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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Boeck, Glenn M., 1919-2012. Oral History Interview, 2007

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Boeck, Glenn M., 1919-2012. Oral History Interview, 2007.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1742

Boeck, Glenn M., 1919-2012. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1742. 1 folder, 1 audiocassette tape, and 1 CD duplicate of the audiocassette.


The Glenn M. Boeck collection consists of an audiocassette tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, and a biographical form and interview outline of an oral history interview conducted between Boeck and Leslie Peterson in July 2007. Boeck attended Mankato State Teachers College 1937-1946. In this interview, Boeck talks about his family, his time as a student at Mankato State Teachers College, and his experiences teaching and helping with optometry practices.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the Tell Your MSU Story Oral History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

Glenn M. Boeck was born March 19, 1919. He was the first of nine children to pursue higher education. He began his college education at Mankato State Teachers College in 1937 and graduated in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in education. During this time he worked for Coach Blakeslee, held odd jobs, and was in the school band. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard and was present in Oahu, Hawaii when the attack on Pearl Harbor began. He married Irene, a music student at Mankato State Teachers College, in 1943 in San Antonio. Boeck and his family moved to Chicago where he attended optometry school. He ran an optometry practice in Olivia, Minnesota for a year before he was called in for the Korean War. In 1958 Boeck moved to California where his wife taught for several years. Boeck also attended San Diego State University where he received a master’s degree. For almost 20 summers Boeck and his family would drive back and forth to Minnesota where he helped out optometry practices. During the time of this interview Boeck was in Mankato for a family reunion.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Boeck, Glenn M., 1919-2012. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1742, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Glenn M. Boeck donated this collection on July 13, 2007.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection in January 2016.

Related Collections:

Visit the Tell Your MSU Story website for a list of all interviews completed as part of this project.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Boeck, Glenn M., 1919-, interviewee.
Boeck, Glenn M., 1919---Interviews.
Peterson, Leslie, interviewer.
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Mankato State Teachers College.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1742



Biographical information and interview outline, 2007



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2007



Oral History Interview, Audiocassette, 2007