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LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Rippley has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of languages, higher education and real estate

A longtime literature and language professor of more than 50 years, Dr. Rippley is the author of 19 books.

    NORTHFIELD, MN, October 30, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Rippley celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A longtime literature and language professor of more than 50 years, Dr. Rippley began his career at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, as an associate professor of German in 1967. Serving as a full professor since 1971, he has taught various courses such as Beginning German and Intermediate German I and II, German Romanticism, Survey of German Literature in Translation and Germanic Folklore. During his tenure, Dr. Rippley has also participated in nearly a dozen student study tours to the Hanseatic region of Mare Balticum, including Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden between 1997 and 2016. He served as department chairman of German between 1967 and 1974, in 1987, and again between 2003 and 2005. He was also chair of the review and planning committee between 1968 and 1970.

Prior to his tenure at St. Olaf College, Dr. Rippley was an assistant professor of German at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1964 to 1967, teaching assistant and instructor at Ohio State University from 1961 to 1965, and high school teacher of German, English and Latin in the School District of River Falls in Wisconsin from 1958 to 1960. Dr. Rippley also devoted four years to serving on the Northfield School Board in Minnesota beginning in 1975. Outside of his work in academia, Dr. Rippley has been a longtime real estate investor.

Dr. Rippley is the author of 19 books, including "The German Question in the Black Sea Region" in 2013, "The Chemnitzer Concertina: A History and an Accolade" in 2006, and "Noble Women, Restless Men" in 1996. He has authored more than 140 articles in academic and popular journals, over 160 academic papers and lectures at various conferences and other locations, and 300 book reviews. Furthermore, he served as the editor and publisher of the Newsletter of the Society for Germany American Studies and on the editorial board of the organization's yearbook.

An honorary member of the American Association of Teachers of German since 2010, Dr. Rippley is among a distinguished group of Germanists or specialists in second language acquisition with a focus on Deutsch als Fremdsprache. They are recognized scholars of international stature who have contributed to the advancement of Germanic studies in the fields of literary studies, literary criticism, linguistics, second language acquisition or pedagogy. Dr. Rippley is the former president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German and the former president of the Society for German-American Studies.

Dr. Rippley received several awards during his career recognizing him for his accomplishments, including one from the German Academic Exchange Service, the American Association of Teachers of German and the Society for German-American Studies. He has also been showcased in several editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in the Midwest between 1999 and 2010.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1958, Dr. Rippley spent five years as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers, Paratroopers, Special Forces and Reserves between 1958 and 1963. He earned a Master of Arts at Kent State University in 1961, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in German at The Ohio State University in 1965. He earlier completed additional studies at the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota and the University of Munich in Germany. Upon serving in the military, Dr. Rippley acquired the opportunity to teach Latin. Due to a shortage of teachers, the National Defense Education Act provided for more modern language training. Majoring in German in college at the time, he soon after received a scholarship in teaching assistantship and was able to continue his schooling in the field.

Born in Waumandee, WI, Dr. Rippley is the second son of a German-American family. Later marrying his wife, Barbara Jean Rippley, in 1960, he is now the proud parent of two children and grandfather of two grandchildren.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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