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Jerry Falwell, Founder of Liberty University, Dies at 73

May 15, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty's No. 1 athletic fan, celebrates the women's basketball team's victory over DePaul in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, sending the team to its first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty's No. 1 athletic fan, celebrates the women's basketball team's victory over DePaul in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, sending the team to its first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

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The Rev. Jerry Falwell, Founder and Chancellor of Liberty University and Founder and Pastor of the historic Thomas Road Baptist Church, died May 15, 2007. He was 73.

Rev. Falwell was found unconscious in his office around 11:30 a.m., by members of his staff and received immediate resuscitation efforts there, again in the ambulance and at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was officially pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m.

Rev. Falwell's family, including his wife Macel and sons Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Jonathan Falwell, were with him at the hospital at the time of his death. 

Ministry officials called a special 2:00 p.m. meeting in the Thomas Road Baptist Church auditorium and on less than an hour's notice over 6,000 faculty, staff, students and church members attended the announcement of the passing of their Pastor and Chancellor.

Rev. Falwell established the Thomas Road Baptist Church in 1956 where he pastored for over 50 years. He founded Liberty University in 1971 and oversaw its rise to prominence as the largest evangelical University in America.

Rev. Falwell Funeral Information
The Falwell Family, Church, and University Officials have announced that Dr. Falwell would want Liberty University's Baccalaureate and Commencement programs to be held as scheduled.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held at 7 pm on Friday, May 18th in the sanctuary of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, and Commencement will be held in the Arthur L. Williams Stadium at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 19th.

Dr. Falwell will lie in repose first in the Grand Lobby of the Arthur S. Demoss Learning Center and later in the Sanctuary of the new Thomas Road Baptist Church. The public is invited to pay their respects according to the following schedule:

First Viewing: Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center -Grand Lobby
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502 Thursday, May 17 / 9 am – 9 pm
Friday, May 18 / 9 am – 4 pm

Second Viewing: Thomas Road Baptist Church
1 Mountain View Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502 Sunday, May 20 / 1 pm – 8 pm
Monday, May 21 / 10 am – 6 pm

Funeral: Thomas Road Baptist Church
1 Mountain View Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502 Tuesday, May 22 / 1 pm

Interment: The interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, and to further Dr. Falwell's vision of spreading the gospel around the world, the family requests that memorials be made to the "Founders Scholarship Fund" of Liberty University: 1971 University Blvd. Lynchburg, Va. 24502 or you may call: 800-628-7972. You may also visit www.liberty.edu/jfmemorial or you can email memorial@liberty.edu.