V. Raymond Edman

1900-1967. American college president. Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, he served as army medical corpsman in Europe (1918-19), then after two years at the University of Illinois and a year of biblical studies at Nyack Missionary Training Institute, he graduated from Boston University in 1923. From then until 1928 as a missionary in Ecuador, he helped found a Bible institute for training national workers. Forced by illness to return home, he became a pastor in Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned a Ph.D. degree from Clark University between 1929 and 1935. He taught for a year at Nyack and taught political science from 1936 to 1940 at Wheaton College, where he became president from 1940 until appointment as its first chancellor in 1965. Wide travel, love of the Bible, and a deep sense of God's presence made him a valued counselor and the writer of over twenty devotional books.