A true Pioneer, Otto William Theel, Jr., MD, 92, passed away October 26, 2015. A great supporter and friend of the university since its inception, Dr. Theel created the Mid-America Nazarene College Honorary Alumni Association in 1969 when the newly opened college had no alumni. Ninety-five charter members assisted with student recruitment and fundraising. As a result Dr. Theel was honored by the college with the Layman of the Year Award. The group would go on to raise thousands of dollars through the years with varied activities and an annual banquet. Dr. Theel also served on the MANC and MNU board of trustees and the MNU Foundation board of directors.
A faithful member of Nall Avenue Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Theel served on the boards of his church, the Church of the Nazarene’s Kansas City District Layman’s League, and the district’s advisory board. He also served as treasurer of the Kansas City Rescue Mission.
Dr. Theel was known for encouraging others to give to MNU through his matching gift challenges.
Surviving Dr. Theel are his wife Beulah, three children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.