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Former CSB President Stanley Idzerda Dies at 93

Stanley Idzerda

ST. JOSEPH – Stanley Idzerda, president emeritus of the College of Saint Benedict, died Tuesday at the age of 93.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.  17, in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph.

Burial will be in the Saint Benedict’s Monastery Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Sacred Heart Chapel gathering place beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Idzerda was the eighth president of the college, serving from 1968 through 1974, and the first lay president of a women’s college in Minnesota.

In 1968, Idzerda, his wife, Geraldine, and their seven children moved to St. Joseph, when he became the president of CSB.

During his presidency, the college experienced record growth in enrollment, and new academic programs in nursing, East Asian studies, physical therapy and liberal studies were added to the 29 existing majors. The college’s first study abroad program, summer classes, and employment of student workers also started under Idzerda’s leadership.

Five years after retiring as president, Idzerda returned to the College of Saint Benedict to serve as a history professor until his retirement in 1990.

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