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Barbara Laskin

Arthur “Bud” Ogle Named Macalester Distinguished Citizen

June 9, 2009 - Arthur “Bud” Ogle of Chicago, Ill., has been named one of Macalester College’s 2009 Distinguished Citizens. Ogle graduated from Macalester in 1964.

The Distinguished Citizen Citation recognizes alumni who have exercised leadership in civic, social, religious and professional activities. It is given because the Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees and the faculty of Macalester believe that a college education should be the training and inspiration for unselfish and effective service to the community, the nation and the world. Recipients demonstrate a practical acceptance of these obligations in their lives and work.

Ogle graduated from Macalester with majors in history and philosophy. He earned a divinity degree at Yale in 1967, where he worked on the anti-war effort with William Sloane Coffin, and a PhD in diplomatic history from the University of Virginia in 1971. Along the way he was ordained a Presbyterian minister.

In 1973 Ogle went to Northwestern University and became director of Christian campus ministry where he involved students in addressing poverty in a nearby neighborhood. In time, he and his wife and Macalester classmate, Donna Sederburg Ogle, moved into the neighborhood and started an emergency shelter. Then they bought and rehabilitated the long-neglected Jonquil Hotel to help meet the need for safe, low-cost housing. Today, the Jonquil is a thriving community of 60 families and individuals.

Ogle left the chaplaincy at Northwestern and for 33 years has served as founder and president of Good News Partners. Today Good News Partners has rehabilitated 300 units of housing, manages several buildings, and provides much needed drug rehabilitation, employment training, transitional housing, spiritual ministry, and tutoring for adults and youth.

“Bud lives what many of us would like to think is the true Christian life,” wrote Donald Gemberling, one of no fewer than five classmates who nominated Ogle. “He asks little for himself, earns a small salary, and lives among the people he helps.”

In 1994 Macalester presented Ogle with an honorary degree. Strong advocates of asset-based community development, the Ogles often share their Chicago experience by working internationally to stimulate critical thinking and nurture community growth.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,858 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.