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Category: Obituaries

  • Dennis Kost, 79, MS '63, educational administration, served 37 years as a faculty member of Mayville State University. He was chair of the education department and retired in 1997. He also owned a hobby farm for 40 years. He lived in Portland, North Dakota.  October 2015
  • Walter B. Smallwood Jr., 89, BS '50, MS '52, chemistry, was on active Army Reserve for 35 years and attained the rank of colonel. He was a research chemist and technical writer for Archer Daniel Midland Co., Minneapolis, and then was a technical field specialist for Colorado Paint Co., Denver; paint chemist for Hazen Research, Golden, Colorado; and a sales representative with American Gilsonite, Denver. He later worked for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. He lived in Boulder. October 2015
  • Roy C. Pedersen, 98, BS '41, English, was a radio announcer and longtime promotions director for WDAY in Fargo. He was a former Fargo city commissioner and one of the founders of NDSU's Team Makers and the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame. He was added to the Hall of Fame as an honorary inductee in 1977. He was an Army World War II veteran who lived in Moorhead. September 2015
  • Margaret (Hanson) Mitchell, 100, BS '35, education, was a mathematics teacher in Taylor, North Dakota, and Osceola, Iowa. She lived in Osceola. September 2015
  • Gary Bjella, 71, BS '65, zoology, owned a dental practice for 20 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. He later became a realtor and owned Hague Water Systems. He lived in Denver.  September 2015
  • Agnes (Wanner) Aman, 74, Diploma '62, Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, worked 49 years as a registered nurse in Bismarck, North Dakota. She lived in Bismarck. September 2015
  • Wallace Hickman, 82, BS '63, physical education, worked for Volkswagen and Fargo Tire in Fargo before opening a retread business in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a longtime softball player and manager. He lived in Brookings, South Dakota. September 2015
  • Jeanne (Bull) Houghton, 91, MA '74, English, worked for Good Housekeeping magazine in New York, before moving to Texas and later North Dakota. She focused on raising four children and being involved in numerous charitable organizations. She lived in Pelican Lake, Minnesota, and Green Valley, Arizona. September 2015
  • Dr. Robert Grant, 86, BS '52, chemistry, taught orthopedics at Sawtelle in Los Angeles as chief of orthopedics and held a private practice before ending his career as a special consultant. He retired in 1997. He was an NDSU Development Foundation Life Trustee. He lived in Agoura, California. September 2015
  • Rev. Marvin Holje, 86, BS '52, agriculture, was an Evangelical Lutheran Church pastor for 36 years in Woodworth, Napoleon, Harvey and Underwood, North Dakota. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He lived in Minot, North Dakota.  September 2015

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