Dr. George K. Epp (1924-1997)
Klippenstein, Dr. Lawrence. "Dr. George K. Epp (1924-1997)." Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society Newsletter, no. 20: 8, December 1997.
The passing on October 25, 1997 of Dr. George K. Epp of Winnipeg,
Manitoba, has left a significant gap in the areas of ministry and
scholarship among Manitoba Mennonites and beyond.
Epp and his family came to Manitoba from Paraguay in 1954. His
family had immigrated to Paraguay from Germany in 1947, after making
the long trek from the Soviet Union in 1943. George was 19 years
old at that time.
George did his post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba
where he obtained a B.A. in 1965, an M.A. in 1968 and PhD. in 1976.
During this time he taught at Mennonite Brethren Bible College from
1968-73 and at the University of Manitoba from 1973-78.
Later appointments of service included Canadian Mennonite Bible
College from 1978-1983, during which time he served as president,
and at the Mennonite Studies Center which became Menno Simons College
from 1985-1992, where he served as founding president from 1989-92.
Many Manitobans met him in other places like the Mennonite German
Society of Canada, the East West Advisory Group of MCC Canada, the
Mennonite Benevolent Society and the committees of the Mennonite
Heritage Society as well as Der Bote.
As well he gave significant leadership in a project which led
to the erection of a large cairn at the Mennonite Heritage Village
in memory of Mennonite victims of Soviet repression. During his
retirement he then completed two volumes of a projected series of
three dealing with the history of Mennonites in Russia before the
Revolution. Some copies of volume I have been sold already in Manitoba
and the second volume is expected off the press in spring.
Other involvements included his work in helping to edit the complete
works of Arnold Dyck (Vols. I-IV), co-editing bilingual anthologies
of Canada Mennonite writings title Harvest (1974) and Unter dem
Nordlicht (1977), and translating into German David Schroeder's
Learning to Know the Bible (1984) and Helmut Harder's Guide to Faith
George will be much missed as a major contributor in the German
literary world and historical endeavours, as he will be in the life
of the congregations at Douglas Mennonite and Springfield Heights
Tribute by Lawrence Klippenstein, former Archivist, Mennonite
Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Reprinted with permission of Manitoba Mennonite Historical
Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba.