F. Clinton Howard, Jr., Honor Court Silver Benefactor
June 21, 2011 - Reno, Nev.
Clint Howard, 88, died at his home in Reno, Nevada, June 21, 2011. Clint was born to Fred C. Howard and Betty McBride Howard November 14, 1922, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the oldest of their five children, and named Fred Clinton Howard Jr. He was followed in October 1923 by a brother and a sister (twins), Harry and Helen. In 1927, his sister Marjorie was born. His sister Mary was born in 1935.
His father was a partner in the General Tire dealership in Colorado Springs, and his mother was a homemaker. The family attended mass at Pauline Chapel in St. Paul’s Catholic Parish. Clint attended school at Ivywild School, South Junior High School, and Colorado Springs High School, which he graduated from in 1940. He attended Colorado College for three semesters. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He joined the United States Marine Corps on January 2, 1942. He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
After the war, Clint returned to Colorado Springs to resume his studies at Colorado College in business and accounting. There he met Beverly Geiger, and they were married August 25, 1947, at Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Denver. They graduated together from Colorado College in the class of 1948. They had three sons.
Clint was recalled to active duty with the Marine Corps during the Korean War and served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He returned to Colorado as the business manager for Fort Lewis A&M College near Durango. In 1954, he got a job with Speidel Newspapers Inc. in Colorado Springs. Speidel Newspapers moved their offices in 1964 to Reno, Nevada, where they owned the Reno Evening-Gazette and the Nevada State Journal. Clint retired in 1977 from Gannett Newspapers following their acquisition of Speidel.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Helen, of Colorado Springs, and his brother, Harry (Maria), of Marin County, California. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Geiger Howard; his sons, Fred (Denise), Bob (Jennifer), and Tim; his grandchildren, Elinor Walquist (Scott), and Leanne, Bob, Joan, Glynnis and Gwen Howard, and great grandson, Elijah Walquist, all of Reno; and sisters Marjorie Heinen (Neil) of Wauwatosa, WI, and Mary Hoddy (Bill) of Tempe, AZ, and more than 30 nieces and nephews throughout the United States.
Wanda (Lamb) Peccole, Honor Court Founder
June 15, 2011—Las Vegas, Nev.
Wanda Lamb Peccole, 82, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, returned to live with her Father in Heaven June 15, 2011.
She was born November 6, 1928 in Alamo, Nevada to William Grainger and Marion Paris Lamb. Hers was one of the original pioneer families who settled in Lincoln County, Nevada in the early 1900s, where her parents were ranchers and raised seven boys and four girls.
Wanda attended Alamo grade school and Pahranagat Valley High School. Shortly after she graduated, she moved to Henderson in 1945, where she first went to work at the City of Las Vegas Fire Department, and then became the personnel director for the City of Las Vegas. During this time, she met William “Bill” Peccole, and they were married January 24, 1953.
Wanda was very active in the Nevada political arena, and has been a lifelong community activist and contributor to the growth of our city. Wanda and Bill were strong advocates of education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, and the Wanda Lamb Peccole Center of the Arts at The Meadows School in Las Vegas. She and Bill were the driving force behind establishing the Peccole Nevada Corporation, and were responsible for the development of some of the Las Vegas area’s most beautiful communities.
They provided the land for Sahara West Library and the Durango fire station, and built golf courses and many beautiful homes in master planned communities. Charleston Plaza Mall, Westland Mall, Canyon Gate, Peccole Ranch, Queensridge, as well as surrounding suburban lifestyle shopping centers were the vision that together they made reality.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, her daughter, Leann Peccole Goorjian, a grandson, Robby Bayne, as well as three sisters, Myrtle Howery, Erma McIntosh, Fae Mason, and five brothers, Floyd Lamb, Sheldon Lamb, Bill Lamb, Phil Lamb, and Larry Lamb. She is survived by daughter Laurie, and husband, Bruce Bayne, and daughter Lisa, and husband, Larry Miller, Grandchildren: Billy, Tyler, Missy, Leah, Jessalyn Bayne, Jenni Young, Deserie Roylance, Gabe, Tawny, Jody, Garhett, Lacey, Noah Miller, and Gavin, Camden, and Colin Goorjian, as well as 16 great-grandchildren. Wanda also leaves behind two brothers, Ralph Lamb and Darwin Lamb, lifelong friend, Eileen Carson, as well as many nieces and nephews, who were so dear to her heart.
Wanda loved music, poetry, and was a superb cook, especially Italian cuisine. Her last years were spent traveling with her grandchildren and sharing her stories and love with them. She leaves behind both a heritage and a legacy that will not be forgotten: “Home Means Nevada.” Nona, we will always love you!
Please see more pictures, as well as share your memories of Wanda on her webpage: www.wandalambpeccole.com
Theodore A. Butler
June 4, 2011—Fallon, Nev.
Theodore Allen (Ted) Butler passed away in Fallon June 4, 2011. He was a resident of Sparks, Nevada since 1960. Ted was a vocational education teacher at the University of Wyoming for 11 years and then associate professor of Agricultural and Industrial Mechanics at the University of Nevada, Reno for 23 years.
Born November 11, 1922 in Lingle, Wyoming, he was the oldest of seven brothers, and grew up on the family farm. He was drafted in 1943 into the Army Air Corps, where he served as a tailgunner on B-24 bombers. His crew was stationed in Italy and flew numerous missions over Europe during World War II. His plane was shot down three times, and the crew went MIA once, but survived each time and returned safely to fly again.
Ted is survived by Betty, his wife and the love of his life of 64 years, his two sons, Tom (Carolyn) of Sparks and Billy (Anne) of Fallon, as well as his six brothers, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is fondly remembered by his many students.
Artie Zimmerman “A.Z.” Joy
June 21, 2011—Ely, Nev.
Artie Zimmerman Joy, later known as A.Z. Joy, was called home to his maker June 21, 2011 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born April 12, 1933, A.Z. was the second son of Artie and Fannie Sykes Joy of Sonora, Texas.
Having spent his grade school and high school years in the public schools at Sonora, his life and activities were changed when A.Z. broke his hip in a motorcycle accident July 16, 1949. This mishap slowed him down and changed his life as he had already signed a letter of intent to go to the University of Texas on a football scholarship.
Upon graduation from high school in May 19, 1951 A.Z. entered the University of Wyoming in Laramie the fall of 1951 to study sheep and wool. Working part-time for the wool department, making 35 cents an hour, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry and a Master Degree in Agriculture Economics. During his sophomore year in college, A.Z. met Vivian Wahneta Patten in Chemistry Lab and they were married 18 months later on July 1, 1954 in Lusk, Wyoming.
After graduation, A.Z. worked for Fred Whitaker Company of Philadelphia as a wool buyer and sales manager for Salt Lake Stamp Company. On February 1, 1959, he went to work for the Cooperative Extension of the University of Nevada. A.Z. continued to work for the University until his retirement.
Starting out as Assistant County Agent in both White Pine and Eureka Counties, A.Z. also served as county agent for both counties. July 1, 1979, he was relieved of the responsibility of Eureka County and named County Agent in Charge of White Pine County and State Sheep Specialist.
While serving in these positions, A.Z. gained local, state and national recognition for his role in community, regional and national leadership.
Some of the awards A.Z. received are: White Pine Jaycees Citizen of the Year; District 4-H Meritorious Service; Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents; National Livestock Winner of the National Association of County Agents; National Rural Electrification for the organization's work on Mount Wheeler Power Coop; and recognition for his work with the Nevada Wool Growers, White Pine County Farm Bureau, Nevada State Farm Bureau, White Pine Horse Show and College of Agriculture.
Having served on many local, regional and national committees, A.Z. was recognized as an expert in sheep and wool not only in Nevada but Utah, California, Idaho and Montana. Both the National Wool Growers and the American Sheep Producers Council recognized his knowledge and expertise in the industry.
On March 16, 1987, A.Z. was promoted to Area Chair of the Northeast Area, which was a position he held in addition to his others until retiring on June 30, 1989.
Upon his retirement, A.Z. was honored at the 1989 Commencement Exercises by the President of the University of Nevada, Reno as Emeritus Faculty.
After retiring, A.Z. and Vivian spent their winters in Texas and their summers in Ely. The couple built a new home in 1990 on their family ranch, The VPJ Goat Ranch. They raised livestock, including sheep and goats, until 2000.
A.Z. was a 37-year member of Elks, Life Member of Knights of Columbus, member of NARFE Retirees, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
A.Z. is survived by his wife, Vivian, of almost 57 years and their three daughters: Helen Yvette (Lloyd) Waters of Elko, Nevada, Trudie Renae (Jim) Hollinger of Ely, Nevada and Robbie Anne (Lennie) Boteilho of West Jordan, Utah.
Grandchildren Holly Marie (Tim) Trexler, Fallbrook, California; Brenda Joy (Scott) Wilkie, Elko, Nevada; Jane Marlene (Kevin) Haub, Dublin, California; USMC Lance Corporal Cody Lloyd Waters, Norfolk, Virginia; Serena Ann Waters, Elko, Nevada; Moriah Lee Fowler, Kimberly, Idaho; Louis Joseph (Missy) Perkins, Twin Falls, Idaho; Rachel Renae Perkins, Filer, Idaho; Mikyla Anne Boteilho, St. George, Utah; Nicole Marie Boteilho, West Jordan, Utah and 10 great-grandchildren.
A.Z. is also survived by one brother, John Wesley (Avis) Joy, Sonora, Texas and their four children and families. Survivors also include four brother-in-laws, four sister-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
A.Z. was preceded in death by his son, Bret Edwin Joy.
Beatrice (Patterson) Rey ’32 (home economics)
April 16, 2004—Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Beatrice S. (Totie) Rey, 95, an active figure in the community of Palo Alto, died April 16, 2004. She passed away peacefully at the home of her son John and his wife, Jean, at Zephyr Cove, Nevada.
Totie was born July 12, 1908 in Cedarville, Calif., the daughter of James and Mabel Patterson. She was raised on the family’s cattle ranch. She graduated from the University of Nevada in 1932. In 1936, she married Dr. Delbert F. Rey, of Reno, Nevada. Following World War II, Dr. Rey became a partner in the Palo Alto Clinic.
Totie participated in the Red Cross, St. Marks Episcopal Church and various charitable organizations. She was also a member of the philanthropic PEO and active, as an alumna, of the Thetas, her college sorority. After Dr. Rey’s death in 1967, she moved to Los Altos, returned to college and renewed her teaching credentials. She taught, in various capacities, until her retirement in 1986, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband, her brother William, and her daughter Peggy. Survivors include her sons; Jim and wife, Sharon, of Mitchell, Nebraska and John and wife, Jean, of Zepher Cove, Nevada; as well as 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Verna J. (Bradbury) Broili ’40 (home economics)
August 1, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Verna June Bradbury Broili passed away August 1, 2011, at her home in Reno after a short illness. She was born June 1, 1919 to Albert and Alice (Anderton) Bradbury of Bancroft, Idaho, the daughter of a railroad family. Her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, which brought her family to Sparks, Nevada, in 1922, where she attended Sparks schools, graduating from Sparks High School in 1936.
June earned her bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Nevada in 1940 and taught for one year in Wells, Nevada, before marrying Julius Broili Jr. in 1941. Her father-in-law and husband owned and operated Nevada Machinery & Electric Company, a pioneer electrical company later known as Broili’s, which they operated until 1983. She was a buyer and active participant for that company.
June and Julius were always active in the American Baptist Church, most recently the American Baptist Fellowship of Reno.
Preceding her in death are her brother, Gerald “Bud” Bradbury, in 1952, her husband, Julius, in 1992; her sister, Thelma Bradbury Joslin, in 1989; and her brother, Jack Bradbury, the well-known artist, in 2010.
June is survived by Robert H. Broili, son, Sally Sue Broili, mother of Eric A. Broili (Thor) and Susan H. Broili-Kamesch (Joshua), and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews and their families. Her only surviving nephew is Franklin Grunstead of Sparks, Nevada. She was also preceded by her nieces, Nancy Grunstead, Winifred Miller and Audrey Lemaire.
June studied communication and journalism under Dr. Arthur Gould, which inspired her to write the cooking columns for the Reno Gazette-Journal, several published articles and two books. Easy Cookin’ in Nevada & Tales of the Sagebrush State was published in 1985. It is a compilation of the history of Nevada, photographs from the Nevada Historical Society and other sources, and her well-received recipes. An addendum of more stories and recipes was published in 1985 for the University of Nevada’s 100th Birthday Celebration with the forward written by well-known columnist Rollan Melton.
Her book, Church’s Greenland Odyssey — Dr. James Edward Church, published in 1997, featured the famous Nevada professor, explorer, scientist, and humanitarian as he traveled in Greenland in 1927. The National Federation of Press Women awarded her third place for this book at its annual convention held at the Press Club in Washington, D.C.
June and Alice Jane Chism Fraser traveled to England to research independent living homes such as the Cheshire House, which assists disabled persons by teaching them how to live independently at a transition house. This led to the founding of the transitional housing on Moana Lane in Reno.
June served in nearly every office in Chapter F of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women throughout the world. She also was a Past Queen of Amon-Ra Temple 56 and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of the Nevada Press Women, along with being a member of AAUW, the Nevada Historical Society, and the Sparks Heritage Association.
She and her family were most appreciative of the assistance by Beverly Irwin of Right at Home, the staff at Atria Summit Ridge as well as St. Mary’s Hospice.
Cameron M. Batjer ’41 (history)
June 1, 2011—Reno, Nev.
The Honorable Cameron McVicar Batjer, former Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, passed away June 1, 2011.
Justice Batjer was born on the McVicar cattle ranch in Smith Valley, Nevada, August 24, 1919. His mother’s pioneering family came to Smith Valley from Ontario, Canada in the early 1860s. His father, Robert Wilhelm Batjer, came to Nevada in the 1890s from Oldenburg, Germany. Robert settled in Smith Valley where he was a cattle rancher and established a trucking company that delivered dry goods along the eastern scarp to the Sierras from Reno to Bodie. In 1916, Robert married Mary Belle McVicar, a 1908 graduate of the University of Nevada and a Smith Valley school teacher.
Justice Batjer began school in Smith Valley in September 1925. In later years he said, “I liked school from the first day, and learning was a continuing great experience.” Like so many families, the Batjers fell on difficult times in the 1930s. His sister, Helene, became gravely ill, and when his father died suddenly, the family fell behind on their taxes and had to sell the Batjer homestead to clear the debts. Mabel moved Cameron and his two sisters to Weeks, Nevada, so she could teach at the one-room school at Fort Churchill.
In 1933, Cameron returned to the McVicar Ranch in Smith Valley to attend high school. He graduated in 1937 and enrolled at the University of Nevada, where he majored in economics and history. While at the university, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Sagers, the Commerce Club, and the debate team.
Following graduation in 1941, he anticipated being drafted into the Army but was rejected because he was too thin. He then secured a teaching position in Dayton, Nevada, where he met and married fellow teacher Lura Gamble, who had been raised on a ranch in Hazen, Nevada and had graduated from the University of Nevada in 1937. They were married May 16, 1942.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Justice Batjer enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) in the third Marine Division in the Pacific Theater. While serving on Guadalcanal, he received a commission. Upon completing Japanese language school, he was assigned to General Douglas MacArthur’s staff in Brisbane, Australia.
Justice Batjer was separated from the Navy in December 1945, after which he returned to Nevada. He resumed his teaching career in McGill, Nevada. In 1947, he was hired as the football and basketball coach for Fernley High School. While teaching in Fernley, he decided to attend law school at the University of Utah.
In 1950, he graduated from the University of Utah Law School, was admitted to the Utah Bar, and was named chief counsel of the Utah State Senate. In 1951, Nevada Senator George “Molly” Malone asked Cameron to join his staff in Washington, D.C. as his chief counsel.
He and the family returned to Carson City, Nevada in 1953. Needing to reestablish Nevada residency in order to practice law, he taught 7th and 8th grades for a year in Carson City. He established a private law practice in 1954 and was subsequently named Ormsby County District Attorney succeeding Paul Laxalt.
When the Nevada Supreme Court was expanded to five members in 1967, Governor Paul Laxalt appointed Cameron to the court. He retired from the court in 1981 to accept an appointment by President Ronald Reagan as Chairman of the United States Parole Commission.
During his lifetime, Justice Batjer received numerous awards for outstanding service and achievement, including, University of Nevada Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award 1991; United States Parole Commission Ben Baer Award for Outstanding Leadership; University of Utah Law School Order of the Coif; Phil Harris Award for Outstanding Service, Rotary International; and, Washoe County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Justice Batjer was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carson City for more than 60 years.
Justice Batjer retired in 1991, and he and Lura commenced a much-earned retirement in Nevada and Maui, Hawaii.
He was delighted that he lived to see the year 2000 and to watch the University of Nevada beat Cal in football in 2010!
Justice Batjer is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law: Lura Batjer Caldwell, Charles S. Caldwell, Christina Batjer, and Marybel Batjer as well as eight nieces and nephews.
The Batjer family gives special thanks to Amber Jacinto for her three years of service, care and love for Cameron, along with that of her sister Sabrina Akhtar and their family.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Justice Cameron M. Batjer Scholarship Fund at the National Judicial College, University of Nevada Reno, Judicial College Building, MS-358, Reno, Nevada 89557.
Eva L. (Cecarrelli) Scarselli ’41 (French)
June 15, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Our Mother, Nonni & Zia, Eva Lillian Cecarrelli Scarselli went home to her loved ones June 15, 2011. Eva was born November 17, 1917 at her childhood home in Sparks, Nevada to Italian immigrants Isola and Nello Ceccarelli of Lammari, Italy. Eva learned to speak English while in elementary school, attended Sparks High School and graduated with an education degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned the French honor Medal for her advanced studies. Eva was a teacher at Robert Mitchell Elementary School in Sparks and various elementary schools in Carson City.
During the World War II years, Eva would write letters for an Italian family to their son who was a soldier in the Philippines. When the soldier returned home he met his translator and they were later married. Eva and Gene Scarselli were married for 40 years. They worked in area high schools and elementary schools until Gene became Superintendent of Schools in Eureka County.
The couple lived in a converted morgue and upgraded to a converted barn that had dirt floors and no indoor plumbing—Gene became a carpenter quickly! Gene later took a job as Superintendent of Douglas County Schools and moved to Gardnerville, where there they remained for 30 years.
Eva’s passion was local history, and she was an active member of the Carson Valley Historical Society and instrumental in its beginnings. She served as a docent, publicist and curator over the years, working closely with Grace Dangberg, author and historian, on many of her books.
Eva was a past member of the Carson Valley Literary Club, St. Gall Altar Society, RSVP, Past Membership Chairman of the American Heart Association, English as a Second Language teacher and Sparks Heritage Museum Member. Eva was an avid gardener, her yard was immaculate, always fresh flowers on her table.
Making homemade ravioli, torta and biscotti were her specialty and were staples for the family gatherings that were loud and boisterous and enjoyed by many. Her gentleness and kindness will be dearly missed. Eva was predeceased by her parents, brother Ugo, and husband, Gene.
She leaves behind her son Roland (Tina) Scarselli, daughter Anna (Frank) Lawrence, grandchildren Angela and Laura Scarselli, Brette Lawrence, Ryan Hester and Kimathi Hester, brother Raymond Ceccarelli, nephew Brian Ceccarelli, niece Janice Micou, great nephew Jacque Rials, nephew Ed Giannotti, and her beloved Charlotte (Doug) Bass and many other cousins in the Reno/Sparks area and Italy.
William E. Etchemendy ’43 (Spanish)
June 17, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Bill was born August 26, 1920 to John and Jeanne Etchemendy in Gardnerville, Nevada. He attended Douglas County High School and enrolled at the University of Nevada in 1940.
He was a member of ATO Fraternity and majored in Spanish. He was active in ROTC for four years. As a sophomore he won the Governor’s Medal. He graduated from Nevada in 1943.
Bill had a lifetime career in the military. He attended Officer Candidate School and received commission as Second Lieutenant Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1943. He was assigned to the 83rd Infantry Division in the European Theater in 1944 as a rifle platoon leader.
He fought in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns. He was wounded twice in the battle, during the drive of division through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and Germany. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Hurtgen Forest and was one of the first units to reach the lower Rhine River attempting to cross the bridge to Dusseldorf before the bridge was blown.
During the Korean War he was assigned as a rifle company commander of “L” Co. 31st Inf., 7th Inf. Division. He made assault landing in Inchon, South Korea and fought with his unit in Seoul, Suwon area. Later, they made a second landing in Iwon, North Korea with fighting towards the Yalu River. With the Chinese intervention, elements of the 31st Inf. and the 1st Marine Div. were attacked by several Chinese divisions at Chosin Reservoir. During the subsequent battle, he was wounded three times, but managed to reach Hagaru safely and then was flown to a hospital in Japan.
During the Vietnam War he was sent to Thailand as an adviser to the Thai 2nd army to assist in the training of personnel for subsequent shipment to Vietnam and counterinsurgency action against anti-Thai forces. During his career he was assigned to HQ dept of the Army as a staff officer in the Pentagon, to HQ European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and HQ and Service Command, Far East Command in Tokyo, Japan and the United States Forces Austria during the Russian occupation of Vienna.
He was also in the U.S. Forces in Alaska and other units throughout the United States. At various times during his military service he commanded units in the 2nd Inf. Div., 4th Inf. Div., 7th Inf. Div. and the 83rd Inf. Division. He received the following decorations during his 32 years of military service: Legion of Merit with 1 oak leaf cluster, Bronze star with 1 oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart with 4 oak leaf clusters, Combat Infantryman Badge, (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), American Campaign Medal (6 overseas bars) and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. When he retired, he was ranked Colonel in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his loving wife, Teje, and their daughter, Laraine Bennett,(Art); his sister, Marie Uhalde; and a sister-in-law Ruby Etchemendy. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Lianna; Raymond,(Laura); Sam and Lucy; as well as many nieces and nephews.
We will miss him so, but what a life he lived!
Dorothy E. (Jones) Goetz ’44 (arts and science)
July 14, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Dorothy Goetz passed away July 14, 2011. She was born April 23, 1917 and lived for 94 lively years.
She was the daughter of J. Claude Jones, professor of geology at the University of Nevada and Belle McCurdy Jones.
She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Jack, and four children: daughter, Claudia Dill, and sons, Russell, Theodore and Thomas. She also has several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A native of Reno, she studied piano under Olga Steeb in Los Angeles and became an accomplished concert pianist and teacher herself. Dorothy later attended the University of Nevada where she met Jack. She obtained her bachelor’s in Social Work from Harpur College, now part of Binghamton University in upstate New York.
After acquiring her degree in social work, Dorothy held positions in an assisted living facility and as an ombudsman for a county. She also served on the Board of Education in Endicott, N.Y., while her children were attending schools there.
Dorothy and Jack returned to Reno around 1990, after Jack retired from his engineering management position at IBM, and after they had traveled extensively.
They both became involved with students and programs at the University. They were active members of the University Club and the Alumni Association and enjoyed attending as many cultural events as possible. Dorothy worked with several foreign exchange students to help them adapt to life in the U.S.
She also tutored elementary school children in reading skills and volunteered to repair library books. Dorothy was an active member of the Quaker Friends in Reno for 20 years. She spearheaded the acquisition and renovation of the current meeting house.
Although disabled in her later years, Dorothy remained curious and as involved as possible in her areas of interest
Jane R. (Littlefield) Trail ’48 (sociology)
June 20, 2011—Boise, Idaho
Jane R, Littlefield, 86, of Boise, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, Idaho.
Robert E. Barrett ’53
May 28, 2011—Colorado Springs, Colo.
Robert E. Barrett, Lt. Col. U.S. Army, Ret., passed away peacefully May 28, 2011 in Colorado Springs. Bob was born November 10, 1927 in Reno, Nevada to John and Leona Barrett.
Bob graduated from Reno High School and joined the Navy to fight for his country during World War II. Upon his return, he finished his education, graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno. He entered a nearly 30-year career in the U.S. Army, which included tours at the Pentagon, SHAPE in Japan and Vietnam. Throughout his career, he earned many honors including the Bronze Star.
Bob retired in Fairfax, Virginia and resided there until 2007 when he moved to Colorado.
Bob loved his Army life, traveling the world, fishing and he especially adored his pets. He will be missed by family and friends
Bob’s first of three marriages, to Patricia (Herminghaus) resulted in the births of his two children, Joy Barrett of Manitou Springs, Colorado, and Michael Barrett of Berthoud, Colorado. They survive him along with his sister, Juanita Douglass, of Redwood City, California. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jim.
Florence (Caprio) Daily ’53 (education)
July 10, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Florence Caprio Daily passed away unexpectedly July 10, 2011 at the age of 84. She was born December 26, 1926 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Sadie Puritz Caprio and Michael Caprio. Her mother’s family emigrated from Russia during the tyranny of the Czars in the late 1800s, and her father, as a young man, emigrated from Italy in the early 1900s.
Florence graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1944. As a child of the Depression and teenager during World War II, she was very much a frugal and “no frills” common sense kind of a woman. After graduation from high school she initially attended Rutgers University where she also worked in the Dean’s Office.
In her early 20s she decided she wanted to come out West. Having relatives in Reno, she decided to attend the University of Nevada where she began taking classes in 1950. She lived on campus at Manzanita Hall, and one day while at the dining commons she decided to pull up a chair next to a gentleman she had on occasion admired, but had never spoken to, a gentleman she considered very handsome. His name was Edward Daily and he also lived on campus in Lincoln Hall. Ironically Ed had also come out to Nevada from Morristown, New Jersey, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. Having initially worked for a period of time in Winnemucca, he came to Reno to return to school under the G.I. Bill.
The friendship between Florence and Ed blossomed, and they would eventually get married on the steps of the Washoe County Court House. The story goes they got married when they did so they would be eligible to live in Victory Heights, the married student housing at the time for a reduced rent for veterans. After having found each other their marriage was inevitable, and would last for about 40 years until Ed’s passing in 1991.
Upon graduation from the University of Nevada, both Florence and Ed became teachers for the Washoe County School District. Florence taught for several years at the former Home Gardens Elementary School in southeast Reno until an illness in 1963 requiring major surgery, which almost claimed her then. Florence would continue as a substitute teacher for many years after her recovery.
Surviving Florence include her brother, Joe, and his wife, Marilyn, of Bozeman, Montana, and three children: son, Glen, of Reno, daughter Heather Matthews of Sacramento, and daughter Denise McKee of Karamea, New Zealand. She is also survived by four grandsons: Daniel and Erik McKee. both of Reno; and David and Joey Matthews of Sacramento. Florence’s love and devotion to her family eclipsed all else. Over her 60+ years as a Reno resident, she developed many lasting friendships and would always be there for her family and friends.
Kenneth R. Robbins ’57 (journalism)
June 23, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Kenneth Robert Robbins passed away June 23, 2011 at the age of 79. He was born April 4, 1932 in South St. Paul, Minnesota, to Charles and Virginia Howe. He moved to Nevada at the age of 2 with his adopted parents, Paul and Evalyn Robbins.
As his father was employed with the Nevada State Highway Department, moves around the state were frequent and Ken attended almost every school in the state at one time or another. Even so, he managed to attend high school at Carson City High for the first three years, and concluded his secondary schooling at Wells, Nevada, with the class of 1949.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent most of his tour of duty in England. On his discharge from the service, he enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno. On campus he was active in a number of organizations, such as Coffin & Key, and Sigma Delta Chi. He was also editor of the student newspaper for a short period. He graduated from the University in 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
Following graduation, he served as editor of the Ely Daily Times, editor of the Fallon Eagle Standard, legislative reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and finally, after returning to Reno, state editor for the Nevada State Journal.
He left the profession in 1958 when he became director of the University of Nevada Alumni Association, and made his final change in career when he joined the staff of the Department of News and Publications and then as publication and sales manager for the newly founded University of Nevada Press. He remained with the Nevada Press until his retirement from the University in 1986 when he was granted emeritus status as business manager of the Nevada Press.
Ken is survived by Emily Robbins, his wife of 57 years. They were married in Ely in 1954 and are the parents of four children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Son Michael, the eldest child, and his wife, Suzanne, reside with their family, Jordan, Jessica, Taylor, and Lauren, in Seattle, Washington, where he is employed with Sequoyah Network Services as network field operations manager.
Michael’s eldest daughter, Melissa, lives in Battleground, Washington. Ken’s eldest daughter, Taryn Dicus, and her husband, Gregg, reside in Washoe County and she teaches ESL at Glenn Duncan Elementary. They have two sons, Michael, who is a local dentist, and Andy, who is working on his doctorate at CUNY. His second eldest daughter, Paula Whisman, and husband, Jim, reside in Arizona. Paula has provided a loving home for her five children, RaeAnn, Karli, Kelsey, Rylee, and Bucky. The youngest daughter, Danelle Conkey, and husband, Kurt, reside in nearby Lassen County, California. Danelle serves as technology coordinator at Wooster High School in Reno. They have four children, Aaron, Heather, Sean and Erik.
Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice.
Gary G. Harrigan ’58 (accounting)
June 15, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Gary Gray Harrigan passed away at his home in Reno June 15, 2011 as a result of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Gary was born in Fallon, Nevada, to Alfred and Georgia (Gray) Harrigan, attended Fallon schools, graduating from Churchill County High School in 1953.
He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Gary was a CPA and worked for several local firms before opening Harrigan & Anderson, CPA’s with his partner, Grant Anderson, in 1975. He purchased Manpower Temporary Services of Northern Nevada in 1979, retiring in 2009.
As a youngster and throughout his college years, he enjoyed duck hunting and was a member of the Greenhead hunting club in Fallon. Gary traveled extensively from Australia to Europe, taking his family to New Zealand, Scotland and Mexico in addition to many trips to the Hawaiian Islands. He was an avid golfer spending many summers in Idaho and the last few winters in Arizona playing golf with friends and family.
Preceded in death by his parents, and son-in-law Russ Pagni, he is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Tracy Pagni, Mike Harrigan (Cindy), Leslie Bell (Gerald Christenson), Mitch Harrigan (Beverly), and stepson, Max Jacks; 10 grandchildren, David Dodge (Anna), Donald and Christina Price, McKenzie Beitia and Patrick Harrigan, Douglas and Katherine Bell and Hawley, Keith and Allyson Harrigan; and three great-grandchildren, Kendra and Dylan Dodge, and Charleigh Beitia; sister Gail Paholke (Wayne), niece Kim Paholke and nephews Kurt (Renae) and Kory (Julie) Paholke and their children.
Gary will be greatly missed by his family and many dear longtime friends and golf partners.
Thanks to Dr. Steve Bajo, Dr. Craig Conrath, Dr. Annette Childs, Father Tony Vercellone of Our Lady of the Snows and his caregiver, Irma Irwin.
Dorothy A. (Thornburg) Freeman ’60 (counseling and guidance)
June 5, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Sunset and evening star have come for our dear and beloved mother and grandmother, Dorothy A. Freeman, of Reno. Dorothy passed over to the Lord June 5, 2011 after a lengthy struggle with a debilitating illness with her ever-caring daughter, Candy, by her side.
Dorothy was born August 28, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, to Lydia K. and William H. Thornburg. She was a woman of many talents and achievements, but never one to boast of such. Dorothy graduated from high school in Sterling, Colorado, at age 16 and attended Lindenwood Woman’s College in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, she played the cello in the St. Louis Symphony and was a concert pianist as well.
She was a member of the Signal Corps in World War II. Dorothy was an award-winning broadcaster with WNBF Radio in Binghamton, New York. Upon being named one of the top broadcasters on the east coast, she was invited to the White House for tea with President Truman and his family.
Dorothy graduated with a BS degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nevada and taught English at E. Otis Vaughn Middle School for many years. She loved teaching and her students loved and respected her. Many former students kept in touch with her over the years with thank you’s and fond memories.
All who knew Dorothy also knew of her magnificent flower garden, nurtured and tended by her and daughter, Candy, through endless hours over decades. Above all, Dorothy was a fun-loving person who found joy in life and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her smile, from a woman who was so rich with life, radiated a room upon each entry. Mother loved the ocean, the mountains, the high desert and the beauty of nature. She also loved and supported the University of Nevada, Reno’s sports programs.
With unconditional love, wise counsel and generosity, she devoted herself to her family.
She is greatly missed and will be always. We love you! She is survived by her brother, William H. Thornburg (Marianne) of Boulder, CO; daughter, Karen A. Zink (“son”-in-law Ed) of Billings, MT; daughter, Candace L. Snow of Reno, NV; grandson, Edward E. Zink (Marcie) of Billings, MT; granddaughter, Michon A. Davis (John) of Huntington Beach, CA; and great-grandson, William E. Zink of Billings, MT.
We would like to offer special thanks to Sue Owens, Jamie Babcock and Leah Boco, who cared for Dorothy with love and affection during this last year of her life.
“What though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”—Wm. Wordsworth
Camille (Johnson) Phillips ’60 (business education)
April 26, 2009—San Marcos, Tex.
Camille Phillips, 87, passed away April 26, 2009, in San Marcos, Texas.
Camille was born May 8, 1921, to Norman and Ruby Johnson of McGregor. She graduated from McGregor High School and also studied at the University of North Texas and the University of Nevada. She married Randolph (R.G.) Phillips December 4, 1947.
Camille appreciated her coworkers at the university library; valued her neighbors in the Oak Heights area; enjoyed all the members of Holland Street Church of Christ, especially the youngest ones; and was the No. 1 fan of the San Marcos Public Library. It was truly close to her heart! Everyone knew you could count on Camille to provide treats and lots of love. She was always willing to lend a hand to help, an ear to listen or a smile to brighten the day.
Camille treasured her family members and took great pride in each one.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, R.G., and her brothers, Norman, Oscar and Edwin. Her sister, Frances Hudson of McGregor, passed away this summer.
She is survived by her three daughters, Camille Sharon Phillips of San Marcos, Chan Chilstrom of Fort Worth and Rana and her husband, John Schmidt, of Houston; her grandchildren, Doug, Kirsten and Kelsey Chilstrom. In addition, Camille is survived by her extended family and beloved friends.
John F. Seeliger ’60 (business administration)
July 3, 2011—Reno, Nev.
John Francis Seeliger passed away as the result of a hiking accident at Frazier Falls near Graeagle, California. He was born in Reno, Nevada, June 10, 1937.
John was a member of numerous civic organizations in the Reno/Sparks area. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family members.
John retired from Sierra Pacific Power in 1990, after 27 years as a systems analyst and credit manager. After his retirement, he continued to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Sierra Pacific Employees Federal Credit Union. He was a long time member of the Sparks Rotary Club, a member of the Reno Elks lodge for more than 40 years, the Reno Rodeo Association for the last three decades, Clampers Organization, and many weekday coffee groups and breakfast clubs that meet throughout the Reno/Sparks area.
A fourth-generation Nevada native, he was born to Albert Seeliger and Francis Mack Seeliger. He was raised in Fallon and moved to Carson City where he graduated from Carson High in 1955. He graduated with a business degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960 and enjoyed the fellowship of the ATO fraternity.
Surviving are his widow, Elaine; his brother, Tom; sons, Paul, of Reno, and John, of Winnemucca; daughter, Sherri Nelson, of Eugene, Oregon; his beloved six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Arthur C. Vaughn ’60 (music education), ’67M.A. (music)
June 1, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Nevada native Dr. Arthur Clarence Vaughn Jr., 75, passed away June 1, 2011 following an extended battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, devoted music teacher and gifted musician.
Art was born August 11, 1935 in Reno, Nevada, to Arthur and Mildred Vaughn. He was the first member of his family to attend a university, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. One of his greatest accomplishments in life was earning his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1977.
He joined the Naval Reserves at age 17, while he attended school.
Art had numerous hobbies, including working with his hands, boating, reading suspense novels, and was an avid World War II history buff. He discovered the pleasure of traveling later in life and had always planned a return trip to Ireland.
He is survived by his wife, Konny; children, Lisa, Paige, Mark, Patrick, Anna-Maria, Frank; and numerous grandchildren.
Paul H. Huffey ’61 (education)
June 19, 2011—Las Vegas, Nev.
Paul H. Huffey, beloved husband and father, passed away June 19, 2011 due to medical complications. His only survivors are his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Howell Huffey, and his son, Neil Haines Huffey. A native Nevadan, Paul grew up in Las Vegas.
His predeceased parents, Julia and Carl “Bob” Huffey, were early developers of Las Vegas, arriving in town in the 1920s. Paul was born at the Las Vegas Hospital June 16, 1938. He attended the Fifth Street Grammar School, John S. Park School and graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1956.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves before entering the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and graduated with a degree in secondary education in 1961.
Paul returned to Las Vegas and replaced the future Governor of Nevada Michael O’Callaghan as the government teacher at Basic High School in Henderson where Paul taught for the next 11 years. In 1972, Paul left teaching to get his realtor’s license, and his first job was working at Levy Realty. He continued to work in real estate until his retirement in 2007. Paul was a loyal booster of University of Nevada, Reno and UNLV sports. He was a founding member of UNLV’s Courtsiders and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in Las Vegas.
In 1983, Governor Richard Bryan appointed Paul chairman of the Nevada Ethics Commission. Paul’s later years have been spent traveling and enjoying his Summerlin home. Paul Huffey will be remembered in the hearts of his loved ones and his many friends for the special person that he was.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to University of Nevada, Reno Foundation—Paul Huffey Memorial Scholarship, Mail Stop 162, Reno, NV 89557-0162.
Tom F. Pardini ’61 (sociology)
July 19, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
Tom F. Pardini, 72, passed away at his home in Carson City, Nevada, July 19, 2011. Tom was born to Tom and Pearl Pardini in 1938 at his family home in Carson City.
He attended his entire elementary and high school education in Carson City where he enjoyed his hometown and became well known and respected by many long-time Carson City residents.
Tom was his class president his senior year in 1956 at Carson High School. While attending Carson High, Tom also held numerous records for many years in track and field and was named All-American for his football talents.
He then went on to college at Coalinga Junior College in California, and then transferred to University of Nevada, Reno, where he received his bachelor’s degree. While at the University of Nevada, Reno, he also met and married the love of his life, Madolyn Saibini Pardini, and in the years to come, they had three children, Kimberly, Vicky and Todd. Tom recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with Madolyn, his family and close friends at their home in Carson City.
Tom dedicatedly worked for the State of Nevada in various capacities for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and knew the area well and loved being a Nevadan and Carson City resident. He was an active member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and more recently was an active parishioner of Corpus Christi Catholic Community for the past 12 years.
In 2001, Tom was the first athlete inducted into the Carson High School Hall of Fame for his athletic talents in football. He has been a beloved friend to many in Carson City and was a loved and regular patron of Grandma Hattie’s for many years where he would meet with his friends each morning to laugh and visit.
Anyone who knew him, loved being in his presence. He was honest, witty and had a magnetic personality that would light up a room. All who were privileged to know him could expect a heart-warming smile, a genuine greeting and a “sometimes” good joke. Tom loved life and showed it each day of his life with his friends, neighbors and family.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Madolyn, and his three children, Kimberly (Joseph) Grove, Vicky (Gregory) Jones and Todd (Cynthia) Pardini. Tom also had three grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Sarah, Kevin and Jordan, and also had two equally loved great-grandchildren, Jayden and Micah. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Tom and Pearl Pardini, his sister, Dora Williams, and is survived by his brother, Victor Pardini.
Sharon (Flaster) Clark ’64 (management)
June 18, 2011—Las Vegas, Nev.
Sharon passed away June 18, 2011. Sharon was born May 13, 1941 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Henry and Shirley (Hoffman) Flaster. She was the eldest of three sisters, and is survived by them—Judy Flaster (Ernie Parish) and Blanch Flaster. Sharon is also survived by her husband of 44 years, John. That marriage produced two children: Susan Lynch (Allan) and Henry David Clark. Sharon was also loved by three grandchildren—Erin Clark of Cincinnati and Eva and Johnny Lynch of Las Vegas.
Sharon was a member of the Class of 1959 from Las Vegas High School. She attended Nevada Southern (later UNLV) and received her bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to her marriage to John, she worked at Stead AFB and the Nevada Test Site.
In 1967, she married John and moved to Nevada Scheelite Mine for several years. She worked in the company store and taught remedial reading in the one-room school located at the mine. When operations terminated at the mine, she moved, house and all, with John to Fallon. She was a substitute teacher for a time in the Fallon schools.
Later, Sharon and John moved to the Cleveland suburb of Parma where they raised their two children. Sharon spent the better part of a year with her toddler son in the Amazon region of Brazil while John worked on starting up a manganese ore processing plant.
Sharon and John moved back to Las Vegas in the early 1990s. Sharon worked for more than 10 years as a security guard for conventions and trade shows.
While not a large woman by any means, Sharon stood up for her family and let her opinions be heard by whomever she thought needed to hear them—not many risked an argument. Her grounded views on etiquette and financial management were transferred on to her family who strove to make her proud through accomplishments.
For many years Sharon was active in Women’s American Ort in the Cleveland area Westside. While the children were school-age, Sharon was active in PTA and was a longtime volunteer at the schools. Although a non-swimmer, she volunteered for many years at the Parma Heights Learn to Swim Program to make sure her children knew how to swim. Also, during this period Sharon was a multi-gallon blood donor. She was always willing to volunteer her time or financially support a cause she believed in; she was extremely reliable and expected nothing less of those she surrounded herself with.
Sharon will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Martha (Howe) Pool ’64 (elementary education)
May 7, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Martha, 98, was born in Berkeley, Calif. where she met her husband, Larry, while attending the University of California, Berkeley. She later taught kindergarten at Herlong, then Susanville, where Larry served as principal of Lassen High School. Martha later lived in Napa, then Reno, where she passed away May 7, 2011.
Martha enjoyed traveling and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence, in 1980 and two sisters, Jane and Grace.
She is survived by her son, Robert, and his wife, Nancy, of Reno, Nev.
Daniel H. Cline ’67 (foreign affairs)
July 5, 2011—Jonesboro, Ark.
Dr. Daniel Hoven Cline, 67, of Jonesboro, Arkansas died July 5, 2011, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born in Hoven, South Dakota, Dr. Cline lived in Reno, Nevada, before moving to Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1992. He was a retired Professor of Educational Administration at Arkansas State University, serving from 1992 until retirement in 2010.
Before coming to ASU, Dr. Cline was employed at the University of Nevada, Reno, serving as Director of Research and Educational Planning from 1983-1992. He was also associated with Indiana University, LaGrange Area Department of Special Education, Devils Lake, North Dakota Public Schools and Lyon County, Nevada Public Schools.
Dr. Cline earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate of Education from Indiana University.
At ASU, Dr. Cline served on the Faculty Senate and as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association of University Professors. He was a member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and the Arkansas Association of Professors of Educational Administration. He was the recipient of the Eugene Smith Point of Excellence “Educator Makes a Difference” Award and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Stoner of Reno, Nevada, and Michele Brown of Tigard, Oregon; One sister, Nancy Bobb of Woodland, California; two grandsons, Nicholas Thompson and Caleb Brown; and one great-grandson, Ryin Pettit-Thompson.
Jane E. (Beloso) Avansino ’69 (zoology)
July 12, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Jane Ellen Avansino was born in Reno September 19, 1947 to her parents, Frank and Georgia Beloso. Her roots in our community were first planted by her grandparents who had come to Reno as Basque immigrants. Jane was the third of four children.
She began her education at Orvis Ring Elementary, continued on to Vaughn Middle School, and graduated from Wooster in 1965. Jane earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nevada where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She worked for the next 30-plus years as a microbiologist for St Mary’s Hospital, Sierra Nevada Laboratories and the Nevada State Lab. Her success at work was a product of her lifelong passion for learning, a trait she proudly passed to her sons and grandchildren.
Jane is best known for her passion for life and infectious upbeat attitude that was evidenced by her relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and her love of travel and nature. Her vivacious attitude and vigor for life began as a youth. A tomboy at heart, she enjoyed going on excursions and fishing with her father; she loved playing baseball and being around the athletic teams her father coached.
She also had an affinity for playing games that started in the summers spent at Reno Recreation, where she would play games from sun up to sun down. Her passion for science was cultivated as a child, as she enjoyed doing taxidermy with her brother. She also loved collecting things, a passion that manifested as an adult into extensive collections of stamps, coins, wildlife prints, and family heirlooms. Her siblings remember her as having moments of “feistiness,” yet she was always upbeat no matter the circumstance and saw beauty in everything.
Jane ensured that her sons shared in this passion for life. She taught them both to fish and ski at a young age, giving them an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. She encouraged their participation in sports and taught them that quitting was never an option. She fostered learning through games and stressed the importance of academics, especially science.
She encouraged their growth through travel, a transforming experience for both sons as they strengthened their Spanish and learned about the Basque culture. Her legacy is evident in her son’s professions. One is the head football coach for Reno High and the other is in the medical field.
Everyone who knew Jane understood the foundation of her life was her family and faith. In 1970, she married the love of her life, Ron Avansino. Together Ron and Jane had two sons Jeff and Dan. Jane was a wonderful mother, infusing her love of life and positive attitude into her children. Her life became fully enriched with the addition of her five beautiful grandchildren: AJ, Ronnie, Mia, John and Luke. She also had an inseparable bond with her siblings, Frances, Joe and Marty. As a lifelong parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, she loved the Catholic faith. Jane believed with all of her heart and soul in God and eternal life.
Jane loved life. She loved and appreciated everyone and everything around her. She had a gift for making everyone feel special and important. She believed that family and faith were the roots of one’s existence. We thank God for the opportunity to have been a part of the amazing journey and look forward to continuing her legacy.
Dana B. Pennington ’75 (animal science)
June 6, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Dana Pennington passed away peacefully at Renown Medical Center with his family at his side June 6, 2011. A proud native Nevadan, Dana was born in Ely April 15, 1946 to Helga (Beck) and Robert Pennington. Dana attended schools in Ruth until the family moved to Reno in 1956. In Reno, he attended Central Junior High School and graduated from Reno High School in 1964.
Dana served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a Seabee and was stationed in Phu Bai, Vietnam, Kodiak, Alaska, and Beeville, Texas. Returning from his tour of duty, Dana enrolled in the University of Nevada and earned a degree in Natural Resources. After graduation, he went to work for the State of Nevada in the Health Division in 1977.
He later moved to the Environmental Protection Division. At both state agencies, he was an environmental scientist administering the Safe Drinking Water Act. His professional legacy is the safe and clean water found throughout the state. Dana also served on the Nevada Wildlife Board of Directors. He retired from state service in 2007.
Dana married his high school sweetheart, Mary Samon, September 25, 1970. Together they raised three children—Michael, Elizabeth and Andrew. Family was the most important thing in the world to him and he participated in numerous events with his children including Little League, Indian Guides, Bobby Sox and AYSO. In recent years, nothing made him happier than spending time with his grandchildren, Aiden and MaijaLiisa Hefner.
An avid outdoorsman, Dana enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, motorcycles and horseback riding. For many years, he would participate in the annual reenactment of the Pony Express—riding his horse through central Nevada. He also enjoyed sports and with Mary was a big supporter of the University of Nevada athletic program. They regularly attended Wolf Pack football, basketball and baseball games. Throughout his life, Dana was on a quest to find Big Foot and spent many enjoyable hiking trips looking for the elusive beast.
Dana loved Nevada and enjoyed traveling throughout the state. He had friends in most of Nevada’s cities and small towns. He had a preference for all things Nevada.
Dana is survived by his wife, Mary; brothers Knute and Robert “Nyle” Pennington; sons, Michael and Andrew; daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Martin Hefner; grandchildren Aiden and MaijaLiisa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dana was loved by all who knew him and he will be tremendously missed.
Mark H. Jeppson ’83 (special education)
July 18, 2011—Reno, Nev.
The San Francisco 49er’s has lost one of their greatest fans with the passing of Mark Howard Jeppson July 18, 2011. Mark was born December 5, 1958 to Hi and Joan Jeppson. He was educated in Reno schools and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and from Lesley College with a Master’s degree in Education.
For the past 26 years, Mark sparked the love of learning into the minds of the children he had in his classes. They brought him joy and he gave them unconditional acceptance and love.
He married his wife, Nancy, also an excellent elementary school teacher, in 1984. With the birth of their son, Kavan, 18 years ago, a unique relationship was forged between son and dad. They were “best friends” and buddies bowling and playing tennis and attending San Francisco 49er’s and Giant’s games together. They also loved to shoot hoops with each other at Whitehead Elementary school. Kavan will begin his studies at the University of Nevada, Reno this fall.
Mark leaves behind his dearest wife, Nancy, and his beloved son, Kavan; his father, Hi, and step-mother Mary Jeppson; Mark’s brother, Hi (Debbie), niece Jenae and nephew Grant; Uncle Marvin (Dona) and cousin Don (Rachel) and their daughter, Marianne.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Kavan Jeppson Scholarship Fund would be most appreciated. The account: #1788881298 at Wells Fargo Bank has been set up for this purpose.
Franklin S. Follmer ’87MPA
July 18, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Frank was born January 31, 1921 in New York City. He passed away in Reno, Nevada July 18, 2011, 10 days after his beloved wife, Doris, passed away, a testament to the bond that they shared.
He is survived by his children, Michael Thomas, Sharon Conrads (Randy), and Christine Abbot (Bruce); four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.
Frank’s life was an interesting journey: After graduating from Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, which took him to New Zealand, Australia, India and China. He returned to Pennsylvania and graduated from Lafayette College. In 1951, he sailed to Paris, France and studied at the Sorbonne. The next stop on his journey was Casablanca, French Morocco, in 1952, to build air bases. In Enewetok, Marshall Islands, he earned an Amateur Radio licence (HAM) and was a radio announcer. For one year, Frank lived in Mexico City.
Frank met Doris in Reno when he came to attend Ag Aviation Academy at Stead AFB. Frank and Doris were married in 1968, and he became Dad to Doris’ three children. He always treated Doris with tremendous love and respect.
The last position Frank held was as Planning Coordinator for the State of Nevada, retiring in 1994. Over the years, he was very active in the Carson City Rotary Club, the Episcopal Church, Kairos Christian Prison Ministry, Ham radio, flying a small plane, and playing the guitar. He and Doris loved to travel after their retirement, one year going to the Middle East, Europe, Russia and China! For many years, they drove their travel trailer to the Palm Springs area for a month or two during the winter.
Frank will always be remembered for his Ivy League charm and sophistication, and his passion for Doris, ice cream, driving his MG, bawdy college songs and fluent French.
Jocelyn E. Mancebo ’07 (general studies)
June 25, 2011—Compton, Calif.
Our beautiful Jocelyn died peacefully June 25, 2011 after a courageous 10-year battle with brain cancer. Jocelyn attended St. Annes, St. Mary’s High School, Delta College, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s College. Originally diagnosed in high school, Jocelyn was able to earn her diploma and both degrees while fighting her disease, enduring multiple surgeries and exhausting treatments.
Jocelyn’s greatest passion was the sport of basketball. While at St. Mary’s, she was a member of two state championship basketball teams, earning the Sportsmanship Award at the Nor Cal Tournament her senior year. At Delta, she led her team to a Bay Valley Conference championship and earned First Team All Conference and All State player awards. She received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno where she led the team in scoring, steals, and minutes played. She was third on the list of three point field goals made in one season at Nevada. After her sophomore year at Nevada, her illness left her unable to continue her basketball career as a player. She remained a member of the team as Honorary Captain and Special Assistant Coach while completing her degree.
Upon graduation, she returned to Delta College as an Assistant Coach. Her favorite roll as a coach was developing players through individual skills training.
One of Jocelyn’s many gifts was her compassion for children and the elderly. She pursued a career in Senior Health Care and was the Executive Director for Emeritus Senior Living, in charge of a 72-bed assisted living facility in Oregon.
Jocelyn is survived by her parents, Brenda Mancebo of Sunnyvale, and Gary and Jill Mancebo; her siblings, Ross, Rollie, David, Bobby, Brennan, Taylor and her dog, Zoie.
She is also survived by her grandparents, Dick and Pat Mancebo, Bob and Peggy Schulz, Kent and Lana Rogerson and Frank and Lisa Passadore. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Joyce Schulz. She also leaves numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.