Eric Liddell

1902-1945. Athlete and missionary to China. While a student at Edinburgh University, he became the most popular and most widely known athlete Scotland had produced. Rugby football internationalist, Olympic champion, and world record-breaker, he established a national reputation also as an evangelist before returning to his birthplace at Tientsin to join the staff of the Anglo-Chinese Christian College there in 1925. Interned by the Japanese at Weihsien in China in 1942, he was highly regarded by people of all ages and races because of his Christlike life and unremitting, self-denying service in the internment camp, where he died of a brain tumor just before he would have been released. “Scotland,” said a leading national newspaper, “has lost a son who did her proud every hour of his life.”