the friends of UMD who have left us.
Jennie Ahlin Thiel, 59, died in April. Jennie lived in Virginia,
and taught in Leonidas, Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Aurora, and Babbitt.
Milton J. Bailey, 61, died in June. Milton had been a teacher
and principal at Prince George's County public schools from 1951 until
Dr. Robert Bergan, 32, died in July. Dr. Bergan served with
the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Afterwards, he joined
the Department of Pediatrics in the Duluth Clinic until his retirement
in 1985. Bergan received the Gold Headed Cane Award in Pediatrics
in 1995 from the UM Medical School. Before his death, Robert resided
Alfred Bolger, 60, died in April. Alfred, of Arlington Heights,
IL, was a retired telecommunications engineer. He worked for Morrison
Knudsen Corp., Pan American World Airways, TRW, and NASA. Alfred also
served in the Korean War.
Martha Colburn, 34, died in February. Martha was living in Ruthven,
Archie Eagles 49, died in September. Archie resided in Roseville,
MN and Sun City West, AZ. He worked as a terminal manager for Briggs
Transportation and later as a sales manager for Brede Convention Services.
He also served on the Roseville Recreation Board as the Roseville
Ice Arena chairman, and on the city planning commission.
Mildred "Millie" Louise Engebretson, of Duluth, died in
May. Mildred graduated from UMD, 52, before earning her master's
degree in mathematics from Bemidji State. Mildred taught math in Warroad,
Littlefork, Floodwood and Silver Bay High School from 1958 until 1986.
Bernard Erickson, 52, died in November. Bernard served in the
National Guard before working for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 30 years.
After retiring from Sears, Bernard worked as a Realtor for Elder Enterprises
and PS Engman Agency.
Kenneth Ray Erickson, 74, died in October. Kenneth was an avid
golfer and spent many hours enjoying courses around the country. He
worked as a territory manager for Tidewater Healthcare in Conover,
Fred Gatzke, of Duluth, died in July. Fred, a member of the UMD 55,
was an Air Force veteran from the Korean War. Fred worked at Jeno's
for more than 20 years. He also was an avid fisherman.
RoseMarie Ginter, of Duluth, passed away in November. RoseMarie graduated
from UMD in 1971. As a young adult, RoseMarie taught children in eight
grades in a one-room schoolhouse. After receiving her degree from
UMD, she taught in the Hermantown Public School district for more
than 20 years.
James M. Harney, 55, died in July. He had been living in Wauwatosa,
WI. James served for 11 years as an assistant professor at Troy State
University before retiring in December of 1999. James also spent 19
years as a public school teacher in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
David C. Johnson, 69, died in April in San Diego. David attended
UMD, receiving his bachelor's degree in English, graduating cum laude.
He was a historian, musician, and talented potter as well as a baseball
Donna Mae Johnson, of Two Harbors, died in October. Donna returned
to school and graduated with a Masters of Education from UMD in 1982.
Before retiring in 1997, she served as a placement coordinator and
vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Division of Rehabilitation
Services-State of Minnesota. Donna enjoyed watercolor painting, gardening,
canoeing, camping and traveling.
Doris M. Johnson, 49, died in November. Doris, of Ely Lake,
MN, was a homemaker and also a member of the First Presbyterian Church
John H. Kershaw, 39, died in December 1999 in Springfield, Missouri.
John worked as a principal and superintendent in various Minnesota
towns before moving to Missouri.
Waino John Kortesmaki, 30, passed away in March. Waino, of St.
Paul, founded the children's barn at the Minnesota State Fair. He
also served as the executive secretary of the Future Farmers of America
Chapter for Minnesota.
Florence Maher, of Glenwood, Minnesota, died in October. She taught
elementary school for more than 30 years. Florence, 65, was
a member of Alpha Delta Kappa as well as the National Retired Educators
Association, AARP and the Church of the Sacred Heart.
Charlotte Muermann Nielsen, of Cloquet, MN, died in June. Charlotte
received her four-year teaching degree in 1955. She then worked in
the Wrenshall and Esko school systems. Charlotte was very active in
the PTA and women's organizations at church.
Florence I. Ogston, of Duluth, passed away in November. Florence was
a member of the 1929 class of the Duluth State Teachers College. She
later returned to UMD and received her masters degree in elementary
James R. Pedersen, 55, died in April. James purchased the East
Bay Hotel in Grand Marais in 1956 and has been the owner ever since.
James enjoyed golf, curling, hunting and fishing.
Irving M. Peterson, 49, died in July. Irving played in both
the Army field band and the Air Force Band. After the service, Irving
lived and taught in International Falls, MN. Until his retirement
in 1979, he was the band director for Falls High School.
Michael Schneuer, 73, died in October. Michael worked as an
accountant for the Hastings Human Services for more than 20 years.
Mickey lived in Inver Grove Heights, MN before his death.
Eleanor Jane Slygh, 64, died in April. Eleanor taught high school
from 1964 until her retirement in 1989. Besides teaching, Eleanor
was also a pianist and vocalist.
Arlone Van Vick, of Duluth, died early this year. Arlone was a member
of UMD's 33 class.
Milton Wakefield, of Duluth, died in October. Milton received his
degree from UMD in 1951. Milton served in the Navy, and was instrumental
in organizing the first blood bank and also dispensing some of the
first penicillin in the South Pacific. Milton also co-owned and operated
the Oatka Boat Club.
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