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The Cassandra Ball Egdahl Music Scholarship
In 2004, the Cassandra Ball Egdahl Scholarship for exceptional music students was established with a $25,000 estate gift from Harry Egdahl in honor of his first wife, Cassandra Ball Egdahl, who died in 1957. The fund provides scholarships to students who participate in the UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concert, the university’s annual holiday gift to the community, featuring various UW-Eau Claire music ensembles.
Over his 70-year career in dentistry, Dr. Harry Egdahl was president of the Northwest District Dental Society, regularly attended local and state dental society meetings, and was a member of the “Black” club of dentists who were skilled in the use of gold foil in dental practice. A native of the Chippewa Bottoms area in Wisconsin, he was a WWI U.S. Army veteran, a member of Eau Claire Lodge 112 F&AM, Eau Claire Scottish Rite, Eau Claire Chapter 36 Royal Arch Masons, Eau Claire Commandery 8 Knights Templar, and a member of First Lutheran Church. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin lakes and Lake of the Woods in Canada.
Rebecca Cassandra Ball was born on April 19, 1895, in Harlan, Kentucky. After receiving her college degree at the University of Minnesota, she came to Eau Claire in 1921 as a school teacher where she eventually met and married Dr. Harry I Egdahl. “Cass” Egdahl was especially fond of and talented in music. She enjoyed attending concerts of the Minneapolis Symphony. Her fine voice was adept to a wide variety of music genres of which she often sang and played on the piano. Saturday afternoons found her faithfully listening on the radio to the performances of the Metropolitan Opera.
Dr. Richard H. Egdahl, son of the late Harry Egdahl and Cassandra Ball Egdahl, provided a gift $100,000 to the Cassandra Ball Egdahl Music Scholarship in 2006 as a way to extend his father’s wishes to honor Richard’s mother in this way. Richard Egdahl, a graduate from Eau Claire High School, served in the Naval Reserve during WWII, and went on to graduate with a medical degree from Harvard University Medical School and a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. Richard Egdahl has enjoyed a successful career as a surgeon, administrator and researcher at Boston University‘s School of Medicine. He has also served as director of the Health Care Entrepreneurship Program.
The UW-Eau Claire Music and Theatre Arts department is the largest music program in the state of Wisconsin, receiving national recognition annually. The Cassandra Ball Egdahl Music Scholarship continues to help bring exceptional music students to our university.