Anderson, Indiana

AU alum, gospel singer Doug Oldham passes away

Mon, 2010-07-26 11:17 -- univcomm
July 26, 2010

Anderson University alum and award-winning gospel singer Rev. Doug Oldham, 79, passed away Wednesday, July 21 in Charlottesville, Va.

oldhamA native of Indiana, Oldham was an internationally known Christian and gospel recording artist. His concert and television ministry spanned nearly 50 years and included travels throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Oldham's music ministry began in the early 1960s at tent revival meetings, where his father, the late William Dale Oldham, was an evangelist. He soon began touring with Bill Gaither and became the first person to sing and record Gaither's song "He Touched Me."

Oldham traveled with the Billy Graham Crusades.

The Dove Award-winning artist recorded more than 65 albums and performed for six former US presidents as well as the Queen of England. In 2006, Oldham was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Oldham attended Anderson University from 1948-1952.

Oldham is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laura Lee Oldham; daughters Paula Johnson (husband John), Karen Offenbacker (husband Garry), and Rebekah Cox (husband Lee); five granchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted today at 3 p.m. EDT at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.