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Robert Rowland, former president of Columbia Christian College, dies at age 86

Robert Rowland

Robert Rowland, who served as president of the now-defunct Columbia Christian College in Portland, Ore., from 1959 to 1968, died Thursday, Jan. 17, after a recent illness and decline in health. He was 86.
Rowland attended the Magnolia Center Church of Christ in Riverside, Calif. Find his full obituary.
The website of Oklahoma Christian University reports:

The OC community mourns the loss of Bob Rowland, who served the university from 1971 to 1990.
Rowland was president of OC’s American Citizenship Center, then served as executive director of Enterprise Square USA.
“I was conducting Freedom Forums and seminars in a five-state area, and I would reach maybe 5,000 students and teachers a year,” Rowland once said. “I thought, ‘What if you built yourself a museum of some kind, an educational attraction that would attract that many or more each month, year round?’”
The vision became reality in 1982, when Enterprise Square opened, offering economic education and history in a unique venue located on campus.

Read the full tribute.

  • Feedback
    I attended Columbia Christain when Bob was there. I not only loved
    Bob, but admired him greatly.
    Bill Shumway
    January, 23 2013
    It was my honor to know and love Bob Rowland. He was a great leader and helped Columbia Christian College be a beacon for Christ in the Pacific North West. His talent, leadership and love for Christ was shown to all of the students as well as the community in which he lived. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Dennis
    Dennis Niva
    January, 24 2013
    My family knew Bob, Joye, Bobbie and Cynthia from the time he was our preacher in Sitka Alaska. He baptized my Dad and I in Federal Way Washington in 1965 or so. He President of CCC when I attended in 1967-1968. Some years later we had a surprise meeting in Taiwan when I walked into worship services and there sat Bob on the front row! Always cheerful, always helpful. The world is better because he was here. RIP, Bob.
    Axel (Gary) Anaruk
    May, 23 2013

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