This year's honorees are Marvin Plamann, Seward, Church Worker Alumnus of the Year; Dennis Meyer, Schaumburg, Ill., Lay Worker Alumnus of the Year; Glenn Einspahr
, Seward, Lifetime Service Award; Lonnie and Beverly Duensing, Beatrice, Neb., Partners in Mission and Ministry Award; Julius Jenkins, Selma, Ala., Church Leadership in Outreach Award; Robert Garmatz, Ballwin, Mo., Friend of Concordia Award; William and Doris Hartman, Seward, Honorary Alumni Award.
...Glenn Einspahr The Alumni Association honors Glenn Einspahr for his long and untiring service to Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, with its Lifetime Service Award. Einspahr graduated from Concordia High School in 1944 and from Concordia University with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1947.He also obtained a master's degree in 1950 and a doctorate in education in 1961 from the University of Denver. Before serving his alma mater, Einspahr served as a teacher and principal at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Kansas City, Kan. In 1950, Einspahr began serving Concordia as a professor in the education department.He developed and is the facilitator of the document center necessary for Concordia's accreditation.As professor emeritus, he continues to teach part-time. Einspahr is a member of the Lutheran Education Association and of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.He is an active volunteer in the Seward community, serving for many years as the Concordia representative to the Seward Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors. Einspahr has served The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in several capacities.He was project director for the Board of Higher Education on the synodical teacher education objectives committee and later as a member of the planning and research commission.He served as editor and member of the Board for Parish Education's high school standards committee.Einspahr was also the editor of Concordia's publication, Issues in Christian Education, from 1970-1988. Einspahr
wife Eva are members of St. John Lutheran Church
in Seward, where he
served various positions between the 1950s and 1980s, including youth Bible class teacher, Sunday school superintendent, member of the public relations committee, elder, vice president and acting president.