A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School in 1933, Albert F. Then served in four federal agencies during the Depression and War years. Later he started his own retail business in south Minneapolis. He died on November 25, 1952, at age forty-six. In memorial proceedings for the Hennepin County Bar Association the following year, Samuel A. Warren recalled:
"While he was quiet and unassuming in demeanor, he was of excellent character and high ideals which were an outgrowth of his religious and educational training and were very clear in his dealings with those with whom he associated. These he always met with an ever ready smile which won him many friends. . . .
"The passing of Albert Then is a definite loss to our community as many whom he so willingly helped will miss him, and our country has lost a very, very substantial citizen."