Sunday, April 27, 2014

Death of Gary Land

Gary G. Land of Berrien Center, Michigan, died on Saturday, April 26, at 12:48 p.m. at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at Pioneer Memorial Church on Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the Land family has requested that gifts be made to the Andrews University Department of History & Political Science. Gifts may be given online at or mailed to the Office of Development. Please make checks payable to Andrews University and include “History Dept” on the memo line.

Land joined the faculty of Andrews University in 1970 as a teacher in the Department of History & Political Science. He served as chair of the department for more than two decades. He retired as emeritus professor of history.

For his undergraduate studies, Land attended Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. He continued his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California, and completed a Master of Arts in 1967 and a PhD in 1973.

Throughout his service at the University, he served as an instructor in history, assistant and associate professor of history. He also worked in administration and served as a graduate programs director and assistant dean to the College of Arts & Sciences. He became chair of the Department of History & Political Science in 1988.

Service was very important to Land. He was a member of the Berrien County Historical Association Board of Directors and served the group since 1983. He was active in the church as a Sabbath School teacher, leader and director, among other service activities. Land was also a member of the organizing committee for the Ellen White Project as well as the Spectrum editorial board. 

An avid writer, Land edited several academic/professional books and has published three of his own. His writings appeared in many professional journals and periodicals, including the Journal of Adventist Education, College and University Dialogue, Spectrum: A Quarterly Journal of the Association of Adventist Forums and Adventist Heritage, among others. He also contributed chapters to books and wrote book reviews for academic publications. He was a co-editor of Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet, a new biography to be released by Oxford University Press in May 2014.


I am saddened by the news of the death of my former Professor and Academic Adviser for the MA History program. Dr. Land was a great listener with a a lot of patience and insight. My condolences to his family. - Dave Davison MA class of 1993.
Posted by: Anonymous
03/29/2015 at 8:43 PM
I am saddened by the news of Dr. Land's death. I was his student student assistant. May God be with his family.
Posted by: Anonymous
05/04/2014 at 1:07 PM
I am deeply saddened to learn of Gary Land's passing. I had the privilege of being both Dr. Land's student and his colleague. I greatly respected his keen, active mind and his gentle approachable demeanor. May he rest in peace as he awaits the great Lifegiver. Lena G. Caesar
Posted by: Anonymous
05/02/2014 at 6:18 PM
Such sad news! This is a big loss for the academic community at Andrews, and for all that knew Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the community that is now mourning. We mourn with you, yet we do celebrate his life and will preserve the memories we have with him. Marciana Popescu
Posted by: Anonymous
05/02/2014 at 11:56 PM
May you rest in Peace Gary. Thoughts and prayers for Edi and the Land family. - Angela Hartline
Posted by: Anonymous
04/30/2014 at 08:49 AM
A highly respected academician and writer. A good human being! Demetra Andreasen
Posted by: Anonymous
04/29/2014 at 4:20 PM

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