Gerhard Hasel

(1935-1994). Educator, scholar, author, administrator. Born in Vienna, Austria, he was the third child in a devout Seventh-day Adventist family. His father, Franz Joseph, a colporteur and minister, was early drafted into the Wehrmacht and assigned to the Russian front, His mother, Helene, took a firm stand that none of her four children would attend school on Sabbath, no matter what the cost to herself. After completing his secondary education, Gerhard entered trade school in Frankfurt and in 1953, at the age of 18, was declared the best engineering apprentice in the state and received a full college scholarship. Feeling a direct call to work for the Lord, he relinquished the scholarship and enrolled at the Marienhöhe Seminary, where he completed the four-year licentiate program in 1958. ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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