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Memorable Manitobans: Averno Milton Rempel (1919-2012)


Born at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 15 February 1919, son of Gerhard Solomon Rempel and Helena “Helen” Schultz (?-1984), he attended school at Langham, graduated grade 12 by the age of 15, attained BA and BEd degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, and attended Bible college before moving to Manitoba. During the Second World War, he lived at Steinbach and taught (1943-1949) and was Principal (1946-1949) of Steinbach Collegiate. He received a MEd degree (1950) from the University of Omaha (Nebraska) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (1954) from the University of Iowa then worked as the Dean at Minot State Teachers’ College (three years) and the Executive Assistant Director of Education (1964-1966) at Purdue University (Indiana). He left Steinbach in September 1964, having accepted the position as President/Chancellor of Eastern Oregon State University (1964-1973) at LaGrande, Oregon. He came out of retirement to serve as Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs (1973-1983) for the State Board of Higher Education at Eugene, Oregon. An active member of the Mennonite Church, he was a consultant for the Mennonite Board of Education at Elkhart, Indiana. On 6 July 1944, he married Wendlyn Reimer and they had two daughters and one son. He died at Eugene, Oregon on 20 November 2012.


“Former Principal takes College President job,” Steinbach Carillon, 5 June 1964, page 3.

“Tells how it feels to be College President,” Steinbach Carillon, 28 August 1964, page 11.

“Steinbach,” Steinbach Carillon, 20 October 1982, page 7A.

Obituary, Mennonite World Review, 7 January 2013, page 16.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 August 2018

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