La Vida’s beloved founder, Rich Obenschain, passed away unexpectedly last night.
Obenschain has worked in outdoor education for most of his life; he founded Gordon’s outdoor exploration program, La Vida, in 1978. He has worked with Gordon College ever since. Rich transformed the tiny “Scotsman’s Adventure School” that existed in the 1970s into the highly successful La Vida Adventure Camp that stands today.
Rich believed that the outdoors provide a necessary reprieve from our overcrowded age of information; cell phones, streaming, and television leave little room for still contemplation. It was Rich’s hope that La Vida could provide an escape from modernity’s overcrowded electronic haze.
Obenschain is survived by his wife Katherine and his twins Tess and Hunter. A time of prayer and mourning for Rich will be held May 23 at 4:00 PM EST in the A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel.