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Alan Fetter Kreider: missionary, professor, and author, was born 8 November 1941 in Goshen, Indiana, USA to Carl J. Kreider (26 September 1914-7 February 2002) and Mary “Evelyn” Burkholder Kreider (17 November 1914-30 April 2017). He was the oldest child in a family of three sons and one daughter.
Alan grew up in an academic community; his father, Carl, was a professor at Goshen College when Alan was born, and he served as the dean of the college for over 25 years. The family lived in Tokyo, Japan from 1952 to 1956 when Carl Kreider was the first dean of International Christian University. These have been described as formative but difficult years for Alan. He graduated from Goshen College with a BA in history (1962). He earned graduate degrees at Harvard University, with an MA (1965) and a PhD in English history (1971). His dissertation was "The historical setting of the dissolution of the English chantries." Alan also studied at Princeton University (1962-63), Heidelberg University (1963-64), and the University of London (1966-68).
On 19 June 1965 Alan Kreider married Eleanor Graber Nase. Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Graber (16 November 1935- ) was the daughter of Joseph Daniel "J. D." Graber and Minnie Swartzendruber Graber, who were missionaries to India and later mission board leaders. Eleanor completed a BA in music at Goshen College in 1957, and an MA in music in piano performance at the University of Michigan in 1962. She taught piano at Goshen College beginning in 1957. She married Richard Nase (4 September 1936-24 December 1961), a music student she met at Goshen, on 28 June 1958. However, Richard died of leukemia in a little over three years. Their daughter, Joy Ellen Nase (31 December 1959-6 August 1963), also died of cancer. Grief shaped Eleanor's life deeply in those next years. Alan Kreider was one of her friends and conversation partners during this time. Their formal courtship began in 1964, while Alan was studying in Heidelberg. They were married on 19 June 1965, and had one son, Andrew Joseph.
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