Edward M. Swanson, '60
Tower Award Recipient
Edward Swanson came to Hillsdale College from South Bend, Indiana, in 1955 and has lived here ever since then. He belonged to the H Club and to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, where he served as its president; played violin for the college orchestra; and served as both junior and senior class president, captain of the golf team, and sports editor of the Winona yearbook. Some of his favorite experiences as a student include the Greek system’s social events, Mardi Gras, golf matches and tournaments, orchestra concerts, and time spent with the faculty. He graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. After working at the College for 13 years in various administrative positions, including being an Admissions counselor, Swanson pursued a career as an independent insurance agent with the O’Meara-Sumnar Agency in Hillsdale. He retired in 2004 after 31 years with the company. He also served in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of chief warrant officer.
Swanson continues to play in the Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra and also enjoys playing golf. He has served on the Alumni Board since 2002, including a term as president from 2010-2012. Additionally, he serves on the Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Board. He has been active in the Hillsdale community, serving on the boards of the Hillsdale Community Health Center and the Hillsdale Community Schools and holding membership in the Rotary Club, among others.
Swanson is married to Kathleen, a native of Hillsdale. They enjoy going on cruises and have traveled to Europe several times. He has two sons and one daughter, who are all married, and four grandsons.