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9/7/2007 Faculty lecture to trace Linfield history

McMINNVILLE ? A history of Linfield College faculty members will be the topic of the first faculty lecture of the year at Linfield.

Marvin Henberg, professor of philosophy, will present ?The Departed: Linfield Faculty Predecessors,? on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Henberg?s talk will amplify material contained in his book, ?Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College,? which will be published this fall by Carpe Diem Books of Portland. The book coincides with Linfield's sesquicentennial celebration, recognizing the college's 150th anniversary.

"Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College," traces the story of Linfield College from its origins to the eve of its sesquicentennial celebration on Jan. 30, 2008. The college's charter served as an act of hope and inspiration for the original Baptist founders. Those who later inherited responsibility for Linfield found that keeping the college alive proved to be an exercise in pragmatism in the highest and best sense. The book tells the story of the many men and women who have not only shaped Linfield, but played important roles in Oregon, the Northwest and the nation.

Henberg read through hundreds of years of student newspapers, board minutes, press clippings, catalogs and bulletins while researching the book. During the course of his research, Henberg was surprised to learn that former President Leonard W. Riley and college trustees had offered to name the original McMinnville College after the owner of the Kimball Music Company in Chicago. The name was changed to Linfield College in 1922 in memory of a Baptist minister whose widow, Frances Ross Linfield, gave property worth more than $250,000 to the college.

"If they had received the $100,000 requested, Linfield would be Conway College," he said.

Henberg has worked on the book for the past 16 months. Much of the research stemmed from earlier work he undertook while serving as dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Linfield. He also served as interim president of Linfield.

"My appreciation for the founders and for thousands of individuals who dedicated their lives to the college over the years has been deepened," he said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.