Stockton Building to be Named for George ColliverThe late former Pacific religious studies professor is being honored by the Chinese Benevolent Association in recognition of his many years of service and his impact in the Stockton Chinese community
In recognition of the impact George Colliver had on the lives of so many in the Chinese community, the Chinese Benevolent Association, Chung Wah, is having a Gala Chinese Community Reunion and Open House Celebration on Sept. 22, where they will dedicate the building adjacent to the Confucious Church at 212 E. Lafayette Street as the Dr. George H. Colliver Building.
Colliver was chairman and founder of Pacific's Department of Bible and Religious Education, where he served for 38 years until his passing in 1957 at the age of 68. He is vividly remembered by thousands of Pacific students for whom instruction in Bible was a degree requirement during his years on the campus. Many students affectionately called him "Rabbi." The Colliver Lecture Series, established in 1957, was named to honor this beloved professor. Colliver also was deeply involved with the Stockton Chinese community during his time at Pacific.
The Chinese community will never forget the years of service he gave to building the Chinese Christian Center (CCC). Colliver was appointed by the Methodist bishop to work with the Chinese in south Stockton to develop a Christian church. His work with the CCC spanned 20 years, including serving as its pastor of from 1946 to 1949. The CCC club programs, most started by Colliver, played a dominant role for many of the Chinese youths from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The Reunion and Open House will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, and the dedication will take place at 11 a.m. In addition to the dedication, there will be tours of the newly renovated buildings, a reunion of the former Chinese Christian Center Clubs and food and live entertainment. Festivities will be held in the parking lot across from the Confucious Church.
Also in recognition of George Colliver's life of dedicated service, alumni and friends created the Dr. George H. Colliver Scholarship Fund. Anyone interested in giving a gift to the Colliver Scholarship to honor his legacy should contact Jimilynn Dorough in College of the Pacific at 209.351.5567.