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Thoren, Dr. Herman H. (Died 1945)


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, Volunteer (email)
Date: 6/2/2011 at 19:54:46


First President of Western Union College Buried in Chicago Friday

Word was received by acquaintances that Dr. Herman H. Thoren died in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 28, the funeral was held Friday. No details were given of his passing, however, it was known that Dr. Thoren was in poor health during the last two years since the death of Mrs. Thoren. Surviving are five children: Oliver, Rockford, Ill.; Roll, Orlando Park, Fla.; Paul, Chicago; Mrs. Irene Tilden, Winter Garden, Fla.; Mrs. Bernice Anderson, Chicago.

Dr. Thoren was offically connected with the early development of Western Union college, he served as president from the date of the opening of the school in 1900 to 1906 when he was succeeded by Dr. C. C. Poling, as president.

Mr. Thoren was a ministerial member of the Illinois conference of the Evangelical church and acted as historian for that organization during the past ten years. His work as educator in the LeMars community was outstanding in the pioneer days of educational development; he was head professor of philosophy and theology while at Western Union college and was very active in young people's work. In recognition of his contribution to the local college and community, the board of trustees several years ago honored him by naming the first building on the campus "Thoren Hall." This is at present the science hall and accommodates the music department and provides an auditorium for assemblies of students.

This is the first break in the list of presidents of Western Union college: Dr. C.A. Mock, who preceded Dr. D.O. Kime, is living in Reading, Pa., and Dr. C.C. Poling is living in Portland, Ore, Dr. Thoren succeeded Prof. J. Wernli as executive at the time when the LeMars Normal school was transferred to the sponsorship of the Evangelical church. The main building was struck by lightning and burned during the first year and was rebuilt under the administration of President Thoren. Ten years ago, in connection with the annual commencement, Dr. Thoren visited at the college in LeMars, and delivered the baccalaureate address at that time.

~Source: Unknown publication, Nov. 1945


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