Lloyd L. Gunderson (2010)

Lloyd L. Gunderson, St. Olaf College (July 4, 2010)

LLOYD LAVERNE GUNDERSON was born on August 24, 1931 in Pleasantville, Wisconsin, the son of a car dealer. He majored in history at St. Olaf College, gradating in 1953. He went on to receive a Bachelors of Theology from Luther Seminary in Minneapolis in 1957, an A.M. (1959) and Ph.D. (1966) in Classics from the University of Wisconsin. He had two periods of religious service with congregations in Ballard, Washington and Brooklyn, New York in 1957-8, and following his Master’s degree in Black Earth and Cambridge, Wisconsin. In 1962 he and his wife Connie, whom he had met and married in Brooklyn, New York, in 1958, settles in Moorhead, Minnesota where he assumed teching duties at Concordia College as Assistant Professor of Classics (1962-7). In 1967 he moved his family to St. Olaf, where he taught until his retirement in 1994, chairing the department from 1967 to 1982, in which position he hired both Jim May and Anne Groton. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research in Humanities in Madison (1973-4) and Wolfson College, Cambridge (1981). His research specialty was Alexander the Great on which he published a number of articles. He regularly attended CAMWS meetings and gave papers in 1986 and 1987. He taught at St. Olaf for 27 years and was married for 51 years. He died at his home outside Northfield on July 4, 2010 after battling cancer of the esophagus.
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