Harshbarger, Eva Geiger (1902-1991)

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Eva Geiger Harshbarger, b. 27 August 1902, was the daughter of Calvin and Sarah Geiger. She grew up in Bluffton, Ohio, where her father operated Noah's Ark, a general store. The Geiger family belonged to the Mennonite Church (MC).

Eva attended Bluffton College starting in 1920 and married Emmet Harshbarger after graduation. He taught high school and earned a PhD degree; she studied at Witmarsum Seminary one year and then became a mother of two. In 1933 they moved to North Newton, Kansas, where Emmet taught history at Bethel College and started the Institute of International Relations (disarmament). He died of spinal tuberculosis in 1942. Eva carried on efforts in international relations and became president of the branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Bethel College offered Eva a job in the bookstore and snack shop. She worked summers on a master's degree in home economics from the University of Kansas in Manhattan and then taught English and home and family courses at Bethel College and also served as dean of women. She served with Mennonite Central Committee in Korea and Vietnamfrom 1953-1956, taught at Goessel High School until 1967, and served in the World Friendship Center, Hiroshima, Japan, in 1976. Eva Geiger Harshbarger died 5 February 1991 and was buried at Greenwood cemetery in Newton, Kansas.


Cummings, Mary Lou. Full Circle: Stories of Mennonite Women. Newton, KS: Faith and Life, 1978: 98-109.

"Former Bethel Prof., Women's Dean Dies." Mennonite Weekly Review (14 February 1991): 11.

Springer, Nelson and Klassen, A. J., compilers, Mennonite Bibliography, 1631-1961, 2 vols. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1977: II, p. 452.

Author(s) Marion Keeney Preheim
Date Published 1987

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Preheim, Marion Keeney. "Harshbarger, Eva Geiger (1902-1991)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 23 Jan 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Harshbarger,_Eva_Geiger_(1902-1991)&oldid=87985.

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Preheim, Marion Keeney. (1987). Harshbarger, Eva Geiger (1902-1991). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 January 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Harshbarger,_Eva_Geiger_(1902-1991)&oldid=87985.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 362-363. All rights reserved.

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