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Landman '07 heads Young Professionals Network

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants the area to be known as "cool, creative and prosperous" and has hired Aiden Landman '07 to help meet that goal. The 30-year-old is the chamber's new Young Professionals Network director. Landman sees The Network as a key player in realizing the chamber's regional vision. Landman majored in political science at Augustana.

Williams '64: 'You have to follow a passion'

John Williams spent 30 years at the Rock Island Arsenal as a scientist and engineer, leaving in 1994. The word "retired" doesn't seem to fit Mr. Williams, 75, who published his second historical novel earlier this year, and earned a black belt in Shaolin kung fu in 2009. The self-described "history nut" loves surfing the library stacks at his alma mater, Augustana College, for the joy of learning — and possibly for his next literary inspiration.

Lois Samuelson White, known for gift of music

Lois Hulda Marie Samuelson White, Augustana Class of 1942, known for her gift of music, died at home July 16 in Dunedin, Fla. She was 96. Born into a musical family, she studied at Augustana, the University of Illinois and in Grenoble, France. She met her husband, the late Dr. Lucien White, at Augustana where she was executive secretary to the comptroller and he was a foreign language professor and head of the library.

Martha T. Harris, professor emerita, dies at 88

Martha T. Harris, 88, a reference librarian for Augustana College from 1974-1989 and professor emerita, died July 13 in LaGrange Park, Ill. A memorial service and musical tribute will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Unitarian Church in Davenport.

Kefalides '51 a part of Cold War history

In the mid-1950s, the imminent threat of nuclear war weighed heavily. Men like Nicholas Kefalides already had experienced war, living through it as a teenager in World War II in his native Greece. But, Kefalides survived and he dreamed of greatness. He eventually would graduate from Augustana and become a pioneer in the treatment of burn patients, something of great interest to the U.S. government.