Zopfi, Jensen remembered with new scholarship
July 08, 2010

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Two faculty and staff couples with long service to Bryan College have been honored by their children and friends by having a presidential scholarship named in their memory.


Mr. Kermit Zopfi, who passed away July 7, 2010, is pictured with
Josh Grace, recipient of the first Zopfi/Jensen Presidential Scholarship.

Kermit Zopfi, a member of the Bryan Class of 1950, served as instructor in Christian education in the 1950s and as dean of students from 1972 to 1985. His wife, Gleneale, served as the college switchboard operator and as a secretary for 20 years. Their work at the college was interrupted by 18 years of missionary service in Germany.


Dr. Irving Jensen

Dr. Irving Jensen, affectionately known as “Dr. J.,” served for 30 years a professor of Bible, incorporating the inductive method of Bible study into his curriculum. His wife, Charlotte, served as his typist and proofreader for his more than 70 Bible study books, many of which remain in print.


One of Dr. Jensen’s students, Steve Griffith, a 1973 Bryan graduate, said, “Dr. Jensen taught me how to think; how to read the Bible for myself instead of depending on others; and how to be a gentle, positive influence on those around me.”


The Jensen’s children and their spouses, Donna, ’76, and Phil, ’75, Carter; Karen, ’78, and Steve Collins; and Bob, ’80, and Becky, ’81, Jensen; the Zopfi’s children and their spouses, Doug, ’80, and Barb Zopfi; David, ’80, and Mary , ’81, Zopfi; and Carol, ’81, and John Brown; and family friends Jon, ’81, and Linda, ’82, Tubbs have funded the Zopfi/Jensen Presidential Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time this fall.


Jon Tubbs said, “By contributing to the Zopfi/Jensen Presidential Scholarship, it allows Linda and me to honor two families that have embodied the motto ‘Christ Above All.’ These men and their families have left an indelible mark on the lives of so many during their years of service at Bryan. This scholarship enables that influence to continue for years to come.”


The Presidential Scholarship is the highest academic honor Bryan College awards to incoming freshmen. Eligibility is determined by high school grades, standardized test scores and an essay.