May 2012 - Rita Reynolds Gehrenbeck '57


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When Rita Reynolds Gehrenbeck '57 P'85 '87 arrived at Macalester in 1953, she had never been outside the tri-state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. "But by the end of four years, my life's vision took in the world," she says, "and I thank Mac for that."

Perhaps that's why, when the former Providence, R.I., reading specialist—who also worked in Lebanon for two years—moved back to the Twin Cities, she threw herself so wholeheartedly into volunteering for her alma mater. Gehrenbeck has served on the last three Class of 1957 Reunion committees, including serving as co-chair for this year's 55-year Reunion; she is serving her second term on the Alumni Board; and she is a class agent.

And that's not counting the many alumni events she has attended over the years, her regular volunteering as a host family for international students; or her multiple decades of support to the Annual Fund (a Grand Society member since 2002, she’s a Wallace Society member as well).

That's a lot of Macalester involvement, but she's happy to do it all. Says Gehrenbeck, "Now that I have more time to give, I'm so rewarded by the wonderful staff, students, faculty, and alumni with whom I've participated in these events. Thank you for the honor of serving."

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