Dale Soderberg had an artistic mother and a determined
father. The result was a creative
personality which led him from organizing and leading his own band while in
high school and working as a commercial radio announcer to majoring in English
at Gettysburg College and in Systematic Theology at Gettysburg Lutheran
Seminary. While in college he was
inspired to begin creative writing by professors who saw the glimmer of talent
which was later used in writing sermons, short stories, and novels over a ten
year stint in the Lutheran ministry in Clarion, PA, Horseheads, NY and
Syracuse, NY. However, it all came to
fruition when he became a high school English teacher who specialized in
teaching Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James A. Michener, Nevil Shute
and other modern authors. His first
novel, published commercially in 1980, was an adventure/thriller built around
the 1967 Israeli/Arab war.
Among other creative pursuits, he originated, organized, and
directed tours to Europe, the Middle East, and Lutheran mission fields in
Guyana, Liberia, Tanzania, and India, many lands that have provided settings
for his writing. Early in his teaching
career he decided that if one were to teach Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, it was imperative that he know something about
the Feria of San Fermin in Pamplona,
Spain. Although he has never run with
the bulls, he has watched the running during seven fiestas and become an
American aficionado of the bullfight.
When he and his wife, Marjorie, retired they were able to expand
their activities to include working in Yellowstone National Park and serving as
volunteer missionaries in Papua New Guinea where he taught at the University’s
Teachers’ College in the Eastern Highlands Province. This latter experience also offered them the opportunity to
travel extensively in New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
The consequence of his many creative activities over the
years has brought him inclusion in Marquis editions of Who’s Who in the East, American Education, the World, and America. He has also been honored in the Dictionary of International Biography published in Cambridge,
He and Marjorie live in Hamilton, NY where the two have
close ties with Colgate University.