President Kupchella issues statement on deaths of Bob Brooks, Jean Kiesau

"We are saddened by the recent deaths of two great friends and servants of the Greater Grand Forks community. Bob Brooks was a model of civic responsibility in his work as a city council member in Grand Forks and as the city administrator in East Grand Forks. He was a dedicated and tireless champion of the community, as well as a stalwart friend of the University. You always knew where you stood with Bob. His intelligent, reasonable and calming voice played a significant role in helping Grand Forks set a progressive direction after the flood of 1997.

"We are also saddened by the death of Jean Kiesau, a longtime pillar in the Greater Grand Forks area. She was highly regarded for her business acumen and her service to the region, as well as the state, serving as the first woman president of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and the North Dakota retailers association. She was a staunch supporter of the University and a devoted fan of UND athletics. A testament to her achievements and the high regard in which she was held is the fact she had just been nominated to receive an honorary degree from UND."