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Wofford K. Smith Religious Life Program Fund
In Honor of
Rev. Elizabeth A. Platz

On the Occasion of her Retirement




UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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Reverent Elizabeht Platz

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

Established in June 1986 by friends of Episcopal Chaplain Emeritus Wofford K. Smith. At the request of the donors, the Fund was transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., in December 2006. Funds donated towards the Wofford K. Smith Religious Life Program help to support ecumenical religious programs at the University of Maryland.


ABOUT THE REVEREND ELIZABETH A. PLATZ

For nearly 47 years, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Platz (Gettysburg Seminary M.Div. 1965) has served here at the University of Maryland (UM), quietly influencing generations of Lutheran students to remain active in the church and in service to others. Those whose lives she has touched speak highly of Platz's influence on them, her dedication to the church and some wonderful home-cooked meals she serves to hungry college students.

In 1970 the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) ordained Platz at UM's Memorial Chapel.  Platz, the first woman ordained a Lutheran pastor in North America, has served her entire ministry as UM Lutheran campus pastor. On Nov. 22, 2010, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will marked the 40th anniversary of her ordination.

Before she was ordained Platz served five years as assistant Lutheran chaplain at the university, after earning a bachelor of divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG), an ELCA seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. Looking back, Platz, a native of Pittsburgh, said she couldn't have imagined becoming ordained.


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