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  • Rev. Sebastian Schmidt, 82, MS ’69, educational administration, was ordained to the priesthood in 1960, and worked at schools in Bogota, Columbia. In 1999, he was named pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Glen Ullin, North Dakota, and later was appointed guest master at Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota. He lived in Richardton.  March 2017
  • Lawrence Bushey, 93, BS ’48, agriculture, was employed by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and then worked as a private land surveyor. He was a Navy veteran who served during World War II. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. March 2017
  • Robert Nelson, 75, BS ’65, mechanical engineering, was a mechanical engineer at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, for 37 years. He held patents on a number of their product designs. He lived in Huxley, Iowa. March 2017
  • William Bickert, 79, BS ’59, MS ’60, agricultural engineering, served in numerous capacities as a professor within the agricultural engineering department at Michigan State University. He lived in Dewitt, Michigan. March 2017
  • Gordon Walhood, 96, BS ’41, civil engineering, was a registered professional engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He held positions in Texas, Tennessee and New Mexico. He lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  March 2017
  • Elna (Moe) Brierley, 91, BS ’47, home economics, taught home economics in Larimore, North Dakota, and later taught sewing at the Singer store in Fargo. She lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.  March 2017
  • Kenneth Jacobson, 81, MS ’86, secondary education, taught at NDSU, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College in their teacher-preparation programs. He was a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. He lived in Frazee, Minnesota. March 2017
  • Gerald Erickson, 89, BS ’53, electrical and electronic engineering, worked for 36 years as a research and design engineer in the Advanced Communications and Countermeasures Division of Collins Defenses Communications. He lived in Marion, Iowa.  March 2017
  • Manley Lokken, 87, BS ’61, economics, was employed in the purchasing department of United Airlines in San Francisco. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. He lived in San Jose, California.  March 2017
  • William Hoel, 86, BS ’55, pharmacy, was a pharmacist in Fargo; Huron, South Dakota; and Ortonville, Minnesota, practicing until his 80th birthday. He was a past member of the Ortonville School Board. He lived in Ortonville. March 2017



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