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Music, Faith and Science Intersect In Couple's Gift

Susan Rovelstad James with her parents

Susan Rovelstad James, left, with her parents, Dr. Homer and Phyllis Rovelstad. Read Susan's inspiring story about her time in the Concordia Choir and how she is carrying on her parents’ legacy here.

An appreciation for the arts, faith and the sciences provided much joy for Phyllis Stenehjem Rovelstad ’45 and the late Dr. Homer Rovelstad. So when the Grand Forks, N.D., couple made Concordia a beneficiary of a trust, they decided to support those passions.

In honor of Phyllis's parents, they established an endowed scholarship for students studying music and religion. In honor of Homer's vocation in dentistry, they will support Concordia's science program.

"We've always believed in giving where it is needed," says Phyllis.

Concordia's Christmas Concert

Concordia's Christmas Concert provides joy to all those who attend. With a passion for music, Phyllis was a member of this special group during her time at Concordia.

Concordia has always held a special place in the Rovelstads' hearts. Phyllis sang in the choir as did their daughter, Susan Rovelstad James ’69, during her time at Concordia. Phyllis and Homer gathered yearly until 2000 with a group of Cobbers, including Phyllis's cousin, Philip Stenehjem ’48.

The Rovelstads cherish those memories and relationships.

"The deep, long-lasting friendships that have developed over the years have often been because of Cobber connections," Phyllis says.

The Rovelstads hope to inspire the next generation of Cobber friendships and do it in a way that will continue their beloved traditions of music, faith and science.

Sadly, Dr. Rovelstad passed away in September. His legacy lives on through his wife, daughter and his generosity toward others—especially students at Concordia College.

Create Your Concordia Legacy

If you would like to make a lasting impact at Concordia College, like the Rovelstads, consider making a planned gift through your estate. There are many ways to give and many gifts can benefit you as well. Contact Trina Hall at 218.299.3445 or piskhall@cord.edu today, to learn more.