Rasmussen of Wayne, Neb., died June 5. He was 71 years old. The memorial service
will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, in Ramsey Theatre on the campus of
Wayne State College.
born to Sydney "Pete" Rasmussen and Clara Halvorson Rasmussen on
Sept. 5, 1938, in Allen, Neb. He earned a bachelor of science degree and PhD in
chemistry from the University of Nebraska. He spent two years as a Fulbright
Scholar in Germany, studying in Tubigen and Berlin. He taught chemistry at
Wayne State College from 1969 until his retirement in 2001, and taught at Utah
State University during sabbatical and summers.
recognized as an outstanding teacher by his students and by local, state and
national groups. He received a Loren Eiseley award for outstanding
scientist-humanists as well as the Burlington Northern and the Nebraska Board
of Trustees Teaching Excellence Awards.
received the "Pit Bull Professor" award for his sponsorship of Lambda
Delta Lambda, (the science honorary society). He was a member of several
academic honorary societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Pi Mu Epsilon and Phi
Lambda Upsilon. He enjoyed participating in campus life including judging
science fairs and foreign language competitions, attending International Club
events, and numerous musical performances.
devoted as much of his time to extracurricular activities as to work. He
was an enthusiastic botanist, an avid collector and a voracious reader in a
wide variety of disciplines. He spoke, read and sang loudly in German and
taught himself several other languages. He enjoyed traveling and camping with
friends and family. He was fond of good food and dinner parties with friends
and regularly supervised the cooking.
He is preceded
in death by his parents and siblings Thomas, James and Elaine (Rasmussen)
Dorrough. He is survived by his wife, Charlene (Shuey) Rasmussen of Wayne;
children Eric and Irina (Goloubeva) Rasmussen of Gavle, Sweden, and Claire
Rasmussen and James Sellers of Newark, Del.; and siblings Mary Rakow of
Bellevue, Wash., Robert and Irma Rasmussen of Lakewood, Calif., Glynn Rasmussen
of Vista, Calif., William Rasmussen of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., William and Dee
Johnson of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Richard and Deanna Miller of Council Bluffs, Iowa,
and Dennis and Jacqueline Rasmussen of Sioux City, Iowa.
note: A preference for Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers has
been expressed. Memorial Donations will be extended to causes that were
important to Rasmussen including: the Statewide Arboretum, the
Friends of the Library landscaping fund (Wayne Public Library Foundation is the
parent organization), or the Nebraska Humanities Council.