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Dear friends and family of Dr. Priesinger, We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Priesingers passing away. As we mourn him, for he was a good fiend and counselor to us in Lebanon, especially CRC, we lift a prayer of thanksgiving for his life and that of dear Mitzi . We will not forget them for they never forgot us, they were always supportive of our work among the disabled in our country. He was also a dear personal friend, we shall miss him much and miss his concerned and loving e-mails. We loved him dearly as a personal friend and as a great thinker and educator. May he rest in peace close to his Mitzi and to his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Agnes, JJ, and Naya Dagher and the CRC family, Lebanon.

The CRC, Beirut, Lebanon

Though I have no personal ties to the deceased or to the family, I would still like to leave a comforting message...It is a great tragedy to lose a cherished loved one. However please know that you will have the opportunity to see your loved one again (John 5:28,29). God will call and your loved one will answer.

A Concerned Reader, Jacksonville, NC

We were happy to have briefly known your father and the grandfather of Miles and Erin. He was clearly an impressive person with deep values and conviction. He also raised one heck of a daughter with a love of people, life and music. We know he will be deeply missed by all.

The Chandlers, Houston, TX

Life - Death: It is with a heavy heart that I again grieve upon the death of a loved one - our longest-term true friend. Art Preisinger was a person who had an incredible influence on me and who I am. An individual who helped me to understand what it is to be truly human. He changed my outlook on life and my understanding of people whether student, faculty, friend, black, white, chicano, gay, straight, day laborer, or corporate exec. He coerced/enticed/dragged me to become involved with and then Prez of the Community Action Board of Lubbock,TX and in developing a 'Neighborhood House' in the East Lubbock poverty area. While dealing with COPD for a number of years and trailing 20 ft. or more of oxygen tubing or carrying a cylinder 24/7, he never lost his zest for living whether driving across the country by himself, being an activist politically, supporting the 'rights' of Palestinians, or reading and listening to music. Until a few days before he died he was still going to concerts on a very frequent basis. He and his wife Mitzi who died several years ago were an important part of our family life while we were at Texas Tech University. We stayed in close contact after we moved on to Peru, Kansas, and then NVirginia. He will be sorely missed but lives on in our lives.

Ray and Phoebe Meyer, Falls Church, VA

I am remembering my brother Art today, just as you are doing in a Memorial Service: Elizabeth, Kathy, John and Andrea, his loving children; his grandchildren and other relatives; Bridget Jensen and many other friends. To me, Art was not only a good brother but also a good friend and colleague. Lois and I mourn with you all, at the same time remembering our faith in Jesus and the resurrection. The Lord shall be our shepherd true; And with eternity in view, Our daily steps he kindly leads, And with the Bread of Life he feeds. He walks with us both night and day, His presence is our strength and stay. David and Lois Preisinger

Dave and Lois Preisinger, Sacremento, CA

I'm so sorry to hear the news of Art's. I was blessed to work with Art on several projects and we've had several animated and energetic discussions about politics and religion. May God bless and keep you all. Please know that you're in our prayers!

Dr. Tony Richie, Knoxville, Tennessee

Thank you Adam for the very nicely written tribute to my friend Art. We had 14 years together at Texas Tech University. Some of my finest memories of TTU were with Art and Mitzi and of course the Preisinger children. Church services certainly, activities at the Lutheran Campus ministries, time he spent in the history department, classes he took from me were all great, but the friendship moments are indelibly etched in my memories. He was at that time a very active man who maintained his campus ministry when the Missouri Synod was going through the throes of their crises of the 1970s, Despite that he had time and inclination to be involved in local political and social issues such as backing the garbage workers of Lubbock who were pitted against the existing power structure determined to keep the minority community as low as possible. He was a person of many interests as you point out in your obituary. He and I golfed frequently. The Thursday afternoon group included many, Rev. Bob Lee was the Shepherd King pastor, Dr. Larry Montgomery, Art and I. were pretty much regulars in that group but many others appeared often. He loved music, particularly the classical. Though Elaine and I remember music at Christmas gatherings at the Preisingers when a substantial number of the RC priests and other clergy would let their hair down, have several libations, and sing Christmas carols until very late when the Irish priests would get quite maudlin, commander the piano, and then start into the Irish tunes of their youth on the old sod. I am sure that some of them slept the night off in the living room at Art and Mitzi's. They loved to entertain and did so frequently. They pulled together the Lutheran faculty at Texas Tech. We tried a fund raiser one year for campus ministry. We were going to have an Oriental dinner and the response was quite solid from the Lutheran churches in Lubbock.. We became a little concerned when one rather substantial gentleman asked for fifty tickets because he was bringing everybody from his office to this affair. The dinner had been advertised as a "typical or common Oriental dinner." Our point was that a typical dinner was rice and tea. Some were not enamored of that evenings fun fund raising. These activities formed several friendships which still exist though some of us have moved on to other campuses or other jobs throughout the country. We visited Texas Lutheran a few times. I spoke at one commencement ceremony when I was Provost at Capital University and later interviewed for the presidency there was well. The children of Art and Mitzi had great parents. I am truly sorry that they are both gone. VERY fine people, VERY deeply committed Lutherans, VERY good friends. I am saddened this evening reading the message. God Bless all members of your family at this time. God welcome Art into his fold and thanks be to God for your father and grandfather.

Harry and Elaine Jebson, Sun City West, AZ

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Dear friends and family of Dr. Priesinger, We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Priesingers passing away. As we mourn him, for he was a good fiend and counselor to us in Lebanon, especially CRC, we lift a prayer of thanksgiving for his life and that of dear Mitzi . We will not forget them for they never forgot us, they were always supportive of our work among the disabled in our country. He was also a dear personal friend, we shall miss him much and miss his concerned and loving e-mails. We loved him dearly as a personal friend and as a great thinker and educator. May he rest in peace close to his Mitzi and to his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Agnes, JJ, and Naya Dagher and the CRC family, Lebanon.

The CRC, Beirut, Lebanon

Though I have no personal ties to the deceased or to the family, I would still like to leave a comforting message...It is a great tragedy to lose a cherished loved one. However please know that you will have the opportunity to see your loved one again (John 5:28,29). God will call and your loved one will answer.

A Concerned Reader, Jacksonville, NC

We were happy to have briefly known your father and the grandfather of Miles and Erin. He was clearly an impressive person with deep values and conviction. He also raised one heck of a daughter with a love of people, life and music. We know he will be deeply missed by all.

The Chandlers, Houston, TX

Life - Death: It is with a heavy heart that I again grieve upon the death of a loved one - our longest-term true friend. Art Preisinger was a person who had an incredible influence on me and who I am. An individual who helped me to understand what it is to be truly human. He changed my outlook on life and my understanding of people whether student, faculty, friend, black, white, chicano, gay, straight, day laborer, or corporate exec. He coerced/enticed/dragged me to become involved with and then Prez of the Community Action Board of Lubbock,TX and in developing a 'Neighborhood House' in the East Lubbock poverty area. While dealing with COPD for a number of years and trailing 20 ft. or more of oxygen tubing or carrying a cylinder 24/7, he never lost his zest for living whether driving across the country by himself, being an activist politically, supporting the 'rights' of Palestinians, or reading and listening to music. Until a few days before he died he was still going to concerts on a very frequent basis. He and his wife Mitzi who died several years ago were an important part of our family life while we were at Texas Tech University. We stayed in close contact after we moved on to Peru, Kansas, and then NVirginia. He will be sorely missed but lives on in our lives.

Ray and Phoebe Meyer, Falls Church, VA

I am remembering my brother Art today, just as you are doing in a Memorial Service: Elizabeth, Kathy, John and Andrea, his loving children; his grandchildren and other relatives; Bridget Jensen and many other friends. To me, Art was not only a good brother but also a good friend and colleague. Lois and I mourn with you all, at the same time remembering our faith in Jesus and the resurrection. The Lord shall be our shepherd true; And with eternity in view, Our daily steps he kindly leads, And with the Bread of Life he feeds. He walks with us both night and day, His presence is our strength and stay. David and Lois Preisinger

Dave and Lois Preisinger, Sacremento, CA

I'm so sorry to hear the news of Art's. I was blessed to work with Art on several projects and we've had several animated and energetic discussions about politics and religion. May God bless and keep you all. Please know that you're in our prayers!

Dr. Tony Richie, Knoxville, Tennessee

Thank you Adam for the very nicely written tribute to my friend Art. We had 14 years together at Texas Tech University. Some of my finest memories of TTU were with Art and Mitzi and of course the Preisinger children. Church services certainly, activities at the Lutheran Campus ministries, time he spent in the history department, classes he took from me were all great, but the friendship moments are indelibly etched in my memories. He was at that time a very active man who maintained his campus ministry when the Missouri Synod was going through the throes of their crises of the 1970s, Despite that he had time and inclination to be involved in local political and social issues such as backing the garbage workers of Lubbock who were pitted against the existing power structure determined to keep the minority community as low as possible. He was a person of many interests as you point out in your obituary. He and I golfed frequently. The Thursday afternoon group included many, Rev. Bob Lee was the Shepherd King pastor, Dr. Larry Montgomery, Art and I. were pretty much regulars in that group but many others appeared often. He loved music, particularly the classical. Though Elaine and I remember music at Christmas gatherings at the Preisingers when a substantial number of the RC priests and other clergy would let their hair down, have several libations, and sing Christmas carols until very late when the Irish priests would get quite maudlin, commander the piano, and then start into the Irish tunes of their youth on the old sod. I am sure that some of them slept the night off in the living room at Art and Mitzi's. They loved to entertain and did so frequently. They pulled together the Lutheran faculty at Texas Tech. We tried a fund raiser one year for campus ministry. We were going to have an Oriental dinner and the response was quite solid from the Lutheran churches in Lubbock.. We became a little concerned when one rather substantial gentleman asked for fifty tickets because he was bringing everybody from his office to this affair. The dinner had been advertised as a "typical or common Oriental dinner." Our point was that a typical dinner was rice and tea. Some were not enamored of that evenings fun fund raising. These activities formed several friendships which still exist though some of us have moved on to other campuses or other jobs throughout the country. We visited Texas Lutheran a few times. I spoke at one commencement ceremony when I was Provost at Capital University and later interviewed for the presidency there was well. The children of Art and Mitzi had great parents. I am truly sorry that they are both gone. VERY fine people, VERY deeply committed Lutherans, VERY good friends. I am saddened this evening reading the message. God Bless all members of your family at this time. God welcome Art into his fold and thanks be to God for your father and grandfather.

Harry and Elaine Jebson, Sun City West, AZ


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