Trygve Ager, 69, 1533 Badger Ave., a former Minneapolis Tribune staff reporter and author and translator of books dealing with Norwegian culture, died Monday at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1906, at Eau Claire and was married in 1940 to Elvira Gullixson at Ithaca, N. Y. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 1929 and the same year studied journalism under a Scandinavian-American Foundation fellowship in Norway. He returned to the United States where he was copy editor for Nordisk Tidende, a Norwegian newspaper at Brooklyn, N. Y. and a small newspaper at Tenafly, N. J. until 1938. He worked in advertising as a copy editor for Addison Vars Inc. at Buffalo, N. Y., until 1941 when he joined the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D. C. He was a co-founder of "News of Norway" at the embassy. In 1943 he co-authored a book with Bjarne Hoye, "The Fight of the Norwegian Church Against Nazism".
After leaving the embassy in 1945, he joined the staff of the Albert Lea (Minn.) Evening Tribune and became managing editor. He joined the staff of the Minneapolis Tribune in 1949 and served as that newspaper's Wisconsin reporter until 1967 when he became a copy editor. He retired in 1971.
Since 1971 he taught Norwegian language and culture at the district vocational school here and edited a district insert for the Lutheran Standard a publication of the American Lutheran Church. During the 1930s he translated a number of Books, including O.E. Rolvag's "Their Father's God" and Johan Boyer's "The House and Sea". He was member of the library board here for many years and headed the local chapter of the International Committee Nordmanns Forbundet (League of Norsemen). He was also a board member of the Wisconsin Institute of Scandinavian Culture.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Tryg, Binghamton, N. Y., and Rolf, Spring Green; one daughter, Mrs. Timothy Fossum, Racine; four sisters, Mrs. Gudrun Bergh, Eau Claire, Mrs. Hildur Nicolai, Black River Falls, Mrs. Solvig Best, Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Borghild Derge, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Eyvind, Chippewa Falls, Roald, Cumberland; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jack L. Olson officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Friends may call at Lenmark Funeral Home from 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be given to the Waldemar T. Ager Scholarship Fund at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
(Printed in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Tuesday March 11, 1975 Edition)
Elvira G. Gullixson Ager
1910–1990 (m. 1940)
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