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  • Jon Hanson, FS ’06 elementary education, joined Warner and Company as property and casualty commercial lines producer. He provides insurance expertise and solutions for businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead region. He previously worked for Verizon Wireless.
  • Larry Ellingson, BS ’69 pharmacy, received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious Wendell Mayes Jr. Medal for Lifetime Service. The honor, which recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the cause of diabetes, was presented at the organization’s Community Volunteer Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Ellingson is a former association board chair, and served on numerous national and international task forces and committees. He lives in Fountain Hills, Ariz.
  • Hillol Ray, MS ’77 civil engineering, has shared one of his poems, “Away But Not Apart,” with the NDSU Alumni Association and the NDSU Office of International Programs. It can be viewed at He lives in Garland, Texas.
  • Florenz “Teeny” (Ferguson) Swanke, 95, BS '59 home economics, taught home economics in Napoleon and Grand Forks, N.D., during a 30-year teaching career. She was a charter member of the Federated Women's Club in Grand Forks. She lived in Grand Forks.
  • Marvin Wall, 83, BS ’54 pharmacy, served in the U.S. Army and was store manager and pharmacist for University White Drug before opening Wall’s Medicine Center in Grand Forks, N.D., in 1980. He lived in Seminole, Fla.
  • Genevieve (Olson) Rhoads, 93, BS ’42 home economics, served for 18 years as chair of St. Paul's Care Group, a ministry she began in Savannah, Ga. She was a member of the Savannah Symphony Women's Guild and the Parkersburg Garden Club. Her volunteer work included the Pink Ladies at Memorial Hospital, Georgia Radio Reading Service for the Blind and Hospice Savannah. She lived in Savannah.
  • Erin (Vettel) Koffler, 47, BArch ’91 architecture, BS ’92, English, worked for Great Plains Software in Fargo and Lincoln, Neb. She was a member of the American Institute of Architects and Society for Technical Communication. She also was a longtime member of Mensa and held various leadership positions. She lived in Fargo.
  • Donald Stewart, 84, BS ’51 economics, had a career in banking, first with Commercial Credit in Fargo and then with US Bank in Bozeman, Mont., and Aberdeen, S.D. He was president of the South Dakota Bankers Association and president of the Kiwanis Club in Bozeman. He lived in Bozeman.
  • Ada Ruth (Emde) Dogger, 87, BS ’63 bacteriology, MS ’65, pharmacy, was a trained instructor, including special education, for the deaf. She also wrote three books, including “Listen … Please?” about deaf and hearing-impaired children, “Rainbow of Hope” about American children growing up during the Cold War and “La Pucelle” about Joan of Arc. She lived in Harlingen, Texas.
  • David Jenner, 65, BS ’71 animal science, started the first agricultural education program as well as the first Future Farmers of America chapter in the Oakes, N.D., High School. His teams won district, state and national recognition. He also was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He lived in Ashley, N.D.


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