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Life at Concordia in the Eyes of Lyle and Joan Rich

Joan '54 and Lyle '54 Rich give back to Concordia.

Joan '54 and Lyle '54 Rich give back to Concordia.

"Welcome to you. I'm a prehistoric Cobber," says Lyle '54 to the prospective student with an admissions folder in hand.

Concordia has always meant so much to Joan '54 and Lyle Rich, and a "rich" life they have had since coming to Concordia.

The two met freshman year, became engaged senior year and were married a month after graduation. They happily raised four children, only to relocate right back to Moorhead. The couple attended chapel every week at Concordia, interacting with students whenever possible.

"This is where we grew up," says Joan.

While in school the two were greatly involved in campus ministry and choir. In his final years at Concordia, Lyle was president of the student body and student manager of The Concordia Choir.

"You can't put a price on what you receive here," Joan says with a smiling face.

Lyle studied philosophy, continuing on to become a pastor, while Joan studied English and sociology to end up as an elementary teacher.

"The faculty taught the blessing of serving by serving us," Lyle says. "Concordia taught us how to make a living and how to live," he says.

The couple continually supports Concordia financially, and sees the value in supporting the students and faculty in any way they can.

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