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Continued: Obituary: President Roland Dille led 26 years of growth at Moorhead State

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2014 - 10:46 PM

“If you grow up in the Depression, like I did, you learn to work hard. You learn to trust people; that’s a quality of a small town,” Dille once told a college newspaper.

He earned a bachelor’s in English literature, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in 20th-century British literature.

He married Beth Hopeman of Moorhead in 1948 and began teaching at Dassel High School in 1949. From 1956 to 1963, he taught English at St. Olaf College in Northfield and at California Lutheran College. He became an English professor at Moorhead State College in 1963.

Dille often joked that he wanted to be buried where he could see the campus. He’s interred two blocks away, in Prairie Home Cemetery, near his and Beth’s longtime home.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, survivors include children Deborah, Martha, Sarah and Benjamin; 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild, and sister Elaine Nygren.

Services have been held.



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