Lundeen Lecture Hall to be rededicated
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – From his flashy clothes to his white convertible, Dr. Thomas Lundeen made quite the first impression. Because of his commitment to students and UW-Platteville in general, that impression was a lasting one.
The university will rededicate the Thomas B. Lundeen Lecture Hall on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. The Doudna Hall theater, originally dedicated in his name in 2003, was completely revamped in 2017 with an entirely new interior and state-of-the-art technology. Closed for the entire spring semester, the lecture hall re-opened this fall. The rededication is free and open to the public.
Lundeen was then-Chancellor Bjarne Ullsvik’s first hire in 1959, a fact he carried with pride until he retired in 1999. He specialized in British, Russian and medieval history but also in the history of Wisconsin. His real passion was with the university. He wrote a book entitled “Jubilee! A History of the College of Engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1908-1983.”
He was active with many campus organizations, the arts, athletics, the UW-Platteville Foundation as well as the Grant County Historical Society, right up to his 2009 death.
It was teaching, however, that drew students to him and his classes in the university’s largest classroom. “Dr. Lundeen’s classes were scheduled in Doudna Theater, when possible, in response to student demand,” said Chancellor Emeritus David J. Markee at the 2003 dedication.
In 1968, he was elected the Outstanding Professor of the Year by university faculty and students, and in 1995, he was honored by the Teaching Excellence Award of the College of Liberal Arts and Education.
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