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Verduin, Leonard (1897-1999) | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Name: Verduin, Leonard (1897-1999)

Historical Note:

Leonard Verduin was born in South Holland, Illinois on March 9, 1897.  Young Verduin grew up on a farm in South Dakota. Faced with economic hardship, Verduin did not complete his high school education until he was 21. By this time, he had married Hattie Timmermans. Verduin went on to further his education at Calvin Theological Seminary where he earned his Th.B. in 1929 and earned a Master's degree from the University of Michigan.

Verduin and his family traveled to Corsica, South Dakota, where Verduin accepted the call to serve the Corsica CRC.  He remained at the Corsica CRC for twelve years. In 1941 Verduin accepted the challenge of becoming the pastor of the Christian Reformed Chapel at the University of Michigan. Rev. Verduin served the students of the University of Michigan until his retirement in 1962.

The Verduins retired in Arizona. During retirement, Rev Verduin stayed busy by teaching courses at the University of Arizona. He also published a number of books such as The Reformers and their Stepchildren. Leonard Verduin passed away at the age of 102 on November 11, 1999.

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