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  • Lynn Ring, 76, BS ’67 agricultural economics, was a farmer near Langdon, North Dakota. In 2007, he and his wife, Sharon, were awarded the Outstanding Agriculturist Award for Cavalier County. They retired in 2014 after 40 years of farming. For many years, he was treasurer of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a Waterloo Township officer. He was an Army veteran who lived in Langdon.
  • James Beal, 87, BS ’60 pharmacy, had a 54-year career in pharmacy. His career began with Osco Drug in St. Cloud, Minnesota; Kewanee, Illinois; and Idaho Falls, Idaho; before being offered his own Osco Drug store in Twin Falls, Idaho. He retired in 2014. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Jerome, Idaho.
  • Gary Hilber, 76, BS ’67 worked for and opened new Osco Drug stores throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He retired in 2004 after 32 years with Osco as a manager and pharmacist and five years with Walgreens. He lived in Columbus, Indiana.
  • David Myhra, 81, MA ’65 social sciences, was an author and researcher. He worked for General Electric, MITRE and Westinghouse before being awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1979 to investigate power plant licensing procedures. He wrote more than 130 books and eBooks on aviation history, specializing in World War II German aircraft. He was a Marine Corps veteran who lived in Naples, Florida.
  • Lonnie Laffen, 62, BArch ’82 architecture, co-founded what became JLG Architects, and was president of the company for 31 years. He served eight terms in the North Dakota Senate. He lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • James Winkler, 58, BS ’84 general agriculture, was a longtime resident of Jamestown, North Dakota.
  • Earl “Jim” Kanthack, 94, BS ’50 civil engineering, worked for North American Coal Corp. as a civil engineer for 38 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Navy veteran of World War II who lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Wanda (Langford) Brottlund, 80, AD ’79 nursing, was a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Fargo from 1979 to 1989. She later moved to China to work as a missionary teaching English at several universities. In 1991, she moved back to Fargo and began working for Red Cross Disaster Services. She lived in Fargo.
  • Joanne Damon, 66, BS ’77 history, MEd ’90, counseling and guidance, was a counselor at schools in Montana, North Dakota and Kansas. She lived in Jamestown, North Dakota.
  • Barry Ellison, 66, BS ’78, pharmacy, was a pharmacist with Medical Pharmacy for 17 years. He lived in Fargo.


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