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Dietmar Neufeld

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About Dietmar Neufeld

On September 9, 2015, Dietmar Neufeld passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Viola Neufeld, as well as his four children, Jordanna (Laine); Jessalyn (Adam); Jemina (Tyler); Joshua, and two grandchildren.

Dietmar was an accomplished scholar and professor in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies. He was known for his creative mind, his wit, and for his compassion for others. He was truly a lover of life, spending his free time cycling, gardening and most importantly connecting with family and friends over great conversation and great wine.

Born in Paraguay, Dietmar moved to Canada at the age of eight. After studying at the University of Winnipeg, and the Mennonite Seminary, he received his Ph.D. at McGill University in 1991. He spent most of his academic career at UBC, attaining the rank of Full Professor. Apart from publishing numerous books and articles, he was the recipient of several richly deserved awards for teaching excellence, and he also served as President of the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies.

Dietmar imparted light and life to everyone he met: his family, his friends, his students, and his acquaintances— we are all a little bit diminished by his loss.

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The impact of your support

Dietmar Neufeld’s enthusiasm and joie de vivre were contagious, and never more so than when he was teaching and inspiring students. His warmth and passion for his subject touched everyone he met.

Your donation will help to continue Dietmar’s remarkable legacy by supporting the study of Christian Scriptures at UBC. On behalf of his family and the UBC Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, thank you.

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  • Diet was the RA (Resident Assistant) for the dormitory floor where I boarded my Freshman year at GBI. (He was quite a bit older than I, and a Sophomore that year.) He was instrumental in my "transition" from an "American patriot" to a Christian who learned to pursue peace.

    Ernest W. Buller, fellow student at Grace Bible Institute 1974-75
  • Diet had always been very kind and supportive to me, enduring my many blemishes over the years of supervising my PhD study. With his passing I have lost a wonderful teacher, a mentor, and a friend.

    Clement Tong, PhD student
  • Diet was my student for just a year at McGill; I wanted him to follow me to Oxford but it didn't work out. But in that year he and Vi became good friends. We sometimes used to room together at AAR/SBL, and always enjoyed catching up at conferences etc. I am shocked -- horrified -- to think that he is no longer with us. His memory is a great blessing. My warm greetings and condolences to Vi and the children. You will be in my prayers. Tom Wright

    Nicholas Thomas Wright, professor (at McGill)
List of Donors
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  • Charmaine Gorrie

  • Alessandro Frijo

  • The 5th Annual Danielle Miksche Memorial Hockey Game. In loving memory of Diet Neufeld.

  • Susanna Braund

  • Jennifer Bonner

  • Katharina Voth

  • Audrey Milstein

  • Kevin and Sheri Fisher

  • Sylvia & Bryan Reeve

  • Lois and Derwyn Owen

  • Marilyn Nicholson

  • Arlene H Henry Law Corporation

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