Vera L. (Duerschner) Lundahl earned her B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1950, her M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1954, and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University in 1983. Lundahl taught Physical Education for Women at the Municipal University of Omaha from 1950 through 1954, before moving to Wayne State University as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education. Professor Lundahl returned to OU/UNO in 1965 for the remainder of her career, until her retirement in 1994. As head of the dance program at UNO, she was involved with productions by UNO dance groups Orchesis and The Moving Company, the latter of which she founded in the early 1970s. She also did extensive research on choreographers, particularly Alwin Nikolais.