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We Remember With Joy and Thanksgiving

Our First Dean

John S. Damm

1974-1981

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The 1973-1974 Academic Year

* The early "Retirement" of seven colleagues

* Barnstorming the country in the week after the Saturday night massacre

* Casey Jones wearing a clerical collar every day in support of John Tietjen

* The death of Arthur Carl, his funeral and burial

* The suspension of John

* The student moratorium

* The faculty's own decision

* The daily faculty meetings

* The notes from the board under our doors

* Exile

Through it all John was meeting with the Deans of

* LSTC

* St. Louis University

* Eden Seminary

When Exile hit, we had

* places to hold classes

* the aura of accreditation

* an institution to grant our first degrees

For the first year John was our acting president.

February 14, 1975--completion of acting presidency

We have learned again that our God is the God of infinite surprises. ... But learning to appreciate and savor this God of surprises--this is a life-long task. And we weren't prepared for the quick succession of surprises God had in store for us this year.

Remember that snowy morning on the nineteenth of February as we sat in the Fieldhouse and Richard Caemmerer talked to the whole community about faith. God gave us the power to do what Rachel and we had such a hard time doing, giving up our little vest pocket deities, our little personal idolatries, and rediscovering again how to put our whole confidence and trust in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

John S. Damm

* Pioneered a study for curriculum renewal (TERC)

* Was a member of the student-elected pastoral staff

* With his mother Lillian was "given to hospitality"

* Was godparent to at least sixteen children

* Preached at ordinations, installations, and weddings at least ten times a year.

* Extensive counseling of students, their spouses, and partners

* 1981-1991 senior pastor at St. Peter's in New York

* Loving care, liturgical excellence, and articulate preaching

* Encouraged development of the Momentum AIDS dinner program

* Remains active in the parish and in New York City

* Severe health challenges

We Remember With Joy and Thanksgiving

Our faculty sister and brothers who have died in the Lord

Robert Bertram

Herbert Bouman

Richard R. Caemmerer

William J. Danker

Alfred O. Fuerbringer

Carl Graesser

Robert Grunow

H. Lucille Hager

Paul G. Lessman

Erwin L. Lueker

Herbert T. Mayer

Arthur Carl Piepkorn

Arthur C. Repp

Alfred von Rohr Sauer

Robert H. Smith

Gilbert A. Thiele

John H. Tietjen

Carl Volz

Walter Wegner

Andrew M. Weyermann

Leonhard C. Wuerffel

We Remember With Joy and Thanksgiving

The eight district presidents and the president of Evangelical Lutherans In Mission

District Presidents

Herman Frincke

Harold Hecht

Paul Jacobs

Emil Jaech

Waldemar Meyer

Herman Neunaber

Rudolph Ressmeyer

Robert Riedel

President of Evangelical Lutherans in Mission

* Samuel J. Roth

We Remember With Joy and Thanksgiving

The students at Seminex 1974-1983

* For their creative action the morning after John was suspended

* For Operation Outreach

* For their courage in facing agonizing decisions

* For those who were alienated from their families

* For those who never received a call

* For those who have died in the Lord

* For those who are here

* For those who wish they were here

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Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;

who, from our mothers' arms, has blest us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,

and keep us all in grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all harm in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,

The Son, and Spirit blest, who reign in highest heaven,

The one eternal God, whom earth and heav'n adore;

For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship #839)

Ralph W. Klein

Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
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