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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 61, Number 8 (Dec. 1959)

Karberg, Paul
UW couple returns to Norway,   pp. 2-3

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UW Couple Returns to Norway
  About the time our Wisconsin Badg-
ers were winning a 25'16 football vic-
tory over Iowa's Hawkeyes, Per-Erik
and Aud Pedersen were enjoying a
happy homecoming at Tonsberg, Nor-
way. This, after three cheerful and busy
years in America, most of which time
they were on or near the University of
Wisconsin campus.
  Only last June, pixy haired Aud had
sat high in the stands of Camp Randall
while her husband, Per-Erik, had walked
across the Commencement Day platform
to receive his much coveted degree in
mechanical engineering! That was a joy-
ful and proud moment in the lives of
the 24 year old Pedersens, for whom it
marked realization of youthful dreams
in Norway.
  Prior to their marriage in 1956, and
their voyage to America several months
later, charming Aud had worked as a
dental-assistant, while Per-Erik toiled as
"able-bodied seaman" with a 19 ship
whaling expedition in the Antartic.
  "From my earnings aboard a whale-
catcher, I saved about $1,500 toward
our trip to the university which had
been recommended to us by many," ex-
plained Mr. Pedersen.
  Once in America, Aud did house-
work at a Madison residence, thereby
solving the immediate living-quarters
problem for her student-husband and
herself. Later, they moved into a neat
little apartment just off State Street.
When Per-Erik went to classes in the
morning, Aud went to work as a re-
search-assistant at University Hospitals,
where she did studies in "electron-
microscopics," as she helped Professor
Harland W. Mossman.
  Mr. Pedersen whizzed through the
usual four year course at Wisconsin in
About the Cover
One of the honored guests at the Wisconsin-Ohio State foot-
ball game was Carl Beck, co-author of "On Wisconsin".
Because of the dismal weather that marred the weekend,
and the poor condition of the playing field, the half-time
ceremonies which paid tribute to Beck had to be conducted
on the sidelines. At that time, the University of Wisconsin
Band appropriately saluted him by spelling out the name of
the famous song while Martin Below, Wisconsin Alumni
Association president, presented him with a "W" blanket as
band director Prof. Raymond F. Dvorak looked on.
                                -photo by Carl Stapel
    by Paul Karberg '3 6
three regular terms plus one summer
session. (He had come to Madison with
several credits in engineering merited in
Norway.) He worked one summer in
New York City, and, following gradua-
tion, was employed three months as a
draftsman by the Gisholt Machine Com-
pany. While enrolled at Wisconsin, Per-
Erik's favorite instructor was "Ed"
Mikol, who taught thermo-dynamics,
the subject Erik will specialize in for
Standard Oil Company back in Europe.
   Interested in meeting people, and
learning more about the midwestern
ways of life, the Pedersens spent many
weekends driving around Wisconsin in
a used car. Frequently, they drove to the
Rice Lake area, for fishing and sun-
bathing; they "took in" the State Fair
at West Allis; and they visited the
Stoughton vicinity because of the Nor-
wegian population there.
   Per-Erik, fond of speed-skating, is
anticipating better racing ice in Norway
than he could locate here. Aud looks
forward to cross-country ski-jaunts, and
picnic-bicycle trips.
   A popular couple on the Badger
campus, they regretted leave-taking on
October 9. They had made so many
friends, had such a good time!
   Among their cherished souvenirs,
with them when they left Madison,
went: one neatly framed Wisconsin di-
ploma, a degree in mechanical engineer-
ing; one orange tassel, from Per-Erik's
graduation  cap; and   one 45 RPM
phonograph record of "On Wisconsin,"
as played by Ray Dvorak's university
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1959

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