1930 CIU Graduate with the Lord

Virginia Bendetti
Virginia (White) Bendetti as a CBC student.
November 29, 2010

She was quite possibly the oldest living person to graduate from Columbia International University. Virginia White Bendetti, a 1930 graduate of CIU, passed away on Nov. 28 in California. She was 99 years old.

In 1928, Bendetti made the cross-country trip from her home in Los Angeles to South Carolina to attend CIU, then called Columbia Bible College (CBC). She was referred to CBC by her former baby-sitter, Joy Ridderhof, one of CBC's first graduates. Bendetti served for 40 years with Gospel Recordings, a ministry founded by Ridderhof. Gospel Recordings provides audio resources for evangelism and Bible teaching around the world.

The Bendetti family says a memorial service will be held in January.