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  • 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
  • Amanda (Thieschafer) Smock, BS ’05, human performance and fitness, won her third outdoor national title in the triple jump during the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California. Earlier this year, she won her third consecutive indoor title in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a 2012 London Olympian. June 2014
  • Aldean Lee, BS ’83, psychology, retired after a 30-year career with the U.S. Marshal Service. She ended her career as assistant director for the Management Support Division in Washington, D.C. She and her father, Ordean Lee, were the first father-daughter marshals in U.S. history. June 2014
  • Lester DeKrey, 92, BS ’49, animal science, had a long career with the Extension Service, with stops in Bismarck, Linton and Valley City, North Dakota. He was president of the North Dakota Association of Extension Agents and received the distinguished service award from the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association. He lived in Bismarck. June 2014
  • Michael Reich, BS ’90, PhD ’09, electrical and electronic engineering, joined Appareo Systems in Fargo as a senior electrical design engineer. He previously worked at Phoenix International and the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. June 2014



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