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Student death noted

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It is with regret that we announce the death of Ryan Wolfe of Centennial, Colo., on Friday, July 2.  He was admitted into the UND Fall semester of 2010 through the Spring Semester of 2014 with a major in Commercial Aviation.

Remembering Henn H. Soonpaa

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Henn H. Soonpaa, 80, Grand Forks, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 1, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Henn Soonpaa was born to Karl Johannes and Antonie (Adamson) Soonpaa on March 18, 1930, in Tallinn-Nomme, Estonia. He was raised and educated there until the family left Estonia to escape Communist occupation. They lived in Geislingen, Germany, […]

Remembering Kenneth Mellem

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Kenneth L. Mellem, 66, of Eden Prairie, Minn. and Largo, Fla., died June 26 in Edina after a short illness following complications from leukemia therapy. Ken was born March 17, 1944, in Grand Forks to Walter and Esther Mellem. Ken spent his business career in the computer industry in marketing and management at Control Data Corp […]

Remembering Francis Albin Jacobs

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Francis Albin Jacobs of Grand Forks, professor emeritus of biochemistry, died June 12 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks of natural causes. He was 92. Francis Jacobs was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Anthony and Agnes Ann (Stejskal) Jacobs. He grew up in Minneapolis until the family moved to Denver, Colo. […]

Remembering Herman M. Zahradka

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Herman M. Zahradka, 79, Grand Forks, N.D., passed away Thursday, May 20, at Altru Hospital. Herman Michael Zahradka was born March 21, 1931, the son of John J. and Lucy (Shereck) Zahradka in Lankin, N.D. Before moving to Grand Forks and as a young man, Herman grew up in Lankin, working and running the family […]

Remembering Loretta Renden

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Loretta Renden, 73, of Grand Forks, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Altru Hospital. Loretta Marion (Lindquist) Renden was born Oct. 3, 1936, on her family farm in rural East Grand Forks, the eldest daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Skavlem) Lindquist. Loretta grew up on the farm, working very hard to help support her […]

Remembering Earl Ulland

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Earl V. Ulland, retired electrician with Plant Services, died Sunday, May 9, at Valley Eldercare, Grand Forks. He suffered in recent years from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.  He was 83. Earl Vernon Ulland was born on June 28, 1926 in Traill County near Buxton, N.D., the son of Martin and Sophie (Johnson) Ulland. He grew […]

Homandberg and Detke remembrance service is May 3

Categories: Announcements, In Remembrance

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will mark the recent deaths of two faculty colleagues with a remembrance celebration at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Gene Homandberg passed away on Dec. 21, 2009 and Siegfried Detke on Jan. 13, 2010. All family, colleagues, students and friends […]

Keith Foster remembered

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Keith Foster, died peacefully on April 4, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center. Keith was born August 21, 1924, in Mandan, N.D., to Fay and Alfreda (Farr) Foster and was raised in Dickinson. He attended the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and Marquette University of Medicine in Milwaukee, Wis., where he met his […]

Former nursing faculty remembered

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It is with sadness that the College of Nursing announces the death of former faculty member Myra Thompson. She died on March 24, in a Minot hospital. Myra Thompson served as an assistant professor in the UND College of Nursing from August 16, 1982, to May 15, 2006, in the Practice and Role Development Department. […]

Remembering Ivan Jensen

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Ivan Jensen, retired professor of civil engineering, died April 11, 2010. He was born May 28, 1920, in Minneapolis, the son of Jacob and Elvera Jensen. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1946 with a Master of Civil Engineering degree in the mid 1940s. He was employed as a draftsman with the Pillsbury […]

Remembering Clifford Thomforde

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Clifford John Thomforde, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died March 21 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks.  He was 92. Clifford (Cliff) Thomforde was born Dec. 15, 1917, to John and Sophia (Kerber) Thomforde in Crookston, Minn.  He grew up and attended school in Crookston, graduating in 1935.  He earned his first amateur radiolLicense […]