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Gamma Sigma Sigma
Corporate body

Organized on November 3, 1905 by St. Cloud State faculty member Isabel Lawrence, Gamma Sigma Sigma was originally known as the Story Teller’s Club. Its purpose as a literary society for women to develop literary powers and improve ability to tell stories. The club aimed to broaden culture through reading and discussion, promote friendship, and develop character.

In 1953, the Story Teller’s Club changed its name to Sigma Theta Chi. In April 1959, Sigma Theta Chi pledged to Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority. In March 1960, the name officially changed to Gamma Sigma Sigma, whose purpose was to "assemble St. Cloud State College women in the spirit of service to humanity." The last reference of Gamma Sigma Sigma was in academic year 1972/73 relating to their work with a blood drive.

Gammell, John

Retired SCSU faculty member

Gibson, Hubert I.
Person · 1906-1996

Hubert Irey Gibson was born in Mason, Illinois, on December 21, 1906, the eldest of seven children.

As a child, Hubert enjoyed writing, dreaming one day to become an author. Not sure that he could make a living solely as an author, he eventually decided to be a lawyer who was a writer. In 1928, Hubert moved to Chicago to attend law school. While in school, he found employment as a law clerk. Unfortunately, as the Great Depression descended upon the country, Hubert found himself with a growing family and no job.

While Hubert’s wife, the former Frances Lauk, found steady work as a stenographer and typist, Hubert was unable to land employment. Frances suggested that Hubert gain skills that were in demand, such as typing and shorthand. He listened – Hubert attended night classes at a business college and soon acquired those skills.

Those newly learned secretarial skills lead Hubert to his job with Sinclair and Lloyd Lewis in the fall of 1933. Chicago Daily News drama critic Lloyd Lewis, who was reported at the time to be writing a play with a famous author, gave Hubert a job as secretary. Hubert then lived temporarily with Sinclair Lewis at the Sherry Hotel in Chicago, preparing draft after draft of The Jayhawker (which was then called “The Skedaddler” or “The Glory Hole”). While transcribing the manuscripts for Sinclair and Lloyd Lewis, Hubert was often called upon to act out many sequences in the play.

After his employment with Sinclair and Lloyd Lewis ended, Hubert was hired by Firestone Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, as personal secretary to Harvey Firestone, Sr., and his son
Harvey Firestone, Jr. He also served with the Firestone chairman John W. Thomas and executive vice-president J. E. Trainer. Hubert eventually became manager of Plant 1 in Akron. In 1954, Hubert became general manager of Firestone’s Guided Missile Division in South Gate, California.

In 1966, Hubert retired to Arkansas. Frances died in 1970, while he passed away on April 16, 1996. They are both buried in Akron, Ohio.

Hubert and Frances married in 1929 and had three children: Doris, Barbara, and David.

Goehring, Harry
Person · 1907-1997

Harry H. Goehring was born to George and Elizabeth (Melius) Goehring in Loyal, Wisconsin, ca. 1907. He graduated from Loyal High School in Clark County, Wisconsin in 1925. He received a bachelor's degree from the Wisconsin State University (1929), master's degree from the University of Wisconsin (1932), and his Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota (1955).

Goehring joined the faculty at St. Cloud State in 1946, teaching ornithology and zoology. He would later teach in Biology and retired in 1971. He is best known studying bats thta lived in a Mississippi River sewer near campus and was nicknamed St. Cloud State's "Batman". In addition, Goehring developed a biology course for prospective elementary teachers. Goehring’s personal research included the discovery of two rare rhino mice in St. Cloud as well as a bat that survived sub-zero temperatures lower than had been previously believed.

Goehring married Thelma Keefer and they had three daughters - Donna, Dixie, and Dawn. Goehring passed away on April 15, 1997 in Concord, New Hampshire, at the age of 89.

Grewe, Alfred H. Jr.
Person · (? - 2001)

Al Grewe was a St. Cloud State faculty member in Biology from 1965 to 2001.

Harren, Henry
Person · 1922-1992

Henry M. Harren was born in Albany, Minnesota in 1922. He attended the University of Idaho and St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and then served in World War II. After his military service he was an editor and publisher in Albany, Minnesota. He served in the Minnesota state Senate from 1955-1961 and 1963-1969. During his years in office, he served on a number of Senate committee, among them being: Civil Administration and Metropolitan Affairs (chairman, 1969-1970); Elections and Reapportionment; Game and Fish; Labor; Rules and Legislative Expense; Finance; Public Welfare; and Agriculture. He also served on the Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Resource Commission (MORCC) and was appointed as its first chairman. Harren was married and had six children.