GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of nine alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 2-6 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.
Allan D. Kellar, a 1955 graduate of Grinnell College from Lake Elmo, Minn., received an Alumni Award. Following is the citation read about Kellar’s accomplishments: “For more than three decades, Allan D. Kellar has given life to the music notes printed on the page through his teaching and his performances.
At Grinnell, Kellar majored in music education and English while spending time outside of class in the glee club, choir, and the campus radio station. After graduation, Kellar served for two years in the U.S. Army. He went on to teach music at two schools before becoming an associate professor of music for Coe College. In 1975, he was named to the first-ever endowed professorship at the college. Beloved by students, he was dedicated to expanding their horizons.
Off the conductor’s podium, he is similarly committed to helping others. He has volunteered on clean-up teams after the Cedar Rapids flood, helped rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and worked with the Common Hope Organization to build an elementary school in Guatemala.
For his committed volunteerism and his ongoing efforts to engage students, performers, and audiences through music, Grinnell is proud to honor Allan D. Kellar.”
Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.