|Remembering Arthur Raymond|
Arthur John Raymond, retired director of Indian Program Development, died April 1 at his home. He was 86.
Raymond, the son of Enoch and Mary (Frazier) Raymond, was born Jan. 18, 1923, one of 10 children. He was raised at the family home near Milboro, S.D., where he attended grade school. He attended high school at Rosebud Boarding School, Mission, S.D., and graduated the head of his class. He enlisted as a private in the Army during World War II. Working his way through the ranks, at war's end he was commander of an infantry rifle company with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was a member of the 320th infantry regiment, 35th division of Patton's 3rd Army.
On return to civilian life, Raymond graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University at Mitchell, S.D., with a B.A. degree in economics in 1951. That year he also won the Wall Street Journal Award Outstanding Student in Economics. In 1953 he joined the staff of the Mitchell Daily Republic newspaper full time and was promoted to city editor in October of that year. One of his stories was nominated for the Pulitzer Award. He accepted a position as managing editor of the Williston, N.D., Herald in January 1962. He accepted an offer from the Grand Forks Herald to move to Grand Forks in January 1965, where he was the Sunday editor, feature writer and legislative reporter.
In North Dakota, Raymond was president of the North Dakota Associated Press; a member of his church's bi-racial commission; a member of the vestry of the Episcopal churches at Williston and Grand Forks; a licensed lay reader, a Sunday School teacher and a Chalice Bearer for many years in both states.
On June 30, 2007, he was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. In 1970 he was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives and served for six years. He was the first ever Native American to be elected and serve in the North Dakota Legislature, and the first state employee to be elected and serve.
He was the director of Indian Studies and programs at UND, 1971-78, and director of Indian Program Development until his retirement June 30, 1991.
Raymond belonged to the American Diabetes Association, both North Dakota Affiliate and National; Dakota Wesleyan University Alumni Association, national president; Greater Grand Forks Boxing Association, president; National Diabetes Advisory Board, charter member; National Executive Council, Episcopal Church, USA and the North Dakota Associated Press, president. He also held an honorary Doctor's degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, and was chosen an Outstanding Freshman Legislator (N.D.) by the Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University in 1971.
During retirement, Raymond was active as the chair of the Board for Options, Inc.; a member of the Corporate Board for Untied Health Services; a member of the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission; a member of the Regional Civil Rights Commission; and a member of the Board of Directors for Dakota Wesleyan University.
He and Rose Marie Schone, White Lake, S.D., met at Dakota Wesleyan University and were married April 28, 1950, while still students.
He is survived by his wife, Rose of Grand Forks; sons: Arthur Raymond Jr., Hot Springs, S.D., Eric Raymond, Grand Forks, Mark (Niki) Raykond, Grand Forks; daughters: Mary (Steve) Murray, West Fargo, N.D., Rebekah Raymond, Lakeville, Minn.; brothers: Elgie (Margaret) Raymond, Tahlequah, Okla., Robert (El Rita) Raymond, Billings, Mont.; sister: Geraldine Lira, Oakland, Calif; grandchildren: Arthur Raymond III, Grand Forks; Laura Klinger, Juneaeu, Alaska; Dustin Raymond, Juneau, Alaska; Leah and Sean Murray, Minneapolis; Bridgett DeBoer, Grand Forks; and Drew Raymond, Grand Forks; great grandchildren: Joe, Jodi, Jillian and Makaya, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were held April 4 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.