Larry Froeberg and Barbara “Bobbie” Segrest Froeberg have been co-class agents for the class of 1958 for the past 25 years. They met at the very beginning of their freshman year in a biology lab and have been together ever since. They were married in Herrick Chapel the day after graduation. She majored in elementary education with a minor in sociology and taught for 5 years before raising three daughters. Meanwhile, Larry pursued his career in the insurance business, which kept them on the move to Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, and Michigan, not to mention Arkansas for 2 years after Larry was drafted.
Bobbie, who says that volunteering comes easily, is proud that she spent 29 years deeply involved with the Girl Scouts, supervising troops and training leaders and trainers. The Froebergs retired to Virginia to be in striking distance of their children and six grandchildren, and so that Larry could play golf more often.
It is easy to see where Bobbie’s love of Grinnell started. Her mother grew up in Grinnell, and during the war Bobbie was sent to live there with her grandmother for 4 years, attending school from 2nd through 6th grade before returning to the Bronx. Coming from New York, she found wonderful freedom with the campus as her playground and formed lifelong friendships with her classmates and with her younger cousin Nancy Gallagher Mendenhall (class of ’64). Even before becoming class agents, the Froebergs visited Grinnell every year to see friends and relatives.
Larry and Bobbie are enthusiastic supporters of the College, taking great pleasure in being on campus, meeting students, and observing the changes. After all, Bobbie remembers the Quonset huts that sprouted up during the war! Of course, the biggest impact for them is the fact that they met there. The Froebergs attribute their success as class agents to being consistent in their communication, thus garnering a good response from classmates. They have retained a strong interest in the College and the town, which fuels their dedication.
I have chatted with this couple many times during reunion planning sessions or volunteer weekends. It was a shock to both Bobbie and me to discover during a random conversation that it was her mother, also a Grinnell alumna, who was responsible for me getting my first job out of Grinnell with the New York State Employment Service when she arranged for me to take the civil service exam in the college career development office. Grinnell connections are far-reaching and often surprising.
Congratulations to Bobbie and Larry for 25 years of service!
--Submitted by Pam Rogacki '64