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Legacy Behind the Name

Posted on 27 June 2012 by admin

There is a story behind every name on the buildings across campus. The name Waldo Harder is so much more than the name of the men’s residence hall. Waldo Harder was the fourth president of Grace University and grandfather of junior Teacher Education major Byron Reimer, who hopes his personal legacy at Grace is being remembered as a man who represented Christ.

Mr. Harder served Grace Bible Institute from 1961-1971 and greatly increased enrollment and expanded the educational options for students. His heart was for missions and Mr. Harder was only available to serve at Grace after being forced to leave the Congo during political unrest. Mr. Harder resigned at Grace when God called him to return to his beloved Zaire where he had served as the director of the pastoral training school Institut Biblique. The example he set as a servant and missionary transferred to his daughter and son-in-law David and Priscilla Reimer who served with Avant Ministries for 30 years on the small island Eleuthera in The Bahamas after graduating from Grace.

It is fun to contemplate if Mr. Harder ever imagined that his personal legacy would be felt in the generations beyond. As he was working on articulation agreements, overseeing the start of KGBI, and managing campus building projects, did Mr. Harder ever think about there being a the third generation of his family attending Grace and preparing to carry on its mission?

Psalm 78:4-9:  We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

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  1. C.T. Lloyd Spear Says:

    Dr. Waldo Harder was a quiet, disciplined, godly man. It is my impression that Grace reached its highest enrollment and sent out more pastors, missionaries, and evangelists during his tenure as president than during the three previous administrations, and for some time afterward. The administrative team he developed was made up of self-effacing but high-achieving leaders. I am delighted to learn a bit about how his legacy continues. Although his doctorate was honorary, would it not be honorable to continue to reference him as “Doctor?” If not, why do we continue to bestow similar honors on others?

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