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  • Curtis Stromstad, 85, BS ’58 mechanical engineering, was a construction engineer and project manager building power plants and missile bases in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. He later joined Eastman Kodak Co. for 25 years and worked on projects such as the Corona Project and the Hubble Space Telescope. He was an Army veteran who lived in Victor, New York.
  • Helen (Henningsgard) Nelson, 97, BS ’48 home economics education, food and nutrition, earned a master’s degree in home economics from the University of Minnesota. She also led a Girl Scout Troop in Hopkins, Minnesota, and organized sabbaticals for-credit summer studies in England. She lived in Buffalo, Minnesota, and Sun City, Arizona.
  • Paul Shea, 94, BS ’61 agricultural engineering, worked for Minnesota Power and Light. He also was a writer and photographer with frequent bylines in The Farmer, Hoard’s Dairyman, Farm Building News, Successful Farming and Outdoors magazines. He served in the 11th Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He lived in Long Prairie, Minnesota.
  • Joann (Martinmaas) Smith, 87, MS ’71 child development and family relations, was a teacher, parishioner and active volunteer. She lived in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Raymond Curtis, 93, BS ’53 physical education, had a 30-year career in the Air Force, retiring at the rank of colonel. He lived in Brentwood, California.
  • Allan “Ted” Thompson, 78, BS ’66 agricultural engineering, was a rancher near Fairfield, North Dakota. He served on the Billings County School Board, Billings County Commission, Hilltop Home of Comfort board, North Dakota State Board of Nursing, and was a director for Great Plains National Bank. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War who lived in Fairfield.
  • Dean Merhiy, 69, BS ’74 economics, was active in his family’s business, Kindred Plumbing and Heating, known as KPH Inc. He lived in Fargo.
  • Walter Valovage, 72, MS ’04 educational administration, conducted research in grasshopper fungi at NDSU for more than 14 years. He later taught at Oak Grove Lutheran School and the North Dakota Center for Distance Education. He lived in West Fargo.
  • Jane (Sheldon) Knecht, 93, MEd ’83 education, was a teacher who helped establish Discovery Counseling and Educational Center in Fargo. She also taught a class at Concordia College. She lived in Fargo.
  • Jane Cowger, 75, AD ’88 nursing, had a professional nursing career spanning more than 40 years. She lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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