UND's John Odegard is next Roughrider Award recipient (UND's web page citing GF Herald Story, Sept 17, 2015)
A Grand Forks Herald story published today (Sept. 17) is reporting that the late John Odegard, founder of the world-famous John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, will be the next recipient of North Dakota highest award for achievement – the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award.
Odegard will join other prominent North Dakota residents – past and present – who have connections to UND, including famed aviator and explorer Carl Ben Eielson, NHL hockey star Cliff “Fido” Purpur, Judge Ronald Davies, NBA player and coach Phil Jackson, U.S. military leader Gen. David Jones, former UND President Tom Clifford and North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle.
An honorary rank of Colonel in the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders was established during the 1961 Dakota Territory Centennial. The award recognizes present or former North Dakotans who have been influenced by this state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.
Recipients of the award are chosen by the Governor, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, and the Director of the State Historical Society.