The Magazine of the University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota Duluth Bridge publishes Alumni Notes. You can send us notes by e-mail: email@example.com, or by fax at 218-726-6186 . If you are in the U.S., you can send your note to: Alumni Director, University Relations, University of Minnesota Duluth, 315 DAdB, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. This issue of the Bridge reflects the notes we received before December 1, 1997.
Acte A. Toland, 91, Cloquet, MN, died in April 1997. She taught school in Brimson from 1926 to 1928, then went on to secretarial work in Clquet, working until her marriage to Hugh Toland. She was involved in establishing the Pinewood Learning Center in Cloquet and worked for the benefit of the mentally handicapped until her death.
Bess C. Thompson, 91, Duluth, MN, died in November 1997. She spent most of her life teaching arithmetic, science, Latin and Spanish in Duluth junior high schools. She also spent two years teaching in Ecuador. She was a member of the University United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Retired Teachers Association.
Harold Thorstein Jorgenson, 84, McLean, VA, died in August 1997. In 1972 he received the Department of Interior's Distinguished Service Award.
Robert N. "Bob" Brownlee, 84, Duluth, MN, died in October 1997. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical and medical products company, in New Brunswick, N.J. until his retirement in 1969. He also spent three years as a management consultant in Columbia and Peru. He was active in many local organizations.
Frank P. Cerkvenik, 80, Mountain Iron, MN, died in May 1997. He taught physical education and coached athletics at Walker High School from 1939 to 1942, and from 1946 to 1949. He served in the United States Army and taught and coached at Martin Hughes High School from 1949 to 1978. From 1978 to 1986 he served as Mayor of Mountain Iron. He was involved in many local clubs and organizations.
Margaret Elizabeth Larson, 79, Hermantown, MN, died in June 1997. She taught for over 29 years at Ensign School, Lakewood School and the Proctor School District until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Hermantown City Council and was active in the Republican Party.
Edith M. (Peterson) Clemetson, Duluth, MN, a graduate in biology and physical education is retired. She is married to Allan Clemetson and in her free time enjoys golf, ice skating and bowling.
Grace J. (Stageberg) Swenson, Duluth, MN, last served as a librarian for Wayzata Schools. She is also a writer and lectures at the University for Seniors.
Millicent M. "Chick" Ralidak, 71, Meadowlands, MN, died in March 1997. She was an elementary school teacher for the Floodwood School District until retiring after 23 years of service.
Carroll (Dick) Hawley, Duluth, MN, was an English and humanities teacher from 1963 to 1988 as well as a former member of the Duluth Board of Education. Dick's other interests include the Great Books program at North Shore Elementary School.
Ruth V. (Swenson) Day, Duluth, MN, is a homemaker as well as a volunteer at a local rest home. She also teaches piano and voice lessons and in her spare time enjoys hiking.
Donald R. Kennedy, currently resides in St. Paul, MN, with his wife Joyce. He is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and President of the Retiree's Club.
Calvin S. Main, 74, Duluth, MN, died in September 1997. He worked for 35 years as manager of Planning and Technical Services for USS Great Lakes Fleet Inc. before retiring in 1971. He served on the St. Louis County Board as a member of the Senior Advocacy Program and belonged to several other local organizations.
Eugene L. "Jeep" Adamic, Little Canada, MN, died in July 1997. He worked as an insurance salesman and for 3M, he was also a World War II veteran. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1022 and the VFW.
Marshall O. Backen, 73, Bradenton, FL, died in October 1997. He was a pharmaceutical salesman for Smith-Kline Laboratory, a bailiff for Judge Oden and worked for the Duluth News-Tribune and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He also belonged to many local clubs and organizations.
Clifford Signer Monson, 69, Duluth, MN, died in July 1997. He owned and operated Sig Munson AutoBody and taught auto body and mechanics at Duluth Vocational Technical Institute. He was also a veteran of World War II. Clifford was a member of the Elim Lutheran Church, Sport Car Club of America and several other organizations.
Philip Ryden is retired and living in Moose Lake with his wife Marie. He is actively involved in his church choir, delivers Meals on Wheels and is a member of the church Advisory Board. He also enjoys sports.
Willard E. Misfeldt is a professor of art history at Bowling Green State University. He was one of the invited contributors to "The Dictionary of Art," a 34-volume art reference published by Grove's Dictionaries Incorporated. His entry on James Tissot, an Anglo-French painter, can be found in Volume 31, pp. 29-31.
George William Molberg, Duluth, MN, is an architect. He is involved in the Swedish Cultural Society and enjoys art.
Frederick B. Noreen lives in Walnut Creek, CA, with his wife Meredith. He owns and operates Prompt Printing.
Barbara J. Spencer lives in Bayfield, Wisconsin. She was an art teacher in both Ashland and Bayfield Public Schools until her retirement in 1992. She now owns a one unit bed and breakfast establishment. Barbara is also a member of the Bayfield Artist Guild and a volunteer at the Apostle Island National Lakeshore Park.
Violet M. (Salo) Laukkonen lives in Eveleth, MN, with her husband Albert. She retired five years ago from her clerical position at St. Louis County Social Services and is now a housewife. She enjoys gardening, creating wreaths and dried flower arrangements, hiking, line dancing, and reading.
Ruby Ostrom Thomas is a piano teacher in Superior, WI, where she resides with her husband Kermit. She is a member of the Lake Superior Ragtime Society and enjoys collecting sheet music from the 1890s through the 1970s.
Robert J. Brabec owns his own firm, R J Brabec Consulting, in Braham, MN. He is a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and is involved with his church. His other interests include hunting, fishing, spending time at his cabin and supporting his granddaughter at her softball games.
Norman R. Mattson, 65, Canyon, MN, died in December 1996. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 and worked for Bristol-Myers-Squibb as a pharmaceutical sales representative from 1959 until retiring in 1989.
Robert W. Bevis, 64, Springfield, TN, died in December 1996. He was a retired Presbyterian minister having served churches in Conyers, Atlanta, and Rabun County, GA; and Mora and St. Paul, MN.
Wallace G. "Wally" Christianson, 69, Virginia, MN, died in May 1997. He was employed as a principal for the Virginia School District which he retired from after 39 years of service. He was a member and former vice president of the Minnesota State Principal's Association, and was awarded their Distinguished Service Award.
Robert W. Malander is a resident of Duluth, MN. He is employed by St. Louis County Schools where he has served as a teacher and principal for 38 years. In his free time he enjoys spending time at his cabin, fishing and traveling.
Dr. Margaret Orlich, 80, Duluth, MN, died in May 1997. Margaret was known as an educator, librarian, administrator, speaker, linguist, volunteer, writer and world traveler. She was a member of Duluth's 20th Century Club, Duluth Women's Institute and several other organizations concerning women, education, the United Nations, and peace.
Norma Arvilla, Lake Vermilion, MN, died in January 1997. He was a high school teacher in Meadowlands, MN, Embarass, MN, and Hooper, CO, and served in the Army. He was also an instructor at UMD and a counselor in Grand Marais. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Northwestern Lumberman's Association.
Ronald J. Meyer is semi-retired and operating a small insurance agency in Duluth where he resides with his wife Barb. He worked in the grocery industry with Proctor & Gamble for 25 years, and in the insurance industry. He enjoys working as a volunteer for the Tax Aide Department of AARP, is active in his church, and is a member of the Arrowhead Amateur Radio Club.
Delouise (Higholt) Sawyer is living in Norfolk, VA, with her husband Roland. She is a junior high music teacher and is active in her church.
Margaret Barnard Olson, 80, Saginaw, MN, died in April 1997. She worked for 32 years as an elementary teacher, specializing in reading, for Duluth Public Schools until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, UMD Blue Line club and other local organizations.
John W. Sornberger is residing in Denver, CO. He retired from 3M Corporation where he worked as an abrasive specialist. His interests include camping and fishing.
John H. Andrew, Gold River, CA, was recently named Chief Counsel of Government Relations of J. C. Penney Company, Incorporated. He is responsible for the legal activities of the company's Government relations Department at the federal level, and in all fifty states. Last year he celebrated his 25th anniversary with the company.
Violet Maryland Weckman, 91, Virginia, MN, died in January 1997. She served as a principal in the St. Louis County school system for 27 years, retiring with over 43 years of total service with the school district. She was a Virginia School Board member and was named Virginia Woman of the Year in 1993.
Nancy J. (Dillon) Hendrickson resides in White Bear Lake, MN. She is a Field Operations Area Manager for the Department of Economic Security. She is a member of the WBL Rotary, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Her other interests include gourmet cooking, community organizations, bicycling and travel.
Kathie Anderson Maxwell lives in Sylvania, OH, with her husband Robert. She recently completed two years as President of the Board of Mobile Meals and Market of Toledo.
Shirley A. Sinko, New York, NY, is an assistant manager with Ilona, Incorporated. She enjoys acting and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and the Actors Equity Association.
Mildred A. O'Hara, 82, Duluth, MN, died in February 1997. She was a teacher at Chester Park, Morgan Park and Merrit Elementary schools until her retirement. She was a member of the Duluth Retired Educators Association, Faith Haven Association, West Duluth Women's club and Salem Lutheran Brethren Church.
Sheldon Iver Johnson, 62, Duluth, MN, died in August 1997. He was an art education teacher at Woodland and Morgan Park junior high schools, as well as an art supervisor for Duluth Public Schools. He served on the board of directors for the A.M. Chisolm Museum, St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center and the Duluth Art Institute.
Joseph A. Pucci lives in Aurora, CO, with his wife Laura. He is a part-time consultant in his firm, Pucci & Associates Consulting. He enjoys skiing, fishing, camping and traveling.
Helga J. (Larsen) Wallner lives in Duluth with her husband Robert. She serves as the secretary-treasurer for her company, RWC, Incorporated. She is the secretary for the St. Luke's Hospital Board of Directors, a member of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She also writes a column for Senior Reporter Magazine.
Ann V. (Peterka) Grigal is retired and living in Virginia, MN. She was a teacher for the St. Louis County schools for 17 years. She is currently a member of the Retired Teachers Association of St. Louis County and Northern Minnesota. She enjoys music, sewing, quilting and reading.
Lillian E. (Luoma) Stocke, Duluth, MN, is Realtor for Edina Realty. She is on the Human Development Center's Board of Directors, and is involved with Rotary Business Development for the city of Duluth.
LeeRoy V. Walters, 61, Esko, MN, died in July 1997. He worked as an accountant and salesman at Cloquet Auto. He became owner of the business and was the owner-operator until his retirement. He was a former member of the Cloquet Rotary Club.
Dennis L. Claveau resides in Northrop, CO. He and his wife Kathleen, own and operate a bed and breakfast establishment at Monarch Ski Area in Colorado. He is also a professional ski instructor. His interests include environmental and social issues.
Eugene R. Kotlarek, Westminster, CO, is a management and financial consultant forAmedeus, Incorporated. He is a member of the Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Olympic Committee.
Margaret A. (Will) Haapoja, Bovey, MN, is a free-lance writer. She has been writing for 6 years and has been published in the following magazines: Minnesota Monthly, Minnesota Volunteer, New Choices, Log Home Living, Country Home, Horticulture, TWA Ambassador, Hemispheres and several others.
Robert E. Nessola, 75, Hibbing, MN, died in December 1996. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He worked at Universal Atlas Cement prior to his retirement. He played the clarinet and saxophone in the Hibbing City Band, and was active in many square dancing clubs.
Dr. Lawrence E. Rudberg, 85, Duluth, MN, died in April 1997. He was a World War II Navy veteran and held the position of lieutenant commander at the time of his discharge. He was also a professor of marketing at Wayne University. He was a member of the Harbor Lake Goodsam Club, Keenagers, and Saturday Singles.
Dr. Jordan Joseph Antonelli, Gainesville, FL, died in November 1996. He graduated with a degree in medicine and practiced at the Mesaba Clinic for 6 years. He specialized in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, and in Jacksonville, FL.
Charlotte M. (Tisovich) Copija lives in Rice Lake, WI, with her husband Mickey. She is an elementary physical education teacher for the Rice Lake area schools.
Elizabeth Ellen "Liz" Pattison, Bangkok, Thailand, died in November 1996. She worked for the International Catholic Migration Commission, the Orderly Departure Program, American Embassy, in Bangkok for 13 years. While working for the O.D.P. she assisted in relocating thousands of Asian refugees and Amerasian children.
John Patrick Schullo resides in Bemidji, MN, with his wife Charlotte. He is the director of financial aid at Bemidji State University.
Julius M. Fadum, 68, Duluth, MN, died in April 1997. He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran, was an instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical college and owned and operated a hardware store for over 20 years. Julius was a member of Kenwood Lutheran Church as well as several other local organizations.
June L. (Jorgenson) Moerke lives in Hudson, WI, with her husband Thomas. She was a home economics and art instructor for over 10 years. She is a member of several clubs and enjoys gardening, politics, and the arts.
Grace M. (Potter) Darrin lives in Martinez, CA, with her husband Patrick. She is a supervising accountant for Contra Costa County. She enjoys golfing, spending time with her grandchildren, entertaining at her mountain home, and traveling.
Phillip A. Erickson, Plymouth, MN, is an attorney for IMI Americas Incorporated. He is a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and the Homeward Bound Foundation. He enjoys reading, the outdoors and traveling.
Robert F. Marko, Hibbing, MN, died in April 1997. He worked as a construction pipefitter. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Snowmobile Club, and the Plumbers and Steamfitter Union Local 589.
Craig S. Armstrong lives in Parker, CO, with his wife Sheryl. He is a sales executive for Digital Equipment Corporation and is currently pursuing a master's degree in space systems operations.
Fred Chladek owns and operates an insurance agency in Sugar Land, TX. He is active in his church and the Knights of Columbus. He is a 10-year Scouter and the proud father of an Eagle Scout. As co-leader of his Boy Scout unit he attended the second Russian National Boy Scout Jamboree in Omsk, Russia this past August.
Bruce J. Kahara was promoted to the technical manager-ceiling tiles of USG Interiors, Incorporated, located in Chicago, IL.
Sharla A. Koski, 50, Duluth, MN, died in December 1997. She was employed as a social services specialist for St. Louis County Social Services for almost 10 years. She was a member of Saturday Morning Singles, a leader for Beginning Experiences, a member of the Kitchi Gammi Ski Club and a Salvation Army volunteer.
John D. Dolan lives in Casper, WY (The Cowboy State!), with his wife Kathleen. He is a marketing representative for KN energy. He is a member of the Petroleum Club, Kiwanis, and the Wyoming Fly Casters. He also supports the Boyscouts.
Marcia B. (Hoff) Doty lives in Duluth and works as an organizational development consultant. She is on the Board of Directors of Pioneer National Bank, Junior Achievement and the Covenant Enabling Home. She is also involved with the YMCA, ASTD and Lions Club.
Douglas S. Pearson, Brecksville, OH, is the chief executive office and president of Liberty Bank. He has been a career banker for 27 years at First Bank - Minneapolis, Norwest - Minneapolis and Keycorp, N.A.
Richard L. Peterson is retired and living in Duluth. He was a teacher for 34 years. He volunteers and plays the organ at First United Methodist church. Other interests include the Duluth Playhouse and Symphony, and reading about local people and places.
William F. Habert, 53, Duluth, MN, died in November 1997. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and worked as a safety engineer for Duluth public schools for 19 years. He was most recently a self-employed disability case manager.
Gary Zick resides in Lansing, MI. He has worked as a community development coordinator and a community development administrator. He is currently employed as a grants administrator/economic development assistant in East Lansing.
Bill Gunderson has been promoted to general manager of distribution with the Jamar Company in Duluth.
Ron S. Heinz lives in Brooklyn Park, MN, with his wife Terry. He is the director of executive compensation for Honeywell, Incorporated. He is president of the board of directors for the Community Emergency Assistance Program, and coaches youth sports. He also enjoys basketball and sports collectables.
David Lindquist, West Linn, OR, is Chief of Emergency Services at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City, OR. He is married and has two children, Wendi and Michael.
Michael R. Martin lives in Eaglebend, MN, with his wife Laureen. He is the principal of Parker's Prairie Elementary School. He is also a partner in a beef ranch, and a cabin building company in Wisconsin.
Edward P. Zeidler retired from the United States Air Force, and is living in Colorado Springs, CO. He enjoys skeet shooting, and spending time at his lakeside cabin in Minnesota.
Mary L. Peterson, 45, Duluth, MN, died in February 1997. She was an attorney for the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for 20 years. At the time of her death she was serving as the senior attorney in the civil division of the office. Her law related community activities included the Duluth Civil Service Commission and the Miller-Dwan Medical Center Board of Directors.
Debra J. (Brunfelt) Watkins is a housekeeper for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, in Wichita, KS. Her community activities include tutoring and church activities. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading and sewing.
John F. Scott is a partner with Damberg, Scott, Gerzina, Wagner Architects, Inc., in Duluth. His community involvements include the Lake Superior Center, DECC, Boys and Girls Club, Sprit Valley Development, Miller Dwan Hospital Task Force and several others. He also enjoys the outdoors.
Julie Vry is currently living in New Zealand where she is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. She worked in aerospace research after graduation in 1974 and then went on to earn her Ph.D. in geology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After 5 years in Australia she accepted her position at the University of Wellington.
Kathy Wells is an administrative assistant for H.T. Klatzky & Associates in Duluth. She will act as coordinator on various advertising, marketing and public relations projects for the account services department.
Vera E. Werner, 44, Duluth, MN, died in June 1997. She was the church secretary at First Presbyterian church for 9 years. She was an active member of the church and attended Bible study.
Donald L. Senarighi, 61, Duluth, MN, died in December 1997. He was an employee of Minnesota Power for 31 years. Upon retirement he held the position as supervisor of meter applications and maintenance. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 31, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Thomas C. Borg, Spring, TX, is a financial analyst for Comiskey Kaufman, Inc., a wealth transfer planning and executive benefits consulting firm in Houston, Texas.
Denise J. (Borchardt) Lindquist of Mountain Iron, MN, is a piano teacher. She is involved with Boy Scouts and serves as a school choir accompanist. Some of her other interests include canoeing, camping, gardening, and sewing.
Richard A. "Dick" Ratai, 51, Mountain Iron, MN, died in August 1997. He was an elementary and physical education teacher for Aurora-Hoyt Lakes public schools. He coached high school hockey for 27 years before retiring. He was an avid outdoorsman and played in the Virginia Softball League for over 30 years.
Lee R. Englund lives in Duluth with his wife Rose. He is chairperson for the art department at Denfeld High School. He has served two terms on the board of directors of the art institute, and plays the trumpet in a jazz band.
Dean Cox of Duluth was recognized for his research work at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He was chosen to receive the 1995/1996 Max H. Lavine Award for Scholarly Contributions to Contemporary Concerns. He is a researcher at the Lake Superior Research Institute and a lecturer in the chemistry department.
Nancy K. (Merritt) Hocking, Rochester, MN, is a real estate agent for Century 21 Alpha Realty. She is a member of the Diversity Council, an active member in her church, and supports a women's shelter. Her other interests include art, music, choir and the Rochester Symphony.
Diane J. (Jensen) Levar resides in Grand Rapids, MN, with her husband Steven. She is an art teacher and yearbook advisor at Greenway High School in Coleraine, MN. She is a member of the Itasca Art Association and the Greenway Raiders Excellence in Arts Team.
Robby M. Marwick of Tower, MN, is vice-president of Norwest Bank in Virginia, MN. She is also president of the Virginia Economic Development Authority, and a member of the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund Incorporated. She enjoys bowling, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting.
Julie E. (Stauber) Jordan lives in Hibbing, MN, with her husband Daniel. She works as a Mineland Reclamation Specialist for the MN Department of Natural Resources-Division of Minerals. She is actively involved in Our Savior's Lutheran Church and a member of the Mesabi Community Orchestra.
Rebecca G. Lindquist, Duluth, MN, owner of Lindquist and Company, recently received professional accreditation as a certified bathroom designer. She is also a certified kitchen designer.
Sam J. Perrella is vice-president of Sammy's Pizza in Duluth. He is a member of the Elks and enjoys curling, fishing and hunting.
Carol Gallinger is an elementary teacher at Nettleton Magnet school in Duluth. She received her master's degree in education in May 1997.
Carol A. (Stephan) Plock lives in LaPorte, CO, with her husband John. She is the executive director of Poudre Health Services District. Local committees she participates in are Health & Human Services Restructuring and the Larimer County Partnership for the Medically Underserved. She enjoys spending time with her children and hiking.
Sten Rudstrom is an artist living in San Francisco, CA. Since graduating with degrees in chemistry and mathematics, he has earned master's degrees in fine arts and creative writing. He was an artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois, University of California and New Performance Gallery, San Francisco. He has also edited a book on improvisational theater, and directed and performed in a theater production in San Francisco.
Laverne E. Walters, 62, Hibbing, MN, died in November 1997. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a teacher and administrator for 38 years. He also served as director of the Right to Read program and was a member of the MEA. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and many other local organizations.
David H. Clark lives with his wife Sarah, and daughter Alyssa, in Grand Prairie, TX. He is currently flying MD80 aircraft for American Airlines and is the owner/operator of the Texas Air Command, which restores and operates vintage jet fighters. He is also a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and was recently promoted to the rank of Major.
Dawn P. (Blomquist) McCaskill lives in Conyers, GA, with her husband Chad. She is a teacher at Cousins Middle School in Covington, GA. Other interests include photography, showing quarter horses, and spending time with her two young daughters.
Joy L. Snethen, Bloomington, MN, currently owns her own consulting firm. She works with start-up companies and charitable organizations, emphasizing desktop publishing, purchasing, events planning, and equipment purchasing. She is also a licensed real estate agent.
Zeynep Tenger, Rome, GA, has been promoted to associate professor in the Berry College Department of English. Her interests include 17th and 18th centuries, literary theory and criticism, cultural studies and writing. Before coming to Berry she was an instructor at New York University. Her husband, Paul Trolander is also a faculty member at Berry.
Sarah Barlow, Hibbing, MN, was married to Roger Kivela in June in Duluth. She works as a speech clinician for the Floodwood School District.
Peter Masterson, Bloomington, MN, recently accepted the position of business communications specialist at US Federal Credit Union in Bloomington. In his new position he hopes to increase the use of products and services, as well as increase the membership of the employees of the 150 businesses that belong to US Federal Credit Union.
Anne Blackwell of Jamestown, CO, works as a high school and middle school special education teacher. She is involved in Indian education programs, enjoys mountain biking, and telemark skiing.
Dave Robson, Denver, CO, has recently celebrated his 10th anniversary working for Cattle-Fax, a cattle marketing and information service organization, where he is a project leader for the information systems group. He is also active in the sport of hang gliding at the regional and national levels.
Sondra M. Bergeland, Duluth, MN, is the director of bands for Superior Senior High School. She is also involved in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and several other musical groups.
Karen (Dorvinen) Cobb lives in Auburn, WA, with her husband Jeffrey. She graduated with a degree in criminology and works as a fraud investigator for Safeco Insurance. She also has two children.
David J. Madson, Minneapolis, MN, died in May 1997. After graduating from UMD he went on to earn master's degrees in architectural design, and engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. At the time of his death he was employed by John Ryan Associates.
Bret A. Raihala, 37, St. Paul, MN, died in October 1996. He was employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as trailmaster in the Trails and Waterways Department. He was an assistant Boy Scout leader and a member of the Valley Cruisers Car Club in Stillwater.
Joseph M. Fischer, Duluth, MN, has joined the firm Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick, P.A. as an associate attorney. In 1997 Fischer graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law where he was the recipient of the Burton Legal Writing Award. He served as a Marine in combat in Operation Desert Storm and was promoted to Captain in the Marine Reserve in 1993.
David "Doc" Mattson, Minneapolis, MN, works as a federal contracts manager for National Communication Service. He is also a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Douglas M. Pazienza resides in London, England, with his significant other Philip. He is currently under the employ of a limited partnership, Paris Gymnasium, which opened in May 1997. He hopes to earn his personal training certification and increase his knowledge of business administration.
Margaret Kaim Haggenmiller, Hibbing, MN, is working as the program director of the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross. She and her husband have been married for seven years and have two children.
Greg Havemeier lives in Naples, FL, with his wife Lori. He works in insurance sales and risk management for Gulfshore Insurance, where he has worked for eight years. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and scuba diving.
Lynn Ann (Slotness) Hollatz, Duluth, MN, is an assistant planner for the City of Duluth. She married Scott Hollatz in August 1996.
John Hyduke, former goaltender on the UMD Hockey Team, was appointed to the position of advertising director of the Budgeteer Press in March 1997. He enjoys sports and is an assistant hockey coach at Duluth East High School. He is a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and the Lake Superior Ad Club. He lives in Lakeside with his wife Mia and their three children.
Dean J. Kolojeski, 37, Duluth, MN, died in December 1996. He worked as a lab courier at the Duluth Clinic. He was a member of St. Raphael's Church, Knights of Columbus, the Epilepsy League, and the Duluth Dukes Fan Club.
Brian Pelletier, Chicago, IL, was hired as a senior account executive for Grant/Jacoby, Inc., Chicago, IL. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in technical communication with minors in mathematics and physics.
Kamran Sadeghayn Ardakani of Eden Prairie, MN, is a strategic planning analyst for West Group. She received her master's degree in business administration. She is married to Britt DeLange.
Erin O'Brien Cox of Duluth, MN, is a band director for the Holy Rosary School. She majored in flute performance/music education. She plays for the North Shore Big Band and could play for a dance or a fund raiser. Erin is married and has two sons.
Jennifer Johander of Plymouth, MN, is a senior marketing assistant and buys children's school uniforms and dresses for Target. She received her degree in psychology. Jennifer is married and has a baby girl, Elise Joy.
Heather Wright Licari of Biwabik, MN, is the owner of Licari Metals and Recycling. She is not only a homemaker and a fiber artist but is president of the Range Fiberart Guild, on the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, was coordinator for the MN Federation of Weavers and Fiber artists and on the Advisory Council for Spay Neuter Aid Program. Heather earned her degree in art.
Ken Mattson of Fergus Falls, MN, is a partner in Pemberton, Sorlie, Sefkow, Rufer & Kershner law firm in Fergus Falls. He received his bachelor of arts degree in 1990 and received his law degree in 1993 graduating with honors. He resides in Fergus Falls with his wife and daughter. He is active in Ducks Unlimited and Sertoma and a board member of the Fergus Falls College Foundation.
Tim Mc Mahon, Maplewood, MN, is an industrial sales representative for Weekes Forest Products. He received his degree in business administration (marketing). He is married to Linda and they have a baby daughter Allison.
Carolyn Merrit is presently employed by TCF Financial Corporation of Minneapolis. She received her college education from UMD and earned her master's degree at the Humphrey Institute graduating in 1993. She married Joseph Klein last May.
Larry A. Radloff, of Milwaukee, WI, is a branch sales manager for Household Finance Corporation. He earned an accounting degree from UMD, is in Kiwanis and is a sports officiator.
Elizabeth Hogenson Revoir, Duluth, MN, completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Phoenix, AZ. She began practice as a physician with Duluth OB/GYN Associates last October.
Scott Ruthford of Eden Prairie, MN, is employed in Bloomington, MN and was recently wed in February to Kristine Kelly.
Damon E. Schramm of Stamford, CT, is a lawyer with Law Audit Services, a national litigation management/auditing company. He was recently promoted from the St. Paul office to the company's national headquarters. He earned his degree in sociology and criminology from UMD.
Brian J. Wantaja of Kalispell, MT, owns and operates a graphic design and promotional products business. He received his bachelor's degree in fine arts.
Andrea Clikeman Walkosz of Eagan, MN, is a controller for Bring Northwestern Glass Company. She resides with her husband, David in Eagan. She earned her degree in accounting.
James R. Engholm of Palo Alto, CA, is a postdoctoral research physicist at Stanford University. He is currently working in the picosecond free-electron laser center. He is a physics and applied mathematics major.
Dali Gao, Cambridge, MA, is a National Research Service Award winner and holds a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1996 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives with his wife, Yanfen Guan and their daughter Geena.
Thomas K. Hagen is an attorney with Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A. in Waseca, MN. He is the current president of the Alumni Association Board for UMD.
Darrin Amundson and Shannon Regenfuss were married in August at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior. The newlyweds live in Andover, MN.
Karin Johnson Hendrickson is a service center representative for Allied Health Systems. She married a 1993 graduate of UMD, Jeff Hendrickson in August 1996. He is a financial analyst for G&K Services. They reside in Elk River, MN with their three year old son.
Christine (Wentzel) Mitchell, of Duluth, is a clinical social worker for the State of Minnesota. She graduated with a master's degree from UMD's social work program in June 1997.
Debora (Meyer) Niemeyer, of Sauk Rapids, MN is a realtor with Burnet Realty in St. Cloud, MN. She married Randy Niemeyer in 1994 and they have a son named Alex.
Richard L. Revoir recently completed his master's degree in business administration at Arizona State University. He recently started working as an accountant at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
Paul Richard Rosholt, of St. Louis Park, MN is a firefighter for the city of St. Louis Park. He is married to Kimberly Sue (Coyle) Rosholt, a 1994 graduate of UMD
Alison Caulfield, of Littletown, CO, is a staff speech-language pathologist for American Therapy Services in Denver, CO. She is also the recipient of a 1995 master's degree.
John Freeman Jr. graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996. He specialized in corporate/telecommunications law and is currently employed by the firm of Fraser, Stryker, Vaughn, Meusey, Olson, Boyer & Bloch. In February of last year, John moved to Brussels, Belgium to represent one of his firm's clients in corporate matters throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Sonya Marie (Swenson) Hyde, of Fayetteville, NC, is a self-employed piano instructure. She is married to Richard Christopher Hyde.
Kenneth G. Koch, of Aurora, CO, is the QA manager at US West Communications, Inc. He married Kyung H. (Pak) Koch and they have two young girls.
Cindy Samargia Laun, of St. Louis Park, MN, is a graphic designer for Storage Tek, a computer networking and data storage company in Minneapolis. She married Karl Laun in June 1997.
Michael A. Mazutis, of East Stroudsburg, PA, is a sales trainer for a pharmaceutical company. Pasteur Merieux, which is the worlds largest manufacturer of vaccines and biologicals. He has been with the company for three and a half years.
Sarah Louise Oserberg, 27, of Arvada, CO, died after a battle with cancer. She was married to Steven Osterberg on October 16, 1993 and they had one son. She was a member of Tri-City Baptist church and was a homemaker for her family.
Mark A. Weber, of Lakewood, CO is a systems analyst for US West. He is married ot Victoria B. (Behling) Weber.
Walter J. Blanchette, 42, Superior, WI, died at his residence. He graduated with his master's degree in business administration and was an auditor for Minnesota Power. He also taught accounting for the Duluth Technical College.
Brad Bowers, of Cloquet, MN, is the primary analytical chemist for Potlatch Research and Development, working in their paper coatings research department.
Brett Carlson, Minneapolis, MN, has joined Labreche + Murray Public Relations as an assistant account executive. Prior to taking the position he worked for the Aveda Corporation as a marketing communications coordinator. He is involved in the Public Relations Society of America and the Society for Technical Communications.
Joseph R. Cox, is a Judicial Law Clerk in Fergus Falls, MN. He graduated from Hamline University School of Law in December 1996.
Jill Lorentzen Downs resides in St. Louis Park, MN, with her husband Dean. She is self employed with Discover Toys. She sells educational toys, books, games and software out of her home, allowing her to spend time with her two children.
Holly (Felien) Melin, of Proctor, MN was married to Dustin Melin December 14, 1996 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Duluth.
Darin M. Hanson, of Duluth, MN, is an associate partner for Swenson Anderson Associates. He is married to Laura (Frielund) Hanson and they are both graduates from the University.
Lisa Hernesman and Chris Marinucci, of Grand Rapids, were married July 20 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids and are both graduates of UMD.
Lisa Jacob (Getchell), of Madison, WI, is a human resource assistant for Credit Union Executives Society.
Christine M. Jones, of Jackson, OH, is a graduate of UMD and is the recipient of the 1997 Best Scholarship of $10,000. She is the manufacturing development manger of Luigino's Inc.
Vicki (Otis) Krebsbach, of Albert Lea, MN, is a graduate of biology at UMD. She is married to Tim Krebsbach, who is also a graduate from UMD, and they have a baby girl.
Paul Thein, Chanute, KS, is the new dean of student services at Neosho County Community College. He is also enrolled in an educational specialist program at the University of Pittsburg in Pittsburg, KS.
Melissa (Varanasi) Olson, of West St. Paul, MN, is a speech therapist for ISD#191. She is married to Srikanth Varanasi and they have one sone.
Vicki (LaBarre) Trees, of Pequot Lakes, MN, is a marketing coordinator for TDS Telecom and is married to Todd Trees.
Tim Johnson is working in Marshall, MN, for the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch, a weekly paper. He has joined the staff as the education beat writer.
Steve McMaster , Springfield, MN, works for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency as a hazard mitigation specialist. In May of 1996 he earned a master's degree in geography from Southern Illinois University.
Mark W. Micke , Second Lieutenant US Marine Corp, graduated in December 1996 from the Basic School at Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, VA.
Kelly Schendel , of St. Paul, MN, graduated in May 1997, from William Mitchell College of Law.
Kim Swenson, Chicago, IL, is an office manager for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Lettuce Entertain You is a prominent restaurant company in Chicago.
Craig Jenson earned his master's degree in urban planning, this past summer, from the Urban and Regional Studies Institue at Mankato State University. After graduation he moved to Richton Park, Illinois to work as a city planner.
Peter Markham, Inver Grove Heights, MN, is teaching science at the F.M. Grass Middle School. In addition, he is an active volunteer at the Planes of Fame East Air Museum and he is working on his private license
Jeffrey A. Miller, Denver, CO, is an integration engineer for Control Data Systems, Incorporated. He also coaches soccer, and in his free time enjoys camping and skiing.
Jason B. Pettit graduated in April 1997 from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, NJ. He is serving in the Coast Guard as a fireman apprentice.
Mary J. (Palzer) Menzel lives in Duluth with her husband Raymond. She is an assistant to the program director of Univeristy College - Duluth. She is involved in her church, G.S. of America and the YMCA.
Michael R. Meyer, Marshfield, WI, graduated with a degree in physics. He works as an information center specialist for the Marshfield Clinic. His community involvements include refereeing swimming and the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. In his free time he enjoys swimming, biking, and reading.
Diane M. (Sanborn) Peterson is a child respite coordinator for Family Services St. Croix in Stillwater, MN. She resides in River Falls, WI, with her husband Matthew and their two children.
David H. Rew, Duluth, MN is a senior engineer for Lakehead Pipe Line Company. He is also involved with Toastmasters and the Duluth Community Sailing Association. He enjoys, sailing, skiing, and computers.
Kathleen C. (Hunt) Tomasula lives in Cable, WI, with her husband David. She is the director of social services for Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home. She volunteers for American Birkebeiner, Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, and various chuch activities. She enjoys kayaking on Lake Superior and running.
Kami Trowbridge, Crookston, MN, has been appointed admissions counselor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston