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UND family remembers Tao Yu

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The University community lost one of its own earlier this month. Tao Yu, assistant professor of chemistry, was just 39 when he passed away unexpectedly on June 13. Because he had no family in the U.S., his UND family stepped in to ensure his parents, Kaiming Yu and Youlan Huang, could come from China for […]

Tao Yu

Remembering Tao Yu

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Tao Yu

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Tao Yu, assistant professor of chemistry, who passed away unexpectedly on June 13. The loss of a member of our UND community affects us all. The University is here to offer support to those who would like counseling assistance. Faculty and staff may consult […]

Sherry Kapella

Remembering Sherry Kapella

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Sherry Kapella

Sherry L. Kapella, retired staff member, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. She was 68. Sherry Lynn Greenwood was born on Dec. 7, 1952, in Chisholm, Minn., the daughter of Floyd and Delores (Rohwer) Greenwood. She graduated from Hibbing High School in 1971 and went on to attend Hibbing […]

Mae Marie Blackmore

Remembering Mae Marie Blackmore

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Mae Marie Blackmore

Mae Marie Blackmore, retired director of the UND Children’s Center and a former faculty member in Teaching & Learning, was born July 24, 1925 in Grand Forks to Alfred and Hilma (Youngdahl) Malm. She was raised in Emerado and graduated from Emerado High School as valedictorian in 1943. She attended the University of North Dakota, […]

David Horne

Remembering David Horne

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David Horne

David (Dave) K. Horne, interactive systems analyst at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, died unexpected of a massive heart attack on Saturday, May 22, 2021, with his wife Shelley at his side. He was 58. He was born Nov. 16, 1962, in Havre, Mont., to Robert and Deanne Horne. The second of […]

Barbara Dahlen

Remembering Barbara Dahlen

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Barbara Dahlen

Barbara K. Dahlen, 68, peacefully passed away May 7, 2021, at First Care hospital in Park River, surrounded by her family. According to stories told in the family, Barbara Kay Charbonneau entered this world on June 6, 1952 on a star filled night to her parents Ovila and Marion Charbonneau in Olga, N.D. When Ovila […]

Daryl Sieg

Remembering Daryl Sieg

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Daryl Sieg

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Daryl Sieg, assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, who passed away on May 5, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. He was 55. Daryl will be remembered for his many contributions to the Department, School, and University. We extend our […]

Frank Slater

Remembering Frank Slater

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Frank Slater

Francis (Frank) LeRoy Slater, retired director of ODIN (Online Dakota Information Network), passed away April 20, 2021, in Valley Senior Living on Columbia. He was 92. Francis (Frank) LeRoy Slater was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Butler, Pa., to Florence Elizabeth Kearney and Augustin LeRoy Slater. He graduated from Butler High School in June 1946. […]

Paula Lee

Remembering Paula Lee

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Paula Lee

Paula Himmelheber Lee, age 74, wife of Randy H. Lee (deceased, 2005), passed away with loved ones at her side on Tuesday morning, March 30, 2021. Paula was born the daughter of Mary (née Coffin) and John W. Himmelheber of Baltimore, Md., now deceased. Paula grew up in Baltimore with her sister Judy, and they […]

Kathryn Thomasson

Remembering Kathryn Thomasson

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Kathryn Thomasson

Kathryn A. Thomasson, Professor Emeritus of chemistry, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at her home in Grand Forks. She was 61. Kathryn was born on Nov. 20, 1959, in Virginia, to John and Joan (Hallbeck) Thomasson. Dr. Kathryn Thomasson spent her entire academic career at UND. She joined the UND faculty in August 1993 as […]

Remembering Mary Baker

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Mary Baker, Teaching & Learning doctoral program director, Warren, Minn.,  died in her home while on hospice, on February 20, 2021, after a short battle with brain cancer. She was 59. Mary was born on Dec. 12, 1961, in Peoria, Ill, where she attended primary and secondary school. Her family relocated to California where she […]

Bruce Byars

Remembering Bruce Byars

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Bruce Byars

Bruce W. Byars, associate professor of accountancy, passed away on Feb. 14, 2021, following an intense, brief battle with cancer. He was 67. Bruce was born and raised in Grand Forks. Following graduation from Red River High School, Byars enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving our country until he was honorably discharged. Bruce attended the […]

Denise Twohey

Remembering Denise Twohey

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Denise Twohey

Denise Twohey, retired professor of psychology, Grand Rapids, Minn., passed away on Feb. 9, 2021 after a long battle with disabilities brought on by cancer treatments 22 years ago. She was 70. Denise beat the odds and survived her cancer beyond expectations. She passed away at the Green House Homes where she was a resident […]

Remembering Gerry McGarry

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Geraldine “Gerry” McGarry, retired administrative assistant at Student Health, of Rochester, formerly of Grand Forks, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 at The Homestead in Rochester, Minn. She was 94. Gerry was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Taylorville, Ill. to Ova and Goldie (Gensler) Chamness. She was a graduate of Taylorville High School […]

Frank Karner

Remembering Frank Karner

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Frank Karner

Frank Richard Karner, professor emeritus of geology, died Jan. 31, 2021. He was 86. He was born Aug. 14, 1934, to John and Risa Karner. He grew up in Wheaton, Ill., with his sister, Ilse, and brother, John. Frank graduated from Wheaton College in 1957 and later earned a Ph.D. in Geology at the University […]