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Alfred and Dorothee Aeppli

Alfred and Dorothee Aeppli

Alfred and Dorothee Aeppli have been friends and supporters of United for many years and were honored in May 2006 as new Joshua Society members. In September 2008, Alfred died of cancer, leaving a legacy rooted in his deep passion for social justice that developed in his early years and continued throughout his life of teaching, love of music, and the church.

Alfred left United a generous gift that will be used to support the seminary's mission and establish an endowed scholarship in peace and justice: "The Alfred Aeppli Scholarship in Peace and Justice." We are truly grateful that Alfred's lifelong dedication to social justice will continue at United.

It was Alfred's activities as a Boy Scout and scout leader in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as the silencing of German churches during World War II, that sensitized and motivated Alfred to fight injustices and work for peace.

After earning a Ph.D. in mathematics, Alfred came to the United States in 1957 to accept a teaching position at Cornell University and, a few years later, joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he enjoyed teaching mathematics until his retirement in 1998.

For 45 years, Alfred was a member of Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul, where he sang in the choir and was soon ordained an elder. He was a devoted Presbyterian who took his assignment as a delegate of the congregation to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Areas seriously. Until shortly before his death, Alfred was a driving force for the Peacemaker Overture adopted by the Presbyterian General Assembly in 2008.

Alfred's lifelong commitment to issues he found to be vitally important is an inspiration. He will be greatly missed.

United deeply appreciates Alfred and Dorothee's thoughtful support.


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