In Memoriam: Dr. Gary Stolzenberg 1939-2010

Dr. Gary Stolzenberg 1939-2010
Dr. Gary Stolzenberg, long time associate of NDSU and retired lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, passed away on Thursday, September 30 in Fargo, North Dakota. He was 70 years old. Originally from New York, Dr. Stolzenberg received his B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemistry in 1962 and completed his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry in 1968 from Kansas State University. He joined the USDA Metabolism and Radiation Laboratory in Fargo in 1969 where he carried out pesticide research until his retirement in 1995. In 1996, Dr. Stolzenberg joined the NDSU Department of Chemistry as a lecturer and manager of the undergraduate organic laboratories. He retired from the department in 2006 and continued for another year as the NDSU Acting Safety Officer (2002-2007). He was actively involved in the day to day operations of the department and participated on an NIH project serving North Dakota Tribal Colleges to provide summer chemistry instruction for Native Americans pursuing careers in the biomedical field. AFter his retirement he continued to help graduate and undergraduate students in the department in many ways on a volunteer basis.
He is survived by his wife Rosa and brother, Norman (Susan) of Southwick, Massachusetts, nieces Suzanne Nurkin (Charlotte, NC), Lisa Terrell (Melbourne, Fla), Tric Stolzenberg (Washington, DC) and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Vary Stolzenberg.

A memorial service will be held at the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home (215 7th St. South, Fargo, ND) on October 22, 2010 at 2 PM.

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  1. Becky Koch

    I was so sorry to learn of Gary’s death. I’d gotten to know him through Kansas State University alumni get-togethers in the Fargo area. In fact, I cherish the K-State plaque he and Rosa gave me. Sure wish I wasn’t at an out-of-state meeting Oct. 22 so I could attend the memorial service, but I’ll be in contact with Rosa. I know Gary continued to love the Chem/Biochem dept. and be there regularly even after retirement. Thanks for sharing this honor to him.

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