Honoring Dr. Earl Radmacher

Honoring Dr. Earl Radmacher

December 9, 2014


We were saddened to learn this morning that Dr. Earl D. Radmacher passed away yesterday afternoon. Dr. Earl Radmacher’s involvement with Western Seminary began in 1962 and encompassed a variety of key roles, most notably his service as President from 1965-1990. The combined strength of his convictions and personality shaped Western Seminary in a number of ways that continue to the present day. His unyielding commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture, the “by grace through faith alone” gospel of Christ, and the importance of faithful service to the Lord from those who have embraced that gospel significantly reinforced Western’s core convictions in an era marked by widespread theological drift. His ministry extended worldwide through his many books and speaking ministry in conferences and churches, positively impacting a countless number of lives.

One of his favorite verses was 2 Tim. 2:15 which describes the need for ministers of the Word of God to be diligent in study so that its message could be both understood and communicated accurately. “Dr. R” dedicated his life to modeling that commitment and equipping others so they could do likewise. Now that his labors on earth have ceased, the entire Western team remembers with deep affection and gratitude his many contributions to the Seminary institutionally and to our lives individually, and offers our prayers for comforting grace for his wife Ruth and children Rebecca, Tim, Jonathan, and Daniel.

Randal Roberts

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Left to right: Nov. 13, 1965 - Inauguration prayer for Dr. Earl Radmacher (kneeling); Dr. Vance H. Webster, trustee; Dr. Albert G. Johnson; W.H. Bueermann; June 1981 - Grant Howard and Dr. Radmacher teaching; December 1971 - Dr. Radmacher dressed as Santa at a staff party; 1985 - Earl and his wife of 61 years, Ruth; 2005 - Dr. Radmacher at Portland Commencement.

The memorial service was January 10th, 2015 at Central Bible Church in Portland, Oregon.

Ruth Radmacher and her family have authorized the establishment of the Dr. Earl D. Radmacher Memorial Fund to honor Dr. Radmacher’s life and ministry. If you would like to make a gift online towards this fund that will contribute to the development of Western's Center for Leadership Development, please follow the link below and select the 'Radmacher Fund' from the designation drop-down menu.

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Alternatively, you may mail a check (please designate for 'Radmacher Scholarship') to:

Western Seminary
attn: Char Rose
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97215


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