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PI GAMMA MU MOURNS LOSS OF DR. ORVILLE D. MENARD,
10th INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

Dr. Orville D. Menard, who served as Pi Gamma Mu's 10th international president from 1990 to 1996, died at his Omaha, Neb., home on January 10.  He was 80 years old.

After earning a Ph.D. degree in political science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1964, Dr. Menard was a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska – Omaha for 34 years, until he retired in 1998.  He became UNO's Pi Gamma Mu chapter sponsor in 1978, and remained in that position for 20 years until his retirement.  The Nebraska Alpha Chapter was one of Pi Gamma Mu's most active chapters while he was its sponsor.

Ina Turner Gray, who was Pi Gamma Mu's international executive director during Dr. Menard's presidency, recalled that he officiated at the 1993 opening of the honor society's new headquarters in the Carnegie Building, the former site of a Carnegie library, in Winfield, Kans.  She wrote, "A master teacher, Professor Menard was dedicated to his students and kept in touch with them during his lifetime.  Some of them, in turn, were loyal to him, even coming from a distance to visit him during his last illness.  As a scholar, his historical interests were wide-ranging.  A primary interest was France, where he and [his wife] Darlene often vacationed.  They also retraced the Lewis and Clark trail, and local Omaha history invited his research."

One of Dr. Menard's successors as international president, Dr. Jean C. Karlen‑‑who "considered him both a mentor and a friend"‑‑represented Pi Gamma Mu at the funeral on January 14.  Dr. Karlen commented, "He was always kind and considerate.  His laughter was disarming and broke the tensions that sometime emerge in conversations.  He also had a way of dealing with serious issues in a diplomatic, pragmatic way.  He enjoyed life, and he loved and was loved by his students.  It was a privilege to serve with him on the board."

Pi Gamma Mu's Board of Trustees inducted Dr. Menard into the Pi Gamma Mu Hall of Fame in 2008.

The board expresses its heartfelt sympathy to Dr. Menard's wife of nearly 60 years, Darlene, to their family, and to his colleagues and former students at UNO who appreciated him so much and will miss his inspiration and friendship.

 

 

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