After a long and productive life, Harold Klosterman passed away at age 82 on August 26, 2006. Born January 11, 1924 in Mooreton, ND, Harold was the fifth child of Charles A. and Catherine (Melcher) Klosterman. He attended schools in Mooreton and Wahpeton, ND, including North Dakota School of Science. A graduate of North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University), with a Master?s degree in Chemistry, he went on to earn a Doctorate Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Harold was involved in many organizations, serving as regional or state chairman, including Phi Kappa Phi, Blue Key, Sigma Xi, American Chemical Society, the North Dakota Academy of Science, Toastmasters International, and District 45 Democratic NPL party.
Dr. Klosterman?s entire professional career was spent at NDSU where he was involved in research, teaching, and administration, beginning in 1946 as a laboratory assistant. He was appointed Chairman of the Biochemistry Department in 1956 and held that position until retiring in 1988. He had a special interest in agricultural chemistry and participated in many collaborative research projects with various scientists in the Agricultural Experiment Station. He was a recognized specialist on the chemistry of flaxseed and published many research papers on that topic. He served on numerous committees at NDSU and was instrumental in the development of the graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Cellular and Molecular Biology, serving as mentor and program advisor for many undergraduate and graduate students. He was selected to receive the 1986 Faculty Lecture Award in recognition of his many contributions while at NDSU. In 1988, he was awarded the Doctor of Service Degree, Honors Causal, from NDSU, in recognition of his many years of service to the university.
As a consultant to the North Dakota Legislative Research Council, Harold dealt with laboratory services and the production of ethanol from corn. He was also a member of the North Dakota State Health Department Air Pollution Advisory Council, working on emissions from coal-fired electric generating plants, petroleum refineries, and contaminants from oil field activities.
Harold and Mary Ann (Haberman) were married in Mooreton, ND on June 29, 1946 and celebrated 56 years of marriage, raising seven children in Fargo. They were charter members of the Church of the Holy Spirit in north Fargo where Harold was active in many parish ministries, especially liturgy, music, and Catholic schools education. He was a member of the choir for 42 years and served on numerous committees and executive boards in the Catholic school network, including the Holy Spirit School Board, the Shanley High School Board, the Fargo Catholic School Board, and the Diocese of Fargo School Board.
Harold?s talents were many, including car repair for his two sons and five daughters, cabinetry, remodeling, home appliance repair, and flower gardening. He rarely met a problem he couldn?t solve. He was an avid aficionado of classical music and encouraged all his children in a variety of musical pursuits. In their later years, Harold and Mary Ann traveled extensively, visiting 46 of 48 lower states and Europe, always stopping to visit national parks and many flower gardens along the Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard.
Harold is survived by son Larry (Sandra), Davenport, IA, daughters Julie (Don Bolgrean), Minnetonka, MN, Janet (Brian Knowles), Midlothian, VA, Lisa (Waller Crenshaw), Lakeville, MN, and Amy, Baltimore, MD; nine grandchildren, two brothers, Richard (Phyllis), Ottertail Lake, MN, and Robert (Beverly), Mooreton, ND; four sisters, Florence Gerou (James), Bismarck, ND, Bernice Studley (Walter), Las Vegas, NV, Grace Olson (Manford), Mooreton, ND, and Eileen Erbes (Edmund), Fargo, ND; also survived by James (Jeanette Liang) Glaser of Houston, TX; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (2003), daughter Mary Jo (1994), and son Michael (1983), two brothers, and three sisters.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Derek Killealea, Dr. Bob Sparks, and Dr. Bruce Klosterman for their devoted companionship to Harold in his later years, and Dr. Gerald Gross, MeritCare Hospital for his respectful and caring medical management.
In lieu of flowers, Harold requested that memorials be sent to the Mary Ann Klosterman Scholarship Fund at Shanley High School, or to the NDSU Development Foundation for academic awards in the fields of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Science and Math.
VISITATION: 6-7 PM Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at Church of the Holy Spirit in Fargo (1420 7th Street North) ? and also one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday
PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Wednesday in the church
FUNERAL MASS: 1 PM Thursday, August 31, 2006 at Church of the Holy Spirit
BURIAL: Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
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