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At the conclusion of the minutes of the executive committee of the Council of Hope College there was a tribute to Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, entitled, "In Memoriam." The first sentences are of special interest because he was not declared founder of Hope College: "Dr. Van Raalte, having been identified with the entire history of the Holland Academy while it was yet in a formative state, was appointed by the General Synod a member of the first Board of Superintendents, when the Institution was organized in 1863, and when the Board was incorporated in 1866 he was constituted "Permanent Member' to represent the Particular Synod of Chicago, which relation he held till the time of his decease.....We rejoice that he lived long enough to see the realization of his desire expressed in the first report sent to the General Synod in 1852 'This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future.'"
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Stewart, Abel T., "The Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Council of Hope College" (1876). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 281.