April 16, 1998
Vol. 17, No. 14

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    Obituary: Viola Manderfeld

    Viola Manderfeld Germanic Studies Viola Manderfeld (A.M.'30), Professor Emerita in Germanic Studies, died March 25 at her home in Rochester, Minn. She was 95.

    After teaching at the Laboratory Schools for several years, Manderfeld joined the University faculty in 1937. An expert on language pedagogy and methodology, Manderfeld was involved in the U.S. Army's language training program during World War II, which was based at the University. In 1958 she received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She retired in 1968.

    Through her teaching as well as through her philanthropy, Manderfeld helped to strengthen the connection between the University and Germany. In 1962 she established the Manderfeld Fund, which supports special activities in the Germanic Studies Department, and she was instrumental in establishing the Gardner Fund, which supports University High School students who participate in the school's program in Germany.