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Group photo from 2018 [front, L to R]: Diane Lempke ’69, Mary (Loken) Veiseth ’70, Linda (Radtke) Karkhoff ’70, Paulette (Olson) Odegaard ’70. [Back, L to R]: Susan (Olson) Williams ’70, Mary Ellen Buss ’70, Linda Larson ’70.

French House friends

Auggies foster connections since they met in 1966

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In 1966, seven women moved into French House, a Minneapolis building adjacent to Augsburg’s campus that housed the remaining incoming first-year women who could not be accommodated in the residential housing on campus. They called themselves “the leftovers” and became fast friends who still get together at least once a year.

The French House Friends traveled twice to Washington, where Linda Larson ’70 lives, and Larson has traveled annually to Minnesota, where the other six women live. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group has gathered monthly via Zoom videoconferencing, and they are eager to gather in Minnesota this fall.

“Augsburg fostered quality friendships that have remained with me today,” said Mary (Loken) Veiseth ’70.


Top image: Pictured in 2018 [front, L to R]: Diane Lempke ’69, Mary (Loken) Veiseth ’70, Linda (Radtke) Karkhoff ’70, Paulette (Olson) Odegaard ’70. [Back, L to R]: Susan (Olson) Williams ’70, Mary Ellen Buss ’70, Linda Larson ’70. (Courtesy photo)

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