Peter J. Dyck

A Moment from Yesterday

June 29, 2023 | Opinion | Volume 27 Issue 13
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
(Photo by Central Photographic)

Peter J. Dyck was recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo on Oct. 18, 1974. Dyck was born in 1914 and immigrated with his family to a farm near Laird, Saskatchewan, in 1927. During World War II, he and his wife, Elfrieda were part of the MCC work in Europe helping refugees emigrate. Dyck studied and served as a pastor in the U.S. but in 1957 went back to Europe to work for MCC. In 1968, he returned to the U.S. and worked in the MCC offices in Akron. He was nominated by University of Waterloo past president J. Winfield Fretz, who stated that Peter Dyck symbolizes compassion and helpfulness to many millions of Canadians who want to help the underprivileged throughout the world. (Left to right): Peter Dyck; Burt Matthews, president of the University of Waterloo; and Professor Ron Eydt, bearer of the ceremonial mace.

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—Updated July 14, 2023.

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