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Lisa Klein Surdyk Ph.D.

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Lisa Klein SURDYK, PhD Seattle Pacific University (SPU) professor Lisa Klein Surdyk passed away December 6, 2009, three-plus years after her initial cancer diagnosis. Lisa was born in Seattle, September 10, 1965, to Richard and Mary Klein. Lisa is survived by Tim, her husband of 17 years, and their four children, Kenneth, Charles, William and Mary, all of Kenmore, her two brothers and their wives, Geoff and Meg Bidwell-Klein of Port Orchard, and Marvin and Lisa Klein of Kembs-Loechle, France. She is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles and many cousins. Lisa was an active member of Shoreline Free Methodist Church, Kenmore Elementary PTA, and Aqua Club swim team. Favorite vacation spots were Whidbey Island, the Long Beach peninsula, Disneyland with her kids, Alaska, Sweden, France and Italy. A 1983 graduate of Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Lisa studied economics at SPU, graduating in 1987. She entered the doctoral program at the University of Washington that fall, completing her dissertation and earning her PhD in economics in 1991. She then returned to SPU, joining the faculty of the School of Business & Economics (SBE) at SPU that Fall. She was named Scholar of the Year for SBE in 2003, and Teacher of the Year twice, in 1997 and 2009. Lisa was actively involved in the Christian Business Faculty Association and served as chair of its board from 1996-97, and was the recipient of the Richard C. Chewning Award for the integration of faith and business in 1999. She was a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association International, and the Association of Christian Economists.She served on various faculty governance committees at SPU, including Faculty Council and was the recent chair of SBE's faculty development committee. Lisa authored or co-authored articles in a variety of journals including the Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, Christian Scholar's Review, Journal of Psychology and Theology, Research on Christian Higher Education, and the International Journal of Finance. The Journal of Biblical Integration in Business will publish a memorial section in its February 2010 issue, including a retrospective of her published articles, contributions to the CBFA and SPU, along with her final scholarly paper. A memorial service for Professor Surdyk will be held on Sunday, January 10th at 3:00 p.m., at First Free Methodist Church, next to the SPU campus. Memorial gifts to "Lisa Klein Surdyk Scholarship Fund" c / o Seattle Pacific University.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 22, 2009
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