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.
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.
Goshen College recently recognized 293 students, for excellence in academics, on the 2009-10 spring semester Dean’s List.
During the 112th Goshen College commencement Ronnie A. Yoder, the chief administrative law judge of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will present a commencement address to graduating seniors, titled “A Niche for You- Immortality,” in Goshen College’s Roman Gingrich Recreation-Fitness Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.
The 2010-11 season of the Goshen College Performing Arts Series will again bring an incredible breadth of top quality arts performances to the college, including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Conspirare, Wailin’ Jennys, Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, The 5 Browns and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.