University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Remembering Donald Bostrom

bostromDonald (Don) Bostrom, associate professor emeritus of accounting, died Sept. 8 at Valley Memorial's Woodside Village Hearthstone Unit.  He was 79.

Don was born May 19, 1932, in Grand Forks to Edwin A. and Hazel (Glass) Bostrom. He grew up in Grand Forks and graduated from Central High School in 1950. In 1954, he graduated from UND with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and in 1957 with a Master of Arts. Both degrees included a major in accounting. He earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1974.

He was drafted during the Korean War and served two years in the Army in Garmisch, Germany. Don was a Certified Public Accountant in North Dakota and Texas. He held professional auditing positions with both the U.S. General Accounting Office and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company. Before joining the faculty at UND, he taught at the University of Texas in Austin and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.  He also was one of two initial members of UND's graduate faculty for the Air Force Institute of Technology, a special master's degree program for missile launch control officers.

He retired in 1996 after 27 years of service.

Don enjoyed a strong personal rapport with his students and worked tirelessly on their behalf. He noted that his field, Cost and Managerial Accounting, had changed tremendously over the years, from mechanical calculators to the Internet. He had adapted his accounting course in the M.B.A program for teaching over interactive video. Don received three Instructor of the Year awards from Beta Alpha Psi, the National Scholastic Honorary in Business. He was very active in service to the University and to the accounting profession, and held offices at both state and national levels. In 2006, the North Dakota Society of CPAs honored him with a Life Membership.

Don married Joy Wardner on Aug. 23, 1958, in Grand Forks. He enjoyed travel, especially visiting children and grandchildren in Texas. He was a devoted family man and will be greatly missed by them. He was a member of a number of professional organizations, as well as Grace Baptist Church and Franklin Club. He enjoyed reading about business and finance, analyzing the stock market, and speed walking.

He is survived by his wife, Joy (associate professor emerita of family and consumer sciences); sons, Douglas (Paula), Allen, Texas; David, Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Hope, Allen, Texas; sister-in-law, Shirley Bostrom, Grand Forks, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Valley Memorial Home Woodside Village, 4004 24th Ave. S.,Grand Forks.  The memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, also at Woodside Village.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to either the Valley Memorial Home Hearthstone Unit or the Chaplaincy Program.

-- Courtesy of Amundson Funeral Home.

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