L. Dale Lund
Augustana Class of 1945
L. Dale Lund, (Augustana, 1945, M.Div.) who served as the first dean of faculty at LSTC died on July 14 at the age of 93. As dean from 1965-68, he oversaw the shaping of the school’s curriculum and integration of a combined faculty. In 1968 he was elected president of Midland Lutheran College and served for 13 years.
Dr. Lund was ordained in 1945 and served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro, Mass. In 1947, while serving as chaplain and professor of religion at Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., he began graduate studies at Drew University. He received a doctor of philosophy degree from Drew University in 1957.
In 1958, Dr. Lund accepted a call as president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. It was a deep interest in theological education that led him to become dean of the new Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago seven years later.
In retirement he served briefly as president of Planned Giving Services of the Nebraska Synod of the Lutheran Church in America. He remained active as a speaker, teacher, writer and supply pastor.
Dr. Lund was awarded an honorary doctorate from Midland University, an alumni achievement award from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a citation from the student body of Bethany College.
A memorial service will be held in early August. Dr. Lund is survived by his wife, Ruth; their four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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