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    Requiéscant in Pāce

    April 14, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    I know that many of my readers share my history with Biola University. And so I thought I would share the unfortunate news, for those of you who haven’t yet heard, concerning the death of Dr. Clyde Cook on Friday evening.

    Apparently, he suffered a massive heart attack. You can read the details of his life {including his family’s stay in a concentration camp during his youth} and the blessing of his work at Biola in this article by Michael Ireland.

    In my personal opinion, though I will remember Dr. Cook as the last of the straight-man comics, the rare university president who will dress up as a biker {with his wife’s assistance} for the school yearbook photo shoot, I think his legacy of preserving the doctrinal integrity of the school is his gift to all of us. In an age of so many schools that “used to be Christian” or were “founded by Christians,” Biola seemed to become more devoted to Christ with each year that I was there.

    Not that it didn’t have its problems, but then again every human-run organization does.

    Scriptorium Daily will be running a series of essays and articles. The university homepage should be updated with funeral information once it is available.

    All that remains is to pray for the comfort of his sweet wife Anna Belle.

    Update 1:40pm: Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m., Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton. There is also a candlelight service tonight on Metzger Lawn for those of you in the La Mirada area.

    Update 4/15 10:38am: A second memorial service, will take place Monday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. {during normal chapel time} in Chase Gymnasium.

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