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Memorial service set for longtime U-Mary president Welder

June 27, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two days of public memorial services begin Sunday for Sister Thomas Welder, the longtime former president of the University of Mary and winner of North Dakota’s most prestigious award.

A vigil and evening prayer will be held Sunday night for Welder at Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel at the University of Mary. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Monday in the chapel foyer, followed by a funeral Mass open to Welder’s family and close friends.

Welder, 80, died Monday after being recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. She became the school’s fifth president in 1978 and held that position for 31 years.

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In 2004, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven presented her with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota’s highest honor.