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Ode, Sigurd J. 1908 - 1977


Posted By: Norman Hjelmeland (email)
Date: 4/22/2021 at 14:30:37

Sigurd Ode, Prominent Educator, Former Decorah Man, Dies April 9

Sigurd J. Ode, 2420 North Dunlap, Roseville, Minnesota, retired Assistant Commissioner of Education, died Saturday, April 9, in a Minneapolis hospital, after prolonged Illness, from a heart ailment.
He was 68, having been born in Decorah, Iowa, December 1, 1908. His widow, Margaret Broin Ode, survives him, as do two sons, David and John, both in Minneapolis, and a sister, Esther Rosel of Decorah. Funeral services under the charge of Roseville Memorial Chapel were held Wednesday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran church, 3000 Hamline Ave. North. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Ode held his high-ranking post in the state's Department of Education for ten years, after a career as teacher and principal extending over 22 years, with 13 years of that time spent in Duluth. His work in education was interrupted by three years' duty in the U.S. Army during World War II, 1943 to 1946. Varying his career as teacher in northern Minnesota and North Dakota was a two-year period as a superintendent of schools in Naples, Italy, 1956 to 1958, and two years spent in Washington, D.C., in work linked with the National Education Association.
A Decorah native, Ode received his Bachelor's degree from Luther College in 1930 and his Master's degree at the University of North Dakota in 1939. He had been a leader in nearly a dozen professional groups associated with his calling, was active in the affairs of Luther College alumni and widely in demand as a high school commencement speaker.

Decorah Public Opinion, April 26, 1977


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