A Lifetime of Connections
The impact of Kenneth and Harold Bienfang stretches well beyond the more than 30 years they taught welding at Hawkeye Institute of Technology and Hawkeye Community College. The brothers had a passion for their craft and spent a lifetime teaching 700+ students.
“It’s rare to find a welder trained in that era who didn’t learn from Kenny and Harold,” said Jeff Jantzen, Hawkeye welding instructor and a student of the Bienfangs. “I remember how much they cared—both about the work we were doing in class and about how we were doing as people.”
Even decades after retiring, the brothers’ skills, passion, and connections to Hawkeye remained strong. When Jantzen asked Harold to fill in as an instructor a few years ago, his welds were so precise that one student doubted he was even human.
“We lost Kenny in a car accident, and I wish he was still here so I could thank him. It’s time we honor them,” said Jantzen.
The Kenneth and Harold Bienfang Welding Scholarship fund was established with the Hawkeye Foundation to continue their legacy.
If you or someone you know was impacted by the Bienfangs’ lifetime of connections, please consider a gift to their scholarship endowment.
I give to honor Kenny and Harold's legacy. I want to be the type of teacher they both were.—Jeff Jantzen
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