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Chaplain creates artful retirement

Lutheran Brotherhood was moving into brand-new headquarters in downtown Minneapolis in 1982. And Richard L. Hillstrom was retiring as director of chaplaincy services at Bethesda Lutheran Medical Center, St. Paul, Minn.

Hillstrom turned the blank walls of that new building into a canvas for a retirement career that continues today. "LB took me on to purchase art for the building, but I didn't like the 'decorative' side of this," admits Hillstrom, 85. So he dropped that part of his portfolio after a few years and concentrated on building a collection of religious art.


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