Category: 1941

Rev George R. “George R. II” Brunk was evangelist, dean

George R. Brunk II, 90, widely-known evangelist, church leader and former dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, died Apr. 21, 2002, at his home in Park Village at the age of 90. Dr. Brunk served more than 65 years in pastoral ministry and was active in churchwide crusades, writing and Bible conference work. He was born … More

Hubert R. Pellman, emeritus professor of English and accomplished historian, was devoted to family, teaching and faith

Hubert R. Pellman, professor emeritus of English at Eastern Mennonite University, passed away March 16, 2017, at Oaklea Nursing Home, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He devoted his life to his family, to his teaching, and to service in the Mennonite church. Pellman taught at Eastern Mennonite College from 1941 to 1983, with … More

From ditto to digital, Weather Vane and loyal staffers still ‘let readers know how the winds are blowing on campus’

From the first “Purple Press” issue printed as a mimeographed, letter-sized paper in 1939 to the Weather Vane online, the EMU student newspaper has been a vessel of student expression for not only staff reporters, but for the entire campus community. In his 50-year history of the college, Hubert Pellman ’38 described the Weather Vane … More

First snack shop, owned by the Weaver family, was a gathering place for hungry college students

“Would you like to hear about how the first snack shop was started?” That question was posed by Janet Weaver Yoder, who had read about efforts to collect dining hall history and stories for Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial celebration in the Daily News-Record. Janet, born in 1925, grew up in a two-story brick house on … More

My father’s ‘generous orthodoxy’: Sara Wenger Shenk ’75 on her father, Chester Wenger ’41, and his engagement with changing culture

Chester L. Wenger is “as old as EMU, with unabated fervor.” Son of A.D. Wenger, the second president of Eastern Mennonite, he earned three degrees here: high school in 1934, associate degree in 1936, and bachelor of theology degree in 1941. He was on the board of trustees in the late 1960s, and all eight … More