Dr. O. Garland Bare, LBI ’51, passed away on April 3, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his family in Joplin, MO.
Garland’s life was one of service on the mission field. He was born to missionaries Norton and Lois Bare in Batang, Tibet in 1930, spending most of his childhood there. Upon graduating from LBI, he and his wife, Dorothy J. (Dyson), LBI ’50, traveled to Thailand and served as medical missionaries from 1951-1974. He continued to work in the field of medicine when they returned to the states: Princess Mother’s Helicopter Doctor, Student Health Center Physician at the University of Nebraska, Chief of Staff at University Health Services, Medical Director of Health Services, and full time with Christian Family Practice Group. He was a volunteer physician for County Health Center serving homeless and refugees, and was a triage doctor following the devastating tornado in Joplin, MO. Garland took medical mission trips to Russia, Romania, Honduras, Guatemala, and Haiti. He authored Plants and Animals for the Bible, A Tibetan Childhood, and Where Are the Miracles, as well as several journals and articles. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, one son, two daughters, five grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.