David Threinen’56, an ardent college supporter, died in his Beloit home on Aug. 20, 2013. He was 79.
At Beloit, Dave double-majored in geology and anthropology and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He earned a master’s degree in geology from Northwestern University and worked in the oil business most of his career, including as CEO of two different Texas-based petroleum companies.
His first wife, Caryl Tucker’56, died in 1996. Later, Dave married longtime friend and classmate Jane Karr Wertz Threinen’56 in Houston. The two relocated their respective home bases to Beloit, returning primarily at the urging of then-college president Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., who pointed out how much their volunteer service and support could advance the college.
Dave served as an alumni trustee from 1981-1984 and a regular trustee from 1985 to 2006, when he was elected a life trustee. He volunteered extensively with Beloit’s Development Office and served as secretary of the Chapin Society. Together, in 2006, Dave and Jane Threinen received the Alumni Association’s highest honor—the Distinguished Service Citation—in recognition of their lifetime of commitment and service. “[The Threinen’s] energy, positivity, generosity, and presence have made Beloit better in every way,” President Scott Bierman wrote to campus in an email announcing Dave’s death. “Even as his health failed in recent years, Dave remained a nearly constant presence, ignoring doctor’s orders and attending the campaign kickoff last fall, this spring’s Beloit Relays, and many other events.”
Survivors include his wife, Jane, two sons, a daughter, a stepson and a stepdaughter, and 11 grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Eaton Chapel on Aug. 24. Memorials may be made in David Threinen’s name to Beloit College or Beloit Regional Hospice.