Recent Passing of Emeriti, Cope and Inveiss

Author: Office of Alumni Engagement

Published Date: 3/7/2023

Categories: Alumni Faculty and Staff

Dr. (Oliver) Lamar Cope 

July 13, 1938 - February 13, 2023

Professor emeritus of religious studies (1969-2003)

A 1961 graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, Cope received a master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1964. After writing a dissertation on the use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Matthew, Cope received a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in 1971. Cope taught at Carroll from 1969-2003, chairing the department of religious studies from 1995 until his retirement. He played an important role in the shaping of the religious studies program. When he began his tenure at Carroll, the religious studies department was denominational, and the focus was on teaching Bible courses. Lamar was recognized in 1990 with the Benjamin F. Richason Jr. Faculty Award for his commitment to students and excellence in instruction. Over the years, he helped broaden the coursework to include more classes on world religions and ethics. One change spearheaded by Cope was the introduction of Understanding Religion, a class that focused on the historical development and central teachings of religious traditions from around the world. In retirement, he moved to Orange County in California with his wife, Sandra. He passed away at the age of 84.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am PST (12:00 pm CST) at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. A live stream of the service can be viewed here.

Dr. (Uldis) Ernie Inveiss

October 25, 1928 - February 10, 2023

Professor emeritus of business & economics (1963-2003)

Serving the Carroll community for 40 years, Inveiss was known for his deep commitment to his students and leadership in building the NCEP, New Cultural Experiences Program. Ernie, and his wife, Anna, were high school sweethearts from growing up in northern Europe. They left Latvia in 1944 and settled outside of Hamburg, Germany where they attended university before immigrating to the U.S. Inveiss taught business and economics at Carroll. As director of the NCEP, he also worked to provide students opportunities to enhance the awareness of their own cultural conditioning, assumptions, and perspectives by bringing them into contact with people of different backgrounds and cultures. An example of a NCEP he led concentrated academically on the European Common Market and multinational corporations, visiting places such as the UN in Geneva and the European Free Trade Association. He believed it was important to expand a student’s experience and provide important international dimensions of our world to help them to grow and develop intellectually. Inveiss was an active member of the Milwaukee and American Latvian community throughout his life. He died in Waukesha at the age of 94.

Dr. Cope and Dr. Inveiss shaped lives of many Carroll students. The Carroll community extends condolences to their families, friends, and alumni who loved them and were impacted by them.
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