Tatman and Kueck serve 74 years on Iowa Lakes board
It’s rare when two people have served on the same board for a total of 74 years, but that’s the case of Jack Tatman of rural Superior and Lynn Kueck of Algona. Between the two of them, that’s how long they have served on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees.
Tatman has served on the board for 42 years and Kueck for 32.
Both Tatman and Kueck will leave the board on Tuesday after they were unseated in the Sept. 8 election.
No one agrees with everything someone else does. That would be impossible. Over the course of Tatman’s 42-year tenure on the board and Kueck’s 32-year stint, someone no doubt found some reason to disagree with them. But no one can deny that Tatman and Kueck have both made incredible contributions – and sacrifices – to the college.
Public service is nothing new for either gentleman. Tatman served his country during World War II with the 82nd Airborne. Kueck has served faithfully as Algona’s mayor. Both have served Iowa Lakes Community College through some of its best – and worst – times.
We can only hope that the new board understands the significance of Tatman and Kueck’s experience and taps into it whenever possible. It would be a shame to let such a wealth of knowledge go to waste. They are a virtual walking encyclopedia of Iowa Lakes Community College from its beginning.
We should all thank Tatman and Kueck for their contribution to Iowa Lakes. Their selfless service went far beyond just one meeting a month. At times, it probably seemed like a full-time job in itself.
We were lucky to have had them.