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  • Scott Griffin, 53, BA ’88 interior design, worked in the art and design industry in Minneapolis and Phoenix, before working at Erik’s Furniture in Palm Springs, California. He lived in Palm Springs.
  • Floyd Wagner, 82, BS ’57, MS ’60 pharmacy, ran a retail pharmacy in McGregor, Iowa for 10 years and later was hired by City Market in Grand Junction, Colorado, to establish the corporate pharmacy department. He was its director for 10 years and then returned to retail pharmacy at City Market at First and Orchard. He retired in 1997. He lived in Grand Junction.
  • Alan Berg, 76, BS ’63 mechanical engineering, was a retired Army colonel who was on active duty in the 1960s, followed by more than 30 years in the Army Reserves. He served during Desert Storm with the 416th Army Engineers Unit. Professionally, he had a career of more than 40 years with Westinghouse/ABB at various plants in the United States and around the world. He lived in Bloomington, Indiana. 
  • Donald Elston, 85, BS ’61 agricultural mechanization, farmed near Hope, North Dakota. He was an Army veteran, and was a former commander of the Jefferson Steinke Legion Post in Hope. He served 26 years on the Steele County Water Resource Board and was a member of the Hugo Township board. 
  • Richard Strand, 84, BS ’55 chemistry, taught physics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year before accepting a research position at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, where he worked for 45 years. He served on the board of education for the BNL Preschool and was a member of the Shoreham Wading River School Board for 25 years. He lived in Chicago. 
  • Esther (Anderson) Lutz, 85, BS ’54 home economics education, worked as a home Extension agent and later served on the administrative council of Longmont First United Methodist Church in Longmont, Colorado. She lived in Longmont.
  • Mary (Link) Davis, 62, BS ’78 arts, humanities and social sciences, lived in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
  • Ronald “Sharky” Charpentier, 66, BS ’77 economics, was salesman for Scheels in Fargo, owned FM Lawn Care and Screen Sharks, and worked as a plumber for Manning Mechanical. He was a Vietnam veteran who lived in Fargo.
  • John Erickson, 78, PhD ’67 agronomy, was a researcher at NDSU, where he as instrumental in the development of Roughrider, the first winter wheat variety ever released by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. He later worked in the private sector with DeKalb AgResearch in Wichita, Kansas, and Hastings, Nebraska; and HybriTech Seed International in Wichita as research director of the hybrid wheat program. He lived in Pullman, Washington. 
  • Bernice (Hightower) Ihlenfeld, 104, MEd ’53 counseling and guidance, was a physical education teacher and later became the first female guidance counselor in the Fargo school system. At the time of her retirement in 1974, she was an assistant principal at Fargo North High School. She lived in Fargo.


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