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Volume 21, No.1, Winter 2004


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Passing

We remember the friends of UMD who have left us.

Marion L. Abbott, of Flossmoor, IL, a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College, passed away in April.

James H. Aird, ’50, of Duluth, died in February. Jim served as a sergeant in the Air Force during World War II. Jim was the director of pensions and insurance at the U.S. Steel Plant in Duluth and later for St. Louis County.

Aaron R. Allshouse, ’98, of Woodbury, MN, died in February. Aaron was employed as a realtor at Re/Max Results.

Albert J. Anderson, ’61, of Minnetonka, MN, passed away this past year. Albert taught for 35 years in the Duluth and Robbinsdale public schools.

Helmi Anderson, of Hermantown MN, died in July. Helmi graduated from Duluth State Teachers College. She was employed at J.C. Penney and at Garon Knitting Mill.

Verena M. L. (Swanstrom) Atkins, of Pike Lake, MN, died in August. Verna was a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College before working for the Social Security Administration at its inception

during the Depression. Later, she worked at the War Production Board during World War II, Brown and Bigelow Advertising, the Letter Shop, and Olafson-Genereau Realty.

Marjorie Austin, ’42 and ’59, of Enid, OK, died in October. Her broad range of experiences included working as a nurse, establishing the first school for training psychiatric assistants in Minnesota, being listed in the “Who’s Who of American Women,” and serving as the associate dean for UMD’s School of Business and Economics until her retirement in 1986.

Richard Beck, ‘70 and ’93, passed away in March. Richard worked as a safety director for Ruan Trucking in Rogers, MN.

Stephen E. Bolf, ’69, of Duluth, passed away in September. Stephen served in the Army before marrying Mary Louise Kall in 1973. He worked as the general sales manager at KBJR and later WDIO TV. Stephen was a member and served as the president of the Duluth Lake Superior Ad Club.

Madelyn A. (Kluetsch) Bonsignore, ’42, of Fairfax, VA, died in November. Madelyn, born in Proctor, MN, was a writer, editor, lifelong social justice activist, and world traveler.

Marguerite A. Brandenhoff, ’70, of Bloomington, MN, died in July. She initially began her career as an elementary school teacher. She worked in the computer industry and taught business classes at Normandale Community College.

Kathleen M. Bush, ’70, of Duluth, passed away in July. Kathleen taught at Cathedral High School from 1970 to 1971 and went on to become a homebound teacher for the Hermantown and Proctor school districts. She served on the Proctor school board.

Mary A. Camp, ’61, of Lake Elsinore, CA, passed away in March. Mary was a teacher in Los Angeles for 33 years.

Jessie L. (Schelin) Campbell, a graduate of the Duluth Teachers College, passed away in October. Jessie taught in a rural school district until her marriage to William Campbell in 1926. The couple later made their home in Washington.

Arlene E. Clay, ’57 of Duluth, died in August. During her 30-year teaching career she taught in Minnesota and Florida.

Jeff Frahm, ’86, died in February. Jeff lived in Silver Bay, MN nearly his entire life. He and his wife Renee were married in 1990.

Elsie Fenstad, of Little Marais, MN, died in August. Elsie, a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College, taught grades one through eight. After World War II, Elsie and her husband, Arthur Fenstad, operated Art’s Cabins in Little Marais until 1980. Elsie taught during the 1960s and retired in the mid-1970s.

Karen Gabler, ’95, ME ’00, died in April. Karen was committed to educating children and assisting working parents in raising their children. She worked as an assistant professor in UMD’s Department of Education, as the director of the Positive Operations for Youth program and as an early childhood educator at Lakeview Christian Academy.

Wendell Glick, who became internationally known as a Thoreau scholar while imparting his broad knowledge of literature to UMD students for more than 30 years, died at his home in Duluth in July. He was 87.

Roger J. Gordon, MA ’62, of Duluth, died in July. Roger served in the Army during the Korean War. He later graduated from Bemidji State University and UMD. Roger and his wife, Dorothy Livingston, were married in 1958. Roger was an elementary school principal for 32 years before his retirement in 1993. In 1986, he received the National Distinguished Principals Award. May 22, 1986 and June 8, 1993 were declared Roger Gordon Day by the governor and mayor to celebrate Roger’s many accomplishments.
Jerrold T. Hanson, ’56, MA ’61, of Ohio City, CO, passed away in August. Jerrold taught in Minnesota before joining the faculty of Western State University and served as chairman of the Department of Education. In 1988, Jerrold was named dean of graduate studies and chair of the division of education at Peru State College. In 1995, he joined the faculty at Western New Mexico University to serve as interim dean of education and later returned to Peru State to serve as interim dean of education. Jerrold and his wife, DeAnn, were married for 41 years.

Irja A. Hautaluoma, of Esko, MN, passed away in January. Irja, a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College and her husband were married in 1932. She lived in Ishpeming, MI, Crosby, Deer River, and Esko MN.

Lloyd R. Hawley, ’42, of Duluth, died in June. Lloyd and his wife, Carroll, were married in 1944, just before Lloyd was shipped overseas to serve under General Patton in World War II. After the war, Lloyd was a member of the Duluth Symphony for many years and later opened the Hawley Music store.

Ann (Sullivan) Houghton, ’57, died in August. Ann was a graduate of Georgetown Visitation Convent and Pine Manor Junior College. Ann was a district manager with H&R Block in Burlington, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Klaus P. Jankofsky, UMD English professor and expert in Medieval literature, Shakespeare, and modern Arthurian literature passed away in November. Jankofsky taught at UMD for many years and in 1996, an anonymous donor established the Klaus P. Jankofsky Medieval-Renaissance Lecture Fund in his honor.

Sheila M. Jauhola, ’70, Duluth, died in June. Sheila was a substitute teacher and tutor in the Duluth and Proctor schools and later worked for J.C. Penney.

Earl D. Johnson, ’40, formerly of Two Harbors, died in April. Earl served in the Army during World War II. He was employed as a mortician in the Twin Cities and California before retiring to Mesa, AZ.

Floyd T. Johnsen, ’49, of Duluth, passed away in August. Floyd served in World War II and later married his wife, Kathryn. Floyd was the past president of several organizations including the Henry A. Anderson Agency, Inc., Duluth Regional Care Center, Mended Hearts, and Gichie Gummee Kiwanis Club. He was a driving force in creating the first group home in Duluth for the mentally retarded. Floyd was a Hickson Award recipient for his volunteer work.

Irene S. Johnson, a Duluth State Teachers College graduate, died in March. Irene, a Chisholm, MN, resident since 1946, taught elementary education in Finlayson, Chisholm, Bear River, Orr, and Alango.

Ronald D. Johnson, ’57 and MA ’66, a Finland, MN, resident since 1980, died in May. Ronald served in the Army during the Korean War. Ron was an art teacher at William Kelley High School in Silver Bay.

James J. Kaim, ’56, of Side Lake, MN, passed away in September. Before attending UMD, James served in the United States Marine Corps and was married to Mary McHardy. After graduation, James served as a commercial lender with the First National Bank of Chisolm. He also served on the Hibbing City Council and as the treasurer for the Township of French.

Albert C. Kane, ’33, of Duluth, passed away in January. Albert and RoseAnn Feinstein were married in 1939. Albert worked at Walgreen Company of Chicago and in 1946 he joined U.S. Steel, working at the steel mill, the iron mining division, and the fleet operation. He was also in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Cara L. Kolosky, ’90, of Cloquet, MN, died in June. After graduating from UMD, Cara went on to receive her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. Cara established four assisted living homes in the Cloquet and Duluth areas. She also worked as a consultant for Carlton County Human Services.

Muriel E. Kosiak, ’52, of Two Harbors, died in October. Muriel worked as a teacher in Brandon, International Falls, and Duluth. She and her husband, William, were married in 1951 and worked with many others to establish the Community Health Center.

Paul J. LaTour, ’63, a resident of Duluth, died in July. Before his retirement in 1997, Paul was an environmental supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Arthur J. Letourneau, Jr., ’49, of Duluth, died in August. While serving in the Army during World War II, Arthur taught business and algebra at the 386th Regimental School. After he was discharged, Arthur graduated from UMD and married his wife, Jeanette Flynn. He worked for the DM&IR Railroad and as a business education instructor for the St. Louis County schools.

Anne L. Mason, ’35, of Boise, Idaho, died in March. Anne was the oldest surviving child born to immigrant parents from Finland. Anne taught in Bemidji, MN and later in California.

Edward W. Maher, ’42, of Glenwood, MN, died in July. After graduating from UMD, Edward earned his master’s degree in administration from the University of Minnesota-TC and worked in the Cloquet schools.

Paul Monson, UMD Biology professor for 32 years, died in August. He served as the curator of the Olga Lakela Herbarium and over the years collected 6000 specimens, roughly 10% of the herbarium’s collection.

Louise R. Muller, ’62, of Grand Rapids, MN, died in May. Louise graduated from UMD with a teaching degree and went on to teach in the Grand Rapids school district.

Eugene Neil, ’68, formerly of Two Harbors, died in April. Eugene served in the Army during World War II. He worked for Cooperative Light and Power. He also served on the Lake Superior School District Board of Education.

Steven E. Novack, ’79 and ’82, passed away in December of 2002. Steven worked as a social worker for St. Louis County. He was the president of the Figley Field Institute.

Peter J. Oppel, ’66, of Lake Nicholas, MN, died in July. After graduation, Peter entered the Air Force, serving in Vietnam. Peter then worked as an economist for the State of Minnesota and later Minnesota Power. Peter was a member of both the Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota Workforce Investment Boards.

Lempi (Erickson) Pagnucco, ’22, of New York, passed away in April. Lempi and her husband, John Pagnucco, were married for 69 years. Lempi and John’s passion for mineralogy was channeled into The Pagnucco Mineral Collection at UMD.

Edward A. Palcich, ’38, of Hibbing, died in March. Edward graduated from the Duluth State Teachers College. He completed his graduate work at the University of Minnesota-TC and the University of Montana. While in the Army, Edward was selected to assist in establishing the first United States blood bank in the Southwest Pacific.

Kathryn (Wall) Pearson, ’92, of Duluth, died in August. After graduating from UMD, Kathryn received her registered nursing degree at Northland Community College in Minneapolis. She worked as a telephone triage nurse at SMDC.

Alma Pederson, ’33, of Duluth, died in August. Alma and her husband, Carl, were married in 1935. She was a teacher for the former Jackson School, a caseworker for the former Family Welfare Society, the public relations director for the Duluth YWCA and director of the West Duluth Clinic.

Robert A. Petersen, ’86, of Duluth, died in August. Robert and his wife, Darlene, were married in 1975. Robert worked for Davidson Printing, Art Craft Display, the Duluth Transit Authority, Lake Superior Paper, and most recently, as a supervisor for the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Gold Wing Touring Association, and Lake Superior Honda Group.

Altah Beckett Quinn, a graduate of the Duluth Normal School, died in March. Altah resided in Duluth. She taught in many Minnesota schools and the Northwoods Children’s Home.

Lois (Konshok) Reini, ’41, and MA ’57, passed away in July. Even before receiving her bachelor and master’s degrees in education, Lois was teaching in Bemidji, MN. After receiving her degrees, she taught elementary school in the Duluth Public Schools.

Clara A. Robinson, a graduate of the Duluth State Teachers College, passed away in August. Clara, of Burnett, MN, began teaching in a school located in a logging camp. Her teaching career spanned nearly 40 years, until her retirement in 1982.

Joseph T. Rogina, ’49, a Superior, WI, resident, died in May. Joseph’s bachelor’s degree was in biology and industrial arts. He received his master’s degree in educational administration from the UWS. Joseph served in World War II as an Army military policeman. He worked as a biology and industrial arts teacher and student counsel advisor at Superior’s Central High School. He was inducted into the Superior School District’s Educational Hall of Fame.

Sharon A. Roseen-Dillingham, ’76, a resident of Duluth for 26 years and a recent resident of Minneapolis, died in May. Sharon worked at the Duluth Clinic and UMD for many years. Sharon also worked with children at Patches and the Chum Center, several out-reach programs in Duluth. Sharon and her husband, Rick, were married in 2003.

Joann E. (Williams) Saaf, ’77 and ’80, a resident of Duluth, died in July. Joann and her husband, Dwight Saaf, were married in 1973. Joann worked for the Duluth Police Force and then in the Registration Office at UMD while she earned her bachelor’s degree in criminology.

Pauline E. (Wiechman) Schendel, ’74, died in August. She was a volunteer for the Life Care Center and a long time member of Morning Star-Fellowship. Pauline and her husband, Herbert Schendel, were married in 1952 in Cosmos, MN.

Troy A. Sikkink, ’99, of Duluth, died in February. Troy was set to graduate from medical school in Ma

 
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