Remembering Ray Grinde ’57

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Please join me in remembering the life of Regent Emeritus Raymond Grinde ’57, who passed away on January 27 at the age of 92.

Ray was a two-sport student-athlete (football and basketball) who liked to say that his claim to fame was that Coach Edor Nelson once took out Lute Olson ’56 and put Ray in during a basketball game. He went on to support Augsburg athletics throughout his life as a member of the A-Club, a leader in the Parents Boosters Group, and a regular participant in the annual A-Club golf tournament.

After graduation and service in the Korean War, Ray worked for many years at West Publishing Company. He brought his business acumen and generous leadership to distinguished service on the Board of Regents from 1984–1996, where he was awarded emeritus status upon completion of service. Ray spoke gratefully of the “many fine friendships” that his lifelong connection to Augsburg provided, along with family ties to Augsburg through his brother, Lloyd Grinde ’56, and his son, Hall of Fame inductee Steven Grinde ’81.

Please join us in keeping all of Ray’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, 12235 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth, MN 55441. The service will also be livestreamed on Mt. Olivet’s Facebook page. More information is available in Ray’s obituary.

Paul C. Pribbenow

Obituary – Raymond A. Grinde