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Marvin E & Kathryn B Lehnen

Kathryn Belcher Lehmen loved education.  She lived to learn, loved to teach and never missed an opportunity to encourage others to complete a college education, knowing of the many advantages it could afford them in life.

A 1949 graduate and assistant professor of business at Northwest for more than 20 years, Kathryn first taught journalism and business courses in high schools throughout Nodaway County.  She sponsored Pi Omega Pi, an honorary national business education society, until her retirement from Northwest in 1990.  The following year, Kathryn married Marvin Lehnen.  The Lehnens remained active in the Maryville community as well as at their winter home in Green Valley, Ariz.

Throughout her life, Northwest continued to hold a special place in Kathryn's heart.  She enjoyed long walks on campus with Marvin, viewing the new construction and keeping up on current University issues and with friends and former colleagues.  Although Kathryn died in 2001, the legacy of her passion for education will long be felt by future generations of Bearcats.

In October 2000, the Lehnens used a flexible endowment to establish The Marvin & Kathryn B. Lehnen Scholarship in the Northwest Foundation.  The scholarship provides assistance to those demonstrating considerable commitment to higher education, with preference to non-traditional students pursuing business majors.
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