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Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom,   Age 87
Visitation Location: Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN
Visitation Date/Time: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Funeral Time: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 10:30 AM
Funeral Location: First Presbyterian Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Burial Location: First Presbyterian Church Columbarium, Crookston, MN
   
    
    DR. STANLEY D. SAHLSTROM, 87
    St. Cloud, MN
    April 15, 1921 - June 2, 2008
    
    
     Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom, age 87, St. Cloud, MN died Monday, June 2, 2008 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Cloud, MN.
     Memorial services will be Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. A second memorial service will be Friday, June 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the University of Minnesota-Crookston in the Lysaker Gymnasium, Crookston, MN. Interment will be in First Presbyterian Church Columbarium, Crookston, MN.
     Stanley Sahlstrom was born on April 15, 1921 in Mille Lacs County, MN to David and Julia (Johnson) Sahlstrom. Attended University of Minnesota, St. Paul completing a doctorate in Agricultural Education. He was also elected to four honorary fraternities Alpha-Sigma-Pi, Phi-Delta-Kappa, Gamma-Sigma-Delta, and Alpha-Zeta. Following graduation Stanley spent part of one year at Marietta Public Schools establishing agricultural programs, and coaching basketball and baseball.
     Stanley enlisted in the Army, where he proceeded to Officer Candidate School with the Corp. of Engineers. While serving as Lieutenant with the Corp of Engineer in Salzburg, Austria, Stanley met his future wife, Ludmilla. On October 5th, 1946 Stanley and Ludmilla were married in Salzburg, Austria before returning to Milaca, where Stanley began work as an instructor with the GJ Bill for Farmers, and a subsequent program in high school.
     In 1951 Stanley became a faculty member at the University of Minnesota in Agricultural Education. He spent the next ten years working as an administrator with the St. Cloud Teachers’ College, which grew from some twelve hundred to six thousand students during his tenure and also became a State College.
     1965 brought both the greatest challenge, and the greatest opportunity for Stanley, when he accepted the position as Provost for the new campus of the University of Minnesota at Crookston. With his usual determination, Stanley recruited a great faculty and classes began in 1966. He served in this position for over twenty years before retiring. Following retirement he served two terms on the Board of Regents.
     Stanley spent from 1962-63 in Cyprus as a consultant to the education department on a Fulbright Scholarship. Following this time the Sahlstrom family traveled through Europe visiting many of the locations Stanley had been stationed during WW II and looking up relatives, historical and cultural sites.
     From 1974 to 1976 Stanley was invited to, and attended the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Stanley maintained his relationship with the military, as a reserve, following his active service for some forty years, retiring as a Colonel in 1982.
     Stanley grew up working with horses on the family farm and they remained an important part of his life. During his service in W.W.II he rode captured German warhorses, and assisted with the rescue and relocation of the famous Lippizaner Horses from Czechoslovakia to Austria. Stanley had a lifelong relationship with the American Morgan Horse Association. When the government closed the Morgan Horse Farm in Vermont, in the late 1940’s Stanley was instrumental in starting a Midwest breeding program. This led to the establishment of the North Central Morgan Horse Association, and Stanley serving as their first president.
     1998 saw Stanley become the first recipient of the University of Minnesota, Crookston Equine Program’s STAN award (Spirit, Talent, Attitude, and Neighborliness) for his exemplary service to the equine industry.
     Stanley was a 50 year member of Rotary, and served as its governor in 1973-74. He was also active in the Chamber of Commerce in both St. Cloud and Crookston. He was also active in the American Cancer Society, becoming chairman of the ACS group in Crookston and later State chairman.
     Survivors include daughter; Kristine (Jay) Wahlin of Indian Wells, CA; sons, David (Jean) Sahlstrom of Wayzata, MN; Stephen (Chris) Sahlstrom of St. Cloud, MN and Timothy (Esther) Sahlstrom of Indio, CA; seven grandchildren, Max, Kara Ludmilla, Jacey, Joe, Alyssa, Andy, Tyler; one sister, Mildred Schenck of Milaca, MN.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ludmilla Sahlstrom on April 11, 2004, grandson, David Carl Sahlstrom, four brothers, Howard, Harris, Kenneth and Lowell and three sisters, Edith, Shirley and Beady.
     Memorials are preferred to: the Stanley D. Sahlstrom Agricultural Educational Fund at the University of Minnesota or the Stanley D. Sahlstrom Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
    
    
 
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