In the course of fulfilling the great commissions God gave to him, Herbert W. Armstrong developed warm friendships with dozens of leaders in government,
education and industry around the world. At his death, dignitaries showered God's Church with condolences paying tribute to Christ's apostle. Long-time ministers and leaders within God's Church also offered personal glimpses into how their lives were affected by Mr. Armstrong and what it was like to work with him. Here, through the eyes of many of those who best knew him, is a retrospective look at the memories and messages left by Herbert W. Armstrong. We have included as many condolences and reminiscences as space allows us to print in this issue of The Good News. Mr. Armstrong's whole life was sharply focused around one thing — the Work of God. He lived, ate, slept and breathed Christ's commission to the Church. All his conversations and discussions were either directly about or soon got around to God's plan, the Gospel, the Church, the Work or the Bible. The joy of his life was doing the will of God. And he carried right on doing it until the end of his long and eventful life.
Joseph W. Tkach Pastor General Worldwide Church of God
I have often been asked, "How was Mr. Armstrong received?" For those who already had met him the reception was warm and often affectionate. To those meeting him for the first time, they quickly saw him as a man of understanding and wisdom. As Mr. Armstrong would say, "It makes sense, and it is the only explanation that does." Although they often didn't want to admit it, and didn't believe it would happen, the Gospel was given as a witness to them. It was clear that God was guiding him in what to say.
Aaron Dean Mr. Armstrong's Executive Aide
I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing away of Mr. Armstrong. From the time of the San Francisco Conference which he attended as a journalist, Mr. Armstrong took a strong and supporting interest in the United Nations. With his wide ties throughout the world, he pursued the cause of peace and harmony among all peoples.
Javier Perez de Cuellar Secretary General United Nations
Grieved and shocked to learn — the passing away of Mr. Herbert Armstrong, chairman of Ambassador Foundation, a good friend to the Chinese people. His contribution to mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of China and the United States will remain forever in our hearts. Please convey my condolences to his family and relatives.
Tang Shubei Consul General of China San Francisco
Their majesties instructed me to convey their heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the passing away of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and their hope that the life of benevolence, altruism and the drive for better understanding among peoples which Mr. Armstrong led will continue to be the inspirational path for others to follow.
Adnan Abu Odeh Minister of the Hashemite Court of Jordan
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. He was a great master who preached for world peace, and who sacrificed his life and wealth to further the cause of bringing ever-lasting peace to this world. The students, staff and administration of our institute in Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka, wish to convey their regret at the loss of this loving man.
Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Thera Director Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena
Please accept our condolences upon the death of our neighbor and your leader. His long and productive life leaves a lasting benefit for many.
John and Andrea Van de Kamp Attorney General California
The one reason Jesus Christ could use Mr. Armstrong as an apostle in this century was that he never wanted to be an apostle — even though his ordination papers said he was ordained to that office. Over the years Mr. Armstrong not only came to understand Church government but also learned to live it.
Herman L. Hoeh Editor, The Plain Truth
Please accept my belated but sincere expression of condolence in the passing of Dr. Herbert W. Armstrong. His loss will be felt by all those who shared in his tireless dedication toward world peace and especially by those whose lives have been enriched by the outstanding cultural programs presenting world renowned artists at Ambassador College over the past many years.
Hazeltaizo Watanabe Consul General of Japan Los Angeles
Very saddened to hear of the death of Herbert Armstrong, a tireless worker for the brotherhood of man and an inspiring religious and public and educational personality, whom Israel regarded as a true friend. Our sincerest condolences.
Meir Rosenne Israeli Ambassador to the United States
Nearly 40 years of success — of rich fruits — of Ambassador College are the result of the far-seeing vision of its late founder, Herbert W. Armstrong.... Mr. Armstrong set the college on the proper course from the beginning. He dared to make Ambassador different — a unique institution of higher learning in a world where the missing dimension in education had been sadly neglected.
Raymond F. McNair Deputy Chancellor Ambassador College
Members of the Royal Thai Embassy's staff join me in sending our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Armstrong family on the passing away of Mr. Herbert Armstrong, a great friend of Thailand and a truly fine human being. It was a privilege to have known and worked with Mr. Armstrong and we will always be thankful for the fine efforts and contributions that Mr. Armstrong has made to the betterment of understanding and friendship between the peoples of Thailand and the United States.
Kasem S. Kasemsri Thai Ambassador to the United States
As a very longtime friend of Mr. Armstrong I send my sincere condolences to you and the entire Worldwide Church of God. Mr. Armstrong and I first met in 1939 or 1940 (neither of us could ever pinpoint the exact date) and from that time until now we enjoyed a warm and trusting friendship. As you and the members know, one of Mr. Armstrong's finest traits was his loyalty. Add to that his love of perfection in everything he came in contact with. His was a life lived fully and unselfishly — truly God's servant in every way. I consider his passing as a great personal loss and my memories of our many years together will never grow dim. I wish you every success in the challenging years ahead. May God guide you and richly bless you.
Art Gilmore World Tomorrow announcer
Mr. Armstrong was a seasoned professional communicator, widely recognized for his outstanding ability in writing and advertising. While millions around the globe tacitly recognized this brilliance in the clarity of Mr. Armstrong's writings, we here in Editorial Services were privileged to receive an inside view of a master communicator at work.... Mr. Armstrong wasn't interested in what Herbert Armstrong wanted in the publications — he was interested in what God wanted in the publications. And he insisted that every headline, every article, every advertisement bring this world a little closer to God's Kingdom.
Dexter H. Faulkner Editor, The Good News
I want you to know that Claire and I share a great sense of loss upon the death of Herbert W. Armstrong. He was a giant of a man who provided leadership of good will and principle.
William J. Bogaard Mayor, Pasadena, Calif.
From its beginning in the mid-1970s, the Ambassador Foundation provided the late Pastor General Herbert W. Armstrong with a forum to show that God's way of life is one of quality and concern for humanity. Through the foundation's projects worldwide, Mr. Armstrong aptly demonstrated that God's Church backs up its words with deeds.
Ellis La Ravia Vice President Ambassador Foundation
We were very sorry to receive the sad news of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong's death. During the years of our association with him, all of us developed the highest regard for [his] wonderful personality and qualities. His deep devotion to the ideals of peace and justice in the spirit of the biblical prophets was appreciated by his friends in Israel. His feeling for Israel and Jerusalem was manifested in his true interest in the archaeological excavations near the temple mount and in the City of David. His name will always be attached to this most important undertaking carried out in Jerusalem.
Benjamin Mazar Joseph Aviram Israel Exploration Society
Mr. Armstrong had a natural gift for communication. Although he did not begin to make regular television broadcasts until he was in his 80s, he quickly adapted to the medium.... Mr. Armstrong showed a keen interest in every aspect of the telecast.... Many people never adjust to speaking to a camera, but Mr. Armstrong knew that the camera lens represented a world that needed the message he had to deliver. That, I think, is what made him such a compelling speaker. He did not speak at his audience — he spoke to them. Mr. Armstrong made his telecast seem so natural and easy that many people do not realize how hard he had to work. Toward the end, when his vision had almost totally failed, so that he could hardly read, and the bright lights hurt his eyes, he would still find ways to overcome the problems and make the program. All of us in the studio will not forget those recording sessions. Mr. Armstrong had a way of making you want to work hard for him. His determination and courage to fulfill the commission that God gave him was a genuine inspiration to all of us.
Larry Omasta Director of Media Services Worldwide Church of God
Deeply shocked and grieved at the sad report of the passing away of Dr. Armstrong. I wish to express my profound sympathy and sincere condolence to you and through you to the bereaved family.
Bunsei Sato Minister of Posts and Communications Japan
The Board of Directors of Maha Chulalongkorn Buddhist University mourns the loss of Dr. Herbert W. Armstrong who will always be remembered by us.
Somdej Praputhajarn Director
I was saddened to learn of the death of our good friend Herbert Armstrong. It has been a great shock to members of my family and I am sure also to the numerous friends he had in Jordan. He was truly a great man of vision and his campaign for understanding and coexistence are very much valued. I am confident that his colleagues will carryon with his mission and his great work.
Mohammed Kamal Jordanian Ambassador to the United States
He did not speak as if speaking to a huge crowd, even though thousands were listening. He knew people listened alone or perhaps two or three in a family.... Having this concept in mind, he had the ability to look directly at the microphone and be so personal that listeners thought he was talking directly to them. This same ability was evident in the telecast.... He would often explain that he wasn't turning the world upside down. The world was already upside down, and he was turning it right side up.
Norman A. Smith Engineer on early World Tomorrow radio broadcasts
We deeply mourn the passing of our great friend and outstanding personality whose life was devoted to world peace, Herbert W. Armstrong.
Moshe Kol Zvi Dagan International Cultural Center for Youth
The Tucson Community Center wishes to extend its condolences to the family and congregation of Herbert W. Armstrong. It has been our privilege... to annually serve as the conference site for the Worldwide Church of God. Mr. Armstrong's presence will sadly be missed.
Robert J. Sullivan Director
No one I have known has had such singleness of thought and purpose. Most of his thoughts and conversation related to God's Work and God's Word.... I found him to be the most generous person I have ever known. His generosity to many people over the years has been evident.
L. Leroy Neff Treasurer Worldwide Church of God
Shocked [to] learn [about the] unfortunate passing away of President Armstrong. Please accept my sincere condolences and convey my solicitous sympathy to his family.
Lin Qing Vice President of the Friendship Association and former Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations
The late Pastor General Herbert W. Armstrong's greatest attribute, apart from his desire to do God's Work, was his clarity of vision. He had the rare ability to think far in the future and envision not only what God was leading him to do, but its ultimate outcome. Mr. Armstrong was a visionary..., He was incapable of thinking small. If God was to be served, only the best was acceptable, and certainly the legacy that Mr. Armstrong left us is that quality is a necessary ingredient in anything built to God's glory and honor.... Those of us in the Church today are all incomparably richer for having a part in Mr. Armstrong's vision and reality of the future. He was loved. He will be missed.
Frank Brown Regional Director of God's Work in Britain, Scandinavia, East and West Africa and the Middle East