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In Memoriam: Vivian Seibert Mcgonagle ’49 (1927–2018)

Scholarship creator and Hamline benefactor

Vivian McGonagle ’49, a lifelong supporter of Hamline who established an endowed scholarship, died on February 19. She was 90.

Born in St. Cloud on February 28, 1927, Vivian taught junior high in the Hopkins school district for many years.

 “She was just the quintessential teacher, always looking for a teachable moment to pass some knowledge along to anybody who would listen,” said her son, Todd McGonagle ’86.

After her father’s death, Vivian succeeded him as president of Ickler Company, a machine shop her father founded in St. Cloud, for nine years.

She had a passion for history and was a member of several local and state historical societies. Vivian also enjoyed the arts, theater, and music, and she volunteered with the Methodist Church, the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and her son’s school.

“Hamline was a very important part of her life,” Todd said. A generous donor, she established an endowed scholarship in education. Todd also created an endowed scholarship for theater majors. (See related story on page 31.)

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis. She is survived by her son, Todd, and her grandson, Duncan.