Steve Delamarter knows a good book when he sees it. As the founder and director of the Ethiopian Manuscript Imaging Project, he’s tracked down more than 900 rare books. Delamarter, professor of Old Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, recently made a remarkable find: a Psalter that originally belonged to Emperor Menilek II (1844-1913), the king who united the separate kingdoms of modern Ethiopia in 1889 and modernized his country at the turn of the century.
The Psalter, owned by manuscript collector Gerald Weiner, is estimated to be worth $18,000. Weiner entrusted it to Delamarter for digitalization, and Delamater, at the request of colleague Getatchew Haile, proposed to Weiner that the book be donated to an Ethiopian museum dedicated to Menilek.
Weiner agreed to the request, and in May Delamarter traveled to Ethiopia to deliver the precious discovery.
Lee M. Nash, a professor and administrator instrumental in a number of the university’s academic initiatives of the 1980s and 1990s, died at his Friendsview Retirement Community residence on May 15. He was 82. Nash arrived at George Fox in 1975 and served as a professor of history and chairman of the Division of Social Science until 1984, when he was named vice president for academic affairs and associate dean of the school. He served in that capacity until the end of the 1991-92 academic year, when he was designated the university’s first Herbert Hoover Professor of History.
John Bowman, longtime music professor, passed away May 6 while traveling in Europe. He and his wife, Shari, were in Germany, waiting for a train. He collapsed and could not be revived. He was 67. Bowman taught vocal music and directed the university’s vocal groups from 1980 until his retirement in 2007. He became chair of the Division of Music in 1986. Bowman started the annual fall Ye Olde Royal Feaste programs and led students on annual tours of Europe through the Juniors Abroad program, with participants visiting castles, churches, palaces, museums and concert halls.
The women’s golf team is only four years old, but it’s already contending at the national level. The team finished eighth out of 20 teams during this spring’s NCAA Division III national championships at the Mission Inn Resort Golf Course in Howey in the Hills, Fla.
The Bruins finished tied with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the best score of the final round and completed the tournament with a total score of 1,352. Methodist University won its 13th straight national championship with a 1,282.
We would have loved to have finished at least fourth and brought home one of the trophies, Bruins head coach MaryJo McCloskey said.
But, hey, eighth place in your first national tournament appearance? Not bad. We’ll take it.
The women’s basketball team, after last year’s undefeated run to the national title, advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division III tournament this year before falling 59-52 to Washington University of St. Louis on its home floor.
The Bruins finished the season 28-3 and posted a 24-game winning streak, the second-longest in school history. D3hoops.com named Bruins’ head coach Scott Rueck West Region Coach of the Year, Keisha Gordon and Hannah Munger to the All-West Region Second Team, and Munger the West Region Rookie of the Year.