A Legacy for a Loved One Will Pass on the Gift of Education
Getting his start in education at the University of Dubuque, Arnold Lindaman '59 has passed on his love of learning to his children and grandchildren. Now the scholarship he and his wife, Lois, have endowed in honor of their beloved grandson will help secure an education for future students at his alma mater.
While pursuing a major in history and a minor in English at UD, Arnold remembers being inspired by adult leaders like President Couchman on campus. "They liberalized my thinking in terms of theology and outlook on life," he says.
Arnold describes his professors at UD as supportive and studentoriented. "They always encouraged us to do our best," he recollects, "and that's something I took into my own teaching."
Arnold enjoyed a long career in teaching and administration in middle school through college. He and Lois raised four boys, and now have 10 living grandchildren.
Arnold and Lois's grandson, Jack, was born on July 4, 2003. Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, Jack's young life was a challenge that he met bravely. "He was our firecracker boy who just lit up at our family gettogethers," Arnold shares. "He was just a joy."
When Jack passed away in 2010, Arnold and Lois wanted to do something in his memory that would benefit others. Because Jack had loved learning, particularly numbers and counting, they decided to establish the Jack T. Lindaman Endowed Scholarship for UD students majoring in math or science education. "We wanted something ongoing that would continue to touch the lives of others," Arnold explains. "And [one of the groups of] people who do the best at giving back to society are teachers."
"Arnold and Lois are an inspiration to me," says Kara Leglar-Murphy, director for donor relations. "They turned a family loss into something positive for future UD students."
Arnold and Lois see the scholarship as an extension of Jack's legacy. "We have our memories of him," Arnold says, "and now a scholarship that will live on in his name."
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