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Augustana Remembers Dr. Beckman

Augustana College Library

A long time professor of religion at Augustana College has died. Dr. Peter Beckman passed away last week at the age of 93. 

After high school, he served as a SeaBee in the South Pacific during World War II, then he attended Augustana College, graduating in 1949. While studying for his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, he returned to Augustana in 1960 and taught for 30 years in the religion department. 

After retiring in 1990, Beckman and his wife moved to Tucson and then to Bainbridge Island, Washington.

A memorial service will be held next month in Washington. 

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