Myron S. Augsburger, president emeritus of Eastern Mennonite University, cut the cake and those in attendance joined in singing "happy birthday," then enjoyed cake and ice cream.
The recognition took place during an all-school picnic Aug. 19, part of the school’s annual faculty-staff conference. Dr. Augsburger, EMU president from 1965 to 1980, turned 80 the next day, Aug. 20.
Myron and Esther Augsburger
"I thank the Lord for each step of the way and I appreciate this surprise affirmation," Augsburger said. "The older I get, the more I realize that relationships with family, friends and colleagues and fellowship are among the most important things in life."
The former EMU president continues an active schedule of writing and speaking in church and conference settings. He and wife Esther K. Augsburger are leaving for Croatia the end of September for a teaching assignment at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek.
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