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Published September 17 2012

Author of Concordia’s mission statement dies at 94

MOORHEAD – Carl Bailey, a nationally known physicist who served as Concordia College’s first academic dean and wrote the school’s mission statement, died Saturday at the age of 94.

In a statement, Concordia President William Craft said Monday that Bailey left behind a “remarkable legacy,” both as an accomplished scientist and of more than 40 years of service as a faculty member and administrator at the college.

“The mission statement he conceived 50 years ago continues to guide us today,” Craft wrote. “In the words of that statement, he endeavored, with humility and striking success, ‘to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life.’ ”

Bailey was born in Grafton, N.D., and graduated from Concordia in 1940 with a degree in math and physics before earning master’s and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Minnesota.

He assisted on the Manhattan Project, a research program that produced the first atomic bomb, from 1942 to 1946.

Bailey joined the Concordia faculty in 1947 and taught there for 41 years, also serving as academic dean from 1954 to 1971.

He received an honorary doctorate from Concordia in 1992 and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2001.

Bailey’s arrangements are being made through Wright Funeral Home.