Memorial services held for former LLU president David J. Bieber, EdD
Memorial services for former Loma Linda University president David J. Bieber, EdD, were held on Sunday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Dr. Bieber was president of Loma Linda University from 1967 to 1974. He joined the Loma Linda family at the time when La Sierra College and Loma Linda University merged in 1967. Prior to becoming president at Loma Linda University, he was president of La Sierra College.
Dr. Bieber was born on November 14, 1910, in Tolstoy, South Dakota. Prior to becoming president of La Sierra College in 1967, he was president of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, his alma mater. He also taught in and served as principal of several secondary schools.
During his seven-year tenure as president of Loma Linda, Dr. Bieber presided over unparalleled student enrollment and financial growth at the University. During his presidency, three schools were added to Loma Linda—the School of Pubic Health, School of Allied Health Professions, and the School of Education (now part of La Sierra University).
Several academic innovations were credited to Dr. Bieber’s administration. Among them was the addition of the doctor of health sciences program in the School of Public Health.
Loma Linda University Medical Center was completed during his presidency. In addition, in 1971, the Veterans Administration announced the construction of a new VA hospital in Loma Linda. Dr. Bieber, along with other University officials, helped plan the clinical facilities for the new hospital.
Following his tenure as president of Loma Linda University, Dr. Bieber headed up the University’s fundraising efforts as vice president for development.
His extensive educational career included serving as an academy teacher and principal of Hawaiian Mission Academy, Honolulu, Hawaii, and principal of Monterey Bay Academy, La Selva Beach, California.
Dr. Bieber received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and his doctor of education degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
By Richard Weismeyer