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In Memoriam...

"... and the light of Brotherhood shall burn throughout Eternity."

William E. Baumgarten


Bill was born in Duluth, Minnesota on April 2, 1944. A lifelong Duluth resident, he was a graduate of Duluth East High School, an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and a charter member of the Duluth Keel Club. Bill's stay at UMD exemplified our Alpha objectives in every way. Bill served as President of Alpha in 1965-1966 and was awarded both Brother of the Year and Senior of the Year in 1966. Bill served on the Inter-Fraternity Council as an Alpha representative and as a rush chairman. Bill served the campus as recreation chairman of the Kirby Student Center program board in 1963-1964 and served as the President of the Kirby Student Center in 1964-1965. Bill also served as President of the Canterbury Club. In recognition of his outstanding leadership in student and campus activities, Bill was awarded the Bulldog Award in 1963-1964 and the Sieur du Luth in 1964-1965. Bill was instrumental in our organization receiving the outstanding organization award in 1964-1965 based upon academic, social, and cultural contributions to the campus.

Following his graduation from UMD, Bill served in the Peace Corps from 1966-1968 at Roi Et Thailand. Bill was a noted elementary school teacher, with the greater part of his career spent at Congdon Park Elementary School where he initiated programs in computer literacy and was a proponent of raising self esteem for all students. He was affectionately known as "Mr. B." His students and fellow staff named a star after their beloved Mr. B. A lover of learning and children, his life was dedicated to teaching and his family.

Bill died of cancer in his home on June 28, 1993, leaving his wife, Julie, and three children, Andrew, Sarah, and Elizabeth. His three children have followed his example and all have been recognized for scholastic excellence as well as contribution to school and community.

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