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Remembering Melodie Anne Pochmara

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The University of North Dakota has learned that UND student Melodie Anne Pochmara passed away on March 31, 2023. Melodie was working on her master’s degree in Elementary Education. We extend our deepest condolences to Melodie’s friends, classmates and family, especially her husband and four children. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. An […]

Remembering Andrew Zimmerman

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The University of North Dakota has learned that UND student, Andrew Zimmerman, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Andrew was enrolled as an online student in the Electrical Engineering program in the College of Engineering & Mines. We extend our deepest condolences to Andrew’s family, friends and classmates. They are all in our thoughts […]

Remembering Jerroll Dean ‘Jerry’ Olson

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Jerroll D. “Jerry” Olson, former UND Football head coach, age 89 of Hoople, N.D., passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton. Jerry was born November 6, 1933, in rural Walsh County to Oliver and Ruby (Almen) Olson. He was the second of four children. Jerry grew up and attended […]

Remembering F.D. ‘Bud’ Holland, Jr.

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F.D. (Bud) Holland, Jr., professor emeritus of geology, age 98, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20. Bud was born to Frank D. and Francys Bell Holland on March 6, 1924, in Leavenworth, Kan. He was graduated from Leavenworth High school and attended the University of Kansas until called up by the U.S. Navy to the […]

Remembering Cheryl Brooks

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Cheryl Brooks, retired member of UND Disability Services for Students, age 70, Grand Forks, ND, passed away at her home on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, after a courageous battle with multiple medical issues. Cheryl was born Oct. 8, 1952, to Howard and Pauline (McDonald) Brooks in Champaign, Illinois. She was the oldest of six children, […]

Remembering Lt. Mark Thorpe

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of retired UND Police Lieutenant Mark Thorpe. Lt. Thorpe’s battle with cancer ended at his home on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14, surrounded by his family. Mark dedicated his life to service and family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Military and proudly served the […]

Remembering Sandy Braathen

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It is with great sadness and deep regret, we announce the death of Sandy Braathen, professor of entrepreneurship and the Langemo Faculty Fellow in the Middleton School of Entrepreneurship & Management, who passed away over the holiday weekend, on Dec. 24. To the staff and faculty of the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration […]

Remembering Dusti GoodBird

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The University of North Dakota recently learned that UND student, Dusti GoodBird, passed away on Dec. 1, 2022. Dusti was from Fort Totten and Fort Berthold, N.D., and was an online student in the College of Education & Human Development. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Dusti’s family, friends and classmates. They are all in […]

Remembering Galen Cariveau

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Galen Dennis Cariveau, former director of workforce development at UND, 71, of East Grand Forks, Minn., died Thursday, Nov. 10, in Altru Hospital. Galen was born April 3, 1951, in Grand Forks, N.D., the son of William and Myrtle (Bakken) Cariveau. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1970, and Bemidji State University with […]

Remembering Thomas Leake

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Thomas Allen Leake, retired UND Facilities staff member, 75, of Emerado, N.D., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, surrounded by his wife and children. Thomas was born on Jan. 2, 1947, in Grand Forks, the oldest child of Allen and Donna (McGrath) Leake. He grew up in Chester […]

Remembering Marvelyn Bohach

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Marvelyn Bohach, retired UND Aerospace staff member, of Grand Forks, N.D., passed away on Nov. 7, 2022. Marvelyn was born June 18, 1937, in Veblen, S.D., the daughter of Ray & Ellen (Hilleson) Ives. She grew up near Veblen, baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She graduated from Veblen High School in 1955 and […]

Remembering Cheryl Joy Gilbertson

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Cheryl Joy Gilbertson (Odegaard), former administrative assistant for the UND Men’s Hockey Team, passed away at Good Samaritan Nursing home in Larimore, N.D. on Nov. 11, 2022, after a long battle with dementia. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. Cheryl Joy was born on June 6, 1943, in Fargo, N.D., to Oscar ”Ockie” and […]

Remembering Phyllis Felchle

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Phyllis Catherine (McGuire) Felchle, former UND Parking staff member, 85, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at NC Little Hospice House in Edina, Minn. Phyllis was born on Feb. 3, 1937, to Joseph and Catherine (Nogosek) McGuire in Kensal, N.D. She graduated from Kensal High School in 1955. Phyllis […]

Remembering Alice Goschen

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Alice Goschen, former X-ray technician at UND Student Health, age 82 of East Grand Forks, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Goschen was born April 25, 1940, in Grand Forks, the daughter of Theodore and Bergine (Egeland) Bestland. She grew up in Bygland, Minn., and graduated from East […]

Remembering Earl Strinden

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On Tuesday, Oct. 18, North Dakota and the University of North Dakota lost a leader and a champion when Strinden, 90, died in Fargo. “Earl Strinden epitomized both UND and the State of North Dakota,” said UND President Andrew Armacost. “His contributions to our campus were ceaseless. I was thrilled to speak with him shortly after […]