Ross Paulson


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Posted Online: Nov. 01, 2011, 6:04 pm
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Professor Ross E. Paulson, 76, of Shakopee, Minn., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Auburn Manor Care Center, Chaska, Minn.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., with services at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, all at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Ave., Rock Island. Interment will be held at a later date at the Blomskog Cemetery, Moose Lake, Minn.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island; Augustana College; the Neuroscience Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.; Division for Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; or the Commission for Multicultural Ministries, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago. mcnearneyfuneralhome.com

Prof. Paulson was born in EIkhart, Ind., on March 10, 1935. He attended public schools in Elkhart and also participated in the Quiz Kid program on radio and television.

He pursued undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, graduating with honors in 1957 and as a Distinguished Military Cadet. Upon graduation, he attended Harvard University for study in the field of American Intellectual History. Harvard University conferred the Master of Arts degree in 1960 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1962. He was also a Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School in 1964-1965. At one time, Prof. Paulson was a member of the Society for Religion in Higher Education, the American Historical Association and Phi Beta Kappa.

Prof. Paulson also served in the Army Reserves, attaining the rank of captain before finishing his reserve responsibilities.

A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served on various boards and commissions for the Lutheran Church in American and its successor the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including the Board of World Missions and the Multicultural Commission. He also served on synod boards including the Multicultural Committee for the Northern lllinois Synod, and various church councils at the local level including Augustana Campus Church at Augustana College, and St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island.

From 1962 to 1995, Prof. Paulson was a professor of history at Augustana College, Rock Island, reaching the rank of full professor and retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1995.

Prof. Paulson's publications included articles in various scholarly journals, biographical sketches of Populist leaders for several encyclopedias, and a text for high school students. He also wrote and published scholarly books, including his doctoral dissertation.

After retiring, Prof. Paulson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of 1998 and had also survived strokes and prostate cancer. In 2002, he and his wife moved to Minnesota after 40 years in Rock Island.

Prof. Paulson is survived by his wife of 48 years, Avis, Shakopee; daughters, Linnea M. Anderson (Bruce C. Anderson) and Lisa Anne Paulson Bauch (John Bauch); granddaughter, Katharine L. Anderson, Bloomington, Minn.; a brother, Lee (Jan) Paulson, Walnut Creek, Calif.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Prof. Paulson was preceded in death by his parents and brother Kent.














 



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