Dr. Frederick E. J. Harder was born in Clinton, Missouri, in 1916. He attended Union College, Walla Walla College, and Emmanuel Missionary College (Andrews University). He graduated with studies in archaeology and history of antiquity and intensive Russian language. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in education at New York University. He served as president of Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon. He also chaired the Board of Higher Education of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington D.C.
Marjorie Myrtle (Harris) Harder was born in 1919, in Milton, Oregon. She attended Walla Walla College, Atlantic Union College, and Andrews University. She studied secretarial science and art and earned her master's degree in education and art.
It was at Walla Walla College that Frederick and Marjorie met, and they married in June of 1939. They had two children, Frederick Lee Harder and Claudette Lucille (Harder) Hartman. Upon their 60th wedding anniversary, Frederick wrote "This makes us the more eager . . . not for another 60 years together, but for an eternity in which we can share what eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him," he said, quoting from 1 Corinthians 2:9. They celebrated 66 years together before Frederick passed away in November of 2005. Marjorie was laid to rest only five months later.
The F. E. J. & Marjorie Harder Scholarship was established by their son, Dr. Fred L. Harder, and daughter-in-law, Virginia.
Scholarship award requirements
This scholarship is awarded to an education major recommended by the Department of Education at Southwestern Adventist University.
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