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Published February 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Harold Goetz

Harold Goetz was born to Alex and Emma Goetz of Halliday, ND on December 20, 1932 and passed away on January 17, 2014 in Fort Collins, CO. He received his elementary education at a country school but did attend high school in order to help run the family farm. During the Korean War era, he served in the army and received his GED. Following his discharge, he attended junior college in Bottineau, ND, where he met nursing student Lorna Hall, who he married in 1960. He earned his B.S. degree at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND, was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to study at a university in Hohenheim, Germany, and then returned to NDSU for his Master’s Degree in Botany and Zoology. He later received his Doctorate Degree in Range Management at University of Utah.

During his career years, he served as a teacher, researcher, and administrator who was highly recognized and respected by his colleagues and students. He served as dean and chairman of the Botany/Biology Department, chairman of the Tri-college University Center for Environmental Studies, and was awarded the Doctor of Service Award by the student body while at NDSU. Harold and his family also went to Tehran, Iran for a year where he worked for the United Nations and taught at Tehran University. He later served as the chairman of the Range Science Department at CSU for ten years and retired in 1995.

Harold Goetz

Harold Goetz was born to Alex and Emma Goetz of Halliday, ND on December 20, 1932 and passed away on January 17, 2014 in Fort Collins, CO. He received his elementary education at a country school but did attend high school in order to help run the family farm. During the Korean War era, he served in the army and received his GED. Following his discharge, he attended junior college in Bottineau, ND, where he met nursing student Lorna Hall, who he married in 1960. He earned his B.S. degree at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND, was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to study at a university in Hohenheim, Germany, and then returned to NDSU for his Master’s Degree in Botany and Zoology. He later received his Doctorate Degree in Range Management at University of Utah.

During his career years, he served as a teacher, researcher, and administrator who was highly recognized and respected by his colleagues and students. He served as dean and chairman of the Botany/Biology Department, chairman of the Tri-college University Center for Environmental Studies, and was awarded the Doctor of Service Award by the student body while at NDSU. Harold and his family also went to Tehran, Iran for a year where he worked for the United Nations and taught at Tehran University. He later served as the chairman of the Range Science Department at CSU for ten years and retired in 1995.

Harold loved the outdoors especially hunting, fishing, traveling, and going on nature walks. His favorite pastime was always reading. His fondest memories were spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a very kind, humble and loving person who lived his life through his faith. He will be greatly missed by his family who rejoices in all the wonderful memories of him.

He is survived by his wife Lorna, three daughters, Darby, Roxane, and Nicole, and five grandchildren, all of northern Colorado.

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