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Former Augustana Regent Al Schock dies at age 89

SIOUX FALLS – Al Schock, 89, who served 12 years on the Augustana College Board of Regents, died December 27, 2009, of complications from cancer.

A native South Dakotan, Schock’s longtime association with Augustana included gifts of time, leadership, and financial support. He was active in many Augustana fund drives and led the advanced gift campaign for the construction of Mikkelsen Library. He was a member of the Augustana Fellows, served on the Fellows Cabinet, and was generous in his support of The Center for Western Studies.

Schock was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1990. He and his brother, Ozzie, were owners of Terrace Park Dairy and Nordica International. Extremely active in the Sioux Falls community, Schock served as president of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, president of Luther Manor, Inc., and president of the first United Fund Campaign held in Sioux Falls. In 1977 he received The Associated Press distinguished service award.

A decorated veteran of World War II, he received the Silver Star Medal for heroic service in the battle of St. Lo, France, where he was wounded during the fighting and received the Purple Heart. He was the author of six books including Brothers in War and Jokes for All Occasions.

Schock is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 66 years, and five children, Bobbie, Bernie, Barbara, Paul, and Steve. Paul graduated from Augustana in 1981.