For Love of the Game–and those who play

Braun Endowed Athletics Scholarship

From the days of the Pacific Bible Institute Messengers, through the reign of the Fresno Pacific College Vikings to the dawn of the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds, Donald Braun, Ph.D., and wife Johanna cheered on student-athletes.

“We were boosters for Pacific when it began,” Johanna (Joan) remembers. “We were there!”

Don’s passion for athletics drove him from watching games to a 16-year career recording statistics and overseeing compliance in the athletics department. This on top of creating Pacific’s science department, and for a time being the entire faculty. “His first laboratory was the laundry at the campus,” Joan says. 

In all, Don served Fresno Pacific from 1956 to 1996 as a professor of chemistry, and the couple remained avid fans for years. Born December 15, 1930, he died August 19, 2016.

The Dr. Donald and Johanna Braun Endowed Athletics Scholarship honors Don and their shared love. Recipients will exhibit excellence and skill in an intercollegiate sport and reflect the moral and ethical standards of Fresno Pacific University.

The Fresno Pacific University Foundation can help friends of the university combine tax and retirement advantages with a legacy to Christian higher education.

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To learn how you can participate, contact:

Mark Deffenbacher,
CFRE, Executive Director Fresno Pacific University Foundation,
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