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  • James Fasching, 70, BS ’64 chemistry, physics, was a professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island, where he taught from 1969 until 2007. He chaired the university’s chemistry department for a decade, and received the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers Timm Award for the Furtherance of Chemistry Studies. He lived in Wakefield, R.I.
  • Frederick Meldahl, 68, BS ’68 pharmacy, enjoyed a 40-year career with Osco Drug in Minot, N.D., retiring in 2009. He lived in Minot.
  • Jonathan Brantner, 49, BS ’90 pharmacy, was a pharmacist at Hills Drug Store in Easton, Md. He lived in Easton.
  • Minerva (Streed) Franek, 103, BA ’32 physical education, history, taught physical education in Fargo-Moorhead and was one of the first playground directors. She was active in Camp Fire Girls for 25 years. She lived in Fargo.
  • Francis Gathman, 82, BARCH ’59 architecture, worked for VA hospitals in St. Louis; Columbia, S.C.; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago, before becoming the director of the VA hospital in Knoxville, Iowa, and Fargo. He later was the commandant of the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D. He lived in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
  • Alexander Berg, BS ’05, PhD ’08 pharmaceutical sciences, PharmD ’10, pharmacy, was presented the 2014 McKeen Cattell Memorial Award by the American College of Pharmacology. He is a senior clinical research scientist for the Clinical Pharmacology Group of Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.
  • Connie J. Gores, BA ’76 sociology, was named the ninth president of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. Gores previously served at several universities, including Portland State University, Willamette University College of Law, Cornish College of the Arts, Randolph-Macon Women’s College and Winona State University.
  • Jason Markusen, MEd ’03, EDS ’06 education administration, was named principal of the Horace, N.D., school by the West Fargo school district.
  • Stephanie Anton, BS ’08 business administration, was promoted to assistant vice president at Gate City Bank. She is a personal loan officer at the bank’s Mandan, N.D., office and has been employed at the bank for six years.
  • David Sandberg, BS ’72 pharmacy, was named North Dakota Health System Pharmacist of the Year. He is the pharmacy director at Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D.


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