Summer Banquet / Reception

The summer banquets (Athletic Hall of Fame, Distinguished Educators / Distinguished Alumni) are scheduled to take place September 25 and October 14.  We are excited about these programs.  Check this website under ALUMNI / EDUCATORS for details.

Distinguished Alumni

2007 Honorees

Dr. Sara Ann Johnson

Dr. Sara Ann Johnson

Class of 1891

In honor of her pioneer spirit, humanitarian and public service achievements.

Fredrick R. Kappel

Fredrick R. Kappel

Class of 1919

In honor of his business and public service achievements.

Paul P. Overgaard

Paul P. Overgaard

Class of 1947

In honor of his public service and community impact.

Dr. Bryant Pickering

Dr. Bryant Pickering

Class of 1947

In honor of his professional and humanitarian achievements and his continued support of education.

Dr. Donald Draayer

Dr. Donald Draayer

Class of 1953

In honor of his public service and humanitarian achievements.

Jerrol Tostrud

Jerrol Tostrud

Class of 1956

In honor of his business and economic achievements.

D.R. (Sid) Verdoorn

D.R. (Sid) Verdoorn

Class of 1957

In honor of his business and economic achievements.

Geraldine Vogt

Geraldine Vogt

Class of 1963

In honor of her community, economic and humanitarian impact. 

 

2008 Honorees

Mary King

Mary King

Class of 1910

In honor of her devoted service to Naeve School of Nursing and Naeve Hospital which touched so many lives.

Harold William Atkins

Harold William Atkins

Class of 1938

In honor of his innovative work and significant contribution to the improvement of safety in aviation.

Dr. Earl Thompson

Dr. Earl Thompson

Class of 1945

In honor of his humanitarian efforts to improve the lives of people in Nepal and other developing nations.

Virginia Gaasedelen Olson

Virginia Gaasedelen Olson

Class of 1954

In honor of her success and dedicated service to her community.

Steven Leuthold

Steven Leuthold

Class of 1956

In honor of his successful business career and his many philanthropic endeavors.

O. Dale Larson

O. Dale Larson

Class of 1956

In honor of his success in business and his generous commitment to his community.

 

2009 Honorees

Thomas Nee

Thomas Nee

Class of 1938

In honor of his life-long contribution to the teaching of music and the development of music programs and organizations for the enrichment of the lives of many.

Howard J Christensen

Howard J Christensen

Class of 1941

In honor of his business and economic achievements and his service to his community.

Richard Ackland

Richard Ackland

Class of 1959

In honor of his business and economic achievements and his service to his community.

Gayle Kvenvold

Gayle Kvenvold

Class of 1969

In honor of her professional achievements in service and support of issues to benefit the aging.

Major General Thomas K. Andersen

Major General Thomas K. Andersen

Class of 1976

In honor of his distinguished career in the USAF and his service and devotion to his country.

 

2010 Honorees

Donald R. Wedge

Donald R. Wedge

Class of 1931

In honor of his successful career and his service to his community.

Herbert C. Anderson

Herbert C. Anderson

Class of 1949

In honor of his exemplary service to his community.

Keith A. Fligge

Keith A. Fligge

Class of 1952

In honor of his long career with ALMCO- Queen Products and his sustained business leadership and involvement in community affairs

Dr. Jerry P. Draayer

Dr. Jerry P. Draayer

Class of 1960

In honor of his contributions to science research and education.

Dr. Herbert A. Thompson

Dr. Herbert A. Thompson

Class of 1959

In honor of his successful career in education and research in the area of Microbiology and Immunology.

 

2011 Honorees

Brigadier General James T. Tuberty

Brigadier General James T. Tuberty

Class of 1946

In honor of his long and distinguished career in the military and his service and devotion to his country.

Dr. Sunny Sundal Hansen

Dr. Sunny Sundal Hansen

Class of 1947

In honor of her long career as an educator and her contributions to the field of educational psychology.

Ralph I. Olson

Ralph I. Olson

Class of 1952

In honor of his forty-five year career at Interstate Power Company and his dedicated service to his community.

Dr. James P. Brill

Dr. James P. Brill

Class of 1956

In honor of his long and distinguished career in the field of petroleum engineering.

Maestro Charles Schneider

Maestro Charles Schneider

Class of 1956

In honor of his musical talents and distinguished career as a director of notable philharmonic orchestras.

Chris Bredo Berghoff

Chris Bredo Berghoff

Class of 1971

In honor of his business contributions in the field of electronic microprocessors and a lifelong commitment to education.

 

2012 Honorees

Earl D. Jacobsen

Earl D. Jacobsen

Class of 1942

In honor of his thirty-five years of service to students at the Albert Lea High School in the areas of Industrial Arts and Vocational Training.

Dale S. Hanson

Dale S. Hanson

Class of 1957

In honor of his remarkable achievements in the world of finance and his endearing commitment to public service in and outside of Albert Lea.

Dr. Lyman K. (Manny) Steil

Dr. Lyman K. (Manny) Steil

Class of 1956

In honor of his accomplishments as an author and educator in the fields of Speech Communication, Organizational Psychology and Listening and his commitment to public service.

Barry L Blackhawk

Barry L Blackhawk

Class of 1957

In honor of his lifelong commitment to teaching and preserving the Ho-Chunk language and culture.

 

2013 Honorees

Catherine Burns Lush, M.D.

Catherine Burns Lush, M.D.

Class of 1933

In honor of her pioneering work as a woman in medicine, serving as a doctor in the U.S. Navy, practicing in Minnesota towns and along the Gunflint Trail.

Arthur R. Ludtke Jr

Arthur R. Ludtke Jr

Class of 1944

In honor of his long-term commitment to the local agricultural industry and his unstinting service and leadership to many Albert Lea organizations and boards.

Elizabeth Peterson Wright J.D.

Elizabeth Peterson Wright J.D.

Class of 1956

In honor of her outstanding successes in various English, legal, and financial careers, all while giving back to her communities’ agencies serving the needy.

Nancy Register Wangen Ph.D

Nancy Register Wangen Ph.D

Class of 1953

In honor of her commitment to public education, leading school districts in implementing affirmative action plans, and also designing the Student Transfer Curriculum for Minnesota colleges.

 

2014 Honorees

Philip S. Tennis

Philip S. Tennis

Class of 1946

In honor of his lifelong career in local dairy farming and agricultural interests, his leadership to Minnesota ASCS, and his dedication to his church and his community’s schools and various local committees.

Dr. Judith Watland McIntyre

Dr. Judith Watland McIntyre

Class of 1948

In honor of her 40-year career in the research and study of loons, her service to college biology students, and her creative initiatives to establish seminars in support of science and the arts.

Daniel A. DeBoer

Daniel A. DeBoer

Class of 1974

In honor of his success in the community, starting businesses to meet his community’s needs, offering his time and skills to his local church, to the community’s Cornerstone project, and to expand mission work in Jamaica.

Eric J. Nyquist

Eric J. Nyquist

Class of 1990

In honor of his expertise in business and law, combined to serve the successes of various sports organizations by working with key management leaders of the NFL, the White Sox Enterprises, and NASCAR and NASCAR Media Group.

 

2015 Honorees

Peter Veldman

Peter Veldman

Class of 1951

In honor of his lifelong career in education, teaching, coaching, administering his school’s athletic programs, serving athletic associations as well as managing state sports tournaments or serving as a referee.

John M. Morrison

John M. Morrison

Class of 1955

In honor of his ongoing career in banking and finance, helping people by acquiring and then improving many businesses the success of which has allowed him to finance numerous philanthropic endeavors.

Rebecca C. Barr, Ph.D

Rebecca C. Barr, Ph.D

Class of 1956

In honor of her unstinting service during her lifetime in the research in how young children learn to read and how to diagnose and work with children with reading problems.

Linda Cruz-Lares

Linda Cruz-Lares

Class of 1974

In honor her lifelong commitment to helping people in Albert Lea, especially those who are trying to get started with new residency in the community who may have challenges with finding resources they need to thrive here.

 

2016 Honorees

Elmer R. Peterson PhD.

Elmer R. Peterson PhD.

Class of 1946

In honor of his life’s work teaching college students about French literature, art and culture.

James Horgen

James Horgen

Class of 1956

In honor of his ongoing efforts to create and expand his solar power manufacturing to improve many communities in the Mideast.

Bruce A. Peterson

Bruce A. Peterson

Class of 1968

In honor of his ongoing career in law in which he has given much pro bono work on behalf of low income citizens and the protection of children

Nancy Ophaug Beers

Nancy Ophaug Beers

Class of 1970

In honor of her dedication, leadership, and service to people and families suffering from and recovering from statewide and national disasters.

 

2017 Honorees

Jack Brill

Jack Brill

Class of 1955

In honor of his career as a research engineer and his involvement in inventions that have become household names.

Anne W. Kepple, Ph.D.

Anne W. Kepple, Ph.D.

Class of 1975

Class of In honor of her work in addressing the problem of hunger and promoting food security worldwide.

Bradley K. Arends, J.D.

Bradley K. Arends, J.D.

Class of 1977

In honor of his commitment to the local business and economic communities.

Mary Harrison Johnson

Mary Harrison Johnson

Class of 1978

In honor of her commitment to improving the lives of children with facial and other deformities in developing countries.

 

2018 Honorees

Florence Hansen/Adair

Florence Hansen/Adair

Class of 1926

In honor of her pioneering leadership and advocacy to achieve the origin of educational programming into public schools for children with varying levels of special needs.

Lowell W. Barr, M.D.

Lowell W. Barr, M.D.

Class of 1951

In honor of his 55 year commitment to providing pediatric care to generations of Albert Lea children and to his life of volunteer service and leadership

Steven Loken

Steven Loken

Class of 1968

In honor of his visionary leadership in developing environmentally friendly construction companies and in teaching others to use Green Building practices, in the USA and abroad.

John R. Berthelsen

John R. Berthelsen

Class of 1972

In honor of his talents across the printing industry and his sustained business leadership to benefit his employees and community by fostering new interest in graphic arts careers.

 

2019 Honorees

Thomas P. Ehrhard, Ph.D.

Thomas P. Ehrhard, Ph.D.

Class of 1976

In honor of his career as a national security professional, professor, and mentor for over four decades, including thirty years in the United States Air Force and later as a Pentagon senior executive and strategy advisor. 

Shelly Ibach

Shelly Ibach

Class of 1977

In honor of her commitment to executive leadership, business development and retail expertise.

Daniel Dorman

Daniel Dorman

Class of 1981

In honor of his commitment and passion to Albert Lea and public education.

Sarah Gutknecht

Sarah Gutknecht

Class of 1981

In honor of her endearing and generous spirit, leadership in the pediatric nursing profession, and her passionate drive to advocate for children.

 

No Banquet in 2020 Due to Covid