A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christians Funeral Home, 103 North Washington, Lindsborg, Kan. The funeral will take place on Monday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
“The entire Bethany College community—students, alumni, faculty, and staff—were saddened to learn of Chuck’s passing,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. “We will miss his visits to campus and the dedication to his students that continued in retirement. Chuck Englund will be remembered as one of Bethany’s greats alongside Birger Sandzén, Hagbard Brase, and Gladys Peterson, just to name a few.”
Englund taught at Bethany from 1968 to 2009 and served as the Milfred Riddle McKeown Distinguished Professor of Science. His influence upon the lives of students is immeasurable. Based on nominations from students, staff, and faculty, he was awarded Bethany’s Greg and Beth Pierce Award for service to students and the Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. Last fall, the new chemistry lab in Nelson Science Center was named in his honor.
“Chuck Englund was a dear and kind friend and colleague,” says Provost and Dean of the College Eugene Bales. “His irreverence was matched only by a deep religious commitment to his students and to others. When he spoke of student successes, he didn’t always speak of academic successes; he spoke of the role he played in leading them to Christ. He had a wonderful and somewhat irascible sense of humor, which cloaked a genuine dedication to others. Students were always devoted to him, as much as he was devoted to them. I will miss him very much; something about Chuck embodied the spirit of service that is central to this college.”
Englund’s service was also recognized by external organizations. The Board of Directors of the Outstanding Educators in America Foundation named him an “Outstanding Educator” and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita honored him with the Mentor Award for his years of dedicated service to his students and the state of Kansas.
Under Englund’s guidance, countless students have gone on to medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school, as well as graduate school. Most importantly, Englund built lasting relationships with generations of the Bethany family. In his letter announcing his retirement, he said, “Where else could I have shared my faith with students and have had hundreds of students who are not only good but also good friends?”
Englund’s retirement in 2009 resulted from a fall that broke his neck. However, he and his wife, Joyce, remained active in the Lindsborg community, volunteering at Bethany Home, Messiah Lutheran Church, and The Associated Churches of Lindsborg (TACOL). Englund was also the lay pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in New Cambria.
The couple was traveling to visit family on the East coast when Englund died.
Englund earned a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College in 1958. He taught for two years at White Hall High School in Illinois before earning a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in chemistry from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He taught at Concordia Teachers College from 1962 to 1965.
Memorials may be sent to the Dr. Chuck Englund Scholarship Fund, c/o Christians Funeral Home, 103 North Washington, P.O. Box 386, Lindsborg, KS 67456.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.
Caption: Bethany College Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Charles “Doc” Englund