LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of German
Company: St. Olaf College
Location: Northfield, Minnesota, United States

LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D., Professor of German at St. Olaf College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in German language and higher education.

Dr. Rippley has been a professor of German language at St. Olaf College since 1967. Commencing his career as a high school teacher at River Falls Public Schools in Wisconsin in 1958, a role he held for two years, he subsequently served as an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1964 to 1967 before taking on his current role. Delving into German language and literature while serving as a sergeant in the United States Army from 1958 to 1963, he holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a Master of Arts from Kent State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

A prolific author, Dr. Rippley has penned numerous books regarding German history and immigration. Most recently publishing “The German Question in the Black Sea Region” in 2013, he previously wrote “A History and an Accolade: The Chemnitzer Concertina” in 2006, “An Affectionate Portrait” in 2003, “Noble Women, Restless Men” in 1996, and “The German Bohemians” in 1995. Earlier in his career, he wrote “The Immigrant Experience in Wisconsin” in 1985, “Russian-German Settlements in the U.S.” in 1974, and “Of German Ways” in 1970, among many others.

In light of his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Rippley has garnered multiple accolades and honors. He was featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Education. Married to Barbara Jean Rippley since 1960, he is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, especially around the Baltic Sea.

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