Bryan College celebrates Dr. John Anderson’s 100th birthday at Homecoming 2018

November 9, 2018 – On October 6, over 200 Bryan College alumni and friends were joined by more than 20 family members to help Dr. John Anderson celebrate his 100th year of life. The birthday celebration took place during the Red & Gold Gala dinner, a signature event that takes place every year at Homecoming. Students from as far back as the 1950s joined in at Homecoming to celebrate Doc. There was plenty of cake and singing, and even balloons.

Dr. Anderson, also known as Doc, arrived at Bryan College in 1955, when the college was only 25 years old. He remained at Bryan for nearly 40 years teaching Greek and Bible. Dr. Anderson played a key role in the process of Bryan College receiving accreditation, which became official in 1969. Dr. Anderson retired from Bryan College in 1984. His dedication to the college remained, and he returned to Bryan three more times to teach Greek. He taught his last class in 2005 at the age of 87.

Dr. Anderson was married to his wife, Harriet, who also worked for the college for approximately 20 years as an assistant librarian. She was active in the Bryan Women’s Auxiliary. The couple was married for over 40 years before she passed away in 1988. They had three children, John Anderson, who passed away in 2014, Anita McMillan, and James Anderson.

Dr. Anderson attended Moody Bible Institute and earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Illinois. He earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Anderson served in the US Navy for three and a half years, spending 22 months overseas.

Bryan College is proud to call Dr. Anderson a Bryan Lion and have had the opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of this amazing man.


Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. Thomas Marshall

August 24, 2018 – Bryan College welcomes Dr. Thomas Marshall, the new dean of engineering, along with the first class of students to the new Vogel School of Engineering. Dr. Marshall comes to Bryan College from an extensive background in industry, academics, and mission most recently serving on the mission field in Central America.  He received his bachelor of science degree in biological engineering from The Ohio State University, master of science in civil engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and his doctorate in environmental engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute. Dr. Marshall later obtained his master’s of divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.  

Dr. Marshall has worked as a tentmaker serving as a church planter, pastor, worship leader and missionary while working as an engineer. Dr. Marshall is a registered professional engineer having engineered over $1 billion worth of water and energy related infrastructure projects around the world, most recently running his own engineering and construction company.  One of Marshall’s most interesting projects was working with the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board as an engineer in Nepal. The project was part of earthquake relief efforts and was leveraged to take the Gospel up into the Himalayan Mountains.

Dr. Marshall is the Director of the Engineering the Great Commission Center and has a passion for missional engineering, which he defines as “leveraging the marketplace discipline of engineering to spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.”  He see teaching in higher education as a ministry calling to equip the next generation with a Biblically grounded engineering education to carry out the Great Commission. He is thankful the Lord has led him to and his family to Bryan College, and we are excited for him to lead the engineering program.

Dr. Tom and his wife Sue own and operate a farm and mission center in Mt. Liberty, Ohio and are in the process of relocating to Dayton. They have five daughters. Three are married and two, Hannah and Leah, still live at home. If you see Dr. Tom around campus, you might want to ask him for a music lesson. One of the most interesting facts about him is that he use to be a professional lead guitarist for an Indie band.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Marshall and his family to the Bryan College family. To learn more about Thomas Marshall’s experience, visit his faculty profile.


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