Obituary | Joan Krueger Wadlow

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Obituary | Joan Krueger Wadlow

Wadlow obituary

Joan Krueger Wadlow, 89, died Dec. 8, 2021, in Hood River, Oregon.

Krueger Wadlow loved spending time outdoors, competing in the Lincoln Snipe Fleet races, skiing, wilderness camping and hiking with husband, Dick, and their Newfoundland dogs.

Krueger Wadlow was born in 1932 and grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska. Her interest in international affairs characterized her work and love for global travel, spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Her professional career included being named the first woman president of Delta Sigma Rho, now known as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Speech and Debate Team; editor of the university student newspaper; professor of international relations/political science and vice president of Academic Affairs at Nebraska; and provost at the universities of Wyoming and Oklahoma. Krueger Wadlow concluded her career as chancellor of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 1991 to 1999, and was awarded the title of Chancellor Emeritus. She earned her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in political science at Nebraska where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta. She earned her master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; and a certificate from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was a Rotary scholar.

She is survived by her two daughters, Dawn Wadlow and Kit Silver. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Dick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the University of Nebraska Foundation to benefit the Joan Kruger Wadlow Endowed Scholarship Fund (01151390) online or by check to 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508.

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