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Daniel Lockwood, Multnomah University president for 16 years, dies at age 65

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PORTLAND — Daniel Lockwood, president of Multnomah University for 16 years, died last month at age 65.

Lockwood died peacefully, surrounded by family, in his Portland home July 9.

“We are all thankful for the way Dr. Dan invested his life in others as a dedicated follower of Christ, leader, teacher, encourager and humble servant,” said Craig Williford, new president at Multnomah. “Serving others in the name of Christ was his passion and life commitment. He positively impacted our lives in numerous ways. We will miss him.”

Lockwood worked at Multnomah for more than 34 years. He taught theology for 11 years before serving seven years as seminary dean. In 1997, he became Multnomah’s fourth president. Throughout his time at the university, Lockwood continued to teach theology.
Due to health concerns related to cancer, he retired from the presidency last Nov. 1. He spent the past eight months in close connection with his family.

During Lockwood’s tenure as president, the university constructed seven buildings on the Portland campus, opened a campus in Reno, Nev., and launched a teaching site in Seattle, Wash. Eight graduate and seminary degree programs were created, and nine undergraduate majors were initiated.  The Adult Degree Completion Program, which now provides three majors, was born in 2007. Multnomah was granted university status in 2008.

“The Multnomah community mourns the loss of a gentle leader and an outstanding teacher,” said a statement issued by the university. “He leaves a legacy of theological integrity and unreserved faith in Christ.”

Lockwood is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jani, and their daughter, Elise.

A memorial service was held July 25 at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego.