Olga Strimple
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Part Five Alumni Association

Olga returned to UNO as President and Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association in 1941, and remained president until 1944. In her years on the board, she worked to gain accreditation for the Omaha chapter of the American Association of University Women. She later became the Executive Secretary of the Association, and its first paid employee. Olga was awarded a lifetime membership in October of 1945; her contributions were so significant that her resignation in 1948 was rejected by the Board. Instead, she was granted a six-month leave of absence.  Minutes from the meeting include the notes from the actual discussion, and report “Dr. Thompson said that Mrs. Strimple had developed this association work, had taken it on a part time bases [sic], but gave full time service and that we owe her gratefulness for what she has done.” Olga finally resigned from the Association in 1949. Cecil, her loving husband of nearly three decades, passed away shortly thereafter.

 

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Part Six What Follows Tragedy?

Henry Strimple, the oldest son of Olga and Cecil, was often doted upon. In 1935, when Henry was eight, Olga presented him with a brand-new globe. The boy exclaimed: “You bought the world for me!” and a new poem was born.  Olga’s dedication to Henry was published in the Omaha World Herald and recognized by a globe company who asked to use the verses in future advertising.  The company presented Henry and Olga with a brand-new, larger globe.

Sadly, in 1949, Henry Strimple took his own life at the young age of 22. It is difficult to know how Olga went on after such a tragedy. Her poems, paintings, and continued love for her family are evidence that she did in fact move forward. Like Snow Storm, Olga, the chief of her own tribe, persevered.

When I too suffer loss,

In strength I