Published August 31, 2007

Dean Callison

Art and Gloria

Earlier today I heard the tragic news that Mr. and Mrs. Art Muselman were killed in an auto accident near their home in Berne, Indiana. Art and Gloria were two of the most wonderful people I have ever had the privilege to know.

I met them through their son Roger who was one of my college roommates. Roger also stood up for Diane and I when we were married, and in recent years we have enjoyed getting reconnected.

The Muselman's lived about an hour from Taylor University where we were going to school. I remember quite a few weekends where a bunch of us would pile in cars and head over to their house and hang out on the lake together. Mrs. Muselman was always gracious and kind, never speaking an unkind word about anyone.

For those of us in the business and economics department at Taylor, we always counted it a privilege to sit and talk with Mr. Muselman. He was an ongoing case study in how to build an exceedingly successful business, and do it with an uncompromising commitment to Christian principles. He was smart, funny, and had a unique ability to connect with people.

I remember how he always thought it interesting that I grew up as a missionary kid and found myself at Taylor University studying Economics. Art did not blow any smoke. He was genuinely interested in me as a person.

Just this past winter I found myself in Florida on business. I made a point to stop by and see Art and Gloria. Gloria fixed breakfast and the three of us sat around the table talking about family, God, and what each of us was involved with that would help advance the cause of Christ around the world. Mr. and Mrs. Muselman loved their family, loved God, and loved people.

My heart is heavy as I think of a world without Art and Gloria, but I am so grateful God allowed our paths to cross. And I look forward to seeing them again someday.