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Volume 20, No.1, Winter 2003

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We remember the friends of UMD who have left us.

Bradley A. Anderson, Class of ’74, of Aurora, died in September. Bradley and his wife, Gale, were married in 1973. He worked as a state trooper in Alaska for ten years before becoming a St. Louis County deputy sheriff.

Michelle (Price) Anderson, Class of ’73, of Proctor, passed away in June after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Peter C. Apostolakos, Class of ’47, of Chico, CA, died last June. After serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and became an associate professor and a department head at UMD. Peter earned his Ph.D. in psychology and statistics in 1957 and later became the department chair and first dean of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Chico State College.

Marty R. Arndt, Class of ’62, died in November in Decorah, IA. Marty served in the United States Air Force Reserve. Before retiring in 2002 he was the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad senior financial analyst.

Ludell L. Beckwith, Class of ’54, Snohomish, WA, passed away in November at the age of 68. Ludell was self employed as an AKC Judge.

Bernice M. Blustin, Class of ’68, of Duluth, MN, died in last July. Bernice was a speech therapist and worked for ISD #709 for various elementary school in Duluth. She volunteered at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic, Scottsdale Medical Center and the American Red Cross.

Mildred H. Burgess, Class of ’61, died in May. She was a life-long resident of Duluth, and a teacher in the Duluth school district for 33 years. Mildred was the first recipient of the Special Educator Award, given by the Duluth Association of Children with Learning Disabilities.

Robert J. Burke, Class of ’47, of Ukiah, CA, died last July. He served in the Marine Corps and was a survivor of the 36-day battle on Iwo Jima. He received the purple heart after being wounded by mortar fire. Robert received a football scholarship from the University of Detroit to earn a journalism degree. He excelled in football and boxing and also played football for the Detroit Lions. He worked as an editor of Ore, Iron and Men Magazine for the U.S. Steel Corporation. Robert and his brother Jim owned the Duluth boxing franchise and directed the Golden Gloves program. He taught English, coached boxing and was assistant football coach at Cathedral High School.

William James “Jim” Butler died in November. Jim was a code breaker with the army during the Korean War. He operated several businesses in the Duluth area including the James Bay Co. and Buckeye Feed’s. He was also an avid horseman and was a member of the St. Louis County Fair Board of Directors and Eighth District President.

Martha E. Bylkas, Class of ’69, of Esko, MN, died last November. Martha was a teacher for many years. She and her husband Ernest were married in December of 1934.

Franklin Dickson, III, Class of ’79, MIS ’85, passed away last August. Retired from the safety and health professions, Franklin was happiest with his camera and fishing rod.

George Anthony Drazenovich, Class of ’59, of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, died last May. After serving in the US Air Force, George graduated from UMD and began teaching. He taught in Minnesota, California, and Ontario before retiring in 1989.

John G. Dwan, Class of ’57, of Pacific Palisades, CA, died last October. John served in the Army during World War II. He and his wife Mary Clare were married in July of 1952.

Paul C. Erickson, Class of ’72, of Duluth, died last July. Paul served in the US Navy from 1964 to 1967. Paul and his wife Connie were married in October of 1972. He worked for Viking Electric for 29 years before his death.

James A. Galeski, Class of ’56, of Duluth, died in October. James was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a brakeman for DM&IR until his retirement. James and his wife, Gloria, were married in August of 1952.

Gale K. Garberg, Class of ’85, of Duluth, MN, died in August. Gale most recently worked at Diamond Brands Inc. in Cloquet, MN and Phillip Morris. She created and owned Berry Pine Farms Jams and Jellies with her sister Dana.

Delbert J. Garrett, Class of ’59, of Duluth, died in July. Delbert served in the Army during the Korean War. Delbert and his wife, Marilyn Larson, were married in 1957. He worked for the General Adjustment Bureau, Farmers Union Insurance, and later was an ironworker.

Charlotte A. Gunderson, Class of ’35, of Duluth, died in November. Charlotte was a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College. She was married to Carl Mason in 1945. Charlotte was a homemaker and clerk at the drug store in Morgan Park.

Carl E. Hammerberg Sr., Class of ’71, of Duluth, died in May. Carl served as an Army medic during the Korean War. He worked as a probation and parole agent for St. Louis County before working for LTV Steel Mining as an operating engineer. Carl and his wife, Darlene, were married for 45 years.

Charles W. Hill, Class of ’55, of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, died in May. After graduate school, Charles was a physics instructor at UMD for three years before going to work for Electric Boat in 1960 until his retirement in 1991.

Rose Mary Hoene, Class of ’66, of Duluth, died in June. Rose Mary was a professional dancer and choreographer. She taught physical education and dance at UMD, Duluth East, and UWS during the 1950s. Rose Mary and her husband William were married in 1950.

George F. Holliday Jr. (MA ’75), of Duluth, died in June. George had Bachelor’s degrees in earth and general science, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a Certificate of Specialist in Education-Elementary School Administration. George taught in the geology department at UMD, as well as many different local junior and senior high schools.

Jason Horak, Class of ’95, died in July. Jason double majored in communications and economics. He was the district manager for Budget Rent-a-Car in Louisville, KY.

Charles W. Johnson, Class of ’76, of Duluth, died in June. Charles was an accountant for Goodwill Industries for the past 10 years.

Katherine M. Johnson, Class of ’57, of Cloquet, died in October. Katherine was a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College. Katherine and her husband, William, were married in 1933. She taught at Garfield Elementary School in Cloquet from 1948 until her retirement in 1974.

LuVerne Johnson, Class of ’30, of Duluth, and a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College, died in November. Luverne rode horses to school during the early part of her teaching career in Montana. Luverne and her husband, Bernhard, were married in 1934. The couple raised five children.

Stanley Emil Konu, Class of ’65, died in September. Stanley taught Industrial Arts in the Vasser-Millington, Michigan area for 25 years.

Creighton J. Koski, Class of ’67, of Aurora, CO, died in August. Creighton dedicated much of his professional career to working with persons and families considered to be “at risk”. He worked for many organizations in MN, WI, CO and MD. He was active in his community and served on many boards and organizations.

Earl M. Kero, Class of ’57, of Duluth, died in May. Earl earned his Master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He was an Army veteran, and a retired principal and teacher. Earl and his wife Mary were married in June of 1962.

Russell W. Martin, Class of ’54, of South Range, WI, died in October 2001. Russell served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war he received a science degree in industrial education from UMD and received his master’s degree in 1961 from Stout University and a guidance degree in 1966 from Wisconsin State University. He taught shop, history, industrial arts, and was a guidance counselor. Following retirement, he worked at the Fraser Shipyard as a carpenter.

Dan T. Maynard, Class of ’71, of Duluth, died in October. Dan taught welding at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College for 27 years. Dan and his wife, Carleen, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Angeline M. Morin, a lifelong resident of Tower, died in October. Angeline, attended the Duluth State Teachers College, taught in Gilbert, Greaney, Embarrass, and Tower. Angeline and her husband, John, were married in 1930.

Herbert V. Nelson, Class of ’49, of Duluth, MN, died in May, 2002. Herb served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII and in the Naval Reserve on the USS Paducah in 1930. He was a disabled veteran, member of the VFW, 32-degree mason, long time Boy Scout member, avid UMD hockey fan, member of the Barbershop Quartet, and a self taught pianist. Herb was a Tree Warden with the Duluth Parks Department for 40 years.

Jean B. Nord, Class of ’63, of Racine, WI, died in July. Jean taught in Racine from 1963 until her retirement in 1998. She received her Master’s degree in special education through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

James G. Powell, Class of ’49, of Corona, CA, died in September. James earned his Master’s degree from Penn State, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. James taught speech at Superior State, then worked until he retired as the Professor of Speech at the University of California, Long Beach.

Phoebe A. Rantala, Class of ’82, of Nashwauk, MN, died in August. Phoebe and her husband, Walter, were married in 1951. She was an administrative assistant for the Central Mesabi Parish, owned and operated the Mode-O-Day clothing store in Hibbing, helped her husband start and run Rantala Trucking in Nashwauk, and taught in Texas and Minnesota.

Jay E. Shapiro, Class of ’49, of Scottsdale, AZ, died in May, 2002. Jay served in WWII in the Army Air Corps. He was a registered pharmacist and owned Shapiro Drug, Inc. in Hibbing, MN. He was active in his community and served on many boards.

Marion Curtis Sheldon, MA Class of ’79, of Rhinelander, WI, died in August. Marion was a guidance counselor at Rhinelander High School from 1968 until her retirement in 1987.

Rauha C. (Rintala) Scott, Class of ’61, of Grand Marais, MN, died in November, 2000. Rauha attended the Duluth State Teachers College, St. Cloud State and graduated from UMD with a teaching degree. She taught elementary education in Ogilvie, MN, Taylor Falls, MN and Grand Marais, MN, from which she retired in 1975.

John H. Spencer, Sr., Class of ’58, of Rose Lake Canyon, MN, died in July. John served 34 years as a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, obtaining the rank of Colonel and Commander. He was also a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 20 years.

Edward S. Swarmer, Class of ’38, of Silver Bay, MN, died in August. He graduated from Remer High School, attended Duluth State Teachers College and taught school for a number of years. He served in the US Army during WWII, and later worked for the Erie Mining Company.

Joanne M. “Peggy” Taylor, Class of ’55, of Cape Girardeau, MO, died in October of 2001. Joanne married Herb Taylor in 1952. She was a volunteer for Women of Domestic Abuse, and taught English and reading.

Gordon “Gene” E. Tingstad, Class of ’50, of Maplewood, MN, died in October. Gordon worked for 3M for 22 years. Gordon also served in the United States Army Air Corps. He was active in the Boy Scouts, and loved fishing.

Florence Marie Watkins, who attended Duluth State Teachers College, died in August. After her marriage to Ward Watkins, she worked as a dental assistant.

Barbara J. Wilson, Class of ’70, of Bolingbrook, IL, died in October. After Barbara graduated from UMD she received her Master’s degree from the Twin Cities Campus. Barbara earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1987. She was a forensic scientist with the Illinois State Police.

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