Remembering Buena Vista University’s own Lanny Grigsby

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lanny Grigsby, Class of 1960 and associate professor emeritus of mathematics, passed away on Aug. 3, in Pipestone, Minn.

A student, coach and professor, Grigsby was a steadfast and respected presence on campus.

As a student at Buena Vista, Grigsby played baseball, football and basketball. In 1960 he received his diploma and BVU teaching contract on the same day.

Grigsby spent over five decades teaching every type of math offered at Buena Vista, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to numerical analysis, and mathematics; as well as mechanics in physics, basic programming and theory of baseball.

In addition to his longtime teaching career, he served in several coaching positions for the Beavers, including football, baseball and basketball, winning a handful of conference titles. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.

Burial followed in the Storm Lake Cemetery. Visitation took place Monday, August 7, from 5-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake were in charge of the arrangements.