Joseph & Gladys Emanuel

Gladys and Joe were both born & raised on the Northern Range of Minnesota. Gladys graduated from Chisholm High School and Joe graduated from Keewatin High School. Joe was introduced to higher education at Hibbing Junior College where he graduated in 1936. Both Joe and Gladys were attending Duluth State Teacher's College when they met. "Gladys was a cheerleader, so she was easy to spot," Joe said.

Joe received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1939. Following her graduation from Duluth, Gladys began teaching in Comwell. Joe was teaching junior high science in Grand Rapids, Minn., and in 1941, before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Joe and Gladys were married in 1943. The same year, Joe received a commission as a Second Lt. and was assigned to the 102nd Infantry Division where he obtained the rank of Major. Following Joe's service in World War II, he attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, earning a Master of Science in Botany. In 1947, Joe secured a teaching job at Northern Montana College in Havre. Then, in 1949, Joe was offered a position teaching biology at Winona State Teachers College. Joe says he could not have been more pleased, being well-aware of the natural beauty of this area and the fine opportunities to study nature.

In addition to teaching at Winona State, Joe continued with the Army Reserve until 1963, serving as the Commanding Officer of the 419th Civil Affairs Co., earning the rank of Lt. Colonel. Joe taught at Winona State until 1982. Joe and Gladys have been more than gratified by their decision to come to Winona. They believe they could not have found a better place to study, teach and raise their four sons, Douglas, Richard, Donald and Dean. Three of their sons graduated from Winona State with degrees in science. Their other son attended Carleton College, where he earned a degree in chemistry. The Emanuels can't help but feel great pride in the progress that Winona State University has made since they arrived in 1949. Joe feels that he has been a part of the change.

Joe and Gladys established the Joseph P & Gladys Emanuel Scholarship as a permanently endowed fund in the Winona State University Foundation.

The scholarship was established to encourage and support students who are WSU Biology majors.