Eastern Mennonite University

Fall 2006

Yoder New Mileposts Editor

Yoder Yoder brings deep roots and a wide network in the Mennonite community.

Paul T. Yoder ’50 is the new editor of Mileposts, with his first series of alumni notes to appear in the winter 2006-07 issue of Crossroads.

Yoder succeeds Paul T. Guengerich, who assembled “Mileposts” for 24 years as a part-time job until he retired this summer at age 93.

Like Guengerich, Yoder brings deep roots and a wide network in the Mennonite community to the task of combing church periodicals, newspapers and other information sources, gathering news notes on activities, achievements and milestones on our 5,000-plus alumni.

From '56 to '77, Yoder was a missionary physician in Ethiopia, the only physician in a city of 30,000 in his first few years of service. Upon returning to the United States, Yoder practiced medicine in and around Harrisonburg, Va. He staffed a family practice office for eight years. Then he tended to the medical needs of prisoners and nursing home residents, while simultaneously serving as the bishop and overseer of the Harrisonburg district of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

Yoder has been married for 57 years to Daisy, whom he met when she attended EMHS and EMU from 946 to 949. They have four children: Debra (Gullman), Daniel, Paul Jr., and Judith (Stroop). Yoder grew up on a Delaware farm as one of 3 children under the care of his parents – 9 biological siblings, one adopted sister, and two additional youngsters.

Due to a decision by the state of Delaware to expel Mennonite children for not saluting the American flag, the Yoder children had difficulty completing high school.

As a young teenager eager to be a missionary doctor, Yoder was permitted to come to Virginia to enroll in grade 9 at Eastern Mennonite High School. He is the only one of his siblings with a college education.

Get in touch with Paul T. Yoder – feel free to call him "Paul" rather than "Dr. Yoder" – with your alumni news. He’s at (540) 432-4205 or paul.t.yoder@emu.edu.