Dr. Falwell Remembered
Dr. Jerry Falwell was a great Christian leader and had a tremendous impact on my life. Both of my children attended Liberty University from 1993 – 2000, which is a Division I Christian University in Lynchburg, Virginia. When I heard Dr. Falwell speak at the parent orientation, I was impressed with his knowledge of a wide range of issues, including international politics.
Our daughter was accepted to many (6) state and private colleges and received a full scholarship to Montclair University in NJ. After visiting Liberty in the spring of her senior year with her girlfriend Takemma, they both decided to go to Liberty.
Liberty has a beautiful campus with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. At the time there was a strict dress code where girls had to wear dresses or skirts to class and guys had to wear ties. This did not deter her interest in the school. During a freshman Speech Class she was invited to join the Debate Team.
Dr. Falwell had strong convictions and was a big supporter of debate and made many scholarships available to make Liberty one of the top debate teams in the country. Liberty has been ranked #1 in debate for many years, including two when Amy debated against the top colleges including George Washington, the Naval Academy, Wake Forest and many others. Thanks to Falwell and her hard work, she received a full scholarship her senior year!
Through this university many students have been equipped to be strong Christians in whatever field they are in. My daughter met her husband at Liberty. He now has a PhD in Philosophy and she has taught High School and College level English. Liberty now has a Law School and will be opening an Engineering School in the fall.
Our son also attended Liberty and got a Business degree and studied to be a Youth Pastor. Through Liberty he learned leadership skills by being a prayer leader and volunteering at the downtown soup kitchen. He also learned sign language. Both have lifelong friends that they met a Liberty.
Dr. Falwell brought in many top leaders in our country to speak to the students. Billy Graham’s grandson Will graduated with my daughter in 1997, and Dr. Graham spoke to the graduating class.
Dr. Falwell had a great sense of humor which my daughter recalls when she was out to dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Lynchburg for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Everyone was dressed very fancy. In walks Falwell with his wife and he is wearing a Halloween mask! Of course, he puts a smile on everyone’s face.
I will fondly remember Liberty University, Dr. Falwell and all that their wonderful professors and staff taught my children about life and serving others. Thank you Dr. Falwell. May you rest in peace.