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Prof. Marvin Swanson Passes Away at Age 76

November 23, 2011

103221November 23, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Marvin C. Swanson, who served as chaplain at DePauw University and led the international studies and off-campus programs over a 14 year period of service to the college, died on November 19 in O'Fallon, Missouri, following a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, on August 3, 1935, Swanson earned his bachelor's degree at Simpson College in Iowa and the S.T.B. (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) and Ph.D. from Boston University.

An ordained Methodist minister, Swanson served as an administrative assitant to the headmaster,. chaplain and instructor of world religions at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, from 1964-68.  He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Iran, Central America and the Near East.

Dr. Swanson came to DePauw in 1968 as University chaplain with rank of assistant professor. In 1974 he was appointed assistant dean of the University and was placed in charge of international studies and off-campus programs. He was listed in Outstanding Educators of America. (photo, l-r: U.S. 103222Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, Dr. Swanson, DePauw President William E. Kerstetter and Professor Howard Youse '37 on May 22, 1971.  Blackmun was DePauw's Commencement-Alumni Convocation speaker on that day.)

In 1976, Professor Swanson chaired a commitee that examined questions vital to the life of DePauw.  The project was funded by a grant from the Danforth Foundation of St. Louis.

After leaving DePauw, Swanson served as director of international programs at Southeast Missouri State University from 1986 to 1992, when he retired from higher education and formed his own foundation, Cultural Exchange Network.

A graveside service and burial will take place on Saturday, November 26 at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, Illinois.

An online obituary is available here.

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