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Chuck Colson Remembered by the Taylor Community

By Jim Garringer Published: Apr 21, 2012

Chuck Colson

Members of the Taylor University community are remembering former Watergate figure and born again Christian Charles (Chuck) Colson following Colson's death today at the age of 80.

Colson died three weeks after suffering a stroke. He visited the Taylor campus on at least two occasions, the first being in 1985 when he delivered the commencement address and the second was in 1996 when he spoke during Taylor's sesquicentennial celebration.

Colson, who served time in prison following the Watergate scandal which forced former President Richard M. Nixon from the White House, became a Christian during that time. Following his release, Colson became a powerful advocate for prisoners and their families, launching the prison advocacy organization Prison Fellowship. A sought-after speaker, Colson traveled extensively proclaiming his faith in Christ. He also authored numerous books that included The Body, How Now Shall We Live?, Born Again, The Faith, Life Sentence and Loving God.

He was also an eloquent spokesperson for the Christian worldview and was featured on a daily radio program, BreakPoint.

Taylor President Dr. Eugene B. Habecker reflected on Colson.

"Today we have lost a dear friend and brother in the faith. Chuck Colson lived the final half of his life in grateful response to God's grace and power, influencing countless lives and creating an impact that will last into eternity," said Habecker. "Chuck was a friend and mentor for whom I have enormous respect and admiration. Additionally, he was a friend and confidant to Dr. Jay Kesler, our President Emeritus at Taylor. We rejoice that today Chuck heard those words he longed for, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.' The joy we feel for our friend is also tempered by the grief we share with Chuck's wife, family, loved ones and countless friends."