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Board Chair Emeritus Passes Away

Posted: July 17, 2006

Ted and Dorothy Engstrom

From the Office of the President:

APU Board Chair Emeritus
Ted W. Engstrom, LHD, author and president emeritus of World Vision International, passed away July 14, 2006, at the age of 90 at his home in Bradbury, California.

APU President Jon R. Wallace shared the following statement:

“Dr. Engstrom left a remarkable legacy here at the university, as well as with World Vision, Youth for Christ, and Zondervan Publishing. Although his influence will be missed, his legacy of leadership lives on with many here on this campus in whom he invested significantly.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 19, at 2 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena.

Engstrom served faithfully as a member of APU’s Board of Trustees from 1982-2000, after which he was designated Board Chair Emeritus. During that time, he served as Board Chair from 1987-89 and again from 1996-2000. Engstrom also provided significant leadership as the university’s interim president from October 1989-August 1990. APU’s residence hall, Engstrom Hall, was named for him and his wife, Dorothy.

Engstrom’s impact extended well beyond APU through his roles working for Zondervan Publishing House, as executive director of Youth for Christ International, and as president of World Vision International. He also authored more than 50 books, including The Making of a Christian Leader and The Fine Art of Mentoring.