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In Memoriam: Deborah Haan

Mrs. Deborah Haan died on October 2. Mrs. Haan spent most of her adult life in Sioux Center. From Dordt’s beginning until her husband, Rev. Bernard Haan retired as Dordt’s first president, she served with him as gracious hostess, faithful co-worker, and trusted advisor.

Mrs. Deborah Haan

Mrs. Deborah Haan

Mrs. Haan was a leader in her own right. She led Bible studies at First Christian Reformed Church for many years. She taught catechism and a Friendship class; she led the girl’s society, was a president of the Siouxland Missionary Union, and served as a pastoral assistant.

She also gave leadership in the community as a speaker for many women’s organizations, a hospital volunteer, president of the Christian School Guild, and host of a KDCR daily program “From the Family Room.”

In addition to her many supportive roles at Dordt College, she directed plays and pageants during the college’s early years. In 2005, she gave the 50th Anniversary graduation address.

Mrs. Haan will be remembered by many, but especially her six children: Katie, Elson, Deborah, Bernard Jr., Mamie, and Enno and twenty-seven grandchildren. The Haan family requests that any memorials be directed to The B.J. and Deborah Haan Teacher Education Scholarship at Dordt College.