This mural painted by Cyril Gustavison, a student
at Palmer’s Davenport campus in the early 1940s,
was uncovered during construction in the Administration
Building. Dr. Gustavison served in WWII following
his graduation and was killed in 1944 in the
Battle of the Bulge. His granddaughter, Cheryl
Niemeyer (right), contacted Palmer about a photo
of the mural. Senior Director for Palmer History
Alana Callender, Ed.D., emailed her a photo of the
recently uncovered mural, and she brought her
mother, Nan (Gustavison) Waldorf (center), to
Palmer on Feb. 27 so they could both see it in person.
Palmer Museum Coordinator/Curator Julie
Knaak (left) placed a plaque alongside the mural to
ensure Dr. Gustavison’s work will be remembered.