Hexoms named DSU Trojan Days Parade Marshals

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Dakota State alumni Gene Hexom and his wife Marilyn (Nelson) Hexom are the 2013 Marshals for the Trojan Days Parade. The parade is at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28 and travels south to north on Egan Avenue in Madison. The parade is part of the week long homecoming celebrations at Dakota State University.

Gene Hexom is a 1959 graduate of Dakota State University, then known as General Beadle State Teachers College, with a bachelor’s degree in education. While at General Beadle, Hexom was active in music, drama, the Eastern newspaper and Trojan yearbook, Kappa Sigma Iota and was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Following his graduation, he taught at Dell Rapids Public High School before joining East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison, where he worked in public relations, sales/marketing and publications for 36 years. Retiring from East River Electric in 1997, he did substitute teaching in the Madison and Rutland schools and did volunteer work for East Central Habitat for Humanity. Gene then served as the Mayor of the City of Madison from 2006-2013.

Marilyn (Nelson) Hexom graduated from General Beadle State Teachers College in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in kindergarten/primary education. While in college, Marilyn was active in music, drama, Kappa Sigma Iota and was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

She worked for 18 years as office manager for the East River Federal Credit Union in Madison before retiring in 1999. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Madison Community Hospital for 30 years and was secretary of the board for many years. She taught in the Madison School system and also did substitute teaching. A native of Madison and graduate of Madison High School, she married Gene Hexom in 1960.


Last Updated: 9/25/13