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  • Katie (Lindmeier) Montag, BS ’10 environmental design, MArch ’11, architecture, was promoted to the newly created position of vice president of technology and innovation for Knutson Construction, Minneapolis.
  • Janet (Reed) Gilsdorf, BA ’66 zoology, has written a new novel, titled “Fever,” that was published by Beaufort Books. She is a professor emerita of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan.
  • Douglas Gietzen, 78, BS ’69 pharmacy, was a pharmacist at Trinity Hospital Pharmacy, Minot, North Dakota, and retired as director of pharmacy in 1998. He lived in Mandan, North Dakota.
  • Larry Keckler, 75, BS ’69 medical technology, retired from the Penrose St. Francis Health System after 34 years, where he worked in the medical microbiology department. He was an accomplished horseman, winning four national championships in competitive trail riding. He lived in Divide, Colorado.
  • Wayne Lee, 80, BS ’66 mathematics, was a farmer and a professionally licensed land surveyor in five states for 40 years. He owned Four Corners Surveying and was a volunteer soccer coach for many years. He lived in Big Sky, Montana.
  • Morris Johnson, 85, BS ’60, MS ’62 chemistry, was a plant biochemist who worked for the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin. For 23 years, he worked with graduate students conducting research cloning Douglas fir trees and understanding cancer mechanisms. He later taught at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton. He lived in Weston, Wisconsin.
  • David Farden, 74, BS ’70, MS ’72 electrical and electronic engineering, taught at the University of Rochester, where he received the Edward Peck Curtis award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 1982. In 1988, he joined the electrical engineering and computer science faculty at NDSU. He wrote numerous articles on specialized electrical engineering topics and was a recognized expert on signal processing. He lived in Minot, North Dakota.
  • Gordon Rosby, 71, BS ’74 architecture, was a licensed architect and environmental consultant. He lived in Rochert, Minnesota.
  • Doreen (Simpson) Oakland, 66, MEd ’06 counseling, had a long music teaching career at schools in Belcourt, Rocklake and Calvin, North Dakota. She later was the school counselor at Mandan, North Dakota, Middle School. She lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Raymond “Jim” Manning, 77, BS ’64 pharmacy, owned Manning Pharmacy in the former Medical Arts Clinic, and later opened Market Pharmacy in Marketplace Foods. He sang in the Nodakords barbershop chorus. He lived in Boise, Idaho.


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