Passing of Former President Lesher, incl. Services

   Life Stories | Posted on September 1, 2017

The following message was sent from President Andrea Luxton to faculty and staff on August 18, 2017.


Dear campus community,

I am sad to bring news to you this evening of the passing of former president W. Richard Lesher. Residing in Loma Linda at the time of his death earlier today, Dr. Lesher served as president of Andrews University from 1984-1994. Dr. Lesher was a consummate Christian gentleman, highly respected for his authentic faith, professionalism and calm, committed leadership of Andrews University. As we enter the Sabbath hours, we ask that you join us in prayers of comfort for the Lesher family and those close to them in this time of sadness.


Andrea Luxton

Note: A more formal announcement/life sketch will be posted on our website at an appropriate time.


Service Information

October 7, California:

Azure Hills SDA Church, Grand Terrace, CA

4 p.m. service 


October 21, Berrien Springs

Pioneer Memorial Church

3 p.m. Visitation

4 p.m. Memorial Service, Dwight Nelson delivering the homily

This service will be livestreamed by Andrews University. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.