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Pack Pride 66 years strong

Ned Westover (’38) and James Herz (’37) began giving to the university years ago, as hard-working, students on campus, and their legacy continues today in the form of an exquisite collection of photos and art on display in Getchell Library. Westover donates 60 to 80 framed photos each year while Herz donates extensive amounts of Nevada art.

Together, their donations are valued in the millions.

Both Westover and Herz might have the compulsion to see today’s campus as a reminder of days past. Walking by Ross Hall, the Church Fine Arts Complex and Frandsen Humanities, the pair remembers learning from the professors for whom many of the buildings were named. The list is long, as are the memories: Reuben Thompson (Thompson Building); Sigmund Leifson (Leifson Physics); Stanley Palmer (Palmer Engineering).

While he was a student, Westover worked as a photographer for the Artemisia and Sagebrush, capturing a university with fewer than 20 buildings.

Today, the campus sprawls 255 acres with 91 buildings and 15,000 students.

The 1,000-student population in 1937 was especially close in terms of community.

“I can remember 75 percent of the people in the yearbook,” Herz says.

When asked why they donate so much, Westover simply says: “I graduated from here.”

That’s school spirit 66 years strong.

— Brandon Stewart

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