Obituary photo of Dale Amlund, Orlando-FL
In Loving Memory of

Dale Froehlich Amlund

1937 - 2023
Obituary photo of Dale Amlund, Orlando-FL
In Loving Memory of

Dale Froehlich Amlund

1937 - 2023
Newcomer - E. Orlando Chapel (407-277-4227) is assisting the family
Dale Froehlich Amlund of Winter Park Florida passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 85. He was born to Dorothy and Harvey Amlund on June 19, 1937 in St Paul Minnesota.

Dale never forgot where he was on VE Day (May 8, 1945). He remembered, as a 7 year old boy, running just a few blocks from his childhood home in St Paul to see all the cars heading into the city for the big celebration.

One of the highlights of his youth was a summer trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico with the Boy Scouts. There were many fond memories and stories told of adventurous treks in the backcountry and long train rides with his Scout pals. This was truly a character building experience for him.

While attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Dale met his future wife Mary Oelfke. He went on to Yale Drama School and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree. His first job after graduate school was 2 years in the Theatre department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During this time their first of 3 daughters was born. When Dale received an offer to become a professor at Rollins College, they packed up their VW Beetle and drove to Florida. From 1966 to 1994, Dale taught scenic and costume design as well as designing a countless number of shows produced in the Annie Russell Theatre. He loved his students and made many lifelong friends over the years.

… what he actually taught was history, fabrication, painting and drawing, listening, collaborating, attention to detail, color, lighting, and most importantly, he taught students to be themselves and find the gift they had to offer to the amazing endeavor that making theatre is. His influence crept into our personal styles and tastes and still does to this day.
– Rick Stanley, former student

Over the summers he designed for various summer stock programs and spent time with family. In addition to his career in academics, Dale was part of the design team for Jurassic Park at Universal Islands of Adventure and he designed the interior restoration of the Grand Opera house in Wilmington Delaware. He did that and many projects with Mary and his girls by his side.

In his retirement years, Dale could be found painting at his easel or listening to bird songs from the back porch of their home in Winter Park. Trains being one of his first loves, Dale took a starring role on the model sets he created so joyously over the past several years.

He is survived by wife Mary, three daughters, Kristine (Todd), Erika (Peter), Julia (Timothy) grandchildren Elizabeth, Tucker, Laila, brother David (Louise) and his beloved cat, Kit Kit

This bold, funny, encouraging, loving, talented, amusing, inspirational, delightful curmudgeon of a man exemplified the Rollins mission of “fostering lifelong learning,” and he is deeply missed

A celebration of life is being organized to take place at a future date
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