May 2, 2014

​Retired A.U. Historian Gary Land Dies


ary G. Land of Berrien Center,
Michigan, died on April 26 at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka,
Indiana, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Land, born Aug. 22, 1944, joined the faculty at
Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, as a teacher in the Department
of History & Political Science in 1970. He served as chair of the department for
more than two decades. He retired as emeritus professor of history.

Gary Land [Photo: AU]For his undergraduate studies, Land
attended Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, and graduated in 1966 with
a Bachelor of Arts. He continued his studies at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, California, and completed a Master of Arts in 1967 and a PhD in

Throughout his service at the
university, he served as an instructor in history, assistant and associate
professor of history. He also worked in administration and served as a graduate
programs director and assistant dean to the College of Arts & Sciences. He
became chair of the Department of History & Political Science in 1988.

Service was very important to Land.
He was a member of the Berrien County Historical Association Board of Directors
and served the group since 1983. He was active in the church as a Sabbath
School teacher, leader and director, among other service activities. Land was
also a member of the organizing committee for the Ellen White Project as well
as the Spectrum editorial board.

An avid writer, Land edited several
academic/professional books and has published three of his own. His writings
appeared in many professional journals and periodicals, including the Journal
of Adventist Education
, College and University Dialogue, Spectrum:
A Quarterly Journal of the Association of Adventist Forums
and Adventist
, among others. He also contributed chapters to books and wrote
book reviews for academic publications. He was a co-editor of Ellen
Harmon White: American Prophet
, a new biography recently released by Oxford
University Press.

memorial service will be held at Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs,
Michigan, on Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m.