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Honorees announced for Alexandria Alumni Hall of Fame

Honorees announced for Alexandria Alumni Hall of Fame

Luncheon set for September 27

The Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation, in partnership with Alexandria Public Schools, has announced the 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees — Vern Anderson, Robert Roubik and Marjorie (Engstrand) Van Gorp.

These individuals will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon Celebration on Friday, September 27 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.

The event is open to the public. For ticket information, contact Susan Scarborough, foundation treasurer, at (320) 762-3310, extension 4271.


Vernon Anderson of Alexandria graduated from Alexandria in 1960. He attended Henley Management College in England and has been through other leadership training through the years.

Anderson is the CEO and co-founder of Douglas Machines, Inc., CEO of Douglas Scientific and co-founder of Andes Tower Hills, all in the Alexandria area.

He is also one of the founders of KCGN, a Christian radio station in eastern South Dakota.

He has served on numerous boards, including Davis Engineering in Deerwood, Dimensino Industries and Streamfeeder in Minneapolis, Praise FM of Osakis, Willmar, Ortonville and Minneapolis, Alexandria Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Home, Wells Fargo, Lowell Lundstrom Ministries, Living Waters Church and Knute Nelson/Grand Arbor.

He is also one of the founders of the Unity Foundation, a nonprofit that encourages community faith-building.

Anderson said his favorite pastime is spending time with his family. He and his wife, Judy, have been married 50 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

He also collects classic cars and other toys including four-wheelers, motorcycles, personal watercraft and a pontoon.

"My main passion is my love for the Lord and sharing Him at every opportunity," Anderson said. "I would not have been where I am today were it not for him."

Anderson said he also enjoys mentoring and encouraging others in personal or business matters.


Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria attended the Douglas County District 51 School in Spruce Hill Township from 1929 to 1937 and Central High School in Alexandria from 1937 to 1941.

She attended the Orange County Florida Technical School of Cosmetology from 1957 to 1958 and owned a beauty salon in Florida for three years.

In 1967, she hosted a one-hour radio program called "Listen, ladies," when living at the Lajes Air Force Base in The Azores, Portugal.

From 1969 to 1974 she was a receptionist and ad copywriter at KXRA Radio in Alexandria.

From 1974 to 1980 she was a travel agent and tour escort for Bursch Travel in Alexandria.

From 1975 to 1979 she served on the Douglas County Library board during the transitional period of its becoming part of the Regional Library System.

She also served as president of the Community Council for three years.

In 1991 she published Tapestries, a book of original poetry for her 50th class reunion.

In 2001 she was elected to the Douglas County Historical Society Wall of Fame.

In 2007, at age 84, she attended Alexandria Technical College for two semesters, earning a 4.0 grade point average in her composition and creative writing classes.

She has served as a contributing editor to Definitive Women magazine from 2008 to today and in 2009 was named Elk of the Year by the Alexandria Elks Lodge.

Van Gorp said her most notable accomplishment was in 2005 when, while doing family research at the Douglas County Historical Society, she located a full-blooded sister for her brother-in-law.


Robert Roubik of Oakton, Virginia, graduated from Alexandria in 1957.

He attended the Minneapolis General Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1960, and attended the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist in 1962.

He then began his U.S. Air Force (USAF) career as a second lieutenant. He was stationed at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah for three years to fulfill his commitment.

He later moved his family to Colorado, and then Oregon where he practiced his career for seven years. In 1971 he obtained a graduate certificate as a respiratory therapist from the University of Chicago.

He reactivated in the USAF in 1973 and was assigned to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas for 13 months. He was named chief of anesthesia and emergency services for the 432nd USAF Combat Support Hospital at Royal Thai Air Force Base in Udorn, Thailand.

After his tour of duty he was assigned to Malcom Grow USAF Medical Center at Andrew's Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. as a staff anesthetist. He later transferred to the Reserves so he could attend school.

In 1977 he completed a Bachelor of Science and in 1984 a Master of Science, both from George Washington University.

He was employed as chief nurse anesthetist and a member of the medical staff at George Washington University Hospital, where he also taught and conducted research.

As chief nurse of the 459th Tactical Hospital, he was promoted to major in 1976, lt. colonel in 1981 and colonel in 1986.

In 1985 he was part of the National Security Management Program at the Eisenhower Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

In 1987 he was a seminar coordinator for the Air War College at the Pentagon.

He was later assigned to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas as acting director of the School of Anesthesia when called into active duty during Desert Storm.

After serving the USAF for 37 years, he retired in 1995.

During his 42-year clinical career, he administered more than 32,000 anesthesias.

From 2003 to 2013 he served as a docent at the Udvar-Hazy Center at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Roubik is married to Karen Kudis and has five children and four grandchildren.