Allen C. Deeter

BCA mourns the loss of Allen Deeter, who served as executive director of the organization for more than 20 years. Passionate about international education, peace and the students he encouraged to study abroad, Dr. Deeter made enormous contributions to BCA and built many programs that continue to this day.

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Allen Deeter Obituary

Dr. Allen C. Deeter, 82, North Manchester, IN died at 12:35 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center.  He was born at Dayton, Ohio on March 8, 1931 to Raymond & Flora (Petry) Deeter.  On August 31, 1952 he married Joan George.  She survives.  Also surviving are three sons, Michael Deeter, Milwaukee, WI; Dan (Jamie Marfurt) Deeter, Granger, IN and David (Serena Sheldon) Deeter, Lake Forest, CA.  Seven grandchildren, Paul, Elena and Stephen Deeter, Ryan & Jennifer Deeter and Michelle & Alex Deeter.  He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Allen was Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Manchester University for 40 years and Administrator of Brethren Colleges Abroad for 24 years.  He received his BA from Manchester College, Master of Divinity from Bethany Seminary and PhD from Princeton University.  He did post graduate work at Harvard University and Philipps University, Marburg, Germany.  He was one of the first peace studies majors to graduate from Manchester College and later directed the Peace Studies program at Manchester College.

He was the recipient of the Manchester Collge Alumni Honor Award, received an Honorary Doctorate from Bridgewater College, and authored two published books, Heirs of A Promise and Toyohiko Kagawa.

He loved sports and was a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan.  Allen also enjoyed playing softball and basketball and his vacations were usually spent fishing.

Memorial services will be held January 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate.  Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Ohio.  Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.    For those who wish to honor the memory of Dr. Allen C. Deeter, memorial contributions may be made to Muir Endowed Chair for Peace Studies at Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave. North Manchester, IN 46962 or Allen C. Deeter Brethren Colleges Abroad Scholarship Endowment c/o Community Foundation of Wabash County, PO Box 7, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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I knew Dr. Deeter during his visits to Cochin University in India where I was responsible for the BCA programme. I came to know of his sad demise only last week from Dr. Brian Harley. I know it is too late to send my heart felt condolences to his grieving family. Still I wish to do it. I remember with respect and gratitude the scholar and the great human being in him. His passing away is a great loss to all of us who knew him well.

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