Membership in the Pro Rege Society is the highest non-academic recognition that Hastings College bestows. Criteria for selection may include, but is not limited to, extraordinary service to Hastings College, significant philanthropic contributions and/or unusual commitment to the college over an extended period of time.
2014 Pro Rege Inductees
Although Roger Doerr retired from Hastings College in 2013 as Professor of Business Administration/Economics, Head Men’s Golf Coach and President Emeritus of the Hastings College Foundation, his impact on campus will remain for generations.
Starting in 1969, Roger taught accounting and business principles to young men and women who have achieved success at the highest levels of U.S. business and government. He quickly earned a reputation as an inspiring lecturer, advisor, and mentor. As Chair of the Business Administration/Economics Department from 1978-1995, Roger capitalized on the opportunity to create the Communication Arts and Business Economics (CABE) Department.
In 1989, Roger was awarded the first Edgar and Frances Reynolds Lectureship in Business and Economics. Additionally, he was the first professor to receive both the College’s Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award and its Outstanding Advisor Award. In 2009, Roger received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award.
External audiences also recognized Roger’s classroom reputation. In 1995, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Nebraska Professor of the Year, and in 1996, the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants recognized him as Outstanding Nebraska Accounting Educator.
As President of the Hastings College Foundation from 1996-2003, he oversaw $44.9 million in fundraising toward scholarships, the annual fund, and capital projects, including construction of the Osborne Family Sports Complex, Sachtleben Observatory, Barrett Family Alumni Center, Bronco Village Apartments, Fleharty Educational Center, Batchelder General Services Building and Wilson Mathematics and Computer Science Center. He also was instrumental raising funds for the renovation of French Memorial Chapel.
As Men’s Golf Coach from 2003-2013, Roger encouraged students to pursue excellence beyond the classroom. In 2006, he was named the GPAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year.
A graduate of Hastings (Neb.) High School, Roger earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics, graduating with High Distinction, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1967 and a master’s of business administration from Creighton University in 1969. He has been a member of the Nebraska Society of CPAs since 1970. On the Certified Management Accountant exam in 1978, he scored in the top 10 nationwide and received the Distinguished Performance Award.
Roger has held various leadership positions with business and community organizations throughout Nebraska and the City of Hastings. For his theatrical endeavors, he was inducted into the Hastings Community Theater Hall of Fame.
Roger and his wife, Karen (Gilmore) ’75, have a daughter, Alison; a son, Brendon (deceased); and a grandson, Kaden.
In 1978, Dennis Krienert arrived on the Hastings College campus as Treasurer and Business Manager and through his careful stewardship, he helped the College navigate out of financial challenges and into a solid financial position.
In addition to his responsibilities for all aspects of the College’s financial and business operations over the course of 30 years, Dennis also oversaw projects as diverse as the installation of internet infrastructure across campus and Field Turf on Lloyd Wilson Field. His tenure included upgrading the business office from manual entry to computerized systems. Overseeing the endowment, negotiating budgets with faculty, and reviewing food service contracts remained constants. For campus capital projects, including but not limited to the Morrison-Reeves Science Center, Osborne Family Sports Complex, Gray Center for the Communication Arts, and the Bronco Village Apartments, Dennis provided key assistance.
For the Hastings College Board of Trustees, he coordinated the Building and Grounds, Budget and Finance, and Investment Committees. For this service, the trustees expressed their appreciation for Dennis by passing a resolution in which they described him as “a man of integrity and humility who made a profound difference in the life of Hastings College.”
Dennis approached his position with the College and the Hastings College Foundation conscientiously, carefully, and diligently, and in 2008, he retired as Vice President for Financial Affairs/Treasurer of the Hastings College Board of Trustees.
The Osmond, Nebraska, native graduated from Osmond High School before earning Regents Scholarships to pursue his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1969-1971, Dennis served in the U.S. Army as a finance clerk, and in 1972, earned the Silver Certificate for the second highest grade in Nebraska on the standard CPA exam. Before joining Hastings College, he held accountant positions with Haskins and Sells, Certified Public Accountants, and with Westside Community Schools of Omaha.
A member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, Central Association of College and University Business Officers, and National Association of College and University Business Officers, Dennis still serves on the Board of Trustees for Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.
Dennis and his wife Sharon have raised three children: Naomi (Krienert) Williams, a 2000 Hastings College graduate; Mark Krienert, and Joe Krienert. They have three grandchildren.
Gretchen H. Lainson '37
Gretchen H. Lainson’s association with Hastings College spans many years. A Minden, Neb., native, she enrolled as a freshman in 1933 to pursue an English major with an interest in music and physical fitness. Graduating in 1937, she was married the following January to Hal Lainson, who had finished his degree at Hastings College in 1934 and had joined his father’s business. Through the next 70 plus years, Gretchen and Hal, who died in 2010, remained close to the College. Hal’s long service to the Board of Trustees includes 27 years as Chairman of the Board.
With Hal, Gretchen has provided stewardship to capital projects, support to the College’s Arts and Humanity programs, and hospitality to the College’s students, faculty, staff and guests. She was involved in the plans and dedication of the Hayes Fuhr Hall of Music and Fine Arts in 1956, and again in 1990 following the fire, in the renovation and rededication of the building. In 1993, she received the Hastings College Outstanding Alumna Award, and in 1996, she and Hal received the Hastings College President’s Award.
An avid reader, Gretchen served as President of the Nebraska State Library Association and received the Nebraska Library Commission’s 1973 Outstanding Trustee Award. A founding member of the Nebraska Committee for the Humanities, Gretchen also served on the first Nebraska Arts Council.
While she has sought to raise public discourse and arts appreciation, it is closest to home that her contributions are most prominent. In her church, in association with Hastings College, the Hastings Museum, the YWCA, and the Hastings Public Library, in this community of good people, but especially in her family, Gretchen’s life has been busy, interesting, and productive.
She served for eight years as organist of the First Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Dr. Fuhr, an association she cherishes. During the early 1940s, Gretchen served as the first secretary for the Hastings Area United Way, and in 1994, she and Hal received the Inez C. Peterson Award for contributions to the United Way and community service. During 19 years on the Hastings Public Library Board of Trustees, Gretchen, as Board President, led the successful bond campaign to build the city’s current library.
The Adams County YWCA bestows its special Gretchen Hollman Lainson Award to an outstanding woman, past or present, for extraordinary service to the YWCA – a fitting tribute for an organization with which Gretchen has long been active.
Gretchen and Hal, who was inducted into the first Pro Rege Society class in 1997, have two daughters, Margaret Hermes and Mary Olsen. Both are graduates of Hastings College, and they reside in Hastings. Their family includes four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Through them, the Lainson legacy of service to Hastings College continues to flourish.
Cindy and Bobby* Gottsch
Dr. Ladd Cochrane ’58
Pepsi Cola Bottling of Hastings
Thomas C. Jorgenson
Dr. William Locke
Jo Ann Klemmer
Phillip Dudley Jr.
Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc.
Fred Hawkins, Jr.
Armstrong McDonald Foundation
John "Jack" Osborne
James Walter, Sr.*
Leonard (Lynn) Farrell
Duane (Bear) Johnson
Grace Riley Leinart*
Charles Uerling, Jr.*
Walter Scott, Jr.
Thomas Creigh, Jr.*
B. Keith Heuermann
Harry (Hal) Lainson*
Harrold (Hal) Shiffler*
D. Lloyd Wilson*