Retired professor shares her 65th birthday present with local university students

Langley, British Columbia— When Surrey resident Ruth Berndt retired after serving for over 10 years as professor of German with Langley's Trinity Western University she left behind a gift of great value—something that will have students remembering her for years to come.

For her 65th birthday her son and daughter arranged a party and invited 65 guests—one for each year of her life. They requested no gifts, or flowers, instead they would accept donations toward a student scholarship fund in memory of Ruth's husband Arnold Berndt who had sadly passed away at age 57. The scholarship is intended for second-year German students with preference given to those who may have lost a parent during his or her course of studies.

A beloved professor who balanced high academic standards with a warm laugh and caring spirit—Ruth made valuable contributions to her students, and to her community.

Over the course of her career Ruth was instrumental in starting a German language school in conjunction with the Surrey school board. She served a four-year term on the Canadian council of multi-culturalism and chaired a yearly conference of heritage language teachers for over ten years. She also started an investment counselling firm.

Ruth's gift was motivated by a desire to invest in a place that fosters Christian leadership, and to leave “tracks” in a place that had been such a large part of her life. Thank you, Frau Berndt, for making students a part of your life—in the past—and in the future.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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