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  • William Metcalfe, PhD ’10 human development,retired as the CEO of PATH ND Inc. Under his leadership, PATH has grown in three states, with multiple family and foster care programs. He will continue providing individual and family therapy in his retirement. 
  • Paige Marie (Anderson) Riehl, MA ’99 English, had her full-length poetry collection, Suspension,” published by Terrapin Books. She also is the author of the poetry chapbook “Blood Ties,” published by Finishing Line Press in 2014, and she has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals, including Water-Stone Review, Crab Orchard Review and Portland Review. She is a member of the English faculty and Two Rivers Reading Series chair at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
  • John T. Pearson, 57, BS ’83 agricultural mechanization, was the founder of Glacier Salt and owned Hungry Lake Ranch. He lived in Frazee, Minnesota. 
  • Patricia (Hardt) Frueh, 70, BS ’69 botany, was a 4-H leader and active in cancer and multiple sclerosis groups. She lived in Martin, North Dakota. 
  • Marvin Mattson, 74, MS ’72, PhD ’75 agronomy, worked for the Crop Quality Council conducting research in Mexico, and was a researcher for Ciba-Geigy Co. He then taught at the University of Minnesota at Crookston. He was a Navy veteran who lived in Fertile, Minnesota.
  • Jeffrey B. Landa, 72, BA ’69 history, was an attorney who lived in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
  • Russell Weber, 65, BS ’76 agricultural economics, worked for the Laborers’ Union in Minnesota for more than 20 years, while continuing to farm his land in Eddy County. He lived in New Rockford, North Dakota.
  • Bryce Farnsworth, 73, BS ’68 horticulture, worked at NDSU for 45 years. Among his many accomplishments, he was able to crossbreed a variety of potatoes in order for them to sustain growth in the Japanese soil and climate. He lived in Fargo.
  • Allen B. Zaeske, 86, BS ’55 arts and science, worked in the insurance industry, retiring in 1992 as assistant vice president of Great American Insurance Co. He was a member of the American Legion, NDSU Team Makers and Lions Club. He lived in Fargo
  • Leon Nesja, 77, MS ’75 general science, taught mathematics and science at Mandan, North Dakota, High School for 31 years. He alsotaught hunter education for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Women on Target classes. He was inducted into the North Dakota Shooting Sports Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota.


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