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  • Philip C. Peterson, 83, BS ’61, agricultural education, was a famer and teacher at the Hallock, Minnesota, school system. He retired in 1994. He also was a member of the Peterson-Swanson Family Singers. He lived in Hallock. July 2014
  • Robb Quick, 49, BS ’88, mathematics, held several positions with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon, including director of business strategy and implementation. He previously worked for Boeing in Seattle. He coached soccer and volunteered at the Special Olympics. He lived in Portland. July 2014
  • Kenneth A. Johnson, 69, BS ’6, mathematics, worked most of his career as a systems analyst at Control Data in Minneapolis. He lived in Perham, Minnesota, spending winters in Green Valley, Arizona.  July 2014
  • Ronald G. Gillund, 69, BS ’67, pharmacy, worked as a pharmacist in Minot and Bismarck, North Dakota; Crookston, Hastings, Red Wing and Duluth, Minnesota; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Following retirement, he was a truck driver and a photographer for Yary-White Sports Photography. He lived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  July 2014
  • Albert Sandsmark, 95, BS ’43, general agriculture, was a retired Army colonel, serving in the military for 26 years. He later worked for the State of Colorado Department of Highways’ safety and training programs for nine years. He lived in San Diego, California.   July 2014
  • Lester DeKrey, 92, BS ’49, animal science, MS ’67, agricultural economics, enjoyed a long career with the Extension Service as assistant county agent for Burleigh County, county agent for Emmons County and agent for Barnes County. He retired in 1984. In 1979, he was elected president of the North Dakota Association of Extension Agents. He received the distinguished service award of the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association. He also was an elected director of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, representing Barnes County. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota July 2014
  • Louis “Lou” Daby, 91, MS ’73, education administration, worked for the Great Northern/BNSF Railroad for 35 years and held a part-time position at de Lendrecies department store in Fargo. He lived in Fargo. July 2014
  • Clarence “Kelly” Piepkorn, 81, BS ’62, general agriculture, was the owner of Piepkorns Inc. and started Peplawn Corp. in 1984. He was co-owner of Valley Chemical Laboratories in Fargo from 1970 until 1990. He was a 60-year member of the American Legion. He lived in Moorhead, Minnesota. July 2014
  • William Cowden, 47, BUS ’92, university studies, was a first officer for Northwest and Delta Airlines. He retired as a major in the North Dakota Air National Guard in 2006. During his 25 years of flying, he accumulated more than 7,500 hours in more than 85 models of aircraft. He died in an accident during an airshow performance in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He lived in Menomonie, Wisconsin. July 2014
  • Richard Seidel, 70, BS ’80, agricultural engineering, was a farmer and rancher near Williston, North Dakota. He also worked at Webster, Foster and Weston; Trenton Indian Housing Authority; Williston Research Extension Center; and as a substitute teacher at Trenton School. He lived in Williston. July 2014

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