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DOUGLAS AND BETTIE ELWOOD (1960-1972; 1978-1990)

Dr. Douglas Elwood and his wife, Bettie, were ap-

pointed by the Presbyterian Board to teach at Silliman University. They arrived on campus in 1960 with their children Brian Douglas and Dorothy Colleen for what would be the start of 21 years of service at Silliman University. Douglas Elwood was educated at Wheaton College

(BA, 1947), obtained a Master of Divinity at Princeton Seminary in 1951 and a Ph.D. at the University of Edin- burgh (Scotland) in 1953. His previous appointments as organizing minister of the Highland Presbyterian Church in Maryville, TN (1954-1959) and campus chaplain and chairperson of the Department of Philoso- phy and Religion at the Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO, 1959-1960) bear testimony to the intel- lectual guidance he provided the Silliman community. During his years of service at Silliman, Dr. Elwood

served as philosophy and religion professor and depart- ment chairman in the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of theology and ethics at the SU Divinity School and professor of South East Asia Graduate School of Theology, and Interim Minister of Silliman Church. He also served as department chair for Reli- gious Studies during the 1963-64 school year. In 1978, he was appointed Director for Graduate Studies for the Divinity School, and in 1986, he was chosen “Outstanding Teacher of the Year”.

Dean’s conference

Dr. Elwood is shown to the left of Dr. Proceso Udarbe at rear center.

While at Silliman, Dr. Elwood co-authored with

Patricia Ling Magdamo a textbook for classes in Bi- ble entitled “Christ in the Philippine Context”. He also wrote other books, among which are “Alternatives to Violence, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Filipino People Power” and “The Crisis of An Idea, Some Im- plications for the Philippines of Europe’s Anti- Communist Revolution”. His book “Theology of Peo- ple Power” was awarded the Best Book of the Year by the Catholic Press in 1989. Dr. Bettie Carroll Elwood was educated at Mary-

ville College, Maryville, TN (B.A., 1956). She obtained a Masters in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University, New York City (1966), did graduate study in Community Service Education at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1971-72) and was conferred a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations by the University of the Phil- ippines in 1979. She became

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By Ligaya M. Simpkins Silliman University Alumni & Friends @ SD

SD Portal May 2012

Xt ne of the recipients of this year’s Outstanding

Sillimanian Award is SUAF’s nominee,Maria Christina Roble-Esperat, according to an an- nouncement recently received by chapter president Laarni Gularek from director Jocelyn de la Cruz of the office of alumni and external affairs of Silli- man University. “This is the first time we have successfully nomi-

nated a member for the OSA award”, Laarni an- nounced. SUAF’s OSA committee is headed by Dinah Bibaoco Penaflorida and Ligaya Magba- nua Simpkins, herself a previous OSA awardee. OSA is an annual award given to alumni by Silli-

man University and is both a national and interna- tional search spearheaded by alumni chapters who nominate members. The award is presented during Founders Day festivities in August. Tenette Esperat is a Silliman high school and nursing graduate, SUHS ‘ 61, BSN ’68 and MA nursing ’69. She taught at one time with the SU College of Nursing faculty, and has returned on campus the last few years to handle workshops and seminars at (See OSA page 2)

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Tenette Esperat ra OSA to SUAFer


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