Alumnus Who Created “Ole” Statue Dies at 72

Peter Eide, 72, class of 1966, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Scottsdale, AZ, following a lengthy illness.

Peter, who majored in art at Augustana, designed the concrete statue of Ole in the Viking Ship that stands today near the center of the Augustana campus. Ole was formally dedicated in 1967 and his permanent presence is a reminder of Augustana’s ethnic heritage, a symbol of school spirit, as well as the continuing object of photographs.

Peter was born August 27, 1936, to Palmer and Esther (Hokenstad) Eide in Sioux Falls. He enrolled at Augustana following graduation from Sioux Falls Washington High School.

An Army veteran, Peter worked with this father on several liturgical art projects.

He is survived by three sons, Phillip (Linda), Sedro-Wooley, WA; Jay, Bellingham, WA; and Jon, Scottsdale, AZ; one daughter, Pamela Valentine of Maui, Hawaii; a sister Mary (Eide) Boyd, Sioux Falls; two brothers, Dr. James N. Berdahl, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Alan Berdahl, Hills, MN; and a special friend, Sharon Reynolds, Sioux Falls.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Pictured above, right: Peter Eide proudly displays his small model of the Ole statue, circa 1960's.

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