Warren Wilson College has announced plans to establish The Frederick G. Ohler Spiritual Center, named in honor of the late Rev. Fred Ohler, who served as chaplain, professor and counselor at the college from 1958-1995.
The center will encompass the existing College Chapel, Ransom Fellowship Hall and Christian Education Building. Dedication is planned for Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., during Warren Wilson’s Homecoming Weekend Oct. 1-3.
A profound speaker who delivered eloquent sermons, Ohler touched and transformed the lives of many students, faculty and staff during his nearly four decades at the college. He was heavily involved in Warren Wilson’s transition from a junior college to a four-year college in the 1960s, and in the integration of service into a learning Triad that also includes liberal arts academics and work for the college.
Virginia McKinley, who retired in 2005 as Warren Wilson vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, wrote the following after Ohler’s passing in January 2004:
“For almost four decades Fred drew us together in times of tragedy and times of great joy, times of abundance and times of need, to celebrate passings and commencements, deaths and births. He helped us always to recall our high purpose, its frailty and strength – and our own.”
In addition to The Ohler Spiritual Center, the college also has established the Ohler Service Scholarship Fund, in order to ensure that Ohler’s commitment to service is shared with Warren Wilson students for generations to come. For more details about giving, call 828-771-2050.