Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Former DPS Educators Brown, Rasmussen, Kohout Still Going Strong
A reader recently shared this picture of three long-time Dorchester Public School educators, all of who have been retired for some time now. Today, we're sharing it with our readers.
All three former DPS teachers -- Berniece Brown, Margaret Rasmussen, and Doris Kohout -- retired from Dorchester and education in 1993. Together, the trio had compiled almost 130 years as teachers.
These dedicated educators were together again in August to celebrate Mrs. Rasmussen's 100th birthday. An open house was held Aug. 9 at Dorchester's community building, where more than 225 well-wishers stopped by to say hello.
For a third of a century -- Margaret Rasmussen was a fixture at Dorchester Public Schools, where she taught two generations of fourth graders. For those who don't know, Rasmussen started her teaching career after her high school graduation in 1932. Taking night classes, attending summer school and doing extension work, she earned her bachelor's degree from Doane College. For many years, she taught at country schools in Saline and Fillmore counties. She even served on the advisory board for the Nebraska history textbook. Rasmussen's first year with Dorchester Schools was 1961. Her retirement in 1993 closed the books on a 52-year teaching career.
Mrs. Brown came to Dorchester in 1964, teaching at DPS for 30 years. Mrs. Kohout came to Dorchester in 1970 and had taught for 23 years upon retirement.
We salute these three professionals not only for their years of service to Dorchester, but for maintaining their ties to our community long into retirement.
Thank you for your service to Dorchester and its young people, ladies.