Professor Emeritus of Political Science,
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Member Emeritus, Board of Trustees, Prospect Hill Cemetery
Dr. Orville Menard was educated in the Omaha Public Schools, the University of Omaha, and the University of Nebraska. His great natural ability, his strong individualism, and a steadfast
drive to achieve his goals did much to bring him distinction in his career.
Yet he knew that his family, especially his wife, Darlene, and his teachers had done much to bring him a fulfilling life, and he gave to others spontaneously. Professor Menard helped two
generations of students discover that joyful experience of learning which teachers
at all levels had helped him to find. Indeed, his commitment to his students went well beyond the classroom.
His teaching and research were critical to his extensive public service, and as a member of the
Prospect Hill Cemetery Foundation Board of Trustees, his work did much to make Prospect Hill a vital educational resource. Ever our friend and colleague, we grieve Orv’s passing, but are thankful that our paths met.
[Tribute contributed by long-time friend and colleague, Harl Dalstrom, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Nebraska at Omaha.]
We will miss his historical insights and guidance, dedication to education, and his wit! Rest in Peace, Orv.
For Prospect Hill, Dr. Menard was the author of Omaha Streets and Prospect Hill Cemetery: A Commentary and Guide(rev. 2012), and served as editor for Forget Me Not: The Forgotten of Prospect Hill Remembered,
by Mari Best Nittler (2012). Both are available at the Cemetery.
Memorials requested to: the University of Nebraska Foundation for the Darlene and Orville D. Menard Political Science Scholarship Fund; the Orville D. Menard Distinguished Faculty Fellow Fund; or Prospect Hill Cemetery (Omaha).