Tabor?s first president: H.W. Lohrenz
Henry W. Lohrenz, wife Anna, and their children Mariana and Henry Herbert pose for a family portrait. H.W. Lohrenz, age 30, and a spring 1908 graduate of McPherson College, was selected by the Tabor College Board of Directors to be the first president of the college. His incessant efforts and outstanding ability were clearly recognized in this action. Described as a gifted individual, a man of ?educa?tional preparation, sincere devotion, counsel and guidance,? Lohrenz was viewed as God?s provision at this time for the founding of Tabor. Anna Marion Friesen Lohrenz, his wife of two years, shared her husband?s overriding concern: ?What shall we do for our young people?? A capable teacher, she related well in social situations, made people feel at ease and comfortable, ?always keeping the person in mind.? She knew how to serve.
This anecdote is included in ?Tabor College: A Century of Transformation 1908-2008,? the history of the college commissioned for this year?s centennial celebration. The book can be purchased for $48.39 (tax included) plus $5 for shipping. Call 620-947-3121 ext. 1212 for information or orders.