Recipients of the Waldorf College Alumni Distinguished Service Award

1963

Dr. Clemens M. Granskou ‘13
For service to Waldorf College and Higher Education in the American Lutheran Church.

1964

Mrs. Margaret Lyng Hagen ‘26
For selfless dedication to Waldorf College, untiring witness in the church and exemplifying the "Waldorf Spirit".

1965

Mr. Homer Danielson ‘36
For outstanding service to Waldorf College and to the total program of Christian Higher Education in The American Lutheran Church.

Dr. Marvin Anderson ‘34
For outstanding service in the field of higher education in agriculture in the United States and abroad.

1967

Dr. Alida Storaasli ‘37
For dedicated service in the educational program of The American Lutheran Church and representative of the ideals of Waldorf College.

Col. Clifford Sheldon ‘27
For earnest effort in behalf of country and calling and representative of the ideals of Waldorf College.

Dr. Oswald Thorson ‘32
For outstanding accomplishment in architecture, leadership in community development, and fidelity to Christian convictions.

Mr. Phillip Thorson ‘34
For outstanding service in government administration and finance at the national and international level and fidelity to Christian convictions.

1968

Dr. Grace Erdahl Mickelson ‘45
For leadership in education, high achievement in public service, and upholding the ideas of Waldorf College.

Dr. Theodore J. Jorgenson ‘18
For notable contributions to our Norwegian-American cultural heritage through distinguished teaching, creative study, and the interpretation of Norwegian language and literature.

Dr. William Myerly ‘39
For service to mankind through medicine, professional excellence in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and fidelity to the Christian ethic.

Mr. John K. Hanson ‘32
For outstanding achievement in industrial development and business administration and creative leadership in area and community growth.

1969

Mrs. Hyla Beroen Lehman ‘34
For her eminent career in the field of education, and notable leadership in community and church development and growth.

Mr. Erling Haugo ‘17
For proficiency in banking finance, dedicated public service and commitment to Christian education and church expansion.

Mr. Elling Halvorson ‘52
For unique accomplishments in general construction projects, influence in the Christian church and regard for family and friends.

1970

Mr. Norman Madson ‘41
For achievements in architecture, creative lay leadership in the church and faithfulness to the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Clifton Madson ‘35
Creative musician, preeminent choir master, exemplary educational leader.

Mr. Olaf Gjellefald ‘08
For outstanding achievements in engineering and construction, and for valued encouragement as a friend of Christian Higher Education.

Mr. Reuben Monson ‘40
For proven leadership and noted accomplishments in the fields of journalism and government service.

Dr. Oscar Lyders ‘12
Founder of the Waldorf College A Cappella Choir; accomplished choral conductor and professor advancing the understanding and appreciation of good music.

Dr. Marie Malmin Meyer ‘15
For inspiring creative scholarship as a learned and revered professor of Shakespearean literature.

Dr. Luther Tweeten ‘52
For outstanding achievement in agriculture, economics and education, and for notable contributions to government and society.

1972

Dr. Raymond M. Olson ‘32
For a lifetime of leadership in the church as pastor, author, teacher, executive and college president.

Mr. Clarence Larson ‘12
Whose outstanding career as an educator, attorney and churchman has brought honor to himself and his profession.

1973

Judge Carroll Larson ‘36
For exemplary achievement in the field of law and for selfless commitment to the betterment of society in service to church and community.

1974

Mr. Selmer H. Berg ‘13
For outstanding achievement in education as an administrator, teacher and lecturer, and for leadership in civic and community organizations.

1975

Ms. Dorcas Byro Dorow ‘45
For outstanding leadership and service to Waldorf College, significant contributions to her church and community, and for upholding the ideals of the College.

Dr. Paul D. Mork ‘52
For his outstanding leadership, spiritual counsel, and warm friendship which have inspired the lives of those whom we has served as College President, parish pastor and community leader.

Dr. Clair Kloster ‘33
For significant contributions to Christian Higher Education as educator and youth counselor and for outstanding service to church and community.

1977

Mr. Clemens Erdahl ‘37
For outstanding achievement as a certified public accountant on an international level, contributions to church, community and country, and loyalty to Waldorf College.

1978

Dr. Thomas B. Thorson ‘36
For outstanding achievement in Higher Education and Scientific Research and representing the ideals of Waldorf College.

1979

Dr. Reinhart J. Swenson ‘09
Distinguished educator, author, man of letters, community leader, friend of Waldorf.

1983

Ms. Ingeborg Coltvet ‘27
For excellence in teaching and selfless dedicated commitment to Christian Higher Education at Waldorf College.

Ms. Marguerite L. Johnson ‘53
For perceptive, conscientious journalism, professional excellence in writing and exemplification of the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Gustav B. Odegaard ‘33
For notable contributions to our Norwegian-American spiritual heritage as pastor, teacher and faithfulness to the ideals of Waldorf College.

1984

Mr. Gordon Aasgaard ‘26
For professional excellence as master editor publisher and eminent service to Waldorf College and Christian Higher Education.

Ms. Barbara Hanson Bulman ‘43
For significant compilations enriching Norwegian-American cultural heritage and corporate management promotion of academic excellence through computer-based education.

Mr. Wilfred Lingren ‘39
For innovative and aggressive leadership in financial marketing and research and competent, incisive business management skills.

Mrs. Bertha Solberg Vorland ‘44
For Christian witness as master teacher promoting international understanding and excellence in education.

1985

Mr. Irving Bud Alne ‘49
For notable contributions to astronautics and exceptional management and executive leadership in the success of the United States Space Program.

Ms. Ruth Hall Dacken ‘35
For faithful Christian witness and leadership to the people of Swaziland, Zululand and South Africa in evangelism and discipleship programs, especially for women and children.

Dr. Olaf K. Storaasli ‘35
For lasting contributions to the Lutheran Church in the United States and Canada as a profound theologian, thorough biblical scholar and professor, inspiring mentor and esteemed church leader.

1986

Dr. Silas L. Boyd ‘25
For preeminent leadership as master choral conductor, educator, administrator and friend enriching and advancing vocal music, especially the a cappella choral tradition.

Ms. Orene Madson Docken ‘36
For spirited participation, promotion and enrichment of the performing arts as gifted violinist and lasting Christian witness as friend and confidante.

Mr. Arnold J. Warren ‘36
For generous self giving as a valued, loving friend, respected civic leader, inspiring and gifted musician, and caring servant of God, and for loyal, consistent support of Waldorf College.

1987

Mrs. Connie Fredrickson Danielson ‘36
For untiring devotion to church and community as a respected music teacher, committed to the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Selmer Norland ‘36
For a distinguished career in military intelligence, diplomatic service to the United States Government, education, church, and community.

Col. Earl Kuehnast ‘40
For meritorious service to country, church, and community and for significant contributions to the field of climatology.

Col. Irving Kuehnast ‘40
For meritorious service to country and education as a meteorologist and Christian leader.

Ms. Georgette Vikingstad Valle ‘44
For outstanding political leadership in the state of Washington and dedication to church and civic organizations.

1988

Mr. Herbert D. Ihle ‘59
For extraordinary achievement and leadership in corporate finance, and for continual commitment to serving both profession and church with integrity and vitality.

Mr. Julian L. Anderson ‘36
For notable contributions to international relations through agricultural business, and for exemplary service and loyalty to country, church and family.

Ms. Ramona Swenson Mc Kee ‘49
For lifelong service and leadership to her church as volunteer and professional, and for sensitive and courageous advocation of peace and justice for humanity.

Dr. David S. Dahl ‘56
For outstanding contributions as a medical professional, as an educator in neurology and medical ethics, and for Christian commitment to community, profession and church.

1989

Mr. Lawrence N. Gesme ‘32
For lifelong service to social concerns of church and community, and for exemplary leadership in fulfilling civic duties.

The Rev. Philip Hyland ‘36
For dedicated Christian commitment and witness to the people of Japan, and for exemplification of the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Charles B. Olson ‘60
For outstanding leadership in business administration, and for dedicated support and service given to Christian higher education.

Dr. Oscar T. Lenning ‘61
For extraordinary contributions to higher education as researcher, consultant, administrator, teacher and scholar.

1990

Ms. Marjorie Norby Engebretson ‘41
For dedicated commitment and service to Christian education and for exemplification of the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Ronald W. Hunter ‘50
For extraordinary leadership in service to community as historian, author and public servant, and for outstanding contributions to the field of law.

Dr. Olaf O. Storaasli ‘62
For extraordinary contributions to science and engineering as research scientist and consultant, and for dedicated service to church and community.

1991

Ms. Melva Rorem ‘32
For dedicated service to church and community as distinguished poet and inspirational author, exemplifying the ideals of Waldorf College.

Ms. Shirley Olson Teig ‘54
For outstanding leadership and service to the Lutheran Church as administrator, consultant and educator.

Mr. William R. Johnson ‘58
For outstanding achievement in the financial services profession, and for dedicated leadership in serving church, community and Waldorf College.

Mr. Ronald H. Christiansen ‘62
For dedicated service to native Canadians, as consultant and advocate on their behalf, and for extraordinary contributions to the human development field.

1992

Mrs. Enid Hanson Robinson ‘31
For dedicated leadership in public affairs both nationally and internationally, and for lifelong service to her community.

Mr. Robert A. Peterson ‘39
For outstanding contributions to the field of electronics engineering, the airline industry, and our National Defense system.

Mr. Sewell J. Mathre ‘42
For outstanding contribution to church architecture, and for extraordinary achievement as a distinguished architect.

Dr. Willis S. Gertner ‘51
For extraordinary contributions to the field of religious studies, and for dedicated leadership and service to church and community.

1993

Mr. Wallace ‘43 & Mrs. Miriam Read Erdahl ‘43
For selfless dedication to church and community as partners in service, and for outstanding contributions to corporate finance and environmental concerns.

Ms. Ruth Tweeten Holtan ‘43
For extraordinary leadership and contribution to Christian higher education and public affairs, and for exemplary service to church and community.

Mr. Ardell M. Banker ‘48
For outstanding commitment and exceptional service to church and society, and for unfailing devotion to the care of troubled children.

The Rev. Richard N. Varberg ‘53
For outstanding Christian commitment and witness to the people of The Philippines, and for extraordinary achievement in expanding the Christian church.

1994

Mrs. Olga Coltvet Gilbertson ‘34
For undying devotion to Christian education as teacher and author, and for exemplary leadership in serving church and community.

The Rev. Robert A. Evenson ‘51
For extraordinary leadership and service given to Christian higher education, and for exceptional achievement in advancing the mission of the church.

Dr. Karl E. Holte ‘52
For professional excellence in serving students, as educator and scientist, with undying enthusiasm and lasting inspiration.

1995

The Rev. Dr. Mons A. Teig ‘55
For outstanding contribution to the worship life of the church, and for exceptional and dedicated service to Christian higher education.

Mr. Roger D. Espe ‘62
For dedicated service and outstanding achievement in the reinsurance industry, and for exemplary leadership in practicing Christian business ethics.

Dr. Kenneth A. Dragseth ‘65
For outstanding leadership and professional excellence in education and administration, and for dedicated service to church and community.

Dr. Randy P. Juhl ‘68
For extraordinary achievement in advancing the pharmacy profession, and for outstanding leadership and service to higher education.

1996

Dr. Awad A. Ismir ‘56
For outstanding contribution to the field of psychology, and for lifelong dedication to the care of the mentally ill.

Mr. Marlyn A. Doppelhammer ‘60
For exceptional achievement in international business, and for outstanding loyalty to the ideals of Waldorf College.

1997

Bishop Stanley N. Olson ‘66
For inspiring leadership in the church as parish pastor, educator and bishop, and for outstanding dedication and service to community.

Mr. Bradbury H. Anderson ‘69
For outstanding achievement and leadership in corporate management, and for dedicated service to church and community.

Dr. Ann Hill Duin ‘75
For selfless dedication to serving students, and for exceptional leadership, innovative contribution and exemplary service to higher education and the church.

1998

Mr. Reuben A. Hall ‘28
For meritorious service to country, and for lifelong dedication to the care of oppressed people across the world.

Mr. Kenneth H. Beenken ‘52
For outstanding contribution to the corporate finance profession, and for faithfulness to the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Ronald K. Klipping ‘60
For extraordinary leadership and commitment to excellence in caring for the elderly, and for exemplifying the ideals of Waldorf College.

Mr. Juan C. Moreno ‘74
For selfless dedication to serving diverse students, and for undying devotion toward building better understanding between people and cultures.

1999

Dr. Robert O. Belsheim ‘42
For extraordinary contribution and service to the United States Navy as mechanical engineer and researcher, and for exemplifying the ideals of Waldorf College.

Dr. Donald R. Belville ‘43
For outstanding contribution to the field of radiology, and for exceptional achievement in advancing medical technology.

Chaplain (COL) Irving C. Njus ‘53
For extraordinary ministry to the United States Army as chaplain, educator and trainer, and for lifelong service to church and community.

Mr. Charles M. Skogerboe ‘57
For exemplary leadership in the human resources profession, and for dedicated service to church and community.

Mr. Jarvis C. Jones ‘79
For outstanding contribution to the legal profession through leadership and advancement of minority opportunities, and through service to community.

2000

Dr. Marcus A. Keil ‘35
For outstanding and innovative contribution to the medical profession, and for dedicated and compassionate service to the people under his care.

Howard A. Hovland ‘48
For selfless dedication to the advancement of adult education, and for exemplary leadership and generous contribution to the cultural life of his community.

Sonia C. Solomonson ‘61
For exceptional achievement in the field of journalism, and for effective ministry in the church through inspirational writing and exemplification of the ideals of Waldorf College.

2001

Dr. Irving Hall ‘52

For dedicated service to country, community and church and for his Christian witness of putting faith into action, upholding the ideals of Waldorf College.

Thora Anderson Phelps ‘45
For outstanding leadership in educating students for a life of service and for dedicated service to church and community.

Sterling Thompson ‘47
For outstanding leadership and professional excellence in education and for exemplary service to community and church

2002

Caroll Carson ‘57
For dedicated service to country, outstanding service as an educator and exemplary leadership in community organizations.

Dr. Menkir Esayas ‘62
For inspiring leadership in advancing the communication efforts of the church throughout the world.

Rolf Anderson ‘72
For exceptional achievement in the real estate industry adn for being a devoted ambassador of Forest City and Waldorf College.

2003

Robert L. Johnson ‘54
For exceptional achievement in architecture, notable leadership in the church and community, and for a lifetime of dedicated service to Waldorf College.

2004

Kathryn Bruland Alden ‘71
For outstanding service to the health care profession and for leadership given to the state of Iowa.

Cynthia Mork Poole ‘59
For excellence as an educator and selfless dedication to church and community.

Lester J. Swenson ‘58
For professional excellence in corporate finance and exemplary leadership in business, church and community.

2005

Mr. Stanley M. Severson ’51
For dedicated service and leadership in business and community.

Dr. David L. Weber ’62
For outstanding vision and dedication in serving those with medical needs.

2006

Dr. Russel N. Osnes ‘74
For outstanding leadership in the profession of optometry, for dedicated services to church and community, and for exemplifying Christian faith and values in daily living.

Capt. Phillip Oppedahl, USN Ret. ‘55
For exceptional contribution, leadership and service to the United States Navy, and for heroic, self-less efforts to help those in need.

Dr. Kenneth A. Wall ‘66
For inspirational leadership in international higher education, and for undying dedication to community service, church, and lifelong learning.

2007

Jerry A. Showalter ‘55
For exceptional leadership and contribution to civic organizations, church, and community, and for motivating others by example.

Dennis N. Highby ‘69
For professional excellence and integrity in the world of business and solid commitment to faith, family and community.

Anna Marie Mitchell ‘44
For selfless dedication to the church in the United States and Japan , and for undying devotion and service to International Students at Waldorf College.

2008

Ms. Elain Haaland Edge ‘52
For significant contributions to education and HIV/AIDS prevention, and for outstanding leadership and selfless dedication to church and community.

Ms. Elsie Haakonson Cook ‘57
For lifelong service as an educator and ambassador for Christ in the world, and for personifying the mission of Waldorf College.

Dr. Philip Johnson ‘80
For strong Christian commitment to humbly serve in the United States and abroad, wherever and whenever needed, as a profound pastor, professor, and college president.

Dr. Iqbal Z. Quadir ’78
For extraordinary social and economic contributions to third world development, and for tireless and innovative efforts to make the world a better place.

2009

Theodore E. Strand ‘64
For outstanding leadership and professional integrity in international business, and for inspirational service to church and community.

Daniel H. Meyer ‘77
For cutting edge Christian entertainment and for spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

2010

Dr. Loyal Golv ‘48
For notable leadership in the church, and for significant contributions as an author and lecturer on the importance of stewardship.

Richard Corcoran ‘70
For integrity and professional expertise in trust and investment management, and for outstanding leadership to Waldorf College and the community.

2011

Mr. Harold Lee ’74
For significant contributions to the world of music, and for lifelong dedication to Christian music ministry in the United States and China.

2012

The Rev. Dr. Philip Holtan ’70
For outstanding contributions to the Lutheran Church as pastor and innovative worship leader, and for selfless dedication to those in need.

Janice Shurson Anderson ’72
For professional excellence and integrity in the banking industry, and for selfless commitment to the betterment of society through local and international service.

2013

Dr. Mark Lund ’67
For innovative contributions to Christian higher education in the United States and abroad, and for global service to the church.

Jan Rosdail-Aegerter ’72
For devoted leadership as special needs educator, tireless advocacy for the church wide mission of Christ, and unwavering commitment to Waldorf College.