Honorary Alumni

 Criteria

Initiated in 1990, the Honorary Alumni Award is presented to individuals who, though not graduates of Bemidji State University, have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and support of BSU, its mission and goals. The award is presented annually at the Homecoming Honors Banquet and includes a plaque and an honorary active membership in the BSU Alumni Association.

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Previous Honorary Alumni recipients:

2018
Marla Patrias

Wayne Thorson

2017
Ann K. McKeig

2016
Lisa Bollinger

Rob Bollinger
Dianne Hanson
Dr. Richard Hanson
Dr. Darby Nelson
Geraldine Nelson

2015
Jeffrey Kemink

2012
Paul Bunyan

2011
Susan Marvin

2010
Drs. Jon and Trish Quistgaard

2009
Don Shelby
Joe Dunn

2008
Alex Cirillo

2007
Paul Wellstone*
Sheila Wellstone*

2006
Kathleen Blatz

2005
Robert Deeds
Gerald Vizenor
Jack St. Martin

2004
Herb Brooks*
Robert H. Peters
Joe Lueken*

2003
Edgar Hetteen*

1999
Naomi Zelinka

1998
Frances Peterson*
Dr. Ray Nelson*
Rick Maynard*
Dr. Paul Brandvik
Mary Lou Brandvik

1997
Tim O'Keefe
Ardis Gillett*
Dr. Don Dyrhaug*
Dr. Jack Downing
Dr. Eben Calder*

1996
Gary Torfin*
Dr. Tom Swanson
Jack & Linda Hoeschler
Dr. Fulton Gallagher
Rebecca Eggers*
Edward Aalberts*

1995
William Naylor*
Charles Naylor*
Dr. Beatrice Knodel
Dr. Lowell Gillett*
Donald Eng
Dr. Leslie Duly*
Dr. Robert D. Decker*

1994
Don Zuehlke*
Dr. Art Lee

1993
Ruth Stenerson*
Dr. Harold Peters*
Sally James-Lehmann*
Dr. Harold Hagg*
Dr. Samuel Chen*
Dr. Raymond Carlson
Dr. William G. Britton
Chester Anderson*

1992
Dr. Ruth A. Howe

1991
Dr. Myrtie Hunt*
Hazel Hogenson*
Marie Bishop*

1990
Dr. Philip R. Sauer*

* Deceased