Alan T. Seagren

February 24, 1932November 27, 2018
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Alan T. (Al) Seagren, 86, of Lincoln, passed away in his home on November 27, 2018. He was born on February 24, 1932 at the family farm in Wausa, Nebraska to Theodore & Elsie (Larson) Seagren. He graduated from Wausa High School in 1949. During his youth on the farm he developed an affinity for hunting and fishing that he maintained throughout most of his life. From 1949-1951, Al attended Luther College (Wahoo, NE), where he was on the football team. He earned degrees from the University of Nebraska Lincoln: B.S. in 1953, M.Ed. in 1958, and Ed.D. in 1962. Al was a United States Army Veteran, serving in military intelligence during and after the Korean Conflict. Al married Sharon Krauter on July 30, 1960 in Clatonia, Nebraska. Al and Sharon had two children. Eric was born in 1962 and Tracy was born in 1965. He retired after over 50 years of dedicated service to the University of Nebraska. His roles at the University of Nebraska included Principal of University High School, Director of Summer Sessions, Associate Vice Chancellor of UNL, Vice President of Business for the University of Nebraska System, and Professional Director of the Center of Study of Higher Education at UNL. Al was a lifelong learner and educator, and continued to teach graduate classes throughout his career. Al was also an international visiting professor in Japan, China, Australia, Sweden, Thailand and Guam, and supervised individuals from Australia, China, Guam, and from Japan while they earned their Doctorates. He was very active in service to various church and educational organizations including Tabitha, Midland University, ELCA National Church Council, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Augsburg Fortress Publishing, and College and University Partnership Program. Al is survived by his wife Sharon of Lincoln, son Eric (Jennifer Becker) Seagren of Hancock, MI, daughter Tracy (Dean) Way of Lincoln. Grandchildren Birk Seagren, Ingrid Seagren, Quentin Fortney, Emma Fortney, Chris Way, Kyle Way. Great grandson Franklin Way. Sister Eloise Sward of Sully, IA, brother-in-law Kenneth Krauter of Lincoln. Al was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Robert Sward, & sister-in-law Sonja Krauter. Memorial Service 11:00 am Friday, November 30, 2018 at First Lutheran Church 1551 South 70th St. Visitation 4:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, with family present 5:00-6:00 pm. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home 6800 So. 14th St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to one of the following charities are encouraged: Alan T. Seagren Excellence in Leadership Fund with the University of Nebraska Foundation, the First Lutheran (Lincoln, NE) Church Building Fund or The Landing Scholarship Fund. Condolences


  • Visitation Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 30, 2018

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Dana W. R. Boden

January 9, 2019

Seagren Family, My sincere sympathy in the passing of Dr. Seagren. I so enjoyed my classes and times with him, while completing my Ph.D. at Nebraska. He was always supportive and informative, with a ready smile. I, too, just learned of his passing from the Nebraska Today email. May good memories support you through this time of loss. The University of Nebraska was fortunate to have had him in its service.
Best regards, Dana W. R. Boden

Kari Ronning

January 9, 2019

Dear Seagrens,
I am so sorry for your loss, and shocked that I only learned of Dr. Seagren's death today through the UN-L Nebraska Today newsletter. My parents, Royce and Ruth Ronning (both now deceased) were friends of Alan and Sharon, and through them I got to baby-sit Eric and Tracy a few times when they were small. I wish you comfort and peace in this new year.
Kari Ronning

Miles Humphrey

December 20, 2018

Dear Sharon and Family,
I was fortunate that my last three years of being a high school student in Mullen, NE coincided with Alan's tenure there. There were a small group of students that requested advanced mathematics classes. Through Alan's efforts alone these classes were provided, even though during the senior year there were only three of us taking Calculus.

Alan was involved in almost every activity in the school, and made many positive contributions to our education. I feel very lucky to have had his influence and encouragement through those formative years.

I extend my deepest sympathies.

Miles Humphrey, MD

Carol Meyer

December 17, 2018

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of Alan. It was always a pleasure to visit with you when I saw you while ushering at the Lied. Your support to the church through the years is so appreciated. Peace and comfort to all at this sad time of loss.
Carol Meyer, Lutheran Student Center and Southwood Lutheran

Paul Olson

December 7, 2018

Dear Sharon and family,

I am sorry that I missed Alan's funeral. I recently had to have a biopsy during the period of Alan's death and funeral, and I was in no shape to go out. As I said in my previous note, we were both born in 1932, both lived in Wausa in the early 30s, both went to Luther College and First Lutheran and both taught at the University of Nebraska. Alan was a great friend and educator, and I am sending a check to First Lutheran in his honor. Peace to you and your children. I have lost two spouses, and the loss hurts terribly but you will be able to stare the pain in the face. With much affection.

Peace. Paul

Diane Lydick

December 5, 2018

Sharon and family,
I was saddened to see that Al had passed away. It was so great to have you and Al lead the trip to Australia. It was one of the highlights of my life. It was also wonderful to teach your grandchildren, Emma and Quentin, in my second grade classroom. I have many warm thoughts of your family. Al was a wonderful educator. He will be missed.

Diane Lydick

Britt Watwood

December 1, 2018

Al Seagren was my dissertation chair in 1996, but I always felt that Al was more than a chair. During my five years in Lincoln, Al and Sharon became close friends to my family. His Swedish philosophy has stood me in good stead over the years. Al lived the concept of lifelong learning, and we co-created a course 6 years ago in helping Creighton start their Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Leadership. I was so glad that my wife and I were able to attend his retirement from UNL, and I wish I had had the opportunity to visit Lincoln since. Al will be sorely missed!

Paul Olson

November 30, 2018

I was born about the same time as Al and lived in Wausa in the early 30s as did he; went to Luther College in the late 40s-early 50s as did he. He was a fine man and administrator and good servant of the church. I am sorry that I could not attend his funeral as I had to have a surgery on Thursday and am just recovering from it. I wish the family peace and the knowledge that the father of the family lived fruitfully and well. Peace, to you. Paul A. Olson

Frederick Wendel

November 30, 2018

Judy and I were so saddened to learn of Al’s passing. Al will be missed by colleagues, friends and former students around the world. Al’s achievements mark him as a “giant” in education-an accolade bestowed only upon those whose record deserves such an honor.

His accomplishments extend far beyond his 50 years of service and administrative offices he held at the department, college, university, and Nebraska system offices. He had great success in recruiting students from home and abroad. His advisees have served as presidents of universities, deans, superintendents of schools, professors, and other top-level administrative positions.

Al was personable to all he met and worked with. His influence to pursue excellence in all endeavors will be remembered all who were fortunate to know and work with him.

Stephanie Vogel

November 30, 2018

Dear Sharon, Eric, Tracy and families ~

I was so saddened to receive Sharon's call and hear that Al had passed. It breaks my heart that I was unable to attend the memorial service today, but I hope you all know I am thinking of your family and sending prayers to each of you. It's difficult to believe that it's been more than 20 years since I met Al through the online EDAD program... From the beginning, I felt extremely lucky that he was my advisor and later a valued mentor and friend. He truly cared about all his students and really took an interest in our work and our lives. When needed, he moved mountains (it seemed) to help us along our doctoral journeys--always offering sage advice, connecting us with influencers and leaders, telling a helpful story related to his own experiences and, when all else failed, resorting to that wonderful sense of humor. Sharon, It has been such a privilege to know you and Al. Jason and I were so appreciative to you both for inviting us to your home and for dinner when we were newly married, and for hosting us and our girls at your place a few years ago for a visit during football season. There are so many of us whose lives were touched by Al's teaching and leadership, as well as by the hospitality that both of you extended to us all. Today I look back upon all the wonderful times and smile through tears. Hugs to you, Sharon. Godspeed, Dr. Seagren. You were, and always will be, one of the good guys.