C of I Newsletter

2006. 06. 16.

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The Albertson College of Idaho community has lost a dear friend and a man who committed forty years of his life to teaching business and economics at the College. At the age of 90, Professor LaMar Bollinger passed away at his home on June 3; the very same day commencement was taking place on campus.

LaMar was born on April 16, 1916 in Fruitland. He was the first child of Galen G. Bollinger and Wilma Hisey Bollinger. He grew up in Payette with his brother LaVern and his sisters Violet and Mary. He graduated from Fruitland High School in 1934.

In 1938, he earned a B.S. degree in commerce from McPherson College in McPherson, KS. He completed his M.A. in economics at the University of Washington in 1942. In the same year, he married Mary Faith Flaherty. They raised two sons, Galen and Don, in Caldwell, ID.

It would be a couple of years before LaMar became a professor at the College of Idaho. He gained teaching experience as a commerce teacher at Delphos High School in Kansas and then as a professor economics and business at La Verne College in California. In 1947, LaMar arrived at the College to begin his long tenure. Over the next four decades, LaMar would shape the business department and the culture of the campus. He would become a legendary faculty member.

Louie Attebery, who first encountered LaMar Bollinger as a student, and later had the opportunity to call him a colleague, shared his of a great man during LaMar’s funeral service.

'As a teacher, LaMar was always willing to spend time with students, and his office hours were filled in talking with advisees and discussing graduate or professional schools with the more promising students. My Class with him was a large one for the right reasons: he had a strong reputation as a good teacher, and this reputation grew over the years as his graduates met success in the most demanding graduate programs.' More…

There is no doubt that LaMar Bollinger had an impact on the lives of many students. Even after retiring, LaMar was an active participant on the Albertson College of Idaho campus. Most recently, he had volunteered to share his memories with the Ada County Alumni group. While LaMar may be gone, his work will live on at the College and in the lives of every person he touched. He will be deeply missed.

If you would like to share your memories of LaMar Bollinger, please e-mail them to the Communications Office. They will be compiled and published in the summer issue of Quest.