Courtland L. Agre (1913 - 1995)

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Birthplace: MN, USA
Death: Died in Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA
Occupation: Chemist
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
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About Courtland L. Agre

My father Courtland Agre, and his two sisters grew up in Wallace, a hamlet in eastern South Dakota where his parents ran the general store. Wallace was also the hometown of Hubert Humphrey, and while my aunt Pearl remembers baby-sitting young Hubert, my father, an ardent Republican, claimed that they never met. To accommodate their educational needs, my grandparents moved the family to a larger town and ultimately to Minneapolis where he earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He contributed to the U.S. effort in World War II by working as an experimental polymer chemist for the 3M company.

At age 18, Mother moved to St. Paul in order to support herself. Despite eleven years difference in age, Dad and Mom met at a Lutheran church social, fell in love, and married. I was never certain how much their families approved, since even small differences in geographical origins are taken very seriously by Scandinavians. The Agres were Norwegian (Osterdalen and Trondelag), while the Swedbergs had mixed origins - Swedish (Skåne) and Norwegian (Telemark).

From the autobiography of his son Peter Agre

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Courtland Agre's Timeline

1913
September 11, 1913
MN, USA
1949
January 30, 1949
Age 35
1995
October 26, 1995
Age 82
Ramsey Co., Minnesota, USA
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