Gwendolyn M. Bacheller, 90, of Roseville died February 9. Gwen’s career started in Wisconsin as a county 4-H club agent. She joined the University of Minnesota Extension state 4-H club staff in 1948, working until 1957. Gwen was a member of the Minnesota State Home Economics Association since 1948 and was president in 1975-76. She was named Twin City Home Economist in Business in 1986-87 and Minnesota Home Economist of the Year in 1990.
Evelyn H. Dose, 93, passed away on May 28 after a long and distinguished career in Extension. Evelyn received a degree in home economics education in 1942 and pursued her goal to become a 4-H club agent in Wadena County; a few years later she moved into a state 4-H position. From 1970-1984, Evelyn was a supervisor for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNP) in Ramsey County. Evelyn also served as a Goldstein Gallery volunteer, earned the National Association of Extension Home Economists Distinguished Service Award and chaired the Minnesota Home Economics Association History Committee.
James L. Edman, died January 31 in Benson. James began his Extension career in 1953 as a director in the Extension office, Swift County and retired in 1984. He served as secretary and president of the Minnesota County Agriculture Agents Association and wrote weekly columns for the Swift County Monitor News and the West Central Tribune. He died at age 87.
Harriet E. Meldahl, 97, of Duluth passed away May 26. In 1962, Harriet began her work as an Extension home economist in rehabilitation and taught classes in five northern Minnesota counties until her retirement in 1980. She produced a series of videos “Ability Not Disability” and won a Chicago International Film Festival Award. She was very involved in the American and Minnesota Home Economics Associations.
William A. Milbrath, passed away on June 10 in Minneapolis. Bill’s first Extension job was in Pine County in 1950. His positions included serving on the MN State 4-H staff in 1963 and director of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, and he finished his career as Extension’s Human Resource Director. In 1986 he became the National Secretary of ESP Epsilon Sigma Phi retiring in 1990.