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Jean W. Bauer, age 67, of Falcon Heights, passed away on July 23. Jean grew up in Terre Haute, IN and earned degrees from Indiana State University, Purdue University and University of Illinois. She was a professor in the University's Department of Family Social Science since 1983. She provided exceptional leadership and mentoring to her department, college, the University, Extension and her research communities.


Harvey Bjerke, 93, passed away in West Concord on September 1. Harvey received his degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota and retired from Extension as an associate professor after 25 years. Harvey managed the Citizens' State Bank in Mantorville for 10 years; he was co-founder of Trinity Lutheran Church of West Concord and served on the school board and town council.


Norman A. Brown passed away on September 25, at age 73.  He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from Michigan State University and was an honorary recipient of the Doctor of Laws Degree at the University of Natal in South Africa. He was one of the original founders of EARTH University in Costa Rica. His distinguished academic career included faculty and administrative positions at Michigan State University, state director of Michigan 4-H, dean and director of Minnesota Extension, president emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as leadership positions with many national boards and foundations.


Paulene Mims died January 12 in St. Paul. An Alabama native, Paulene moved to Minnesota in 1968. She worked as an agricultural assistant at the Extension Office in Ramsey County, where she had the opportunity to utilize her passion for cooking, sewing and gardening. Paulene's positions were community-based, working with youth in 4-H programs, and with families as a nutrition economist. After retirement she continued as a Master Gardener.  She was 84 years old when she died.  


Lawrence R. Simonson, known by many as a pioneer in bringing the tourism industry to the forefront of Minnesota, died November 25 in Brainerd at age 87. He was a founding father of the Tourism Center at the University of Minnesota. Larry worked with many resorts and tourism industries doing workshops and resource development. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Individual of Tourism Award and honored by the governor in 1987.  

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