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School’s Out! PHS residents are honored for academic achievements

As we wrap up the season of graduations and commencements, two Presbyterian Homes & Services residents stand out for their remarkable academic achievements. One as a newly hooded Doctor of Ministry; the other as a recent retiree from a long and productive professorship.

Taking on the gown and hood

Cheered on by his proud family, Dr. Robert "Bob" Corey graduated on May 13, 2017,  with a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree from Central Seminary in Minneapolis. A resident of Beacon Hill, located in Minnetonka,  Bob is ordained as a minister in the Conservative Baptist Church. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Preaching and Teaching the Tenets of Traditional Dispensationalism to a 21st Century Audience." “I want to encourage pastors to preach from dispensational thought and theology of their conservative Baptist heritage,” he said.  

Bob served as a volunteer chaplain at Boutwells Landing for two years (2011-2013) after the death of his wife Jane. “He did so in her honor because of the great care she received in transitional care and the Christian context in which they ministered to her,” explains Bob’s daughter Katherine Hanna, who is the Clinical Administrator at St. Andrew’s Village, a PHS community located in Mahtomedi, MN. After Jane’s passing, Bob found he had the time and financial resources to pursue his life-long dream of studying for and earning his D.Min.

“Beacon Hill has been an ideal place to live while working on my degree,” he said. Bob was able to fulfill the field work required by his academic program by assisting in the spiritual care program at Beacon Hill, including leading prayer with residents and providing “back up” pastoral support for the campus pastor.  

Now Bob looks forward to sharing his ideas through the development of a new mobile application entitled “Spiritual Gifts.” The app is due to be released this summer for iPhone and Android.

Hanging up the gown and hood

Dr. Bert Fristedt celebrates with family and friends on his retirement from the University of Minnesota FacultyOn May 17, 2017 residents, staff and friends of Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington gathered to celebrate the retirement of resident Dr. Bert Fristedt from the University of Minnesota (U of M) where he has served as a professor in the College of Science and Engineering’s School of Mathematics since 1963. Dr. Fristedt, or “Bert” as he is fondly known by his friends and neighbors at The Commons assisted living,  taught probability  theory, game theory and other mathematical topics at the U of M for 54 years; a truly amazing accomplishment!

Bert graduated from Hopkins High School in 1955 with high honors. His excellent academic record gained him a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. Bert was awarded another full scholarship to The Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his PhD. in mathematics by the age of 26. He returned to U of M, his alma mater, to teach for over 5 decades.  During his tenure he coauthored three books and authored several research papers. He was a member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and a recipient of the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor award.

When asked what he’ll do with his free time, he smiled and said, “I’ll play lots of Bridge and do mathematical research.”

Congratulations to Drs. Corey and Fristedt for their accomplishments. Glad to know that school is out for both!


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