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Allen Wangemann, a 1955 Mission House graduate, revered biology professor for more than 40 years at Lakeland and a champion of preserving the college's history, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6. He was 86.

Al WangemannWangemann was a student at Mission House, earning a bachelor's degree in biology. He joined Lakeland's faculty in 1956, and retired in 1997 after 41 years, one of the longest faculty tenures in the college's history. He was named faculty emeritus. He taught many of the college's science courses, and coordinated Lakeland's medical technology program, which offered students internships at Midwestern hospitals. He also conducted his own research, including teaming up with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. to research parasitic diseases in mummy tissue.

He was honored for service to the college in 1980 by Lakeland College Alumni Association, and in 1981 was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the college.

In retirement he served many years as curator of Lakeland's museum and often spoke to local organizations about the history of Mission House and Lakeland.

He was known for having a strong rapport with students, and he influenced many students to pursue careers in science and medical fields, including Lakeland's own Professor of Biology Kathy Rath Marr. He was named Student Government Association Teacher of the Year in 1987-88 and in 1993 won the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

A world traveler, he participated in archaeological expeditions in North America, Egypt and the South Pacific.

A complete obituary is here.


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