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 Gordon Rey Aadland

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Gordon Rey Aadland

Birth
Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota, USA
Death 27 Oct 2013 (aged 92)
Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA
Burial Centralia, Lewis County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 149792935 View Source

Gordon Rey Aadland, age 92, passed away peacefully on Oct. 27, 2013. He was born Sept. 22, 1921 in Sisseton, S.D., the sixth and youngest child born to Olaf and Frances. He played on the varsity high school teams in baseball, basketball and tennis.

In 1940, Gordon moved to Los Angeles to join his family. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942-1945 in Cold Bay, Alaska and on the Island of Attu, in the Quartermaster Corps, achieving a rank of buck sergeant. After returning from overseas, he served in the Los Angeles Military Police. Using the GI Bill, he earned both Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of South Dakota (USD) in 1949. He taught high school in Madison, S.D. where he met and married Carolyn Lavonne McGarvie. They moved to Centralia where he taught high school from 1957 to 1961. He taught at Centralia College (CC) from 1961 to 1985, where he also served as public information officer. Gordon wrote columns for his high school and college newspapers, for SoDak Sports and the church newsletter and his articles appeared in the Miami Herald and the Tacoma News Tribune. His achievements are as follows. At CC: Sports Hall of Fame, bringing the NewsCapade to CC, instrumental in establishing the Distinguished Alumnus award, was a graduation speaker, originator of the promenade across campus during its graduation ceremonies, had the Aadland Esplanade named for him, received the first Distinguished Lifetime Service Award, and was behind the creation of a statue honoring Katherine Kemp and Margaret Corbet which will be dedicated in 2014. At the USD: Alumni Achievement Award, member of the Neuharth Program for Excellence in Journalism Advisory Board, generated the idea for the Native American in Journalism Program, and gave advice and encouragement to USD students. In Centralia: founding member of the Evergreen Theatre, instigated the sign at Ed Wheeler baseball field noting local baseball stars, helped get the marker to commemorate President Clinton’s visit, spearheaded the effort to memorialize the girls who died in the powder plant fire, promoted Centralia artists Merce Cunningham, Charlie Albright and Angela Meade, and was grand marshal with his family for the 4th of July parade. His column Saturday’s Child appeared weekly in The Chronicle for almost 12 years, up to the time of his death. He considered his greatest achievement as making many people smile or laugh with what he wrote or said. Survived by wife, Carolyn; daughter; Carrie, adopted son, Dennis Waller and wife, Glynn; mentoree, Brian Mittge; friends, Wickstroms, Rosas and many others; ex-students in Washington and South Dakota; CC colleagues; the Immanuel Lutheran Congregation; sisters-in-law, Lois VanSlyke and Dorothy Aadland; nieces and nephews; and scores of little old ladies in sensible shoes who read his column. The public is invited to a celebration of life on Nov. 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Memorials can be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to Centralia College for a scholarship in his name.

Source: The Chronicle November 1, 2013


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