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MOLDENHAUER, Wayne. (Charles City, IA--Dubuque, IA, Nov. 23, 1998). MAYOR of Dubuque, 1972. Moldenhauer, a children's dentist, was elected to the city council in 1969 by the largest number of votes ever cast for a council candidate. He served from 1970 to 1974. On the council, Moldenhauer was a prominent spokesperson for the council becoming a policy-making body for City Manager Gilbert D. CHAVENELLE. He fought unsuccessfully for the renovation of the DUBUQUE CITY HALL during his term as mayor, and a city-county complex was not developed. (1)

Moldenhauer, former president of the Iowa Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Dubuque County Dental Society, was active in the American Society of Dentistry for Children, Salvation Army, BOY SCOUTS, and served nearly three years on the Dubuque Dock Commission. He has also served as president of the Jaycees and a member of the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Board of Education.

In 1964 Moldenhauer and his wife became the first couple to visit New Guinea as missionary workers for the World Brotherhood Exchange. In 1990 Moldenhauer was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination to run for the United States House of Representatives. He hoped to replace Thomas TAUKE who left the House to campaign for the Senate seat occupied by Tom Harkin.



1. Riddell, Amy, "Dubuque Ex-Mayors Recall Joys, Disappointments," Telegraph Herald, January 19, 1986, p. 3

2. Obituary