January 31, 2003
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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Switzerland: Well-known Adventist Theologian Dies
Gland (VD), 29.01.2003/APD Dr. Jean Zurcher, a well-known Swiss Seventh-day Adventist theologian, scholar,
teacher, administrator and writer, died January 28 in
Gland, Switzerland. He was 84 years old.
As a teacher and administrator, his career has spanned three continents. Zurcher's nearly 40 years of church
work included serving as president of the church's French Seminary at Campus Adventiste du Saleve in
Collonges-sous-Saleve, France; teacher and principal in Tananarive, Madagascar; secretary of the Adventist church's Euro-Africa Division headquarters in Berne, Switzerland and
member of the Ellen G. White Estate board, a research institution.
Being recognized as an international authority in education, theology, and philosophy, Dr. Zurcher has
received many awards and distinctions from the University of Geneva, the Dutch, French and Malagasy
governments, the Adventist General Conference
Department of Education, and US-based Andrews University.
As a result of his many years of experience and learning, Dr. Zurcher has published numerous books and articles in
both French and English on the nature of Jesus, Biblical
anthropology and prophecy. . His writings have been translated into more than ten languages. (02/2003)