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  • Jerome Tjaden, 82, BS ’53, MS ’61 education administration, was a teacher, coach and administrator at North Sargent Public School in Gwinner, N.D. until 1966. He later was superintendent of at Drake, N.D., and Central Cass Public School in Casselton. He was past president of the North Dakota Council of Administrators and the North Dakota High School Activities Association. He lived in Bismarck, N.D.
  • James Thompson, 94, BS ’41 agricultural education, MS ’77, general science, worked for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department before working for Sears in Bismarck, N.D. He than began working at Sioux Sporting Goods and later owned the company. He also was co-owner of Sioux Cycles. He retired in 1998. He lived in Bismarck.
  • Melroy Syverson, 78, BS ’59 electrical and electronic engineering, lived in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
  • John Syverson, 75, BS ’87 business management, was a 30-year veteran of the North Dakota Air National Guard, who later was a captain with Northwest Airlines. After retirement, he was elected to the North Dakota State Senate. In addition, he was vice chair of the Fargo Planning Commission and a member of the Reed Township board. He had residences in Mission, Texas, and Park Rapids, Minn.
  • John Stevens, 70, BS ’68 pharmacy, owned and operated Lake City Drug in Lake City, Minn., for 25 years. He then worked for Thrifty Drug in Red Wing, Minn. He was a past president and past board member of the Minnesota Pharmacy Association. He received the Harold Popp and Bowl of Hygeia pharmacy awards. He lived in Lake City.
  • Narvel Somdahl, 80, BS ’55 mechanical engineering, was a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Virginia and Minnesota. He worked for Trane Co., La Crosse, Wis.; Brunswick Corp., Muskegon, Mich., and Lincoln, Neb.; Dunham Bush, Harrisonburg, Va.; and the Minnesota Department of Public Service-Energy. He lived in Bloomington, Minn.
  • Mitchell A. Steckler, 51, BS ’95 civil engineering, worked for the North Dakota Department of Transportation and later was employed by KLJ. He was an Army veteran and lived in Bismarck, N.D. 
  • Jarold Smith, 75, BS ’59 mechanical engineering, was a captain with American Airlines, based out of LaGuardia Airport. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of the Allied Pilots Association, Grey Eagles and American Legion. He lived in Toms River, N.J.
  • Marjorie (Hanson) Small, 95, BA ’39 home economics, had a 37-year career in teaching, primarily in Anoka, Minn., but also taught in school districts in South and North Dakota. She lived in Anoka.
  • Harold Sletten, 88, BS ’48 mechanical engineering, worked for 34 years in the development of cooling systems for nuclear power reactors. His work led to numerous U.S. patents and publications. He retired in 1984. He lived in Northridge, Calif.

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