Class of 1987
Winter 2014 Class Agent Letter
Hello Class of 1987,
Wasn’t it just a few months back that we gathered for our 25th reunion? Only 4 years until our 30th. Meanwhile, we all move on with our lives. One of our classmates has moved to Lebanon recently. I asked him to share in his own words about his journey:
“S. Parker (initials used for security purposes) has been appointed the Presbyterian Church (USA) Associate for Church Growth and Outreach Ministries, partnering with the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. His wife is the PC (USA) Regional Liaison for Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. They live in Beirut, Lebanon. S’s work involves developing next-generation church leadership for the region and training teams to address the physical/emotional/spiritual needs of the Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
“An important aspect of the Parkers’ work is building relationships between people in the Middle East and the United States. In the Summer/Fall of 2013, the Parkers visited over 80 faith communities in the US, sharing the seldom-heard stories of Christians and Muslims striving for healing and peace in the region. Through these visits, the Parkers are creating opportunities for US congregations to personally and actively engage with the complex realities and needs of those impacted by extremism and violence.”
He has a Facebook page where he posts many updates about his daily life. Many of our classmates are already following. Perhaps you would like to follow as well.
Back on Augie’s campus, life continues in the Augie tradition. Choir and band are preparing interim break tours for Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. Exact dates and locations can be found on Augustana’s website.
Mark your calendars for Viking Days this fall, September 26-28, 2014.
See you online in the meantime,
Augielink Class Notes
Previous Class Letters
|Bechdol, Richard - Posted 1/6/2014 10:39:17 AM - Deceased
Bechdol, 87, died on October 21, 2013. He was a Master Sgt. in the US
Army and served in both WWII and The Korean Conflict. Upon his
retirement from the Army, he had a career in the construction industry
in Galveston, Ind. He moved to Canton, SD in 1971, at which time he
graduated from Augustana College. He became an accomplished sculptor. He
returned to NM in August 2013.