Gary Eric Stolzenberg

Former Riverhead resident Gary Eric Stolzenberg died Sept. 30 in Fargo, N.D. He was 70.

He was born in Hempstead Dec. 1, 1939, to Walter and Mary Stolzenberg and was raised in Riverhead, graduating from Riverhead High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1962 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Kansas State University in 1968.

From 1969 until his retirement in 1995, Mr. Stolzenberg was a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s metabolism and radiation laboratory in Fargo. He later worked briefly for Northwest Technical College in East Grand Forks, N.D., and the entomology department at North Dakota State University, where he was also acting safety officer (2002-07) and a lecturer in the chemistry department.

He also did outreach work through a National Institutes of Health grant with tribal colleges in North Dakota to improve chemistry instruction for Native Americans preparing for biomedical careers. He volunteered with the Lower Crow Wing Lakes Association, South Island Lake Association, Headwaters Chapter of the Minnesota Forestry Association and the Hubbard County Coalition of Lakes Association.

Mr, Stolzenberg is survived by his wife, Rosa, and his brother, Norman, of Southwick, Mass.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo.