Warren K Olson (for Mr. Lockrem)
Class of 1961
Assuming you have a distinguished faculty section, or perhaps an Honor wall at the "new" Sibley complex, someone should write a story and tribute to Mr. Gar Lockrem, Sibley art teacher, choir director, musician, motivator and friend.
Gar did impressive things at Sibley during his career, including: choir competitions and tours in and outside the US, the presentation of annual Christmas programs in the Concordia College tradition, the cutting of records, and his founding of the Young Men in Harmony Program, which became used across America to keep musical traditions alive after graduation -- both in choruses and quartets. The barbershop society SPEBSQSA became a sponsor of that program.
One person who could write volumes about Mr. Lockrem is Ruben Ristrom, '61. Ruben is both a fine graphic artist, as well as a first class musician who still performs throughout the US, with a home base in the Twin Cities. Ruben, Gar, and others did the magnificent backdrops for the Christmas concerts in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In fact, Ruben himself would qualify as a Distinguished Alum.
Dr. Warren K. Olson
PS: It is likely fair to say that at least three Miss Minnesotas owe their success on stage to Gar Lockrem. One of them in my time, Nancee Parkinson, went on to become a Miss America runner-up, and eventually into theater and movies. Another choir member, Bonnie Herman went on to do the Doublemint commercials and to Singers Unlimited fame.
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