Africa University Supporter Dies at 66

December 16, 2009

BERLIN (UMNS) - The Rev. Heinrich Meinhardt, a key supporter and board member of Africa University, died Dec. 9 after a long battle with cancer. Meinhardt, 66, also served on the boards of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Council on Finance and Administration representing the Germany Central Conference.

His service to Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, began before the university opened in 1992. In 1991, Meinhardt and others organized a group of singers from Berlin who traveled around the Northeastern Jurisdiction singing in German and English to raise support for the university. He also led a project that brought Africa University students to Germany for an internship program and published European editions of AU Today newsletters. Meinhardt served nine years on the Africa University board of directors.

The funeral service will be held Dec. 21 in the United Methodist Church Lindenkirche in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking for donations to Africa University. Donors may give to Africa University at