Thomas E. Wenzlau

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First Congregational Church
20 E Saint Vrain St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

March 31,1927 August 1, 2018
Dr. Thomas E. Wenzlau, 91, passed away last week in Colorado Springs, after a long and exceptional life. Thomas was born in Troy, Ohio to Charles Norman and Alice Kessler Wenzlau, and grew up in nearby Tipp City. He briefly served in the Navy, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio Wesleyan University, earned his Masters of Art and doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan.
He made a career in higher education, teaching economics at , Wesleyan University, Kenyon Coll-ege, Michigan State, and as tenured Professor at Lawrence University, where he also served as Associate Dean of Faculty. He spent a year in Lahore, Pakistan as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Civil Service Academy and Forman Christian College. He served as President of Ohio Wesleyan (1969-1984), and later as Vice- President and Treasurer of Colorado College. While at Ohio Wesleyan he, along with other educators, helped to establish the need-based system of grants and funding for students to pay for higher education, used in the United States today.
He was a loving husband, married to Nancy Allen Wenzlau for 68 years, who preceded him in death in June. Also preceding him in death was his bro-ther Navy CDR Charles Norman Wenzlau II. He is survived by his four children, Scott, David, Katherine (Ken) and Janet, and grandchildren, Dylan, Konor, Kameron, and Katherine Eva, all of whom he adored.
He was very much into sports, playing football, basketball, and track in college, and later squash and tennis. He loved to sail, fish, water and snow ski, and swim. He and Nancy travelled the world together to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean the U.S. and Canada every summer.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Colorado Springs, active in dis-cussion groups and enjoyed the Symphony. He was truly blessed with a long and mostly healthy life, he leaves behind many friends and family, and he will be dearly missed. A service will be scheduled at a later date.

Published in The Gazette on Aug. 10, 2018
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