LINDSBORG, KAN., July 30, 2012— The Rev. L. Dale Lund, Ph.D., former president of Bethany College, died at the age of 93 on Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Fremont, Neb. Memorial services will be held August 2 at Sinai Lutheran Church.
Lund served as President of Bethany College from 1958 to 1965. He stewarded a period of growth in enrollment, fund-raising, and academic programs and also brought Elmer Copley, esteemed conductor of the Bethany Oratorio Society, to the college in 1960. In 2004, Lund and his wife, Ruth, returned to Bethany, “a special place to us in more ways than you can imagine,” for a Founders’ Day convocation and in 2010 for the Messiah Festival.
Before coming to Bethany, Lund was ordained and served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Massachusetts. He then served as chaplain and associate professor of religion at Upsala College. After his presidency at Bethany, Lund began as dean of the faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1965 and then as president at Midland Lutheran College in 1968.
Lund earned his bachelor’s from Gustavus Adolphus College, his Master of Divinity from Augustana Seminary, and his doctorate from Drew University.
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/.