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Welcome Home: Full Circle

By Jan Carlberg

Recently I reread Jud’s inaugural address from March of 1993, “Welcome Home.” Quoting Jeremiah 29:11, he said Gordon would always be a place of hope: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”

The same God who brought us here 35 years ago goes with us on the next phase of this adventure called life.

As we go we will be taking so many memories of you with us and leaving at least part of our hearts behind. Like the Class of 2011 and like generations of Gordon graduates before them, we are going out into the world with a blank slate, asking God to fill in the details. As we leave, it is comforting to know that, all in good time, we can come back to visit, hoping to reconnect with many of you.

The Carlberg family in 1977: Jud, Heather, Jan and Chad. Jan at home.

Jud and Kurt Keilhacker, Board of Trustees chair, at Ken Olsen Science Center dedication in 2008. The Carlberg family in 2010, from left: Dr. Kristina Harter Carlberg, Lily Willis, Kate Carlberg, Chad Carlberg, Dr. Matthew Willis (holding Basil Willis), Dr. Heather Carlberg Willis. Front middle: Luke Willis, Jan Carlberg, Maggie Carlberg, Jud Carlberg.

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