Hartvig Benhail (“Ding”) Roholt


Dr. H.B. “Ding” Roholt passed away peacefully at the Neilson Place, in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he had been cared for since January 2021, on October 27, 2021, at the age of 99. He was born in Waverly, Minnesota, to Dr. Christian Lars Roholt and Marie Broen Roholt on July 27, 1922, as a first generation Norwegian American. Ding’s father taught him his love of nature and medicine and his musician mother instilled in him his love of the arts. He played basketball for Howard Lake, and graduated from high school there in 1940. Ding graduated with an M.D. from an accelerated program in Pre-med and medical school from the University of Minnesota during World War II in 1946. He married Ina Tausta, whom he met in biochemistry class, in 1945. Ina supported Ding, working as a medical technologist, while he completed his medical internship at Milwaukee General Hospital. In 1947, their first child was born, and the young family spent a year in Waverly, while Ding honed his medical skills working with his father. Five other children followed at regular intervals. The family moved to Fosston, Minnesota, in 1949, where Ding assumed the general medical practice of a retiring physician. In 1951, he joined the Air Force as a captain in the medical service in Madison, Wisconsin, where the family stayed for 2 years. In the summer of 1953, the family moved to Rye, New York, where Ding practiced general medicine and studied internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The family moved back to Fosston in 1956 and stayed there until 1962, only to move back to Rye that summer. However, missing the lakes and forests, Ding moved his family back to Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1964, where he had a thriving solo internal medicine practice, while Ina worked as his office nurse and medical technologist.

Ding was able to take every Wednesday afternoon off to go fishing or indulge in his cultural pursuits of attending concerts, plays and museums. Ding was an avid fisherman, and made many fly-in trips to Canada, and loved to fish the little lakes south of Red Lake with his family and friends. Ding and Ina were avid scuba divers, and visited many wonderful dive sites in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Their European travels included Spain and Italy. He was an accomplished photographer and took over 30,000 images over the course of his career. Ding was a member of the Bemidji noon Rotary Club and the Sons of Norway. He retired from a long and successful medical practice in 1987.

Ding was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elaine “Becky” Roholt Chakov and his wife Ina Tausta Roholt. He is survived by his children: Natalie Signe Roholt (Patrick Riley), Dianne Ingrid Roholt, Philip Christian Roholt (Vikki Roholt), Teresa Solveig Roholt Santee (Jay Santee), Patricia Kirstin Roholt (Jahbi Stewart) and David Hartvig Roholt (Kristina Lombardo Roholt); his grandchildren: Cory Micah Macsleyne, Andrew Christian Roholt (Laura Roholt), Terese Louise Roholt, Jillian Marie Roholt, Nikki Fernandez, Rachel Kyle Santee Jacobs, Emily Randall Santee Jones, Lauren Janel Poluha Madrid, Kate Marie Poluha Matthias, Cassandra Cappucio Roholt, Daniel Christian Roholt, also 11 great grandchildren, numerous friends and other relatives.

A celebration of life will be held in July 2022. Memorials may be given to the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment through the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.  Condolences may be left at