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Heritage Award
The Heritage Award for Alumni Service recognizes outstanding support of time and talent to NDSU projects or activities.

Fred and Linda PaavolaRetired Rear Adm. Fred G.and Linda Kane Paavola
Fred: B.S. 1970, pharmacy
Honorary doctorate 2002
Linda: B.S. 1973, psychology

NDSU alumni Fred and Linda Kane Paavola have demonstrated dedicated leadership and service to NDSU and the United States. Fred is a retired Rear Admiral after a 30-year career with the U.S. Army and Public Health Service, while Linda is an author and community volunteer.

Fred, BS '70, pharmacy, honorary doctorate '02, climbed the military ranks to become the highest ranking pharmacist in the U.S. uniformed services and was named the U.S. Public Health Service's chief professional officer of the pharmacy category, overseeing more than 1,100 pharmacists. He recently retired from the National Disaster Medical System as a team commander and a member of the management working group.

Linda, BS '73, psychology, has published the "Never" series trilogy and the children's illustrated books, "Lily, the Kitten Who Wanted a Real Home" and "Eleanor and the Magic Purple Starfish." She is the owner of Sugar Mountain Crafts. She also was a special education substitute teacher, a resource marketing associate, a classroom and library volunteer from 1991 to 2000 and a former Girl Scout troop leader.

The Paavolas have become unofficial NDSU hosts for the Tucson, Arizona, area. They have hosted the "Taste of North Dakota" social and numerous Bison Game Watch Parties.

The Paavolas also established four scholarship endowments, two for pharmacy students, one for a veteran in pharmacy or nursing and the other for a Master of Public Health student. They also provided a key gift for the Fallen Bison Memorial on campus and a donation to the College of Health Professions building addition.

"The passion Fred and Linda have for NDSU is unmatched and contagious," wrote Jim and Marlene Normark in a letter of support. "Not only do they each provide enthusiastic and meaningful support to the university and students, they actively seek out alumni and friends and encourage them to do likewise.

An ardent supporter of the NDSU College of Health Professions, Fred served as chair of the pharmacy national advisory board from 2006-10. Since 2010, he has continued his service as an emeritus advisory board member. His guidance helped the College of Health Professions grow to more than 2,000 students and 165 faculty and staff, making it the largest health professions training program in the state. He is also an emeritus member of the NDSU Alumni board of directors.

"Without Fred's leadership, dedication, commitment of time and devotion to our program and NDSU, I am convinced that all of this would not have been realized," wrote nominator Charles D. Peterson, dean and professor in the College of Health Professions. "Our college now is stronger and more successful than it has ever been in its more than 100-year history."

The Paavolas live in Tucson.

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