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Vonette Z. Bright dies at 89; co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

Vonette Z. Bright, who with her husband co-founded Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA in 1951 and built it into one of the world's largest Christian ministries, has died. She was 89.

Bright died of complications from acute leukemia Wednesday at her home in Orlando, Fla., said Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Campus Crusade.

Bright and her husband, William R. Bright, spent more than half a century leading and building the ministry into a worldwide evangelical force with branches in 173 countries, 25,000 staffers and 300,000 volunteers.

The Brights launched Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 at UCLA, about three years after they married. Their mission: win the campus today,...