Last fall a member of the Augsburg community, James Husfloen, passed away in Fargo, North Dakota. Jim attended Augsburg in the fall of 1954 for two years and returned for a semester in 1960. Other students at that time were Pastor Bob Bagley ’58 and US Representative Martin Sabo ’59, who roomed with him in Alpha Beta Gamma Delta in Memorial Hall one year, as well as Jim’s brother, Richard ’60. After leaving Augsburg, Jim entered the Air National Guard, served in the Air Force, and graduated from Moorhead State in 1970. Jim left the College a significant estate gift of $170,000, which will be designated towards the CSBR. Although Jim didn’t graduate from Augsburg, Gordon Meland, a good friend of Jim’s since grade school, said Jim had a “soft spot for Augsburg.” His generosity reflects his commitment to education, his Norwegian, Lutheran upbringing and loyalty to his family and community.
Jim, born January 21, 1932, in Fargo, North Dakota, was the oldest son of Norwegian Americans Joe and Clara Alfreida (Simonson) Husfloen. His father, was a non-ordained minister and preached in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Some will still remember Richard L. Husfloen ’60, Jim’s younger brother. He graduated from Augsburg in Theology and also taught Sociology at Augsburg after finishing his graduate studies at Luther Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. Richard died quite suddenly in Sun City, Arizona, in 2003. His career in the ministry, as pastor, administrator, and resource developer, prepared him for his role as the 12th President of Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta, where he served for seven years before retiring in 2003.
Jim graduated from Oak Grove School in Fargo in 1950. After attending Augsburg, he and his friend Gordon joined the Air National Guard. Jim lived two years on Moody Air Force base in Valdosta, Georgia, training pilots. His experiences rescuing downed pilots affected him throughout his life. After returning to the Fargo area, Jim entered college again and graduated from Moorhead State University on June 10, 1970, with a BS in Broadcasting-Film and a minor in Marketing. He later married and had a son, Robert, who died tragically after working hard in the devastating floods the Red River Valley experienced in 1997. Jim’s work life included driving a bus for college trips and representing Nabisco in sales and distribution. He also did other paid and volunteer work, including broadcasting for Fargo area radio stations and occasional writing for the West Fargo newspaper. Jim liked to draw. He suffered from illness at different times in his life and Alzheimer’s disease in his later years. Jim died in Fargo on October 16, 2013, in his last home, Rosewood on Broadway.