Bullish on St. Cloud State

Monday, January 25, 2010


Ever since Hemingway wrote about it in 1923, the “running of the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain, has attracted the brave, the crazy, the adventurous and one white-haired stockbroker from Fergus Falls. “It was the biggest adrenalin rush of my life,” says Larry Dorn ’64 of his 2005 experience.

“I like to think that I’ve been running with the bulls ever since entering the securities business,” says Dorn, who established Dorn & Co. Inc., a Fergus Falls securities investment firm, only 31/2 years after graduating from St. Cloud State.

As a student at St. Cloud, Dorn received the solid business education that would serve him throughout his career. He learned about finance in and outside of class where he earned tuition by playing drums in a dance combo and traveling throughout the United States for the Northrup King Seed Co. during summer breaks and in class, where he studied with faculty like Professors Carl Folkerts (economics) and Clare Daggett (marketing).

“I developed a foundation that I use every day in my business,” explains Dorn. “I still quote my economics professor to this day.” In 1994, SCSU recognized Dorn’s stellar career in securities investment with a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Even after all these years, Dorn is still “bullish” on St. Cloud State. Dorn, who designates that his gifts to St. Cloud State support the Herberger College of Business, is a past member of the St. Cloud State University Foundation board and was part of a group of community leaders who co-hosted President Earl Potter’s recent alumni and friends gathering in Fergus Falls. In addition to his support of St. Cloud State, Larry is currently co-chairing a $10 million fund drive for a cancer center at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.

- Kara Rose

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