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Concordia Shakespeare professor Gordon Lell dies

MOORHEAD - Gordon Lell, best known for his college classes and seminars on Shakespeare, died Saturday at his Moorhead home.

Lell, 74, had been battling a malignant brain tumor, which forced him to retire in December after almost 40 years of teaching at Concordia College.

A memorial gathering will be held Thursday from 3 to 4, followed by the memorial service at 4, in Concordia's Knutson Center Centrum in Moorhead.

Lell long was popular at Concordia, beginning teaching there in 1970.

He was praised for making Shakespeare ap-proachable for students.

During his career, 4,600 students took his Shakespeare class, 6,000 accompanied him to productions in Minneapolis and Winnipeg and more than 400 joined him on seminar trips to Great Britain.