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|John F. And Mary Margaret (Mack) Lenz
John Francis Lenz was born in Nobles County, Ellsworth,
Minnesota, May 12, 1927, to Charles John and Elizabeth (Wagner) Lenz. He
was the sixth of seven children. Records date back to the early 18th
Century in Alendorf, Germany to the Lenz family. John graduated from St.
Mary High School, Ellsworth, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and was
granted the Master of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska in
1957. In 1949, he came to teach at Corning High School, Latin and
English. Until five years ago, John was also Speech and Drama teacher,
directing hundreds of students in speech contests and play productions
including "My Fair Lady," "The Diary of Anne Frank,"
"The Crucible" and many others. He presently teaches English,
Media and is the Annual Sponsor. On December 30, 1950, John and Mary
Margaret Mack were married in Corning at St. Patrick's. He served two
years in the Army during the Korean Conflict, part of that time in
Japan. John was one of the founders of the Icarian Players, a local
Drama group and has been their director for many musical and drama
productions. John and Mary were on the Centurama Board, and directed the
pageant in 1957. John has been instrumental in arranging for
professional music and drama performances in Corning-Omaha Symphonia,
Guthrie Theater, Old Creamery Players, Drake University Theater, etc.
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