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Published September 17, 2012, 06:04 PM

Carl Bailey leaves legacy as Concordia College mourns

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Tonight, the Concordia College community is mourning the loss of one of its pillars.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Tonight, the Concordia College community is mourning the loss of one of its pillars.

But the death of 94-year old Carl Bailey is also the end for a page in our world history.

It was the mid 1940's. The top secret "Manhattan Project" would recruit researchers from the University of Minnesota. Concordia's Carl Bailey was one of them, then a student at the U of M. At Los Alamos he would witness their work: The first atom bomb test in the desert, the end of World War II with two atomic bomb drops on Japan, would come shortly after.

Concordia's Mark Gealy of the Physics Department recalls the letter the Manhattan Project leaders sent to Carl Bailey's teachers at the U of M.

Mark Gealy, Concordia Physics Dept.: “It said Carl Bailey had met expectations for a PhD, you should approve dissertation but it is top secret and we cannot send the documents, it is top secret.”

But it would be at Concordia, where Carl Bailey would leave his legacy. 46 years worth. A much loved teacher, dean, who helped paint the Christmas murals, and came to work even after retirement.

Dr. Paul Dovre, retired Concordia President: “After he retired, he still continued to come to Concordia as a lab helper.”

Retired Concordia President Paul Dovre worked with Carl Bailey for years.

Dovre: “He was an intellectual of the first order but had a common touch. He could talk to anybody.”

In addition to helping author the college's academic blueprint and hiring top notch faculty Bailey tonight is being remembered for words, the mission statement.

Dovre: “The mission of Concordia is to influence the affairs of the world, by sending into society thoughtful men and women dedicated to the Christian life.”

Dovre says Bailey had a commitment to the relationship between faith and learning. In addition to being a physicist and a scientist, he had a clear understanding how faith and science were compatible.