Eric Rathjen 1929-2023
On Thursday, 6 July, Eric Rathjen, former Lutheran School leader, died after a very short illness in the Loxton hospital. He was 93 years old.
He completed all of his schooling in Lutheran schools; his primary days at Cambrai Lutheran School and then secondary years at Concordia College, Adelaide, where he had won a scholarship to attend.
In 1948, after completing secondary school, Eric was sent to Kewell Lutheran School (near Murtoa) as a relief teacher for a term. He was then invited to go to Canna, WA to start a small government-subsidised Lutheran School.
His first job as a fully trained teacher was at the Koonibba Lutheran Mission near Ceduna. Eric subsequently served in Henty (NSW), Maitland (SA), Nhill (Vic) and Loxton (SA). Overall, he served in Lutheran Schools for forty-six years, in which he was headmaster/principal for all but one term!
Above all, Eric was a man of God. He saw serving in our schools as a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with every person who stepped onto the school campus.
Eric is survived by his wife Lois and five children, including Mark, our College Chaplin.