By Deborah Shouse for the Kansas City Star
Sharon Burchett wasn’t thrilled with the guy her cousin wanted her to meet. But when they went on a double date, Dick Lawrenz, a 22-year-old seminary student at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., found 20-year-old Sharon feisty, attractive, and interesting.
“She appeared to be the type of girl I wanted to date,” Dick says.
It was September 1967, and Sharon went to the college and worked in the church extension office.
“I occasionally saw Dick on campus, but I didn’t want to go out with him again,” Sharon says. “He was from California, and I didn’t like his flashy clothes.”
Her feelings changed during a roller-skating party that January. The two skated together, and sparks flew.
[Photo: Fred Blocher/Kansas City Star]
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.