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Category: Obituaries

  • Dave Lee, 75, BS ’68 biological sciences, was a teacher in Cleveland and Jamestown, North Dakota. He lived in Jamestown.
  • Robert A. Johnson, 83, BS ’60 industrial engineering, worked more than 38 years at the John Deere Ottumwa Works. He was a member of the National Guard, and coached little league baseball, football and basketball for elementary school students. He lived in Ottumwa, Iowa.
  • Roger Riveland, 83, MS ’69 mathematics, taught mathematics at Rock Springs, Wyoming; Minot, North Dakota; and 24 years at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was an Army veteran who lived in Bismarck.
  • William C. Nelson, 79, BS ’65 agricultural economics, was a professor at NDSU for 33 years, retiring in 2004 with emeritus status. He taught such topics such as environmental economics, farm finance, cooperatives and agriculture policy. He held several positions at NDSU, including director of the Center for Cooperatives, director of international research and development, director of the Institute of Natural Resources and Economic Development and Faculty Senate chair. He was an active member of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion held annually in Rollag, Minnesota. He lived in Ames, Iowa.
  • Norma (Anderson) Baranick, 89, Diploma ’53 Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, was a registered nurse in Hazen, North Dakota; Minneapolis; Fargo; and Minot, North Dakota. She lived in Minot.
  • Donald Laskowski, 89, BS ’60 electrical and electronic engineering, was an engineer who later developed numerous products and started several companies. He was a Naval Air Force veteran who lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Roberta Drake-Wurster, 74, BS ’67 home economics education, taught in North Dakota, Colorado and New York. While teaching at the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, she helped develop a teen parenting program that prepared young parents to care for their children and continue their education. She was honored as the New York State Family Consumer and Science Teacher of the year in 2000. She lived in New Windsor, New York.
  • Kenneth Cornell, 84, BS ’60 industrial engineering, worked for IBM, first as a systems engineer involved in groundbreaking projects with NASA and JC Penney. He later became a top salesman and manager for the company. He earned his private pilot’s license. He was an Air Force veteran who lived in Ormond Beach, Florida.
  • Donald A. Erickson, 71, BS ’72 mechanical engineering, was a mechanical engineer with a 42-year career supporting manufacturing operations for Winnebago Industries, Forest City, Iowa; Clow Corp., Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Tenneco Monroe, Paragould, Arkansas. He was a chapter director of the Gold Wing Riders. He lived in Paragould.
  • Julie (Blair) Carr, 50, BS ’91 biological sciences, initially worked for Knight Ridder/McClatchy for 17 years in newspaper advertising. Later, she switched careers and became a nurse for Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. She lived in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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