A Family Tradition
By Geneva Nemzek '14
For Paige Kamrath '11, Concordia was a prominent force in her life growing up. She is a fifth-generation Cobber who ultimately decided to follow in her family’s footsteps when it came to college.
Kamrath looked at other schools but decided that Concordia felt most like home. Her family never pressured her, so they were pleasantly surprised when she told them she would be attending Concordia.
Family members regularly share stories from their Cobber days and proudly wear their alma mater’s gear, says Kamrath’s mother, Susan (Dosland) Kamrath '87. They’ve even saved the rings and diplomas of their Cobber ancestors.
For Paige’s graduation in May, her family’s company produced a private-label water bottle with the names and grad years of family members in the direct Cobber lineage.
It started with Paige’s great-great-grandfather, C.G. (Johnson) Dosland, who graduated from Concordia’s academy program in 1893. It also includes G.L. Dosland '23 and W.B. Dosland '49, Paige’s grandfather.
Susan continued the family tradition. “I grew up in Moorhead, so I knew Concordia was a good school,” she says.
Paige laughs good-naturedly when asked if she will send her own kids to Concordia. While it would be fun to make Concordia a six-generation tradition, she will let her future children make their own choices.
“I like knowing I made my own decision to go to Concordia,” she says.
Photos: Sheldon Green/Concordia College Archives