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James Rudesill

November 26, 1923 - November 04, 2010


4:30-5:30 P.M. Monday, November 8 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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Memorial Service: 5:30 P.M. Monday, November 8 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

James Rudesill

November 26, 1923 - November 04, 2010


James T Rudesill, PhD, Professor Emeritus at N.D.S.U. died November 4, 2010 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo.

James was born to Turner and Myrtle Rudesill in Rapid City S.D. on November 26, 1923. He showed a remarkably early interest in chemistry and began his studies in that subject at the South Dakota School of Mines.

He entered the army in W.W.II, serving in Europe, involved in the liberation of prisoners of war and concentration camps. He earned the combat infantry medal and the bronze star.

After the war he returned to Rapid City and married Doris Weiss, his lifelong partner.

They moved to Ames, Iowa where Jim continued his study of chemistry and earned his masters degree at Iowa State.

After working in Omaha, Neb. as an industrial chemist he furthered his studies at Purdue University where he earned his PhD.

He and Doris moved to Fargo, North Dakota where he began a 32 year career as a professor of chemistry at North Dakota State University.

In addition to teaching, Jim pursued independent research. He was a member of Sigma Psi and other societies and attended national symposiums in his field.

He shared his love of wild places on many family camping trips and hikes in the national parks and forests of the west.

Jim either rode his bike or walked to work until his retirement. After that, he could be seen pedaling his bike all over Fargo with his metal detector in the basket in back, in search of concealed treasures.

Jim was a lover of classical music, art, and history, with a great library. He attended the FM symphony for many years.  He was also an avid coin collector.

Jim and Doris were active members of First Presbyterian Church in Fargo for over 50 years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Doris, his children David (Tannis) of Bainbridge Island, WA, Carol Rudesill Brantley (Drew) of Williamsburg, VA., Cathy (Chuck) of Burnsville, MN., and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Turner and Myrtle Rudesill, and his sister Jean Wagner.


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  1. Val Tareski says:

    Fargo ND
    Jim was a member of University Investors for many, many years. We had many discussions concerning the financial markets and the various travels that he was involved in. We miss that dialog with him.

  2. Justine Broberg Boots says:

    Ogema MN
    Dear Doris, our prayers and sympathies are with you at this time of sadness in your life. It seems to me that our family has known yours for more than fifty years. Our paths in this life have taken us in different directions but we still remember you and Jim with fondness. ~Julie Broberg

  3. John and Jo Lawrence says:

    Doris and family,
    We send our sympathy on the death of James. We will miss the two of you coming to First Pres. We wish you well and hope to see you back in church.

  4. Sue Hove Schatz says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father.
    Sue Hove Schatz

  5. Asoka Marasinghe says:

    Moorhead MN
    I remember Professor Rudesill as a gentleman who cared for his students. I appreciate the kindness he extended to me when I was a graduate student at ND

    In keeping with my cultural traditions I wish his soul a peaceful afterlife.

  6. Terri Barton says:

    Hudson MaSympathies for you and your family.
    Love, Terri

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