Max Duane Mowrer, who presently resides at #661, 2000 W. 92nd Avenue, Denver Colorado, 80221, was born July 11, 1925, in Newton, Kansas, U.S.A. Max says the following about his early years: "After graduation from high school, I was drafted into the U.S. Army in September 1943, during World War II. I received my medical basic training and was sent to North Africa in April 1944, where I joined the 7th Station Hospital. The hospital moved up to near Leghorn, Italy where it remained until the summer of 1945. While posted with the 7th Station Hospital, I served in the headquarters as clerk- typist. The war ended in August 1945, and I was discharged from the army in November of the same year, and returned to Wichita, Kansas."
On June 28, 1946, Max married Mildred Minor. They had two daughters: Marilyn, who died of Leukemia in 1959 at the age of ten, and Marianne Witcher, now living in Spanaway, Washington, where she is church secretary. Her husband is a helicopter pilot in the U.S. military. He serves as an elder in the Lakeview Church of Christ, in Spanaway. The Witchers have two sons, Brian (married with two children), and Kelly, who has a degree in math and computers.
Max received his high school education in Wichita, Kansas, graduating in 1943. He attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and graduated with a B.A. Degree in public school music, in 1950. He did graduate work at Wichita State University and went on later to receive his M.A. Degree from Chapman College in Orange, California, majoring in Secondary Education. He received a LL.D from Harding University, Searcy, in 1983.
Max's professional experience has been wide ranging. He taught one year in Dasher Bible School (now Georgia Christian School), in Valdosta, Georgia. The Mowrers then moved to Japan where Max taught at Ibaraki Christian High School in Omika, Japan, from April 1953 to May, 1957. He then taught choral music and math at Alamitos Junior High level, in Garden Grove, California. He and Mildred moved to Western Christian College in 1965 where he taught a wide variety of subjects for two years. In 1967 they returned to Japan for four years where Max was Principal and taught Bible.
The Mowrers returned from Japan in 1971 and began work at Great Lakes Christian College in Beamsville, Ontario, where they remained until coming again to Western in 1978. Max took over the President's position and also served as business manager for seven years. In 1985 they moved to Hyland Christian School in Westminster, Colorado where they remained until retirement in 1993. Max continues as bookkeeper for the Northwest Church of Christ in Westminster, Colorado, and serves as an elder of the 350-member congregation.
Mildred Mowrer was also actively involved in the work at Western, serving as Dean of Girls from 1965 to 1967, and in the business office and print shop from 1978 to 1985.