Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Death of Joe Ban, was Linfield Chaplin, history and religion prof

Linfield Magazine Summer 2016 issue mentions passing, of Joe Ban.

According to his obituary …

… Joseph Daniel Ban died at age 90 on Sept. 17, 2015, at Amica Retirement Centre in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 

He served as chaplain and professor of history at Linfield before moving to Canada. The magazine also says he was professor of religious studies. He came to Linfield from Penn State University, where he was chaplain.

An Oregonian story in 1967 indicates Ban started at Linfield in the 1967-1968 academic year. 

According to the Sept. 7, 1967, Linfield Review, Ban joined Linfield as “new chaplain and an associate professor of religion. Dr. Gordon Frazee, last year’s chaplain, will return to full-time teaching in the religion department of which he is chairman.

He apparently left Linfield in 1978, moving to McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Serving as professor of Christian Education at McMaster, he taught there for  13 years, 1978-1991, before retiring. 

Some Linfielders remember Joe Ban for involvement in the college’s honor convocation controversy in the spring semester 1969. It was reported in a story headlined, *“Naughty, naughty, shame on you, you, you, …” on the front page of the Feb. 13, 1969, issue of Linews, Linfield student newspaper. A reproduction of story is below. Click on it for an easier to read version.


Info about Joe Ban at these links:

Photo with this posting from Linfield Archives shows Linfield Prof. Joe Ban lecturing in Melrose Hall in the 1970s.

Naughty, naughty, shame on you, you, you…” was a popular South Forty chant in Riley Gym during basketball games. South Forty members chanted it, while pointing to a Linfield opponent basketball player, after a foul was called on the player.