Community, Mennonite church and Goshen College community members bid farewell to former President J. Lawrence Burkholder after he is laid to rest

Residents of Elkhart County as well as members of the Mennonite church and the Goshen College community praised President Emeritus J. Lawrence Burkholder as a visionary leader with an enduring love for the church, his family and scholarship during a memorial service Wednesday, June 30.

Former Goshen College President J. Lawrence Burkholder passes away on June 24 and leaves legacy of engagement with the church and the world

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Goshen College President Emeritus J. Lawrence Burkholder, an influential figure in the Mennonite church, passed away early on Thursday, June 24 at the Greencroft Healthcare Center in Goshen. Burkholder, 92, played many significant roles throughout the 20th century as a pastor, professor, pilot, philosopher, civil rights activist, war-time relief worker and college president.

At 112th Goshen College commencement, federal judge encourages graduates to keep love at center of lives and first nursing master’s degrees are awarded

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Goshen College’s Class of 2010 received degrees on Sunday, April 25 after they were described as the light of the world by President James E. Brenneman and encouraged to become immortal by the chief administrative law judge of the U.S. Department of Transportation.