Belattis to Lead 2009 Trojan Days ParadeRichard and Marilyn Belatti

Dr. Richard and Marilyn Belatti have been chosen as grand marshals of the 2009 Trojan Days Parade. The Belattis will lead the parade up Egan Avenue as part of the annual Trojan Days Homecoming festivities, Saturday, September 26.

In making the announcement, DSU President Dr. Doug Knowlton commended the Belattis for their service to the state, community, and to Dakota State University. “Both Dr. Belatti and Marilyn have given a lifetime of serving others. Dr. Belatti through his work first as a physician, and in public service, and Marilyn through her dedication to the education field. Their commitment to Dakota State University has remained strong over the years, as friends and donors.”

Marilyn Belatti received her degree from University of South Dakota. She taught in Omaha prior to moving with her family to South Dakota. She also spent several years teaching remedial reading in Chester and music at St. Thomas School in Madison. She and husband Richard have four children.

Richard Belatti is a retired physician. He earned his B.S. degree from the College of St. Thomas and a second B.S. degree in medicine from the University of South Dakota. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Creighton University in 1956. After a 3-year residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Belatti returned to work at Sioux Valley Hospital (now Sanford) in Sioux Falls. He also worked at the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls. He has served in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature—from 1989 to 1992 representing Minnehaha County in the state Senate and from 1995 to 1998 as a state representative from Lake County. He served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 2003 to 2009. Belatti is active in Rotary, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He also served for a time on the Madison School Board.

The Trojan Days Parade begins at 10:00am and will run north up Egan Avenue.

Last Updated: 8/12/11