Distinguished Alums 1986
February 23, 1986
Ii Sook Chung
Dr. Ii Sook Chung, President of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea was granted the award in absentia. Chung graduated from the seminary in 1972 with an MA and PhD earned through the joint Garrett/Northwestern program. As president of Ewha Womans University, she heads the largest women’s university in the world with its 17,000 graduate and undergraduate women students. The university, established by Methodist missionaries, is celebrating is centennial this year. As Chung wrote to President Fisher: “Now I remember all the precious experiences that I had at Garrett, through the teachings and good advice of the respectable professors and the kind helps of my dear friends. I will continue to work for the higher education for women in Korea under our Lord’s good guidance.”
Edmund B. Stanton
Reverend Edmund B. Stanton, Pastor of Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska was able to be present to receive his award and to be recognized by the Garrett-Evangelical community. A 1953 graduate of the seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, Stanton was surprised and pleased by his selection as Distinguished Alumnus. As he reflected later: “I had known I might be nominated, but had absolutely no expectation of ever being selected for such an honor. I hope that somehow my receiving it expresses appreciation for all the heroic and devoted alumnus all over the world. What a line of splendor I’m privileged to stand in!” Stanton has pastored congregations in Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska Missionary Conference, and currently serves on several conference boards and committees as well as the jurisdictional committee on ministry. Stanton received high commendations for his personal warmth, his genuine compassion for all people, his humility, his fine preaching, and his excellent organizational abilities.