Justus G. Holsinger, mission worker, diesby Susan Balzer
HESSTON, Kan.—Justus G. Holsinger, an educator, administrator, writer and mission worker, died Aug. 8 at Newton (Kan.) Medical Center.
Holsinger was born July 8, 1911, near Harrisonburg, Va., to Henry S. and Elizabeth Cline Holsinger.
He met Salome Fast in Puerto Rico, where he was serving in Civilian Public Service during World War II, and she was serving as a nurse with Mennonite Central Committee.
She survives, along with their four children: Dave, of Houston; Don, of Edmonds, Wash.; Betty Shenk, of Harrisonburg; and Becky Rand, of Winter Park, Colo.; plus 11 grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Holsinger taught at Bluffton (Ohio) University, Hesston (Kan.) College and Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and was academic dean at Hesston and director of teacher education at Bethel.
He served as executive secretary of the Council of Mennonite Colleges.
He returned to Puerto Rico from 1948 to 1952 to direct the La Plata Project.
Later he helped the Academia Menonita de Summit Hills, a K-12 school in Aibonito, receive accreditation.
During his retirement, he helped start the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center in Bolivia.
The memorial service was Aug. 18.
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