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Remembering David Gipp

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David Gipp, a UND graduate who become a giant of the Tribal College movement and who led United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck for 37 years, died on Friday, Sept. 11, at his home and with family members present. Gipp passed away after a long illness. An enrolled citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, […]

Patrick Hurley

Remembering Patrick Hurley

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Patrick Hurley

Patrick A. Hurley, 86, of Grand Forks, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. He retired from UND Atmospheric Sciences in 2003, and was instrumental in helping John Odegard found the department.

Remembering Tom DiLorenzo

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Thomas Michael DiLorenzo, recently retired provost and vice president for academic affairs at UND, died July 17, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. He was 63. A lifelong learner, teacher, leader in higher education and lover of his family and life itself, he was born in Greensburg, Pa., to Emil and Mary Jane DiLorenzo. Tom was the […]

Don Lemon

Remembering Don Lemon

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Don Lemon

Donald Keith Lemon, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education & Human Development, passed away June 22, 2020, at the age of 85. Don was born to Hatton O. and Frances (Summers) Lemon on Dec. 3, 1934, the third of three children, in Moberly, Mo. His parents owned a grocery store in Missouri. At 10 […]

Remembering Loretta Coulter

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Loretta Ann Coulter, retired supervisor at UND Plant Services, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., at the age of 76. Loretta was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Grafton, N.D. to Agnes (Kroll) and John Helmowski. She later graduated from Minto High School and was married to Gene […]

Remembering Caryl Pederson

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Caryl Anne Pederson, retired staff member at the former Computer Center, Sparta, Wisc., passed away on May 18, 2020. She was born to L. Orwell and Nina M. (Marchildon) Holmberg of Cummings, N.D., on Feb. 1, 1943, in Grand Forks. Caryl attended Ervin # 4 country school through 8th grade and graduated from Climax High […]

Lois Wilde celebrated her 92nd birthday at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Remembering Lois Wilde

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Lois Wilde celebrated her 92nd birthday at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Long time Associate Editor of Sports Afield and Trustee of the North Dakota Museum of Art, Lois Elizabeth Wilde died on May 10, 2020 at Edgewood Parkwood Place in Grand Forks. She was born in 1922 in Grand Forks, attended local public schools, and graduated in 1944 from the University of North Dakota with a […]

Alice Clark

Remembering Alice Clark

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Alice Clark

Alice Billings Thompson Clark, retired vice president for academic affairs, died May 10 at age 94. She was the first woman to hold a vice president’s or administrative position at a North Dakota university, and served at UND for 27 years before retiring in 1992. The Alice T. Clark Faculty Mentoring Program is named for […]

John Dixon

Remembering John Dixon

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John Dixon

John Douglas Dixon, retired faculty member and former chair of electrical engineering, Plymouth, Minn., passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019. He was 95. He was born July 29, 1924 in Montrose, Minn., the youngest child of James Darrow and Evelyn Johanna (Wandersee) Dixon. John graduated from Buffalo High School in 1941. He received his bachelor’s […]

Remembering Larry Hill

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Lawrence James Hill (Larry), former professor and chair of theatre arts, of Bloomington, Minn., died May 13, 2020 of dementia. He was 78, and had been a resident of Nine Mile Creek Senior Living for the past year. Lawrence was born in Detroit, Michigan to James Cupit Hill and Lucy Norene (nee Sherman) Hill. He […]

Brad Gibbens, acting director of the UND Center for Rural Health; Mary Wakefield, former director of the CRH and acting United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Service from 2015-2017; and Gary Hart. Image courtesy of UND Center for Rural Health.

Remembering Gary Hart

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Brad Gibbens, acting director of the UND Center for Rural Health; Mary Wakefield, former director of the CRH and acting United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Service from 2015-2017; and Gary Hart. Image courtesy of UND Center for Rural Health.

UND – and rural America – lost a passionate healthcare advocate last week. L. Gary Hart, director of UND’s Center for Rural Health and professor of population health at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, passed away April 13 after a recent illness. He was 72. “Gary was one of the preeminent rural primary […]

Gary Hart

Remembering Gary Hart

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Gary Hart

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dr. Gary Hart, director of the UND Center for Rural Health, who passed away on Monday, April 13. He joined the Center for Rural Health in 2010, coming to UND to serve as the Center’s director. Gary was one of the preeminent rural primary […]

Robert Seidel

Remembering Robert Seidel

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Robert Seidel

Robert E. Seidel, retired professor of geography, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Grand Forks from complications related to Acute Myeloid Leukemia.He was 85. Bob was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., to John and Pauline Seidel. He graduated from Central High School in Fort Wayne in 1952; he earned a Bachelor’s of Geology […]

Charlotte Bratvold

Remembering Charlotte Bratvold

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Charlotte Bratvold

Charlotte Bratvold, retired facilities management supervisor, of East Grand Forks, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Sanford Hospital of Fargo. She was 71. Charlotte Ann Jagow was born September 11, 1948, in Grand Forks to the late Albert and Minnie (Cariveau) Jagow. She grew up in Grand Forks and attended St. Michaels School. […]

Remembering Robert Seidel

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Robert “Bob” Seidel, 85, retired UND professor of geography, Grand Forks, died Sunday, March 1, in Altru Hospital. Obituary to follow soon. Celebration of Life Service will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Gorecki Alumni Center, UND.