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Former interim president Edward Hoerr’57 passes away

Edward “Ed” Hoerr’57, who served as interim president of Beloit College from 1990 to 1991 as well as on the school’s board of trustees between 1985 and 1998, passed away on Thursday, April 19, announced Beloit College President Scott Bierman to the campus community in a Student e-board post the following Monday.

President Bierman wrote that Hoerr was “an alumnus with a special place in the college’s history.” He was one of four alumni who have served as president of Beloit College; his peers included Edward Dwight Eaton, from the class of 1872, and Irving Maurer, from the class of 1904. During his time as a student here, Hoerr was captain of Beloit’s football team and served as president of the class of 1957. 

After Beloit, Hoerr attended graduate school at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, before returning to his hometown, Peoria, Illinois, where he worked for 30 years as vice president and later president of his family’s business, Chris Hoerr & Son Wholesale Grocery Company.

For part of his time on the college’s board of trustees, Hoerr served as its chair, and he also headed the Sesquicentennial Campaign in 1998. Hoerr received a Distinguished Service Citation, the Alumni Association’s highest honor, at his class’s 50th reunion. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Beloit College.

Hoerr and his wife, Judy Jordan Hoerr’57, met as Beloit students and married the summer after they graduated; they celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer. Ed Hoerr passed away in Sarasota, Florida, where the couple had resided since 1994.

“I met with Ed and Judy as often as possible. Ed would never tire of telling gloriously affectionate stories of his term as interim president at Beloit,” Bierman wrote in his announcement. “His love of our students and the institution was worn on his sleeve. He will be missed.”

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