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UND Art & Design professor dies

Joel Jonientz

Joel Jonientz, a UND Art & Design professor, died Monday at Altru Hospital.

UND announced his death in a universitywide email Tuesday. Jonientz was 46.

Bill Caraher, a UND history professor, remembered him as friend and inspiration on a blog post Tuesday.

“Joel was a remarkable guy. … He could go from moderating a panel of poets, artists and writers at the UND Writers Conference to complaining about an offseason move by the Seahawks in a moment,” Caraher wrote. “More than any of that, he was a family guy. He loved his wife and kids in a way that gave perspective to the entire world and gave him a consistent set of priorities that guided his life, work, and friendships.”

Herald archives show Jonientz’ involvement in several conferences and art exhibits.