April 15, 2016: Clarke University recognized the dedicated service of three long-serving
and retiring members of its Board of
Trustees at the university’s 173rd Commencement held Saturday, May 7. Thomas Lynch, Brendan Quann and Robert Wahlert
have provided a combined 102 years of
service. Each addressed the 301 graduates on hand and received an honorary doctor of humane
letters degree at the ceremony.
“An institution is rarely blessed with trustees who have
dedicated themselves so richly to an institution,” said Clarke President Joanne
Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “We have been extremely fortunate to have had three
wonderful men guiding this institution for over three decades. Together these
three have a combined 102 years of service to Clarke. They brought good sense,
compassion, and great humor to their roles as Trustees. I will miss them.”
Lynch has been a member of the Clarke Board of Trustees for
35 years, and served as the board chair 2005-10. He is a Wealth Coach and
Managing Partner with ECI/Bank Benefits of Minnesota and has also served as
president of Bryn Mawr Financial Corporation and Planned Giving Systems Inc. He
and his wife, Barbara, reside in Minneapolis.
Quann has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 35
years. He is senior counsel with the law firm of O’Connor & Thomas, P.C.,
in Dubuque, which he joined in 1976. He and his wife, Jeanne, reside in
Wahlert has been a member of the Board
of Trustees for 32 years, and served as the board chair 1997-2002. He served as
executive vice president of the Dubuque Packing Company, then succeeded his
father as chairman and CEO in 1978. Bob later established FDL Inc., which
became a leader in the meat-packing industry. He and his wife, Donna, live in
Fort Myers, Fla.
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