2003 February 11: Dick Hilden

Richard C. (Dick) Hilden, 78, passed away at home in Marana, AZ, on February 11, 2003, of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

Born in Starkweather, ND on November 23, 1924 to Grace and Afton Hilden, Dick graduated from Moorhead High School in 1942.


He served his country in World War II as a navigator -- specialty B-24 -- in the Army Air Corps/Air Force. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals and eight Battle Stars before returning home as a 1st Lieutenant. He was recalled to service during the Korean Conflict as a navigator and flew a B-29.


Dick married Joyce Gunvaldsen of Fargo in June of 1947.


He received his degree in Pharmacy from North Dakota State University in 1950, where he played on the basketball and track teams. He graduated from Harvard University's Advanced Management Program in 1969. He was a Life Trustee of NDSU Development Foundation and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1971.


Dick began his career as a pharmacist for Osco Drug and retired as Executive Vice President in 1976. He then went on to become President and CEO of Family Center, Inc., an A & P affiliate, retiring again in 1983. He was a member of the Illinois Pharmacy Board and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).


Dick was an avid skier, golfer and tennis player and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Tucson, AZ.


He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his four children, Cindy Lane, Nanci Hilden, Paul Hilden and Linda Kirkland; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by two sisters, Denise Hilden and Evelyn Hilden, and one brother, Afton Hilden, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his brother, George Hilden and his sister, Francis Pliske.


The family suggests memorials may be directed to: The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Inc., Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore, MD, 21208. Or to: North Dakota State University, School of Pharmacy, Fargo, ND, 58105.

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