Well-known Concordia alum, ELCA missionary David Simonson dies; known for work in Tanzania

David Simonson

According to a press release from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

“The Rev. J. David Simonson, a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and well-known Lutheran missionary who served in East Africa, died Aug. 16 at his home in Arusha, Tanzania. Simonson, 80, spent more than 40 years working with the Maasai tribe in Africa, and may have been best known for starting Operation Bootstrap-Africa (OBA) in 1965, which raised millions of dollars to build schools, including a school for young Maasai women.”

Read the full release: http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Communication-Services/News/Releases.aspx?a=4610