Gerald F. “Jerry” Hamerlik, retired dean of enrollment services, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks.He was 88.
He served the University for 37 years, from 1957 to 1994. During that time he become nationally known for his expertise in the area of student financial aid and for his success in recruiting to UND many of the top graduates in the region. Working with key administrators, he created some of UND’s top scholarship opportunities. He was praised by former UND President Kendall Baker as having played a key role in easing the transformation of UND from a campus of 4,025 students to the highly complex institution of more than 12,000 at the time of his retirement.
Jerry Hamerlik was born on Sept. 1, 1929, in Breckenridge, Minn., to Frank and Mary (Kadlec) Hamerlik of Brushvale, Minn. He attended a one-room school with nine classmates for his first four grades. His family moved to Wahpeton, N.D. in 1939 where he attended school at St. John’s Catholic School and Wahpeton High School. He attended the State School of Science in Wahpeton (NDSCS) for two years, earning an A.A. degree. He attended NDSU (then NDAC) and earned a B.S. degree in education. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and participated in track, football and basketball in high school and college.
Hamerlik was active in his community, including Crosby Jaycees, Sioux Boosters, Grand Forks United Way, Grand Forks School Board (1969-1978), Grand Forks City Council (1994-2012), Altru Hospital Board (1976-1992) and the Union Lake Improvement District, among others. He was appointed twice by Gov. Art Link to the North Dakota Teachers Professional Practices Commission.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church for over 55 years, and was active in many church organizations, including the Men’s Club and St. Mike’s Park Board Committee. He was a continuous member of the Knights of Columbus from 1947 until his passing.
Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Agnes, children Kari (Paul) Kolstoe, Mike (Beth) Hamerlik, and Maria (Scott) Hennen; grandchildren Liz (Brad) Mackowick, Laura (Travis) Vaughn, Matt (Bailey) Krusen, Anna Hamerlik, Alex Manz, Hannah Manz, and Haley Hennen; great-grandchildren Alyssa Mackowick, Joshua, Jacob and Ella Vaughn, and soon, Baby Girl Krusen; nephew Jim (Jeri) Holmes and their daughter Jennifer, and niece Roxanne Holmes and her daughter Mariko (Marcus) Fairly; and many nieces and nephews through marriage.
He was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Elayne Holmes Wade.