Mines News

Release Date Thursday, June 2, 2016

South Dakota Mines Mourns the Passing of Paul Lupkes

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 2, 2016) – Faculty and staff members at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are mourning the death of former longtime faculty member and campus United Ministries pastor Paul Lupkes.

Lupkes joined South Dakota Mines in 1977 as campus minister. He later was named associated professor and taught primarily “Introduction to the Bible” and “World Religions” before retiring in 2004.

He passed away Tuesday at the age of 89 at Bella Vista Nursing Home.

“His students knew him as a kind and generous man who always showed concern for them,” said Heather Wilson, president of the School of Mines. “Colleagues will remember his energy and great laugh. He always stopped to ask how others were doing.”

His thoughtfulness for students was demonstrated in many ways, including the donation of a bench outside a suite of offices in the Classroom Building, home to the department, so students could have a place to sit while waiting to talk with him and other professors.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Kirk Funeral Home, 1051 E. Minnesota St. in Rapid City, and one hour before services at the First United Methodist Church, 629 Kansas City St. in Rapid City.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, at the church. Burial will be at a later date at the Washington Reformed Church Cemetery in Ackley, Iowa.

A memorial has been established to The Hope Center. Friends may sign an online guestbook at the funeral home’s website.


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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.