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  • Waldon Westerman, 91, BS ’50 civil engineering,was a manager and vice president for the Central Pre-Mix Concrete Co. Prestress Division. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS St. Louis. He lived in Spokane, Washington. 
  • Gary Parkinson, 75, BArch ’66 architecture, was principal of Gary Parkinson Architects in Everett, Washington. He was licensed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Texas and Arizona. He also was a licensed commercial pilot with ratings in single- and multi-engine aircraft, and became a flight instructor. He lived in Lewiston, Washington.
  • John Lohman, 82, BS ’60 industrial engineering, worked in the news department of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead for 48 years.When he retired in 2000, he was associate editor and outdoors editor, managing newsroom departments and covering the outdoors stories in the Upper Midwest and Canada. He received numerous news and outdoors coverage awards, and was named Lake Agassiz Kiwanis Sports Person of the Year in 1992. He was a former member of the Air National Guard and lived in Fargo.
  • Richard Knutson, 83, BS ’62, MS ’64 taught in the NDSU Department of Animal Sciences, and later worked his dairy farm near Oakes, North Dakota.He lived in Oakes.
  • Linda Novak, 69, MS ’77 textiles and clothing, had careers in retail management, accessories and buying; teaching English; and textiles and display advertising. After retiring from 31 years of teaching, she passed the state realtor's exam and sold real estate in Williston, North Dakota. She lived in Fargo.
  • Marie (Rillera) Voigt, 77, MS ’89 educational administration, taught at the White Shield, North Dakota, school for more than 40 years. She lived in Richland, Washington. 
  • Eugene Gronseth, 82, BS ’58 mechanical engineering, was employed as an engineer by Boeing Co., Seattle. He lived in Renton, Washington.
  • Ward D. Nostdahl, 96, BS ’49 agriculture, worked for the Soil Conservation Service until 1960. He then was co-founder of a home construction business and was involved in many business ventures. He participated in the construction of The Dakota Inn, The Homesteader restaurant, seven Speedway Restaurants, and many other buildings. He also helped design and construct Wildwood Golf Course, near Burlington, North Dakota. He lived in Minot, North Dakota.
  • Shirley (Lawonn) Jahnke, 73, BS ’68 medical technology, was an attorney who focused on family law and child advocacy issues. She lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • Curtus Teigen, 79, BS ’61 agricultural education, was first a farmer, then worked for Rugby Equipment Co. for more than 25 years and later was on the staff of Merchants Bank for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Toy Tractors Association, and collected items associated with John Deere. He lived in Rugby, North Dakota.

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