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GACA Collection 240. Montague, Kyle. Collection of Kyle Montague, 1932-1991: Overview

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Collection Description

Montague, Kyle.  Collection of Kyle Montague, 1932-1991.  GACA Collection 240.  ½ Hollinger box and 1 flat box.

The Kyle Montague collection consists of numerous awards and certificates, correspondence from his retirement in 1979, and photographs.  It also contains some of his cartoons, the commencement address for his graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1934, reading materials about debate, and three of his pins.  Montague was an Economics professor at Gustavus Adolphus College for thirty years, and was involved in many organizations.

Biographical Note

A native of Yankton, SD, and a 1930 graduate of Willmar High School, Montague came to Gustavus as a student in the fall of 1930, where he quickly established himself as a campus leader and brilliant speaker.  Four years later, as president of his senior class, Montague and classmate Millar Ahlstrom went to the National Debate Tournament in Lexington, KY, where they survived 10 rounds of competition to bring Gustavus the national Pi Kappa Delta debating championship.

After graduation in 1934, Monague taught in public schools at Thief River Falls, and Waukesha, WI, for several years.  He served as an air combat intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which he entered the Marquette University Law School.  He received his J.D. degree in 1948 and, after practicing law in Waukesha for a year and serving as a member of the faculties of Carroll College (Waukesha) and Marquette University (Milwaukee), Montague returned to Gustavus to join the economics and management faculty.  In later years, Montague also served as an adjunct faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.  As a teacher, Montague demanded excellence and showed little patience for sloppy work.  That standard earned him the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Innovative Teaching at Gustavus in 1978.

*Taken from Greater Gustavus Quarterly, Spring 1996.

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