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Rolf Valtin ’48

Rolf Valtin ’48, who married his matchbox sweetheart, Nancy Eberle Valtin ’47, and built a career in labor relations, died Aug. 1, 2018.

After fleeing to America from Nazi Germany with their family as children, Rolf and his brother Heinz ’49 were so inspired by the kindness they received from Quakers that they decided to attend Swarthmore. Rolf’s studies, however, were interrupted when he was drafted into the Army. He participated in the assault on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion and was awarded both the Silver and the Bronze Star. He returned to Swarthmore and became a three-sport varsity athlete, ultimately earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic soccer team and induction into the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame.

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