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Remembering Linda Maszk

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Linda Marie Maszk, retired staff member in mechanical engineering and the Memorial Union, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, at her home in Grand Forks. She was 73. Linda Maszk was born Oct. 12, 1948 in Crookston, Minn., to the late John King and Eileen “Ford” King. On Nov. 18, 1967, she was united in marriage […]

Remembering Judy Sannes

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Judy Sannes (Boettcher), retired staff member with Disability Services for Students, age 75, of St. Peter, Minn., and formerly East Grand Forks, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Ecumen Prairie Hill Memory Care. She was released from her hard-fought battle with dementia. Judy was born Sept. 19, 1946, to Aaron and Ruby (Goodman) Boettcher in […]

Remembering Robert A. Nelson

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Robert A. Nelson, former professor and chair of visual arts, died Dec. 2, 2021 at his home in Lakeside, Ore. He was 96. Robert Nelson was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wis. He earned his master’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. He began teaching at the University of Manitoba School of Art […]

Remembering Stacey Rygh

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The University of North Dakota community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Stacey Rygh, licensed clinical social worker at the University Counseling Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. She was 50. Stacey Cae (Littlejohn) Rygh was born on Feb. 19, 1971, in Grafton, N.D., to Harvey and Eleanor Littlejohn. She grew up […]

Remembering Jessica (Rosencrans) Reule

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With deep regret, we announce the death of Jessica (Rosencrans) Reule, assistant director of Veteran & Military Services, who passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, in Altru Hospital, surrounded by loved ones. She was 38. Jessica was employed at the University for the past 16 years in various roles in Continuing Education, Adult Re-Entry, Student […]

John Finck

Remembering John Finck

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John Finck

John Phillip Finck, Building Service Technician for the Walsh Hall area, passed away on Dec. 29, 2021 at Altru Hospital, supported by his loving wife, Andrea. He was 48. John was born Sept. 25, 1973, in Grand Forks to James and Rosemary (Selseth) Finck. He was raised and educated in Grand Forks, and upon the […]

Dr. Robert Eelkema

Remembering Robert Eelkema

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Dr. Robert Eelkema

Dr. Robert Eelkema, Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine & Public Health, died Dec. 27, 2021 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks. He was 91. Bob was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Mankato, Minn., to Herman and Ruth (Young) Eelkema, and was raised in Duluth, Minn., and Drayton, N.D. He was a 1948 graduate of Duluth Central […]

Donald McCaffrey

Remembering Donald McCaffrey

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Donald McCaffrey

Donald W. McCaffrey, Professor Emeritus of Theater & Film, died Dec. 16. He was 95. Don was a longtime professor of theater and film at the University of North Dakota and a leading national authority on the silent film era. He was the author of eight major books on comedy film, including “The Golden Age […]

Peggy O’Connell

Remembering Peggy O’Connell

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Peggy O’Connell

Peggy L. O’Connell, retired librarian at the Chester Fritz Library, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at her home in Grand Forks. She was 82. Peggy Lou Iverson was born on Aug.3, 1939, in Grafton, N.D., to of Iver and Pearl (Monson) Iverson.  She was raised in Nash, N.D., and graduated from Grafton High School […]

Remembering Donald P. Kohns

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Donald P. Kohns of East Grand Forks, professor emeritus of marketing and a former DECA advisor at UND, died Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the age of 87 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. He was raised on a farm in Iowa. After graduating from Immaculate Conception High School in Cherokee, Iowa, he earned a Bachelor […]

Lowell Thompson

Remembering Lowell Thompson

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Lowell Thompson

Lowell H. Thompson, professor emeritus at the Center for Teaching & Learning (now the College of Education & Human Development), died Dec. 8, 2021. He was 89. Lowell Thompson was born on the Ault farm in Cavalier, N.D., on Oct. 26, 1932, to Homer and Dorothy (Ault) Thompson. Lowell grew up and attended elementary school […]

Remembering Donghwan Kwark

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The UND community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Donghwan Kwark last week in Korea. Donghwan was a student in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences from Korea. Donghwan’s passing is a tragic loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and classmates. They are all in our […]

Jutta Platat

Remembering Jutta Platt

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Jutta Platat

Jutta Kaethe Platt, retired Graduate School admissions counselor, died on Oct. 30, 2021, at her home. She was 94. Jutta was a resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., for 24 years and was formerly a resident of Grand Forks. Jutta was born on May 24, 1927, to Kaethe M. (Moritz) Mueller and Bruno E. Mueller in […]

Remembering Kim Cook

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The University of North Dakota community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kimberly “Kim” Cook on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Kim was a student in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines from Valley City, N.D. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Kim’s family, friends and classmates. They are all in our […]

Yvonne Hanley

Remembering Yvonne Hanley

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Yvonne Hanley

Yvonne Mary Hanley, retired faculty member in the College of Education & Human Development, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Tempe, Az. She was 76. Yvonne was born on July 13, 1945, in Melrose, Minn., to the late Ethel and Cyril Spies. She was the second oldest of six children […]