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Harold R. Piltingsrud, BS Med ’41

Harold R. Piltingsrud, BS Med ’41 of Wadena, Minn., and formerly of Park River, N.D., passed away on June 2, at the Elder’s Home in New York Mills, Minnesota, after a period of illness resulting from a debilitating stroke. He was 91 years old. He was born in Leeds, N.D., on September 11, 1918, to Harry and Ruth (Gronvold) Piltingsrud. Harold was the sixth child and first son of seven children. He grew up in Leeds, and while in high school was an active swimmer, played in sports, and achieved excellent grades.

He attended UND for four years followed by two years of pre-med at the University of Minnesota. He completed his MD at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., and served his residency in Wilmington, Del. Harold specialized in surgery and obstetrics to prepare him for family practice. Harold enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and was a captain in the medical corps. From January 1944 to October 1946, he served overseas in Austria and France. On June 24, 1943, he married Susan Selkregg of North East, Pa. They were married for 60 years.

Upon returning from the war, Harold worked at the Grafton State School for two years. He joined Frank E. Weed at the Weed Clinic in Park River in 1948, where he practiced medicine for 34 years, retiring in 1982. An active man, Harold served on the Park River City Council for 11 years. He belonged to the Park River Federated Church, the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed reading, listening to music, traveling, and camping with his wife. He was an avid golfer and UND sports fan. He valued the time he had with his family and friends, and had a special relationship with his patients.