Thomas W. Collins


Dr. Thomas W. Collins died Aug. 19, 2018, at the age of 87.

Collins began his teaching career at MSUM (then Moorhead State College). During his tenure at MSUM, he was a dedicated member of the university community and contributed to the development of students for more than three decades. He taught nearly every type of course offered in the biology department, and he was instrumental in helping shape the concept of what is now the Regional Science Center. After retiring in 1996, he volunteered countless hours in the public school system visiting the Science Center for field trips.

Among Collins’ awards were the Burlington Northern Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and MSU’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor. He will be most remembered for his love of family, his devout faith, and devotion to his church community and the many students he mentored.

James Danielson


Dr. James L. Danielson, “Jim Dandy,” passed away peacefully at his home in Moorhead on Sept. 20, 2018, at the age of 80.

Danielson taught political science for 30 years at North Texas State University. In 1988, he moved to Moorhead and finished his teaching career at MSUM. He enjoyed teaching, sharing his opinions and spending time with family and friends. At the age of 78, he published a book sharing his bold views on the state of American culture and politics. He was active in local community organizations, and he served a term on the Moorhead City Council. He sang with Fargo-Moorhead Master Chorale for more than 25 years.

Lois Cornell Selberg


Lois Cornell Selberg ’47 (English, educational counseling) passed away June 11, 2018, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, at the age of 93.

In 1961, Selberg joined Moorhead State as an instructor of English, which she remained until 1968. Then began the proudest accomplishment of her career, Project E-Quality, a program she headed. These years were still during a prejudiced time, but she stood bravely, despite threats and condemnation. Selberg also ran the Fourth of July celebration at the university for many years. She centered much of her attention on the Student Advisor Program and mentored many students.

Selberg retired in 1993 to her Rustad home to live with her beloved dogs. Her final years were spent at River Pointe in Moorhead where she brought laughter and joy to all. She was a dedicated reader and intellectual, a champion of liberal causes and a fiercely loyal friend always willing to lend a hand.