David L. Neuhouser
Dave Neuhouser is the main reason that there is a Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends at Taylor University. He taught Lewis and Inklings courses with Dr. Frances White Ewbank, and then when Dr. Ewbank retired, on his own for many years. Then one year, one of his students told Dr. Neuhouser that his uncle had a large collection of first editions of Lewis's works. Dave Neuhouser went down to Indianapolis and met Dr. Edwin Brown, then started bringing classes down to see this remarkable collection. Soon, a donor was found and Taylor University was able to purchase this collection and now the Edwin W. Brown Collection resides on the lower level of the Zondervan Library. It is widely considered to be the third best collection of Inklings material in the world.
Encouraging and stimulating scholarly work on the Inklings was also very important to Dave Neuhouser. So, he started the C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium that we have held at Taylor University every other year since 1997. Many people have come to know Dave through these colloquia and will remember his kindness, goodness, and love for learning more about the Center's authors' writings as a way to learn more about God. He also started the C.S. Lewis & Friends Society, which gathered people from the community surrounding Taylor University at meetings to discuss these authors and their works.
We will miss his peaceful presence and his commitment to sharing these special authors with everyone. In many ways, Dave was the heart and soul of the Center and we will miss him sorely.
Dr. William Ringenberg officiated at Dave's funeral. He has written up the funeral sermon and you can read it here.
One of Dave's favorite hymns was part of the service. Click here for a lovely version of the Mennonite hymn "Lift Your Glad Voices"
Dave wrote the Benediction for his service:
You are our refuge and strength,
a helper close at hand, a shelter in time of need.
Help us, O God, to hear your words of comfort,
so that by faith our fears might be dispelled, our
loneliness eased, and our hope revived.
May Your Holy Spirit carry us through our sorrow
Into the comfort of Your presence which endures
For all eternity.
In Jesus name. AMEN