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Bork, João (1911–1988)

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

First Published: January 29, 2020

João Bork, administrator, teacher, and librarian, was born October 28, 1911, in the city of Oslowo, currently in Poland.1 He was the son of Max Bork, baptized at Oslowo in 1904, in the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany, and Helena Bork. In 1922 his family emigrated to Brazil where they engaged in agriculture and cattle raising. João attended high school in Brazil and studied theology and education at Brazil College, graduating in 1935.2 On February 4, 1936, he married Rosa Butzloff3 (1909-1989),4 and from this union were born Ruth and Ivone.5

In 1936 João accepted an invitation to teach at the Adventist elementary school in the city of Bom Retiro, in the state of Santa Catarina.6 Despite facing prejudice, in about a year the school showed significant improvement in the quality of teaching and became a model to the Adventist schools in the state.7 In 1938 he was transferred to the Adventist school in the city of Benedito Novo, where he served as teacher of religion for the elementary school and as assistant treasurer for one year. Beginning in 1939, he was appointed teacher of religion and sub-treasurer of Brazil College.8 He also served as youth director of the college church.9 The following year he became teacher and treasurer of the recently established Petrópolis Adventist Academy, in the city of Petrópolis, state of Rio de Janeiro. He and his wife were the first teachers of this school,10 participating in the process of its establishment.11 He also served as business manager (1946-1947),12 interim director (1947),13 and director (1949)14 until he accepted the invitation to lead the Educandário Nordestino Adventista (Northeast Brazil College) in 1950 in the city of Belém de Maria, state of Pernambuco.15 Under his management this institution developed both structurally and educationally.16 He was a self-taught teacher of English, French, mathematics, physics, and all the classes of the theology course.17 He was ordained to the ministry in 195318 and worked at this college until 1958.19

In 1959 he began work on a master’s degree in education at Andrews University.20 Before completing his studies, in the middle of 1960, he accepted an invitation to lead the Adventist Taquara Academy (Cruzeiro do Sul Adventist Academy) in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. His management helped the institution to overcome some financial challenges.21 Finally, he went to Brazil College where he served as administrative director (1966),22 vice president for commercial affairs (1967-1971), and treasurer (1971)23 until his retirement in 1972.24

During his retirement he continued to work at Brazil College as chief librarian, helping to make the library one of the ten largest in number of books in Adventist schools outside the United States. João died on April 3, 1988,25 at Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa, in São Paulo.26 His efforts were of great help to the development of Adventist education in Brazil.

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Belz, Rodolpho. “Nótulas do Este.” Revista Adventista, year 59, n. 3, March 1964, 29. Accessed May 1, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

“Bodas de Ouro,” Revista Adventista, year 81, n. 4, April 1986, 31. Accessed May 31, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

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Bork, João. “Notável Progresso no E.N.A.” Revista Adventista, year 45, n. 11, November 1950, 11. Accessed May 1, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Bork, João. “Novidades do I.T.A.” Revista Adventista, year 36, n. 6, June 1941, 12. Accessed May 1, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Bork, João. “Novo Ginásio Adventista,” Revista Adventista, year 46, n. 8, August 1951, 13. Accessed May 1, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

Bork, João. “Reminiscências dos Primórdios do Educandário Nordestino Adventista.” Revista Adventista, year 63, n. 4, April 1968, 2. Accessed May 1, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

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Notes

  1. João Bork’s Biography (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 1.

  2. João Bork’s Handwritten Biography (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 1.

  3. João Bork, “Meu Primeiro Anno de Professor,” Revista Adventista, v. 32, n. 3, March 1937, 14; and “Bodas de Ouro,” Revista Adventista, year 81, n. 4, April 1986, 31.

  4. “Bodas de Ouro,” Revista Adventista, year 81, n. 4, April 1986, 31; and “Rosa Buthelof Bork,” Revista Adventista, year 85, n. 5, May 1989, 36.

  5. Oscar Scheid, “Monografia de História da IASD: biografia de John Bork” (Monograph, Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1986), 13.

  6. Scheid, 5-7; and “Parana-Santa Catarina Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1937), 182.

  7. Scheid, 5, 8, 10-14; and Bork, João, “Meu Primeiro Anno de Professor,” 14.

  8. “Nossa História,” Paraná Adventist Academy, 2016, accessed May 31, 2017, http://www.iap.org.br/iap/#; and Lima, Durval Srockler de, “Pelo Estado de Santa Catarina,” Revista Adventista, v. 33, n. 10, October 1938, 12.

  9. João Pinho, “O Trabalho Médico-Missionário nas Vizinhanças do Colégio Adventista,” Revista Adventista, v. 34, n. 7, July 1939, 13.

  10. Scheid, 15-17; “The Petropolis Educational and Agricultural Institute,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1940), 280; “East Brazil Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1941), 265; Zeferino Stabnov, “1978 – Ano Mundial da Educação Adventista: maravilhosa história de um colégio,” Revista Adventista, year 73, n. 5, May 1978, 14; and Miranda, Dina Karla, “75 Anos,” Revista Adventista, year 108, n. 1273, June 2014, 36.

  11. Scheid, 15, 17; and Bork, João, “Novidades do I.T.A.,” Revista Adventista, year 36, n. 6, June 1941, 12.

  12. “East Brazil Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1947), 237; and “East Brazil Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1948), 239.

  13. “East Brazil Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1948), 239.

  14. “East Brazil Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1950), 258.

  15. João Bork's Handwritten Biography (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 1; and Bork, João, “Notável Progresso no E.N.A.,” Revista Adventista, year 45, November 1950, 11; and Bork, João, “Reminiscências dos Primórdios do Educandário Nordestino Adventista,” Revista Adventista, year 63, n. 4, April 1968, 2.

  16. João Bork, “Notável Progresso no E.N.A.,” Revista Adventista, year 45, n. 11, November 1950, 11; Scheid, 15; and Andrade, Benedito C., “ENA – O Colégio das Mil Possibilidades,” Revista Adventista, year 46, n. 2, February 1951, 13; and Rodolpho Belz, “Nótulas do Este,” Revista Adventista, year 59, n. 3, March 1964, 29; and João Bork’s Handwritten Biography, 2.

  17. Scheid, 15, 20.

  18. “East Brazil Union Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1953), 166; and “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1954), 168.

  19. João Bork’s Handwritten Biography, 2.

  20. Ibid.; Scheid, 25.

  21. Scheid, 25 and 29; and “João Bork (1911-1988).” Revista Adventista, year 85, n. 6, June 1988, 32; and “Rio Grande do Sul Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1961), 268; and “Rio Grande do Sul Academy,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1963), 305.

  22. “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1964), 274; and “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1967), 283.

  23. “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1968), 274; and “Brazil College,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1972), 286.

  24. “João Bork (1911-1988),” Revista Adventista, year 84, n. 6, June 1988, 32.

  25. Ibid.; “1972 – Ano de Bêçãos para o I.A.E.,” Revista Adventista, year 67, n. 12, December 1972, 26.

  26. João Bork’s Handwritten Biography, 2.

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