Dr. Orville Swenson

Posted: Aug 29, 2011
Dr. Orville Swenson

Dr. Orville Swenson, one of Briercrest’s long-term faculty members passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord, on the evening of May 16. The funeral service was held on May 21 at the Parkview Funeral Chapel in Moose Jaw.

Dr. Swenson was a member of Briercrest’s first class of 11 students in 1935. He was the first student president and one of three graduates in 1937.

Upon graduation, Swenson was invited to join the Briercrest faculty where he taught for almost 50 years.  He taught generations of Briercrest students – mainly in theology – and became known as Briercrest’s “Mr. Theology”.

In 1943 Swenson married Clara Kvalnes who served Briercrest for many years in the library and financial office.  The Swensons have two children, Sharon and Gordon.