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ERNSDORFF, Louis E. (Dubuque, IA--Dubuque, IA, Nov. 10, 1980). Chaplain, Dubuque police and fire departments. Ernsdorff, mathematics professor at LORAS COLLEGE, served as chairman of the mathematics department from 1944 to 1969 and was athletic director of the college from 1950 to 1960. A 1932 graduate of Loras, Ernsdorff received his master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1940 and was ordained by Cardinal Marchetti-Salvaggiani on December 8, 1935.

Ernsdorff served as pastor of two Iowa churches before returning to Loras in 1938. In addition to his other duties, Ernsdorff was chaplain at the SUNNYCREST SANITORIUM and the DUBUQUE COUNTY HOME. He had served the city's police and fire departments since 1952.