December 01, 2002


THE MALE MARGE SCHOTT PASSES ON: Ralph Engelstad, hockey goalie, real estate billionaire, Las Vegas casino owner, University of North Dakota hockey booster and avid collector of Nazi memorabilia, died Friday after a short illness. Pretty much UND's only major donor, Engelstad was best known for spending $104 million to build a state-of-the-art hockey arena for UND and then essentially taking control of university policy by virtue of threats to withdraw funding. He was especially staunch in his demand that the school not change the names of their athletic teams from "Fighting Sioux."
Engelstad also caused a huge controversey in 1989 when he was fined $1.5 million by Nevada's state athletic commission for throwing a birthday party for Adolf Hitler at one of his Las Vegas casinos.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 1, 2002 02:33 AM
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