BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Concordia College posthumously appointed John Bahr emeritus professor of English in recognition of his 39 years of distinguished service to the College, the Church, and the community at its 135th Commencement Exercises.
Bahr received the bachelor of arts degree in English with honors from Concordia in 1975, and a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1995. He joined the staff as an admissions counselor and later became the college’s first full-time director of admissions. Aside from his administrative duties, his passion for literature and drama led him to serve the college as an adjunct professor of English and director of drama.
In 1995, Bahr was appointed dean of students and assistant professor of English. His most satisfying moments, he said, “derive from opportunities to observe growth in individual students who for some reason or other had been deemed at risk.”
Bahr also served as the faculty athletic representative to the college’s athletic conferences and the NCAA. He also spearheaded numerous committees to enhance the curriculum and contribute to the mission of the College. In recent years, Bahr served as director of The Concordia Distinctive, and chair of the Academic Policies Committee. Bahr was a member of the Lutheran admission counselors of the Missouri Synod during his years serving in the Admissions Office. He was president of this organization from 1987-88 and 1991-92.
He represented the college as a member of the Eastchester Rotary. These interactions were especially valuable to Concordia students as they found exciting internship possibilities through Bahr’s network of contacts. In 2005, Bahr received Concordia’s most prestigious honor, The Nehemiah Award for Service, in recognition of his significant contributions to the college, the church, and the community. Bahr died on August 20, 2015, at the age of 61.