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Category: Obituaries

  • Arthur Bratland, 83, BS ’59 engineering and architecture, was a Korean War veteran who worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey in the development of a nuclear bomb resistance communication system. In 1966, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, to provide engineering development of the first telephone electronic switching systems. He retired in 1992 as senior member of the Electronics Switching Systems Project. He lived in Yorkville, Ill.
  • Jane (Bristol) Erlandson, 99, BS ’36, MS ’62 textiles and clothing, worked at DeLendrecies department store, Dakota Clinic, taught at Valley City, N.D., and managed a lunchroom in Detroit. She lived in Fargo.
  • Eldred Kollman, 93, BS ’49 civil engineering, owned and operated Construction Supply Inc. until his retirement. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Philippines and mainland Japan. He lived in Fargo. 
  • LeRoy Nayes, 91, BS ’46 general agriculture, BS ’50, agricultural education, was a navigator-bombardier during World War II. His Air Corps bomber was shot down behind enemy lines, and he and three other crew members were rescued after being missing in action for 35 days in northern Yugoslavia. He had a 27-year career with the Farmers Home Administration, administering loans to farmers in Dickinson, Bowman, Cooperstown and Bismarck, N.D., and Washington, D.C. He lived in Bismarck.
  • Conway Christianson, 95, BS ’39 agriculture, was a retired colonel of the U.S. Army where he served in the 25th Infantry and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He lived in Williamsport, Md.
  • O. A. “Alf” Strinden, 96, BS ’38 arts and sciences, was a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and later attended the Naval War College in Annapolis, Md. After 34 years of active and reserve duty, he retired with the rank of commander. His business activities included Strinden Hardware in Litchville, N.D., and Strinden Hardware in Grand Forks, N.D. He lived in Grand Forks.
  • Marian (Huether) Gerntholz, 76, BS ’59 home economics education, and her husband farmed near Sanborn, N.D., until 1999, when they moved to Valley City, N.D. She substitute taught at several Barnes County schools and totally enjoyed the young people. She also was a 4-H leader for 21 years and taught several classes for the Barnes County Extension office. She lived in Valley City.
  • Edwin Halgrimson, 89, BS ’50 electrical and electronic engineering, had a 36-year career in electrical engineering with Standard Oil Co./Amoco. He retired in 1990, holding two patents. He lived in Naperville, Ill.
  • Charles “Chuck” Durkee, 66, BA ’70 psychology, worked for 40 years in the social work area with the developmentally disabled and in custody investigations. He lived in Fargo.
  • John Nelson, 71, BS ’64 economics, lived in Ada, Minn.

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