In Memory of Mr. Leupold
In Memory of Mr. Mark Leupold
While we grieve deeply the shocking passing of a superb history teacher and dedicated servant of Luther College and its students, we also find solace in the fact that his was a life well and fully lived. Mark Leupold brought devotion, passion and unwavering standards to all facets of his work during his long and distinguished career at Luther College. Mark’s Luther story began in 1983 when he was called to serve as the Dean of Boys. He quickly became part of the school’s lore. “Looper” or "Norm" as he was affectionately known, developed a reputation as an exacting coach, as a man with an opinion he’d freely share, as an inspiring historian, as a talented chorister, and as an educator who furthered all that is best about a Luther College education. His sense of humour, his eye for detail, his endless war on grade nine immaturity and his propensity for beginning classes with “Back at Waterloo…” stories endeared him to countless students. Indeed, his genuine interest in them and deep love of history led many former students to pursue history after high school. This love of subject was well evidenced during his last years at Luther when he approached his teaching with the same verve he did when he first began his career. He could, without a single note in hand, hold classes spellbound with his seemingly limitless knowledge of history; and yet, always remained modest, often laughing at his own foibles. Mark also profoundly impacted his colleagues as a wise mentor, a principled man equally devoted to family and to the people of Luther College. He was respected as a born teacher, as a man of faith and as a larger than life presence on our campus. On behalf of a community reeling with sorrow--students, alumni, parents, staff and faculty--I extend love, prayers, and our deepest sympathies to Juanita, Matthew, Chris and Mark's extended family. May they--and all of us--find peace and comfort in the knowledge that not even death can deny us the strong memories of a good man or separate us from the steadfast love of God.
As a tribute to Mark’s love of history and passion for teaching, a scholarship will be established in his name at Luther College High School.
Donations may be made by mail to:
c/o the Mark Leopold Memorial History Scholarship
1500 Royal Street, Regina, SK
S4T 5A5 or online at www.luthercollege.edu/high-school/makeadonation.
Cheques must be made payable to Luther College.