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Category: Obituaries

  • William Stegner, 90, BS 49 agriculture, owned a livestock and farming operation with his brother near Rhame, N.D. In addition, between 1952 and 1959, the partnership owned and operated a farm equipment business in Bowman, N.D. He served on the Rhame School Board for 20 years and was a director of Consolidated Telephone Cooperative for 33 years. He lived in Englewood, Colo.
  • Richard Burns, 62, BArch ’74 architecture, owned the architectural firm Richard Burns Associates and other business ventures. He was active in the Fargo Kiwanis Club and served on the Fargo Planning Commission. He had homes in Fargo and Lake Ida, Minn.
  • Victor Witteman, 81, BS ’54 mechanical engineering, worked as a mechanical engineer for Hughes Aircraft Co. in Los Angeles and for other companies throughout California. He then worked the family farm near Weshope, N.D. He lived in Minot, N.D.
  • Kermit Lidstrom, 83, BS ’54 arts and science, was president emeritus of Bismarck State College, He began his career as vice president of marketing for Jet Aeration Corp. of Cleveland, and then moved into higher education, with stops at Dyke College and Cuyahoga Community College. In 1977, he was named president of Bismarck State College and served for 18 years in the position. His many honors included the 1989 Nova University Distinguished Alumni Award, North Dakota Voluntary Action Award, BSC’s Distinguished Service citation and Regent for Life by the Eagle Scout Association. He lived in Bismarck.
  • Robert Litherland, 91, BS ’48 arts and science, ran the Moorhead, Minn., Dairy Queen for 46 years. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was active with the Clay county Historical Society. He lived in Moorhead.
  • Everett Johnson, 90, BS ’49 agronomy, had a 31-year career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service at Williston, Garrison, Center, Finley and Carson, N.D. He was a World War II Army veteran and lived in Bismarck, N.D.
  • Jeff Vasichek, 50, BS ’85 business administration, was vice president of sales and marketing for Baldwin Filters of Kearney, Neb. He previously worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Titan Tire. He lived in Kearney.
  • William Buckellew, 85, MEd ’53 human development and education, was a professor and administrator at Eastern Illinois University. He was an Air Force veteran who lived in Charleston, Ill.
  • Gerald Bartholomay, 67, MS ’86 education administration, was superintendent of public schools in Sheldon, Hillsboro and Thompson, N.D., and Shanley Catholic Schools Network in Fargo. During his career, he also served as a basketball and golf coach. He lived in Fargo.
  • Robert Daly, 74, BA ’64 mathematics, spent his retirement studying Greek and Latin at the University of St. Thomas and traveling. He lived in Minneapolis.

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