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Category: Class notes 1960s

  • Robert Ercolani, BS ’69 physical education, had an endowed scholarship named in his honor at St. Agnes School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He coached and taught at the school for 31 years, and was a 2007 inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame. An anonymous donor gave $110,000 to fund four $2,500 scholarships annually to student-athletes who qualify.
  • James Sailer, BS ’68 animal science, received the Friend of Extension Award from the NDSU Extension and the NDSU Research Extension Centers. He has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for NDSU Extension and 4-H youth development.
  • 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.
  • Gilman Rud, BS ’66 agricultural economics, has written “From the Prairie to the Pacific: A Blue Angel’s Journey,” which describes his experiences from the NDSU football team to being a pilot in Vietnam to becoming the leader of the world famous Blue Angels to being captain of the USS Constellation. The book is available through Elm Grove Publishing.
  • Russell Danielson, BS ’65, MS ’73 animal and range science, was named to the North Dakota Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was part of the NDSU animal science department for 44 years. He also was instrumental in establishing the North Dakota Junior Beef Expo and judged numerous state and national cattle shows.
  • Robert V. Dodge, BA ’67 history, MS ’73, educational administration, has released a new book titled “Grand Mal.” It is his firsthand account of adapting to life with epilepsy. He is the author of seven nonfiction books and lives in Denver.
  • Noel Mohberg, BS ’61 mathematics, recently published a spoof of management books. The book is titled “Management of Mousetrap R&D” and is available at
  • Carol Tuntland, BS ’65 textiles and clothing, has written “Henrietta: Promises in the Sky,” published by LifeRich Publishing. The book tells the story of her late mother’s life.
  • David L. Johnston, BS ’67 economics, was presented the Seven Seals Award by the North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for his 16 years of service to the ND ESGR committee. He is a retired Navy captain who is the ESGR Fargo Region chair and state vice chair.
  • Raymond Erbele, BS ’68 agriculture education, was named the 94th Little International Agriculturist of the Year by the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club. He's been active in the North Dakota Stockmen's Association and North Dakota Beef Commission, served as a director of the Federation of State Beef Councils of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and director of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.  He recently was appointed to represent North Dakota as a national director on the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

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