanlong, Hospital of LWS.
On his 1963 application for membership in ASA, John Gray described himself as "a firm believer in the inspiration of the scriptures as the chief guide to a Christian life, and a firm believer also in the necessity for an honest dedication to the scientific approach to medicine."
John Emil Halver III (1922-2012) Biochemistry
John passed away suddenly and peacefully at home at the age of 90 on October 24, 2012. He was in full possession of his mental abilities, and had finished editing a manuscript just the previous day. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 1:30 PM at Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 � 92nd Ave NE, Bothell, Washington 98011. John E. Halver the first member of ASA to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.John is a professor in the College of Fisheries at the University of Washington in Seattle, and senior scientist in nutrition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service there. He received his M.S. at Washington State and his Ph.D. at the U. of Washington. John has been a member of ASA since 1965.
Dr. Halver was born in Woodinville, WA on April 21, 1922 to John E Halver (from Finland) and Helen Hansen Halver (whose parents were from Norway and Denmark). He grew up during the Great Depression, and learned to make good use of resources and to repair things himself. In 1944 he married Jane Loren of Tacoma, his bride for over 68 years, and together they have five children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Throughout the years, John & Jane also opened their home to numerous international students.
Dr. Halver was an eminent nutritional biochemist who was honored as One of the Leading Scientists of the World� in 2005, for a lifetime of Research in Nutritional Biochemistry, by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. At the time of his death at age 90, he was still actively lecturing and consulting around the world. A devout, lifelong Christian, Dr. Halver spent his life confirming his belief that There is no conflict between science and theology. Science is pursuing truth, and God is the author of Truth. John Halver received a BS in Chemistry from Washington State College in 1944. He then was called to active duty in Europe with the US Army as an Infantry officer, returning from World War II as a Captain and a decorated soldier, having earned a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, American Theatre Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation (Germany), Combat Infantry Badge, and the Croix d Honneur from France. Later he also received the
Citoyen d Honneur from France. After WWII, Dr. Halver earned an MS in Organic Chemistry from Washington State College and a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Washington, after studies in Nutrition at Purdue University. Dr. Halver was the Director of Research for the National Fish and Wildlife Service, and as such, built and oversaw five laboratories throughout the northwest. Using fish as his experimental animal, Dr. Halver developed the standard test diet H440 (which stood for resulting in the nutritional standards used world-wide for salmonids and all fish. He also worked on nutritional studies for other animals, including humans. He was promoted to Senior Scientist in Nutrition for the Fish & Wildlife service, and in 1976, Dr. Halver joined the faculty at the University of Washington as Professor of Nutrition.
He served as US Science Ambassador to the World under four US Presidents, as well as a private consultant to over 90 countries throughout the world. Dr. Halver was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Washington State Academy of Science, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and received numerous accolades from around the world, including the Makila Honeur from Spain. He published over 200 scientific articles, wrote several scientific books, and was inducted into the Fisheries Hall of Fame as he Father of Fish Nutrition�. He was an avid hunter, a member of Rotary, the United Methodist Church, and Reserve Officers Association. In his spare time he loved producing and perfecting his hybrid Merlot wine. Obituary,
William Eugene Hamilton, Jr. Ph.D. (1942 - 2012)
He was born September 14, 1942 and entered into heaven on January 16, 2012, Austin, Texas.
Bill was born in Washington, D. C. to the late W. Eugene Hamilton and E. Arlene Hamilton. He grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Wheaton High School. Upon graduation, Bill attended Iowa State University where he received a bachelor's degree. He continued his education at Purdue University where he received a master's and doctorate degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U. S. Army Signal Corps and served one tour in the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Captain and was honorably discharged.
Upon leaving the army, Bill accepted an engineering position in Buffalo, New York. During this time he was named to Who's Who in the East. He met his loving wife Linda and they were married on April 28, 1973. Together they raised two sons Brett William and Derek Evan Hamilton.
After ten years of marriage, Bill accepted a position with General Motors Research Laboratories in Detroit, Michigan. He and his family relocated to Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Bill retired from General Motors after 25 years of service. During this career he received many distinctions including the McCune Award. Bill and his wife helped to start Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Michigan. This new church met in rented facilities. Bill faithfully arrived early every other Sunday to set up the church for ten years. He served also as an elder.
In 2008, Bill and Linda relocated to Austin, Tex. to live near their adult children and grand-children. They immediately began attending Grace Covenant Church and became members of The Word and the Way Adult Community Class. Bill was an avid reader and his interests included politics, computers, travel and history. He was a member of the American Scientific Affiliation and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (I.E.E.E).
He was an early member of the talk.origins discussion group contributing in a civil manner to a long running debate over science and the validity of Christian faith. His last entry in ASA Voices on Jan 22, 2011 reported a new round of chemo to be followed by a stem cell treatment. Bill wrote numerous book reviews for PSCF. Surviving him are his wife Linda (Schoch),
sons Dr. Brett W. Hamilton (Kristin), Dr. Derek E. Hamilton, his
mother Arlene R. Hamilton and grandchildren Luke and Lily Hamilton.
He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer and bore the illness
with dignity without complaining. " For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Phil. 1:21.
Allen J. Harder (1973 -1977) History and Philosophy of Science
He died February 28, 1977, at home in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 34. According to his widow, Julia L. Harder, Allen died at the end of a "long but patient struggle to live abundantly in a body increasingly limited by the growth of a brainstem tumor. We praise God for His mercy in allowing Allen to remain at home, relatively free from physical pain, and that Allen is at last with our Lord and Savior."
Allen received a B.S. in physics from Wheaton and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from Indiana University. He had taught at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania before becoming an assistant professor at Iowa State University in Ames. (Our paths crossed briefly before I left ISU in 1972, rejoicing that God had sent Allen as a witness in the philosophy department there. He was an articulate spokesman for Jesus Christ as well as for his own philosophical ideas--Ed.) He had been a member of ASA for about ten years and had contributed reviews and at least one article to the Journal. He was born in Peoria, IL. Besides his wife Julia, he is survived by his parents in Kansas City and a sister in Colorado. W. Hearn,
A. Dorothy Harris MD (~1903 -1971 ) Physician
From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was a missionary member of ASA since 1954 and a missionary to China since 1939. Born in Philadelphia PA, she received a B.A. in biology from Wheaton College in 1925 and an M.D. from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1933. When she joined ASA, she was employed by Overseas Missionary Fellowship of the China Inland Mission at the Happy Mount Leprosy Colony, Tanshui, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan. "Wheaton College Alumni News 1958. :Dr. Dorothy Harris '25 and Joy Leister '30 rejoice that they have been able to return to Taiwan to take responsibility for the Happy Mount Leprosarium again. The work has grown, and they have 65 patients." She had been a member of Aldan Union Church, Aldan. PA.
Franklin J. Harris,
Jr. (1918 - 2014 ) electrical engineer.
resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, he died October 2,2014, at
Johnson Health Care Center in Carol Stream, Illinois. He was born
July 19, 1918 in East Orange, New Jersey to Franklin and Emma
Harris. He grew up in Glen Ridge, New Jersey and graduated from
Newark College of Engineering and entered the US Navy during WWII.
He married Leslie Woodruff, also of Glen Ridge, in 1943 and moved to
Washington D.C. where he was assigned to the Naval Research Lab
(NRL). After his discharge, he continued as a civilian at the NRL
until 1974. In June 1974 Frank retired from the Naval Research Lab
in Washington, D. C., where he had been head of the
Beam-Semiconductor Device Section in the Electronics Division. Frank
accepted a position as electronic laboratory associate at Wheaton
College, Illinois, in January 1975
In 1986, Leslie passed away and he went on to marry Karen Lizner.
They moved to Windsor Park in 2003, where Karen passed away in 2011.
Franklin Harris developed 11 patents over a span of 22 years during
his career at NRL. His patents were all related to radar technology
for defense. Radar technology developed at the Naval Research
Laboratory contributed greatly to the winning of World War II.
Franklin's early work may have helped contribute to that win. His
later work was also used commercially in storage tube oscilloscopes
which were widely used to advance technology on many fronts.
Once retired, he enjoyed an adventuresome lifestyle, traveling
all over the world including, Australia, Israel, Africa and Alaska.
He enjoyed scuba diving, roller skating, swimming, and classical
music, especially the Artist Series at Wheaton College. He also
served on short term mission trips to HCJB in Ecuador as a short
wave worldwide radio broadcaster. He was an active member of College
Church in Wheaton. He is survived by his five children, Kathleen
Wall of Reedley, California, Robert (Alice)Harris of Ellicott City,
Maryland, Jean (Malcolm) Swinbanks of Barrowden, England, John
Harris of Lansing, Michigan and Debby (Glenn) Leach of Tracy's
Landing, Maryland. He was buried in Abraham Lincoln National
Franklin was a member of ASA for over 56 years
(joined in 1958). During his time in Washington, he was an active
member of the DC ASA section.
Obit published in the
Chicago Daily Herald on Oct. 6, 2014. Newsletter.
R. Laird Harris (1911 -2008) Biblical Studies, chemical
(picture 1947, ASA Annual Meeting, Taylor U)
Born March 10, 1911. Dr. R. Laird Harris passed away Friday, April 25, 2008, in Quarryville, Pa. Harris was born near Upper Makefield Township, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Delaware (1931), a Th.B. (1935) and a Th.M. (1937) from Westminster Theological Seminary, an A.M. from University of Pennsylvania (1941), and a Ph.D. from Dropsie College (1947).
Harris was a former moderator of the PCA and the Bible Presbyterian Synod. He was also a founding faculty member of Covenant Theological Seminary, where he was a professor and chairman of the Old Testament Department from 1956 until he retired in 1981. Dr. Harris served as chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation that produced the New International Version of the Bible . Harris was one of the biblical scholars who had strong interests in science-faith question in the early period of the ASA. He served on numerous Convention Committees. See papers.
Elmer Hartgerink (1917-2000) Chemist
Born 7-29-1917 in Ottawa MI. Graduated Hope College, 1939 and completed his masters in organic chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. The first of 3 generations to attend Hope College. He subsequently returned to Zeeland, Mich., the city of his birth, to work with Chemical Specialties Inc. He stayed with the firm when it was acquired by Miles Laboratories, and remained with Miles Labs, serving in Zeeland as well as Granite City, Ill., and Elkhart, Ind. until retiring as director of environmental control in 1979. Three days later, he became chairman and chief executive officer of Wyckoff Chemical Company Inc. in South Haven, Mich. He was Wyckoff president until 1989, when Ron succeeded him, and remained the company's chairman until the firm was purchased by Catalytica Inc. in 1999.
"Elmer Hartgerink of South Haven, Michigan, is a chemist and entrepreneur whose Wyckoff Chemical Co. has grown from $113,000 in sales per year in 1978 to about $15 million in sales today. Wyckoff employs 70 people in the manufacture of important bulk pharmaceuticals. Elmer attributes the company's success to "the hard work of many people and the blessings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." The note on ASA's financial situation prompted him to send a much-appreciated contribution to Ipswich, along with a Wyckoff brochure. On the cover were pictures of Elmer and his son, who is taking his place as head of the company. The cover also featured the structural formula of a Wyckoff product; Elmer offered ASA director Bob Herrmann a prize if he could name the compound. Died 2-21-2000. at 82. See Hope College Article *
H. Harold Hartzler (1908-1993) Physics
For many years a very active ASA member and professor of physics and astronomy at Mankato State University, Mankato, MN since 1958, died Thursday, 9 Dec 1993, at age 85. "H3," as he was sometimes known in ASA circles, graduated from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA in 1930, and from Rutgers U., Newark, NJ, in 1934, where he received a doctorate in physics. With post-graduate work at Pennsylvania State U., U. of Michigan, and U. of Arizona, Harold was well-prepared in his long and full career in teaching - first as a professor of mathematics and astronomy and dean of men at Elizabethtown (PA) College from 1935-1937. Then, it was off to Goshen College, where Harold settled in from 1937 to 1958.
Besides the ASA, Harold belonged to numerous learned societies involved in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and education, and to various honorary societies, including Sigma Xi. He was the first Executive Secretary of the ASA. His funeral announcement in the Goshen News noted his membership in the ASA and that "He was the only person who attended every one of the 31 national meetings of the American Scientific Affiliation." He published numerous papers in JASA and
PSCF. While unable to attend one of his later meetings in person, Harold "showed up" via the medium of videotape. Harold was the "heart of the ASA for many years, heading up the ASA office and acting as as peace-maker in contentious times. He mentored younger members to become involved in the affairs of the
organization. The Editor (Walt Hearn), while in Oregon in the early '70s, remembers an OR Local Section Annual Meeting at which Harold, then traveling about the country, gave a lively luncheon talk about relations between the ASA and ICR. Harold was also a member of the Creation Research Society. He valiently sought to bridge the gap between creationists and those who found a place for evolution. One of Harold's long-term projects was a study of Amish and Mennonite genealogy and history. Duane Kauffmann, 1950 Photo,
Charles Hatfield (1920-1993) Mathematics
Died at age 73 on Wednesday, 17 Nov 1993. Shortly after being able to come home from the hospital on 22 June for two days to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with Muriel and family, his health rapidly declined. Born in Kentucky, Dr. Hatfield graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown College in 1940. and received an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. After obtaining his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University in 1944 and completing two years of active duty in the USNR, he joined the mathematics faculty of the University of Minnesota, moving from there to North Dakota in 1960.
His long teaching career included graduate teaching assistant at U. of Kentucky and Cornell, assistant professor at the U. of Minnesota from 1946-1960; professor and math dept. chairman at the U. of North Dakota, 1960-1964; and chairman and senior professor of mathematics at the U. of Missouri-Rolla until his retirement. Besides developing new courses at the U. of MO in abstract algebra and number theory, he was a most valued advisor and group lecturer. Chuck was deeply involved with the ASA as Council Member and President, author, lecturer, promoter of Christian scholarship.
In addition to serving on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America (1975-1977), he was a member of the American Mathematical Society and Sigma Xi. He taught Morning Bible Class at First Presbyterian Church and Rolla Bible Church. Chuck was also a member of the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Institute for Advancement of Christian Studies. Muriel Hatfield, Elving Anderson,
John D. Haynes (1919-2000) Biometrician
American Cyanamid Company Pearl River, New York. This industrial biometrician, a servant of science. Died 2-21-2000 in Nanuet NY. Born 4-11-1919 in PA. US Army 1942-45 enlisting in Buffalo, NY Long term ASA member and leader in the NY Section (1965-2000). He noted in a Ramm memorial
article: "[...this] servant of science, who just had had theological questionings satisfied by studying
Mere Christianity, Miracles, and Problem of Pain, all by C.S. Lewis, welcomed the appearance of
The Christian View of Science and Scripture as an eminently logical, scholarly treatise, which met a definite need and kept me in the fold."
Russell Heddendorf (1930-2008) Sociology
Professor of sociology at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA from 1982-2000, died of heart failure on Dec. 24, 2008, at age 78. He was born on June 11. 1930 on Long Island, N.Y., and graduated from Queens College in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in sociology after graduate study at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh Following his Army service in Korea and Japan during the Korean War, Russ married Eleanor Pearce in 1954. He taught at Dickinson and Geneva Colleges prior to going to Covenant. His main concentrations in the field were social theory and sociology of religion and he founded the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology (ACTS) in 1976.
Russell was particularly concerned with the idea of Christian calling as opposed to career and the conflicts of living in and not of the world. Not long ago he published From
Faith to Fun, which deals with the sociological aspects of humor contrasted with the Christian idea of joy. He also wrote
Hidden Threads (1994). Russell was an adjunct professor after he retired and kept very busy in the department up until the end.
His ASA publications included: Sociology (1958), The Church and Race: An Experiment On Futility (1965), Religion, Science and the Challenge of Modernity (1986), Another Perspective on Dooyeweerdian social theory (1991).
"He loved to travel and visited his daughter who was a missionary in France. He leaves his wife, Harriet, son David, and daughter Ruth Ann. Russ had a love of travel and exploring the world. He enjoyed camping with Ellie and their children and with Harriet made a number of visits to Europe. He was devoted to preserving a connection with his relatives in the Alsace region of France. Russ played tennis, and was a lifelong Dodgers baseball fan. He sang in several church choirs, worked diligently on his yard, and was proficient in the theory and practice of humor. He was a member of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, and with Harriet enjoyed the ministry of Rivermont Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga where he taught Sunday School and led a men's Bible study."
Milford F. Henkel ( -1969)
Of Pierson, Michigan, died on July 12, 1969, in an automobile accident, of which his wife, Julie, was the only survivor. She and their sons Milford, Jr., and Jerry testified in a courageous Christmas letter that God has given them grace, strength, and help in time of need. He served in the Rainbow Division 168h Field Hospital Medical Corps in WWI. (in progress)
John Hiben (1925-1984) Psychology of Parsons, Kansas,
Died in July 1984 at age 59, according to a note from his wife, Marian. Born in Minneapolis, John graduated from Bethel College and did graduate work in psychology at Minnesota and Kansas, earning an M.A. in 1961. At the time of his death he was a clinical psychologist at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, and an active participant in the First Baptist Church of Parsons.
William H. Hildemann (1927- 1983) Immunogenetics
Amyotropic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease") claimed his life of on 8 Sept. 1983 after two years of severe illness. An internationally known authority on the comparative genetics of the immune system, he was a professor of microbiology and immunology at UCLA Medical School in Los Angeles. His immunological work helped lead the way to heart and kidney transplants. Bill Hildemann was born in Los Angeles in 1927.
After obtaining his bachelor's degree and an M.S. at USC he served as a First Lieutenant in the First Marine Division during the Korean War. He returned to earn a Ph.D in immunogenetics at Cal Tech, then spent a postdoctoral year in London before joining the UCLA faculty in 1957. He eventually served as chair of the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology and as director of the UCLA Dental Research Institute. Bill helped to found two international journals and published almost 200 papers in his 26 years at UCLA. An interest in aquatic life began with his Ph.D. work on immune responses in fish. Bill continued to study the phylogeny of the immune response in such organisms as corals and sponges.
He had a great love for the South Pacific and at one time served as dean of Hilo College at the U. of Hawaii. Bill's widow, Mrs. Dorothy Hildemann, wrote to us about her husband's lifelong participation in the Lutheran church. A Sunday school teacher for many years, he was also active in the Lutheran Campus Council at UCLA. He and Dorothy met in church and were attending Village Lutheran Church in Westwood. Because Bill had been a jogger, swimmer, and scuba diver, his debilitating disease was a heavy burden to him, she said, "but his faith in God never wavered." Bill Hildemann joined ASA in Aug. 1982, perhaps after one of our readers called his attention to mention of his name in the Jun/Jul issue of the Newsletter. We had quoted a letter he wrote in Science (5 Mar. 1982) on the creation/evolution controversy, and a later letter responding to his. We thought Bill's final rejoinder was superb. In fact we planned to quote it in a story we still haven't found room for, on articulating Christian faith in secular journals.
Bill said he did not advocate "mixing religion with science instruction," as charged by his critic. Instead he advocated "teaching concepts of evolution in a manner that avoids unnecessary strife" - in a country where perhaps 40 million people perceive evolution as "ant-God." After quoting Judge Overton's decision in the Arkansas Balanced Treatment case, to the effect that such a perception is mistaken, Bill concluded: "I would add that concepts of creation and evolution are quite compatible if evolution is viewed as a creative process continuing over many millions of years. Individual writers or lecturers could, of course, say much more about divergent beliefs or theories concerning origins, depending on the audience. The integrity of science is not compromised by stating that 'ultimate origins of life and matter are unknown and open to conjecture.' Indeed, evolutionary scientists, among whom I count myself, could well take greater care in separating facts from conjecture."Dorothy Hildemann said that response to Bill's letters in Science was very large, running about 9 to 1 in favor of his stand. She also said that coming issues of Immunology Today, Transplantation; and Developmental & Comparative Immunology would all contain special memorial tributes to her husband. Newsletter*
Lerner Brady Hinshaw (1921-1999) Physiology of Roseville, CA Born Jun 9 1921, San Diego County, California. Died Feb 14,1999 in Roseville, CA He enlisted in San Francisco as a private in the U.S. Army. He declared he had three years of college, was single, without dependents, and was employed as an "airplane and engine mechanic". He was recorded as 73" tall, 167 lbs. He married Alice Elaine Larson, Jun 28 1946, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. After the war he earned the BS in Biology 1949 and MS in Biology at USC and the PhD in Physiology in 1955. He did a post-doc at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty and became prominent in his field of animal physiology with 283 publications under his name. Alice, daughter of William & Ethel Larson, was born Apr 6 1920, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. Alice obtained a B.A. in English from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1941, and a Registered Nurse Diploma from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., in 1945. She met her husband, Lerner Hinshaw, the love of her life, a captain in the U.S. Army, by being his pen pal for several years during World War II when he was overseas, and sight unseen accepted his marriage proposal.
They married in Grand Rapids on June 28, 1946. They had four children. She supported her husband faithfully, family said, as he obtained his Ph.D. in physiology while living in Pasadena, Calif. They lived in Minneapolis while her husband pursued his research and teaching career. He joined the ASA in 1974. Newsletter, Memorial in several journals*
Peter Hofstra (1921-1994) Medical doctor of La Jolla, CA died 7 Mar. 1994. He graduated in pre-med from Calvin College in 1939, Graduated 1943, University of Michigan Medical School in orthopedic surgery and did his surgical residency in hospitals in New York city, Paterson, N.J. He was also interested in biblical archaeology and creation/evolution questions
Tomuo (Tom) Hoshiko
Tomuo Hoshiko Ph.D., 86, of Ashland, OH and formerly of University Heights,
went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday night, November 9, 2013 at the
Bradford House in Brethren Care Village.
Dr. Hoshiko was born October 5, 1927 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, to the
late Tsunehachi and Toshie (nee Kuroda) Hoshiko.
Tom's parents, Japanese
immigrants to Canada, had a farm in British Columbia. His father passed away
when Tom was 4 years old, and his mother continued farming until the
government appropriated their home and land during World War II. Tom and his
mother were then assigned to work on a sugar beet farm in Alberta. Later he
came to USA for college and he became a naturalized US citizen. He received
his Bachelor of Science degree from
Kent State University in 1949 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in
1953, and was a Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
A Professor Emeritus, Dr. Hoshiko was Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at
Case Western University in Cleveland. During Sabbatical years he also was
Visiting Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, at the Tokyo Medical
and Dental University,
and at the Katholieke Universitiet Leuven, Belgium. He had many
presentations and research publications in scientific journals in his area
of expertise, transport across biological membranes. Subsequent to his 1962
commitment to Christ, Tom's life increasingly focused on God and on family
activities. He was an avid photographer and a great camper, canoeing and
fishing up into the Canadian hinterland with family. Long before it was
generally popular, he was interested in solar power which
he incorporated into a house he built and another that he remodeled.
He attended Ashland Grace Brethren Church. He was a member and Fellow of the
American Scientific Affiliation - a network of Christians in the Sciences, and
was a founder of University Christian Forum at Case Western Reserve University.
He was President of the Society of General Physiologists, a member of the
Council of Scientific Society Presidents, a member of the American Physiological
Society, and a member of the Biophysical Society.
In 1962 he married Barbara (Rambo) Hoshiko, who survives. Also surviving are one
daughter, Katherine (James) Bentley of Ashland; two sons, Daniel (Ruthanne)
Hoshiko of Univerity Heights,
OH and James (Kimberly) Hoshiko of Westville, IN; grandchildren, John Bentley,
Anna Bentley, Lydia Bentley, Peter Bentley, Kent Hoshiko, Adam Hoshiko, Tim
Hoshiko, Jackson Hoshiko, Paul Hoshiko, Nathan Hoshiko, Ben Hoshiko and Lauren
Hoshiko; two sisters, Eileen Hoshiko and Yuri (Hoshiko) Goto and one brother,
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary (Hoshiko) Ono.
Tom joined the ASA in 1966. He helped start a fellowship of Christian
Biophysicists who met in conjunction with the Biophysical
Society Meetings, He served as chair of the Bioethics
Commission in 1997 and gave presentations at several ASA annual meetings.
His last ASA talk "Challenging the Secular Mindset of Scientists" was given at
the 2000 annual meeting. He and ASA member wife Barbara were retired from CW in 2001.
Dwight T Davy, PhD, PE Professor Emeritus and Interim Chair Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
commented: "'I learned much from Tom's words, but his life taught
me much more, He was a role model to me and other Christians in the
way his faith animated his public life, Tom hosted a group of people
at CWRU who met regularly to discuss issues of faith, We variously
studied the Bible and a number of books usually written by Christian
authors addressing matters of science, philosophy, and faith. We
were a small motley group coming from a variety of perspectives. We
had many great discussions around intersections of the Christian
faith with various issues of life and our work .
along the line we hatched the idea of inviting Christians,
well-known for their academic or research work, to speak on campus.
Tom, as usual, led the charge. We, as the University Christian
Forum, sought to partner with the appropriate department or school
within the university to bring them to campus and, by the way, to
expenses, The speaker would give a seminar on their work under
sponsorship of the department or school, and then they would also
give a public address in which they spoke of their faith as the
context for their work. Tom was a mentor without seeking to
be one, By his life, Tom challenged me and other Christians on
campus to step out more boldly in public testimony of our faith, He
could engage in a dialog about faith with a remarkable blend of
openness and humility along with conviction and boldness.
More than once I got to see him challenge
faculty thinking with clarity and skill and do it with kindness and good humor.
Joseph R. Hoover
( - )Medical Doctor
Of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away June 2, at age 70. His wife Elizabeth reports, "While he persevered almost 22 years with Parkinson's Disease, the cause of death was related to his heart." Joined the ASA in 1962. (incomplete)
Reijer Hooykaas (1906-1994) Historian of Science
Dutch historian of science and author of Religion and the Rise of Modern Science, died on Jan. 4, 1994, as reported by Christians in Science in Britain. They say:
"He was at his best when surrounded by a group of research students in animated discussion. He constantly stressed the need for intellectual humility before the data of both Scripture and the natural world that God has given us, urging us to `sit down before the facts like a little child.' He warned us of the danger of `a fresh idolatry of our minds. This,' he said, `is really the liberal disease, whether it takes the form of orthodoxy or not.'"
Hooykaas co-taught the Regent C. summer course (Vancouver, BC) on "Christian Faith and Natural Science" with his good friend from across the Channel, the late Donald M. MacKay. He was an ASA Honorary member. See article. Arie Leegwater.*
Cleveland Hopkins (1910-2003)
Electrical Engineering entered the Lord's presence Sept. 7, 2003 at age 93 in Prescott, AZ. Cleveland was born in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sept. 8, 1910, to Charles Blodgett and Lucia (Cleveland) Hopkins. He was married to Lillian Christine Hopkins MacKenzie on Aug. 11, 1945, at Park Street Church in Boston, Mass. They enjoyed 58 years together. After obtaining a B.S. in Engineering, he was recruited for a classified project at MIT, where his team developed the pulse radar technology now used to guide planes into airports worldwide.
At the Pentagon, he headed planning for the airborne early warning system, later becoming Head of Operations Analysis Office of the Alaska Air Command, in charge of the Arctic Distant Early Warning radar lines. Cleve continued his career in operations research and analysis with a variety of government agencies, including the National Bureau of Standards (NIST), Office of Technology Assessment, Office of Telecommunications Policy, the FAA, and the Naval Research Laboratory as well as several stints with MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Division 2) as an analyst for ICBM development and deployment for the Army and Air Force. In addition, he was a life-member of TIMS/ORSA, a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Society of Professional Engineers, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, and a member of the National Capitol Astronomers Association and the American Scientific Affiliation.
He served Park Street Church and Derwood (MD) Alliance Church as trustee, and First Baptist Church in Prescott as deacon. His favorite hobby was astronomy, building his own 14" telescope and small observatory. Other hobbies included computers, woodworking, hiking, ham radio and geology. As author, editor, co-author and co-editor, he had a hand in 57 professional publications. Obit*
George R. Horner (1913-<2007) Anthropology
George was Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Eastern Nazarene College, Wollaston Park, Quincy, MA in the 50s and 60s. In that period he was active in the work of the ASA New England section and nationally as a JASA author and speaker at Annual Meetings. Archaeologist, Indian Site Survey, State Museum of New Jersey, '40-42; Active Duty, United States Army, '43-45.
A missionary anthropologist he graduated from Wheaton College in 1940, received his masters at Columbia University in 1943, and doctorate at the Sorbonne, La Litterature orale: son emploi comme technique Pour I 'etude de la structure sociale et psychologique des tribus indigenes. Doctoral thesis. Sorbonne, Universite de Paris, June, 1950. He served as anthropology instructor at Wheaton from 1946-48 prior to completing his doctoral studies, In the 1970's George moved to Bridgewater State College to found the Anthropology major and undertook ethnographic investigations in West Africa as well as archaeological investigations in the Boston area. He promoted a multi-sub-disciplinary approach to the field of Anthropology in the classroom as well as in the field.
The Dr. George B. Horner Award for Academic Excellence in Anthropology is presented annually to outstanding graduating Anthropology majors. He was a founding member of the African Studies Association in 1958 and the African Research and Studies Program at Boston University. He published in the American Anthropologist in the 70s. Early Braintree gravestone art 1728-1850 : Second Parish Church Elm Street Cemetery, a portfolio by George R Horner (1986) His wife Mary Elizabeth Horner died January 25 2007 at Cape End Manor in Provincetown, Mass. Mrs. Horner taught French at ENC during the 1960s and 1970s. She was an MK, born in Seoul, Korea, and lived in Pyongyang until she was 18. They met at Wheaton College. Wheaton College Achieves,
Newsletter, Bridgewater State Achieves*
Henry H. Howell
Professor of biology at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, died on January 4, 1980, at age 66, evidently of a heart attack. He had served as professor of biology at Asbury for 22 years, and although retired in 1979 he was still teaching classes at the time of his death. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he had received an A.B. at Birmingham-Southern College, an M.S. in biology from Auburn, a B.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the U. of Alabama. He was a member of a number of scientific societies, especially the American Fisheries and Wildlife Society. He had been president of the Midwest Benthological Society and general secretary of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. In a memorial service at the Wilmore United Methodist Church, of which he was a member, it was said of Henry Howell that "he was no isolated or insulated or alienated scientist. His love for God's world and nature was always combined with a love for people. He used his love of nature and the creation to get into the hearts of young people." He helped organize the Jessamine County-Wilmore Planning and Zoning Commission, which he chaired for 9 years. Tributes came from county residents who appreciated his efforts to stop pollution of local streams. He was the first Asbury faculty member to receive as a sabbatical grant to study the Jessamine Creek Gorge for recreational and environmental benefits.
Henry Howell is survived by his wife Irene, two daughters, two sons, a sister, brother, and one granddaughter. Irene Howell wrote to us, saying that Henry had wanted to attend the 1979 ASA Annual Meeting at Stanford, but had not yet adjusted to the pacemaker he had worn since May 1979. He taught fall quarter and the first four days of winter quarter this year. On January 4, Henry "came home for lunch and was sitting at the table with our son who had just returned from Minneapolis and our missionary daughter who had come home from Liberia for a surprise Christmas visit. I heard our son exclaim 'No! Daddy! "When I got there he was gone." Our sympathy goes to the Howell family, along with appreciation for the account Mrs. Howell sent
ASA News. She said "We are so grateful to the Lord that there was no suffering and that he had lived abundantly until his last breath. Now God's grace is proving
beautifully sufficient for us." Newsletter*
John R. Howitt (1891-1985) Psychiatry of Toronto died on 31 August 1985, halfway through his 94th year. He was buried on September 4 in Guelph, Ontario, where his parents and siblings were already buried. John received his M.B. in 1915 and his M.D. in 1928, both at the U. of Toronto. He specialized in psychiatry and eventually retired as superintendent of Ontario Hospital in Port Arthur. In addition to membership in various medical societies he was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the American Psychiatric Association. A very-long-time member of ASA (later CSCA), he attended almost every Annual Meeting, generally assisted by his nephew, surgeon John Stewart. According to John Howitt's niece Barbara Stewart Ferguson, the few times when "Unc" was physically unable to attend, she listened avidly to her brother's reports of the meetings. John Howitt was a model Christian gentleman of "the old school" but he had a twinkle in his eye and a sparkle in his speech. Born on February 29 in a leap year (1892), John often joked about his missing birthdays, including the one he felt cheated of in 1900. Maybe that's what kept him so young. He was remarkably tolerant of young squirts who held views sometimes radically different from his own.
John was the author (anonymously, because of his government employment) of a pocket-sized 96-page booklet entitled
Evolution: "Science Falsely So-called," a compact summary of anti-evolutionary arguments published by the International Christian Crusade (205 Yonge St., Room 31, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M513 11\12; 50 cents per copy, plus postage). Including all editions, over 200,000 copies have been distributed. The 20th edition appeared in 1981. Over the years, as each new edition appeared, John would send the
Newsletter editor a copy. I don't know that we ever convinced each other of anything, but I know that I will miss John Howitt.-Walt Hearn.
Charles Hoyle (1949-2009) Chemistry
Passed away September 7, 2009, in Hattiesburg, MS, at age 60. He earned his BS from Baylor and his MS and PhD from Northwestern University. After employment as a researcher at Armstrong World Industries (81 patents) in Lancaster, PA, in 1983 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi as professor of polymer science and chemistry. He was internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of the photochemistry and photophysics of polymers. He published more than 160 refereed papers, cited nearly 2,500 times. In addition to his research skills, he also excelled as a mentor and encourager of his students. Biography MSU*
Charles Hummel (1923-2004) Chemical Engineer. IVCF.
81, died Aug. 16, 2004 after a long battle with vascular dementia. He had a Yale BS, MIT master's in chemical engineering, a Wheaton master's in theology and an honorary doctorate from Geneva College. After a year at Exxon, he joined InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in 1951, became IVCF's interim director, became president of Barrington College. 1965-1974, and returned to IVCF in 1975 as Director of Faculty Ministries and remained there until his retirement in 1991.
He served on the ASA Council from 1985-89 (president 1988). He was an avid sailor and belonged to the Barrington Yacht Club for 30 years. His 15 books included
The Galileo Connection: Resolving Conflicts between Science and
the Bible; The Tyranny of the Urgent and Fire in the Fireplace:
Contemporary Charismatic Renewal. Newsletter*
K. Wiley Jarrell (1916-1982) Missionary
Died August 22, 1916, May 1, 1983, 66 years, Allegany County The notice came from daughter-in-law Lorene Jarrell of Taylorsville, North Carolina, with whom Wiley's widow stayed briefly after his death. He had
a degree in theology with work in psychology. He was listed in the ASA Directory as a Missionary Member. Newsletter*
Robert E. Jarvis (1927 - 2014)
Professor Robert Jervis died on his 87th
birthday on May 21, 2014 after an amazing life. He was devoted to
his Christian faith and his family. He was a distinguished scientist, a
man of principle, but also great humility. Above all he was a man of
integrity, greatly admired and respected by his students and scientific
colleagues around the world and deeply loved by his family. Born in
Toronto, he came from humble roots. A child of the depression, he
achieved an undergraduate degree in Math, Physics and Chemistry in
1949 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1952, all at the
University of Toronto.
He worked at the Chalk River nuclear research
facility from 1952-58 pioneering novel methods of trace element
analysis in the environment by applied nuclear chemistry. He joined the
University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
where he continued his research in applied analytical and environmental
chemistry. He was professor at University of Toronto for five
decades, including as Professor Emeritus in his final years. His work
took him around the world lecturing and consulting with scientists
and scientific bodies and as a visiting professor at the University of
Tokyo, University of Cambridge and University of Kuala Lumpur. He
published over 250 scientific papers.
Robert Jervis received numerous
awards and honours: the W.B. Lewis Medal, Canada's highest nuclear
scientific award; the international Hevesy Medal, for radioanalytical
chemistry; the American Nuclear Society's Emmon Medal; and he was
the first foreign recipient of the Russian Academy of Science's
Ressovsky Medal. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the
Canadian Nuclear Society, the Canadian Society for Chemistry and an
honourary fellow of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan and the
Indian Academy of Sciences.
He lived his faith in all aspects of his
life and always travelled with a Bible, seeking to bring God's love
to all. His deepest professional satisfaction came from instilling first
year students with a love of science. His greatest love was his
family - his devoted wife Jean, from whom he was inseparable for 70
years, daughter Ann, son Peter, grandchildren Dylan, Bronwen and Max -
who shared more than a lifetime's worth of happy memories together.
He is also survived by his beloved sister Kathleen.
Deryl F. Johnson ( - 1999) Physics, Bible of Knoxville, TN. Some of us will remember Deryl from his frequent attendance at ASA Annual Meetings, a familiar sight with his invariably pleasant disposition despite his leg braces and canes. Deryl was a physicist with an interest in the history of science. whose WWII wounds severely affected his mobility and he had to move from physics to philosophy and biblical literature. He began his careering teaching philosophy at London College of Bible and Missions, Ontario, beginning September 1964. He had completed his residence work for the PhD in Religion at the State University of Iowa.
His dissertation was on the Princeton Theologians and their attitudes toward Darwinism, 1859-1929. He gave a talk on the subject at the 1977 Annual Meeting He then moved philosophy and religion at Frederick College, Portsmouth, Virginia. He later taught at Methodist College, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Finally he taught Bible at Warner-Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida from 1975 to his death Deryl wrote from a V.A. hospital in Tampa in spring 1992, requesting our prayers. He was suffering from osteomyelitis of the skull due to a WWII head wound. He was beginning a heavy regimen of antibiotics, given six times daily for a month.
Duane E. Johnson (1928-1976) Chemistry
We have been notified by Mrs. Shirley Johnson of Los Gatos, California, that her husband, Duane E. Johnson, died of leukemia on November 29, 1976. Duane, 47, was a research chemist for IBM Corporation. Shortly before his death, company officials came to his room at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto to present him with a substantial bonus in recognition of his discoveries in electron-beam litography, which make possible the production of finer lines in printed circuits. He had been hospitalized for nearly two months. Duane, a native Iowan and graduate of Iowa State, received his Ph.D. from UCLA. He was active in Calvary Baptist Church of Los Gatos, where his funeral service was held. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons and a daughter in Los Gatos, a brother in Iowa, and a sister in Nebraska.
H. Johnston (1918-2011)
Lawrence H. "Larry" Johnston, one of the last survivors of the Manhattan
Project, died peacefully Sunday at his home in Moscow, Idaho. Millie, his wife
of 69 years, and family were with him. He was 93.
Johnston designed the first atomic bomb detonator and is believed to be the only
eyewitness to all three 1945 atomic explosions - at White Sands, N.M., and in
Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, events that killed some 200,000 people and
ended World War II. Johnston was assigned to measure the impact of the bombs.
Johnston had just completed his bachelor's degree and begun graduate work at
University of California, Berkeley in 1940, when he agreed to follow his mentor,
Nobel-prize-winning Luis Alvarez, to Boston to help develop microwave radar at
MIT's Radiation Laboratory. By 1943, Johnston had helped develop a
ground-controlled-approach radar blind landing system for airplanes, an
invention critical to the success of World War II Battle of Britain and the
post-war Berlin Airlift.
Both Alvarez and Johnston then moved to Los Alamos,
N.M., to help develop the atomic bomb.
Back at Berkeley after the war, Johnston helped Alvarez build a new type of
proton linear accelerator. Johnston then headed construction of a larger version
of it at the University of Minnesota, and worked on another at Stanford
University. In 1967, the Johnston's moved to Moscow where he served as physics
professor at the University of Idaho until 1988. He focused on nuclear physics,
lasers and molecular spectroscopy. After retiring, Johnston continued to give
talks about his experiences to all ages, from elementary school children to
scientists. A natural teacher, Johnston used many occasions as teachable
moments. When fishing, gutting fish meant also examining contents of the fish's
stomach and asking his kids to decipher its last meal. "Hmm, caddis fly larvae."
Friends and family teased Johnston that his interest in explosives went back to
his birth on Chinese New Year - known for its fireworks - Feb. 11, 1918, in
Shantung Province, China, to Christian missionaries. A picture at age 3 shows
him grinning and holding a large Chinese firecracker. The family spent Larry's
fifth summer traveling across the USA in a Model-T Ford, paying farmers 25 cents
to camp on their property and visiting national parks. Ever after, Larry loved
camping and the outdoors.
Johnston was asked in post-war years whether he regretted working on the A bomb.
"My answer," Johnston told an MIT interviewer in 1991, "is that I felt very
privileged to be part of an effort that promised to end the war abruptly, and
which had the prospect of saving many lives, both Japanese and American."
Johnston, known for his wit and kindness to all, held this view even during
heated debate over the ethics of the bomb in more recent decades.
Johnston devoted much of his retirement to improving the relationship between
modern science and the Bible. He was a member and later a fellow of the ASA from 1950 until his
death in 2011. A proponent of intelligent design, Johnston sought
understanding of evolutionary biology from the University of Idaho's Holly Wichman and James Foster through weekly lunchtime sessions that continued until
He enjoyed jousting with younger ASAer's on the list serve.
Millie and Larry treasured two trips to Israel where they worked on Biblical
archeology projects and Larry helped Israeli scientists use sonar to locate
potential dig sites. Newsletter,
Walter Colin Johnson (1922-2005) Psychiatry
Walter went to be with the Lord on Feb. 19, 2005 at age 83. Born in England, he graduated from Malvern C. and U. of London Guys Hospital. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and practiced medicine in England for several years. He moved to the U.S. in the 1950s and served on the staffs of several New England hospitals. He was a pioneer in treating depression and was a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Massachusetts Medical and Dental Society and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.
He attended Park Street Church in Boston and later First Congregational Church in Boxford, MA. On a 1982 ASA questionnaire he wrote: We should stress inerrancy not only in matters of faith and practice, but also in science, history, and geography. At the same time, we should not bend science to fit into rigid or preconceived notions of biblical interpretation ... His papers in the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation included "Only a Machine, or Also a Living Soul?", "Depression: Biological Abnormality or Spiritual Backsliding?", "A Neglected Modality in Psychiatric Treatment: the Mono-amine Oxidase Inhibitor", and
"Demon Possession and Mental Illness". Johnson made several missionary trips to South America. Newsletter*
C. Weldon Jones (1953-2003) Biology
Professor of Biology at Bethel College passed away Sept.21, 2003 at age 50 after a brief illness. After obtaining A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard before joining the Bethel faculty in 1982.
He was also a visiting scientist at Mayo Clinic, enabling Bethel students to participate in research projects there. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named him Minnesota Professor of the Year in 1995. He was listed three times in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Weldon kept a small poster in his office that read: "Make Them Think." He remarked: "That statement, more than any other, articulates my philosophy as a teacher. I cannot be satisfied with simply providing students with 'the facts' My hope is that I have helped to produce sensitive students who are able to leave college as working biologists with creative and critical minds and who take with them a bit of my love for the field." Weldon experienced seizures several years ago and this summer had brain lesions and partial paralysis. While undergoing treatment, he experienced complications that ultimately led to respiratory failure. Detailed tribute at www.bethel.edu/Special_Events/newsrel/2003articles/09-22-03jones.html.
Charlotte L. Jone (1950-1983) Biology
Served the University of Arizona, Tucson. She died on August 29 at the age of 33. Charlotte was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and received her bachelor's degree in biology in 1972 from Purdue, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She received her Ph.D. in 1979 from U.S. San Diego, then did postdoctoral work in the Dept. of Cellular, Viral, and Molecular Biology at the U. of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City before moving to Arizona. While at Utah Charlotte contributed her comments, "No Line Between Safe and Dangerous Knowledge," to a symposium on recombinant DNA in the June 1978 JASA (included in the ASA reprint collection,
Making Whole Persons: Ethical Issues in Biology & Medicine, edited by Robert L. Herrmann). Charlotte Jones was buried in Peel, Arkansas, where her parents now live. She is survived also by two brothers who live in Portland, Oregon.
Martin Karsten (1909-1987), Biology
Born in Michigan 12 Nov 1909; Married Francis Mastenbrook in 1935. Degrees from Calvin and U. Michigan. died on 19 March 1987 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after years of failing health. He joined the ASA in "1941", attended Annual meetings in 1948, and 1961. The Aug/Sep 1978 Newsletter noted: "I finally hung up my teaching duds last December." Those were well-worn duds! Martin had taught biology for a total of 44 years, over 30 of them at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.
He "retired" from Calvin in 1975 but stayed on to teach one course per semester for the next two and a half years. The Karstens bought a condominium in nearby Kentwood, which Martin redecorated himself before moving in on April 1. They've also been helping a Vietnamese family sponsored by their church until the father, an M.D., could find employment.
John E. Katon (1929-1996) Chemistry
A native of Ohio, born 5 Jan 1929. The Toledo native came to Miami after working as senior research chemist for Monsanto Co. and as research group leader with Monsanto Research Corp. He joined the chemistry dept. at Miami U., in 1968, where he directed the molecular spectroscopy lab up to his death October 13, 1996 at age 67. John was a former scoutmaster and received its Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and the Outstanding Chemist award in 1979 from the Cincinnati chapter of the American Chemical Society. Ed Yamauchi,
Harold H. Key (1914-1991 ) Anthropology
Of Signal Hill, California. He died 5 Nov 1990 in Los Angeles. Born. in 1914 in Jacksboro, Texas, Harold earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the U. of Texas. According to ASA records, he spent 20 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators and at last report was a consultant for Evangel Bible Translators. He wrote Bolivian Indian Tribes, 2 editions, the first in 1967. He was professor emeritus of anthropology and linguistics at Cal. State University at Long Beach, and a Fellow of ASA.
Donald E. King ( -1976) Hospital Chaplain passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 1976, from a coronary. Donald was chaplain at Lebanon Community Hospital, Lebanon, Oregon. He gave a talk "The Ethics of Medical Miracles." at a local section Meeting is 1973. Don was a member of the Mennonite Community in Lebanon and was ordained a Deacon in the 1970s.
Newsletter, Mennonite Newsletter*
Glenn Kirkland (1919-2008) Physics
A Fellow of the ASA, Glen died on Aug. 11, 2008 at age 89. He had joined the organization in 1957. A PA native, He graduated from Taylor-Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh , then earned both bachelors and masters degrees in physics from nearby Carnegie Institute of Technology. He also completed the coursework toward a doctorate in physics, before World War II service interrupted his studies.
He moved to Silver Spring ,Maryland in 1945, and began working for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He became a member of their Principal Professional Staff, and retired in 1984 after 39 years of service. At APL he helped develop the VT fuse, a supersonic guide missile telemetry system, the AEGIS weapon system, and also performed missile flight test analysis.
Paul Arveson noted (1980s): "Glenn was a long-time leader in ASA in the Washington-Baltimore Section (note his activity in the early 60s). I attended Fourth Presbyterian Church with Glenn, and got to know him better when we worked together copying tapes for the C. S. Lewis Institute in the1980s. What impressed me about Glenn was his cheerfulness ... He had an optimistic outlook on the world, and he demonstrated that most clearly when his wife, Grace, became a victim of Alzheimer's ... [Glenn] founded the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Maryland, one of the first such organizations in the country, to provide support and raise awareness of this disease ... He went on to become one of the country's leaders in this area ... He was one of the finest men I have ever met." Glenn of Bethesda, Maryland, took early retirement in 1984 from his position at the Johns Hopkins APL so he could care for his wife Grace, stricken with Alzheimer's disease. He has also devoted much time to educating the public about Alzheimer's, a form of progressive senility that can be almost as devastating to family caregivers as it is to the person with the disease. Grace can still walk but can now speak only short sentences. She becomes confused and disoriented and does not always recognize Glenn. "I am so grateful for the help God provides through the Christian family," The fellowship of ASA meetings means a lot to Glenn, whose stress-tested faith could cheer anyone through dark days, weeks, months-or years. When we asked him at Houghton College how he managed to get away for the Annual Meeting, he said he had left Grace in a "foster home for adults" that provides temporary care for Alzheimer sufferers and temporary respite for their caregivers.
In 1949 Glenn married Grace Mize, an office assistant at the Treasury Department. They had one child, Evelyn, in 1951, who married Dr. M. Blaine Smith in 1973. In 1977 at the age of 66, Grace was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and began the slow, inexorable deterioration of her mental capacities, until she died in 1990. A year later Glenn married Barbara Shytle Denny, and they enjoyed seventeen years together. -Ed.)
Newsletter, Nehemiah Ministries Obituary *
John A. Knapp ( -1997) Medical Doctor.
Died Jan. 12, 1997. John interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago (dietetics) and taught student nurses as a missionary in Jordan in 1952-54. Note on his 1965 activity within the psychiatric profession while employed in Charlottesville, Virginia However, she didn't quite finish her degree since my father, then a country doctor who delivered babies for $25, then $50, each gave up his family practice in TN to undertake a residency in psychiatry at the Univ. of VA in Charlottesville. Attended 1987 Annual Meeting.
J. Raymond Knighton, Jr. (1922-2003) Medical Doctor
Born June 1, 1922 81, died Aug. 30 2003 of congestive heart failure at 81. He was a graduate of Wheaton College IL and the Hahnemann Medical School of Philadelphia. Knighton was the first executive director of the Christian Medical Society. In 1954, when an acquaintance at a pharmaceutical company offered him a batch of extra medicine, he gave the supplies to medical missionaries and launched a branch of the society called Medical Assistance Programs (MAP). Nine years later, MAP became an independent agency and Knighton became its president. In addition to providing medicine and supplies to the poor worldwide, Founded in Chicago, MAP International moved to Brunswick in 1985. It has about 125 employees worldwide and provides about $150 million in supplies annually to hospitals, clinics and refugee centers. It also provides health education and training programs from offices in Africa and Latin America.
Knighton's honors have included knighthood in the Order of Christopher Columbus from the Dominican Republic and a Layman's Citation for Distinguished Service from the American Medical Association. Wheaton College,
Maurice F. Knott (1914-2008) Chaplain
Born in Australia died on June 3 at age 94. He was a military chaplain during World War II. After discharge, he became active in real estate in the Irvine, CA, area. He joined ASA in 1997. One of his favorite hobbies was sailing, and he was out on the ocean just two months before his death.
Robert D. Knudsen (1924 -2000) Apologetics
Was born in Oakland, CA, "enjoyed his association with the ASA very much," writes his wife, Ali. Bob died Feb. 21, 2000 of a stroke. Born in Oakland, CA, he studied philosophy at U.C. Berkeley, apologetics under Cornelius Van Til at Westminster Theol. Sem., and spent two years at Union Theol. Sem., where he studied under Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr. Then in the Netherlands, he met his wife and did doctoral work under Prof. S. U. Zuidema at the Free U.
In 1958, he returned to teach apologetics at Westminster. Bob retired in 1995, and has been active in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for most of his life. In January 1999, fluent in Dutch, he taught "A Christian Worldview" in Suriname under an OPC mission there. Bob was a current member of the editorial board of
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. Newsletter*
Dennis L. Krueger
( -1967) psychology, Joined the ASA in 1966, died on 30 June 1967 He was a clinical psychology trainee at the Veterans Hospital, Los Angeles.
Richard W. Kruse (1929-1969) Science Teacher
Was employed both as a science instructor in the Syracuse public school system and as a research associate in pharmacology at the S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical Center. With A. Farah he had recently published "The Relation of Cellular Sulfhydryl Changes to the Renal Action of the Antidiuretic Hormone",
J. Pharm. & Exptl. Therapeutics 161, 169-182 (1968). Richard held a B. S. (1951) from Hartwick College and M. S. (1955) from Albany State College for Teachers.
He was a member of Sigma Xi, National Science Teachers Association, A-I.B.S., International Oceanographic Foundation, and National Wildlife Federation in addition to ASA, of which he had been a member since 1966. He had worked with the Christian Service Brigade of the North Syracuse Baptist Church. He also served as a radiation chief in the local civil defense agency.
Boris Kuharetz (1921-1994) Astrophysics,
A native Yugoslavian, he died in late Sept. 1994 at age 73. He emigrated as a child to the UA, graduating from Dickerson High School 1n 1938. He was an astrophysicist, with training at Columbia U. and Stevens Inst. of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in physics. He was last at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, and heard of the ASA through the late Jim Neidhardt. He was active in the work of the NY Section of the ASA.
J. Lawrence Kulp (1921-2006) Geochemistry
Larry passed away on Sept. 25, 2006 at age 85, as the result of a logging accident. From Plymouth Brethren roots, he graduated from Wheaton, earned a doctorate in chemistry from Princeton, and then joined the department of geology at Columbia. An early member, Fellow, and Council member he was a major influence in moving the ASA from a young earth position via carbon dating..
At various times, Larry was professor of geochemistry at Columbia University, vice president for research and development at Weyerhaeuser Company, director of research of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, affiliate professor at the University of Washington, a consultant in environmental and energy affairs, and owner of Teledyne Isotopes.
Kulp had a strong influence during the formative years of the ASA. Tim Deibler says, "My understanding is he was a giant in his influence, highly respected by both Christian and non-Christian scientists, irenic, and at least as influential as Bernard Ramm, since Kulp was a trained and working scientist, and highly respected at that." Walt Hearn recalls Kulp's reaction when someone presented a paper on a position with which he disagreed: "Instead of shredding him, Larry took him aside and gently tried to change his views." Tim Deibler, Walt Hearn
Holfger Christian Landmack (1884-1962), physical fitness
Died in Plainfield, N.J. of an apparent heart attack. Born19 October 1884 28 30 Frederiksberg Denmark. Death: 16 March 1962 Plainfield, New Jersey. A native of Denmark who came to the U.S. in 1912. Married Ida Jepperine Hansen 20 December 1912.
Langmack taught physical education., physics., mathematics and character building in such institutions as Minnesota State Teachers, College, University of Minnesota, New Jersey State Teachers College, Battle Creek and the Naval Academy at Annapolis. After his retirement, Dr. Langmack devoted his time to philosophical research, particularly the unification of science and religion through a concept of mathematical relativity. His publications include:
"God and the Universe", "Let There Be Light", "God's World and Science", and
"Scientific Faith and Logical Science", and to be published "Science By The Way of The Cross".
He founded and directed the Kolding Ny Realskole before immigrating to the United States with his recently-married wife, who like himself was a skilled gymnast and whom he met at the 1912 Olympics where, as a representative of Denmark, she placed second in gymnastics.
His American career began with the teaching of Danish gymnastics and physical education in Hutchinson, Minnesota (1913-1915). This was followed by physical education teaching positions and professorships at Seward Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota State Teachers College, the University of Minnesota Summer School, New Jersey State Teachers College in Trenton, Savage College in New York City, and briefer appointments at such institutions as Cornell and Temple Universities. He also served as physical culture specialist at Battle Creek College (1926-1928). From 1928 to 1954 he was specialist in physical culture and character education at Paul Junior High School in Washington, DC, during which period he also lectured at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and the U.S. Army Parachute School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. After his retirement in 1954, he devoted much time to his life-long interest in the unification of science, philosophy, and Christianity.
The most prominent publications of Mr. Langmack are his books entitled
Football Conditioning (NY: A. S. Barnes Co., 1921), which presents a progressive exercise program based upon Danish gymnastics and carries an introduction by Knut Rockne, the famous football coach at Notre Dame University, and
God and the Universe (NY: Philosophical Library, 1953) which outlines the story of creation using mathematical symbolism and concepts of relativity and absoluteness from the fields of physics and biology.
The following statements from the tribute to his memory presented by his friend, Dr. Spencer Miller, Jr., former Undersecretary of Labor (under Eisenhower), at his funeral indicate the great respect in which he was held by his friends:
When I first met Holger Christian Langmack I was immediately attracted to him by his dynamic energy, the catholicity of his interests, the spiritual depth of his thought, and his utter dedication to the service of Almighty God. As our acquaintance developed into a loving friendship I came to value his intellectual integrity and his moral courage in addition to the four other qualities of his sterling character No movement for human betterment was alien to his spirit. Our last such pilgrimage together was the Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington and the Annual Conference of International Christian Leadership. What an inspiration it was to him and Ida and what a joy for him to meet so many Christian leaders the world around. They recognized in him one of their own. When I introduced him to Billy Graham and Abraham Vereide his eyes sparkled as he met these two great spiritual leaders and outstanding examples of God-guided lives.
To Washington he carried a draft letter to the President of the United States which outlined a plan to meet the threat of atheistic communism by the establishment of an Academy of International Freedom under God. It was a unique and profound conception. It would have heartened President Kennedy and Holger had he been able to present this inspired idea in person to the President
On the lapel of his coat he wore a gold yoke-fellow button� the symbol of the universal ministry as developed by Dr. Elton Trueblood. He could subscribe whole-heartedly to the six-fold discipline of this ministry because it was the pattern of his life. When Our lord said,
"take my yoke upon you," it was a symbol of our shared Burden. The yoke is not an extra weight to bear but is actually a means of support to ease the load.
His life was Christ centered. He never seemed so truly himself as when he was praising and thanking God by song or the spoken word. In all he has written over a hundred songs of praise At the close of his book, God and the Universe, are two lines of his which are the testament of his faith and his belief in the Victory of Christ:
Newsletter, JASA, June 1963, pp. 65-66 *
T. H. Leith (1924-1986) History and Philosophy of Science
Of York University in Ontario, whose illness from incurable cancer was recently reported. Harry Leith held joint doctorates in science and philosophy from M.I.T. and Boston University and taught courses on the environment and natural science at York's Atkinson College. He was one of only eight faculty members at York ever designated a University Professor. He was an advisor to Ontario's famous Science Centre and a long-time Fellow of ASA. He is survived by his wife Janet, three children, and a brother.
He taught science couses at Gordon College prior to his move
to Canada. Harry died on July 13, 1986 at age 62. Tribute at his memorial service in Toronto was paid by CSCA member Bob Jervis.
Lewthwaite (1925-2013) Geography.
Born August 12, 1925 in Oamaru, New Zealand. Died peacefully,
September 18, 2013, at home in Northridge, California. The next to last
child in a family of 10 children, he attended and fondly remembered
Waitaki Boys High School in Oamaru.
Following his undergraduate degree at the University of Otago, and
Masters degrees in Geography and History, he came to America as a
Fulbright Scholar to pursue a PhD in Geography at the University of
Wisconsin, where he met his wife, Lydia. After receiving his PhD in
1956, he taught at the Universities of Oklahoma and Auckland (NZ) before
joining the then newly founded California State University, Northridge
in 1959. He taught Geography at CSUN for 32 years before retiring in
Gordon joined the ASA 1965. He served as a member of the
Editorial Board of PSCF, contributed articles and book reviews and spoke at
annual meetings. He showed how a geographer could contribute to biblical
scholarship with his work on the seven churches of the NT.
His colleagues at CSUN remember him as gentlemanly, upbeat, and
friendly, and a serious scholar staunchly committed to his wide-ranging
research in cultural and historical geography. He maintained his
scholarly activity well into his last year of life. His fair-mindedness
and intellectual manner extended also to his roles in his church where
he taught Sunday school, chaired committees, and sought peaceful
resolutions and scientifically tempered insights over many years. He was
well known by colleagues, friends, and family for his irrepressible
sense of humor, contributing many a pun to liven most any gathering.
He was survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Lydia, by
daughters Rebecca (Gaby) and Karen (Jerry), and his brother
David (Isabel), and many nieces and nephews in New Zealand and
the US." Karen Lewthwaite, Newsletter.*
L. Gaunce Lewis, Jr. (1950-2006) mathematics.
He died suddenly of a brain tumor, May 17, 2006, at age 56 in Oswego, NY. On the mathematics Faculty of Syracuse University, he published numerous articles in his field of topology.
He gained the SM'76 and PhD'78.
After Navy service, Lewis taught for three years at the University of Michigan. In 1981 he joined Syracuse University, becoming a full professor in 1993. An expert on algebraic topology, Lewis spent a year as a fellow at Germany's University of Gottingen and two sabbatical years at MIT. He was active with the First United Methodist Church of Oswego. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Edwards Lewis, SM'75, PhD'80; his mother; and two sisters.
Herbert T. Liefeld (1900-1970) Medical Doctor.
"He passed into the Lord's presence on February 8, 1970", according to his son, Walter L. Liefeld, Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Walt writes: "My dad was a 'beloved physician', a general practitioner who still made house calls and who helped many to find the Lord and grow in Him. He was a deep student of the Word whose theological library far surpassed my own. His membership in the ASA expressed his conviction that God's truth in nature and revelation forms a unity, and his life reflected that unity in its integrity-intellectually, personally, and spiritually."
David Charles Lindberg
(1935-2015) history of science.
79, died at Covenant Oaks Memory Care on January 6,
2015, after a long, arduous journey with Alzheimer’s
disease. He was born in Minneapolis, MN, on November 15,
1935, to Milton and Elizabeth (MacKinney) Lindberg. Dave
was survived by his wife Greta (Johnson), of
55 years; their daughter Christin Lindberg of
Minneapolis, their son Erik (Liana) of Milwaukee,
and their grandchildren Annie and Dave Buenneke, and
Evjen and Isak Lindberg; his sister Grace (Glenn)
Johnson; his brother Phillip (Anita); and many
nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
His degrees include Wheaton College, BA-Physics;
Northwestern University, MS-Physics; and a PhD from
Indiana University in the History and Philosophy of
Science. After teaching for two years at the
University of Michigan, Dave joined the UW in 1967
as a professor in the History of Science department,
where he spent the rest of his career until he
retired in 2001.
During his career he received many
writing, teaching, and service awards; lectured
frequently in the U.S. and abroad; edited
encyclopedic works; and authored many articles and
books on medieval history, and science and religion,
including “Beginnings of Western Science,”
which has been translated into seven languages. He
was devoted to his colleagues, department, and the
UW, also teaching in the Integrated Liberal Studies
program, and serving as director of the Institute
for Research in the Humanities. He most loved
teaching undergraduates and working individually
with graduate students.
Dave was also a member of the History of Science
Society, serving as its president. He spent a year
with his family at the Institute for Advanced
Studies, in Princeton, and another as a member of
St. Edmund Hall and Trinity College in Oxford. He
was also a Fellow at the Rockefeller Center in
Bellagio, Italy.Dave was a caring, loving husband and father.
With his wife, he created a loud and lively home,
filled with humor, books, discussions, and ideas. He
taught his children to work with their hands as well
as their heads, starting Lindberg & Son Roofing.
Dave was known as a defender of correct grammar,
builder of fine cherry furniture, planter of trees,
collector of books, and lover of volleyball,
football, fine tools and family camping trips.
Lindberg was a member of the ASA in the late
1960s/early 70s. His 1987 PSCF paper,
Beyond War and Peace: A
Reappraisal of the Encounter between Christianity
written with colleague Ronald Numbers was an ASA
introduction to their numerous collaborative and
separate publications in the field of science and
Lindberg gave the keynote lecture at the 1991 ASA's 50th Anniversary
Annual Meeting held at Wheaton College.
(1922-2014) Chemistry. Ken was born and
Ken was born at home in Oakland, CA
October 1, 1922 October 1, 1922 where his
father was in the insurance business, but spent the rest of his life
on the San Francisco Peninsula where he
died May 29, 2014. Health reasons for brother,
Leonard had the family moving to a more rural environment in Los
Altos Hills. They lived among the fruit trees. They
attended a one-room schoolhouse, Ken through 8th grade. Ken had a
delightful life in the country, playing with and growing up with
younger brother, Leonard. Those were really good years amidst
the depression. At age 15, he went back to the city, in Palo
Alto, California. Ken was a boys scout, attaining the honor of
becoming an Eagle Scout. This is also the time he started to
play the trombone.
Ken spent two years at San Jose State College and twelve years at
Stanford Uniersity where he received his Ph.D. in Physical
chemistry. In between he spent some time in the US Navy.
While studying for his graduate degree, he did research for Kaiser
Aluminum Corp. He then went to work at the Navy Lab in San
Francisco and finally to NASA at Moffett Field, retiring from there
It was significant that the Jupiter Galileo
spacecraft Ken worked on when he began at NASA in 1970 arrived at
the planet after he retired. At the onset, most of his time
was spent research heat-shield materials for the probe, that part of
the dual spacecraft designed to plunge into the dense atmosphere of
Jupiter. He was also part of the team that managed the design
of the probe and accommodation for the six on-board instruments.
The probe was scheduled to be launched from the Space Shuttle
earlier, but the Challenger accident resulted in a delay of 3-4
years. It was launched from another shuttle in 1989.
Recently, he shared his main
one of his passions, includes piloting his Cessna as well as
aircraft innovations and commercial aviation. He was
fascinated by riding and studying the railroad.
Music had a special place for Ken, specifically
being part of the band, playing his trombone. As mentioned, he has
played since junior high. He was in his high school orchestra
and band, the Stanford band and Primetime band. Dance music
favorites included Stardust and Deep Purple, In the mood, Sleepy
Science was a deep passion of Ken’s,
Chemistry, physics and astronomy. The interface between
science and Christian theology.
A long-time member and
fellow of the ASA
He was a sentimental man. He was not afraid to die because
of his relationship with God. He believed in God’s atonement, his
promises, his provisions. He was most sad about breaking
fellowship here at Samarkand. -- Contributed
by the fsmily.
Notes from the ASA Newsletter: Attended ASA Luncheon
at AAAS meeting in 1967. By 1975
Ken was employed at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field,
CA. Ken had been earth-bound so far, doing mass spectrometric studies
of laser vaporization of high-temperature materials, thern drawn
into the proposed Pioneer mission to Jupiter. Target date of
the "launch window" to Jupiter was late December 1981
(actually 1989). The light weight of Pioneer-class spinning
spacecraft allows an atmospheric probe and an orbiter mission to
Jupiter to be combined into a single launch. So if all went well, a
comprehensive exploration of Jupiter, its atmosphere, the
surrounding physical environment, and its extensive satellite system
can be made. The trick is to put together an orbiting spacecraft
"bus" and an atmospheric probe designed to survive a descent to a
pressure of 10 bars or more. The scenario will then be something
like this: "The probe is released about 57 days prior to encounter
with the planet; the spacecraft is retargeted after probe separation
to a closest approach and phased to communicate
with the probe. The probe enters the atmosphere on the light side of
the planet, decelerates, and relays in-situ data to the over-flying
spacecraft during the 30-40 minute descent to 10 bars or more.
Shortly thereafter the spacecraft retro, propulsion system (RPU) is
ignited to inject the spacecraft with its science payload into
orbit about Jupiter and proceeds on its three-year mission of
Data from all this
choreography would help reconstruct the radial, chemical, and
thermal structures of the primordial solar nebula. Of particular
interest was Jupiter's enormous, fast-rotating magnetic field with
its associated trapped environment. Ken's responsibility was the mass spectrometer on the
atmospheric Entry Probe. He is technical monitor for the preliminary
experiments, conceptual designs, contracts, and anything else
related to the mass spectrometer. Newsletter, family*
(1917 - 2013) Psychology.
A long time Fellow of the ASA,
June 1962 issue
of JACS (pp. 52-53)
discussing therapeutic methods used in Geel, Belgium, for the
rehabilitation of mental patients caught the eye of sociologist Russell
Heddendorf in a JASA
column a year latter.
Born on the dining room table in the
parsonage of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church outside of Georgetown,
Texas, on November 9, 1917, Stanley Elmer Lindquist passed on to his heavenly home on Friday, December
6, 2013 in Fresno, California. The seventh child of The Reverend EH
Lindquist and Esther Nyberg Lindquist, he spent his childhood all over
the western United States in communities where his father pastored and
his family hosted missionaries. These included Georgetown, Texas;
Stromsburg, Nebraska; Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from
Ballard High School; and Kingsburg, California. While attending Fresno
State College, he courted Ingrid Adele Walden from Kingsburg. In 1940
they married for life, until she passed away in 2004.
school for one year at John Muir Elementary in Fresno, he spent a year
as a USDA fruit inspector. He was drafted in 1942, but the army delayed
until after his first son Douglas was born, in 1943. During basic
training, and based on his short career as a food inspector, his captain
made him a
Medical Aid Man, assisting the medic. After a few months in England, his unit
crossed over Omaha Beach five days after D-Day. Attached to an Artillery
Division, he worked his way across northern France, and into Belgium. During the battle around
Aachen, Germany, he and his medic leader were seriously injured in a
minefield. His lower legs were shattered, and he eventually lost his
right eye, injuries which earned him the Purple Heart. It was six weeks
before Ingrid received a telegram that he was alive. After almost a year
of convalescence, he was discharged from the army. Although doctors said
he would never walk again, with determination and faith he lived an
active life, including building family cabins, traveling, horseback
riding, fishing, and attending grandson's soccer games.
wanting to pursue studies in education, Stan's interests turned toward
psychology as a way of helping others. At the University of Chicago he
majored in physiological and comparative psychology, minored in
experimental psychology and took a second full major in clinical
psychology. He completed a Ph.D. in 1950. He did all this while
supporting his young family by teaching at Trinity Bible College and
directing their choir.
Responding to a call to be a Christian
professor in a state school, he and his young family returned to Fresno
where he became the third faculty member of the new Psychology
Department at Fresno State College in 1953. He served many years as the
Psychology Department Chairperson, and was a professor at the University
retiring in 1990. He was a positive influence on his colleagues and the
young adults he taught. He always enjoyed hearing from former students
He shared a
great family adventure with his wife and three sons when they
accompanied him on a sabbatical in Europe in 1961-62. There he felt led
to reach out as a counselor to missionaries and pastors who
were experiencing struggles in their cross-cultural ministry. After
returning to Fresno, with encouragement from Ingrid and other close
family members, he established Link Care Center in 1964. Link Care was
developed to serve pastors and missionaries around the world who had
Christian oriented counseling and psychotherapy. While it has also
served as a counseling resource to the greater central California area,
over its 49 years, Link Care has served over 5,000 pastors
missionaries, and families.
Stan was a man of great energy and desire to
get things done. In addition to teaching at CSU, Fresno, his work with
Link Care, and private counseling practice, Stan was an active lifelong member of the
Evangelical Free Church of Fresno, one of the churches his father
founded. He greatly loved singing in the choir and as a soloist. He made
time for hobbies and exhibited his love of wood turning through some
beautiful bowls and vases. He also dabbled in other forms of fine art,
degrees of success. He was never idle and never complained about the
aches and pains from his wartime injuries. Stan was a true
'citizen of the world,' and he and Ingrid traveled extensively, always
with an eye for the needs of pastors and missionaries in other regions.
Even in his
late eighties, he took an extensive trip to Africa, where he applied his newfound
skills with digital photography to capture wildlife. Later, he took a
river cruise in Russia. Stan remained active until a few months before
writing his memoirs and five books, finishing his last one with the help
of two of his granddaughters, Sarah and Erika, just this last spring.
predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Ingrid, his oldest son, Douglas,
and his youngest son, Brian. He is survived by two sons, Russell and
Brent, their wives Becky & Colleen, Douglas� wife Joanne, eight
grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Obituary,
Brent Lindquist; Newsletter*
Albin H. F. Litty (1923-2006) Chemical Engineering
Born in Berlin GR he moved to the US with his parents in 1924 to Queens NY. A naturalized citizen he served in the US Navy in 1946. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from American International College, Springfield MA. Morristown NJ. 50 year member of the ACS in 2001. Buried in Rock Island National Cemetery.
Norman Lowell Lofgren (1921-2011) Chemistry
Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, Chicko State University, Chico CA, died on December 10, 2011, in his home in Chico. He was a professor in the Department of Chemistry from 1949 until 1982. He received honors for his teaching and made many contributions to campus life.
Lofgren was born to Hattie and Paul Lofgren on Dec. 26, 1921 in Oroville. He attended school in Richvale and in Biggs, CA. He graduated as co-valedictorian at Biggs High School. He entered Chico State College in pre-engineering and later transferred to the University of California, Berkeley to study chemistry.
After graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry, he was invited by Professor Wendell Latimer to work on the Manhattan Project. While in Berkeley doing research, he met his future wife, Rose Bergman. They married on March 21, 1947 and had recentlyhad celebrated their 64th anniversary.
Lofgren took graduate classes in chemistry and physics and was granted a PhD in physical chemistry in 1948. In 1949, he accepted a position at Chico State College and began teaching in what was to be a two-person Chemistry Department until 1956. His daughters, Donna Marie and Beverly Lynn were born in Chico. During the summers, Lofgren did research at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto, General Atomics Laboratories in La Jolla, and Lawrence Radiation Laboratories in Livermore. In 1964, he spent a year researching at Harwell Atomic Energy Establishment in England, taking his family for adventures in Europe and visiting relatives in Sweden.
"What I remember most about Norm is his extraordinary patience with students as they endeavored to meet his relative high standards" said Don Alger, professor emeritus, Chemistry.
"He would patiently wait for students to think and ponder about the questions he would ask and rarely succumb to the temptation to just provide the answer until after several helpful hints and encouragement. Norm had high standards not only in his teaching, but also with respect to curriculum issues and professional activities. He remained interested and involved in some departmental activities into his late eighties."
In 1966, Lofgren became advisor to the Asian Student Association. In 1969, Norman and Rose helped bring the first Young Life to Chico and held the first club meetings in their home. In 1969, Lofgren became faculty advisor to Asian Christian Fellowship and hosted the fellowship in his home every Friday night for the next 40 years. Norman was nominated for the University Distinguished Teacher Award. He was an active researcher with nearly 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Rudolph C. Logefeil (1893-1966) Medical Doctor BS MD
BS and MD from University of Minnesota. 1921 Siversten Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1922 Director of the Evangelical Alliance Mission, died 16 October 1966 in Minneapolis. Dr. Logefeil was formerly chief of staff at Fairview Hospital, Minneapolis, and was one of the original (1947) members of Fuller Theological Seminary's Board of Trustees, serving throughout its history to the time of his death. He was an elder of Olive Presbyterian Church and a former board member of Northwestern Schools, the Lutheran Bible Institute and Youth For Christ.*
Melvin E. Loptson American University Hospital: it has been learned that Melvin E. Loptson of Beirut, Lebanon, was killed (1959) in an air crash outside of Amman, Jordan.
Harry J. Lubansky
(1922-2004) Chemistry, Microbiology.
Harry Lubansky, 81, entered eternal
rest on Saturday (Jan. 10, 2004) at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville,
Harry was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Anne O. (Osepchuk)
Lubansky, on April 24, 2003. Born in Somerville, the son of the late Michael and
Mary (Bodnarchuk) Lubansky, he was raised in Manville and settled in Somerville
After graduating from Bound Brook High School, Harry received a
chemistry degree and a master's degree in microbiology from Rutgers University.
Harry was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, having faithfully served his
country through the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
Harry retired as a director of quality control from Ortho Diagnostics in Raritan
where he was employed for more than 30 years.
Harry joined the ASA in 1963
and served as an officer of the New York section in the
60s and 70s. As a lifetime member of the Emmanuel
Baptist Church in Manville, Harry served as the Sunday School superintendent for
more 30 years. He served on the executive board of Slovak Missionary Services,
and for 50 years as an executive officer for the Russian Evangelical Baptist
Surviving are his loving children:
three sons and daughters-in-law, Harry J. and Marian Lubansky of Little Rock,
Ark., Kenneth P. and Deena Lubansky of Kinnelon and Dwight D. and Marcia
Lubansky of Flemington; and his eight cherished grandchildren, each of whom were
very special to him. Newsletter, Courier News*
Howard William Lyon (1923-2004) Chemistry
Howard went to be with the Lord, Dec. 7, 2004, at his home in Cedar Falls, IA. He was born August 12, 1923 in Denison, son of Allen Lawton and Jessie May Luney Lyon and served in the US Navy during World War II. He married Marcia A. McKee June 8, 1947, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was professor of chemistry at Northwestern College, Orange City, from 1949 to 1956. He was then employed at the University of Northern Iowa, retiring as professor emeritus in 1992. He received his B.S. (1947) and M.S. (1949) degrees as well as further graduate work from the U. of Iowa. He was a prof. of chemistry at the U. of Northern Iowa from 1956-1992.
He was a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and was an elder and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir. He joined ASA in 1953 (50 year Member). He is survived by his wife, Marcia.
Lawrence Ernest Lyons (1922 - 2010) Chemistry University of Queensland. Died October 14, 2010.
people think of semiconductors, the devices which ushered in the computer age, they think of somewhere like Silicon Valley in California. But home-grown scientist Lawrence Lyons was considered one of the very greatest minds in what is hoped to be the next generation of the devices, organic semiconductors. His seminal work,
Organic Semiconductors, co-authored with Felix Gutmann and published in 1966, was so influential that a pirated edition was even published in the USSR in 1970.
A supplementary volume Professor Lyons co-authored, which came out in 1983, underpinned the emerging field of molecular electronics - the science of manipulating polymers, or plastics, so they act as transistors and sources of light"
"These days it is an important field which holds out hope of helping solve the global warming challenge, among other things. Cheap organic materials might one day form the heart of low-cost solar panels, to name just one use. Professor Lyons' pioneering work into making very thin, pure organic films which could capture the energy of the sun set benchmarks for the research taking place around the world today.
Born in Sydney in 1922, he developed an interest in academia from his paternal grandfather, who was a school teacher. His younger brother, Lloyd, was also academically minded and later read medicine at Sydney University. Professor Lyons was a bright student from his earliest days at Sydney Boys High School. After matriculation, he studied science at Sydney University, winning the Liversidge Scholarship in 1939 and then the Caird Scholarship. His scientific efforts were to be put to practical use from the outset because of the outbreak of war."
"At the time, Australia had embarked on a project to build the nation's first military aircraft, the Wirraway. This required lightweight alloys, so Professor Lyons was tasked with leading a team focused on developing aluminium alloys. He served with the RAAF, then won the British Ramsay Fellowship for chemistry before deciding to pursue a doctorate at University College, London, one of the world's most prestigious tertiary institutions (at that time it boasted two Nobel Prize winners in chemistry).
He duly returned from Britain with the title Dr Lyons and was appointed lecturer at Sydney University, rising to senior lecturer and then reader in chemistry. While working there he met his wife-to-be, Alison, an arts graduate at the university. In 1963 he moved north of the Tweed after being appointed to the chair of physical chemistry at the University of Queensland, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. His research over the years garnered him two Fulbright scholarships, in 1957 and 1979, the HG Smith Medal for Chemistry (1968) and the Burfitt Prize for Chemistry (1968). He was also made a Leverhulme senior fellow at the University of Tokyo and Debye lecturer at Cornell University in the United States, as well as working at Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Princeton, among many other institutions. Capping a lifetime of achievement, in 1971 he was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the highest scientific honour Australia offers its scientists, while in 1987 the University of Queensland appointed him an emeritus professor. Apart from his science, a driving force in his life was his Christian faith.
With his wife and other evangelical academics, he founded three Anglican residential halls at Sydney University and New College at the University of NSW. He was also instrumental in the construction of the building used by the then Kenmore Presbyterian Church, and now by Kenmore Uniting Church.
In retirement, he founded the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology ICAST, for which he was awarded a Centennial Medal. He was also a key figure in the establishment of Kenmore State High School and the first president of its P&C committee. Professor Lyons is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alison, and son, Andrew."
He would occasionally respond to broad issues via a letter to the Editor in PSCF.
The majority of this notice was published in the
Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia) on November 10, 2010.*
Sidney S. Macaulay (1937-1991) Theology
Of Decatur, Georgia, he died 12 Nov 1991 of a heart attack at age 54. He was a graduate of Erskine College, with an M.Div. from Erskine Theological Seminary and a Th.M. from Columbia Theological Seminary. After serving several Presbyterian pastorates, in 1968 Sid began working for the Christian Medical & Dental Society as south eastern regional director. In 1981 he became editor of the
CMDS Journal. He is survived by his wife Ann and a grown son and daughter. In memory of his contribution to joint ASA-CMDS projects, ASA sent a donation to the James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund, which grants scholarships to CMDS students so they can gain overseas experience as they prepare to serve Christ as Christian physicians. He was honored with a memorial issue of the
CMDS Journal (Spring 1992). Sid had edited the Journal for the Christian Medical & Dental Society for a decade before his death in November, 1991.
Allan MacRae (1902-1997) Biblical Scholar
Passed away in his sleep at the age of 95 on Sep. 27, 1997. His son, John, said that "he was always thankful to be a part of the ASA and to contribute to it." Allan was a prof. of systematic theology and apologetics at Biblical Theological Seminary. He studied under R. A. Torrey, who advised him to go to Princeton Theological Seminary. There, he studied under Robert Dick Wilson and J. Gresham Machen, and became convinced of the necessity of a scholarly defense of the inspiration of the Scriptures. Later, during his time at the U. of Berlin, he made a trip to Palestine, where he met archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie and studied under William F. Albright. With Albright, he participated in the exciting discovery of the biblical city of Ham (Gen. 14).
After returning from Europe, he assumed a professorship of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary for eight years, then completed his Ph.D. at the U. of Pennsylvania under Ephraim A. Speiser. In 1937, he joined with Carl McIntire and others, with no resources but faith, to form Faith Theological Seminary, and served as its first president. Among the members of the entering class were Vernon Grounds, John W. Sanderson Jr., Norman Jerome and Jack W. Murray.
During the 1943-44 school year, a student, Grace E. Sanderson, became his wife. During their honeymoon in the Grand Canyon, three army fliers parachuted out of a failing bomber, floated into the canyon and spent the next ten days on an isolated plateau. The search for these airmen drew nationwide attention. A veteran park ranger, aware that MacRae, a veteran of many long Canyon trips, was there at the time, sent word to join him in the rescue attempt. They went down from the north rim, located a narrow deer trail down the precipitous cliffs and brought the three fliers out in good health. The story made Time and other magazines, and all the newspapers. MacRae used the many invitations to speak of the adventure to drive home a gospel application to thousands in many different kinds of organizations and settings.
In 1971, he joined Jack W. Murray in establishing the Biblical School of Theology, and retired as its president in 1983. Some of his former students include: Francis A. Schaeffer, Joseph T. Bayley, Vernon Grounds, Kenneth S. Kantzer, Arthur F. Glasser, G. Douglas Young, Samuel J. Shultz, Jack W. Murray, R. Laird Harris, and Paul Gilchrist. Allan's boyhood friend, John's Uncle Phil, told him that one of the things he appreciated about his father was that he had never heard him demeaning other people or groups. John said: "My father was involved in several church conflicts, but I never heard him denouncing other believers. In the midst of differences, he tried to stay focused on the principles rather than the personalities. The cause of Christ was what mattered to him."
MacRae had also done work for the NIV Bible translation, was president of Evangelical Theological Seminary, and was an honorary fellow of the ASA. He participated in the early conventions of the ASA and encouraged other conservative theologians and biblical scholars to join the organization.
Newsletter, other sources.*
Vernon P. Magnuson (1926-2013)
was born in 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn. His early childhood
centered on family involvement within the Evangelical Covenant
Church. That deep commitment to his church and faith continued
after they moved out to California and settled in Eagle Rock in
After serving in the U.S. Army Air
Force for two years at the end of WWII,
Vern attended UCLA.
He graduated in 1950, with a degree in mathematics and went to
work in the fledgling computer industry. One of the computers to
which he made major contributions is now on display in the
Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C., and
another at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View,
In 1950, he married Marilyn Hite. They had four children:
Janice Magnuson of Tujunga, Susan Vincent of Fullerton, Donald
Magnuson DDS of Penn Valley, and Sharon Geller of Thousand Oaks.
They lived in Gardena and San Pedro before moving to Thousand
Oaks in 1974 when he was hired by Burroughs Corporation, then in
Westlake Village. He subsequently worked for several other area
employers in the computer industry, retiring in 1997 from
Seagate Corporation after a 47-year career in computer design
and engineering. His Christian faith was the center of home and
personal life.Vern was always a lover of classical and gospel
music. For many years he led the music program at Inglewood
Covenant Church. Friends and family have special memories of the
fun fellowship sing-along's. His interest in choral music led
him to join the Los Robles Master Chorale- originally the
Moorpark College Masterworks Chorale - where he met his second
wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1989. Continued participation
in the Chorale was important to them for another fourteen years.
Vern and Barbara attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church of
Camarillo. For the last seven years they have been members of
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Thousand Oaks, where they sang
in the choir for several years, and continue to participate in
several small study groups. The warm friendships and support of
this church family, the love of Christ and the comfort of the
Holy Spirit have carried them through the sometimes-difficult
years since Vern's stroke while on a trip to New Zealand in
Vern was a long-time member of the American Scientific
Affiliation (ASA), a fellowship of Christians in scientific
occupations. He and Barbara attended many of the annual ASA
meetings held each summer on various college campuses across the
USA and in England, which provided starting points for many
enjoyable travel experiences. In addition, Vern and Barbara
enjoyed five concert tours in Europe with the Chorale and three
trips with Elderhostel, plus trips to England, Egypt, the
Aegean, Sweden, Canada, and most of the 50 U.S. states. One of
their favorite destinations has been presidential libraries,
having visited all but the newest GW Bush library in Dallas.
Vern is survived by his wife, Barbara Magnuson; his former wife,
Marilyn Magnuson of Simi Valley and their four children; three
stepchildren, sixteen grand and great-grandchildren, and
assorted sons and daughters-in law also loved this gentle and
honorable Christian man.
called Home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2013, after a
six-year struggle with late stroke effects. Vern was known to
those who knew him as a very tender man, never demanding your
attention. He was honorable and loved to give honor to others.
Barbara remembers him as so incredibly patient, a patience that
was sorely tried in his final years when he was confined to the
wheelchair and could barely speak. His was a gentle spirit that
we will all sorely miss.,Abstracted from Ventura County Star from May 1 to
May 4, 2013.
Howard V. Malmstadt (1922-2003 ) Chemistry
Prof. emeritus at the U. of Illinois, went to be with the Lord on July 7 at age 81. He earned two degrees in chemistry from the U. of Wisconsin and then served as a Navy lieutenant during WWII. Upon his return, he earned a PhD in chemistry from the U. of Wisconsin and joined the faculty at U. of Illinois in 1951.
Howard was a co-developer of the first course in electronics for scientists and published the first book about the topic in 1963. He was the recipient of the 1976 American Chemical Society's Award in Analytical Chemistry, as well as the Division of Analytical Chemistry's 1963 Award in Chemical Instrumentation and its 1984 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. In addition, he was a cofounder of the U. of the Nations in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was provost and dean of the C. of Science and Technology and its International Chancellor, a position he held until his death.
Newsletter, U Illinois Chemistry*
Thomas Jerome Manetsch (1932-2011) Electrical Engineering
Died on January 1, 2011 at age 78. He served as an officer in the US Navy during the Korean conflict. Following that, he pursued graduate studies leading to an academic career. He was Asst. Prof. of Engineering at UCLA and then moved to Michigan State University where he served 28 years in the Department of Systems Science and Electrical Engineering.
He was a leader in the application of modeling optimization and simulation techniques to problems of food shortages, wood production, and agricultural development, making contributions to research studies in Korea, Brazil and Nigeria. In 2001, Tom moved to Wisconsin to be nearer to family. He served as an elder in Reformed Church congregations in Michigan and Wisconsin and was involved in Foreign Student ministry and served on the board and in renewal capacities with Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International and with various prayer ministries. He had a passion for revival and congregational renewal. While Tom lived in Wisconsin, he was able to attend ASA chapter meetings in the Chicago area.
George D. Maniaci (1923-1974) Social Work
Of Gladstone, Michigan, he was killed Oct. 24 in a motorcycle accident at 51. He served in the CPS from 1943-1946 in lieu of military service. He was active in mental retardation work and served on the research committee of the National Association for Retarded Citizens. George had been introduced to ASA at Goshen College, where he took courses under H. Harold Hartzler, or "Cubey" (for HHH or H-cubed), as he was affectionately called by his students.
Mrs. Maniaci wrote to ASA News that she has kept up with the ASA because George brought the
Journal home from his office, knowing of her interest in archaeology and related articles.
Joseph Marconi (1922-1997) Industrial Management
Of Vestal, NY passed away in January 1997. He was president and gen. mgr. of Endicott Machine & Tool Co. and a Presbyterian elder attending the Boulevard Methodist Church. Joseph was largely self-educated, but published several articles, including "Coincidence or God" in 1985. He was awarded numerous patents for industrial devices. He was a member of the ASA since 1949, and thought it should do more advertising to increase our membership.
Larry Martin (1946-2002) Physics
Larry died Oct. 25 2002 of a brain tumor. Annual meeting attendees remember ASA Fellow Larry and his wife Susan as what Ken Touryan calls "the coveted team leaders for worship at our ASA meetings." Larry had a diverse educational background.
He earned BAs in Music and Math. Ed. from Virginia Tech., an MA from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Physics from UNC, his dissertation was "Self-trapping of Electrons in Fluid Neon." Martin became professor of physics at North Park U., Chicago, in 1991. In addition to physics courses, he coordinated "Science through the eyes of Faith." He was active in developing computer based learning software.
In summer2002 summer he moved to Durham, NC, to be near lifelong friends during his final months. "My faith has not changed through this occurrence," Larry wrote on 3/12/02. "I've always known I was mortal, like 100% of every preceding generation. ... But I'm also immortal and wish to live out my life in light of that fact as well." Subsequent journal entries included, "The prognosis is not very good," "Praise God from whom all medicines come", and "I can no longer list all the meds I'm on." Yet he resolved, "In any case, I'm still inclined to go out with faith in God through Christ." He died peacefully at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2002.
He was awarded both the 2002 Zenos Hawkinson Award for Teaching
and Campus Leadership and the Student Association Service Award from
North Park. A memorial service was held Nov. 2 at Chapel Hill Bible
Enoch E. Mattson ( -1996) Theology
Of Surrey, BC, he died in 1996. He was one of the (if not the) founding members of the Canadian ASA in British Columbia. First Dean and Registrar: Enoch Mattson appointed in 1961 by the Evangelical Free Church. He was a graduate of Wheaton College and a ThD from Dallas Theological Seminary. He was also the first full time teacher of religious studies at Trinity Western. One of the early theologians to stay the course in the ASA.
Newsletter, Wheaton Archives*
Joseph S. Maxwell (1890-1977) Medical Doctor.
An early ASA member, he was nominated to the ASA Council but lost to Larry Kulp. Participated in several annual meetings.
wrote an article for JASA 12-51. A.B., Muskingum College,
1913; M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1919; London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,
1924; Rockefeller Fellowship, 1929; diploma in Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania,1934. Instructor, Assiut
College, Egypt, 1913-1915; Medical Missionary, Egypt, Student
Ethiopia, 1920-1933; Physician in Kentucky and West Virginia, 1933-1944; College Physician and Associate Professor of Health Education, Wheaton College, 1944-.
Eugene L. Maxwell
(1930-2014) Electrical Engineering. Born December
24, 1930 - Fort Collins, Colorado passed away January 25, 2014 - Fort
Collins, Colorado. The
journey of his life began in a small house on the west side of Fort
Collins on Dec. 24, 1930, and was completed at his current home. He was a
farm boy, proud of his Scottish descent and western roots. An insatiable
curiosity eventually led him to studies in electrical engineering at CU
Boulder and a Ph.D. from the Natural Resources and Forestry College of
Colorado State University. His career as a research scientist, which was
culminated by seventeen years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in
Golden, took him on what he refers to the title of his self-published
memoirs as An American Odyssey that stretched at least twice around the
globe. For 47 years he was accompanied by his beloved wife Barbara J.
Maxwell who encouraged him to look more
deeply into the mysteries of
heaven even as he introduced her to the hidden glories of the stars. He is
survived by five children (Gayla Martinez, Becky Fulton, Tim Maxwell, Eric
Maxwell, Tammy I Cline) and ten grandchildren. Gene was involved with
the ASA Knowing Creation Project. Obituary *
John M. McCleery ( - 1967) Medical Doctor. Lived in Cleveland, Ohio, after a long illness died on October 26, 1967. He was an M. D. with such widely varied interests and such a large correspondence that it has taken his daughter, Eileen McCleery Johnson, several years to notify everyone of his death.
John (Jack) McIntyre (1921-2013) Physics
Passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Austin at 92. Born in Seattle, Washington, June 2nd, 1920, Jack was the eldest son of Harry J and Ruth A McIntyre. He grew up in Seattle near the shores of Green Lake where he swam as a boy and played baseball in the park with his two younger brothers. Jack earned a B.S. in E.E. from the University of Washington with highest honors after which he was part of the pioneering team to develop airborne radar for Westinghouse in Philadelphia during WWII. He went on to graduate work, earning a PhD in Nuclear Physics at Princeton University where he met Madeleine who became the love of his life.
Maddy and Jack moved to Stanford University where, as a Research Assistant, he contributed to a project that later won a Nobel prize. While in Stanford, they adopted John, their only son, from Sweden. After Stanford, the family moved to New Haven, Connecticut where Jack taught at Yale, first as an Assistant Professor and then as an Associate Professor. In 1963, the next move brought Jack to Texas A&M where he served as a full professor and director of the high energy particle accelerator at the Cyclotron Institute. Even though folks in the Ivy League were skeptical of Jack's move to the "wild west," it turned out to be a great move and where they lived independently into their late 80's. The last few years were spent in Austin with family.
He was a wonderful example of a Christian Professor who was respected by his colleagues and students for his professional work as well as his Christian example. Jack was one of several key professors who established the Christian Faculty Network at Texas A&M University in 1980. He served as the Faculty sponsor for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He served on the Executive Council for the American Scientific Affiliation, including one term as President, and published thoughtful articles in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. He was also a very generous financial supporter of ASA. Jack and Maddy were devout Christians and were founding members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bryan. He is predeceased by his wife Madeleine who often accompanied him at ASA Annual Meetings. Walter Bradley,
Newsletter; Obituary--Funeral Home*
Gary Michal (1954 - 2012) Metallurgy.
Professor of Metallurgy, Case Western University. Gary earned a B.S at Case Western in 1975, M.S. at Stanford in 1977, and finished his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Stanford U. in November 1979. He served as a research metallurgist at the Republic Steel Research Center in Independence, OH before returning to his alma mater in 1983. His research interests included physical metallurgy, rapid solidification technology, xidation, and surface science. Michal kept working during four years' struggle with mesothelioma. He finished grading his students' exams on May 8 and died at home in Brecksville on May 11. He was 58. Mesothelioma is often associated with exposure to asbestos. Michal's widow, the former Maureen G. Whitlock, said he had some exposure at steel mills, but not steadily.
He was a wonderful mentor," said Sunniva Collins,a former student of his, now senior research fellow at Swagelok. "He raised the level of technical discussion. He's got students that are professors in Korea and South America. He helped create an amazing network." In 1979, he joined Republic Steel in Independence as a project leader in cold rolled steels.
He joined Case Western as an assistant professor in 1983 and later became the LTV Steel Professor of Metallurgy. He chaired his department from 1996 through 2007. His courses included the popular Materials in Sports, which looked both at bodies and equipment. Michal wrote about 120 technical papers and gave about 30 lectures outside Case Western. He consulted with Swagelok, NASA and many other organizations. He was a fellow of ASM International, a group based in Russell Township that promotes materials science and engineering. He was also president of the local ASM chapter. Among his many awards, he was recently chosen as ASM's teacher of the year.
He won several grants ffrom the National Science Foundation, including a rare pair for overlapping years. Michal and his family lived in Seven Hills before Brecksville. He golfed, worked wood and ran many 5-kilometer races. Nosek-McCreery is arranging a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brecksville. Survivors include his widow and their three children.
Cleveland Plain Dealer*
Roger W. Miller ( -1996) Chemistry
Of Peoria, IL passed away around the beginning of 1996. His field was chemistry. He worked at the Dept. of Agriculture Station at Peoria and wrote many papers in association with his colleagues.
Mary Jane Medlin Mills (1925-2004) History
Went to be with the Lord on January 21, 2004, in Atlantic Beach, FL. Born in 1925 in Muskegon, MI, she met her husband, Gordon Mills, through InterVarsity at the U. of Michigan in 1946. Mary Jane attended the U. of Michigan and completed BA and MA degrees in history from the U. of Houston, with special interests in Greek and Roman history as well as the ancient histories of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the biblical world.
On five occasions she presented talks on ancient archeology and history at ASA annual meetings. These included "Population Control in the Classical Age," "A Brief Survey of Religious Thought During the Three Centuries Prior to the Advent of Christianity" and "Medicine in the Ancient World." In 1980 and 1990 she traveled to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. She attended the 1985 ASA meeting in England and was part of the European tour which followed. Mary Jane was much involved with the cultural life of Galveston, TX, where she lived from 1955-1998. She was a volunteer in the Galveston Old Homes Tours and an active supporter of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra. She taught Bible classes at the First Presbyterian Church of Galveston for 30 years. She was active in the Daughters of the Confederacy and in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and Gordon had two sons, David and John, and a daughter, Melinda and four grandchildren.
Gordon C. Mills (1920-2003) Biochemistry.
3-22-1920 to 1-6-2003) , A long time member and faithful supporter of
the ASA. After receiving his Ph.D., biochemistry, from the University of Michigan) he spent thirty-five years on the medical school teaching and research faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, retiring in 1889. At a departmental mini-symposium in his honor on February 22, Gordon gave the Mary Huling Edens Lecture in Medical Genetics. In his long research career Gordon discovered glutathione peroxidase and its role in hemoglobin breakdown in human erythrocytes, studied the enzymes of purine metabolism in children with immunodeficiency disorders, and explored novel techniques for separating nucleotides.
He published extensively in the ASA Journal in the process of developing a finely tuned version of theistic evolution. He was critical of those who used science loosely in promoting evolution. With his wife he represented the best in Christians seeking to understand what a Christian world view should mean in their lives. Late in life he applied his research training and experience to developing a theistic view of evolution and the origin of life that he refers to as a "Design Theory of Progressive Creation."
Francis J. Mills, Jr. (1916-1977) Optometry.
Of Bellaire, Michigan, died on August 18, 1977, from carcinoma of the stomach after a long illness. He was 61. Dr. Mills was born at Douglas, North Dakota, and graduated from Penn State College of Optometry. He practiced as a Doctor of Optometry in Lansing, Michigan, for 33 years, and had attended Michigan State University in East Lansing. He retired in 1976. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of Lansing. Funeral services and burial were in Bellaire. Besides his wife, he in survived by two sons and a daughter, his mother, four brothers and a sister. (Details from a Lansing newspaper clipping sent by Irving Knobloch of MSU),
Russell L. Mixter (1906-2007) Biology
(August 7, 1906 - January 16, 2007) was an American scientist, noted for leading the ASA away from anti-evolutionism, and for his advocacy of progressive creationism. Mixter graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois in 1928 with a major in literature and a minor in biology. He thereafter gained an M.S. in zoology from Michigan State College, and a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago, shortly after returning to Wheaton to teach.
He was professor of zoology there from 1945, and was chairman of the Science Division from 1950 to 1961. Mixter joined the ASA in 1943, served as its president from 1951-54, and the editor of its journal from 1965-1968. After a brief flirtation with flood geology, Mixter advocated the viewpoint that he called progressive creationism for the rest of his life. Along with Wheaton compatriot J. Frank Cassel, he led the ASA away from antievolutionism, bringing evangelicals into harmony with modern biology, whilst
stoping short of an outright endorsement of theistic evolution.
His parents were Floyd B. Mixter, a salesman, and Florence (Barlow) Mixter. He married Emilie Claus (died August 2, 1998) on June 27, 1931, and they had four children: Wilbur, Joan (Mrs. Jerry Sweers), Ruth, Priscilla (Mrs. Gordon Gault).
Wheaton College awards the Mixter Award for junior or senior Biology majors in his honor, in recognition of his "significant role in the development of biology at Wheaton College". --Wikipedia Also article by D. Chappell http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1992/PSCF3-92Chappell.html,
Edwin Monsma (1895-1972) Biology
(picture 1950) biology professor emeritus of Calvin College, died in his Grand Rapids, Michigan, home on January 17, 1972. Born in the Netherlands, Monsma received his B.A. from Calvin College, M.S. from the U. of Illinois, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He joined the Calvin College faculty permanently in 1932, was chairman of the Biology Department 1954-1961, and retired in 1965. He was a member of the Michigan Academy of Science and president of its botanical section, and also held membership in Sigma Xi and Phi Sigma, honorary scientific societies. He had served as president of the Christian Reformed Board of Missions in 1952 and was an elder in the Calvin Christian Reformed church.
ASA members of long standing will remember that Edwin Monsma once served on the Executive Council of the American Scientific Affiliation, including a term of office as vice-president.
Irwin A. Moon (1918-1986) Science Educator, Evangelist
Died on 7 May 1986 at age 78 and was buried in Placenia, California. He is survived by his wife Margaret and four children. Irwin was known throughout the world as producer and host of the famous Moody science films. He founded the Moody Institute of Science, a branch of Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Irwin A. Moon presented his famous million-volt demonstration before hundreds of thousands in his unique Sermons from Science lectures and directed it until his retirement in 1972. Under his direction MIS produced 39 educational films, which won 27 national and international awards. After retirement he remained active in its work as an advisor and friend of the staff.
Working with youth as a young pastor in Los Angeles, Moon found the visual approach especially effective in reaching young people with the gospel. He devised a set of the old 31/4 by 41/4 inch glass slides entitled, "The Microscope, the Telescope, and the Bible." That presentation eventually formed the basis of the first Moody science film, "The God of Creation."
In the 1930's according to Alton Everest, "The American Scientific Affiliation owes its existence directly to Irwin Moon. He saw that many of the students he counseled had questions about the relationship of science to Christian faith. He convinced Will H. Houghton, president of Moody Bible Institute, of the need to do something. Houghton then arranged that first meeting in 1941 from which sprang the ASA."
Out of a flood of memories, Alton was surprised to find one in particular that kept coming back, from a time when they were working together 40 years ago on the film, "Voice of the Deep." Alton wrote, "We were both in Navy deep-sea diving outfits on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean at Emerald Cove, Santa Catalina Island. Suddenly the reassuring throb of the engine driving the air compressor sped, leaving only a couple of minutes of air in our suits. Also eliminated was the usual method of ascent by blowing up the suit and shooting up like a balloon. Now it was grunt work, hand over hand up a line. When we finally reached the line, I motioned for Irwin to climb up first. He motioned for me to do the same. That Alfonso-Gaston procedure went ' on for some time, wasting precious seconds, until I realized anew that Irwin would rather suffocate than give in. Not being endowed with such competitive drive and rather yearning for a breath of air, I gave in. "That was the Irwin we knew and loved, and whose talents and ability we respected. He is gone now, but the institutions he established continue to do the Lord's work."
Newsletter, Also, Everest, History of the ASA. *
Henry M. Morris (1918-2006) Civil Engineer
(Oct 6, 1918
- Feb 25, 2006) Ccreationist leader, dies at Age 87. Henry M. Morris died February 25 after a series of strokes. Eugenie C. Scott told the New York Times that Morris was the most important creationist of the 20th century, much more so than William Jennings Bryan. As director of the National Center for Science Education, Scott dismissed Morris books as having no scientific merit, but she recalled his cordial, gentlemanly manner and said: I feel he was absolutely sincere about his convictions that the Bible was literally true and that science would support it and creation science was good science.
"Morris grew up in Texas in the 1920s and 1930s. He graduated from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1939. He married Mary Louise on January 24, 1940, and they later had six children. After his graduation in 1939, and through 1942, he was a hydraulic engineer working with the International Boundary and Water Commission. He returned to Rice, teaching civil engineering from 1942 until 1946. In 1946 he wrote a short book entitled That You Might Believe (1946). From 1946 through 1951, he studied at the University of Minnesota, where he was awarded a master's degree in hydraulics (1948) and a Ph.D. in hydraulic engineering (1950). In 1951 he became a professor and chair of civil engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette."
After fifteen years in faculty positions at Rice U., U. of Minnesota, U. of Southern Louisiana, and Southern Illinois U., Morris became head of the civil engineering department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. During his thirteen years there, the school program grew to become one of the nation's largest. His 1963 textbook on applied hydraulics is still in use.
When his book The Genesis Flood (co-authored with theologian John Whitcomb) became popular, a new administrator decided Morris was too controversial. In the words of the
Los Angeles Times, When he was asked to drop his creationist writings from his resume, Morris knew it was time to move on He founded the Institute for Creation Research and co-founded what is now San Diego Christian C. His biographical listings appear in Who's Who in Science, Antiquity to Present; Who's Who in America; American Men of Science; Who in Engineering; Who's Who in Science and Engineering; Who's Who in the World and Contemporary Authors.
Morris was an ASA member and Fellow during its early years. His passing is an opportunity for those of us in ASA to demonstrate our appreciation for differing perspectives and interpretations. In the spirit of Robert Fischer's book,
God Did It, But How, we may differ in the methods and the
timeframe in which the Creator did it, but we show solidarity with
anyone who acknowledges, It is he who has made us, and not we ourselves.
William Douglas Morrison (1927-2000) Biology
He was born to homesteading parents in Provost, Alberta, Canada, on October 16, 1927, and died of cancer on April 6, 2000. He graduated from the U. of Toronto in 1949, and got his PhD from the U. of IL in 1955. He then directed research for Maple Leaf Mills, Ltd. until 1971, when he became professor and chairman of the dept. of animal and poultry science at the U. of Guelph until his retirement in 1992. His research area was the nutrition of animals. Doug had a foundational role in the CSCA and was also recent (1999) CSCA Executive Director. Doug's obituary noted that "His faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour was the central theme and primary philosophy of his life and determined his decisions and actions."
Doug addressed the Guelph graduating class two months before he died, wishing them success as he defined it: "Over 2,000 years ago, a Hebrew writer penned what I believe to be a true description of success. He wrote: 'And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.' This definition acknowledges God and presupposes absolutes." He then explained these three character qualities. Gary Partlow noted in passing the word of his death to ASA that Doug "epitomized Micah 6:8", the verse of his commencement address.
Newsletter, Guelph Obit.*
George F. Myers ( - 1986) Electrical Engineer
Of University Park, Maryland, died on 5 March 1986. He was buried on March 8 at Adelphi, Md., after funeral services at Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Riverdale, Md. Our records of George's career are incomplete, but we know he was a long-time member of ASA. He was trained as an electrical engineer. He is survived by his wife Elma, two children.
George Neal (1922-2002) Mechanical Engineer
George survived Pearl Harbor and walked away from a B-24 shot down over Australia during World War II. He graduated from the U. of Denver and became a mechanical engineer working on jet propulsion. He worked on the Apollo manned space flight program with NASA and was personally acquainted with several of the early astronauts.
George was very involved in recent years with the science and faith dialogue. He organized a "Science and Theology" mission unit at the First Presbyterian Church of Golden, CO, and was the prime mover behind the formation of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Presbyterian Association for Science, Technology and the Christian Faith, on whose board he served. He was concerned for young people and began an educational program on science and the Christian faith for high school age youth.
W. Jim Neidhardt (1934-1993) Physics
Jim, an active ASA member, died unexpectedly at age 59 of a sudden heart attack on July 15 1993, in bed.
His recently published book, coauthored by James E. Loder, was The Knight's Move: The Relational Logic of the Spirit in Theology and Science, Helmers & Howard, 1992. He was an influential physics professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ for 31 years and an active member in the local NY ASA section.
Jim befriended numerous scientists and theologians from various countries at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton and helped many seminarians and graduate students at several universities. Jim was author of numerous
JASA papers and a promoter of Michael Polanyi's ideas. Many of us will remember his frequent use of graphic illustrations to explain various relationships.
Tribute was paid Jim by his co-author of
The Knight's Move, Dr. James Loder, in a memorial service on 20 Jul 93. Loder emphasized in his eulogy that, as a whole person, Jim did not detach his intellect from his heart" and loved to place himself in the biblical tradition "so the labor of his mind was generated in and from his heart." His remarkable energy "was matched by genuine humility and a delightful sense of humor. His humor seemed usually to embody the comment from Niels Bohr that he loved to repeat Bohr's comment to a young physicist who complained that there was too much humor at the Bohr Institute. "People should be more serious," the young physicist exclaimed. To which Bohr replied, "Some things are so serious that they must be taken with a sense of humor." I think this was the source of Jim's humor. He took serious things seriously and that was the source of much of his humor about lesser things. Jim also "seemed to have more sorrow or compassion rather than anger at those physicists, theologians, scientists who apparently could not see or comprehend the grace of God" but also, "nothing gave him more joy than the triumph of a sound Biblically-based theological argument in the face of a reductionist and secularized concept of humanity, nature, cosmology."
Believing, as his mentors Tom Torrance and Harold Nebelsick, in the contingency in all things upon the grace of God, his "service was rendered most of the time in an atmosphere of scientific hostility, to the deepest conviction of his- heart, that science and theology belonged together." In closing, Loder alluded to the good that could continue from Jim's effort, though he is no longer among us. And indeed, even now in the ASA, such fruit is being manifested. Robert T. Voss was introduced to the ASA by Jim and has recently relocated from the New York-New Jersey ASA local section (of which Jim Neidhardt was a member) to Pittsburgh, where a new local section is in formation. (See "Pittsburgh Local Section Forming.") . Jim Neidhardt's estate has donated a 7,000 volume collection "of unusual quality" to Messiah College's Murray Learning Resources Center in Grantham, PA.
Jim chose Messiah C. "because his interest in relating his Christian faith to modern science led him to consider only Christian colleges" and his longtime friends there, including Ted Davis, associate professor of science and history, Messiah's alumni magazine reported (Feb. 94). Jim Neidhardt's estate has donated a 7,000 volume collection "of unusual quality" to Messiah College's Murray Learning Resources Center in Grantham, PA. Jim chose Messiah C. "because his interest in relating his Christian faith to modern science led him to consider only Christian colleges" and his longtime friends there, including Ted Davis, associate professor of science and history, Messiah's alumni magazine reported (Feb. 94). Ted Davis,
Eugene A. Nida (1914-2011) Linguistics
Revolutionized Bible Translations, Dead at 96
his name might not be prominent, but Eugene A. Nida's influence can be found in most Christian homes-more specifically, in their Bibles. Nida, one of the leading advocates for dynamic equivalence translation, died August 25, 2011 at a hospital in Brussels, Belgium. He was 96.
Dynamic equivalence translation (a phrase which Nida coined) is a "meaning-based" approach to biblical translation; it focuses on translating "thought-for-thought" rather than "word-for-word." In a 2002 interview with
Christianity Today, Nida said that this shift in translation was his most important contribution: "To help people be willing to say what the text means, not what the words are, but what the text means." Nida's career in translation began in 1936, when he graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Greek and a minor in Latin.
The summer after he graduated, Nida attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), a faith-based nonprofit that serves language communities by using research, training, and development to "build capacity for sustainable language development." After his introduction to SIL, Nida returned every summer from 1937 to 1953 to teach there.
Nida continued his studies at the University of Southern California, where he earned a master's degree in New Testament Greek. He completed a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Michigan in 1943. That same year, he was hired by the American Bible Society as associate secretary of versions. He became the executive secretary for translations in 1946, a position that he held until his retirement in 1980. He was present at the founding conference of the United Bible Societies in 1946, and in 1949 he founded
The Bible Translator, a journal featuring articles about the theory and practice of Bible translation.
By the late 1960s, Nida had published two books, Toward a Science of Translating (Brill, 1964), and
The Theory and Practice of Translation (Brill, 1969, with C.R. Taber), advancing his new dynamic equivalence theory. He had also published a first edition of the Greek New Testament, which became a basis for other translators in their work. Nida spent much of his career traveling around the globe. By 1952, he had traveled to more than 30 countries and encountered more than 80 languages. In his travels, he met and trained teams to help them in their translation work. In 1978, he was praised by the
Christian Herald as a man who "has done more than any one person to provide people with Scripture they can read in their own language." The popularity and positive reception of The
Good News Bible (also called the Today's English Version) lent credence to Nida's work, as it was translated using dynamic equivalence theory. Other versions, such as the
New Living Translation and Contemporary English Version, are also heavily influenced by Nida's approach.
In his work, Nida emphasized the importance of cultural context - both the cultural context of Bible and the cultural context of the language into which the Bible is being translated. One example he liked to use was the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, where the sheep represent those who have done the Lord's will, and the goats are those who haven't. "Look out, because in most of Africa, sheep are regarded as very bad animals!" he said in his 2002 interview. "The translator, of course, cannot change all the sheep into goats and the goats into sheep. But you've got to have footnotes to explain the cultural difference. Otherwise, you're going to give an entirely wrong impression." However, Nida also emphasized something over the need for multiple, relatable translations: a desire to understand and spread the meaning of the Bible. "What is really needed is for people to take the message seriously and share it with other people, focused primarily on what this message has meant to me," he said. "So many Christians love to argue about the Bible rather than take it seriously as a message that is important for their own lives.
Franklin, 1979, Eugene Nida (from Morgan Feddes CT 8/26/2011 )*
Donald Noren (1925-2010) Electrical Engineer of Santa Barbara CA; died January 6, 2010; he was 85.
Harold J. Northrup ( ) Chemistry
ASA has been notified of the August 24 death of Harold J. Northrup of Pawcatuck, Rhode Island, at age 82. Harold graduated in chemistry from what is now the U. of Rhode Island and was employed in the dyeing and electrical industries before his retirement. He was active in "people-to-people" peace efforts between the U.S. and U.S.S.R., which he described in papers at our 1987 and 1988 Annual Meetings.
It's hard to think of chemist Harold Northrup of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, as an "old-timer" even though he's an octogenarian. After all, immediately after the Colorado Springs meeting he went to China on the ASA tour.
His paper on "Pathways to Good Will between Hostile Countries" was based on his own experience traveling to the Soviet Union with a group exploring "citizen diplomacy." He showed slides of his trip and handed out a bibliography on peace and peacemaking efforts. Harold urged ASA members not to overlook "the influence for good of a single individual."How did Harold Northrup get interested in "waging peace"? For many years he did goal-oriented research in the storage-battery industry. Even after retirement he has been called back from time to time to help solve problems. It occurred to Harold that the Lord had given him a gift for solving problems, and he couldn't think of a more important problem than world peace. So he thought he'd take a crack at it. He knows its a tough problem but that's the kind he likes best. Besides, he says, all the easy problems have already been solved. He went on the ASA tour to China in 1987. Harold was active in the Central Baptist Church of Pawcatuck hosting a ASA Talk there in late 1990.
Wesley L. Nyborg
(1917–2011) biophysics. Born May 15, 1917, in rural
Ruthven, Iowa, he was the last of six children born to Isaac Nyborg and
Leva Larson. He died on September 24, 2011, at the age of 94. As a
child, He lived on a farm before rural electrification was widely
available and was taught in a one-room schoolhous
He earned B. S. in Physics and Mathematics at
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, which was founded by Norwegian
immigrants. He earned an M.S. in 1944 and a Ph.D. in 1947 in physics
from the Pennsylvania State University. His research there had an
application of ultrasonic signaling for the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
In 1945 he married Beth, his wife of 44
years, until her death in 1989. His physics dissertation was
titled “High Frequency Whistles: Edge Tones and Resonance,” with adviser
Harold K. Schilling. He helped Wes form his own style of teaching and
research, including striking a balance between the aims of science and
religion. "Wes was also a deeply religious man who loved God and tried
to serve Him. He was active in his church (Community Lutheran) and in
his community, and gave freely and generously to many charities. He
loved to sing, and was in a barber shop quartet as a young man and in
church choirs for many years thereafter." He had been an ASA
member since 1989.
He was an assistant and associate professor at Brown
University from 1950 to 1960, and since 1960 was a professor and on
emeritus professor of physics at the University of Vermont.
Wes’ career was devoted to biophysical acoustics, first at low
frequencies and since the early 1950s primarily at ultrasonic
frequencies of biomedical interest. He made significant contributions in
many areas of ultrasound biophysics. His early work established a basis
for much of our current knowledge of nonthermal mechanisms by which
ultrasound interacts with biological materials—particularly important is
the basic information that he had provided on the effects associated
with acoustically driven bubble activity. He developed the theoretical
basis of acoustic streaming, and he extended his work to investigating
all sorts of ultrasonically induced movements and other nonthermal
effects of ultrasound
As an ultrasound beam traverses tissue, it causes the local temperature
to rise. The underlying theory was worked on by Wes, and he derived
a number of important relationships that we use today in determining the
anticipated temperature elevation that can result from medical
applications of ultrasound.
In addition to being elected into membership of the
National Academy of Engineering, he has been honored with the
fellow by the Acoustical Society of America, the American Institute of
Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and the American Association for the
Advancement of Sciences. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal
of Biological Physics, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Ultrasonics,
and Clinics in Diagnostic Ultrasound. He has written many chapters in
scientific books and published many papers in scholarly journals.
For 22 years, Wes was the chair of National Council on Radiation
Protection and Measurements Scientific Committee No. 66, devoted to
establishing guidelines for the safe use of ultrasound in medicine.
Three volumes were published: (1)Biological Effects of Ultrasound:
Mechanisms and Clinical Implications, in 1983; (2) Exposure
Criteria for Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound: I.
Criteria Based on Thermal Mechanisms,
in 1992; and (3) Exposure Criteria for Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound:
II. Criteria Based on All Known Mechanisms, in 2002. These volumes are
considered the most authoritative documents in this field. It should be
emphasized that Wes was not only the leader of this effort but also the
major contributor of concepts and scientific input.
Daughter, Dr. Elsa Mondou; American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine;
National Academy of Medicine*
Karl M. Oberholser
70, of Mechanicsburg PA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 25, 2013
at the Select Specialty Hospital, Camp Hill PA. He was born September 21, 1942 in
Mechanicsburg, the son of the late Christian L. and Miriam A. (Wenger)
Oberholser. He was a retired Professor at Messiah College, where he taught in
of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Karl was a graduate of
Chambersburg Area High School class of 1960, a graduate of Messiah College
and Auburn University (Ph. D). Karl was an associate professor at Black Hawk
College, Moline, IL, 1968-69; and Penn State Hershey School of Medicine from
He was a member of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church,
where he taught Sunday School and enjoyed leading the Boys Brigade. Karl was a
life time member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the American
Scientific Affiliation (ASA) >30 years. He presented a poster session at the 2000 Annual
that allows for a personal examination of interactive computer exercises which
were made with Toolbook and HyperChem or Chime, a web page plug-in.
He was a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for 45 years and the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 42 years. PA
Robert Charles Olsen
(1925-2014) High School and University Science Education.
"Bob" Olsen, 89, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Willow
Valley Retirement Community, Lancaster, PA. Born on June 2, 1925 in Staten
Island, NY, he was the son of the late Carl and Ruth (Thorsen) Olsen. Bob was
the beloved husband of Doris "Pinky" (MacMillan) Olsen to whom he was married
for 65 years.
graduated from Wheaton College (IL) where he earned his B.S. in Science, and
attended Columbia University, earning his Master's Degree, followed by his PhD
at the University of Maryland. He was a long-time resident of Ridgewood, NJ
where, as a devoted husband and father, he had a long and distinguished career
of teaching science at the Ridgewod High School and at the university level.
He was an
active member of Grace Church in Ridgewood and loved and served the Lord in all
aspects of his life. Bob had a lifelong love for music and played the trumpet in
musical groups at Wheaton and Grace Church. Bob also enjoyed spending his
summers in the Adirondack Mountains in Speculator, NY with his family.
his memory, Bob is survived by his dear wife and three children: Sandra (Olsen)
and Mike Sweigart of Coopersburg, PA, Lynn (Olsen) Craven of Paoli, PA, and Jim
Olsen of Albany, NY. He was the much-loved "PopPop" of Rebecca Craven of
Philadelphia, PA, Julie Craven and Karen Craven of Paoli, PA, and Holly (Craven)
and Justin Power of Newtown Square, PA. Lancaster Online Obit.
Donald W. Olson (~1916-1970) Secondary Education
associate member of ASA since 1964, died on February 17, 1970. He had become a
Christian in 1946, after receiving his B.A. from Jamestown College,
Jamestown, North Dakota, in 1938. He went on to obtain an M.Ed. from the
University of Washington, Seattle, in 1954, and at the time of his death
was living in Olympia, Washington, and serving as consultant in
administration and finance for the Office of the State Superintendent of
He had been superintendent of schools in Morton,
Washington, and served as lay leader and Sunday school teaching in the
Morton Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Association of
Kenneth Victor Olson (1920-2005) Biology, Education
Died at age 85, a Fellow of the ASA, from Greeley, CO, died March 26. 2005. He received his bachelor 's degree from Augsberg C. in Minneapolis and his master 's and Ph.D. degrees from the U. of Minnesota. He taught high school in Monte Video, MN, and at the State Teachers C. in Aberdeen, SD. He taught at the U. of Northern CO for many years, retiring in the late 1980s. Kenneth served as a lieutenant in the Navy during WW II. He also sang in the choir of his church, the First United Presbyterian Church of Greeley, and loved to fish and play the piano and organ. Ken led ASA's Commission on Science Education for many years.
Edwin Andrew Olson (1925-1999) Chemical Engineering, Geochemistry
As told by his wife, Marlene, Ed "peacefully left us and went Home on October 18 ." Ed was diagnosed with a tumor the third week of September, which an open biopsy revealed to be cancer of the liver and lungs. "Ed was too stoic," Marlene wrote, "and the pain didn't drive him to seek hospitalization until the final days of September. When all the tests were in, the doctor characterized the cancer as 'angry'." Too far gone for hospital care, Ed's last four days were spent in a hospital bed in the living room of the Olson home in Spokane, WA.
Ed was born 74 years ago in Gary, Indiana, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, majored in chemical engineering at the U. of Pitt., and then worked for DuPont. In 1950, through the influence of two DuPont colleagues, he became a Christian. He left engineering in 1953 to attend seminary and teach chemistry and physics at Northwestern C. in Minneapolis, MN. He married Marlene, a student there, in 1954. They moved to New York in 1954, where Ed entered the doctoral program at Columbia U., in geochemistry, with a specialization in radiocarbon dating. He received his doctorate in 1963. Ed joined the Whitworth C. faculty in 1960, and established the Dept. of Geology.
Ed was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for nearly forty years.
Stephen C. Meyer of Whitworth C. included in his tribute to Ed:
"Somehow he saw potential in me that others didn't and that interest transformed me. He told me he liked reading my tests because my essays were clearly written. Now I write about science as a central part of my profession. During a term that Ed was faculty president, he asked me to teach his structural geology lab. Now I teach as a professor at Whitworth C. The summer after my sophomore year, Ed wrote me a letter encouraging me as a Christian and as a budding scientist. I remember reading the letter sitting on a tractor in the middle of a Montana alfalfa field, stunned that a professor would take the time in the middle of his summer to write me. Ed was never too full of himself to see potential in others. That's why I say he was humble. He was other directed. And his interest in others inspired them. And it changed lives."
An ASA Fellow, Ed was a ASA Council member (1984- 1988) and was interested in the science and politics of the environment. His recent 99-page work on the subject has yet to be published.
S.C. Meyer, Newsletter*
Hendrik J. Oorthuys (1910-1996) Electrical Engineer
Died on July 22, 1996 at age 86 of an acute heart attack. He
had been a member of the ASA since the mid-1940s and served as Secretary for four years. He was also active in the Oregon Local Section. Hendrik received his degrees in electrical engineering at Oregon State U. where he and F. Alton Everest were fellow students.
Alton taught at OSU but when he was called to work in the Navy Electronics Laboratory in San Diego at the outset of WWII, Hendrik took over his teaching. Alton subsequently recruited Hendrik to work with him at the Lab from 1944-46. Hendrik was an EE prof. at Purdue U. from 1946-57, then returned to OSU until his retirement in 1975.
He married Ruth Denney in 1950 and had three sons and a daughter. Hendrik and Ruth were involved in a ministry to inmates at the Oregon State Prison. Hendrik attended First Baptist Church of Corvallis, where former ASA president and biologist David L. Willis taught Bible class. One of David's students at First Baptist was also an EE student at OSU, the Editor, who would record his articulate and inspiring lectures. I took no courses from Hendrik, however, but recall him to often be in the motor lab, the EE dept's "fishbowl." I readily concur with Dave when he wrote: "Hendrik was a most enthusiastic person. ... He was always cheerful and hopeful. He is remembered locally as "the Flying Dutchman," because to the end of his life he could be seen daily on the city streets furiously pedaling his bicycle here and there." David also added, "He was a dear Christian friend and a strong supporter of ASA. He will be missed by many." E. Dave Willis,
Evelina M. Orteza
(1929 - 2014) Philosophy of
Born March 19,1929
Dr. Evelina M. Orteza of Calgary, Alberta
Canada, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 26, 2014. She was survived by her brother, Ephraim
and his wife, Edna, of Morgantown, WV and another sister-in-law, Lavinia R. A.
Orteza of Quezon City, Philippines, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and
great-nieces. She was born in Butuan, Philippines, the
daughter of the late Jose and Rosario Orteza. She was preceded in death by her
sisters, Corazon and Josefina; brothers Cornelio, Leoncio, Benjamin, Jose Jr.,
Ruben, and Arsenio.
Evelina was a professor emerita of
Philosophy of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She
received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English Literature
and a minor in Sociology from the University of the Philippines, a M.A. in
Education from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, and an Ed.D. in Philosophy
of Education from the University of California Los Angeles. With this
educational background, she became equipped to teach at various institutions
starting as an instructor at UCLA, then as an assistant professor at the
University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and finally moving to the University
of Calgary where she was granted the associate and later full professor status.
She served this institution for 26 years until her retirement. During some
summer sessions, she had the opportunity to teach at the University of
Lethbridge in Alberta, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, and West Virginia
University in Morgantown, WV. Apart from this wide teaching experience, she was
also a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines, a visiting
colleague at the University of Hawaii, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the
University of Birmingham in England.
She joined the ASA as early as 1968
and was appointed a consulting editor for JASA in 1977. She
attended several Annual meetings in the 70s and 80s.
Because of her honest desire in improving
the teaching of Philosophy of Education and the development of a better
understanding of what the Department of Foundations of Education under the
Faculty of Education is through her dedicated teaching and extensive writing,
she received various kinds of honors, certificates of recognition, and awards.
She was not only an author and co-author of books, but also a contributor to a
number of books. Her involvement in both national and international journals on
philosophy of education, values, and religion ranged from being editor,
co-editor, book review editor, advisor, and contributor resulted in her being
known and admired by local, national and international colleagues. Her other
areas of interest in addition to philosophy of education in general were
analytic philosophy of education, in particular, philosophical basis of moral
education, existential philosophy, Pragmatism, Ethics, and later on she included
the areas of religion, Christian mind, religious pluralism, interreligious
dialogue, morality and values. Her main concern in teaching was to teach her
students to think clearly and understand what university education is about. In
addition to her distinguished academic career, Evelina was devoted to her family
and friends, known for her generosity and love of art, the performing arts,
classical music and collections of old books.
Her clear thinking also applied
rigorously to her Christian beliefs as shown in leading Bible Studies both in a
number of churches she attended and in individual homes where sharing or caring
groups met weekly. The members of every group showed their appreciation and
thanks for the marvelous lessons learned from her, in terms of a verse by verse
study and clarification, in each book being studied, and an increasing love for
reading the Word of God. And because she believed in God distributing gifts to
His people, we can say that she used her gifts from God to the fullest extent
that she could.
The family received friends at the
Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 450 Arch Street, Morgantown, WV on
Saturday, August 16th from 9:30 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11
AM with Rev. Luis Orteza and Rev. Jonathan Hutchison officiating. Obit,
Newsletter, Rev. Luis Orteza.*
Daniel Harcourt Osmond
(1934 - 2015) Physiology, Medicine
August 22 1934 - April 25 2015.
It is with
great sadness that I share with you new of the sudden passing of Dan
Osmond last Saturday. Dan was a founding member of the CSCA in
1973, and his influence on the founding and subsequent development of
the CSCA was deep and extensive. He was a tireless witness to his
Christian faith in all areas of his professional work. We were fortunate
to have had Dan share his memories on the founding of the CSCA in our
40th Anniversary Newsletter.
It was also a pleasure having Dan at the joint ASA/CSCA/CiS meetings
last summer at McMaster, where he participated very actively in the
sessions. It had been under Dan's urging that we brought John Welton in
for the special workshop on Genesis.
A number of us will share
more detailed reflections on Dan's life and work in a separate notice.
In the meantime, I have included here the obituary notice that was
placed in the Globe and Mail yesterday. Please note that a memorial
service for Dan will be held Saturday May 23rd in Cobourg.
Toronto Globe and Mail, Thursday, April 30,
Daniel Harcourt Osmond, Ph.D., University of Toronto
August 22 1934 - April 25 2015
Beloved husband of Faith Margaret
(nee Kilburn) his lover, soul mate and best friend for 58 years. Loving
father of Mark, Grace (Brian), Paul (Tania) and Deborah (Remi).
Loving granddad of Hannah, Thomas, Gabriel, Michael, Elijah and Zoé.
Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Medicine, University of Toronto.
Farmer, maple syrup producer and beekeeper. Lifelong promoter of the
need to integrate the historic Christian worldview with a sound
Friends and family are invited to attend a
memorial service at Calvary Baptist Church, 237 Ball St., Cobourg on
Saturday May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Private family burial at The Heritage
Cemetery of St. Peter in Cobourg. Inquires may be made through Newcastle
In lieu of flowers, donations to Northumberland
Youth for Christ, P.O. Box 462, Cobourg K9A 4L1 or Calvary Baptist
Church, Cobourg would be appreciated.
"If the Lord had not been
my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence". Psalm
94: 17; "If we died with Him, we will also live with Him". 2 Timothy
Online condolences may be left at
Grace and peace,
Executive Director CSCA
Robert M. Page (1903-1992) Physics
Of Minneapolis, he died of heart failure on 15 May 1992 at the age of 88. A physicist and former research director of the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), he had been decorated by four U.S. presidents. In 1946 President Harry Truman awarded him the Certificate of Merit and in 1960 President Dwight Eisenhower presented him with the Presidential Award for Distinguished Civilian Service. Born in St. Paul, the son of a Methodist minister, Bob Page entered Hamline University to study religion but in his senior year switched to physics.
After graduating in 1927 he joined the staff of NRL, which had been established only four years earlier. With colleagues there he invented the technology to make pulsed radar effective; also the planned position indicator (die now common PPI scope, with radial beam sweeping the circular face of a cathode ray tube to locate radar echoes from planes, ships, or hurricanes) and Project Madre, the first radar capable of "seeing" over a horizon. His contributions, pooled with those of British scientists in 1940, were crucial to winning WWII. Later, Project Madre improved surveillance of long-range missile launches during the cold war with the Soviet Union. Bob Page earned an M.S. degree from George Washington U. while working at NRL, where he was research director from 1957 to his retirement in 1966. He also received an honorary doctorate from Hamline.
He was a long-time member and Fellow of ASA. During his tenure at NRL he was active in ASA's Washington-Baltimore local section, and in the sixties participated in a number of ASA Annual Meetings. Robert M. Page, Director of Research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington (and the first man to send a message by reflecting it off the moon, he casually informed us during a talk), presented a fascinating picture of what science has learned about extra-terrestrial phenomena through different types of research. He taught Bible classes and frequently lectured on the relationship of science and Scripture. According to his son, Rev. John Robert Page of Medford, Oregon, he had recently been working on a full-length study on that subject. ASA old-timers will remember Bob's striking appearance: a tall, thin, white-haired man with a distinctive goatee. Others (especially anyone who worked on early radar gear) might know his 1962 Doubleday Anchor paperback,
The Origin of Radar.
In addition to his son, Bob is survived by a niece in Minnesota, a brother in Texas, and one grandson. Page closed nearly forty years of service as he retired as Director of Research of the Naval Research Laboratory at the end of 1966. At NRL, Dr. Page was instrumental in maintaining the laboratory as one of the nation's outstanding physical science research institutions. As director of research he planned long-range programs and provided leadership to a staff of 1500 scientists, engineers and technicians. Prior to his latest post, Dr. Page served five years as Associate Director of Research in electronics and seven years as Superintendent of a Radio Division. He first joined NRL in 1927.
From his initial work in radar during the early 1930's, Dr. Page has been a giant in its development. Today he holds more than 50 patents in the field including substantially all basic radar patents. He has authored hundreds of technical and popular papers and lectures, including a book, "The Origin of Radar." Honors include 1, President Dwight D. Eisenhower's award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service in 1960, the Navy's Conrad Award and the Harry Diamond Award of the Institute of Radio Engineers and the Stuart Ballentine
Award of the Franklin Institute. Wikipedia, Newsletter*
Richard B. Parker ( -1999) Microbiology
Of Portland, OR recently died of cancer (1999). Rick was an active ASAer and Director of the Institute of Science and Christian Faith, located at Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland. Rick received Ph.D.s from Oregon State U. in 1954 and U. of WI-Madison in 1954-55. As a microbiologist, Rick was associated with the U. of Oregon dental school, and was founder of a Portland biotech firm that was later acquired by Pioneer (the Iowa seed company) as its microbial products division. The Editor's brother, Lewis Feucht, and Nate Olsonon worked closely with Rick during the earlier days of the company. Rick later started a yogurt company, again using his superb skills in microbiology.
Mark S. Peterson (1929-1995) Electrical Engineering Mark joined the ASA in 1970 as a Texas A&M Campus Staff Member for, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. BS in Elec. Engr. of Elgin, Illinois passed away Aug. 24, 1995, after a long illness.
Timothy R. Phillips (1950-2000) Theology
Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton C. at 50 years of age, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 27, 2000 after suffering a long bout with cancer. Timothy graduated from Wheaton C., completed the M.T.S. from Gordon Conwell Seminary, and the Ph.D. in Theology from Vanderbilt U.
In 1986, he returned to Wheaton C. to teach classes in historical and systematic theology where he wrestled with questions about life and death with students. The struggle was always centered in God's self-disclosure in Jesus Christ and Scripture and Tim never let anyone get away with glib answers. One of Tim's legacies to his students is his insistence that they understand and respond to how others outside the evangelical community deal with theological issues. He was a valuable participant in the "Evangelical and Catholics Together" meetings and mentored his love for Christ's people to the larger Church.
A co-author/editor of four books with friend, Dennis Okholm, Tim pressed on to engage thinking about theology and culture. In this endeavor and passion, he helped initiate the annual Theology Conference at Wheaton. He entitled the most recent and very successful conference, "The Relationship of Theology and Science." Tim valued teaching, scholarship, and service to others in Christ's name. His influence is felt in churches and educational institutions around the world. His international grad. students in Wheaton and his trips to Nigeria and Kenya brought many closer to their Lord. According to Dennis Okholm, one of Tim's best friends, Tim considered himself as a modest scholar with a lifelong agenda, who was in love with the God he studied. Timothy is survived by his wife, Sandy, and two sons, Aaron and Caleb. Newsletter*
Donald H. Porter (1907-1985) Mathematics
Of Marion, Indiana, died of a massive heart attack on 7 February 1985. Donald was 78, a mathematics professor retired from Marion College (he started teaching there in 1930)l, a member of ASA for over 35 years and Fellow for perhaps the last fifteen. He took an active role in the Indiana ASA local section and was a member of a Wesleyan church in Marion. After graduating from Marion College in 1929, Donald earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University. He taught math and physics at Taylor as well as at Marion.
Mrs. Olive Porter wrote ASA that the suddenness of her husband's death was responsible for the long delay in notifying us of his passing. She added that "the American Scientific Affiliation was very dear to Donald's heart." He was professor emeritus at Marion College, which had named Porter Auditorium in its science building for him. Don was an active member of the Eighth Street Wesleyan Church in Marion, and for many years was an officer in the Indiana ASA local section. (Our thanks to Wally Roth of Taylor for sending a clipping from the local newspaper.)
Howard W. Post (1896-1992) Chemistry
Of Getzville, New York, died on 19 Feb 1992 at the age of 95. He was an emeritus professor of organic chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Syracuse and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins (1927). His research on organometallics and especially on organosilicons was published in some 85 technical papers and two books. Howard W. Post; Silicones and Other Organic Silicon Compounds; (Reinhold Publishing Corp., N. Y.; 1949).
From a Buffalo News article: " Always interested in international good will, Howard has become an "ambassador extraordinaire", partly by maintaining contact with fellow scientists in other countries. One of his "extra mile" gestures of friendship was recently reported in a Buffalo newspaper.
Back in 1958-59, Dr. Isao Shiihara, a chemist at the Industrial (National) Research Center at Ikeda City (near Osaka), Japan, spent a postdoctoral year with Howard Post on a Fulbright grant. Over the years, as Shiihara rose to become director of his institute, Post continued to correspond with him and the two even collaborated at a distance on research projects. Besides publishing four joint papers from that work, Post wrote a chapter for a book edited by Shiihara and helped edit the English of a number of institute manuscripts written in English. Within the past year Post's friend resigned to take a VIP position with a Japanese chemical manufacturing company in Tokyo.
Howard Post is a history buff. Digging through old archives saved by his father, from whom Howard got his interest in history, he found a Syracuse newspaper dated May 29, 1905. It carried an account, with drawings, of the battle of Tsu-Shime on that date, in which Admiral Togo destroyed almost all of what was left of the navy of Imperial Russia. The Czar had sent his Baltic squadron around western Europe, the Cape of Good Hope, and through the Indian Ocean in hopes of turning the tide in the Russo-Japanese War.
Thinking that his Japanese friend might be interested in the newspaper, Post sent it to him and received "a veritable outburst of thanks", also learing that Shiihara was a captain in the Japanese Naval Reserve, having served with the scientific sector in WWII. Shiihara took the old newspaper to the official Museum of the Imperial Japanese Navy at the naval base of Maizuru, where it was mounted permanently along with a Japanese translation of the account. Howard Post's own album now contains several photographs of the museum exhibit he contributed, the naval base and its commandant, Admiral Kato, and of course, his friend Isao Shiihara.
Howard has worked with the U.S. government in various ways to build better relations with other countries. Of his 20-year friendship with a now-prominent Japanese scientist he says, "I think it's an excellent example of the ties we could set up if we were willing to try hard enough, both personally and nationally, to develop international good will." For years Howard was active in the Williamsville United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school to high schoolers. At his university he served as faculty advisor for the IVCF chapter for 20 years.
J. David Price (1926-2005) Philosophy of Science Science, Education
Springville CA. ASA Fellow, Chaired ASA's Committee on Integrity in Science in the 80s and 90s. Active in the Annual Meetings and local ASA Sections. PhD in Philosophy of Science, Claremont Graduate School. Taught in High School.
Abstract of Local Obituary: "John David Price, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, met his Lord face to face on August 18, 2005. Dave was born to John C. Price and Eva Brownsberger Price in La Verne, CA, August 23, 1926. Dave attended Bonita High School where he lettered in three sports and played under his father on championship football teams. He graduated from Occidental College in 1947, completing college studies in three years while he lettered in football, water polo and track, achieving world-class status as a hurdler for the Oxy track team.
Following a brief stint with the Navy and the US Bureau of Mines, he became a high school science teacher and track coach for Bonita High School where he taught for over thirty years. Other teaching experiences included Chaparral Continuation High School, California Polytechnic University in Pomona, Claremont Grad School, Cal State Fullerton and University of La Verne. In 1969 he received his Ph.D. degree from Claremont Graduate School.
He served in both the US Navy and Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Dave met Mary Beth Gillette, the love of his life and they married in 1950. Together they raised five children; four sons and a daughter. Throughout his life he continued a generational tradition of farming citrus. Dave cultivated a love for all living things (almost - excepting citricola), and delighted in raising and sharing a plenitude of fruits, vegetables and citrus with all friends and family members. He and Mary Beth served overseas with US AID in Yemen for two years where Dave served as a horticultural specialist and Mary Beth taught English. They returned to California where they built their ranch home in the Sierra foothills overlooking their citrus ranch in Springville, CA."
"Dave was a philosopher, writer, educator, farmer, surfer, fisherman and naturalist. He was a man who loved life. Filled with faith, joy and love, he became a spiritual mentor to many whose lives bear the mark of his concern and care. Most of all he was a devoted husband, father and family man filled with unshakeable faith in God's boundless grace. He is survived by his wife Mary Beth, son Daniel and his wife Karen and their children Michael and Heather; son Stephen, his wife Joan and their children Alyssa, David, and Jonathan; son Jonathan and wife Maureen and their children Nathan and Ryan; son Dana and his wife Janet and their sons Elliott, Andrew and William; daughter Laurel and her husband Andrew and their children, Luke, Tim, John and Caroline. Dave is also survived by his sister, Doris Martini, his brother, Stan Price and wife Anne, and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins and other family members." Obituary,
Barbara A. Pursey
(1929 - 2014) Chemistry, Christian Ministry
Barb (nee Parker), 84
died peacefully at Bethany
Home in Dubuque on May 21,
with her husband and son at her
bedside. She was born in Los Angeles on
August 3, 1929. Barb earned
a BS in chemistry and a
organic chemistry from UCLA, and
was elected to Phi Beta
Kappa. After she received her PhD, she taught chemistry
at California State University Northridge until her
marriage to Dr. Derek Pursey in 1962.
The Puseys lived
in Glasgow, Scotland, for two years where Barb was a
postdoctoral research fellow in chemistry at Glasgow
University. In 1964, they immigrated to Ames, Iowa,
where Barb continued to do postdoctoral research at Iowa
State University until her son was born in 1970. A lifelong
Christian, in the late 1980s Barb was called to
structured ministry, and studied for a Master of Divinity
degree at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
(her husband says that UDTS gave her the "third
degree"). After her graduation in 1988, she was ordained
as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and
served on the faculty of UDTS until her retirement in
1996, teaching mostly Christian formation. The Purseys
established their home in Dubuque in 1993 when Derek
retired from Iowa State University.
In the late
1960s and early 1970s, Barb was active in the
charismatic movement. As well as speaking at various
venues, she served on the board of Presbyterian and
Reformed Ministries International, and wrote three
teaching booklets (The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, The
Charismatic Renewal and You, and Prayer Beyond the
Beginnings) for that organization.
These booklets reflect
Barb’s strong sense of balance in matters of faith.
In the last
half of her life, her ministry passions were for
healing ministry, helping people mature spiritually
through spiritual direction, and the relation between
science and Christian faith. Hearing the late Fr. John Park
speak at a conference triggered her interest in healing
ministry. Fr. Park was Director of the Order of St. Luke
the Physician (OSL). Barb joined OSL, and served as
Director of Region XI of OSL for a number of years. As
well as leading healing events in churches and retreats,
she made major contributions to several OSL
publications, especially the Going Deeper series. Her
final contribution was an article Promise or Contract?
published in the January/February 2014 issue of the OSL
journal Sharing. Barb
received her training as a spiritual director at Pecos
Benedictine Monastery, in New Mexico. Most of her
ministry as a spiritual director was with students at
UDTS and with UDTS graduates, providing a needed
spiritual balance to the intellectual emphasis that is
inevitable in any academic setting.
interest in how science and Christian faith relate
date from her youth, thanks to her beloved Uncle Ad—a
chemist working in the oil industry and a mature
Christian. This interest was revived by a Presbyterian sponsored
conference in 1987, which led to a PC(USA)
Working Group on Christian Faith, Science, and Technology,
on which Barb served. This in turn led to the
Association on Science, Technology and the
Christian Faith (PASTCF). Barb was a founding Board
member of PASTCF, and later served as
Secretary/Treasurer. Her work for PASTCF included a
series of courses at Ghost Ranch with PASTCF colleague
Rev. Dr. James Miller, courses at the Synod of Lakes and
Prairies Summer School, seminars at several conferences,
and essays in the PASTCF journal SciTech†. In 2012 she
was inducted into the Society of Ordained Scientists.
recreation Barb loved hiking (and tent camping),
especially in the mountains, but also locally on the
Heritage Trail and at Pike’s Peak State Park. She was
also a keen gardener. She loved symphonic music and
live theater, and reading all kinds of literature. She
worked New York Times crossword puzzles, and was
fond of Sudoku puzzles. She loved to cook, especially
dishes from many different cuisines. Barb is
survived by her husband Derek, her son John (Eva),
grandsons Derek and Maxwell, her brother Tom Parker
(Kathy), her brother-in-law Lindsay Pursey
(Connie), and many nieces and nephews.
joined the ASA in 1989 and participated in Annual and Local Section
Meetings. Obituary, Newsletter*
Orville Edward Pyle (1914-1994) Physics
Of DuQuoin, IL died in Carbondale, IL on Jan. 2, 1994 at 80 years of
age. He joined the ASA in 1967.(incomplete)
Harcourt Osmond (1934 - 2015). Physiology,
Ph.D., University of Toronto
August 22 1934 - April 25 2015
It is with great sadness that I share with you new of the sudden
passing of Dan Osmond last Saturday. Dan was a founding member of the
CSCA in 1973, and his influence on the founding and subsequent
development of the CSCA was deep and extensive. He was a tireless
witness to his Christian faith in all areas of his professional work. We
were fortunate to have had Dan share his memories on the founding of the
CSCA in our 40th Anniversary Newsletter.
It was also a pleasure having Dan at the joint ASA/CSCA/CiS meetings
last summer at McMaster, where he participated very actively in the
sessions. It had been under Dan's urging that we brought John Walton in
for the special workshop on Genesis.
Beloved husband of Faith Margaret (nee Kilburn) his lover, soul mate
and best friend for 58 years. Loving father of Mark, Grace (Brian), Paul
(Tania) and Deborah (Remi). Loving granddad of Hannah, Thomas,
Gabriel, Michael, Elijah and Zoé. Professor Emeritus of Physiology and
Medicine, University of Toronto. Farmer, maple syrup producer and
beekeeper. Lifelong promoter of the need to integrate the historic
Christian worldview with a sound scientific outlook.
family are invited to attend a memorial service at Calvary Baptist
Church, 237 Ball St., Cobourg on Saturday May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Private
family burial at The Heritage Cemetery of St. Peter in Cobourg. Inquires
may be made through Newcastle Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers,
donations to Northumberland Youth for Christ, P.O. Box 462, Cobourg K9A
4L1 or Calvary Baptist Church, Cobourg would be appreciated.
the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land
of silence". Psalm 94: 17; "If we died with Him, we will also live with
Him". 2 Timothy 2:11.
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Grace and peace,
Executive Director CSCA (moreof his life later)
Bernard Ramm (1916 - 1992)
Born August 1916, Butte, Montana - 11 August 1992, Irvine, California.
Although active in several theological areas, The Christian View of Science and Scripture (Eerdmans, 1954)
was the work for which he was best known within ASA, and which led to his election as an Honorary Fellow of ASA in 1963.
"Bernie" Ramm grew up in the northwest, thought about majoring in chemistry but switched to speech at the U. of Washington. To his A.B. from Washington he added a B.D. at Eastern Baptist Seminary, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy at the U. of Southern California. While studying at USC he taught a course in science and religion at Biola College. He later served on the faculties of Bethel College and Seminary, Baylor University, American Baptist Seminary of the West (Covina), Eastern Baptist Seminary, and American Baptist Seminary of the West (Berkeley), and taught at a number of other schools, including Haigazian College in Beirut, Lebanon.
For other details of Bernie's life, and the impact of his writing on others, see the Dec 1979 issue of
Journal of the ASA, a Festschrift marking the 25th anniversary of publication of The Christian View of Science and Scripture. (For that issue, I had the privilege of interviewing Bernie and his wife Alta, who survives him. I knew I was in the presence of a true scholar and a dear brother and sister.
After Parkinson's disease forced his retirement and move to southern California, he complained that nobody else in the retirement home where they lived ever read a book. "They just want to play bridge or golf," he said.--Ed.)
Bernard Ramm was a Baptist theologian and apologist within the broad Evangelical tradition. He wrote prolifically on topics concerned with biblical hermeneutics, religion and science, Christology, and apologetics. The hermeneutical principles presented in his 1956 book Protestant Biblical Interpretation influenced a wide spectrum of Baptist theologians. During the 1970s he was widely regarded as a leading evangelical theologian as well known as Carl F.H. Henry. His equally celebrated and criticized 1954 book
The Christian View of Science and Scripture was the theme of a 1979 issue of the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, while a 1990 issue of Baylor University's
Perspectives in Religious Studies was devoted to Ramm's views on theology.
Ramm's tertiary education included a B.A. (University of Washington), initially studying chemistry then switching to philosophy of science in preparation of ministry, B.D. (Eastern Baptist Seminary), M.A. in 1947 & Ph.D in 1950 (University of Southern California). He also undertook additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Basel, Switzerland (1957-1958 academic year with Karl Barth), and the Near Eastern School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon.
His academic teaching career began in 1943 when he joined the faculty at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola University, La Mirada, California). He became Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College and Seminary, and then Professor of Religion at Baylor University, Texas. Most of his academic teaching was conducted at the American Baptist Seminary of the Wet at Covina, California, where he taught between 1958-74 and again from 1978-86. At that seminary he held the post of Professor of Systematic Theology. Ramm wrote eighteen books, contributed to chapters to other books, and composed over one hundred articles and book reviews in various theological periodicals.
In his contributions to Christian apologetics, Ramm began his career in the evidentialist camp. However his later work reflected a shift in viewpoint over to a modified form of
presuppositional apologetics that had some affinity with the work of Edward John Carnell.
In spite of harsh criticisms of Karl Barth from other theologians such as Cornelius Van Til, Gordon Clark, and Carl F. H. Henry, Ramm would explore much of Barth's theological viewpoint, eventually embracing Barth's theology almost wholeheartedly as outlined in Ramm's own book
After Fundamentalism (Harper & Row, 1983) Ramm did not utilize the classical or Thomist approach in arguments for God's existence. He maintained that apart from faith God was unknowable. He likewise emphasized that the noetic effects of sin rendered the theistic proofs useless. For Ramm the proof of God's existence is in Holy Scripture.
In some respects Ramm's emphasis on the inner witness of the Spirit reflected the view of John Calvin, but it also reflected the influence of Karl Barth under whom he studied in Switzerland. Near the end of his life Ramm was honored with a book of essays by his colleagues and younger contemporaries.---Wikipedia,
[Five]Personal Reminiscences [on the influence of The Christian View of Science and Scripture] Everest, Carpenter, Willis, Haynes, Yamauchi From:
JASA 31 (September 1979).
Walter C. Randall (1916-1993) Physiology
Of the Taylor U. science department passed away 29 Aug. 1993. Walter had previously taught and done research in cardiovascular physiology at Loyola U. in Chicago, and also at Western Reserve U. in 1942-43. He got his Ph.D. in physiology at Purdue U. in 1942 and started where he finished, at Taylor U., where in 1938 he received his A.B. degree in biology. Walter wrote Nervous Control of Cardiovascular Function,
Oxford U. Press, 1984, and was president of the American Physiological Society (1982-83) and chair of its Long-Range Planning Committee.
"From his birthplace and boyhood home in the farming community of Akeley, Pennsylvania, Randall studied at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, able to go to school during the Depression only because of financial sacrifices on the part of his parents and sisters and by virtue of the honor scholarships he received. Graduating in 1938, he enrolled for further study at Purdue University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in physiology in 1942. The following year he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Carl J. Wiggers at Western Reserve University; Wiggers then recommended him for appointment as instructor in Alrick Hertzman's Department of Physiology at St. Louis University, and by 1949 he was an associate professor. Five years later (1954) he moved to Chicago as professor and chairman of the Department of Physiology in the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University. He held these positions until 1975, when he relinquished the chairmanship to continue essentially full-time research.
In 1962 Randall was a visiting scientist at the National Spinal Nerve Injuries Center in Aylesbury, England, and in 1965 he held a similar position at the National Spinal Injuries Center at the VA Hospital in Long Beach, California. During the summer of 1970 he was visiting professor of physiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Taylor University designated him Alumnus of the Year in 1963, and since 1968 he has served that university in various capacities, most recently as a member of its Board of Trustees (1971-)." (From APS Bio)
He was also a member of the American Heart Association, the AAAS and Sigma Xi. Walter recommended that the ASA develop a "reader's corner" where "individual members may share their science/daily-living testimonials." APS Bio ,
James W. Reid ( -1974) of Norristown, Pennsylvania, died on September 18, 1974. He joined the ASA in 1966. Jim directed Associates for Biblical Research and had written
God. the Atom. and the Universe (Zondervan 1968).
Donald L. Riggin (1924-2008) Mathematics, Philosophy,
A teacher and a preacher, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2008). He was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Uniontown, Pa., and graduated from Uniontown High School in 1942. He attended Bethany (W.Va.) College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1945 as a commissioned officer in the Navy. He served 30 months as navigator aboard the destroyer, USS Glennon. He did graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, Minnesota Bible College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, and Mankato State University, from which he received a master's degree in 1974.
On June 16, 1957, he married Gwendolyn Ganz in Marion; she survives. Mr. Riggin taught high school mathematics in Johnstown, Pa., for one year before entering graduate school at Ohio State University. In 1950 he moved to Minneapolis and enrolled at Minnesota Bible College, where he prepared for a 29-year career as a professor of Greek and philosophy at Minnesota Bible College, now Crossroads College.
He retired in 1980 and began a career in accounting and computer programming at the Grant County auditor's office in Milbank, S.D. In 1953 Mr. Riggin was ordained at Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Uniontown. He served many interim ministries throughout his career, both as a professor and in South Dakota, including 18 years with the Strandburg (S.D) Baptist Church. He was always active in his church as an elder, Sunday school teacher, choir member and fill-in preacher. Mr. Riggin also loved to read and work crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge, Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester and MENSA Rochester Chapter. In South Dakota, he was a past member of the Milbank Masonic Lodge, Milbank Barbershop Chorus, and the Yelduz Shrine in Aberdeen, where he sang with the Shrine's Chanters. He was also a lifetime member of American Legion Post 9 in Milbank. He is survived by his wife; a son, Ethan Allen (Erika Ann) of Rochester; and a sister, Rena Dressler of Pittsburgh.
Frank Roberts (1930-2010) Geology Secondary Science Education,
Frank who died February 9, 2010, in Newtown Square, PA, at age 80 was a budding scientist and once emptied the house during a dinner party when a chemistry experiment he was conducting caused a sulfurous odor that sent guests running out onto the lawn.
He Haverford School and then Haverford College, where he majored in physics.
At a Christian Endeavor meeting he met Shirley Pyle, a young woman from Devon. They were married in 1951. Shirley Roberts died in 2006.
The young couple moved to Dallas in the early 1950s while Frank Roberts was attending Dallas Theological Seminary. He earned a master's in theology at Dallas and was ordained in the Presbyterian church.
Frank and Shirley Roberts moved to Newtown Square in 1955, where Frank Roberts joined the faculty of Delaware County Christian School. The Christian school movement was young then, and Frank Roberts helped to create a place for rigorous science. He believed and taught that science and faith were not mutually exclusive. He served as chairman of the science department for 36 years, while teaching geology, physics and math. He was known for his field trips across eastern Pennsylvania that took students to some of the outcrops he discovered doing his field work for his studies at Bryn Mawr. He also taught an elective class in Greek and a senior seminar on the history of science.
In 1971 was honored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers as teacher of the year for the mid-Atlantic states.
He continued his education, earning a Masters in Education from Temple University, and an MA and, in 1969, a Ph.D. in geology at Bryn Mawr College. His students began calling him
Doc Rock. With his graduate studies completed, he, Shirley and son Timothy began a series of summer trips to sites of geologic importance that included a visit to Iceland to see glaciers and a still-smoking volcano. After finding that there were volcanoes in Hawaii, Shirley insisted on a geological field trip there too.
ASA Fellow, Frank Roberts was deeply involved in the conferences and publications of the American Scientific Affiliation. He also was a life member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At the time of his death he had just completed work on a manuscript for a book about science and the miracles of the Bible. After retiring from Delaware County Christian School in 1991, Frank became an adjunct professor of earth and space science at Montgomery County Community College, where in 1997 he was awarded the adjunct faculty award for teaching excellence. His health declined in his late 70s as his kidneys began to fail. He was hospitalized frequently in the last weeks of his life. His visitors included many former students. He is survived by his son, Timothy Roberts, of El Paso, Texas. Newsletter*
Richard J. Rommer (1920-2004) Geology
Of Pearl River, NY, passed away April 7, 2004, at age 84. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII and attained the rank of Lt. Col. Ret. Air Force Reserve after 36 years. He taught geology and meteorology at City C. of NY, Columbia U., Long Island U., Marshall Law C., Nyack C. and Kings C. He participated in many research studies through the years in these subjects.
G. Edward Rozar (1949-1993) Medical Doctor
Of Morgantown, WV he was with the WVU School of Medicine, Dept. of Surgery. A native of Athens, GA, he received a chemistry degree from U. of GA and MD from the Medical C. of GA in 1973. His specialties were thoracic and cardiac surgery. An active surgeon Rozar would be devastated in 1989 to find that he had AIDS.
A Chicago Tribune death notice described the situation: "G. Edward Rozar Jr., 44, a former surgeon whose disclosure that he had the AIDS virus led to the testing of hundreds of his patients; had performed more than 800 open-heart surgeries between 1984 and 1988 before learning in April 1989 he was infected; no case of a patient contracting the disease was reported; he felt he may have contracted the virus in 1985 while performing surgery as a resident at Allegheny General; appeared on numerous television and radio programs and testified before Congress on the effects of the disease on physicians and patients; wrote a 1992 book titled "Laughing in the Face of AIDS: A Surgeon's Personal Battle"; died July 17, 1993 in Marshfield, Wis., of AIDS complications." JWH*
Lewis S. Salter (1926-1989) Physics
Of Crawfordsville, Indiana, died 19 Nov 1989.
"Salter was born in Norman, Oklahoma. He spent three years in the United States Army during World War II, then received his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, and spent 1949 to 1953 at the University of Oxford, where he received his master's degree and doctorate in theoretical physics.
After leaving Oxford, Salter joined the faculty of Wabash College in 1953. He took leave from Wabash from 1958 to 1960 to help establish a research program in theoretical physics at the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia. He left Wabash in 1967 to become dean of Knox College He continued his international activities, working for the World Bank Survey team in Indonesia and consulting on science education there in 1972, and consulting on science education for the United States Agency for International Development. Salter was also a physics consultant to the Argonne National Laboratory and the Canadian National Research Council.
Salter returned to Wabash College as its president in 1978. The issue of Wabash remaining an all-male college was addressed multiple times while Salter was president.
After he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he resigned the presidency of the college and returned to teaching physics in August 1989, but he died before the fall term ended. He continued to work on research problems until his death, and had a paper published posthumously in the American Journal of Physics".
Lewis was president emeritus of Wabash College. The 1989 Annual Meeting at Indiana Wesleyan was the first national ASA meeting he had been able to attend. Wikipedia,
Raymond J. Seeger (1907-1992) Physics
Of Bethesda, Maryland, died of a heart ailment on 14 Feb 1992 at the age of 85. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Ray graduated from Rutgers and received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Yale in 1929. He taught physics at George Washington University until 1942, then went to work for the Navy during WWII.
He worked on high explosives at the Naval Ordnance Lab at White Oak, becoming chief of the aeroballistic research department.
From 1952 until his retirement in 1970 he was on the staff of the National Science Foundation. He served as assistant to the NSF director and retired as a senior staff research associate. He was an adjunct professor at American University (1954-72) and at various times also taught at Johns Hopkins, Catholic, and George Washington universities in the area. He published more than 200 technical papers, on quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, solid state, and applied mathematics. Ray Seeger had received the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Award, had chaired the fluid dynamics division of the American Physical Society, and had been vice president of the history & philosophy of science division of AAAS.
He was best known to ASA members for his writings about noted scientists, including 25 articles in our own journal. The last of that series, on "F. Bacon, Iconoclastic Herald," appeared in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith in June 1989. As in his other biographical articles, Ray described Francis Bacon's interest in religious matters as well as his scientific work. Ray was a member of Bethesda's Pilgrim Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife Vivian, to whom he was married for 62 years, and by a son, daughter, and four grandchildren. See: http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1986/JASA6-86Seeger.html, Newsletter*
Paul G. Simpson (1939-1978) Chemistry
Of Pensacola, Florida, he died suddenly of a heart attack on November 2, 1978, at the age of 39. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard, Paul joined the chemistry faculty of Stanford University, then moved to Oregon State University. He left academic life for employment with Monsanto chemical company in Pensacola where he was employed at the time of his death. Paul is survived by his wife Sonja, three daughters, and one son. The family requested that memorial gifts be given to Fairfield Presbyterian Church of Pensacola, or to the work of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Paul had served as faculty advisor for the Stanford IVCF chapter, and more recently for the Pensacola group.
William A. Smalley (1923-1997)
Linguistics, Anthropology William A. Smalley, who as a young American linguist, anthropologist and missionary sat with the ancient Hmong peoples in the mountains of Laos, listened to the patterns of their speech and helped them develop their first permanent written language, died on Dec. 16, 1997 in New Haven. He was 74 and lived in Hamden, Conn. Mr. Smalley, a retired professor of linguistics at Bethel College in St. Paul, died at the Hospital of St. Raphael after a heart attack, his wife, Jane, said. It was during the early 1950's, when Laos was a French colony and torn by war with the Communist Pathet Lao, that Mr. Smalley, who was working toward his doctorate at Columbia University, did his work with the reclusive Hmong. The Hmong had developed their own dialect and tradition of oral speech but had no lasting system of written language except for a few signs and symbols sewn into quilts or dresses. Hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of China in the 19th century and trekked south to the mountains of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
"William A. Smalley was born April 4, 1923 in Jerusalem, Palestine. His parents were American missionaries for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, working among Arabs in Jerusalem and Transjordan. In 1934, Smalley and his family moved back to the United States. In reflecting upon his upbringing, Smalley writes, My parents were thoroughly, deeply devoted both to Christ and to the Alliance, but they drew their boundaries more widely than many. According to Smalley, My home was intellectually more open than some Alliance homes; my upbringing was somewhat less doctrinaire. (Smalley 1991) Smalley attended Houghton College, where he developed an interest in anthropology, which he saw as relevant to missionary work. After graduating from Houghton in 1945 with a degree in English literature, he attended the Missionary Training Institute (1945-46) and received linguistic training in Bible translation at the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) at the University of Oklahoma (1946, 1947). In 1946 he also enrolled in Columbia University graduate program in anthropology with a concentration in linguistics. According to Smalley, he discovered his intellectual niche studying at SIL, while the anthropological training at Columbia gave linguistics a broader cultural context. "I became absorbed in the challenge to understand my faith in Christ in light of all I was learning about human culture. (Smalley 1991)
In 1950, Smalley was sent to Vietnam by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. There, Smalley worked on language analysis problems in the southern region of the country. The following year, he was sent to Luang Prabang, Laos to analyze the Khmu language and prepare language lessons for other missionaries to learn the language. While in Laos, Smalley also worked with Reverend G. Linwood Barney and Father Yves Bertrais in developing a writing system for the Hmong people. Together, they developed the Hmong Romanized Popular Alphabet (RPA), which is the most widely used Hmong writing system today.
With the outbreak of civil war in Laos, Smalley and his wife were forced to return to the United States in 1954. He completed his dissertation on the Khmu language and was awarded his doctorate in 1956. An abbreviated version of his dissertation was later published in 1961 as
Outline of Khmu Structure. Over the next several years, Smalley worked primarily in Southeast Asia as a translation consultant for the American Bible Society (1954-1969) and as a regional translations coordinator (1969-72) and translation consultant (1972-77) with the United Bible Societies. Due to his work, he resided in Thailand from 1962 to 1967 and from 1969 to 1972. (He also lived in Thailand as a Fulbright research fellow in 1985 and 1986.)
In 1977, he decided to leave the United Bible Societies after 23 years.
Unable to find employment, he worked briefly at a discount toy store. In 1978, Smalley relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota to accept a position as professor of linguistics at Bethel University (1978-87). In Minnesota, he unexpectedly found that thousands of Hmong refugees were also settling in the Twin Cities, which guided his research over the next decade. As an Honorary Fellow (1982-84) with the University of Minnesota Southeast Asia Refugee Studies Program, he took part in a project studying Hmong adaptation to life in the United States, publishing
Adaptive Language Strategies of the Hmong: From Asian Mountains to American Ghettos: Stages of Hmong Cultural
Adaptation (1986). He also studied the different Hmong scripts that had developed since RPA, in particular Pahawh Hmong script, which was created in 1959 in Laos by Shong Lue Yang. Smalley published two books on the script and its creator
Mother of Writing: The Origin and Development of a Hmong Messianic Script
(1990) and The Life of Shong Lue Yang: Hmong Mother of Writing (1990), both of which he co-authored with Chia Koua Vang and Gnia Yee Yang. (1949).
In 1955, Smalley took over editorship of Practical Anthropology (now known as Missiology), which he edited from 1955 to1968. He also served as associate editor for Bible Translator (1957-59) and Language Sciences (1983-92).
When he retired from Bethel College in 1987, he was awarded the college first annual Distinguished Teaching Award. In his retirement, he continued to write extensively and also edited Jacob A. Loewen's book, The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective, for which he wrote an introduction. He was involved with the ASA in the 1950s. In 1997, Smalley died of a heart attack at the age of 74."
Biographical Notes: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/fa/smalley.pdf, Register to the Papers of William A. Smalley - Smithsonian Institution.*
John L. Smith (1946-1994)
physics, science education
Physics associate professor Lectures on "The Earth, Humanity and of physicsat Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, died of kidney cancer on Dec. 28, 1994, at an age of 48 years. John was born in Blackwell, OK in 1946 and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Emporia (Kansas) State College, and an Ed.D. degree in science education from Oklahoma State U. in 1978. John was chairman of the Natural Sciences Division of MVNC from 1986 to 1989. Besides the ASA, he was a member of the National Science Teachers Assoc., American Assoc. of Physics Teachers and the Ohio Academy of Science.
John was a good example of a Christian propagating the gospel. Besides his activity with the Gideons, he was appointed Chaplain of the Knox Co. Jail. In Nov 1992, John earned a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary and was appointed a pastor of the Sparta (Ohio) Advent Christian Church in Aug. 1993. He served there until failing health in May 1994 forced him to take a leave of absence. Joseph H. Lechner
Jack Sparks (1928-2010) Statistics,
Ddied February 8 2010 at age 82. He was born Dec. 3, 1928, growing up on a tenant farm in Indiana. He earned a BS and played football at Purdue and received his MA (1951) and PhD (1960) from the University of Iowa. In 1952 he was drafted into the Army. He was hired by the University of Northern Colorado as Professor of Applied Statistics and the Director of Research Design.
In 1965 he became a Professor of Psychology at Penn State. He and his wife, Esther, had four children, Stephen, Robert, Ruth, and Jonathan. In 1967 he took an assignment with Campus Crusade for Christ in Arrowhead Springs, CA. His family began an eight-year ministry to students and street people at the University of California, Berkeley. A new body of believers was operating as the Christian World Liberation Front. In 1977 he and Esther moved to Santa Barbara and began the St. Anthanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology. He said, From that time it has been the center around which my life and work has revolved. He was ordained into the Orthodox Priesthood in 1987.
Jack was the author of many books including Letters to Street Christians, God Forever Family, The Mind Benders, The Resurrection Letters, St. Irenaeus the Preaching of the Apostles, and
Victory in the Unseen Warfare.
He was the editor of
The Apostolic Fathers and wrote many booklets, poems, articles, and short stories. One of his major projects was the
Orthodox Study Bible.
Jack and his wife moved to Alaska in 2004 to be near their children and grandchildren. He would get up at 5 a.m. to go to the church office. He never officially retired and was active until his death.
Paul B. Stam (1924-1990) Chemistry, Law
Of Durham, North Carolina, collapsed and died suddenly at age 66 on April 11,
1990. At the time of his death he was federal program coordinator for the State Dept of Environment, Health, & Natural Resources. A Wheaton graduate, Paul had a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton and held high positions in such textile companies as J. P. Stevens and Burlington before studying law at U.N.C. He received a law degree along with his son, Paul, Jr., now a state representative.
An early member of the ASA Paul's wife Jane said he had been planning to attend the 1990 ASA Annual Meeting and was in the process of reviewing a book on environmental ethics for Perspectives when he died.
"The American Bar Association Journal has a monthly feature called "Law Poll." The I January 1987 Law Poll reported on a survey of 578 lawyers made in October 1986. That survey revealed that 63 percent of U.S. lawyers "believe that the teaching of creationism in public schools does not run afoul of the First Amendment's establishment clause." The article (and perhaps the questionnaire) defined creationism as "a theory that the Earth and its creatures came into being abruptly and in final form."
In February, Paul responded with a letter complaining about that definition, saying that: "Everybody knows that the form of the Earth changes daily and that its creatures have been subject to tremendous variation over the course of history." "Many creationists (probably a majority)," he added, "believe that the Earth is very old and that it did not come into being abruptly and in its final form."
The words of Genesis 1:2 ("and the earth was without form and void") don't require a knowledge of Hebrew to understand that "things have changed since God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)." Paul concluded: "A creationist is one who believes that a Creator created. Time and mechanism considerations create subsets of the category."
James W. Stark Jr. 1926-2006) Chemical Engineering,
Of Lansing, MI, died Feb. 4, 2006, at age 79 in Lubbock, TX. James W. Stark Jr., of Lansing, MI, was born in Niagara Falls, NY on June 3, 1926 to James W. Sr. and Nellie Sabina Taylor Stark. He was an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics for Lansing Community College and devoted his life to philosophy and writing. He died in Lubbock on Feb. 4, 2006 while visiting his daughter and her family. His book
Rebuild Your Worldview to be Healthy, Amazon (2006) was published posthumously.
His professional life included chemical engineering for Union Carbide and its Eveready division, followed by becoming math prof at Lansing Community College. He was an active volunteer for Central United Methodist Church and Impression V Science Museum and gave generously of his time to teach people to use computers. In the ultimate display of generosity, Jim donated his body to help cancer and burn victims.
His world-view late in life (2006): "I am a retired Professor of mathematics from a community college. While my training and experience has been technical, I have pursued the issues of morality essentially all my life. Perceiving what is truth and what is morally right is the essence of my worldview. Building that worldview requires the selection of beliefs and values that will need to periodically change. I have three degrees and two military certificates. The degrees are a BSE in Chemical Engineering, BSE in Mathematics, and MS in Teaching Technical Subjects. The military certificates are for the repairing of Radio Teletype Equipment and Radio Intercept Equipment. I worked in industrial development and quality control in electrochemistry for 7 years, taught science and math for two years at 8th grade and taught math for 23 years at a community college. The practice of morality in industry is in sad shape and it is indoctrinated into our students by the way we teach. The teaching of morality needs to be transformed by building it into a process of intentional change that integrates all religious faiths and education. I have been an active member of the United Methodist Church since 1955." Amazon,
Lawrence H. Starkey (1920-2001)
philosophy of science, theology
Science Writer, Philosophy died on January 12, 2011, at age 91. He joined the ASA while employed as a research and script writer at the Moody Institute of Science. In 1958 he receive his Ph.D. in philosophy of science from the University of Southern California and joined the Bethel College Philosophy Department. He had his B.A. with honors from the University of Louisville and also graduated from Southern Baptist Theological seminary. Mr. Starkey has taught philosophy at Los Angeles Baptist seminary and in the evening school at the University of California.
Lawrence H. Starkey of Wauwatosa, WI was an active ASA fellow from 1953
through 1971, including two local section presidencies, papers at two
national conventions and commissions work,
ASA Journal. In the mid-`50s, Lawrence was a
Moody Inst. of Science writer and has taught philosophy and religion at
Bethel, Linfield, Alma (MI), and Jamestown (ND) colleges, Moorhead State
U. (MN) and U. of MO, Rolla. He has also worked in industry, at Convair
(Gen. Dynamics), Ency. Britannica, and has done TV studies for ND State
U. In 1995, Lawrence was a citizen ambassador to Russia and Hungary. He
co-authored TV documentaries ,Mystery
of Three Clocks (1956), Red
River of Life (1957)
of the Soul (1958).
He has also been on the JASA (now PSCF)
editorial board. For all this (and more), Lawrence appeared in the
Who in the World. Bethel College Clarion, Newsletter.
John F. H. Stewart (1918-2005) Medical Doctor, Anglican Priest
Died March 27, 2005 at age 87. From childhood he sensed a call to be an Anglican priest, and by age 8 he was performing the rituals of baptism, marriage and funerals, using dolls for practice. After service as a Chaplain in the Canadian Army, he studied medicine at U. of Toronto and became a medical missionary to Liberia for ten years before accepting a position as surgeon in Ontario. One of the founding fathers of the CSCF. He attended many ASA Annual Meetings and was an encouragement to younger members.
Claude E. Stipe ( - 1996) Anthropology.
Elected ASA fellow, 1976 President of ASA Council, died April 13, 1996. Claude was an active ASA member since 1956.
Newsletter Editor Walt Hearn) remembers one unusually insightful talk on culture that Claude gave at an ASA Annual Meeting in the 1970s. A graduate of Wheaton C., UCLA and the U. of Minnesota (Ph.D.), Claude retired to Escondido, CA.
His first teaching post was at Bethel College. He then moved to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Marquette University. His
JASA paper "Does The ASA Take A "Position" On Controversial Issues?" was a significant response to criticism directed toward the organization at the time.
and Intelligence Controversy. He published a paper "Scientific Creationism and Evangelical Christianity" in the March 1985
American Anthropologist. Claude was deeply interested in the relationship between anthropology and Christian missions in a period when missionaries were under attack for destroying native cultures. (incomplete)
Rev. James A. Stoddard (1922 - 2012) Missionary died April 12, 2012 in Bradenton Florida. James joined the ASA in 1960. James A. Stoddard, passed away April 12, 2012. Born January 28, 1922.
Faithful Christian. World War II Veteran. Missionary, Guatemala, Thirty
eight years. Member, New Hope Baptist Church. Amateur Poet,
Photographer. Wife, Margaret, almost sixty five years, A member of the
ASA for 52 years .Obit, Newsletter.*
Peter W. Stoner (1888-1980) Astronomy
Onone of the 5 founding members of the ASA, died March 21, 1980, in Long Beach, California. Born in 1888, he would have been 92 in June.
He was an emeritus professor of science retired from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He had an M.S. from the U. of California (1910). Alton Everest, first ASA president, and wife Elva attended Peter's funeral at Leisure World Community Church, preceding burial in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Here is Alton's tribute: ";Peter Stoner was the Complete Teacher, a man of quiet dignity and deep Christian faith. During the halcyon days of the Los Angeles ASA section in the 1960s a planning meeting was held in Peter's home in Altadena. The meeting dragged on and at 10 p.m. sharp Peter rose, told us we could stay as long as we wished but that he was going to bed. Something of a night-owl in those days, I was shocked that anyone would go to bed at 10 p.m. At long last I understand. I'm now the age Peter was at that time and by 10:15 1 droop like last week's crocus. Peter was high on principle but low on prestige, form, and ritual. Knowing the teaching positions he held, people are surprised to learn that he didn't have a Ph.D. Here's the story on that. At a world-renowned California university he had finished all requirements for his doctorate in mathematics when his committee discovered that his completed and approved dissertation on a subject from his minor field of astronomy should have been in his major. Realizing their oversight, they apologetically agreed that all he would have to do to get his degree Was to construct some geometrical models for instructional use. That sop to university regulations was a bit too much for Peter-so, no degree, but lots of peace of mind. While Peter was in graduate school the pastor of the Presbyterian church he was attending came to him asking if he would take a class of 12 science students from China. Realizing America's strength had something to do with her spiritual underpinnings, the students had told the pastor they wanted to learn about Christianity, although they had no interest in becoming Christians. Peter accepted the challenge, and all 12 accepted Christ before returning to China. Many years ago Peter was invited to teach a Science and Scripture course at the Moody Bible Institute summer school. He informed the class that his door was continually open for personal conferences. Day and night for the rest of his stay he was deluged by a steady stream of students with questions. That was surely one of the highlights of his life, remembered with grateful satisfaction in his later years as a solid contribution to the spiritual strength of young people. "At Pasadena City College Peter was Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Astronomy, and Architecture. He taught there for 41 years. Roger Voskuyl, then president of Westmont College, pulled Peter back from the brink of a well-earned retirement to teach at Westmont. Teaching mathematics led to astronomy and then to head of the Science Department and building an observatory for Westmont's 16-inch reflecting telescope. In 1963 he left the haunting smell of chalk dust, having completed 50 years of teaching. "Peter Stoner's lifelong views on the relationship of science and the Bible are set forth in his chapter, "Astronomy and the First Chapter of Genesis," in the ASA's first book, Modern Science and Christian Faith. The same general thrust is in his book originally titled From Science To Souls and soon changed to Science Speaks published first by Moody Press and later by Van Kampen Press. Robert C. Newman, Ph.D. in astrophysics, is listed as co-author in recent editions. That book has sold over 350,000 copies in English and has been published in six languages. "I have before me a copy of Peter's unpublished manuscript, God's Dealing With One Man, for which I wrote, in the preface, I have known and loved Peter Stoner for almost four decades. In observing him through the years one principle of God's leading is illustrated over and over ... that God guides by deflecting the course of His children who are already under way rather than boosting the indolent into the orbit of His choosing."
Alton Everest Tribute*
Dinwiddie Stores (1906 - 1985) Patent Attorney
of Cocoa Beach, Florida, died of cancer on 4 July 1985 at the age of 79. "Din" was a chemical patent attorney who retired from Exxon Corporation after writing some 300 patents issued to Exxon inventors. He had a B.S. from Roanoke College and L.L.B. from LaSalle Extension University, was a member of the bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia, of the U.S. Patent Office, and of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Cocoa Beach, where he also taught a men's Sunday school class. He was an avid reader of JASA. (Our thanks to retired chemistry teacher Edgar Bloom of Cocoa Beach, who notified the Ipswich office. Edgar added that it was Stores who first told him about ASA.-Ed.)*
Albert Charles Strong (1925 - 2001) Mechanical Engineering,
Pastor of Salem, Oregon, died Sept. 4, 2001 at age 76 of cancer. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in mechanical engineering in 1947 and from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1950 with an M.Div, for twenty-one years he served as a missionary in Ethiopia, pastoring and translating Amharic literature. He was prepared for this work by further training in linguistics at the U. of OK and Haile Selassie I U. in Addis Ababa, and in theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He returned to the US in 1972 as pastor of two west coast Presbyterian churches. He retired in 1988 and moved to Silverton, OR. Albert participated in ASA Oregon Local Section meetings and his obituary in the
Statesman Journal of Salem reports him as a member of the ASA.*
Carl Stuebe ( -1970) Organic Chemist
Of Cleveland, OH passed away Mar. 4 1970 He was a research chemist (organic) doing thermal analysis. He had several papers, patents and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve U. (1954). Carl taught adult Sunday school at his church, Shore Haven Lutheran, and thought that ASA's top priorities should be dealing with issues (such as creation/evolution), Christian teaching, and explaining science to the church.
Russell D. Sturgis (1897-1969) Chemistry
Of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, one of the five charter members of ASA, died of a heart attack in November, 1969.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 9, 1897, he earned the B.S. from the University of Delaware in 1919 and the M.S. (1921) and Ph.D. (1924) from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as instructor in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania from 1920 to 1924 and taught chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College for one year. In 1925 he joined the staff at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, as assistant professor, becoming David Laucks Hain professor of chemistry in 1927 and head of the department of chemistry in 1928. He stepped down from the headship in 1964 but remained a professor of chemistry until his death on November 20, 1969.
Dr. Sturgis was a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi. In 1961 he received the Lindback Foundation award for distinguished teaching, and in 1964 he was awarded an honorary Sc.D. from the University of Delaware. He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Norristown, Pennsylvania for forty years, and secretary of the local school board for twenty-five years. He was advisor to the "Bible Fellowship" group at Ursinus College.
The role of Dr. Sturgis as one of the founders of what became the ASA has been pointed out in a paper by F. Alton Everest, "The American Scientific Affiliation--The First Decade", Journal of ASA 3 (No. 3), 33-38 (September 1951). On one of his "Sermons From Science" evangelistic excursions into Oregon, Irwin A. Moon told Alton Everest of the interest of Dr. Will H. Houghton, then president of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, in catalyzing formation of an effective organization of Christian men of science. After preliminary correspondence, an invitation from Dr. Houghton brought five men to Chicago in September of 1941: Everest, Sturgis, Irving A. Cowperthwaite, Peter W. Stoner and John P. Van Haitsma.
Only a few months later the American Scientific Affiliation had a name and a constitution--and the U. S. entered World War II, making national meetings impossible for the ASA's first few years. Subsequent growth has demonstrated that the five "founding fathers" laid a good foundation, and we honor Russell Sturgis-as one of the five. ASA News is indebted to Mrs. Russell D. Sturgis, now of Princeton, N. J., and to F. Alton Everest for this information. Mrs. Sturgis wrote of her late husband's regret that he lacked the time and energy to participate in ASA activities in spite of his interest in the work of the Affiliation. Everest (2010)5,
Herbert W. Sutherland (~1913 -1997) of Toronto, Ontario died Sept. 13, 1997. Class of 1935, UNB
Allan E. Swartz (1924-1996) Engineer
Of Muskegon, Michigan, born December 21, 1924 and died of a pulmonary embolism at age 71 on March 29, 1996. Allan was an engineering consultant interested in gasoline and Diesel engines. Don DeGraaf knew Allan well and noted that he was president of the Christian Businessmen's Committee, religious social service organizations and held offices in Forest Park Covenant Church, where he was a lifelong member. Don remarked that "Al devoted his life to serving God and others on a daily basis." Allan was a regular attender of our annual meetings. Last year (1995) he gave a paper on his work as a volunteer engineering consultant overseas. Don DeGraaf
David L. Swift ( -1997) Chemical Engineering, Public Health has died [on July 3, 1997], apparently from complications from an old infection of hepatitis C. Dave had been active in local ASA section and annual meetings, to which he was usually accompanied by his wife, Suzanne. David was an ASA Fellow and prof. of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins U. in Baltimore, MD.
David's research was in environmental health engineering, air pollution, and aerosol science. He graduated from Purdue U. in 1957, from MIT in 1959, and got his doctorate at Johns Hopkins in 1963, all in chemical engineering. He did post-doc work at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine until 1966. He was also a past elder at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD. David expected ASA to primarily deal with issues, explain science to the church, and provide fellowship. He was also a good counselor of younger ASAers, and would stay up late at ASA Meetings discussing personal decisions faced by them. Newsletter*
William F. Tanner (1917-2000) Geologist
Of Tallahassee, Florida died on April 9, 2000. Tanner was an ASA fellow and a member of ASA's Affil. of Christian Geologists. A prof. of geology at Florida State U. with emphasis on sedimentology, he was born in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1917. He holds a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from Texas Technological College, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma University, all in Geology.
He has served as an Instructor at Oklahoma University, a visiting Professor of Geology at Florida State University, and Associate Professor and Professor of Geology at Florida State University. Since 1974 he has been Regents Professor. He has had geological experience in much of the U.S., mostly in the Southeast, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain areas,- maritime eastern Canada and Canadian Rockies,- Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, various parts of Brazil, and Venezuela. His specialties within geology include sedimentology, sediment transport (including beach and river erosion), paleogeography and paleoclimatology, history of the atmosphere and petroleum geology. Dr. Tanner is Editor of "Coastal Research, " Science Editor for the
New Atlas of Florida, and Editor of six volumes on coastal sedimentology. He is the author of 275 technical papers. He consulted for several large oil companies and various power companies, extensively traveled the Western Hemisphere, the British Isles, and Germany.
His most recent missionary activity was to Barranquilla, Colombia in 1982. He looked to the ASA to explain science to the Church, be involved in Christian teaching, and pursue creation-evolution issues.
Douglas H. Taylor (1915-1997) MD
Of Tahlequah, OK. He was a Wheaton College grad and a surgeon who attended the U. of Oregon Medical School in Portland. Captain U. S. Army Res. Doug made many trips for TEAMission to Zululand, S. Africa, to work with a mission hospital there. He enjoyed ASA's journal "very much all those years." *
John Marks Templeton (1912 - 2008)
Philanthropist died July 8, 2008 in Nassau, Bahamas, at age 95. Born in the small town of Winchester TN, he received a degree in economics from Yale University in 1934 and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, graduating with a MA in law. Sir John pioneered the use of globally diversified mutual funds. He was deeply involved in a multitude of philanthropic missions.
He established the John Templeton Foundation to encourage the use of scientific methods to discover more about the spiritual realm. In 1972, he created the Templeton Prize for Progress toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities. In 1987 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his extensive charitable work. He collaborated with Robert Herrmann in writing numerous books and articles on faith-science themes. Sir John was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and served as a trustee on the board of Princeton Theological Seminary for 42 years. He also served on the American Bible Society board. His foundation continues to offer grants for science/religion topics.
(1940 - 2015) Medical doctor, foundation director
John M. Templeton, Jr., M.D.,
president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, passed away
Saturday, May 16, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Dr. Templeton
was 75 years old at the time of his passing, finally succumbing to his
battle with cancer.
Templeton was the oldest of three children
of Sir John Templeton. He began considering a career in medicine during
a summer internship in 1960 at a Presbyterian medical mission in
Cameroon. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1968 and
completed his internship and residency in surgery at the Medical College
of Virginia in Richmond in 1973.
During his time at Children’s
Hospital, the hospital gained an international reputation for
its patients with conjoined twinning. Templeton performed numerous
surgeries on conjoined twins. He trained in pediatric
surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1973 to 1975
under the hospital’s surgeon-in-chief, C. Everett Koop, who later became
U.S. surgeon general from 1982 to 1989. After serving for two years in
the Navy he returned to Children’s Hospital where he was the
trauma program director. During his tenure the hospital gained an
international reputation for its patients with conjoined twinning.
Templeton performed numerous surgeries on conjoined twins.
Dr. Templeton, known as “Jack,” retired from
medicine in 1995 to assume leadership of his father's namesake
foundation, the John Templeton Foundation.
The John Templeton
Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries on what
scientists and philosophers call the big questions of human purpose and
ultimate reality, a vision derived from Sir John Templeton’s optimism
about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from
his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship.
The Foundation’s primary funding areas include science and the big
questions, character and virtue development, individual freedom and free
enterprise, genetics, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, and the
Templeton Prize. Recent grants have explored topics such as gratitude,
beneficial purpose, exoplanets, and religious liberty.
Templeton’s 20 years at the helm of the Foundation, the endowment grew
from $28 million to $3.34 billion, with 188 grants awarded in 2014
primarily to major universities and scholars worldwide. A total of $966
million in grants and charitable activities have been funded since the
Foundation’s creation in 1987. It awarded $103 million in 2013, the last
year for which figures are available, which ranked it 55th in total
giving of U.S. foundations, according to the Foundation Center.
Dr. Templeton is survived by his wife, Pina, who retired from Children’s
Hospital in 1999, their daughters Heather Dill and Jennifer Simpson,
sons-in-law Jeff Dill and Scott Simpson, six grandchildren, a brother,
Christopher, and a brother-in-law, Gail Zimmerman. His sister, Anne
Zimmerman, died in 2004.--Templeton Foundation, Catholic News,
William J. Tinkle (1892-1981) Genetics, Zoology
MS, PhD in zoology at Ohio State University. Dr. Tinkle taught at LaVerne College and for many years at Taylor University. Following this, he taught at Ball State Teachers College retiring about 1960. He published 11 papers in
JASA in the period 1950-1963. He was an early participant in organizing the ASA but left it in 1961 to help recruit the pioneers of the Creation Research Society.
Tinkle opposed evolution and Darwinian theory, but was an enthusiastic proponent of eugenics, and published several articles on the subject.
In his 1939 textbook "Fundamentals of Zoology" he devotes a section to "The Need of Human Betterment", where he laments the existence of"defective families" who "give birth to offspring like themselves" , producing "persons of low mentality, paupers and criminals in much greater ratio than the general population"[8, p. 130]. Negative eugenics via institutionalization seems to have been his preferred eugenic solution: His antievolution works include: Heredity: A Study in Science and the Bible, St. Thomas Press, 1969;
Heredity (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1970); and God's Method
in Creation (Nutley, NJ: Craig Press, 1973. see: William J. Tinkle,
The A.S.A. In Retrospect (1959)*
Thomas F. Torrance (1913-2007) Theologian .He was a leading Protestant theologian who served for 27 years as professor of Christian Dogmatics at New College, Edinburgh in the University of Edinburgh. He wrote many books and articles and translated several hundred theological writings into English from other languages. He edited the English translation of the 13-volume, six-million-word Church Dogmatics of Swiss theologian Karl Barth. He is considered to be one of the most important Reformed theologians of his era. He was the son of missionaries in China and served two parishes in the Church of Scotland. He was influential in work on theological method and the relationship between theology and science. Opposed to dualistic thought, he argued that modern science is similar to theology in that it is developed in terms of relation and integration: each has its distinctive method, and each is fully rational. See: Thomas F. Torrance's Integration of Judeo-Christian Theology & Natural Science: Some Key Themes *
Charles Hard Townes
July 28, 1915, he died on the way to the Oakland CA Hospital
January 27, 2015 at age 99. One of six children of Baptist parents, Ellen Hard
and Henry Townes, a lawyer.
Townes was born in Greenville, South Carolina and was raised on
a small farm.
A student of wide
ornithology, he graduated from the local high school in 1931. when
he was 15.
At Furman University he majored in physics and modern languages, was curator of the college museum, and a
member of the band, glee club, swimming team and newspaper
staff. He graduated valedictorian with two bachelor’s degrees in
1935 at the age of 19. Focusing on physics, he earned a master’s
degree at Duke University in 1937 and a doctorate at the
California Institute of Technology in 1939.
He joined Bell Laboratories in 1939 at its Murray Hill, N.J.,
headquarters and developed WWII radar bombing and
Townes did most
of the work that would make him one of three scientists to
share the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for research leading to
the creation of the laser while he was a faculty member at
Columbia University. He joined the Columbia University faculty in 1948, and
three years later had his inspiration for the laser's predecessor, the maser, while sitting on a park bench in
Washington, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. Scientists were stumped about ways to make waves shorter,
but in the tranquil morning hours the solution suddenly appeared
to Townes, a moment he famously compared to a religious
revelation. Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper
about using microwave energy to stoke molecules to move fast
enough to create a shorter wave. Since 1967, he served as
professor of physics at the University of California (Berkeley).
He married Frances Hildreth Townes, in 1941. Townes lived
in Berkeley, CA and was survived by his wife and four daughters,
Linda Rosenwein, Ellen Townes-Anderson, Carla Kessler, and Holly
In 1966, he published an article entitled "The
Convergence of Science and Religion" in the IBM journal THINK.
The difference between science and religion "are largely
superficial," he wrote, "the two become almost indistinguishable
if we look at the real nature of each." In an era when many
scientists steadfastly avoided ties to religion, the views
expressed in the piece were seen as blasphemy by people in both
communities. Over the years, he wrote and spoke often on the
subject, and in 2005, he won the Templeton Prize for progress
toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities.
"Many people don't realize that science basically
involves assumptions and faith. But nothing is absolutely
proved," Townes said at the time. "Wonderful things in both
science and religion come from our efforts based on
observations, thoughtful assumptions, faith and logic."
Townes held a "friend" status with the ASA His positions
on Science and Christianity were published in PSCF
based on a
Plenary Lecture presented at the August, 2002 ASA Annual
Meeting held at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. His 1972 JASA
How And Why Did It All Begin? provides an interesting
contrast. Sources: Boston
Globe, UCNews Center, ASA Newsletter.*
(1937-2013) History of Science.
Born Jan. 16, 1937, died November
3, 2013. Thad was an ASA Fellow, Longtime CSCA Council
Member and 2007 President. An Alumnus of Notre Dame, he received the PhD in
History of Science at the University of Wisconsin.
A native of Chicago, he taught and worked in Canada for over 20
years. Lived with his wife in Colborne, Ontario. She preceded him in death by
retiring in 2005 he taught courses in science and religion at University of
Toronto Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. He
was an eclectic scholar writing articles such as
Central Role of Energy in Soddy's Holistic and Critical Approach to Nuclear
Science, Economics, and Social Responsibility" in BJHS (1979),
"Science and the Mystery of the Human. Person",
2006 and "Conscious Experience and Science: Signs of Transition",
Henry Triezenberg (1931-2003) Science Education
Died Jan. 6, 2003, at age 72. He taught at Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst, IL, 1955-64 and 1984-95. Between times, he earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from U. of Wisconsin and worked at Christian Schools International in Grand Rapids, MI, as curriculum consultant and editor-in-chief of numerous textbooks. One of his projects was the "Reading God 's World" series of 18 paperback modules. He also edited Individualized Science, like it is (National Science Teachers Association, 1972).
He became an ASA Fellow in 1981. Of the couple 's five children, one son is a physician, a daughter is a nurse, and a son teaches molecular genetics at Michigan State. At the time of his death, Triezenberg was a trustee at Trinity Christian C., Palos Heights, IL. His two oldest sons spoke at his funeral, his older son noting that he had died at Epiphany, when the wise men went to see Jesus, and that this year another wise man went to be with Jesus. Mrs. Triezenberg describes her husband's memorial service as "a celebration of his life, rather than a mourning of his death."
Charles H. Troutman, Jr. (1914-1990) IVCF pioneer died on 18 Nov 1990 in Tucson, Arizona, at age 76. Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, he received a B.S. from Wheaton College in 1936, intending to go into medicine. Instead he accepted a one-year appointment with the fledgling Canadian InterVarsity. His visits to student groups in Michigan led to many years of service with IVCF-USA, culminating in his years as general director (1961-64).
After serving with the Army Corps of Engineers in Australia in WWII, he spent eight years (1953-61) as general secretary of IVF-Australia. From 1966 to 1980, he and wife Lois served with Latin America Mission, working with students in Costa Rica. Lois died on 8 Dec 1990.
Karl K. Turekian
Born Oct. 25, 1927, Turekian was raised in New Jersey and the Bronx, the son of Armenian immigrants and genocide survivors. He served in the U.S. Navy, received his bachelors from Wheaton College in 1949, and then, in 1955, earned one of the first doctorates in geochemistry awarded by Columbia University. He was a student there under Larry Kulp, an early ASA Fellow.
He joined the Yale faculty the next year and married his wife, Roxanne, in 1962.
Over the next five decades, his trademark became the inventive use
of trace elements, natural radioactive elements, and radiogenic
isotopes for understanding processes of the Earth, its atmosphere,
and oceans. He examined an uncommonly broad range of planetary science including the sediments of the deep seas, the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, meteorite strikes, and the composition of moon rocks, died March 15 in Branford. He was 85. The cause was cancer.
He shed light on acid rain, cosmic dust flux, sediment accumulation, the global transport of metals through the atmosphere, the circulation of Long Island Sound, the composition of the continental crust, and the origin of the solar system, among other phenomena. His research bolstered the idea that a giant meteorite strike led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, and he advanced new methods for testing models of atmospheric circulation and identifying art forgeries.
Karl Turekian was at the forefront of expanding the scope of questions that could be addressed by geochemistry and developing new techniques to answer them said Bill Graustein, who studied under Turekian and remained a close friend. He consistently used his encyclopedic knowledge of the study of the Earth to take techniques developed in one area and apply them to unsolved problems in other areas."
Turekian fondly recalled dozens of former students and fellow researchers by name in a 2005 autobiographical piece published in the
Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science.
My undergraduate and graduate students brought excitement to my life at Yale then and this has continued to the present day. He wrote. Over a long career, Turekian who at the time of his death was Sterling Professor of Geology & Geophysics Emeritus, Yale highest faculty rank wrote hundreds of journal articles and five books, including "Oceans
," "Man and the Ocean
" (with Yale geologist B.J. Skinner), "Chemistry of the Earth,
" (with C. Drake, J. Imbrie and J. Knauss), and "Global Environmental Change.
" Turekian served in editorial positions of eight scholarly journals and in a wide variety of administrative roles at Yale.
He was chair of the Department of Geology & Geophysics for most of the 1980s; curator-in-charge of meteorites and planetary science at the Peabody Museum of Natural History; director of the Center for the Study of Global Change; and director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among other learned societies, and received many honors during his career. These included the Goldschmidt Medal of the Geochemical Society, the Maurice Ewing Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the Wollaston Medal of The Geological Society of London, and, from the Yale College Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the William Clyde DeVane Medal for distinguished teaching and scholarship.
Turekian is survived by his wife, Roxanne; two children, Karla Ann Turekian and Vaughan Charles Turekian; a daughter-in-law, Heather Leigh Turekian; two grandchildren, Aleena Marie Turekian and Charles ("Chip") Henry Turekian; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. The world has lost one of the greatest geoscientists who ever lived, said Ague. His influence is so large it is impossible to measure. Yale Bio.,
John William Van Dyk (1928-2010) Chemistry.
John died peacefully at his home in Wilmington, DE on January 10, 2010. Born May 2 1928 in Patterson, NJ, he was the only child of Andrew and Ida Van Dyk. He received a Christian education graduating from Eastern Christian Academy in 1946. He furthered his studies at Calvin College and Rutgers University and earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1954. He married Audre Devries in Pasaic, NJ.
He had a 35 year career with the DuPont Co., initially at the DuPont Experimental Station at Wilmington and ending at the Marshall Lab in Philadelphia.
After his retirement in 1985 he served with the International Service Corps in South Korea and established a consulting Co., Van Dyk Associates. He held multiple patents and focused much of his energy on developing several scientific computer programs. John was a member of the Emmanuel OP Church, He served as elder and Sunday School Teacher. He served on the board of directors of the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto Canada and the Delaware Justice Christian Fellowship Prison Ministry. He was also active in local political and social organizations. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, sons Mark Drew and Dirk; and three grandchildren. Internment at the Chester PA, Bethel Cemetery. http://www.findagrave.com*
van der Fliert (1919-2001) Geology.
Died in February 2001. Some of us remember him for his classic ASA article on catastrophism versus uniformitarianism in geology as related to the Noahic flood. Dutch reformed geologist, University of Utrecht, See: http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1969/JASA9-69vandeFliert.html *
Aldert van der Ziel (1911-1991) Physics, Electrical Engineering
Emeritus professor of electrical engineering at the U. of Minnesota, died in Minneapolis on 20 Jan 1991 at age 80 after a long, progressive illness. Born in Zandeweer in The Netherlands, he completed a thesis on spectroscopy at the U. of Gronigen at age 24, then joined the Natuurkundig laboratorium of N.V. Philips, where he developed a lifelong interest in electronics and "noise."
Aldert and his family endured the Nazi occupation of Holland, emigrated to the U. of British Columbia, Canada, in 1947, then to Minnesota in 1950. He advised over 80 doctoral students and published hundreds of research papers, continuing his research activity after becoming Emeritus in 1980. Since 1968 he had also taught part-time at the U. of Florida in Gainesville.
Aldert wrote some 15 textbooks and two books on science and religion:
The Natural Sciences and the Christian Message (1960) and
Genesis and Scientific Inquiry (1965). He received many honors, including two honorary doctorates and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. He had once participated actively in the North Central section of ASA and contributed to ASA's Journal. Aldert Van der Ziel
was the 1975 recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education. Vincent Bendix Award, its preeminent award for distinction in engineering research.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Aldert received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Groningen in 1934. After a stint as electronics physicist at the Philips Research Laboratory in Eindhoven, Holland, he joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia in 1947. In 1950 he moved to the U. of Minnesota, where he is professor of electrical engineering. He also serves as a graduate research professor at the U. of Florida. Through his research, consulting, and teaching, Aldert has become one of the world's authorities on noise in a wide variety of solid state devices. His classic text on noise first published in 1959 quickly established his preeminence in the subject. He has published six other books and well over 200 technical papers, while seeing more than 50 students through their Ph.D degrees.
One nominator for the Bendix Award pointed out that Aldert's scholarly production has continued to increase. Averaged over 42 years, he has published about five or six papers a year, but in recent years he has produced over ten per year--a sizeable number of them as sole author. The nominator added: "There is no argument that Professor van der Ziel is the world's outstanding authority on noise in electron devices. Whether he has contributed more of lasting value to this subject than all other scientists and engineers taken together could be argued, but perhaps it is not a far exaggeration. In 1955, he gave the first rigorous treatment of shot noise in junction diodes and transistors. In 1962, he provided the first rigorous discussion of noise in junction field-effect transistors; and, in 1963, he identified the mechanism contributing gate noise in this device. In 1964, he pointed out a source of noise in gas lasers that has proved to be of great practical significance. "From my association with Professor van der Ziel during the past five years, I have found that he combines brilliance and enthusiasm with humility--a rare combination. By doing so, he sets a model for both students and his colleagues. In my experience, he constantly encourages and supports the efforts of others." Another nominator added that Alder "has made, in addition, a meaningful contribution to the dialogue between science and religion, and has taught and written in this demanding area.
"In addition to all the technical societies to which he belongs, Aldert van der Ziel is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation. We congratulate our brother for receiving this distinguished award and thank God for Aldert's example to us. Newsletter, Obits.*
John P. Van Haitsma (1884-1965) Biology
(founding ASA member) was born 1 April 1884 in Zutphen, Michigan, to Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Van Haitsma When he was eight, the family moved to Grand Rapids where he received his early education. His high school training was at Central High School and the preparatory department of Calvin College. He attended the University of Michigan where he received his AB and AM degrees, specializing in the natural sciences. In 1909, when Calvin College was expanding its curriculum, he was appointed to teach science. This later narrowed down to organic science.
When Calvin became a full-fledged college, Van Haitsma became head of its organic science department. During this period he continued his studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. For several summers he attended the biological station of the University of Michigan at Douglas Lake, working toward a PhD which he received in 1928. In the course of his research in parasitology, he discovered two new species of fish parasites which he described in his dissertation. In 1942, shortly after the ASA was organized, he privately published a book,
The Supplanter Undeceived, which involved the heredity of the ringstreaked and spotted sheep and goats in Labans conception of prenatal influences. Everest,
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John M. Vayhinger (1916 -2006)
Philosophy, Psychology, Pastor
Went to be with the Lord at age 90 on June 11, 2006, after a long illness. He was involved in depth in the Rocky Mountain ASA chapter. Born in Upland, IN, John earned his BA, BD, and MA in philosophy, in addition to an MA in experimental psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia. Following ordination into the Methodist Church, he served parishes in Indiana, New York, Connecticut and Colorado. After retiring, he taught the Odds and Ends Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs for 20 years.
His greatest passion was training pastors in counseling and whole-person care, including many positions as professor at Columbia University; Indiana University; Drew, Garrett and Asbury Theological Seminaries; and Iliff and Anderson Schools of Theology. In his quest to serve and help others, John always maintained a private practice, often late into the night, as counselor/therapist and led many seminars and workshops. He was an active member and leader of many professional organizations.
He served his country in WWII as a chaplain on Army transport ships in the Pacific Theatre reaching the Philippines, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Australia, and Italy. Vayhinger truly lived his philosophy of "you can do anything you are willing to work hard enough to do." He was a consummate educator who found joy in serving people, both as a life profession and a life walk, sharing with others a joy of life and the hope of salvation through Christ. A very active ASA Fellow.
C. W. Vermeulen ( - 1991) MD, Physiology
He lived in Flossmoor, Illinois, and was listed in the 1985-88 and subsequent ASA directories. Ph.D. thesis, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1966 He had many publications in the DNA world. He wrote
For the Greatest Good to the Largest Number: A History of the University of Chicago, 1927-1977.
William R. Vis M. D (1886-1969) Physician
died on December 1, 1969, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, apparently as a result of a stroke suffered about a week before. He was 83. He had graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School after attending Hope College, and had been in private practice in Grand Rapids for over 60 years.
In 1964 he published Saddlebag Doctor, a historical novel about an early Grand Rapids physician, and was working on another book at the time of his death. He was a frequent contributor to the Kent County Medical Society Bulletin, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an ordained elder in Westminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids. His widow, Mrs. Alice T. Via, describes her late husband as a dedicated Christian who as a medical student had planned to be a medical missionary overseas,
"Since this did not materialize he did much charitable work throughout his career, and I always felt he was trying to compensate for his disappointment in not getting to the foreign field."
Roger Voskuyl (1910 - 2005) Chemistry
Died Nov. 9, 2005 in Santa Barbara at the age of 95. After graduating from Hope C. and obtaining his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard, he taught at Wheaton C., participated in the Manhattan Project during WW II, then served as president of Westmont C. Fellow of the ASA.
Roger Voskuyl left a secure position as dean of the faculty at Wheaton for the uncertainties of the presidency of the young and deeply troubled Westmont. The Westmont trustees had just fired then-president James Forrester. The school was heavily in debt and confusion reigned. Furthermore, student enrollment declined from a high of 324 in 1946-47 to 218 in 1950-51 . By any criteria, the future did not look very promising. As the new president of the college, Voskuyl faced a daunting task. During his tenure, the college gained accreditation, added 8 major buildings and increased enrollment from 218 to 700. The number of faculty with doctorates increased from 19 to 52 percent. He helped to found the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, and became its executive director in 1968, retiring from that position in 1974. Westmont Archives*
Elver H. Vothspan (1923-1989) Biology
of Newberg, Oregon, died 26 Aug 1989 of cancer at age 66. Elver was a highly respected professor of biology at George Fox College.
Richard G. Wall (1950-2005) Biology
Passed away on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005, at age 55. He fought a year-long fight against myelodisplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood forming cells. He taught at Tabor C. in Hillsboro, KS, for 27 years in the areas of microbiology, cell biology, and genetics.
Wall, a 1972 Tabor graduate first accepted a two-year teaching assignment at Tabor while another professor worked on his doctorate. Wall earned his master's and doctoral degrees in 1975 and 1980 from Oklahoma State University. From 1977 to 1980, Wall served as a biology instructor, then established Tabor's agriculture program in 1980. He held the title of assistant professor of agriculture from 1980 to 1985 and associate professor of agriculture from 1985 to 1989. Wall returned to microbiology and genetics after the agriculture program's closure. He chaired the natural and mathematical sciences division from 1987 to 1991. He was associate professor of biology from 1989 to 1991 and professor of biology from 1992 until his death.
Born Feb. 21, 1950, at Hillsboro, the son of Elmer and Frieda Bartel Wall, he married JoAnn Hein in 1973. He was known for serving others, the church, and the college,-- Sara Cook, Tabor College;
Walton, Jr. (1921-2013) Nuclear Engineer.
Of Frederick, Maryland, formerly of
Damascus, Maryland, died April 8, 2013 at Homewood. He was the husband of Frances Crabill
Walton whom he married July 6, 1997 in Damascus. Born January 26, 1921 in Ogden, Utah to
the late Ray Dee Walton and Margaret Simpson Walton, he was raised in Portland, Ore.
Mr. Walton received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Oregon State College,
Corvallis, Ore. At Oregon State he met his first wife, Carolyn Jane Smith Walton,
whom he married on May 25, 1944 in Ogden, Utah. Later they had the six children. She
predeceased him in January 1984.
Like many of his generation, Mr. Walton proudly served his nation during the dramatic events of World War II. In 1943
he earned an artillery lieutenant's commission in the U.S. Army. In early 1945 he was assigned to the 361st Field
Artillery battalion of the 96th Infantry Division (the Deadeyes). On April 1, 1945 that unit landed on Okinawa in one
of the largest amphibious operations in history. . The battle for Okinawa (April-June 1945) has been called the
bloodiest in the Japanese-American Pacific War. Following his discharge from active duty in 1946, Mr. Walton
returned to Oregon State where he used the GI Bill to obtain a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.
In 1947 he
began a lifelong career as a nuclear engineer. Altogether he spent half a century participating in and managing research
and development programs for (1) the recovery of plutonium and uranium from spent nuclear fuels and (2) the
mobilization of high- level nuclear waste. Mr. Walton moved to Richland, Wash. to begin work for General Electric.
In 1956 he became a federal government employee with the Atomic Energy Commission (which later became the
Department of Energy). He worked in Idaho Falls, Idaho from 1956-1960 focusing on the recovery of enriched
uranium from spent nuclear fuel.
In 1960 he was transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters near
Germantown, Md. where he spent most of the rest of his career (1960-1964, 1966-1986).
Mr. Walton's Christian faith remained central to his entire life. For two years at Oregon State he was president of the
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. He enjoyed active participation in whichever local church he was attending. He
began by teaching and super- intending Sunday school. Later he served on committees directing the local church affairs. For many years he was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Germantown. In more recent decades, he belonged to the Mountain View United Methodist Church, Damascus, where his first wife had once served as pastor and where he met his second wife. Mr. Walton also travelled widely including three trips to the Holy Land. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as well.
Mr. Walton's large family stood as the focal point of his life. Ray joined the ASA in 1971.
Linda Wanase (1920-1979) Nutrition
Died on 13 Dec 1990 of a heart attack in her home in Whiting, New Jersey. Born in 1920, she served as a missionary in India from 1951 to 1966, and as an assistant professor of Bible at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, from 1967 until her retirement in 1986. Linda, who was trained in nutrition, faithfully served the Metropolitan New York ASA local section as a Council member over the years.
James R. Weir (1918-1979) Physician
Of Monroe, Wisconsin, on August 4, 1979. James had been ill for many years, but as a hemodialysis patient himself continued to contribute articles on kidney dialysis. Born in 1918 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he graduated from Wheaton College in 1939 and from the U. of Illinois Medical School with honors in 1943. He was a member of national, state, and county medical societies and had served two terms in the house of delegates of the Christian Medical Society. He was also a member of the National Audubon Society and the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology, and taught an adult Bible class at the Union Presbyterian Church.
Jim had been honored for service to his community by both the Monroe Jaycees and the Rotary Club, having lived in Monroe for the past 32 years. He is survived by his wife Geraldine, four sons, two daughters, four grandchildren, his father and two sisters. --John A. Cramer*
Kurt Weiss (1923-1987) Physiology.
ASA Fellow and President, professor of physiology in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, died February 13, a month before his 65th birthday. He had gone into the hospital a week earlier for severe abdominal pain which was diagnosed as pancreatitis. He developed renal shutdown, could not be dialyzed without a fall in blood pressure, He was cathaterized to check central venous pressure but lost consciousness and did not recover.
Kurt's death will leave a big hole in many people's lives. He was a big man, both physically and spiritually, but a modest man who expressed his love for Jesus Christ by sharing his faith with others and serving them in practical ways. An active witness for Christ among students and colleagues, he was one of the founders of the Federation Christian Fellowship, which for almost thirty years has met at the annual meeting of FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology).
Kurt Weiss learned of ASA in 1956 from biochemist Walt Hearn when they met on an airport bus in Brussels, Belgium, at the 20th International Congress of Physiology. Elected to the ASA Executive Council in 1977, Kurt became president of ASA in 1979 -- the year the building containing our national office (in Elgin, Illinois) burned down, destroying most ASA records. The ASA found itself deeply in debt. Kurt not only saw us through that troubled year but accepted a second term as president to get ASA on its feet again. (Hany Lubansky, Jr. stepped in as interim executive officer, preceding Bob Herrmann.)
Who could forget Kurt's moving presidential message at one Annual Meeting, and a reprise of it at another one, telling of his personal spiritual history. Born a Jew in the Catholic city of Graz, Austria, Kurt barely escaped the Nazi terror by immigrating to the U.S. as a teenager. A labored, often simplistic witness of fellow students at Oklahoma Baptist University introduced him to Jesus Christ, whom Kurt took as his own Lord and Savior during a stint in the U.S. Army.
His B.S. from O.B.U. was followed by an M.S. from the U. of Tennessee in 1950 and a Ph.D. from Rochester in 1953. Kurt's areas of specialization were gerontology and endocrinology. He was the author of many technical papers and a chapter on "The Physiology of Aging" in Greenfield's
Surgery in the Aged (1975). He served on the councils of the Society for Experimental Biology & Medicine and the Gerontological Society and had been vice president of the latter and president of the Southwestern Section of the American Physiological Society. He served the University of Oklahoma and its medical school in many ways and was on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Aging. Kurt's colleagues all admired his teaching and his concern for students. On learning of his serious illness, President Horton notified the Dean of the medical school that Dr. Weiss had been awarded the David Ross Boyd Professorship for outstanding teaching and guidance of students.
Professor Roger Thies, when informing ASA of his colleague's death, called that a fitting tribute to such a caring teacher, adding, "I will remember him for how much he loved other people." The Weiss's son Tom and Kurt's brother from Virginia flew to Oklahoma City before Kurt died. Many of us had also come to love Mary Weiss, at her husband's side at ASA Annual Meetings. We prayed with them for the recovery from cancer of their daughter- in-law and rejoiced in the birth of their "miracle grandchild." We share Mary's grief, but also her comfort in knowing that Kurt is with the Lord.
Kurt Weiss, having just begun a sabbatical to learn about the use of computers for student learning, died in February, 1987, of complications of pancreatitis. This indicated his life-long dedication to students and their learning.
Dr. Weiss was born in Graz, Austria, and grew up as a Jew, the son of a physician. He was sent to Dachau concentration camp as a teenager, but was soon released and sent to London and then to New York City as World War II was developing. He later attended Oklahoma Baptist University on a scholarship for a year before joining the U.S. Army. He became a Baptist and served as a medical technician and interpreter for three years. After the war he returned to Oklahoma Baptist University for his B.S. degree and married a nursing student from Oklahoma. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1950 and his Ph.D. from the University
of Rochester in 1953. He published on the endocrine responses to cold exposure and the physiology of aging. He taught at the University of Miami, was chairman of Biology at Oklahoma City University, and finally spent over two decades in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.
Kurt Weiss was a friend to students and colleagues. He cared about every person whom he contacted and would cordially welcome strangers into groups where he was present. His later years were spent as an administrator and counselor of students, coordinating up to four different courses within his department. He had a knack for remembering the names of hundreds of students, and would inquire about their progress years after having them in class.
The University of Oklahoma awarded him a David Ross Boyd Professorship posthumously, for outstanding teaching, guidance, and leadership of students.
Kurt Weiss also served on many university and civic boards and for many national organizations. He was book editor for the
Journal of Gerontology for five years and Chairman of the National Membership Committee of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine from 1975 until his death. He had many offices in the American Scientific Affiliation and was a director of the Larry Jones (Feed the Children) International Ministries for 16 years.
Kurt Weiss was a gentleman who could listen, encourage, and help everyone accomplish their goals. We will miss his immediate acceptance, kind words, and continuing support. We will remember him as someone who could love all persons.
Roger Thies, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma*
C. Bruce Wenger (1942-2002 Environmental Medicine
C. Bruce Wenger M.D. 73, of Natick, Mass., died November 22 after a long illness. He was 60. A pharmacologist, Wenger had been a medical researcher for the Army specializing in heat-related illnesses. He loved to sing and belonged to the Stambandet Swedish Singing Group and the Norumbega Harmony Singers. Wenger was a long-standing member of
Gideon's International, the oldest Christian business and professional men association in the United States, Dr. Wenger was a medical doctor who specialized in the physiology of illnesses caused by heat. He did ongoing research at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. His research was applied to the military in Gulf War I as well as the recent war in Iraq. He gathered much of his data at Paris Island, SC where he worked extensively with the marines.*
Ardis H. White (1922-1981) Civil Engineering.
Professor of civil engineering at the University of Houston in Texas for twenty-four years,
he died at age 59 on January 13, 1981. According to an obituary notice in the U.H. alumni magazine, he had been suffering from a liver disorder. He is survived by his wife Frances and two adult daughters. He chaired the civil engineering department from 1966 to 1975. Last year the university's student chapter of A.S.C.E. named their chapter for him. We received this information from Mary Jane Mills of Galveston, who said she doesn't know if Professor White was ever a member of the national ASA but that he was a member of the Gulf Coast local section of ASA. Further, he helped arrange for a room for local section meetings on the U. of Houston campus, "and was very kind and helpful."
Gordon Whitney ( -1993)
Of Princeton, NJ died 6 Dec. 1993. He was listed as a "friend of the ASA."
Elias Doyle White (1910 -1968) Education, Pastor
Was pastor of the First Brethren Church of La Verne, California, at the time of his death on December 17, 1968. He had an A.B. degree from Ashland College in Ohio, a Th.B. from Asbury Seminary, an MA in philosophy from Oberlin, and a Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. He had done graduate work later at U.S.C. and at Claremont College in California, and had taught apologetics.
Dr. White 58, pastor of the First Brethren Church in LaVerne since 1965, died December 17, of an apparent heart attack. He had not been ill recently but had had a history of heart problems. Dr. White was born June 26, 1910, in Ga. He grew up in LaVerne and graduated from Bonita high school. He served churches in South Gate and was dean of Brookes Bible Institute in St. Louis before he returned to Verne in September 1965 to become the pastor of the Brethren
Church. Active in civic he had served as president of the La Verne Lions the LaVerne Coordinating the Bonita Ministerial Fellowship. He also served as treasurer for the Verne Chamber of Commerce. Obituary,
Jack L. White (1926-2002) Metallurgy
Passed away on Feb. 20, 2002 at age 76. Our present understanding of the various microstructures formed in the carbonaceous mesophase and its associated disclination structures stems directly from his pioneering work. Jack earned a Ph.D. in metallurgy from UC-Berkeley. He worked as visiting scientist at EUROATOM in Holland from 1967 to 1969. In 1973, he joined the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, as a research scientist in the Materials Science Lab. He "retired" in 1988 and joined the Chemical Engineering group at UCSD. He is survived by his brother, Don; a daughter, Janette; and two grandsons. Information from the professional journal Carbon and from his daughter. Janette Shelton,
James "Glen" Widmer (1918-2011) Medicine
Left his earthly body on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, IN after battling cancer. Glen was born Feb. 26, 1918, near Wayland, Iowa, to Christian G. and Elisabeth (Rediger) Widmer. He married Helen Yoder on June 6, 1943, at Wayland. Throughout their 68 years together they strived to live lives of love and service to family, community, church, and God. He was an active member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, having accepted Christ as his personal savior in December 1932. He attended the rural Douglas School, Wayland High School, and Goshen College, Ind. He graduated from the University of Iowa medical school in September 1944 and then served in the U.S. Public Health Service until after the end of World War II.
In 1946, he opened a general medical practice at Wayland, where he cared for the community until 1992. He was also an active volunteer. He was a member of Gideons International for 37 years, holding state office for nine years.
He served as secretary of the Mennonite Medical Association. He helped establish and was president of the Wayland Mennonite Home Association which sponsors Parkview Home. He was president of the founding board of the Henry County Community Mental Health Association. He helped found Wayland Mobile Meals and Crooked Creek Christian Camp. He was a charter member of the Wayland Lions Club and served as president. He served on the board of Wayland State Bank for many years, including a term as chairman. A promoter of good education, he served on the boards of the Wayland school and Hesston College, Ks., and on the Mennonite Board of Education. He joined the ASA in 1952 and was a faithful donor to it's work.
S. A. Witmer (1899-1962) Christian Education
Dr. S. A. Witmer, Executive Director of the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges., died in Fort 'Wayne on September 11, 1962. Dr. Witmer, long an Associate
Member of ASA., was an outstanding authority in the field of Christian higher education. While still the President of Fort Wayne Bible College, Dr. Witmer was elected as the first president of the AABC., Since 1958 he has boon its Executive Director. Dr. Witmer was connected with Fort Wayn Bible College for a total of 28 years as a student, instructor, dean and president, During his 14 years as head of this school he introduced a program of teacher training, got its program accredited by the state, built two new buildings and helped got a new campus for the school. During two periods of absence from the school has was
a pastor and chaplain. Author of three books, the latest being The Bible College Story" published this years Dr. Witmer earned his BA at Taylor University, a Master's degree at Winona Lake School of Theology and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He was survived by his widow and a daughter.
Anne Whiting, (1941-1993) Biology
25-year professor of biology at Houghton College, died July 2,
1993 at age 52 after a long fight with cancer. A graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and founding secretary of the ACB (see article on Affiliation of Christian Biologists), her two adopted girls from India were taken in by another family in town, much to Anne's relief .
Anne was active in several Christian and local service organizations, including the local Western NY ASA section. Joined the ASA in 1966.Degrees in Biology, Ed MS in Biology, PhD Penn State.
'One of my role models is my family's immigration sponsor, Anne Whiting, a professor of biology at Houghton Wesleyan College. She was one of the key people who helped bring my family to America. Whiting
had encouraged her church to sponsor a Hmong refugee family; if she hadn't opened her heart and her home, my family could have been in a Thai refugee camp for months. Whiting helped my parents adjust to life in America and raised me for 10 years. She imparted the values, beliefs, compassion and work ethic I have today. In 1994, Anne passed away from complications of breast cancer. Her death left a huge void in my life. I take comfort in knowing she taught me well and that I am the person I am today because of her."--- Minn Post 2012,
Stanley H. Wineland ( 1940-1989) Physics
Was born at Wauseon, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1940; died at Thornville, Ohio, Nov. 21, 1989; aged 49. On June 24, 1961, he was married to Shirley Marie Schilt, who survives. He was a member of Huber Mennonite Church. He had a B.S. in physics (1962) from Ohio State and an M.S. (1968) from the U. of Toledo OH. Stan initially worked at the Granville Research Center in Granville, Ohio then for Dow Chemical in the 80s. His record includes numerous patents and scientific papers. He later taught Physics at Findlay College, Findlay OH. Director, Harold Newhard Planetarium.
Gospel Herald Volume 83, Number 3 January 16, 1990, Newsletter*
Ralph D. Winter (1924-2008) Missiology,
Who was named one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by
Time magazine in 2005, died Wednesday at his home in Pasadena after battling multiple myeloma and lymphoma. He was 84. Winter stepped onto the world stage in 1974 at the International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland. There he issued a call for other Protestant evangelists to proselytize to the world's "unreached people," those who had not been exposed to Christianity. In identifying mission fields, Winter looked for "ethnic pockets," isolated areas where language, ethnicity, culture and social status as well as religion had hindered the spread of the Christian Gospel.
He began his career as a Presbyterian missionary in Guatemala in 1956. Ten years later he returned to the United States to become professor of missions at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. At Fuller he trained missionaries, sharing with students his experiences working with the indigenous Maya people of Latin America.
In 1976 he decided to leave the classroom to become a strategist for Christian outreach, founding the interdenominational U.S. Center for World Mission on the former campus of Pasadena Nazarene College. A year after establishing a research institute there, he founded the related William Carey International University.
Winter was born in South Pasadena in December 1924, the middle son of Hugo H. Winter, a prominent freeway designer with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, and his wife, Hazel. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Caltech before serving in the Navy during World War II. After his discharge, Winter switched gears and studied for a doctorate in linguistics, anthropology and mathematical statistics at Cornell. He then attended Columbia, where he received a master's degree in teaching English as a second language, and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1956.
By then he was prepared for his missionary calling to Guatemala, setting out with his wife, Roberta, a registered nurse whom he had married in 1951. They had four daughters, all of whom became involved in missionary work. Roberta died in 2001. Winter is survived by his second wife, Barbara; daughters Elizabeth Gill, Rebecca Lewis, Linda Dorr and Patricia Johnson; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Paul, a structural engineer, and David, president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara. --email@example.com*
Mark B. Wolgemuth (1915-1994) Chemistry, Geology
born Feb 23, 1915 and died 19 Mar. 1994 at 79 years. Gerald Hess described Mark at the ASA Annual Meeting. He was both a student and later a colleague of Mark's at Messiah College. Once a student of H. Harold Hartzler, Mark was a chemistry professor, but later taught geology and would take faculty members on field trips. He amassed a collection of Pennsylvania rocks from his trips around the state. Mark was enthusiastic about promoting Messiah C. and the Christian faith, and was involved in Young Life and Kiwanis. He also was an avid hunter, and occasionally took some good-natured ribbing about it from his academic colleagues. He resided in Mechanicsberg PA. H Jerry Hess,
Daniel F. Wonderly (
1922 - 2004) Biology, Biblical Studies
Of Oakland, MD, joined the church triumphant on Dec. 3, 2004. He attended the Southeastern Bible Inst., Birmingham, AL, for two years before being drafted into the Army, serving in Europe and Japan in WW II. After the war, he earned a B.A. in anthropology at Wheaton C., and a B.D. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Seminary, Kansas City. He later earned a M.S. in biology at Ohio U., Athens, OH. He pastored small churches in Missouri and then taught at Southeastern Bible C., Wingate, NC, and Grace C., Winona Lake, IN.
In 1974 he returned to Maryland and was active in his church and in further studies in science, especially in geology and its relation to the Bible, publishing two books on the subject, as well as various reports and
articles. He was a member of Faith Evangelical Free Church, Mountain Lake Park, Fellow of the ASA, the Affiliation of Christian Geologists, the IRBI,
John Henry Woodburn
(1917-2007) Chemistry Education,
Died peacefully at his home in Amherst, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2007. He reviewed books for PSCF, and contributed short articles in 2000, 2005, 2007 (Life, the ultimate challenge.) The records do not show when he first joined the ASA but the
Newsletter indicates his return and subsequent active involvement in science education writ large.
"John rejoined ASA in 1999 and has been involved in science teaching at Michigan State U., Illinois State U., the NSTA, the US Office of Education, and Johns Hopkins U. His teaching abilities have been recognized by seven teaching awards he has received over the years. He has published at least seven books, with emphasis upon chemistry. "John H. Woodburn recently received his M. A. degree in science education from Ohio State University, Columbus. He is presently teaching biology and general science at Mad River Junior High School, Urbana, Ohio." (Sep1968
John retired in 1979 and has maintained an "audience" among young people by way of "Opportunities in Chemistry Careers" and in energy careers. He has also been involved in the Boy Scout Merit Badge booklets for general science and energy. Over the last three years, he has spent much time writing the biography of a university horticulturist and entrepreneur, titled 20th Century Bioscience - Professor O.J. Eigsti and the Seedless Watermelon. The book is suitable for use in science classes; John says "this book offers a leg up for teachers who are struggling to survive in today's classrooms." (MarApr2008 Newsletter*
Edmund R. Woodside (1921-1985) Biblical Studies
Of La Verne, California, born November 22, 1921 died on 15 December 1985 at age 64. He had joined ASA in 1967. Ed was a biblical scholar who loved to delve into the Greek text of the New Testament and the classical Greek behind it, sharing his insights in papers presented each year at the ASA Annual Meeting. At Oxford in 1985 he argued for Christian stewardship of the earth from a consideration of Genesis 1:28 and various New Testament passages.
Ed had a B.S. and M.S. from the U. of Redlands and a doctorate from Kensington University. He was widely read and, to some extent, self-taught. From 1972 through 1983 he taught Greek at the California Center for Biblical Studies, a Plymouth Brethren Bible college that closed in 1983. Ed was a Bible teacher at the Pomona Bible Chapel. Ed Woodside was author or co-author of a number of books, including A Programmed Guide to Philippians, Matthew 13 and The Earthly Life of the Lord Jesus. The circumstances of Ed's death came as a shock, especially so close to Christmas. His second wife Dorothy (married Feb. 14, 1981) was in the hospital following surgery and had called Ed to come take her home. He never arrived. Eventually he was found in his car, just off the freeway on the way to the hospital. At first it was assumed that he felt sick, managed to get off the freeway and park, and died of a massive heart attack. Later the cause of death was determined to have been a spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage. Ed reviewed numerous books on biblical interpretation for PSCF and attended a long string of ASA annual meetings.
Paul M. Wright (1904 -1999) Physical Chemistry.
Of Tahlquah, OK passed away on Dec. 29, 1999. B.S. Chemistry, Wheaton 1926, M.S. 1928. PhD 1930, University of Chicago. He was a physical chemist, and a Wheaton C. prof. from (1930-1971), longtime head of the chemistry dept. His published paperson the application of chemistry to geology, especially the geology of the Black Hills, SD.
He worked summers as a resident consultant for eleven years at Argonne National Lab, was involved in development of a missionary bush plane (including FAA certification), and did missionary electrical work in sixteen foreign countries and many U.S. states as a licensed electrician. He was President of the Midwestern Assoc. of Chem. Teachers in 1961. Paul learned of the ASA through the ASA classic book,
Modern Science and Christian Faith. He attended the Wheaton Bible Church for fifty years, wired its first sanctuary, and was longstanding chairman of the deacon board. Paul joined the ASA in 1950 and later elected an ASA fellow.
Newsletter, Wheaton Archives 2-3-03*
William H. Wymer (1920-2015) Entomology.
Bill Wymer passed away peacefully at his home in North Potomac, MD, on April 2, 2015, with his devoted wife at his side. He is survived by his wife, Judith, of 63 years and their five children and twelve grandchildren. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University in entomology. He served as a Ship’s Officer in the US Army Transport Service during World War II and was later employed as a civilian entomologist at the US Navy Bureau of Yards and Docks and then with the Federal Drug Administration. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bethesda, MD, and joined the ASA in August 2006.
Bernard Zylstra (1934 -1986) Political Science.
Of Toronto, Ontario, died on 4 March 1986 at age 51, after a ten-month battle with cancer. Zylstra received an LL.B. degree from the" University of Michigan" He received a S.J.D. from the Free University where he studied under Herman Dooyeweerd. Zylstra's dissertation was on the political theory of Harold Laski. Later, Zylstra would publish the relate From Pluralism to Collectivism: The Development of Harold Laski's Political Though in 1968.
His younger brother, Calvin College biology professor Uko Zylstra, paid tribute to him at a memorial service held on March 7 in Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. "Bernie" had been principal or presidentand the professor of political theory of the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) from its founding in 1967 until ill health forced him to resign in 1985. He was an alumnus and former staff member in political science of the Free University of Amsterdam.
Liturgist at the memorial service was his former theology professor, Lewis Smedes of Fuller Theological Seminary, who had performed the wedding ceremony when Bernie married his wife Jocina in 1959. Bernie's work prospered and ICS developed into a Canadian Christian graduate school in the Reformed tradition. to; he was a member of the editorial board of
The International Reformed Bulletin He was also president of the Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship from 1983.
His contribution to the ASA was in philosophy, especially at
the 'world view' level. Newsletter*