“Some people are the beginning of so much good,” says Len Froyen. “They generously see themselves as an offering. They graciously make space for everyone, strangers and friends alike.”
Len and Gail Froyen
This quote posted on Froyen’s Facebook page, meant to inspire others, drew comments such as: “That’s you, Len” “I see yourself in all of these attributes. We are grateful for you.”
Anyone who knows Froyen agrees that he lives a life of gratitude. In fact, he wrote a book titled, “Gratitude: Affirming One Another Through Stories.” His book is based on his experiences as a spiritual director, ordained deacon and educator.
Froyen graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1957 and joined the faculty in 1963. He taught in the Department of Education and Psychology. Although he retired in 1994, he stays connected to students through campus activities and through his position as deacon at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center in Cedar Falls.
One of the many ways Froyen and his wife, Gail ’67 ‘87, express their gratitude is through the gift of scholarship. The Len and Gail Froyen Scholarship supports students accepted into the UNI Teacher Education program. Over the past 42 years, they also have supported the Class of 1957 Heritage Endowed Fund, Panther Scholarship Club, Friends of Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and are founding members of the Lang Society.
“When I am feeling grateful, I want to do something to help other people feel the same way,” says Froyen.