Patricia “Pat” Fladager, former emeriti employee, died Oct. 26, 2010. Born in Tenstrike, Minn. March 9, 1921, Pat graduated from Bemidji High School in 1939 and from the Northern Business College in 1940. In 1945, Pat moved to Reno where her maternal grandmother lived. For two years she was employed at Harold's Club as a hostess. In 1953, Pat went to work at the Reno Police Department in the Identification Bureau. She was promoted to secretary to the chief. Later she became a sworn officer and the fourth policewoman hired by the City of Reno, working there until 1958. After receiving an extremely high civil service exam score Pat was selected to work at the University of Nevada in student affairs. For more than 20 years she met thousands of students and influenced their lives. Pat provided students with loving care and support, forging numerous friendships that lasted until the very end of her life. Upon retirement in 1982, Pat called that work “the best career anyone ever had.”
Pat had a special place in her heart for animals and was an accomplished piano player who enjoyed reading, camping, crossword puzzles and penning letters to editors. She served on several boards and commissions including the Elderport Board, Common Cause, and she was the first University classified employee chosen to sit on the Human Relations Committee. Pat was a member of the NAACP and received the State of Nevada Employees' Association Jerry Cianci Award. She was recognized at the University’s Honors Convocation with the Thornton Peace Award. Pat was long involved with the Retired Public Employees of Nevada (RPEN) and served in many capacities. Several years ago RPEN renamed its most prestigious award “The Pat Fladager Special Recognition Award.” In passing, Pat urges all those left behind “to look not at each other but rather into each other, wherein you find the heart and soul whose friendships you will find extremely rewarding.”
Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ethel, son, Richard, and husband, Rudy. She is survived by her numerous friends and the thousands of young people she touched in her career.
Dorothy Gillemot, friend, died Oct. 13, 2010 at the age of 83, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born in Midland Park, N.J., to Earl and Alice Wellman, she was a child of the 1930s Great Depression. Looking for a new start, Dorothy, together with her three brothers, Bob, Dick, and Bill, moved West; first to Arizona, and then on to Santa Monica, Calif., where she attended high school. In school, she knew George, her future husband, but the two never dated. It was her older brother, Bob, and George, who became pals. After World War II, when George returned from the Navy, away more than three years, he found a lovely mature, grown woman. They fell in love, and were married on Valentine’s Day 1947. In her early marriage years, she was an accomplished secretary, but gave that up to raise her children. As her children matured, she became employed at the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, Calif., quickly rising to the position of executive secretary for the company auditor. In this position she became privy to many of the activities of Howard Hughes, an American icon, who was the builder of Hughes H-4 Hercules. While at this company, Dorothy became friends with Glenn Odekirk, and through this acquaintance both Dorothy and George were allowed to visit and enter the giant H-4 Hercules, secluded in a guarded hanger in Long Beach, Calif. That visit was one of the more memorable occasions of her life.
In later years Dorothy, with her secretarial experience, became a helpmate in George's business ventures: GFC Engineering, Communication Technology Corp., and others. When these companies were profitably sold, she and George retired, moving in 1982 to Lake Tahoe. By 2000, substantial acreage in Washoe Valley had been acquired, and a larger, new home was built there, allowing them to become ranchers, raising Red Angus cattle. Dorothy assisted in the business end of this ranching enterprise until 2005. Dorothy was instrumental in seeing that generous donations were made to the University, the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, as well as to others in need.
Dorothy, our hearts and love go with you forever. You may be gone, but will never be forgotten. She was noted all of her life as having a "heart capturing" smile. When she passed away, you could almost still see her wonderful smile. For her family and friends, it will always be engraved in their minds and hearts.
She leaves behind George, her husband of 63 years, as well as a stepdaughter, Tiers Ann, two sons, Philip and John, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. During the last three years, she was lovingly cared for by wonderful ladies, all being sure she was as comfortable as possible. With her famous smile, she especially thanked all of them for their care.
Dr. Phil Goodman, former employee, died Aug. 18, 2010 unexpectedly from a heart attack. He was born in Chicago, Ill. in 1954 to Leonard and Sydelle Goodman.
From an early age, he was fascinated by electronics and science and was licensed as a ham radio operator at the age of 14. He attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for one year before transferring to University of California, Irvine where he graduated with a bachelor’s in biology and physics. He attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency there, as well.
Phil demonstrated a lifelong hunger for knowledge. After his residency, he began his long career as a researcher and teacher with the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1983. In order to enhance his abilities as a researcher, he completed his master’s in statistics from University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1988. As a Robert Wood Johnson fellow, he served as a health policy adviser in the U.S. Senate in 1989. He was appointed to a full professorship at the University in 1995. He completed a fellowship in neuroscience at the Institute for Neuroinformatics at UZ/ETH, Zurich, Switzerland in 1997. His research over the years was primarily concerned with illuminating the neuronal basis for human cognition.
As part of his duties as professor of medicine, Phil supervised the clinical training of medical students and residents at Washoe Medical Center, later to be renamed Renown. Phil was an early proponent of the focus on hospitalist care as a specialty and was a Fellow of Hospital Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The teaching and training of future physicians was as important to him as his research.
The most important part of his life was his family, to whom he gave boundless devotion, guidance and love. His marriage to Nancy Brick in 1982 in Riverside, Calif. marked the beginning of a long and loving partnership. Their two daughters, Sara and Anne, were the center of their world. He shared with his family his love of knowledge and learning, and taught them to see the beauty in their daily lives. No matter how busy he was, his dedication to his family was paramount in his priorities.
Phil was a former ski patrolman, an avid outdoorsman and athlete. One of the reasons he was drawn to Reno was its proximity to the mountains where he cross-country skied at Royal Gorge every winter. He enjoyed the study of Aikido for many years and was also the proud founder of the Single-Malt Scotch Tasters of Reno, Chapter III.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Sara and Anne; mother, Sydelle; sisters, Lauri (Robert), Jeri (Mike) and Susy (Tom); father-in-law, Isidore; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Kyle), as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
To honor Phil’s lifelong dedication to outstanding research and medicine, his family is directing the establishment of the Philip H. Goodman Award in Postgraduate Research. The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to this cause in lieu of flowers and sent to Phillip H. Goodman Memorial, University on Nevada School of Medicine, Mail Stop 0503, Reno, NV 89557.
Paul McReynolds, professor of psychology emeritus, passed away on Dec. 4, 2010. He left a significant legacy of achievements as a teacher and a scholar in his 91 years of living.
Paul was born on June 18, 1919 in rural Adrian, Mo. He received a bachelor’s. degree from Central Missouri State University in biology in 1940. He taught high school in Missouri for two years before pursuing a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia. However, World War II interrupted his academic efforts. Instead, he volunteered in the Army Air Force, working as a psychologist’s assistant, helping with the selection of pilots and later working to help soldiers return to employment in civilian life.
Upon discharge from the Army, he worked briefly as a school psychologist in San Jose, Calif., before returning to Missouri to complete his master’s degree in 1946. After receiving his master’s degree, Paul was employed at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and began his doctoral studies at Stanford University. He received his Ph. D. in clinical and personality psychology at Stanford in 1949. At the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, Paul founded and for many years headed the facility’s Behavior Research Laboratory.
During this time he also taught at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1969 Paul moved to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he helped establish an excellent doctoral program in clinical psychology. He was the director of the program through its initiation and the critical developmental stages required for accreditation by the American Psychological Association. That clinical psychology training program evolved and remains as one of the most highly regarded programs in the country.
Paul was also a dedicated teacher and a prolific scholar. He did advanced study in the Departments of Psychology, History and Philosophy and Science at Cambridge University in 1976. At Nevada, he enjoyed teaching classes on personality theory and assessment, motivation, history and systems of psychology, behavior disorders and psychotherapy. His students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels had extensive reading lists and completed his courses with a broad and deep knowledge of the course subjects. Paul had a scholar’s commitment to research and writing. By the time he retired, he had published more than 100 papers. In 1968, he inaugurated a series of edited books, “The Advances in Psychological Assessment.” This series went through 10 bicentennial editions with Paul as the editor. He also continued to write and publish after his retirement from the University.
He authored the book “Lightner Witmer: His Life and Times,” which was published in 1997. Witmer is generally credited with being the first clinical psychologist and with opening the first psychology clinic. This book represented Paul’s longstanding interest in history, especially the history of psychology. He called the book “my last contribution to my profession.” Those who knew and worked with Paul experienced his gentle personality as well as his energy, curiosity and intellect. He was a gentleman and scholar in the “old school” tradition.
He was also a humanitarian. He had broad interests in the arts, especially music. Other pastimes were oil painting and writing poetry. He had friends and colleagues from Stanford, UC Berkeley and many departments and programs at Nevada. When he was in charge of a meeting or committee he preferred to use the consensus model of decision-making. This sometimes led to long meetings but everyone there felt that their ideas and opinions had been heard and considered. He was also known to be somewhat of a perfectionist.
Those graduate students who chose to have him chair their theses and dissertations knew that many rewrites would be required, but they could be confident that the final product would be one that they would be proud of having completed. Paul received many professional awards and honors during his career. The two that he regarded as most meaningful were when he was named a University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher in 1987 and when he was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for his contributions to the University in 1994.
A special tribute occurred when the Paul McReynolds Endowment Fund in Clinical Psychology was established in 1988 to honor Paul and to promote further study in the profession of psychology. This recognition of Paul’s impact on the Clinical Psychology Training Program was established under the leadership of Professor Jim Mikawa and several of Paul’s former graduate students.
While he was at Stanford University, Paul met and married Billie Huffsmith in 1955. She preceded him in death in October 2009. They had one son, David, a daughter-in-law, Candi, and two grandsons, Jason and Kevin, who live in Berthoud, Colo.
Condolences can be sent to: Mr. and Mrs. David McReynolds 6009 Snowy Ridge Lane Berthoud, CO 80513.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that any donations go to the McReynolds Endowment Fund at the University of Nevada, Reno to support the research of graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program. Checks should be made out to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and include McReynolds on the note line, then sent to: Victoria Follette, Ph. D Chair, Department of Psychology Mail Stop 296 University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV 89557.
Editor’s note: This obituary was composed by Duane L. Varble, Ph. D. a longtime friend and colleague of Dr. Paul McReynolds.
James Roberts, a political science professor, died Nov. 3, 2010 of complications following a heart attack. James was born in Detroit, Mich. on Sept. 17, 1924 to Jean and Ruth Stenius Roberts. His youth was spent in Detroit, with summers spent on his much-beloved Bois Blanc Island, Mich. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1935. He attended the University of Redlands before the war and served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II. He completed his education at Harvard College, obtaining his bachelor’s in political science in 1947, and at the University of North Carolina, earning his doctorate in 1955. In North Carolina he met his future wife, Annie Hall Estep. The two married in 1949 shortly before beginning a two-year stay in Sweden as part of Jim’s graduate study. After returning, he taught in the political science departments at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Minnesota, before taking a professorship at the University of Nevada in 1956.
During his academic career at the University, James had a number of opportunities to teach political science and public administration in many foreign countries. He and his family lived in Lahore, Pakistan in 1962-64, while he taught at the University of the Punjab, and he also spent time teaching in Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico. James was also a founding faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., where he continued teaching as a visiting professor for many years. From 1965-67, James took a leave of absence from the University to serve as deputy budget director for the State of Nevada.
James retired from Nevada in 1986 and turned his energy to a wide range of interests. He was active in the Democratic Party, including the Carson City Democratic Central Committee. He served as a delegate at state conventions and caucuses, and served as chairperson for many political campaigns, culminating in his own run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.
James was also involved in numerous civic clubs and organizations. His fondest pursuits in retirement involved frequent tennis with the older Carson tennis crowd, which in recent years had evolved to meeting for coffee rather than tennis; his garden; and his family. In 2003, he became a published fiction author with the publication of the Bois Blanc Island Affair, a novel set on the island where he had spent so many of his childhood summers.
James’ fondest avocation was as a folksinger. In the 60's and 70's James frequently sang folksongs at various gatherings and used the message of the songs as an ambassador in many foreign countries. He was known for his love of, and memory for, thousands of songs. James and his wife, Anne, lived in the same house in Carson City for 45 years, and relished entertaining friends, family and visitors. James is survived by his wife, Anne, his son Eric (Lauren), son Mark (Eileen) daughter, Wendy (Dan) and grandchildren, Ben, Matthew, Katherine, Nathaniel, Christopher and Delaney. He is also survived by his brother Eric Boyd (Pat), and sister-in-law, Ruth, and three nieces and three nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Charles.
A memorial scholarship in James’ name is being created at the University for political science and public administration students. Donations may be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation with a notation “In memory of James S. Roberts,” and sent to the Foundation, Mailstop 162, Reno, NV 89557.
Sybil F. Abbott ’40 (foreign affairs), died Nov. 1, 2010, at age 91. Sybil was born in Montana in 1918, and moved to Reno at a young age with her parents, Sylvia and Nicholas Furchner, and siblings. A resident of Reno for 78 years, Sybil dedicated her life to teaching after graduating from the University. Sybil was passionate about education and learning, serving her community as a school teacher in the Reno area for 47 years and substitute teaching long after retirement.
Sybil was a member of various organizations throughout her lifetime including Phi Beta Gamma, the Washoe County Teachers' Association, Nevada State Education Association, National Council for Social Studies, Daughters of the Nile, International Visitors Council of Reno and the American Association of University Women. Sybil was instrumental in getting world history reinstated into the nation's high schools after not being taught for 25 years. In 1980, Sybil received the National Council’s Outstanding Service Award for Social Studies for contributions she made to the organization.
Sybil enjoyed music, reading and traveling to Europe, where she visited nearly every summer.
Sybil is survived by her sister Patricia, brother Ted, and three generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Sylvia and Nicholas, brother Don and husband, Richard. Sybil was an educated, generous, thoughtful and independent woman who will be missed by all who knew her. “Good people will be remembered as a blessing …” (Proverbs 10:7).
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, College of Education Scholarship Fund, Mail Stop 162, Reno, Nevada 89557.
Myneer Walker ’41 (geology) died Aug. 15, 2010 at the age of 91. Myneer and twin brother, Mead, were born on June 10, 1919 to Herbert G. and Isabel Walker. Myneer was a lifelong Reno resident. While a student at the University he was a member of the SAE Fraternity. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and married his wife of 68 years, Mary Prida. He served in combat in the Aleutian Islands as a B-25 Bomber Pilot from December 1941 to February 1943. He always boasted that he slept in the same sleeping bag for nine months. After returning from military service, Myneer became a well-liked and successful businessman in downtown Reno, owning the Flying-A Service Station with his friend Jim Melarkey. He eventually became the owner of a distributorship of petroleum products.
Myneer served as president of the University of Nevada Alumni Association from 1957-1958. He was a very dedicated supporter of athletics at Nevada. He was a sportsman himself, enjoying racquetball, squash, tennis and golf. If you knew Myneer, you would remember him as humorous, honest and always a good friend. Most important in Myneer's life was his family: wife Mary, daughters, Andree and Cheryl, and son, Myneer.
Myneer is preceded in death by his parents, twin brother, Mead, and precious daughter Andree Jo. He is survived by wife, Mary, daughter Cheryl (Joe), son, Myneer (Heidi), and his grandchildren, Kristin (Henry), Mini (Dan), J.K. (Jaimie), Mitch (Bridget) and Matt; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jakob, Kelsey, Josh, Alex, Kate, J.D., Tommy, Tanner, Luke, Macey and Molly; and a huge number of nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all. Everything about Myneer/Dad/Boompa will be missed!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wolf Pack Men's Baseball Dugout Club in honor of Myneer Walker: C/O Gary Powers, University of Nevada, Reno, Legacy Hall, MS 232, Reno, NV 89557.
Marsha Frankovich Deming ’64 (economics), University of Nevada, Reno Foundation trustee emerita, passed away at her Reno home on Dec. 11, 2010 surrounded by three generations of her family. Widely remembered for her generosity, warmth, and sense of humor, Marsha was a proud Nevadan who dedicated much of her life to making the Silver State a better place.
Born in 1942 to Lee and Dorothy Frankovich in Bakersfield, Calif., Marsha later moved to Elko in 1945 and then to Reno at the age of 12. From her early youth she was active in athletics including skiing, barrel racing, and golf‹the latter becoming a lifelong passion.
It was at Reno’s Washoe Golf Course that Marsha met her future husband, David Deming ‘65 (economics), at the age of 14. Marsha graduated from Reno High School in 1960, attended the University of California, Davis, for two years, and then the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in economics in 1964.
While at Nevada, Marsha served as student body vice president and as an officer of Kappa Alpha Theta. Following college, Marsha dedicated her efforts to raising four children and to expanding her community service in the Reno area.
She served as president of the Reno Service (Junior) League; was instrumental in the Junior League’s acquisition and opening of Arlington Gardens; was nominated by three Nevada governors to a position on the Commission on Judicial Selection where she served 20 years; served six years on the University’s Foundation Board of Trustees; served on the Washoe County Mental Health Advisory Board; and sat on the Board of Directors of the Leonette Foundation.
She was recognized as the Nevada Women’s Fund’s Woman of the Year in 1986. Marsha also had a successful residential real estate career, first with Lucini & Associates and then with Dickson Realty. A Celebration of Life Service was held at Reno’s El Dorado Hotel on Friday, Dec. 17.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marsha’s memory to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation (UNR Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89557-0162) or to the Pancreatic Cancer Fund at UCSF Foundation (PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339).
Carol Elizabeth Bruno ’68 (elementary education) died on Oct. 31, 2010, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 5, 1946 to Mary Elizabeth and Grover Whitby DeLaMare. Carol graduated from Humboldt County High School in Winnemucca, Nev. in l964, and then attended and graduated from the University of Nevada in l968. Carol was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She taught elementary school in Battle Mountain, Nev. and Zephyr Cove, Nev. before becoming a preschool teacher at the Tahoe Douglas Christian Preschool.
In addition to her more than 30 years of teaching, she mentored and tutored many students, taught CCD classes at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe, and befriended numerous individuals who needed a sympathetic ear. She loved and was loved by many and will be missed. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Frank, and their two children, Maria and Rocco. Carol is also survived by her sister, Mary (Tom). Surviving nephews and nieces include Richie and Jon, Heather, Charise, Salvatore, and Eddie.
Edwina W. Miller ’69 (elementary education) passed away in the early morning of Oct. 22, 2010. She is remembered in the Reno community both as the wife of. N. Edd Miller, former president of the University of Nevada, Reno, and for her own community, educational, and charitable activities. In later years, she was especially proud of her work with PEO, and the Assistance League of Reno/Sparks. Edwina was born in Conroe, Texas, on Aug.7, 1922, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Whitaker and Ella Wyche Whitaker.
She attended school in Grapeland, Texas and Houston, Texas, where she was an honors student at Stephen F. Austin High School. She attended Baylor University for two years before marrying N. Edd Miller on Aug. 30, 1942, and then attended the University of Texas, later studying at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and in early childhood education and development.
When her husband’s academic career took him to the University of Michigan, she was active in Ann Arbor community activities and organizations, including March of Dimes, PTA, Red Cross, and volunteer work as a trained occupational therapist at the University of Michigan hospital. She was also a volunteer in the testing of the Salk polio vaccine and helped organize one of the nation’s first programs of Salk vaccine inoculation for school children.
When her husband accepted the position of chancellor, later president, of the University of Nevada, Reno, she broadened the scope of her voluntary activities, both inside and outside the university community. Only a few of her friends were aware that the burden of her duties as the University president’s wife, combined with her community activities and worry about her son, who was performing extraordinarily dangerous duty in Vietnam, all led to a stress-induced stroke, from which she recovered and resumed her busy schedule. When her husband accepted the position of president at the University of Maine Portland/Gorham, she worked hard to turn the university president’s house, previously a private residence, into an important venue of university activities.
Among her proudest professional accomplishments were the establishment of one of the nation’s pioneering day care and kindergarten schools for low income and special needs children in Ann Arbor and her work as director of the Early Childhood Education Program and daycare/kindergarten at Northern Kentucky University.
Continuing her commitment to education, Edwina donated her body to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which was founded through her husband’s leadership during his tenure as president.
Edwina is survived by her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Velma Whitaker, of Houston, Texas, and their children and grandchildren; her daughter, Cathy Berkley (Robert Barnes) of Santa Fe, New Mexico; her son, Kenn Miller (Hwei-li Miller) of San Gabriel, Calif.; her grandsons, David Berkley (Lynn), Michael Berkley (Evelyn), and William Miller; granddaughter, Suling Miller; and her great-grandchildren, Tom, Maggie, Dustin and Hazel. She is also survived by some of the best friends and neighbors anyone has ever had, people whom she and her surviving family members consider to be family, as well, not due to blood relation or marriage, but through deep love and friendship.
The family asks that donations be made to the the N. Edd and Nena Miller ASUN Leadership Award Endowment (please include “Miller Endowment” in the memo line on checks), University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, University of Nevada, Reno/Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89577.
Madison Bayles “Maddy” Graves ’72 (prelegal), former regent, died Nov. 2, 2010, after a long battle with prostate cancer, at the age of 64. Maddy was a native Las Vegan, born July 17, 1946. He attended Fifth Street School, West Charleston Elementary, Hyde Park Jr. High School, Western High School and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1964. He attended Nevada Southern University, Las Vegas (UNLV) and then transferred to and graduated from, University of Nevada, Reno, receiving a bachelor’s in 1972. During his school years, Maddy was a junior tennis player, becoming the Las Vegas City, Clark County, and state champion in both singles and doubles. He went on to play number one singles and doubles at UNLV. Maddy served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1966 through 1972. He served on active duty in 1967 and 1968.
While attending the University, Maddy worked full-time at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino. Simultaneously, he obtained his Nevada real estate broker’s license and was the first part-time Realtor admitted to the Reno Board of Realtors. He attended classes at the University, sold real estate, and continued his job as a captain in the showroom at Harrah’s until 1975, when he moved back to Las Vegas. Upon his return, Maddy went to work for Flamingo Realty. He sold real estate during the day and worked at Caesars Palace, dealing cards in the evening. After six months, he left his job at Caesars and purchased Flamingo Realty, which remained his company at the time of his death. In addition to being a licensed real estate broker, Maddy was also a residential and commercial developer. In 1986, he, along with three others, founded Falcon Homes, which is now known as Juliet Companies. He was also a founder/partner of Mad Matty’s Casino, GeeBee’s Bar & Grill, Kavanugh’s, Morrissey’s, Molly Malone’s and Sean Patrick’s Irish Pubs. He was also a founder/partner of Cabo Wabo, Las Vegas.
Maddy was Exalted Ruler of the Las Vegas Elks Lodge BPOE in 1983. He served as general chairman of Helldorado, sponsored by the Elks Lodge, and during his tenure, worked closely with the Las Vegas Convention Center in convincing the PRCA to move the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas. He was appointed by Governor Robert List to the Tourism Advisory Council in 1982 and held that position until 1986.
Maddy served on the Board of Regents for the University and Community College System of Nevada (now the Nevada System of Higher Education) from 1992 until 1998, and was chairman in 1995 and 1996. While serving on the Board of Regents, Maddy played a pivotal role in appointing Kenny Guinn as president of UNLV, as well as in the establishment of the William Boyd School of Law. He also served on the Southern Highlands Board of Directors from 1999 until his death. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid presented him with a Certificate of Commendation in 1996 honoring his commitment and dedication to making education Nevada’s top priority.
He was also awarded the Distinguished Nevadan Award in May 2004. Recently, Maddy was honored by the Nevada Cancer Institute as one of the “Vegas Dozen” for 2010. He was a founder and director of First Independent Bank of Nevada in Reno and Service 1st Bank of Las Vegas. Previously, he served on the Board of Feftel Broadcasting until it was sold to Clear Channel Media. He served on the Board of Primadonna Resorts until it was purchased by the MGM and was also a member of the Young President Organization, the World President Organization, the Elks Lodge 1468, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, and was one of the original Founders and Board Members of Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. He was also a member of the UNLV Foundation and the Presidents Associates of University of Nevada, Reno, as well as serving on the board of the Desert Research Institute Foundation.
Maddy and his family traveled extensively with wonderful friends. They all enjoyed skiing and incorporated that sport into their travels. As well as being a prolific skier and tennis player, Maddy also became an avid golfer and belonged to many fine golf clubs in Nevada, California and Utah.
Maddy always prided himself in the old-fashioned way of doing business and believed that a solid handshake was as good as any contract. He liked to recount the story of purchasing Young American Homes on the back of a cocktail napkin.
Maddy was preceded in death by his birth mother, Chrystle; adopted mother, Jane; father, former United States Attorney Madison B. Graves; and beloved sister, Jane. He is survived by his loving wife, of 34 years, Susan; daughters, Ginger and Kristen; son, Darin; son-in-law, Doc; and three grandchildren, Caden, Zane and Madison; two brothers, Horace (Holly) and Lyndon “Buzz”; cousin, Sandra; and faithful dogs, Frampton, Marley, Zoe and Bandit.
Jennifer Hornberger Jones ’00 (general science) died May 22, 2010 after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Jennifer was born in Anchorage, Alaska. on Sept. 2, 1977 and was raised in Newhalen, Alaska. After graduating from high school, Jennifer attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she obtained a bachelor’s in secondary education. On May 30, 1999, Jennifer married Jeremy Jones of Carson City, Nev. in a ceremony conducted by her grandmother, Sara Hornberger, and they moved to Anchorage where Jennifer taught school for several years before becoming a devoted stay-at-home mother for her children, Joella and Benjamin. Their family was completed when a bedraggled little dog, soon to be known as Turbo the Terrible, found and adopted Jennifer.
Jennifer had become an accomplished bead worker, and started her own business crafting custom beadwork. After her cancer diagnosis, Jennifer and Laura Revels began a quilt project, Beading for a Cause, at Alaska Native Medical Center. Cancer survivors and family members get together each week to make beaded squares that represent what cancer means to them and their loved ones. Other hobbies and interests were reading, crocheting and gardening. Jennifer enjoyed participating in traditional subsistence activities, such as picking berries and putting up salmon to share with family and friends.
Above all else, Jennifer loved spending time with her family. Last summer the entire family, including Turbo, made a trip to Lake Clark to visit Jennifer’s paternal grandparents. Afterward they flew to Newhalen to visit her parents, and while there, Jennifer and Jeremy renewed their wedding vows for their tenth anniversary in a very special ceremony with their children as attendants.
Jennifer will be remembered for her kindness, grace, thoughtfulness, determination, and devotion to her family and friends. She made this statement to her family, “It is so important to me that our lives reflect the goodness of God, and that the time He has given us on this earth is precious, directed and completely worth it in the end.”
Jennifer is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jeremy, and their children, Joella Beth and Benjamin David. She is also survived by her parents, George and Funa; siblings, Jaslyn (Matt) and Chester; nephew, Samael; maternal uncle, Peter John, and aunt, Fedosia; godmother, Joanne; goddaughter, Shoshanna; paternal grandparents, Charles and Sara; aunts Linda (Mark) and Gayle (Kendal); and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends, as well as Turbo the Terrible. Jennifer was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Arseny and Nastasia.