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Category: Class notes 1980s

  • Robert Deraas, BS ’82 agricultural economics, was named to the National Sunflower Association board. A veteran food and agribusiness leader, he is president of CHS Sunflower.
  • Nathan Boehm, BS ’89 animal and range sciences, was appointed livestock field investigator in the Animal Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. He operated a dairy farm near Mandan, N.D., for 31 years and is a former member and president of the State Board of Animal Health.
  • Timothy Backman, BS ’84 agronomy, received the 2014 Premier Seedsman Award from the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. He has served on the association board for six years and is a past president. He owns and operates Backman Seeds, Inc. as well as farms in Herman, Minn.
  • Kevin Gyolai, BS ’89 athletic training, BS ’90, biological sciences, PhD ’08, cellular and molecular biology, was named president of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minn. He previously was Inver Hills Community College dean of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He and his wife, Kristine, have four children and live in Eagan, Minn.
  • Brian Goodroad, AD ’84 nursing, completed his term as president of Minnesota Nurse Practitioners, a state nurse practitioner organization. He is an associate professor and director of graduate programs for the School of Nursing at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minn. He also is a nurse practitioner at the HIV Clinic at Hennepin County Medical Center.
  • Brian Kramer, BS ’80 animal science, was appointed fertilizer inspector in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. He is based in Turtle Lake, N.D., and covers the western half of the state.
  • Tory Hart, BS ’88 agricultural economics, was elected to Bank Forward’s board of directors. He is the bank’s senior vice president of lending and is market president at Bank Forward in Carrington, N.D. 
  • Douglas D. Hanson, BS ’80 architectural studies, is president of HansonLA. He recently was named architect for a planned 34-story apartment skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles, which will be twice as tall as most other buildings in the historic downtown area. Hanson and the project were featured in the Los Angeles Times business section on Feb. 27.
  • Scott M. Williamson, BUS ’81 university studies, completed 30 years of service as a certified registered nurse anesthetist with The Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, Calif. He and his wife, Dai-Hsia, live in American Canyon, Calif.
  • Dan Noble, BARCH ’82 architecture, was named president, CEO and chair of HKS Inc., a Dallas-based architecture firm.

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