Updated: Long-time New Ulm philanthropist passes away 14 Nov 17

A long-time New Ulm philanthropist has passed away. 86-year-old Arnold Koelpin was a long-time professor at Martin Luther College, the mayor of New Ulm and spent much of his life serving his community and church. Koeplin was born in Wisconsin on May 24th, 1931. He graduated from Concordia College High School in Milwaukee in 1951 before earning his degree at Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin. He was ordained in 1960, the same year he married his wife, Ruth, before studying a year in Germany on a Fullbright Scholarship. He spent a year as a pastor in Cambridge, Wisconsin before joining Martin Luther College as a professor of religion and history. He served in that role until 2001. He served two terms on the Brown County Historical Society board including as president. He was appointed mayor of New Ulm in 2001. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Christ Church on the Martin Luther College Campus. A reception will follow the service in the college cafeteria. A visitation will take place Friday from 2-5 p.m. at the Chapel of the Christ Church.