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Much pain, one big gain, from being an African American student at EMU in 1962-63

One foggy morning in late summer of 1962, a 17-year-old native of Washington D.C. arrived on the campus of what was then Eastern Mennonite College not knowing a soul. Grandison Hills’ parents had told him it was a clean school with no drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no TV, but with lots of fresh air and great food. “I was already accepted to Howard University right here in D.C.,” ...More

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Yoders Named “Philanthropists of the Year”

Carol and Paul R. Yoder Jr. trace their charitable impulses to their respective sets of parents. “My parents always tithed, plus,” says Paul, referring to giving more than the biblical standard of 10 percent of one’s income. “They were farmers when I was growing up… I remember them borrowing money to support the missionaries until their wheat check came in.” After Pa ...More

Former EMU Staffer Dies

Paul R. Yoder, Sr., a long-time advocate for Eastern Mennonite University, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg. He was 89. A native of Elverson, Pa., Yoder, was a farmer 15 years before ...More