Category: 1956

EMU Athletics timeline

1921 – Daniel (D.W.) Lehman becomes the school’s first athletic director and conducts weekly physical education classes for dormitory students. 1925 – Students are required to walk, do physical labor, or hike for a minimum of two hours per week. 1926 – Upon observing students playing ball, President A.D. Wenger notes that students need to … 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

Mary E. Reitz

Mary E. Reitz ’56 talks about how she put her science studies above everything else because of her strong desire to get into nursing school. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “A Psalm,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

A timeline of YPCA/Y-Serve’s Christian ministry and service at EMU from 1922 to the present

 If asked to identify the most influential student organization in Eastern Mennonite University’s 100-year history, the answer is easy: the Young People’s Christian Association, known popularly as YPCA or the Y. For many years, the student body and YPCA were one and the same: if you were a student at what was then called Eastern … More

Homecoming and Family Weekend draws a crowd to reunions, arts and athletic events, food and fun

In 1966, eight women, all elementary education majors at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), started a circle letter after graduation. Nearly 50 years later — after moves, weddings, births and other significant life happenings — six of those women traveled from four states to reunite at EMU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16. The six friends … 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

Distinguished Service Award 2009: J. Robert Eshleman

When Dr. J. Robert Eshleman entered dental school at MCV, he said he felt “very insecure among all these guys with degrees from large universities. I asked Rosalie (Hartman) if she would still marry me if I flunked out of dental school. She said, ‘Yes, but you won’t flunk out.’” Eshleman worked so hard that … More

Distinguished Service Award 2013: Ezra T. Peachey

Ezra T. Peachey ’54 (Seminary ’56) left his home in Belleville, Pa., in 1959 to drive 2½ days to remote northwestern Ontario. His initial mission, along with his wife Nannie and her sister and father, was to organize a two-week summer Bible school for native peoples in the small town of Red Lake at the … More

Join the meal: Part I of EMU’s Dining Hall Saga: 1917 to 1970s, site of fellowship, gentility and cultural skirmishes

Herewith is presented a somewhat exhaustive chronology of Eastern Mennonite College/Eastern Mennonite University’s dining services. Consume as much as you’d like and return for seconds. Or simply begin reading in the era of your choosing. We try to please all tastes. Your two cooks are Brenna Cowardin, summer intern, who handled the prep work with … More

Dorcas Stoltzfus Morrow: From missionary doctor to mother of five to psychiatrist

Every inch of tabletop space in Dorcas Stoltzfus Morrow’s apartment is covered with loose papers and three-ring binders, spillover from the crammed bookshelves that surround her living room at Landis Homes in Lititz, Pa. One of the first women to complete a full pre-med program at EMC, Morrow enrolled in the fall of 1956 at … More

An essay on the advent of the accounting major at EMU

No more than 25 feet north of my home (I live almost adjacent to EMU) resides one of the best neighbors a person could have, Mildred Heacock Hostetter. She graduated from what was then Eastern Mennonite College (EMC) in 1950. Mildred married John Jacob Hostetter Jr., whose desire to study business-accounting prompted him to transfer … More

Joseph Martin retraces his path to Harvard medical dean

Joseph Martin, a native of Canada and an Eastern Mennonite University graduate, credits a firm foun­dation in reality, tempered with plenty of humor, as the cornerstone of his tenure as head of one the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. Martin shared nearly 50 years of medical school wit and wisdom with about 75 people at … More