Voelzke, Marshman honored by SDSU Foundation with Lohr Award for Volunteer Leadership

Cathy Voelzke and the late John “Jack” Marshman were honored with the Jerome J. Lohr Award for Volunteer Leadership in recognition of their involvement and support of the South Dakota State University Foundation.

The award was made October 12 in conjunction with the Foundation’s fall Council of Trustees meeting. The announcement was made by Jerry Lohr, one of SDSU’s largest benefactors and a member of the Foundation board since 1988.​

Voelzke of Brookings has been a member of the Foundation’s Council of Trustees since 2003. She was a nutrition marketing program manager for Midwest Dairy Association in Brookings until her retirement in 2004. She has served on the Board of Governors with Lohr for the past nine years.

The Gregory, SD, native is a 1966 family and consumer sciences education graduate from SDSU. She also earned a master’s degree in nutrition education in 1988. Her husband, Vern, is an SDSU alumnus.

Marshman was a Trustee for the past 8½ years before his passing in July 2018. Marshman and Lohr had a long professional relationship that included the renovation of Solberg Hall. Lohr was one of the lead donors to the project; Marshman was president of Sioux Falls Construction, which completed the restoration.

Marshman earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1955. He has been honored as a Distinguished Engineer and a Distinguished Alumni by his alma mater. Jack’s wife, Ellie, and their three daughters were among the family members present to accept the award on his behalf.

The SDSU Foundation created the award in 1999 as a tribute to Jerry Lohr.  Lohr has actively served on the Foundation board without interruption since 1988.  The Lohr award is designated to recognize an individual “who demonstrates exemplary volunteer leadership on behalf of the Foundation and outstanding philanthropic support of SDSU.”  The award is not just about financial contributions, but significant contributions of time and expertise to the betterment of SDSU.

Recipients must serve on the Foundation’s Council of Trustees, which currently has 104 members, including two student ex-officio members. Lohr personally selects the winner, in consultation with Foundation staff and leadership. 

“For all that Jerry Lohr does at SDSU, this is among the most meaningful to him,” said Steve Erpenbach, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “He invests so much time at the Foundation, and that results in strong personal relationships with his fellow Trustees. It’s important to him that he’s able to recognize his colleagues with this honor.”

It is the first time Lohr has honored two people in the same year.

Voelzke and Marshman are only the 14th and 15th recipients of the prestigious award. Other past recipients include:

  • Anson Yeager, former editor of the Argus Leader and lead donor of Yeager Hall who passed away in 2005;
  • Roland Jensen, a former energy industry leader who served on the board until his death in 2006;
  • Dr. Charles “Scotty” Roberts, a physician and local philanthropist until his death in 2004;
  • Bill Larson, a Colorado rancher who earned three degrees at SDSU in the 1960s;
  • Aelred J. Kurtenbach of Brookings, a co-founder of Daktronics;
  • Duane Sander of Brookings, a co-founder of Daktronics;
  • Errol EerNisse of Salt Lake City, an electrical engineering graduate and founder of multiple research-based companies;
  • Barbara B. Fishback of Brookings, a home economics graduate who is active in local, regional and statewide organizations;
  • Dana Dykhouse, an agricultural business graduate and CEO of First PREMIER Bank in Sioux Falls;
  • Duane Harms, an agricultural business graduate and owner and president of Harms Oil Co. in Brookings;
  • Paul Moriarty, a homebuilder, developer and apartment owner in Brookings;
  • Bill Folkerts, real estate investor and owner in Watertown;
  • Keith Bartels, former Vice President of The Martin Group Inc. in Mitchell.


Left photo: (L to R) Jerry Lohr, Cathy Voelzke, Vern Voelzke

Right photo: Ellie Marshman (center) surrounded by her three daughters, son-in-law, granddaughter and Jerry Lohr