Jean (Swanson) Markland '52 and Rev. Dr. Arne Markland '49: Building on Their Foundation
Education—both teaching and learning—has provided an important foundation for Jean (Swanson) Markland '52 and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Arne Markland '49. They both attended Lutheran academies; he went to Hillcrest Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and she attended Oak Grove Lutheran Schools in Fargo, North Dakota. "Our Lutheran education gave us a good foundation and was a wonderful influence on our lives," she said.
Jean and Arne met at Augsburg and were married when she was teaching in Battle Lake, Minnesota, and he was attending seminary. He served more than 30 years as a college chaplain or pastor of churches in communities in Utah while she taught junior high school for 28 years in Salt Lake County. Arne continued his education, earning a PhD from the University of Utah, and in 1986 while she was on sabbatical from her teaching job, Jean took 72 quarter-hours of credit through the university.
"You can't do what we've done if you don't have a good faith foundation," Jean said. In their 50-plus years of marriage, the couple has traveled to 130 countries, as they have been lecturers on more than 150 cruises. "We see our place in the world, wherever we are, to light a candle and punch a hole in the darkness," she added.
"We thought for a long time about where to give our money," Jean said. "We like Augsburg's focus and its mission in the city —the city is a ‘built-in' mission that provides jobs and internships for students and a wonderful opportunity for service." As a result, they established the Arne and Jean Markland Endowed Scholarship through an outright gift and a bequest in their estate.
Recently, however, they learned of an opportunity to enhance their yearly income, receive a tax break and eventually increase their scholarship's principal. By investing with an Augsburg charitable gift annuity (CGA), rather than with their bank, they receive a locked-in rate of return for their lifetimes while ensuring that the remainder will be added to their scholarship after their deaths.
Arne and Jean are pleased to support students at Augsburg as they "learn how to learn," which Jean says is the best thing about college. The Marklands have continued learning and teaching by giving lectures as they travel —he on the history and personalities of the countries where they are and she on marine biology. "Our whole life now is about education," she said. It seems that has always been true for them.
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