Winter 2012/13
Melvin Samuelson
M.A., Storm Lake, Iowa,
was named to the 2012
Iowa Central Community
College Hall of Fame
class and presented with
the Triton Humanitarian
Award. He was a member
of the Iowa Central Board
of Trustees for 13 years,
and board president for six
years, retiring in 2000.
James Abourezk
J.D., Sioux Falls, S.D.,
was named to the
South Dakota Hall of
Fame in 2012.
Oz Aldrich
’65 M.A.,
Sylvania, Ala., was named
Texas Teacher of the Year
Honorable Mention in
2000 for his work at
Harlingen High School
South in Harlingen, Texas.
Robert Matousek
B.S.B.A., Tiburon, Calif.,
assisted with coordination
of a gathering of the
surviving members of two
well-known units from
World War II, the 485th
Bombardment Group
and 332nd “Red Tail”
Fighter Group, more
commonly known as the
Tuskegee Airmen.
Stephen Myers
’66 B.A.,
’09 Ps.D., and
Mary Lynn
(Crandall) Myers
’67 B.A.,
’09 Ps.D., Sioux Falls,
S.D., were both named to
the South Dakota Hall of
Fame in 2012.
Stanley Remer
B.A., Stafford, Va., was
selected as faculty member
of the year for Valley
Forge Christian College-
Woodbridge campus for
2012. He teaches social
work and sociology and
serves on the national
board of the Society of
Social Work Leaders in
Health Care.
Olaf Storaasli
’66 M.A.,
Oak Ridge, Tenn., retired
after a 35-year career at
NASA and a seven-year
career as a distinguished
researcher at Oak Ridge
National Laboratory.
Thomas Abell
B.S.M.D., ’77 M.D.,
Ridgeland, Miss., was
named to the University
of Louisville School of
Medicine board of trustees
and as the Arthur M.
Schoen, M.D. Chair in
Gastroenterology in 2012.
Armand Bertrand
M.M., Cherokee, Iowa,
was named pastor of
Immaculate Conception
Parish in Sioux City, Iowa.
Father Bertrand, vicar
forane, also serves as pastor
for several other parishes
in Iowa.
David Buhr
’75 ATTD.,
Waterloo, Iowa, was
named to the Waterloo
East High School Hall of
Fame in 2012.
Brendan Burchard
M.A., Sioux City, Iowa,
was named the 2012
National Alumni Educator
of the Year Award by
Morningside College. He
taught and coached for
43 years at Bishop Heelan
High School in Sioux City.
Curtis Card
’70 B.A.,
Spearfish, S.D., was
named associate vice
president for academic
affairs at Black Hills
State University.
Patrick Clark
’70 B.S.B.A.,
’93 M.B.A., Mitchell,
S.D., retired as the senior
vice president and CFO
at Avera Queen of Peace
Hospital, where he had
worked since 1980.
Carla Connors
B.F.A., Tallahassee, Fla.,
has released “To Make
a Prairie,” a CD of
American art songs for
voice and piano on
Mark Records.
Cheryl Crazy Bull
B.S.B.A., Blaine, Wash.,
was appointed president
and CEO of the American
Indian College Fund, the
largest Native scholarship
non-profit in the U.S.
Bruce Davidson
’79 A.A.,
Fargo, N.D., joined the
staff of Eide Bailly LLP, a
regional certified public
accounting and business
advisory firm.
Kevin Doyle
’79 B.S.B.A.,
Sioux Falls, S.D., was
elected to the Eide Bailly
board of directors in
Fargo, N.D. in June 2012.
David Ganje
’73 B.A., ’76
J.D., Albany, N.Y., opened
the Ganje Law Office in
Rapid City, S.D.
Dwight Hansen
M.A., Spearfish, S.D., was
appointed to the board
of the South Dakota
Center for Enterprise
Opportunity at Black Hills
Mark Butterbrodt
’75 B.S.M.D., Martin, S.D., a pediatric care physician at
Horizon Health Care’s Mission and Bennett County Community Health Centers,
was awarded the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Native American Child
Health Advocacy Award. He attributes his longevity in Indian Country to the
kinship he has developed with the Dakota and Lakota, the gracious support
of the private medical community and his collegial relationships with Lakota
healers. “Traditional Lakota beliefs and conventional medical wisdom are one
and the same when it comes to preventing lifestyle epidemics like Type 2
diabetes,” he said. “We work daily to fight uncontrolled hypertension, tobacco-
related cancers and the effects of substance abuse, all parts of preventable
premature mortality on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.” Butterbrodt
grew up in northeastern South Dakota and attended Watertown High School.
He is a longtime member of the South Dakota American Medical Association
and the South Dakota Academy of Pediatrics.
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