AU Remembers Longtime History Professor, Author Dr. Lynwood Oyos

Dr. Lynwood Oyos

The Augustana community is mourning the loss of longtime history professor and author Dr. Lynwood Oyos. 

Oyos died Thursday, July 20, in Sioux Falls. He was 90.

Oyos joined Augustana in 1957 and taught for 37 years. He earned a number of awards and distinctions for outstanding contributions in the classroom, including Outstanding Educator of America, the Augustana Faculty-Administrator of the Year Award, the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, a Danforth Associate and the Orin M. Lofthus Distinguished Professorship. In 2002, he was honored with the South Dakota Governor’s Award for History.

In addition to his teaching duties, Oyos served as chair of the history department from 1964-91.  He was actively involved in campus life and served on several faculty and administrative committees. An avid sports fan throughout his life, he regularly attended Augustana football and basketball games from the start of his career at Augustana through the 2016-17 sports season.

Augustana President Rob Oliver remembered Oyos as a friend and colleage.

"Lyn served students at Augustana for decades, and was known by many as a wonderful scholar and teacher. We wish his family God's peace as they mourn his passing," Oliver said.

His love of history and passion for research and writing extended beyond the classroom. He authored and co-authored several local and regional histories and published seven books between 1981 and 2014, most recently "Reveille for Sioux Falls," an exploration of how a World War II Air Force Technical School changed Sioux Falls. He was an active participant in the Center for Western Studies' Dakota Conference and wrote numerous scholarly articles and monographs that were accepted for publication in various journals.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, at First Lutheran Church. Private family interment will occur prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Oyos History Scholarship Fund at Augustana University or the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.

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