Dan Wright was born Nov. 30, 1954, at Fairview Hospital, in La Porte, Indiana, to Alden and Della Wright. He passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 5, 2018, in Vancouver, Washington. His death was caused by insulin shock.
Dan lived a very full life. He was a self motivated child always striving to do his very best. This characteristic became the very core of him for all his life.
As a youth he was active in 4-H and became an Indiana Foreign Exchange student, spending a summer in the Netherlands in 1972.
He was a member of the National Honor Society, participated in Oratorical Contests and Drama Club at South Central School in Union Mills, Indiana. He also took French and German languages in high school. He graduated in 1973. Graduation ceremonies culminated on Sunday and he started college at Valparaiso University the next day. He was a Hoosier scholar and had received several scholarships. Dan graduated from Valparaiso University in 1976 with a double major in English and Political Science. He remained interested in politics all his life. Dan next pursued a Master of Divinity degree in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated in 1980.
He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1980, at the university chapel at Valparaiso University. He received a call as assistant pastor in Hanover, Illinois.
Dan served two years as a Navy Chaplain. He then returned to VU and received a MA in English. Ball State University offered him a chance to work on his Doctorate. He completed his Doctorate and taught there for several years. He then taught at Auburn University for two years when he received a call to Concordia University in Portland, Oregon where he taught the next 20 years. He said, "When I stepped off the plane in 1991 in Portland, I felt like I had come home."
He served as chairman of the English Department and was founder and director of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Center and held many conferences at Concordia. He sponsored many trips to England, Scotland, and France for his students. He accompanied the soccer team to Spain.
Dan authored several books and many magazine articles.
Yes, Dan, you certainly lived a full life, always giving your very best. You leave behind many friends and students that you inspired.
Dan was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, He is survived by his mother, Della Hatfield; stepfather David Hatfield; brother Mike Wright; brother Darryl Wright; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephew; and a host of friends and colleagues.
Dan was a donor and was cremated on Oct. 11. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Vancouver, Washington, on Nov. 14.
"I hope to live my life so as I stand before the Lord I can say I used every talent you gave me" and this, Dan, you did. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Rest in Peace.