March 14, 2024

Mark A. Duntley


Donald G. Balmer Citation (for service to the college)

Mark served on the staff of Lewis & Clark College for 32 years. He began his time as chaplain and was later promoted to dean of spiritual life. His responsibilities included chaplaincy for the entire L&C community along with undergraduate teaching. Mark served as a pastoral presence in times of both joy and tragedy. He maintained a passion for service on college committees while affirming a climate of inclusion and equity that supported the diverse religious and spiritual identities on campus. During his time at L&C, he married over 235 couples - many of whom were alumni, staff and faculty, and officiated 125 funerals and memorial services, including services for both Don and Betty Balmer. Mark earned his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in 1988. He served as both a Presbyterian parish pastor and a seminary professor before coming to Lewis & Clark.