Raymond Olson

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According to Wikipedia, Raymond M. Olson was the second President of California Lutheran College in Thousand Oaks, California, from 1963 to 1971. During Olson's tenure as president, the size of the college tripled. A former general secretary for stewardship with the American Lutheran Church from 1952 to 1963, Olson had also served as a pastor for several congregations from 1939 to 1952. He also taught religion and speech at Waldorf College in Iowa from 1936 to 1938. He earned a liberal arts degree from Waldorf College in 1932, a bachelor's degree in history from Augustana College in 1934, and a master of divinity degree at Luther Theological Seminary in 1943. He was named president emeritus in 1983. Olson was also active in the community as founding chairman emeritus of the Alliance for the Arts. He was also a founder of the Conejo Future Foundation. The son of Norwegian farmers, Olson was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa in 1910 and was ordained into the Lutheran ministry in 1939.

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