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Biblical Studies Building named in honor of Packer, Onstead

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Feb. 19, 2005

Abilene Christian University's Biblical Studies Building was officially named the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, to honor two late ACU trustees who helped make the building a reality in 16 years ago.

The building was officially named at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 19 with the families of Lynn Packer and Robert Onstead and about 200 guests in the Hall of Servants in the Biblical Studies Building.

Both Packer and Onstead were instrumental in the campaign to raise money to fund the building during their time as trustees. They also worked closely to ensure its construction was of the highest quality.

"Both men dearly loved the church and wanted ACU to be a leader in preparing students for a life of service and leadership," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "We wanted to honor these two longtime trustees and distinguished leaders, as well as their wives, for their dedication to this university."

Onstead was the CEO and chairman of Randall's chain of grocery stores and was known throughout Texas for his business success and civic leadership. Onstead served ACU as a board member beginning in 1978.

He and his wife, Kay, are the namesakes of the Robert and Kay Onstead Distinguished Chair of Biblical Studies. The Onsteads have funded numerous scholarships for ACU students preparing for careers in business and ministry, and have provided internship programs through Randall's for many ACU accounting students.

Packer was the CEO and chairman of Wyatt's Cafeterias at the time of his retirement, after 36 years with Wyatt's. Lynn became an ACU trustee in 1972, served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1984-92, and was a member of the senior board from 1998 to 2001.

Packer was honored as ACU's 1984 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, and he and his wife, Barbara, received the highly esteemed Christian Service award from ACU in 1992. Barbara and their children established the Lynn Packer Chair for Missions and Evangelism in 2002, in memory of Lynn and his passion for missions.

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