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Deaths, January-April, 2010

July  19, 2010

In memoriam

Chester O. Johnson ’35, an instructor in geology at Augustana in the late 1930s, died Dec. 8, 2009, at the age of 96. After receiving a degree in English from Augustana, he earned a master’s of science from the University of Chicago. Johnson was a professor emeritus of geology at Gustavus Adolphus College where he taught from 1940 until 1978. Johnson influenced many Gustavus Adolphus students during his 61 years of service to the college and the church.

“Professor Johnson was an outstanding teacher who gave me the basis for a long and satisfying academic and industry career in geology,” said a former student, Walter Youngquist, in a 2002 magazine article. “The ultimate influence of a professor can never be fully estimated.”

Following his retirement from teaching, Johnson continued to work at Gustavus Adolphus as an archivist in the library. In 1978, he became the Minnesota Synod Archivist of the Lutheran Church in America. In 1988, when the ELCA was created, he assumed the position of Lutheran Church collection archivist until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 88.

John R. Olson ’62, a longtime member of the Augustana community, died April 18, 2010, at the age of 70. An accounting graduate, Olson worked for Arthur Anderson and Deere & Company before returning to Augustana to work and coach for more than 37 years. He was the controller of the college as well as its tennis coach for several years.

Olson was known throughout the Quad Cities and the surrounding area for his own tennis skills and unique style of play. Over the years, he won many tournaments. When he was coaching, his Augustana teams went undefeated in CCIW tournament play.

1930-1949

Eleanor Bersell Andersen ’31 on Jan. 8, 2010.

Irene Lundgren ’31 Peterson on Dec. 13, 2009. Survivors include her son, Neal Peterson ’66, and grandson, Jeffrey Peterson ’93.

Arthur N. Johnson ’34 on Nov. 18, 2009. Among survivors is his daughter, Mary Johnson ’68 Sauer.

Marjory Lethin ’34 Tooley on June 17, 2009.

Chester O. Johnson ’35 on Dec. 8, 2009; his wife, Marian, on Jan. 1, 2010. Among survivors is their son, Martin Johnson ’76.

Dena Weinstein ’36 Wenger Linado on Jan. 4, 2010.

Louis H. Ostrom ’37 on April 27, 2009. His wife, Julie, survives him.

Julia-Ann Sweder ’38 Pike on Feb. 4, 2009.

Barbara Johnson ’39 Bell on April 28, 2010.

Hubert E. Olson ’39 on Jan. 21, 2010.

Herschel M. Paul ’40 on Feb. 8, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Whitman ’39 Paul.

Louis R. Pearson ’40 on Jan. 18, 2009.

Carl A. Blomberg ’41 on Nov. 8, 2009.

John G. Jetty ’41 on Nov. 30, 2008.

Janice Ernst ’41 Laing on Sept. 9, 2009.

Ruth Allison ’42 Anderson on March 13, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Everett “Lefty” Anderson, Jr., ’39; grandson, Wilder Burke Anderson ’06; and sister, Helen Allison ’59 Anderson.

Alice Johnson ’42 Holmer on Feb. 26, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Arthur ’42; son, Peter Holmer ’72; granddaughter, Julia Holmer ’03 Gray; and brothers, Rutcherd Johnson ’50 and Milton Johnson ’50.

Wilbert S. Larson ’42 on June 26, 2009. His wife, Jane, survives him.

Betty Skogberg ’42 Sampson on Jan. 25, 2010.

Luther Bengtson ’43 on April 22, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, and daughter, Jane Bengtson ’72.

Richard W. Engstrom ’43 on Feb. 5, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Hultman ’42 Engstrom; sons, Carl Engstrom ’69 and Norman Engstrom ’73; and grandchildren, Jennifer Engstrom ’95 Winn, Matthew Engstrom ’96, Carrie Engstrom ’03 Crowe, and Whitney Engstrom ’09.

James F. Gustafson ’43 on Jan. 28, 2009. Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl Gustafson ’70 Chamberlain.

Kathryn Mann ’43 Haskin on Dec. 1, 2009.

Evelyn Strupp ’43 Pealstrom on Aug. 13, 2009.

 

Arlene Anderson ’43 Von Horn on March 4, 2009.

Roger O. Braaten ’44 on June 1, 2009.

K. Ejnar Rask ’44 on Nov. 24, 2009. His wife, June, survives him.

L. Jean Watson ’44 on March 29, 2010.

Lois Sherrill ’45 Davis on Jan. 17, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Don ’47, and her son, Dan Davis ’77.

William W. Anderson ’46 on April 3, 2010. Among survivors is his sister, Sally Anderson ’56 Mishkind.

Janet Lake ’46 Norquist on Jan. 5, 2010. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Norquist ’73 Hinse and Elizabeth Norquist ’76 Reed.

James M. Anderson ’47 on Feb. 27, 2009.

Catherine Kurtz ’47 McEntee on Oct. 16, 2009.

Anita Telleen ’47 Wait on Jan. 16, 2010. Survivors include her brother, Frank Telleen ’39.

Roy J. Enquist ’48 on April 13, 2010. Among survivors is his wife, Mia.

Bertram G. Hanson ’48 on Jan. 31, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Madelon; daughter, Barbara Hanson ’69 Vlack; and grandson, Andrew Vlack ’97.

Wilbert E. Lundgren ’48 on Oct. 19, 2009. Among survivors is his wife, Patricia Melin ’52 Lundgren.

Leslie Pearson, husband of Lisbeth Lindquist ’48 Pearson, on April 18, 2009.

Marilyn Swanson ’49 Aggen on Aug. 22, 2009. Survivors include her daughter, Marna Aggen ’77 Geerts, and granddaughter, Manda Geerts ’04.

Marilyn Swanson ’49 Bomgren on Feb. 6, 2010. Among survivors is her husband, Charles Bomgren ’47.

Mary Hauberg Jarrett ’49 on Nov. 10, 2009. Survivors include her husband, Frank, and sister, Ann Hauberg ’52 Scott.

Robert L. Martens ’49 on July 28, 2009.

Inez E. Smith ’49 on Feb. 10, 2010.

1950-1960

Leona Olson ’50 Anderson on Feb. 5, 2009. Among survivors is her son, Barak Anderson ’76.

W. Robert Brittenham ’50 on March 17, 2008. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie.

John W. Hoyt ’50 on Feb. 27, 2010.

Verner E. Strand ’50 on Nov. 21, 2009. Among survivors is his wife, Marlys Pierson ’52 Strand.

Carla Reynolds ’50 Telleen on Feb. 20, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Frank ’39; stepdaughter, Nancy Telleen ’64 Califf; stepson, William Telleen ’68; and step-grandchildren, William Califf ’90 and Steven Califf ’94.

Thomas H. Gause ’50 on June 10, 2009.

Marianne Quinlan ’50 Timko on March 28, 2009.

George R. Wimmer ’50 on Oct. 29, 2009.

Robert J. Bruhns ’51 on March 22, 2010. His wife, Ruth, survives him.

Richard W. Siebrasse ’51 on March 27, 2010. Survivors include his wife, JoAnne Knees ’48 Siebrasse.

Richard F. Wendel ’51 on March 22, 2010. His wife, Leslie, survives him.

Marie Horvath ’52 Beuoy on Jan. 7, 2009.

Janet Blaser ’52 Bolm on March 9, 2010. Among survivors are her daughter, Jennifer Bolm ’81; grandsons, Jason Kifer ’01 and Benjamin Kifer ’05; and twin sister, Marilyn Blaser ’52 Oaks.

James P. Syrett ’52 on Aug. 30, 2009.

Wendel McAfee ’53 on Feb. 20, 2010.

Judith Holmgren ’53 Weidlich on March 1, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Albert ’51; and daughters, Mary Weidlich ’85 Wolf and Sara Weidlich ’86 Nave.

Ainsworth E. Hanson ’56 on Feb. 13, 2010. His wife, Janet, survives him.

Burleigh R. Hoexter ’56 on Sept. 4, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Joan Lorentzen ’56 Hoexter.

Richard J. Mattson ’56 on Aug. 15, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Anna Leaf ’57 Mattson.

Patricia Carlson ’56 Patterson on April 6, 2010. Survivors include daughters, Tracy Patterson ’91 Fausett and Nancy Patterson ’94.

Dorothy Johnson ’56 Stewart on Jan. 16, 2010.

Jeanne Neilson ’57 Shepherd on March 7, 2010. Among survivors is her husband, Harley ’57.

Arden “Corky” Erickson ’58 on Nov. 12, 2009.

Carolyn Linn ’59 Blight on March 12, 2010. Her husband, Ed, survives her.

Ronald I. Erlandson ’59 on Nov. 30, 2009.

Betty Baird ’59 Johnson on Jan. 29, 2010. Among survivors is her husband, Rod ’58.

David E. Olson ’59 on June 9, 2009. His wife, Judith, survives him.

Ernest Soderstrom, husband of Christine Ijams ’59 Soderstrom, on July 22, 2009.

Glenn R. Larson ’59 on March 31, 2010.

Dianne Dewar ’60 DeGrange on June 9, 2008.

Sara Aldrich ’60 Hannah on Oct. 3, 2008.

Viola Foss ’60 Morrisroe on Oct. 1, 2009. Her husband, William survives her.

1961-2008

Carol Juhlin ’61 Peterson on Jan. 13, 2010. Survivors include her husband, F. Leonard Peterson ’61, and daughter, Kimberly Peterson ’85 Zajec.

Edward C. Stark ’61 on May 13, 2009.

John A. Andrews ’62 on Nov. 13, 2009.

Kenneth V. Blunt ’62 on Aug. 6, 2008.

Nancy Duggan ’62 Brown on Oct. 2, 2009.

Grover G. Hankins ’62 on April 4, 2009.

John R. Olson ’62 on April 18, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, and stepson, Russell Roderick ’93.

Carol Lind ’63 Beagan on Nov. 13, 2009.

Peter J. Holm ’63 on Oct. 14, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth Aulen ’62 Holm; son, Anders Holm ’91; and siblings, Lorimer Holm ’56, Brian Holm ’58 and Gretchen Holm ’60.

Curtis R. Cook ’65 on March 18, 2010. Among survivors is his wife, Joan Stutz ’65 Cook; daughter, Elizabeth Cook ’91 Bogner; and brother, Dennis Cook ’63.

Linda Dahlgren ’67 Booth on Oct. 19, 2009.

Kathleen Lindorff ’70 Williams on Feb. 22, 2010.

Dorothea “Dee” Sondergard ’71 on Dec. 11, 2009.

Jay F. Baznik ’72 on Dec. 7, 2008.

Joanne Gunnerson ’72 Bangs on Aug. 15, 2009.

Robert Collard ’74 on Jan. 22, 2010. Among survivors is his wife, Sue.

Clyde Blais, husband of Gwendolyn Craven Blais ’75, on May 24, 2009.

Barbara Hutchinson ’76 Befus on March 16, 2010. Her husband, Jack, survives.

Francis DeVallauris ’76 on Nov. 24, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Janet Hobbs ’79 DeVallauris.

Thomas Cruse, husband of Nancy Hennenfent ’81 Cruse, on Dec. 6, 2009.

Bill Hawks, husband of Mary Waggener ’84 Hawks, on Aug. 18, 2009.

Christopher “Kit” Harley ’98 on March 27, 2010. Among survivors is his wife, Rachel.

Stephen C. Stumpf ’00 on April 10, 2010.

Danny O. Staton II ’07 on March 27, 2010.

Megan Gresholdt ’08 Eckardt on April 4, 2010. Among survivors is her husband, Peter Eckardt ’08.