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  • John A. Downing, MS ’76 zoology, was elected a 2019 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. He leads the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program. He also is a research scientist at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Large Lake Observatory and a professor of biology at UMD.
  • James M. Sugihara, 101, honorary doctorate ’99 was a nationally-known chemist who served in many administrative roles at NDSU. He was dean of the College of Chemistry and Physics until 1973 and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics in 1973-74 and 1985-86. He was dean of the Graduate School and director of Research Administration from 1974 to 1985. In 1984, he served as interim academic vice president, and he was interim director of Student Academic Affairs from 1987 to 1988. Awarded professor emeritus status in 1989, he also was interim chair of the Department of Polymers and Coatings in 1990-91.
  • Kirk Stafford, 54, BS ’90 microbiology, worked in the restaurant industry in Fargo, Florida, Minneapolis, Jamestown and Bismarck, North Dakota. He lived in Bismarck.
  • Myron Senechal, 79, BS ’66 soil science, had a long career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Harry “Skip” Crowder, 84, BS ’60 electrical and electronic engineering, worked for Rogers Corp. in Rogers, Connecticut, as a sales engineer for more than 40 years. He was an Army veteran. He had residences in Iron River, Wisconsin, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Warren Lovas, 58, BS ’87 business administration, accounting, had several jobs in Fargo, and later worked at Dakota Magic Casino and for Twin Town Taxi Co. in Wahpeton, North Dakota. He lived in Wahpeton.
  • Donald Prouty, 81, MS ’68 education, was a teacher, coach and elementary school principal. He also founded Don’s Driving School in 1970. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.
  • Virgil Froemke, 95, BS ’50 agricultural engineering, had a long career with J.I. Case Co., with stops in North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, California and Minnesota. He was an active Shriner and was Potentate of El Zagal Shrine. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • Janet (Milton) Nickel, 79, AD ’88 nursing, was a nurse at Rosewood on Broadway for 25 years and then at Elim Care Center for 20 years. When she retired, she became a hospice Guardian Angel. She lived in Fargo.
  • Betty (Dickson) Holes, 98, BS ’44 home economics, was a homemaker. She was an active member of United Presbyterian Women, American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star, and Town and Country Homemakers. She lived in Hunter, North Dakota. Memorials may be made to NDSU Foundation, Holes Family Scholarship Endowment, P.O. Box 5144, Fargo, ND 58105.


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