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Richard Knudsen Scholarship


Richard Knudsen

Richard Knudsen began teaching philosophy and religion classes on a part-time basis at ECC in 1975.  In 1986 he became a full-time instructor.  He was an Episcopal minister for many years, serving congregations in St. Clair and Sullivan.  In 2010 he received the Senior Service Award from the Missouri Community College Association.   


“Richard was an integral part of the East Central College family,” stated Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president.  “His expertise, dedication, and skill served students throu ghout his career. Because of his dedication to the college and our students, it is fitting that a memorial service be held on campus. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to Richard than to commemorate his contributions to the college through a memorial service and a scholarship fund in his name.”


Jean McCann, vice president of curriculum and instruction at ECC, noted that Knudsen brought an amazing spirit to the classroom.  “He was dedicated to his subject area and a strong advocate for his students,” said McCann.  “Over his many years at the college, students of all ages and majors had the opportunity to learn from Mr. Knudsen and they will never forget him.”


An endowed scholarship through the ECC Foundation has been established in Knudsen’s name.  Donations toward this scholarship are being accepted by contacting the Foundation at 636-584-6506 or completing the information below.

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