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Roland Dille, Moorhead, Published November 26 2012

Letter: Generous Feder will be missed

The death of Betty Feder meant the loss of whole-hearted support for a dozen community projects, reminding us of how important volunteers are in the life of Fargo-Moorhead. Her decades of support of Minnesota State University Moorhead were crucial in its years of change.

Succeeding her husband, Paul, in the Moorhead State Foundation Board, she was president of the foundation in its centennial year, dedicating herself to making the year both meaningful and exciting. For the Centennial Grand Finale, she challenged us to stage “The Great Gershwin Concern,” bringing to a packed field house Mel Torme, Leslie Uggams and Peter Nero.

Among her goals were the securing of the future of the MSU Regional Science Center, then by no means certain, but now celebrating more than a half-century of enriching the science understanding of school children and adults, in no small part because of Paul and Betty’s contribution not only to the area’s largest telescope, in constant use at the center, but faith in its goals.

As we celebrate the life of Betty Feder, we mourn the loss of her from our lives, remembering her warm friendship, bestowed on all who knew her.

As a landscape can be ravaged,

At the falling of one tree,

So a city quavers, is depopulated

By a familiar face, now gone.


Dille is president emeritus of MSUM.