William (Bill) Charles Rehnstrand 77 of Bloomington, MN, passed away May 11, 2020 after waging a battle with cancer. He was born February 15, 1943, in Superior, WI. Preceded in death by his father, Charles, mother Kathrine and brother Michael, he is survived by his sister Marcia, his niece, nephews and their children.
William aspired to join the Foreign Service to be a diplomat attending the American University School of International Service, University of Bristol, U.K. and Wisconsin State University, Superior. He changed course and decided to become a teacher. William started his career in Marinette, Wisconsin and moved to Superior Senior High School, where he taught for 28 years in the Social Studies Department.
In 1977 he began a law day program for his students. In 1983 Bill worked with the Wisconsin Bar Foundation to establish the Wisconsin Mock Trial program. He was a coach for the program during the balance of his teaching career. In 1983, he received the Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Wisconsin Council for the Gifted and Talented; In 1998 he was awarded the Law Related Education Teacher of the Year by the State Bar of Wisconsin; In 2002 he was nominated for the Education Hall of Fame Award by the Superior School District: In 2004 he received the Heffernan Award from the Law Related Education committee of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary efforts as a coach and his work in starting the program.
Bill served on the Superior School Board from 2000 to 2009, volunteered with the Douglas County Historical Society, was instrumental in helping to set up the Nelson Scholarships and establishing the Superior Scholarship Foundation.
Bill poured his energy into his family, his friends at the lake and around the world, his students, his colleagues and his Superior community. He was an inspiration to hundreds of students to pursue their educational goals and his contributions to the Mock Trial program had a positive impact on thousands of students in Wisconsin and across the country. To his students, he introduced the many parts of the world he explored and shared them as a teacher, traveler, coach, art collector, champion, inspiration and exemplar. Few people have consistently given so much to so many. Above all, he will be remembered for his intelligence, his humor and his generosity. He was a great travel companion and a sincere friend. A bright beacon has gone out, but our memories of William and his impact on our lives do not dim.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Superior Scholarship Foundation, 3025 Tower Ave. Superior, WI 54880.