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Bob & Mary Bohlken

Dr. Bob & Mary Bohlken were married in 1958.  They have two children, Katy Gumm & Dan Bohlken and four grandchildren: Bobby & Brandon Gumm & Faith & Alex Bohlken.  Katy, Dan & Bobby are all Northwest graduates.

Professor Bohlken, Ph.D. University of Kansas in 1969, retired from Northwest in 2000 after serving thirty years as an administrator and full professor of communication.  His areas of interest & research are listening, semantics, interpersonal trust and teaching communication.  He was inducted into the International Listening Association Hall of Fame in 2006 and received Northwest’s Alumni Distinguished Emeritus Professor Award in 2010.

Dr. Bohlken has published a Listening textbook, a regional folksaying/idioms book, two children’s books, three regional history books and two humorous human-interest books.  He, assisted by Mary, has served as a human-interest columnist for the weekly Nodaway News Leader for twenty years.

Mary, who received an M.S. in Education from Northwest in 1974, served as a learning disabilities/reading resource teacher for twenty years in the Maryville RII School District as well as an adjunct reading specialist at Northwest.
Scholarships associated with Bob & Mary Bohlken
  • Bob & Mary Bohlken Scholarship