Oscar and Gertrude Boe Overby Distinguished Professor
Established in 2006 by the Board of Regents to recognize long-time servants of the College who are distinguished for their teaching, professional work, and service to the college and community, this chair honors two legendary members of the St. Olaf music department: Oscar R. Overby '21, who taught, composed, directed, and performed music from 1921 to 1950, and soprano Gertrude Boe Overby '23, who taught voice and sang solos with the St. Olaf choir from 1930 through 1952.
Wendy Allen, the third holder of this professorship, is professor of French. A member of the St. Olaf Faculty since 1977, she specializes in contemporary French culture and civilization, and North African literature. Most of her professional work concerns the place of culture in the second language classroom. She is a textbook author, frequent workshop presenter and program evaluator, and has been a member of a number of important committees of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Modern Language Association, and the American Association of Teachers of French.
Samiha Peterson, Professor Emerita of Sociology/Anthropology was the first to hold this appointment. She was followed by Wendell Arneson (Art and Art History).