Former President Dies
G. Kenneth Andeen, who served as the 10th president of Wittenberg University from 1969 until 1974, died June 8. He was 91.
During his five-year tenure, Andeen traveled extensively to share the Wittenberg story both at home and abroad including to Italy, Switzerland
and The Netherlands. His commitment to international engagement also took him to Japan, where he met with officials at Japanese universities to discuss opportunities for exchange programs in light of the university’s newly created East Asian Studies Program.
A graduate of Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., and Augustana Theological Seminary, Andeen earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia
University. Remembered in Torch articles during his administration for how he “lauded student concern and spirit,” Andeen previously served
as a professor at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., and dean of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill., before being selected as president of Wittenberg. He later served as a pastor of several Lutheran congregations in New Jersey,
Illinois and Wisconsin before retiring in 1986.
A memorial service was held on July 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis.