Pi Kappa Delta honors Ottawa University alumni

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 4, 2017 in Ottawa University alumni Dr. Jack William Bremer ’56 and Wilma (Rugh) Taylor ‘56 have been awarded the Order of Attainment from Pi Kappa Delta, the national speech organization. The Order of Attainment is the highest award bestowed on PKD alums and is presented to those who have achieved a lifetime of work espousing the credo “The Art of Persuasion: Beautiful and Just.”

After graduation from OU, Bremer attended Yale University Divinity School and graduated Master of Divinity in 1961, and Master of Theological Studies in 1962. He received his Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1976. Very interested and active in peacemaking, he worked within the Central American Refuge Committee, as Faculty for Civil Rights in El Salvador and Central America, and the Religious Task Force on Christian Base Communities in War Zones. Bremer was part of the American-Iranian Reconciliation Committee and in Iran was a mediator with the Iranian Students holding Americans hostage in the United States Embassy in Iran in 1979. He has won many awards and, although now retired, is an acknowledged expert in theological ethical issues.  

Taylor graduated and went on to become first a high school teacher, later a college composition professor, a journalist, and finally an author. As an author she focused primarily on religious history narrative non-fiction illuminating events and individuals that are out of mainstream religious history. She won the National Federation of Press Women Writing Competition with her fiction novel, “The Valley of the Blue Heron.” Her history of African American Christian Activist Edna May Barnes Martin, (Sister of the Rock) the founder of the East Side Christian Center for Children in the worst slums of Indianapolis, was the first biography ever of this important historical figure.