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E.P Wentz MD, Roseville, Minn., Published December 18 2012

Letter: One of NDSU’s greats passes on

Some 49 years ago, a young, somewhat rotund, man arrived at North Dakota State University. At that time no one could imagine the influence he would have on our community. He arrived as part of a package of coaching staff hired to help improve the image of the school. He was the first athletic trainer in North Dakota and, if I am not mistaken, the first in the North Central Conference. He became friend, counselor and healer to generations of young students.

His abilities soon became known throughout the region and others came to him for advice and instruction. He established a school to teach other trainers. This alone would be enough to make him noteworthy. However, his contribution to all of our community is far greater.

He established “Bison Pride.” This became part of everyone who came in contact with him. This pride has spilled over into the community. If you doubt that, look at the tens of thousands of people who pour into the Fargodome. My friend, Dennis Isrow, has passed on. Izzy, just remember as you look down on us, “Once a Bison, always a Bison.” Thanks.