Kuwait-born Rev Scud­der passes away in Cyprus

Arab Times - - LOCAL - By San­dra Shinn email: [email protected]

THE Rev­erend Lewis R. Scud­der died Nov 1, 2017 in Li­mosol, Cyprus. He passed away peace­fully, sur­rounded by fam­ily, at Ygia Poly­clinic af­ter 3 months of com­pli­ca­tions af­ter a gall blad­der in­fec­tion.

Rev Scud­der, who pre­ferred to be called “Lew”, came from a long line of Scud­der mis­sion­ar­ies in In­dia. The son of lo­cally fa­mous Dr Lewis and Dorothy Scud­der, med­i­cal mis­sion­ar­ies in Kuwait, Lew was born in Kuwait in 1941. With his three sib­lings, he grew up play­ing with Kuwaiti chil­dren and de­vel­oped an af­fec­tion with Kuwait that lasted through­out his life. One of his best friends, Haidar Khal­ifa, the first Kuwaiti Mus­lim ra­di­ol­o­gist at the Amer­i­can Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal (Am­rikani), was his source of in­spi­ra­tion for his in­ter­est in in­ter­faith dia­logue and un­der­stand­ing through­out both their lives, as is wit­nessed by his stud­ies and writ­ings.

Lew’s univer­sity stud­ies re­volved around Mid­dle Eastern and Is­lamic sub­jects, as well as mis­sionol­ogy, and he car­ried these on to his writ­ings. Whether in a univer­sity term pa­per or in the mag­is­te­rial, The Ara­bian Mis­sion’s His­tory: Find­ing Abra­ham’s Other Son, or in his blog, Morn­ingstar Med­i­ta­tions, his anal­y­ses of his­tory, cul­ture, pol­i­tics, and cur­rent events was clear and ex­pert, de­liv­ered with a rare un­der­stand­ing and com­pas­sion of the peo­ple and events around him.

Lew Scud­der re­turned to Kuwait of­ten, and al­ways vis­ited his beloved Ara­bic Con­gre­ga­tion at the Evan­gel­i­cal Church on the Mis­sion Com­pound. When Dar al-Athar al-Is­lamiyyah em­barked on a project to re­store and con­serve the old hos­pi­tal mis­sion build­ings of the Am­rikani for use as a cul­tural cen­ter, in­clud­ing ex­hibits about the his­tory of the Mis­sion, he pro­vided in­for­ma­tion. Lew’s fa­ther, the renowned Dr Scud­der, par­tic­i­pated in the for­mal open­ing of the fi­nal hos­pi­tal in the mid50s. Iron­i­cally, Lew came to Kuwait over 50 years later to be present at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the cul­tural cen­ter ren­o­vated on the same build­ing. He not only gave a speech there but also spoke in a film doc­u­men­tary made about the Amer­i­can Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal.

Our con­do­lences go out to his wife, Nancy, to his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and to his many friends, in­side the Mid­dle East and be­yond.

He will be missed, but he will be re­mem­bered.

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