Written by Nicole Suderman Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:38
Paul Epp (right) of Hillsboro extends well wishes to Dale Suderman at a reception Friday afternoon at the Tabor College Library. The event celebrated the gift of Suderman’s private book collection that will add between 150 and 200 titles to the college’s social work materials. “His books on addictions and substance abuse are a welcome addition to the Tabor College Library and will strengthen our collection in this area,” said Robin Ottoson, library director. “Social work majors will especially benefit, although others in the new behavioral sciences major will also find many valuable resources to help them develop as health professionals. We are especially glad to receive several titles that focus on post-traumatic stress disorder, which Suderman used in his work counseling Vietnam veterans and others.” About 40 faculty members, colleagues and friends were on hand for the event. As part of the program, Suderman, a Hillsboro High School and Tabor College alum, talked via video about his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Guest speakers John Kampen, professor of biblical interpretation at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Ben Hartley, associate professor of Christian mission at Palmer Theological Seminary near Philadelphia, reflected on their long friendships with Suderman, as well as his contribution in the fields of gender studies and addiction counseling while living in Chicago. Suderman was a popular columnist with the Free Press from 2002 until he suffered a stroke in April 2008. He presently lives at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.