OBITUARY

Dr. Edward M. Panosian

19 August, 19307 August, 2021

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, Edward M. Panosian, after he had served his own generation in the will of God, fell asleep and entered the presence of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Born August 19, 1930, to godly Armenian immigrants, the late Nazar and Sara Panosian, in Elmira, New York, he attended schools in that city before enrolling at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1948. Earning B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Bible and in Church History, he joined the University faculties of History and Church History, teaching generations of students for 52 years until his retirement from the classroom in 2004.

Post-graduate studies took him to the University of Chicago; Garrett, Fuller, and Union Theological Seminaries; and Tulane University. The author of numerous articles and monographs, he presented, on multiple continents, a series of oral biographical impersonations of significant individuals, called “Church History in First Person.” Dr. Panosian often had major roles in the University Classic Players’ Shakespearean productions, BJU Vespers programs, WMUU radio programs, and Unusual Films productions. He regularly led student tours to Europe, studying the Protestant Reformation. He attended Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville and was a past member of the American Society of Church History and the Conference on Faith and History.

Dr. Panosian is survived by his much-loved wife of 67 years, Betty Snyder Panosian; by their two sons and their wives, Mark Edward and Oonagh (Shultz) of Greenville and Matthew Ian and Amy (Price) of Greer; by their daughter, Lisa Noel of Taylors; and by granddaughter, Ghevont, and grandsons, Nazar, Ethan, Benjamin, and Micah. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth, and brothers, Manuel, James, and Stanley, of New York State.

A viewing (without family) will be held on Saturday, August 14, from 9:00 A.M. until noon, followed by a memorial service at 1:30 P.M., both in Stratton Hall, Dr. Panosian’s classroom of some four decades, on the campus of Bob Jones University. The service will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/bju.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Bob Jones University or Gospel Fellowship Association.

Services

  • Public Viewing

    Saturday, 14 August , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 14 August , 2021

Memories

Dr. Edward M. Panosian

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Michael Fox

13 October 2021

Through Dr. Panosian's Ancient & Medieval Philosophy class I met my wife of (so far) 38 years. What inspires me was his willingness to add acting to his schedule. The one statement that impacts me as much as any other in the book "Panosian" was something his wife said backstage -- "Why am I doing this?" --both willing to do the hard thing for the cause. He reminded us in History of Civ (Fall 1979) as Christmas vacation approached -- "Miles to go before we sleep". Thank you Lord for these.

Lenora Thompson

8 October 2021

Dr. Panosian was AMAZING in the movie, The Printing. His performance in the movie deeply touched me. When I grew up, I worked in the printing industry amongst offset printers...quiet people who have so much power!!!! So sorry for your loss!

Sylvia Aldrich

2 September 2021

Dr. Panosian spoke at our church, on two occasions, telling the histories of " heroes of the faith" in the first person. We enjoyed his presentations and he was very cordial to speak with. We rejoice that he is with the Savior he loved, though he will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.

Joy McGeoch

23 August 2021

Nelson and I have both admired and loved Dr. Panosian ever since knowing him from the History of Civilization class all of us took. 🥰His life is such a blessing and inspiration. Maybe he and Nelson are
chatting together in heaven now. I am praying for you and the family.Love & prayers, Joy McGeoch.

Grace Bearden Wells

17 August 2021

Dear Lisa, I attended BJU from 1968 -72. Later in 1978 I took the Reformation History Tour to Europe. with the BJU group. The street vendors in Italy were so outgoing with us USA tourists. One very flirty gentleman vendor asked me "Missy America, will you go dancing with me tonight ?' As a young single adult my first time in Europe, I was rather taken aback. Your dad, Dr P, was close by and I grabbed his arm and told the vendor, " No thank you - this is PAPA !" Just wanted the vendor to know that I was properly chaperoned !

David Glidden

14 August 2021

My condolences to the family on their loss, but I am rejoicing that this wonderful man is with his Saviour! One of the highlights of my life was taking the Reformation Tour with him and his wonderful wife in the mid-1990s. I am so thankful for that unbelievable tour and all I saw and learned. It was such an enjoyment to see the lighter side of Dr Panosian throwing snowballs in the middle of July on the top of the Swiss Alps, see his friendly, personal side as he took time to chat with everyone on tour, and hear his wealth of knowledge of church history and love for God. He is a wonderful man that I will never forget.

James McGary

14 August 2021

I remember sitting in History of Civilization and listening to that golden voice of his: “Take out a half sheet of paper please, and let’s have a quiz…”

I also remember how warm he was as a human being. After he had retired from the classroom, I saw him walking from the Dining Common. I hurried to catch up with him and asked how he was doing. “much better, thank you.,” he replied. I asked if he had been sick, and he replied, “No, but I am much better because you asked.”

Bill Couture

12 August 2021

Anyone who ever attended his classes,performances, or any other way experienced Dr Panosian was forever enchanted by his brilliance. God truly gifted this man with the ability to touch lives. I count it a life privilege to have been taught and entertained by this man. Until we meet in Glory...

Marcia May

12 August 2021

A true man of God! He will be missed but we rejoice of thinking of his grand entrance into heaven. Loved having him as a teacher at BJU. He had the greatest voice. Enjoyed his theatrical performances too!

Chuck Gross

12 August 2021

I wish to express my deepest condolences to Mrs. Panosian and the rest of the family. Dr. Panosian was my History of Civ professor during the '80-'81 school year. A prolific writer, a tremendous orator and narrator with a bellowing voice, an accomplished Shakespearean actor, a man with a witty and dry sense of humor, a highly successful teacher and lecturer, a possessor of great insight into current events, someone with an insatiable desire to continually increase learning and understanding, a man full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit, a man faithful to his calling, a serious student of Scripture, and perhaps his greatest characteristic, a man full of humility. In March 2019 he attended the Bob Jones University senior art show my daughter participated in. There were only a few available seats in the exhibit hall. I offered him one. He declined and suggested someone else may need a chair. This kind and selfless gesture typified Dr. Panosian.