James F. PenwardenJames F. Penwarden, 69, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012 at his home in Grand Forks.
James F. Penwarden
James F. Penwarden, 69, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012 at his home in Grand Forks.
James Francis Penwarden was born October 31, 1942 in Grand Forks, ND the son of Francis and Kathryn (O'Connell) Penwarden. He was raised in Grand Forks and as a teen he was active in scouting achieving the AD ALTARE DEI award, the highest scouting award in the Catholic Church. He graduated from St. James High School in 1960 where his journalism career began as the editor of The Morning Star. Sister Mary Leo, his friend and confidant, was a great mentor. He majored in journalism at the University of North Dakota and worked at the Dakota Student newspaper, spending his senior year as Editor-in-Chief and he was editor of the Dakota yearbook. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi journalism society and Blue Key service fraternity. In June 1965, he earned a bachelor of arts in Journalism and worked as a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald and East Grand Forks Record. In September 1965, he was named Lecturer in Journalism at the University of North Dakota, a position he held for one year. In 1969, he attended New Mexico State University where he served as Chief News Writer and pursued a masters degree. He returned to the UND Office of University Relations in 1970 as the Publications Coordinator and spent the next 35 years at UND. In 1985, he was named Associate Director of the Office of University Relations. In 1989, he was promoted to Director of University Communications. Later, he was named Director of University Relations and in July 2000 he was named Associate Director and Operations Manager, a position he retained until he retired in October 2005.
He played a key role in adapting the flame logo that identified the University of North Dakota since its centennial in 1983. He helped develop the geometric Indian head logo that defined UND athletics for more than 20 years. He enjoyed music, playing the piano and was an avid sports fan. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
One item on his bucket list that he spoke of often was to compile and publish a list of misused words and grammar.
He is survived by his daughter, Jill (Harry) Winters, Frisco, TX; a twin sister, Mary Jean (Stan) Johannes, Spooner, WI; a sister, June Ann (Gene) Lawrence, Detroit Lakes, MN; a granddaughter, Ava Winters; several nieces, nephews; great nieces and great-nephews and his "Sweetie", Jan Wiley, Fargo, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012 in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service in the Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Saturday.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery North, Grand Forks, ND in the spring.
Memorial: Memorials in Jim's honor to be sent to the UND Foundation, 3100 University Ave. PO Box STOP, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8157, with the memo section of the check or an attached note stating the memorial is designated "To benefit the UND Office of University Relations in memory of Jim Penwarden".
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com
(Gregory J. Norman-Norman Funeral Home, So. Washington St.)