From the Editor:
Passing of three greats
January is the coldest of months in Reno, and our campus lost some of its warmth during a sad 11-day period this year.
Beginning Jan. 17, we lost two notable former deans, followed by the passing of the father of our medical school. Travis Linn, 64, the first dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism, Edmund J. Cain, 84, a visionary dean of the College of Education who led the college through an unprecedented period of expansion and prestige in the 1960s and 1970s, and Dr. Fred Anderson, 97, a brilliant surgeon who as a University Regent in 1969 rallied statewide support for the creation of the medical school, all passed away in January.
These three impressive men were remembered not only for their professional accomplishments, but for their humanity. All three were exceptional human beings.
Fred Anderson was a man born in a log cabin in the Ruby Mountains who went on to become a Harvard-educated doctor. Yet he was a man who never put on airs. Said Mike O'Callaghan, former governor of Nevada: "Fred had a great heart and he was really well-loved throughout Nevada."
The same could be said of Linn and Cain.
Linn was dean of the Reynolds School when I was a student there in 1987. He was always accessible, and in his later years as a professor of new media, he reveled in the pioneering spirit of his students, who were in the midst of conquering a new medium of communication.
As far back as the early 1960s, Ed Cain realized that education was the key to the future in our own country, and throughout the world. He hired my late father as a professor in the late 1960s, and like so many others, my father loved his dean dearly.
Ed Cain had a unique philosophy in dealing with his faculty. When he stood up for his faculty, he knew they would return his loyalty in kind. More than a few times Ed went to bat for my father, encouraging him to broaden his research agenda and to become a tireless advocate for education. Whenever my father would take me as a 6- or 7-year-old into Dean Cain's office, I was always greeted by the same smile — Ed Cain had a wholehearted way of smiling that lit every fiber of his being.
That's what I will remember most about Ed Cain: he was a man who loved to smile (not a bad way to go through life, actually).
We lost three great figures in the history of our university in January. We will miss them all.
— John Trent