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In memoriam

Barry McNamara
Frank Sorensen
Frank Sorensen, emeritus professor of education, died on June 28, 2011, at the age 73 in Fort Collins, Colo.

He taught at Monmouth College as a full-time professor for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2002 and receiving the college's Distinguished Service Award a year later. Of his tenure at the college, former colleague George Arnold, who is now president of Silver Lake College, said, “Frank was truly a difference-maker to students. He was unconditionally committed to helping them fulfill their goals and dreams.”

In 1960, Sorensen earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Wheaton College, where he met his future wife, JoAnne, who survives. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010.

Prior to coming to Monmouth in 1973, Sorensen served actively in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain in the reserves. He attended Northern Illinois University, receiving a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, and the University of Illinois, where he received a doctorate in special education. He was a special education administrator for several years before shifting to higher education at Monmouth.

In addition to his college duties, which included serving as chair of the education department, Sorensen served on the board of the Warren Achievement Center and was chairman of the board for the Warren County United Way.

Family and friends will remember him for his great sense of curiosity, dry wit, love of travel, interest in roadside markers, exploration of college campuses nationwide, careful workmanship and profound sense of decency.

A memorial service will be held on July 7 at Allnutt Funeral Home in Fort Collins. A service will also be held at Monmouth College at a later date. The family requests that memorials be in the form of donations to the Monmouth College educational studies department.
Survivors also include his three sons, Steve, Chris and Pete Sorensen '91.

Also, if you have memories you’d like to share about Dr. Sorensen, please e-mail them to Barry McNamara at