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Elton and Phyllis Lehman Endowed Scholarship

Phyllis and Elton Lehman

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More than 30 years prior Dr. Elton Lehman’s death in October 2016, he and his wife Phyllis established the Elton and Phyllis Lehman Endowed Scholarship to benefit pre-med and biology majors at Eastern Mennonite University. This scholarship, which expresses their keen desire to see students well educated and prepared to enter medical professions, has been awarded to nearly 70 students through the years.

Dr. Elton Lehman’s Legacy

  • Elton D. Lehman ‘58 was a graduate of both Eastern Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University. He earned a degree in biology from EMU and then went on to earn his D.O. in 1963 from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Dr. Lehman was instrumental in founding a free-standing birthing center in Ohio known as the Mount Eaton Care Center. He served on its board of directors and as its medical director for many years. In this rural area, which is home to many Amish, he delivered more than 6,000 babies and often made house calls.
  • Dr. Lehman authored and co-authored numerous articles and books related to his rural medical practice in Amish country.  His best known book is titled “House Calls and Hitching Posts: Stories from Dr. Elton Lehman’s Career Among the Amish”.
  • In 1998, Dr. Lehman was recognized as the Country Doctor of the Year by Staff Care, Inc.
  • Two of the Lehmans’ three children are also alumni of EMU: Brenda (Benner) ’89 and MDiv ’06 and Brent ’91, a family physician.


You are invited to consider a one-time, tax-deductible gift or multi-year commitment to this scholarship. You can make your gift via check, a secure online form, or a transfer of securities.

Call the EMU Development Office for more information or assistance at 800-368-3383. Checks may be mailed to EMU Office of Development, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg VA 22802