- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 4 (UPI) — American missionary William P. "Bill" Hyde was fatally wounded Tuesday in the bombing at the Davao City airport in the southern Philippines, officials at a Texas seminary said.

Hyde, 59, was at the airport to pick up other missionaries when he was caught up in the blast, according to David Porter, a spokesman for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hyde died later during surgery at a hospital, he said.

Hyde and his wife, Lyn, graduated from the Fort Worth school and they had been on a mission to the Philippines since 1991. She was not with her husband at the airport. Their home is in Iowa City, Iowa.

Dan Crawford, a Southwestern professor and a family friend, said the death of Hyde was a "loss to the seminary family." He said Hyde fit the definition of "servanthood" and it was no surprise that he was the one at the airport to pick up other missionaries.

One of the missionaries Hyde was meeting at the airport and a 7-month old child were also wounded in the blast, according to Southwestern.

The school received an e-mail message from Hyde's son, Steven, who is a missionary to Cambodia and also a graduate of the seminary.

"Please just let people know that my Dad is very loved by us and will be greatly missed," he wrote. "He lived his life to the fullest and always put Jesus first. He is so kind and gentle and always had a smile for people. … I will miss him greatly, but I will carry on what he has started and continue in his footsteps to take the gospel throughout the world."

Southwestern, founded in 1908, is one of the largest evangelical seminaries in the world and is the global seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest protestant denomination in the United States.

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