David W. Thronson, 1956

DAVID W. THRONSON ’56, of Ackley, Iowa, died November 10, 2012, at age 78 at home after a six-year struggle with interstitial lung fibrosis. After graduating from Luther, David started his career as a teacher of mathematics in Monona, Iowa. He received his M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 1963. He completed additional graduate study at the University of Kansas and North Texas State University and he served in the U.S. Army as a statistician. David was also a teacher at Iowa Central Community College, a principal in Monona, a math consultant for the State of Iowa, and he completed his career as a teacher of mathematics at Westside Community Schools, Omaha, Nebraska. He spent seven summers at Boston College teaching a course in discrete mathematics to secondary teachers. David was recognized for his work as a teacher, receiving a 1993 Nebraska Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and the 1994 Outstanding Teacher Award, Westside Community Schools. During most of David’s years as a public school teacher, he coached football. His enthusiasm and skill for teaching math was an inspiration to many students and fellow teachers. David published two books. The first, My Love is Always Yours, is a compilation of his uncle’s World War II letters. His second, The Fine Art of Mathematical Magic, is a collection of magic tricks explained and proven for amateurs and experts. David was active in the Lutheran Church and a member of Lions. He enjoyed tutoring students, was a collector of old math texts, and looked forward to football season every year. He especially loved time with family and friends. David is survived by his wife, Betty, and three children, Mary (Daniel) Stawniak, David Brent (Veronica) Thronson, and REBECCA '88 (SCOT '86) Idstrom; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister, Solveig (Kenneth) Engh; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. David was preceded in death by his parents, CARMAN P. THRONSON '27 and Borgild Thronson; his brother, CARMEN O. THRONSON '53; and one grandson.