Bill Beyer, academic and director, dead at 75

By Mary Mergenthal

William “Bill” Charles Beyer, 75, died unexpectedly in his St. Anthony Park home on Feb. 4, 2020.

Bill was a proud Luther College graduate who went on to receive his doctor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He served as director of Upward Bound in Decorah, Iowa; director of pre-major advising in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota; and director of Education, Collections and Programs at the American Swedish Institute. He was also active in the campus YMCA while he was at the University of Minnesota.

In retirement, Bill was a devoted grandfather and gave his time to causes he cared about deeply. Friends remember him as being unfailingly kind.

Locally, Bill served on the board of St. Anthony Park Seniors. In that capacity, he headed up fundraising and grants.

Bill is survived by his wife Margareta and children Kerstin Beyer (Aimeric) Lajuzan and Emma (Eli) West and grandchildren Nils, Felix, Astrid and Alma.

Friends and family remembered Bill’s life Feb. 23 at the American Swedish Institute.

Readers who choose to honor Bill’s memory with a gift are encouraged to consider Luther College, American Swedish Institute, International Rescue Committee or Islamic Resource Group.

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