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Construction uncovers mural painted by alum

Cheryl Niemeyer, Nan Waldorf, and Julie Knaak standing in front of mural, holding photo of Cyril

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.

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