Alan Rolf Havig

Passed away on January 8, 2020

Alan R. Havig, 79, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Columbia Post-Acute Care. A celebration of Alan’s life will take on March 14, 2020 at the Firestone Baars Chapel on the campus of Stephens College. Additional details and a more complete obituary will be published closer to the service.

Alan was born August 26, 1940 in Litchfield, Minnesota the son of Harold Rolf Havig and Blanche Sylvia (Peterson) Havig. He was united in marriage to Bettina (Baker) Havig for over 52 years. He was a history professor and archivist at Stephens College for 50 years.

Alan is survived by his wife: Bettina; their daughter: Kirsten Havig of Laramie, Wyoming and one sister: Margaret Daniher of Huntington Beach, California.


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Kay Mortimer

January 27, 2020

Dr. Havig and his colleagues were a formative influence during my years as a history major at Stephens, and in the many years since. I’ll always remember Dr. Peggy Johnson referring to her colleague Dr. Havig as “a gentleman and a scholar”, and indeed he was. For his gentle guidance, encouragement, and humor, I shall always be grateful. My deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends.

Kay Halterman Mortimer ‘78

Nicole Conaway

January 20, 2020

Dr. Havig was one of Stephens most prized teachers. I was privileged to have been taught by him in history and learning a great deal of it too. A couple of memories that stick out to me, even to this day, that I often refer to. One was when a fellow student/friend was walking the hallway. Dr. Havig walking in the other direction. She said, "Dr. Havig. Man of the hour." He walked with such pride and dignity.
The second memory is when I was in class. Dr. Havig was talking about the change in weather. He was looking forward to a crisp fall and getting to wear his sweaters and warm jackets as he said this with a warm smile. He appeared to be cozy in this thought about this.
He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts to his family and friends at this time.

Jennifer Wojcik

January 13, 2020

I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Havig as a teacher while at Stephens College. His enthusiasm for learning and sharing that gained knowledge with students was great. But I also remember a sense of humor and generosity that made him special. I participated in the Model UN program with Dr. Havig several times. Each time, he and Dr. Scruggs guided us and provided a support for our growing confidence and competence. I will always remember Dr. Havig fondly and count myself blessed for having known him.

Erica Byrd

January 13, 2020

Dr. Havig was a complete joy as a person and professor. The first day I set foot in his class I sensed his passion for teaching and for history. I count him as legendary as I will never forget him when I speak of my college days. He was such a cool person. My condolences to Dr. Havig's family and friends. ('08)

Cydney Coil

January 11, 2020

I was not a history major but immensely enjoyed Dr.Havig’s calm nature in bringing history ALIVE in his classroom!
Stephens and the Columbia community will miss his passion.

julie (Abrams) kalmon

January 11, 2020

Dr. Havig was an extraordinary professor. He was a great teacher and mentor and helped foster my love of history that I still have today. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed.

Elizabeth Bizub

January 11, 2020

Dr Havig was my favorite teacher at Stephens. Even though I was a fashion major I minored in history because of him. He was a lovely man. RIP

Martha (Marti) Davidson (‘90)

January 11, 2020

Dr. Havig was one of three professors that treated me like an individual, who knew and understood my background, and ensured that I graduated with a liberal arts degree that I would use in every aspect of my life. He will alway be missed and never to be replaced. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

Linda Simmons Geel

January 11, 2020

Dr. Havig was the first professor who ever made me excited about history. He evidently cared deeply about the lessons from our past, while he invested intently on each of his students in current time. His students also were very aware of his love an dedication to his devoted wife, Bettina. We, the many who have Dr. Havig's fingerprints all over us, grieve with you in his passing from this life.
Part of his wonderful legacy -- Linda Simmons Geel ('73)

Nancy Alexander Callaway

January 10, 2020

Mr. Havig was one of the best teachers I had in college. My area of study was not history but the history classes that I took and the people that taught them were my favorites.