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  • Charles D. Nelson, 71, BS ’67, MS ’74 agricultural economics, was a farmer who transitioned more than 2,000 acres to certified organic agriculture. He participated as a board member in Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Association, and mentored his daughter in establishing the largest certified organic apple orchard in North Dakota. While at NDSU, he was a member of the wrestling team. He lived in Ayr, North Dakota. 
  • Robert F. Henderson, 62, BS ’77 animal science, was vice president of Central Texas Security and Fire Equipment, and was a member of the Fidelis Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite and Karem Shrine Temple. He lived in Mount Calm, Texas.
  • Frank Mittelstaedt, 93, BS ’51 general agriculture, worked for the Farmers Home Administration for 28 years, including 21 years at the Webster, South Dakota, office. He was a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corps, and was a private pilot. He lived in Webster.
  • Oscar Huso Jr., 92, BS ’52 animal science, was a Harvest Bowl honoree in 1981 for Griggs County. He was an Army veteran. He lived in Aneta, North Dakota.
  • Rodney Stockstad, 73, PhD ’74 polymers and coatings, worked in product development for Valspar Corp., inventing a number of patented compositions for the coatings and paint industry. He was a longtime member of Toastmasters International He lived in Cold Spring, Minnesota. 
  • Rudolph “Rudy” Maris, 83, BS ’56 mechanical engineering, was president of Ohio Trailer, Tee-Nee Trailer Co. and Maris Distributing Co. which he founded with his brother, Roger, in 1967. He lived in Stevensville, Michigan.
  • Linda Rockey, 78, AD ’85 nursing, was a longtime resident of Fargo, known for her work with Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Junior League, Prairie Public Television and Southeast Mental Health. She also was a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Mark Andrews. She lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
  • Frederick Fleener, 93, BS ’51 general agriculture, agricultural education, was a county Extension agent for Slope County and later was a board member for First National Bank in Dickinson, North Dakota. He also owned a ranch in Minnesota and was a real estate appraiser. He was a World War II Navy veteran, and was awarded one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars. He lived in Mandan, North Dakota. 
  • Timothy Graven, 67, BS ’72 economics, worked for several companies in various management positions including Fluor, Ford Aerospace and Loral Companies. Later, he worked long-term temporary jobs in the accounting field. He lived in Santa Ana, California.
  • Cary Patten, 57, BS ’83 electrical and electronics engineering, owned an engineering consulting business in Arizona. He lived in Phoenix.



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