Saturday, May 25, 2019

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In Memory

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January 11, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic plane crash that took the lives of two Augustana staff members and four student members of the debate team. As we honor the memory of these individuals, we give thanks for their lives and the many gifts they shared with all who knew them.

Frayne Anderson - Sioux Falls, SD

Director of the Mikkelsen Library, Frayne and his wife Mitzi had four daughters, Judy, Vickie, Pam and Heidi. He enlisted in the army in 1943 and was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead (denoting participation in combat parachute drop) and the Purple Heart. Frayne touched many lives as a teacher and librarian. He often travelled to small towns in the area to help strengthen their libraries thereby sharing his intense love of books.

K. Don Tibbetts - Sioux Falls, SD

Assistant Professor and Director of the Forensics, K. Don is remembered for his bold step and vigorous personality. His confidence in the abilities of his students helped them grow. In the spring of 1968, K. Don was elected Vice-President of the Pi Kappa Delta, Sioux province, the national honor society for public speaking and debate. K. Don and his wife, Jane, had three children and were in the process of adopting a fourth.

Joyce Estwick - Senior, Milan, MN

An only child, Joyce excelled as a key member of Augustana's forensics team for several years. She had been awarded an NDEA scholarship to pursue her master and doctoral degrees in speech and drama at the University of Southern California. She was a member of the Augustana team that placed third in a national competition, defeating many larger schools, including MIT.

Linda Heidemann - Sophomore, Sioux Falls & Rapid City, SD

Linda loved to read and write poetry. She graduated Cum Laude from Rapid City Senior High School after moving there her junior year. Linda was an active member of the Augustana debate squad competing in the category of extemporaneous speaking and scoring "excellent" marks at several regional tournaments in 1968-69.

James (Jim) Houske - Freshman, Shawnee Mission, KS

Jim was the son of two 1946 Augustana graduates: Betty G. Johnson who went on to earn her Masters in Library Science from Catholic University and Harold A. Housek (also a member of a successful Augustana debate team) who became a lawyer. The oldest of four children, Jim enjoyed politics and was a contributor to The Mirror. In high school he was active in cross country, tennis, and selected for the top choir. In addition, he edited his high school year book. A scholarship is awarded annually at Augustana in memory of James Houske.

Al Jensen - Freshman, Pipestone, MN

For three years Al worked behind the microphone of KLOH in Pipestone, MN as a disc jockey. He earned his first radio license at the age of fifteen. Al served as President of his Senior Class in Pipestone and was a member of the high school band and the National Honor Society. He played several leading and supporting roles in local plays. Al was awarded a debate scholarship from Augustana. He had five siblings.



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