Published August 31, 2007

Taylor Remembers Art and Gloria Muselman

The Taylor University community is in mourning today following the deaths of board member emeritus Art Muselman and his wife Gloria last evening in an auto accident.

Mr. Muselman served Taylor as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1987-2005 and was named an emeritus member of the board in 2005. During his tenure, he was on the steering committee for the Taylor Tomorrow Capital Campaign, which raised an unprecedented $79 million dollars.

The Muselmans were past members of the Taylor Parents Cabinet and were named Distinguished Parents in 1987 by university officials. Mr. and Mrs. Muselman were also members of Taylor's Council of 100, a society that honors the university's most generous financial partners. The couple's daughter Karen Thomas, their son Roger and his wife Naomi are Taylor graduates.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of the deaths of Art and Gloria Muselman," said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor president. Our hearts and prayers are with their son Roger, his wife Naomi, and their family; and their daughter Karen Thomas, her husband David, and their family, as they grieve the sudden and unexpected loss of their parents and grandparents.

"Art and Gloria were known for their distinctive love for their Lord, family, friends, the Berne, Ind., community and Taylor University," Habecker added.

Mr. Muselman was director emeritus of DRG, the management company that oversees the publishing and fulfillment companies owned by the Muselman family. He was also owner and director of EP Graphics, Inc., House of White Birches Publishing, Inc., Muselman Realty Corp., Magazine Printers, Inc., Smith Brothers Furniture, Inc., Berne Tri-Weekly News, Inc., and the A.K. Muselman Family Foundation.

He also served as director of the First State Bank of Decatur and the Swiss Village Retirement Home and was a member of the Berne Rotary Club and the Berne Chamber of Commerce.

In 1988, Mr. Muselman and his late brother Carl were honored as finalists for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He attended Taylor University and graduated from Indiana University in 1952 with a degree in business.

The Muselmans were charter members of the Peace Lutheran Church of Berne.

Mrs. Muselman received the Distinguished Friend Award from Taylor University in 1998 for extensive work for Taylor and the community of Berne, as well as her volunteer work for over 30 years at the Swiss Village Retirement Home.

"Gloria was the consummate mother and grandmother," said Tammi Maloney, a friend of the family. She was a homemaker and supporter of her husband; she was very relational and a faithful card and e-mail communicator. I think of her calling her grandchildren her joy bringers. She was a very practical, unassuming and caring lady.

"The Taylor University community mourns the deaths of these beloved friends," said Dr. Ben Sells, vice president for university advancement. We have long benefited from Art's wisdom and generosity and Gloria's affirming, warm spirit. Roger, Karen and their families will reside in our hearts, thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months to come.

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 2, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, 365 West Main Street, Berne, Indiana 46711 (260) 589-3101; and

Monday, September 3, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church, 566 West Main Street, Berne (260) 589-3108.

The funeral will be held Monday, September 3, 3:00 p.m., at the First Mennonite Church, Berne.