MANKATO, Minn. -- Former Northern State University faculty member Helen L. Droessler Grabowska passed away April 3 at age 93.
Grabowska was a longtime educator and mentor of thousands of teachers throughout the upper Midwest.
Born Sept. 28, 1920, in Bancroft, Iowa, Helen received her B.A. from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn., and taught at several high schools in Minnesota and Iowa before serving as education advisor to the U.S. Army in Japan from 1951-53. She returned to the U.S. and earned an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Helen and husband Mel Grabowska moved to Aberdeen, S.D., where she became an assistant professor of education at Northern State College. Helen was the first female faculty member to give the commencement address at Northern State University, and was named Teacher of the Year in 1979.
Memorials may be sent to the Helen Grabowska Scholarship, c/o NSU Foundation and Alumni Association, Beckman Building, 620 15th Avenue SE, Aberdeen SD 57401.
Grabowska’s full obituary can be found HERE