|Alumni Award Winners: Ron (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Fort Yates, N.D., Excellence in Education Award; Craig Katt, Atlanta, GA., Special Achievement Award; Mary and Ed Furois, Spearfish, Special Service Award; Tim Penton, Miami, Fl., Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Ed and Mary Furois are longtime supporters of BHSU and the entire community.
Ed graduated from BHSU in 1959 with a degree in business and economics. Mary earned an elementary education degree in 1960. The couple entered the local retail business would in 1962 with the purchase of the Spearfish Bootery which they operated together until it was sold in 1999.
Ed and Mary were both active members of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce and the Spearfish Retail Trade Association. Ed was also a volunteer fireman for 10 years, a member of the Spearfish School Board for 13 years and a member of the local hospital board of directors and Norwest Bank board of directors. He is currently serving on three boards: the Northern Hills Training Center, the Spearfish Foundation, and Evergreen Management Services.
Mary taught school for one year in Lead and served as a religious education teacher at St. Joseph’s Church for many years. She was also president of the church ladies group for 10 years and served on the church council for three years. Mary is a charter member of Zonta and a member of the BHSU Alumni Board.
The Furois couple was honored as South Dakota Retail Couple of the Year in 1997 and received the Sprit of Spearfish Award in 1999. They raised four children.