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Remembering Doris ‘Dot’ Benson

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Doris “Dot” Benson, former head custodian at UND, died peacefully, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Valley Senior Living with her family by her side. Doris Jean Boushee was born March 19, 1940, in Emerado, N.D. to Ralph and Delphine (Dumond) Boushee. She grew up in East Grand Forks, Minn., where she attended school at Sacred Heart […]

Remembering Donald Piper

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Dr. Donald L. Piper, former UND vice president of enrollment management from Grand Forks, N.D., died on Oct. 2, 2022, at Valley Senior Living. Don was born on April 20, 1934, in Hobart, Ind., to Ernest and Martha Piper. He grew up in Indiana, Illinois, and Nebraska. After graduating from high school in Boelus, Nebraska […]

Remembering Cheryl Terrance

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Cheryl Terrance, professor of psychology, who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18. Cheryl was a faculty member at the University for the past 22 years. Her passing is a significant loss to our campus community. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, […]

Remembering Rachelle LaGree

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The University of North Dakota recently learned that UND graduate student, Rachelle LaGree, passed away in May. Rachelle was enrolled as an online student in the Teaching & Leadership Program in the College of Education & Human Development, specializing in School Principalship. This summer, she was posthumously awarded a Master of Science degree. We extend […]

Remembering Cheryl Terrance

Categories: In Remembrance

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Cheryl Terrance, professor of psychology, who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18. Cheryl was a faculty member at the University for the past 22 years. Her passing is a significant loss to our campus community. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, […]

Remembering Robert “Bob” Mocadlo

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With deep regret, we announce the death of Robert “Bob” Paul Mocadlo, assistant professor of accountancy, who passed away on July 23, 2022. Bob joined the University in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration. A CPA, he previously worked as an accountant for three and a half […]

Remembering Ella Sweeney

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The University of North Dakota community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ella Sweeney. Ella was from Fargo, N.D., and enrolled in the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration, majoring in Marketing and Political Science. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Ella’s family, friends and classmates. They are all in our […]

Remembering Diane Holweger

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Diane Holweger, retired food service worker, Grand Forks, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. She was 74. Diane Renee Ramstad was born on July 28, 1947 in Hatton, ND, the fourth child to Sanford and Jean (Gulbrandson) Ramstad. She was raised in the Hatton and Grand Forks areas and […]

Remembering Mary Dawn Howard

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Mary Dawn Anna Howard, retired Dining Services worker, died Friday, June 24, 2022, in Altru Hospital. She was 84. Mary Dawn was born Oct. 6, 1937, in Grafton, N.D., the daughter of Leonard and Anna (Grube) Kemnitz. She grew up in Pembina attending a one-room schoolhouse in McArthur, N.D. She enjoyed riding to school with […]

Remembering Richard Vari

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Richard Charles Vari, former faculty member at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, died at his home in Botetourt County, Virginia on June 12, 2022, after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) one year before. He was 68. Rick lived a large life and was generous with his love and talent. He was […]

Remembering Kristi Swartz

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With deep regret, we announce the passing of Kristi Rae Swartz, Senior Instructional Designer at the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA). Kristi peacefully passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2022, surrounded by her family at home. She was 54. Kristi was employed at the University of North Dakota for the past 28 years in […]

Remembering Wynona Marguerite Wilkins

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Educator, author and musician, Wynona Marguerite Wilkins (née Huchette), died Dec. 23, 2021 at the age of 105 years. She taught French in the Languages Department from 1967 to her retirement in 1987. An extraordinary woman of myriad talents, Wynona pursued many interests, both professional and personal, traveled extensively and excelled at academic and artistic […]

Remembering Donna Boe

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Donna Boe, retired secretary in mathematics, passed away May 13, 2022, at Hatton Prairie Village in Hatton, N.D. She was 80. Donna Marie Boe was born April 2, 1942, in Beaver, Iowa, to Ledu “Jack” H. Larson and Isla Hitchcock Holman Larson. She grew up and graduated from Hatton High School. She attended Mayville State […]

Remembering Dallas Ray Kopp

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Dallas Ray Kopp, former athletics equipment manager, Grand Forks, died on Thursday, May 12, at his home. He was 86. Dallas was born on Nov. 9, 1935, in Englevale, North Dakota to Leonard and Elsie (Kulsrud) Kopp. He graduated high school from Lisbon, N.D. On Nov. 23, 1954, Dallas married Beth Coit in Aberdeen, S.D. […]

Remembering Larry Smiley

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Larry Lee Smiley, former faculty member, passed away on May 6, 2022, at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, Calif. He was 85. Larry was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Lebanon, IN, to Charles and Ruth (Hillock) Smiley. He was a graduate of Zionsville High School and earned a B.A. from DePauw University and a […]