|Remembering Marjorie Rykken|
Marjorie Bertelle Rykken, professor emerita, College of Nursing, died in Valley Eldercare, Grand Forks, Sept. 22. She was 88.
Rykken was born in Vang, N.D., to Rev. Albert and Sigrid (Gynild) Rykken. She was raised and educated in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in Adrian, Minn., and graduated from high school in Palermo, N.D., in 1935.
She attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis for one year, then graduated from the Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She worked as a nurse for Lutheran Deaconess in Minneapolis from 1943 to 1948. She worked as a nurse in Denver, Colo., before attending Boston University. She returned to Denver to teach practical nursing. Rykken earned her master's degree in nursing from UCLA then taught at the School of Nursing. She later taught at the University of Arizona at Tucson.
In 1962, she began working at UND in the College of Nursing. She taught for a time at the Jamestown Psychhiatric Hospital, then returned to Grand Forks where she taught until she retired in 1984 as a professor.
Rykken enjoyed music, books, writing and travel. She also enjoyed time with her nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She helped found an Alzheimer's support group in Grand Forks. She was a member of the National League of Nursing, The American Nurses Association and the Zonta Club. She was an active member of the Augustana Lutheran Church of Grand Forks.
Survivors include sisters, Lucille Bronson, Grand Forks, and Dorothy Wattman, Roseau, Minn.; brothers Franklyn (Joanne) Rykken, Roseau, Minn., and David (Janice) Rykken, Coon Rapids, Minn.; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother Reyden Rykken.
Memorials are suggested to Augustana Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.