Statement from President Scales on the Passing of David Rambo

The Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary community mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Dr. David L. Rambo, who served as the eighth president of the College and Seminary from 1982 to 1987.

During one of the more challenging eras in higher education in recent memory, he helped guide this institution through a period of struggle and change, and today we are indebted to him for such remarkable vision. Nyack’s legendary commitment to being “globally engaged” grew stronger under the presidency of David Rambo. He was a strategic thinker and a transformational leader who could genuinely connect with people he encountered—from rural Western Pennsylvania, the place of his birth, to the Philippines, where he and his dear wife Ruth served as missionaries for nearly a decade. 

In every setting, David Rambo consistently demonstrated two things I will always remember and appreciate—a sense of humor that was as dry as it was keen, and a laser focus on taking the good news of God’s love for people around the world.

Jesus promised His disciples that they would be His witnesses, “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” David Rambo thought in terms of these concentric circles of influence—and he and Ruth invested their lives accordingly.

I am thankful for the gift of David Rambo’s friendship and for his faithful stewardship of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. Susan and I join innumerable people around the globe in expressing our sympathies and offering our prayers for David and Ruth’s daughters, Beth, Jody and Shelly and their families.