Omer L. King, Jr., Honor Court Silver Benefactor
Sept. 5, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Omer King, 77, of Reno, Nev., passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2011 with his loving family and pastor by his side. Omer was born May 9, 1934 in Stockton, Calif., the first of two sons born to Della (Silva) and Omer L. King. He grew up in Alameda, Calif. and graduated from Alameda High School in 1952. He received his Eagle Scout award at age 14 in 1948 and entered Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 1952. He was an original member of the university’s ROTC Battalion.
While at Cal Poly, Omer met the love of his life, Claudia Clarkson. They were married in Palo Alto, Calif. on Aug. 12, 1955.
King graduated from Cal Poly in 1956 with a bachelor’s in soil science and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery assigned to Battery A 1st Battalion 18th Field Artillery. Over the next seven years he held a number of assignments in Army Reserve units in California. His last assignment was as Company Commander of Company F, 360 Regiment (BCT), 91st Division (Training) in Yuba City, Calif.
In the spring of 1965, he had the opportunity to transfer to the Air Force Reserves. His last assignment was as an air transportation staff officer to the headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. King retired a Lt. Colonel on Dec. 31, 1982. His decorations include: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
Also, after graduating from college, King went to work for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. He worked for the state of California in a variety of capacities, including field representative for the Division of Soil Conservation, budget analyst and management analyst for the Department of Health Care Services, supervisor of the Management Analysis Unit, and chief of administrative services for the Water Resources Control Board. Following his government service, King spent the last 17 years of his career as vice president of administration and co-owner of the Clarkson Company, founded by Claudia’s father.
Omer also served on the Earth and Soil Sciences Department Advisory Council at Cal Poly, the College of Agriculture Advisory Board, past president of the Nevada Manufacturer’s Assoc. and as a volunteer for the Desert Research Institute Water Resources Advisory Committee. He also had an interest in developing junior faculty expertise at DRI.
Omer and Claudia are blessed with two daughters, Kristin and Karen. The girls were raised by their wonderful parents in Yuba City until 1968 when the family relocated to Woodland, Calif. The Kings were members of Woodland Presbyterian Church.
While in Reno, Omer and Claudia attended Covenant Presbyterian Church. Omer was a Godly man and lived his faith with a kind heart and gentle spirit. He was passionate about his family, friends, faith, church, Cal Poly, military history, Boy Scouts of America, conservative politics and anything and everything that involved his family and friends.
Omer leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Claudia, of Reno, Nev. His children, Kristin (and husband Horace) Morana of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Karen (and husband Tom) Richardson of Woodland, Calif.; grandchildren, Ashley Richardson (and fiance Chris Timothy) of Woodland, Thomas Richardson of San Luis Obispo, Eric (and wife Kelley) Morana, of Fresno, and Peter Morana, of San Jose; and great-grandson, Justin Morana, also of Fresno.
Omer also leaves behind his brother, John W. King (and wife Susan Cato-King) of Portland, Ore., brother-in-law, Curt (and wife Margie) Clarkson, of Graeagle, Calif.; nieces, Cheryl (and husband Rob) Trotter, and family of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Brenda (and husband Eric) Nordin and family, of Fremont, Calif.
John M. Laxalt
Sept. 15, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
John Laxalt, beloved son, brother, uncle, great-uncle and loyal friend, died peacefully in his Carson City residence Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. He was 85.
Laxalt had recently moved back to his original hometown, after having lived in Las Vegas for the past several years.
At the time of his death, he was with his sister, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. John is survived by sisters, Suzanne of Carson City and Marie Bini of Santa Clara, California; brother Paul of McLean, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dominique (1971); mother, Therese (1978), and brothers Robert (2001) and Peter (2010).
Feb. 20, 2010—Las Vegas, Nev.
Joann Orchow, 77, a homemaker of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 20, 2010. She was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Metropolis, Ill., and was a 47-year resident of Nevada. Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Harold S. Orchow, M.D. She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Reeder, Lisa Orchow, Lori Orchow Haney and Robin Ficklin; and nine grandchildren.
Silvio Petricciani ’77 (honorary award)
Sept. 16, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Silvio Petricciani, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. He was the eldest son of the first gaming family in the state of Nevada, owner and manager of the Palace Club. He was born on Dec. 1, 1917, of the union of Giulia and John Petricciani.
Silvio graduated from the Central High School in Reno, Nevada in 1935. After working with his father at the Palace Club, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 1st Cavalry, earning awards for serving in the European Campaign, the World War II Victory and the Bronze Star.
While Silvio was serving, his father, John, became ill and the family was forced to give a 20-year lease of the Palace Club. Upon return from the war, Silvio moved to Las Vegas and was the gaming manager at the El Rancho, the Fremont Hotel and the Stardust Hotel. In 1964, he returned to Reno to resume the management of the Palace Club until 1978, when the property was sold to Harrah’s.
Silvio was married to Ann Avanzivo in 1936 and had two children, John Petricciani M.D. ’60, (chemistry) and Silvia (Petricciani) Severson. Ann passed away, and he remarried in 1962 to Mary Jane, who died in 1963. He then married Helen Kaminski on July 8, 1965, who survives him.
Silvio had two step-children from Helen Petricciani, Michael D’Amico and Janet D’Amico. He also is survived by five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was predeceased by his brother, John Petricciani, M.D., and his two sisters, Chloe Delich and Marritta Petricciani.
During his years in Reno, he was a life member in the Air Force Association, a charter member and director emeritus of the Reno Air Racing Association, Board of Trustee for the Airport Authority (1977-1989), and he received several awards from the Federal Aviation Administration for promoting the general aviation prevention program.
Silvio was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Q Birds, the Prospectors, the Optimists, the Elks, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an annual supporter of the University of Nevada, Reno athletic programs, including football, basketball and baseball.
Elizabeth C. (Fry) Smyth
Aug. 31, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Elizabeth Charlotte Smyth, loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, 2011 in Reno after a long and determined battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was surrounded by her family, close friends and her dear companion, Ted Gartman, in her final hours.
Elizabeth, (Liz) was born on Sept. 29, 1924 in Melbourne, Australia, the second daughter to Garnett and Evelyn Julia (Edmonds) Fry. Her early years were spent in Hampton, Australia, and then in Brighton, Australia, where she attended Firbank Girls’ Grammar School. In her late teens she finished school and began working to help in the World War II war effort. Her first job was at the Maribyrnong Ammunition Works in Melbourne. After the war, Elizabeth joined Australian National Airways as a flight attendant.
On Nov. 8, 1948 she was serving aboard the DC3 “Kurana” en route from Essendon to Mangalore when the pilots encountered heavy fog. The plane crashed into Mt. Macedon killing both pilots. Elizabeth assisted the 18 passengers to safety before the plane ignited. For her bravery she received the Royal Humane Society Silver Medal as well as a Lloyd's of London Silver Platter Award.
In the early 1950s she married Lt. Commander Larry Winch, a lawyer in the Royal Australian Navy. In March 1952, she gave birth to son, Michael Blount Fitzgerald Winch, and moved to the Naval College in Greenwich, England. After returning to Australia, the couple divorced and Elizabeth returned home with her son to Melbourne to care for her mother.
In 1965, Elizabeth was introduced by mutual friends to Lt. Col. Frank Smyth, USMC (ret), who was visiting Australia. They were married later that year in a ceremony in Brighton, Australia. After a world tour honeymoon, the couple returned to Reno and began family life.
Elizabeth was actively involved in many volunteer organizations in the community including the Reno/Sparks Assistance League, Military Officers Wives Association, as well as Folded Wings, a group of retired flight attendants who are active in community events.
Col. Smyth died in 1988, and Elizabeth decided to remain in Reno where she stayed very active in community volunteer organizations.
After a long illness her son, Michael, passed away in April 1994.
Elizabeth continued to be a central figure in Reno charity work until her long battle with Parkinson’s disease made it difficult for her to continue.
She was preceded in death by her loving sisters, Eleanor McGuigan and Margaret Watson, both of Australia.
Elizabeth is survived by stepson, Shawn S. Smyth; grandchildren, Shannon Smyth Hatalafale of Auckland, New Zealand, and Chief Warrant Officer Scott E. Smyth, U.S. Army. She has five great-grandchildren ages 8 years to 3 months. In addition, she is survived by niece, Lucinda J. McGuigan; nephews, Andrew J. McGuigan, Peter G. McGuigan, Phillip Watson and John Watson; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews who reside in Australia
Richard A. Bomberger, School of Medicine professor
Sept. 25, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Dr. Richard Allen Bomberger passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 25, 2011, at the age of 63. Up until his death, he was a vascular, general, trauma and critical care surgeon who had served the Northern Nevada community in Reno’s hospitals for more than 30 years.
“Dick” Bomberger was born Dec. 3, 1947, in New York City. He grew up in Queens and Long Island and attended Ohio Weslyn for his undergraduate studies, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for his doctorate, and his residency followed in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University Hospital. He was a recipient of the Dudley P. Allen surgical award while attending Case Western. His fellowship was at Baylor Medical School in Houston, where he studied under Drs. Debakey and Crawford. He published more than 25 papers and was the recipient of several grants.
Dick came to Reno in 1981 and was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was on staff at Renown Regional Medical Center, St Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. The last 10 years, the focus of his practice encompassed trauma and critical care medicine.
Dick Bomberger was very active in life. He enjoyed woodworking, wakeboarding, photography, biking and horseback riding.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lucille Krutys Bomberger and Robert Bomberger, as well as his brother, Kenneth Bomberger.
He is survived by his children, Rachel Ann Bomberger and Robert Andrew Bomberger.
Kenneth W. Johns, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction
Aug. 10, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Kenneth W. Johns passed away at his home in Reno on Aug. 10, 2011. Born Dec. 26, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to William Henry and Marie Elizabeth Johns (Ruff), Kenneth served in the U.S. Army, became a junior high school science teacher in Tucson, Ariz., and later graduated from the University of Arizona where he earned a doctorate in education. He moved to Reno in 1966 and became a professor with the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Education, where he worked more than 25 years until retirement. He was instrumental in the early growth and development of the Western Nevada Regional Science and Engineering Fair, an event that now hosts as many as 1,500 student projects. He was also widely published within the education field.
Because Kenneth was greatly blessed with remarkably good health until a week before his death, he was very active and had a great many interests. One of his greatest pleasures was national and international travel; he most recently visited Channel Islands National Park, New Orleans, and Peru where he hiked to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. He had been a volunteer for the Reno Police Department and enjoyed prospecting for gold, gardening, pizza, beer, politics, reading, cooking and spending time with his family. Always drawn to the outdoors and its beauty—especially bodies of water—Kenneth was an avid hiker who fostered a love of the outdoors in his children.
He is survived by his son, Kenneth Michael Johns, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Ann Berry, of Sparks; daughter, Kimberly Anne Tharp (Johns) and son-in-law Gary Tharp of Bend, Ore.; sister, Darlyene M. Cantrell, and nephew, William Cantrell, both of El Cajon, Calif.; granddaughter, Casey Anne Lundberg, her husband, Jeremy and grandson, Gary Clay Tharp, all of Oregon; and his beloved companion of 20 years, Martha Harrington.
Robert G. Langsner, mathematics and computer science lecturer
Nov. 21, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Robert George Langsner died Nov. 21, 2011. Born Aug. 3, 1940, in Pasadena, Calif., to George Langsner of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Eileen Mary Johnston Langsner of County Cork, Ireland. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1962 from the California Institute of Technology and later earned a master of science in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. Robert was a pioneer in the early technology industry and led a storied career working initially for Aerojet and then for Scientific Data Systems, which later became Xerox Data Systems, and finally Honeywell Large Information Systems. During this time, Robert represented Honeywell on the American National Standards Institute for Fortran for several years. Work and family eventually brought him to Reno, where he worked as a lecturer in mathematics and computer science at the University of Nevada, Reno and as a consultant to then-Sierra Pacific Power Company. In later years, Robert volunteered as a math tutor to calculus classes at Reno High School.
Robert took immense joy from his time at the University of Nevada, especially when teaching and advising students; as an adviser he took particular care to reach out to the foreign graduate students he worked with. Robert also enjoyed sharing the University with his children, by introducing them to his students and colleagues, by showing them his intellectual pursuits, and by imparting to them his joy of learning. Later, through his volunteering, Robert enjoyed sharing his passion with the high school students he helped.
As a young man Robert’s curiosity led him to travel often to Europe and the Pacific Islands, and later in life he again pursued this joy. Above all else, Robert loved being a father. He took great pride in being a dad, and he loved his children dearly. Beginning with his tenure at the university and thereafter, Robert loved to take his family to University of Nevada, Reno basketball and football games and especially loved watching his children learn and enjoy the games.
Robert was a warm person who shall be remembered by his family and friends as someone who cared greatly for the well-being of others. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Slattery; children Patrick Reuther, Mary Langsner (Alain Véron) and Robert Langsner; granddaughter Paityn Reuther; cherished cousins Tom Popovich and Mike Johnston, among many others; sister, Noreen Briggs; many dear friends and several nieces and nephews.
Please make donations in Robert’s name to the Department of Computer Science, via the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Morrill Hall/MS 0162, Reno, NV 89557-0162, or by giving through the University’s, secure, online donation page: https://supportnevada.unr.edu/
Gary L. Peltier, professor emeritus of educational leadership
Oct. 16, 2011— Reno, Nev.
On Oct. 16, 2011 Dr. Gary L. Peltier; a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, passed away. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his family and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruth, his brother David, and first wife, Doris Peltier.
Gary Peltier was born on Nov. 3, 1936 in Elsie, Mich. After completing high school, Gary went on to study at MSU. Gary relocated in 1962 to Denver, Colo., where he continued his education at the University of Denver. Over the next four years, Gary earned his masters of education and was subsequently awarded his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education.
Gary’s academic career spanned 43 years. Throughout his career at the University of Nevada, Gary traversed the ranks from associate professor to one of the most respected full professors in his department. Gary retired from the Department of Educational Leadership in June 2008. He was honored as Professor of Educational Foundations Emeritus University of Nevada, Reno in 2008.
Dr. Gary Lee Peltier is survived by his loving wife, Terri Peltier; his beloved son, David Peltier; and his significant other, ReAnna; beloved daughter, Lisa McCamant and her husband, David; caring son Kyle Peltier, brother, Lynn Peltier, and his wife, Hazel; sister, Barbara Nash and her husband, Bruce; sister-in-law, Kathy Peltier; grandson, Clay Neville; granddaughter, Jenna Mollica; and many beloved nieces and nephews including one newborn nephew. He also leaves behind a multitude of friends, colleagues, and students.
The family requests donations be made to:
The University of Nevada, Reno
Foundation-Gary Peltier Memorial Scholarship
Mail Stop 0162
Reno, NV 89577-0162
Checks payable to: University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
To know more about Gary, visit his memorial website at: http://www.garylpeltier.com/
Genevieve A. Pieretti, education professor
Sept. 4, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
Genevieve Amalia Pieretti, age 98, formally of Carson City, Nev., passed away on Sept. 4, 2011 at the Emeritus Home in Reno, Nev. Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Pieretti; parents William F. and Mathilda Pohlman; and niece, Kay Philpott, Georgetown, Texas. Survived by nieces, Patricia Wagner, Omaha, Neb.; Norma Frey, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Gloria Pieretti; Oakland, Calif.
A native of Shellsburg, Iowa, she was born Aug. 10, 1913.
She was educated in Lincoln, Neb. and a graduate of the University of Nebraska. She also received a master of arts degree from Washington State University.
After teaching five years in Nebraska schools, Genevieve came to Nevada in 1939 to teach at Carson City High School. She later taught at Reno High School and the University of Nevada before becoming a State Consultant for Home Economics Education for the Nevada State Department of Education. She retired from that position in 1969.
She married Eugene Pieretti July 1,1950. Eugene passed way Dec. 27,1994.
Genevieve was a member of the Leisure Hour club of Carson City and the Friends of the Carson City Library.
Fred A. Ryser, professor emeritus of biology
Nov. 15, 2011—Reno, Nev.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and teacher, Fred Ryser passed away on Nov. 15, 2011. He was 91. Born Feb. 29, 1920, in Lansing, Mich., to Fred A. Ryser Sr., and Florence Embery Ryser, he grew up in Madison, where he fell in love with nature, especially with observing birds. He built his first laboratory in his garage at the age of 8 and bought his first “Peterson’s Field Guide” when he was 12. His passion for ornithology and birding remained with him professionally and personally throughout his life. Only a few months before his final illness, he was in the field, observing and counting the birds at Swan Lake.
Because of his ROTC experience in high school, Fred joined the National Guard in 1938, becoming a corporal in 1940 and sergeant in 1941. He joined the United States Army and was in boot camp when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Subsequently, he was deployed to New Guinea where he served, often under harrowing circumstances, in the Papuan Campaign. He served with Company K, 128th Regiment, 32nd Infantry, the “Red Arrow Division,” the same as his father had in World War I. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal “for meritorious achievement in ground combat against the armed enemy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations.” He was extremely proud of his service to his country and was wearing his World War II veteran cap on Veterans’ Day four days prior to his death.
After discharge, Fred returned to Wisconsin and earned his bachelor of science, master of science, and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He came to Reno to join the biology department at the University of Nevada in 1950. He also helped start the biology department at what was to become the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He taught a wide range of subject matter, including anatomy, physiology, comparative anatomy, ornithology, desert and mountain wildlife and taxidermy. He also curated the biology museum at the University. He was known as a demanding, but highly professional and sympathetic educator, and there are many who remember his riveting presentations (as well as his vivid impression of the blue-footed booby). Fred was the Teacher of the Year at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1980 and awarded Professional: Emeritus status upon retirement. He was also inducted into the University of Nevada, Reno Honor Court.
Fred was a lover of every form of writing and an ardent collector of books. He authored “Birds of the Great Basin,” part of the Max C. Fleischman series of area natural history. At his death, he was working on “The Natural History of the Tahoe Basin,” expected to be finished by collaborator and friend, Hal Kleiforth.
Known for his generosity, Fred was a member of the Center for Spiritual Living; the Nevada State Retired Educators Association, Washoe Unit; the Friends of the University Library; the Audubon Society; the Westerners Corral; and innumerable scientific organizations. He was also an ardent fan of the Green Bay Packers, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Fred was pre-deceased by his parents; his sister Maxine; his first wife, Janet, and their sons Ronald, Robin, and Fred III (“Chip”). He is survived by wife, Antoinette Payton-Ryser; sister Katharine Gunter; daughter, Susan (Mark) Byars; and grandchildren, Kristopher, Lyndsey, and Alexandra Byars; as well as nieces, nephews, and his stepfamily, all of whom were proud that he had become a part of their lives. He was, and continues to be, an inspiration.
Tracy L. Veach ’83Ed.D. (counseling and educational psychology), emeritus professor of psychology and behavioral sciences
Sept. 4, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Tracy Veach passed away, Sept. 4, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Christine; his son, Ian Veach and his wife, Lesley; daughter, Alisa Johnson and her husband, Sean; three grandchildren, Sasha, Annika and Will; and brother, Kirby Veach and his wife Rebecca Davis, of San Francisco.
Tracy was a professor in psychiatry and associate dean, emeritus, having retired two years ago from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Born in Oakland, Calif., Tracy graduated from San Francisco State with a bachlelor’s and master’s in psychology. He received his Ed.D. degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he taught for 32 years and was a leader in medical education. Tracy was a teacher’s teacher, loving the changes he could affect in students’ lives. Many an undergraduate and graduate student benefited from his support and true caring.
Ever an ongoing student of humanity himself, Tracy enjoyed challenging philosophical and psychological conversations on the evolution of man and society—how we learn and can develop into better human beings and social institutions. Even after retirement, he continued being a teacher and mentor as a ski instructor, a University of Phoenix professor, and a consultant, as well as donating his time to the Crisis Call Center and other organizations.
As a passionate outdoorsman and world traveler, Tracy packed in as much as life would hold. He enjoyed mountain climbing, sailing, hiking, backpacking and skiing. A black belt in the martial arts, he was also a marathon runner, having successfully completed the Western States 100 Mile Run at the age of 50 years old.
An adventurer at heart, his world travels took him to the far reaches of sic continents, from Tierra del Fuego to Kyrgyzstan, Australia to Africa. A return to Europe was in the planning stages at the time of his untimely death.
Tracy helped many people along life’s way and will be dearly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. His richly filled life—one of enjoying the good things in life and one in doing good for others—is both an example and a wonderful testimony to a life well lived.
The family would appreciate friends sharing memories of Tracy at www.veachmemorial.com .
Donald W. Winne, professor emeritus of managerial sciences
Oct. 19, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
Donald Warren Winne passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Oct. 19, 2011 in Carson City, Nev. Don was born June 28, 1930 to Warren and Ellen in Flint, Michigan. His early childhood years were spent with his beloved sister, Fern, helping out in the family grocery store during the Great Depression. These experiences helped to shape philosophies that guided his life.
Don attended Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, Ill. from 1949 to 1953, graduating with degrees in Business Administration and Social Sciences. It was there that he met and courted the “woman of his dreams” and everlasting love of his life, Doris, and they married on Dec. 20, 1951. During their 60 years together, they had four children, Dianne, Debbie, Don Jr., and David. With spouses Sandy, Hi, Paula, and Andrea, their grandchildren are Jenae, Grant, Jason, Lauren, and Lil’ Don. Don and Doris cherished their time with family, and the traditions and love they so generously gave will endure.
As Don described it, as soon as he picked up a hammer, he began building. This passion for constructing items from wood lasted his entire life, from building homes and making furniture in his late teens and early 20s to building two cabins with surplus and recycled wood at his beloved Lake Tahoe. He periodically took his skills on the road, assisting with construction projects in Guatemala, one a clinic supported and later blessed by Mother Teresa. Meeting her was one of the spiritual highlights of his life.
Don’s thirst for adventure by journeying into the unknown began when he left home and hitch-hiked through the southern U.S. during his senior year in high school. His curiosity for people, places and philosophies was limitless. He traveled extensively into his 80s, visiting every inhabited continent. He actively sought out local people to get a feel for their cultural values and way of life.
One of Don’s philosophies of life was “Be ever mindful of the needs of others.” This keen interest in helping people translated to a lifelong record of public service. With Doris working as a teacher, Don attended the University of Illinois School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 1955. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a first lieutenant and legal officer. In 1958, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served as a special agent in Louisiana, working a variety of cases including civil rights abuses. The FBI sent him to Las Vegas, Nev. in 1960. In 1961, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy assigned him to a task force to investigate organized crime in Nevada. During an investigation in northern Nevada, Don first saw Lake Tahoe and its stunning beauty became an enduring place of peace and tranquility for him. For meritorious service, Don was promoted to a bureau supervisor in Washington D.C. where he became a ghostwriter for J. Edgar Hoover.
After moving the family many times and not wishing to leave Nevada again, Don quit the FBI, continuing his public service with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. After a brief period in Las Vegas with the private law firm of Denton, Monsey, Winne, and Rogers, Don re-entered public service to work as a deputy attorney general in the Gaming Division from 1965 to 1969. He accepted one final assignment with the federal government as a trial attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering section for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Los Angeles. Yearning for a return to Nevada, and especially Lake Tahoe, the family moved back to Carson City in late 1970. This was the 17th and final move for the family. He worked as general counsel for the Nevada Insurance Division, earning the nickname “White Knight” for his unflinching ethics and crusading tactics.
With his vast and varied experiences, Don became a professor at the University of the Nevada, Reno and discovered his most gratifying and longest lasting career. From 1973 to 2010, Don taught classes within the College of Business focusing on the legal environment and ethics. During his tenure, he served as a department chair, an associate dean, and acting dean of the college. He was influential during the fledgling years of the Elko MBA program, and the first 15 graduates recognized him as its “Heart and Soul.”
Don frequently quoted: “Everyone has a story to tell. It’s up to us to take the time to listen.” He used this philosophy to develop a teaching style promoting student involvement and reflection. He never shied away from being a mentor. Loved, admired and respected by students, his unique ability and passion for listening to people of diverse backgrounds and cultures was instrumental in molding a class culture that encouraged positive leadership. Don pushed his students to set high individual goals, prepare for future challenges, and to always be mindful of the needs of others. These distinctive attributes contributed to his being named Outstanding Teacher of the University in 1982; receiving the B.J. Fuller Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008; and being honored for Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching after his final semester in 2010.
Don was a hard working, determined, and inspirational spiritual leader who was deeply involved in Christian affairs both in his local church and beyond. Over the years, he served as president of the Nevada Council of Churches, Sunday School teacher and superintendent, trustee, and lay leader. He was the only Nevadan elected to serve as a delegate to the Uniting Conference of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren in 1968, creating the United Methodist Church. He served for many years as delegate for the United Methodist Annual, Jurisdictional, and General Conferences. Kiwanis International honored him as the Most Outstanding Christian Layman of the Year in 1967.
Don often said: “I attend other religious services at various times during the year because you never know, one of them might be right.” Although his faith was unwavering, Don believed in elements of many faiths and became one of the founding members of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. This inter-denominational organization still provides for the spiritual faith and support of many visitors and employees within the National Park System. For him, there was nothing better than spiritual faith incorporating the beauty of the natural world. Nature’s gems awed him, and the crown jewel was Lake Tahoe. His spirit was refreshed by sitting quietly by the shore, swimming in the frigid water, or sailing over the deep blue.
Don believed the process to achieve a more loving and spiritual life was an individual one that centered on improving the human condition. Don touched thousands of lives throughout his life due to an amazing ability to listen, show empathy, and then take action to help. He tirelessly worked on ways to be a better person, and did not preach high platitudes, but modeled them. He received the California/Nevada region’s United Methodist Bishop’s Award in 2003, the highest recognition given to those non-clergy who “live as a disciple engaged in transforming the world.” He accepted this honor humbly after years of actively helping to make his corner of the world a better place.
His family will miss the ever smiling, friendly, and twinkling eyes and beautiful smiles. He remains forever etched in our hearts with his warmth, energy and willingness to help anyone in need. He was the best husband, father and grandfather they could ever have.
For those touched by his kindness, in lieu of flowers, please honor his legacy by sending donations to the “Don Winne Inspirational Student Scholarship.” Gifts can be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, Nevada 89557. Please write the words “Don Winne Scholarship” on the memo line.
Please remember Don by “Keeping ever mindful of the needs of others.” Perform an act of love or kindness for anyone in need and do it with friendly eyes, a smiling face, and joy in your heart. This is how he lived his life. This is the legacy of Don Winne.
Eleanor M. (Goldsworthy) Gottschalk ’41 (English)
Sept. 5, 2011— Lovelock, Nev.
Eleanor Gottschalk, 92, Lovelock, died Sept. 5, 2011. She was born Jan. 23, 1919. Eleanor was the daughter of James and Viola Goldsworthy of Yerington, Nev. She attended schools in Yerington and Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in education.
Eleanor, lovingly referred to as Ellie, married her life partner, J.R. Gottschalk, on July 3, 1943 in Santa Ana, Calif. In her professional life, Ellie taught high school, served as the high school counselor, ran the welfare office in Lovelock and wrote for the Nevada State Journal and Associated Press. She also served on the State of Nevada Board for Mental Health and Mental Retardation under then Governor Mike O’Callaghan. She particularly enjoyed writing historical columns for the Lovelock Review-Miner until her failing eyesight forced her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Bob, and sister, Ruthe Deskin. She is survived by her children, Michael (Marian) Gottschalk and Carolyn (Johnnie) Espil; and brother, Myron (Mary) Goldsworthy; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Emma M. (McQuerry) Thompson ’42 (English)
July 20, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Emma Mertice Thompson passed away peacefully in her sleep July 20, 2011. She was born on Feb. 17, 1918, in her parents’ home on South Virginia Street in Reno, Nev. Mertice attended Mt. Rose Elementary, Billinghurst Middle School, and Reno High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree and teacher’s diploma from the University of Nevada in 1942. In 1947, she married Merlynn Thompson, who preceded her in death in 2003.
In the 1940s, Mertice was employed at First National Bank of Nevada, where she returned to work in the 1960s. At that time, she worked in the MasterCard department. She retired in 1981.
Mertice’s greatest passions in life were sewing, doll collecting, reading, and needlepoint. She lived on her own and made dolls until November 2010, when her health necessitated her moving from her home. She was an avid reader until her passing.
She was very devoted to her immediate family and is survived by her daughter, Madelon Isbell (Hank); grandson, Alex Isbell (Kate Moran); granddaughter, Devon Isbell; her loving cat, Emmie; five nieces; and one nephew. Three sisters, Glenna Delle Kimzey, Czerna Nall, Marjorie Denton; and brothers, Charles and Marvin (Bud) McQuerry, preceded her in death.
Mertice is greatly missed and will always be remembered by her family and friends.
Her family would like to thank the owner and staff of Home Away from Home for all the caring assistance they gave Mertice during her last months.
Viola V. (Sorensen) Herrick ’43 (journalism)
Sept. 26, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Viola S. Herrick, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2011. Born in Reno July 14, 1921, she was the daughter of Sedonia and Carl Sorensen, and was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Herrick, her parents, and two sisters, Junia Albrecht and Betty Fischer, both of Reno. An extended and loving family of nephews, nieces, cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews survives her.
Viola attended Reno public schools from kindergarten through high school, graduating from Reno High School, class of 1939. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a degree in journalism. A proud member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University, she remained active in her sorority and as a University alum throughout her lifetime. After graduating from Nevada, she went on to receive a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California.
It was in southern California that she met her husband, Richard Herrick, who was serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. Viola and Richard were married July 6, 1946 at the First Methodist Church in Reno. They lived in Alhambra, Calif. for 27 years, followed by nearly 30 years in Irvine, Calif. Viola was involved in many volunteer organizations, including the San Gabriel Valley Orchid Society, the Angel Society, the Pasadena and Santa Ana Chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Southern California University of Nevada Alumni Association, the TI Chapter of PEO, and then the AL Chapter of PEO in Reno. She served as the pPresident of the Southern California University of Nevada Alumni Association, and received two Outstanding Service Awards from the University of Nevada Alumni Association. When living in southern California, she served as a mentor, friend and “mom” to many young women in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of California, Irvine. In 2009, she was awarded, and proudly accepted, the “Theta for a Lifetime” Award from the Theta Foundation for her outstanding and exemplary service to Kappa Alpha Theta.
Viola lived a busy and full life with Richard in southern California, but her heart remained in Reno, and there were frequent trips home to visit family and friends.
Viola and Richard returned to Reno to live at Sky Peaks in 2003. She continued her volunteer involvement with the University of Nevada, Reno, Kappa Alpha Theta and PEO. She was also active in the Reno High School graduating class of 1939 and organized their 70th high school reunion in 2009.
Viola was a devoted wife, a loving aunt and great-aunt, and best friend to many. Her degree in journalism served her well as she corresponded with more family and friends than can be imagined. She never forgot a birthday or holiday and took great pride in writing a personal note to everyone. Her effort to keep in touch was appreciated by all and a wonderful example of a person who “took the time” to tell you she cared. She lived a full and rich life and will be sorely missed, but never gone from our hearts.
Donation memorials in Viola Herrick’s name to the University of Nevada, Reno, Foundation, Financial Services Records, University of Nevada, Reno Mail Stop 162, Reno, Nevada 89557-0162.
Jo Ann (Record) Sorensen ’43 (psychology)
Aug. 10, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Jo Ann Record Sorensen died peacefully in Sparks Aug. 10, 2011.
Born in Reno Feb. 23, 1922 to Harry and Maude Pennell Record, she attended Orvis Ring Elementary, Northside Junior High, and the old Reno High School. She was a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the campus YWCA. In 1943, she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi national scholastic honorary. She planned to pursue a master’s degree in social work until she met the love of her life, Alf Sorensen, at the university. They were married on Sept. 18, 1943.
When her husband, Alf, was disabled in a car accident in 1954, she did her social work by caring for her invalid husband, three children, and the numerous children to whom she provided child care.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alf; sisters, Dorothy (Dottie) Berry, Marjorie (Marge) Cupit, and Joyce Burton; and brothers, Richard (Dick) and Robert (Bob) Record. She is survived by daughter, Sandy, and son Rick (Ellen) of Sparks and son Mark of Reno; grandchildren, Courtney Buddress (Jeremy) of Portland, Ore., Nathan, Johanna (Alex), Luke (Amanda) and Ian Sorensen, all of Sparks; sisters-in-law Nellie Church of Laguna Niguel, Calif. and Louise Allen of Sparks, as well as many nieces and nephew.
She was a member of Emmanuel First Baptist Church and Chapter E, P.E.O. Sisterhood, both in Sparks.
Heartfelt thanks to Ellen and Sandy Sorensen, and to Cindy McNerney for the loving care they gave our mother these past several years. We also express thanks to the staff of Manor Care Wingfield Hills for care given to her during her final days.
Nadine E. (Gibson) Mahoney ’45 (English)
Sept. 9, 2011—Salt Lake City, Utah
Our loving mother and grandmother died Sept. 9, 2011.
She was born on March 26, 1923 in Eureka, Nev. to Richard and Clotina Damele Gibson.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno where she was a Pi Beta Phi. Nadine married the love of her life, James J. Mahoney of New York City, on June 12, 1947. She was devoted to her Catholic faith and to caring for her family. She loved to play the piano, was a gifted writer, and loved the wide-open spaces of Nevada.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Robert) Ithurralde and Maureen Thiessen; and grandchildren, Anthony, Kate, Jeremy, Nathan, Joshua, and Matthew.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Mahoney, and son-in-law Thomas Thiessen.
Online condolences may be offered at www.starksfuneral.com
Drake DeLanoy ’50 (political science)
Nov. 12, 2011—Las Vegas, Nev.
Drake DeLanoy died at home in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born in New Jersey on June 7, 1928. He was raised in Reno, Nev. In 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Jacqueline Keenan, a former Miss Reno. DeLanoy graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor of arts degree and the University of Denver, College of Law.
DeLanoy served as a member of the United States Air Force, Strategic Air Command as a trial judge advocate in Great Falls, Mont. In 1958, he was an assistant city attorney in Reno, Nev. From 1959-1962, he was a chief deputy district attorney. Thereafter, he and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where he became a founding partner of the law firm Beckley, Singleton, DeLanoy, Jemison, Reid, Chartered. Even though he was a member of many professional organizations and societies, he really enjoyed being appointed to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and being a member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.
DeLanoy continued to ski and was preparing to attack the mountain this year. DeLanoy was bedeviled by golf, but recently was pleased to get “closest to the hole” in a tournament. He loved telling and hearing jokes of all types.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie; children, Deborah DeLanoy, Adrienne Grant and Monica DeLanoy (Jim Sanders); grandchildren, Jennifer (Bill Hammer), Janessa (Mark Dynabursky), Jeanna (Gabe LaFave), Siri (Douglas Gregory), Keenan Ford; and eight great-grandchildren.
With Drake’s passing, the earth is a little quieter today and the heavens will shine a little brighter tonight.
Frank J. Sala ’52 (business administration)
Sept. 14, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Frank Joseph Sala died Sept. 14, 2011 after a long battle with colorectal cancer.
The Sala family has longtime roots in the Reno area. In the early 1900s, his grandparents Antonio and Savina Sala owned the ranch on the site of the Lightning W Ranch development located in Carson Valley. His grandfather was instrumental in building the Little Country Schoolhouse on Franktown Road so that Frank’s father, Frank Sala Sr., and his aunt Rose Sala Bullis would be able to receive an education.
Frank attended local schools and graduated from the University of Nevada in 1952. While at the University, he was a member of ROTC. Upon entering the Navy in 1952, he completed naval flight training in Pensacola, Fla., and later served as a navigator on a destroyer during the Korean War.
Upon discharge from active service in 1956, Frank enrolled at George Washington Law School. While there, he received high scholastic recognition and was invited by the faculty board of advisory editors to participate in the work of the George Washington Law Review. However, as he was working a full-time job as an employee of the U.S. Senate, he had to decline the honor. Before leaving Washington, D.C., he passed the District of Columbia bar exam in 1958.
It was in Washington, D.C., that Frank and his wife, Arline, met and married. Arline was also from Reno and was employed as a congressional secretary.
After passing the Nevada bar exam on his return to Reno in 1958, he served as a clerk for the Nevada State Supreme Court before entering private practice.
In 1962, early in Frank’s career, he had a case representing property owners in northeast Reno whose homes were being condemned by the City of Reno in conjunction with a federal urban renewal project. The area at the beginning of the project included 450 acres, but was finally reduced to 42 acres: north of East 4th Street, east of Wells Avenue, south of 6th Street and west of Sage Street.
The Reno City Council was anxious to acquire federal funds to clear the area for commercial development in spite of the fact that it was not a “blighted area.” In fact, it was populated by long-term residents who maintained their homes and had lived there for decades.
After a monthlong trial, District Judge Clel Georgetta ruled the action was illegal and that their property should not be confiscated and that they should be able to profit from any future development. The group Frank Sala represented was ecstatic and they placed an ad in the Nevada State Journal praising “his single-handed fight and steadfast efforts in their behalf in the victory of the court proceedings involving the Urban Renewal Agency.” Regretfully the Nevada State Supreme Court reversed the decision and the project continued.
It left a lasting impression on Frank about the efficacy of government intrusion in the natural evolution of a neighborhood, and it is interesting to note that after millions of taxpayer dollars were spent, along with the displacement of hundreds of residents, you can observe 50 years later what the project really accomplished.
Frank was a great swimmer and enjoyed abalone diving on the Mendocino coast. He also liked to spearfish in Baja, and as an accomplished pilot, he found a great deal of pleasure flying his plane to these locations. He had a lifelong interest in history, cars and American coins. Frank was also a man of integrity, generosity and humor.
Frank is survived by his loving family, Arline, his wife of 53 years, his daughter, Susan Story and grandchildren, Mackenzie and Jack. They will always be grateful for his love, guidance and wisdom. He is also survived by his cousin, Gary Bullis and his wife, Louise.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, CNAs and aides in the Oncology Ward at Renown hospital. They also wish to thank the compassionate caretakers at VistaCare Hospice. Their gratitude is also extended to oncologist, Suresh Reddy, M.D. and surgeon, Harold Kennedy, M.D.
Gerard H. Schafer ’52 (mechanical engineering)
Nov. 22, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Gerard (Jerry) Schafer passed Nov. 22, 2011 at Cascades of the Sierra. He was born April 6, 1930 in Buffalo, N.Y., to Gerard E. Schafer and Edith Henning Stewart. His family moved to Sparks in 1945 and he graduated from Sparks High in 1948. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the gymnastics team and the SAE fraternity.
He married Alice Shelly April 6, 1952, and after graduation in June of the same year, they moved to Schenectady, N.Y., where he went to work with General Electric as an engineer. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. After two years, he returned to G.E., where he worked in the atomic engine department. During this time he was the liaison between G.E. and Admiral Rickover and the U.S. Navy.
In his retirement, he volunteered his computer skills writing programs for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks.
He leaves his wife, Alice; daughters, Ellen Roberson and Lee Schafer; granddaughter, Jessica Bryan and her husband, Justin; grandson, Jason Roberson USMC; and great-granddaughter, Scarlett Bryan.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Cascades of the Sierra and Circle of Life Hospice.
William F. Engel ’57 (journalism and English)
Aug. 19, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather and longtime Reno resident Bill Engel passed away peacefully after a valiant fight late on Aug.19, 2011.
Bill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 23, 1930. He moved to Reno with his parents, Abe and Hattye Engel, in 1946, graduating from Reno High in1948 and the University of Nevada, Reno in 1957.
He joined the Nevada Highway Department and in 1974 was named executive assistant to the highway engineer. In1979, he left his position with the Highway Department to accept the appointment as commander of the Nevada National Guard.
Engel’s military service began in Reno with his 1950 USAR enlistment. In 1953, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant from ROTC at University of Nevada, Reno, and entered active duty in 1953. He was released in 1955 and transferred to the USAR school system and performed as an active reservist from 1955 until appointed captain in the Nevada Army Guard, 1961. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, 1979.
Bill was a member of the Rotary Clubs of Carson City and Reno, where he was president, 1999-2000. He was a longtime member of the Boy Scout Board, receiving their Silver Beaver Award, 1976. He was honored by the Nevada Day Committee for his many hours of service; in 1982, he received recognition for serving as chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign and for his dedicated service to the northern Nevada Chapter of the United Way; in 1984-85 he served as chairman of the board of directors, Sierra Nevada chapter, of the American Red Cross.
After retiring, he continued these and many other affiliations. He loved golf and time with his his wife, Sharon; his only daughter, Laurie, her husband, Todd, and grandsons, James, 19, and Mikey, 16, of Salt Lake City, all of whom adored him. He also enjoyed travel abroad, cruises and his little dogs, Beau and Roxie.
The family wishes to thank Lend A Hand, Infinity Hospice Care and Home Away From Home for their care and kindness to Bill in his final days. Thanks to neighbors who were friends to Bill and his dogs on their daily walks. A very special thanks to fellow Rotarian, Jim Backoff.
A small, private military service was conducted by Chaplain Harold Woomer, MAJ, of the Nevada National Guard. Job well done, General, time to rest Our love is with you forever.
David M. Allingham ’63 (biology)
Oct. 18, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Dave was born in Dayton, Nev. on April 22, 1939, and raised in rural Nevada. He graduated from White Pine High School in Ely where he also drove the school bus during his senior year. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and earned a degree in biology in 1963.
His passion was hunting and fishing around the Western states, and he was an active member of Reno Masonic Lodge #13 & Kerak Shrine. He worked for the state of Nevada and was a business owner until moving to California in 1977. In 2002, he retired from Granite Construction of Monterey, Calif., and relocated to Reno, where he enjoyed cooking and watching his grandchildren play sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Wilma “Sparky” Allingham. He is survived by his brother, Dennis; sister, Deanna Ronan; son, Kurt; daughter, Kris Brown (Mike); and grandchildren, Nick, Paige and Ben Brown.
His family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Vista Care Hospice and most especially Nurse Renate, who provided excellent care, compassion and conversation.
The Family invites you to leave a condolence message in the Book of Memories at www.waltonsfuneralhome.com.
Diana (Collins) Adams ’64 (art)
Aug. 13, 2011—Boulder City, Nev.
Diana passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Aug. 13, 2011. Born in Los Angeles to Raymond and Lillian Collins, she moved to Boulder City in 1943. After graduating from Boulder City High School and the University of Nevada, Diana spent her career with the Clark County School District and retired after 30 years of teaching. Diana enjoyed traveling the world and seeing new places, but she also loved the simple things. Her greatest joy came from spending time at home playing with her kitties, watching the humming birds at the feeder, reading mystery novels, working her crossword puzzles, or playing card games. She also loved spending time at her mountain cabin where she could feed the squirrels and blue jays, curl up by a roaring fire, and ride snowmobiles on freshly fallen snow.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents and her half brother, Kenneth. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie, who resides in Salem, Ore., and her partner of 31 years, Jay Richey. Diana also leaves several nieces and nephews in California and Oregon.
Diana’s request was that donations be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Morrill Hall/MS 0162, Reno, NV 89557-0162. Donations to the University may also be made through the University’s secure, online donation page: https://supportnevada.unr.edu/
David J. Guinan ’69 (prelegal)
Nov. 2011—Reno, Nev.
David was born in Reno, Nev. on Oct. 4, 1947 to Glenn Guinan and Beverly Jones. He was a fourth-generation Nevadan and an alumni of the University of Nevada and the Hastings School of Law. David is survived by his wife of 41 years, Loretta; daughters, Amy and Cheryl; son, David; and granddaughter, Addison.
In addition to being a partner with the Hoffman, Test, Guinan and Collier Law Firm, David was an active member of the community; his involvement included:
Washoe Lodge #35, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Nevada Shriners’ Widows and Orphans Fund, Red Cross of Constantine, Royal Order of Jesters, DeMolay International, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Kerak Arabians, Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nevada and Jurisdictions, Inc., Reno Central Rotary Club and the Challenger Learning Center.
In 1999, David was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Free & Accepted Masons of Nevada. A loving husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend, David will be deeply missed by those who were blessed to know him.
Jerry L. White ’69 (management)
Aug. 19, 2011—Boulder City, Nev.
Jerry L. White passed away on Aug. 19, 2011 in Boulder City, Nev. at the Nevada State Veteran’s Home. Josh, as he was known to all his friends, was born Aug. 3, 1944 in Elko, Nev. He graduated from Elko High School and then attended Denver University on a baseball scholarship. He subsequently transferred to the University of Nevada, where he became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
His university studies were interrupted when he served a tour of duty in Vietnam. After completing military service in 1969, Josh returned to the University, where his early experience as house manager for the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity led to a degree in business accounting. He started his professional life at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino as a food accountant analyst in 1970. That position transitioned into an internal auditor position, one he then held at Harrah’s, Karl’s Silver Club, and the Ramada Inn and Casino in Reno. Josh was also a small business owner.
Josh’s always present infectious smile and effervescent personality put even the most casual acquaintance immediately at ease, and his friends could always look forward to his sharing the latest joke with them. He continued his love for baseball by playing for Quality Linen softball team as their catcher and he bowled in city leagues for many years. His love of cooking led him to share the results of that talent with his “Sunday meals” for many local San Francisco 49er and Giant fans. He followed both teams closely.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Chelsea; brother, Fred (Lynn); sister Betty (Nick); brother-in-law, Ed Granados; former wife, Patti; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Claude and Cleone Anderson White; and sisters Donna Granados and Ruth Tognini.
Warren J. Andersen ’70 (food systems management), ’75 (history)
Sept. 23, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Family and friends mourn the loss of Lieutenant Colonel Warren J. Andersen, 61, husband, father, brother and friend. Warren passed away Sept. 23, 2011 from a short, but valiant battle with cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family at the end.
Warren was born Nov. 20, 1949 in Reno, Nev. to Holger J. (Hap) and Margaret A. (Clark) Andersen. He attended schools in Sparks and graduated from Sparks High School in 1967.
He joined the Nevada Air National Guard in 1970 while attending the University of Nevada, Reno.
Warren married Elaine M. DeMars on May 1, 1971. They had two children, Patrick and Jenny. They celebrated 40 years of marriage this past May at a dinner party hosted by their son and daughter, followed by a trip to Hawaii.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Warren also taught high school in Washoe County for a few years. He came up through the ranks of the Nevada Air National Guard to serve as 152d Logistic Squadron Commander for several years. He retired in 2005 as the 152d Airlift Wing Chief of Staff.
In his 35 years of service, he was honored with many federal and state awards,. Some of them included the Meritorious Service Medal 3rd; Air Force Commendation Medal 4th; Army Achievement Medal 1st; Air Force Achievement Medal 1st; Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal 2. He also received several state awards, including the Major General Drennan A. Clark Order of Nevada; Nevada Distinguished Service Medal and the Nevada Medal of Merit 2nd.
After retiring from the Air National Guard, he worked as a program consultant for Military One Source, where he continued to serve the families of deployed service members from Nevada.
Warren loved the outdoors, hiking and bicycling. He especially loved spending time at the family cabin at Donner Lake, built by his father. Often he would lead a group of friends on a hike through the woods, or sailing on Donner Lake, or he would entertain guests while enjoying the outdoors. He also loved camping and visiting the many scenic parks along the West Coast.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; son, Patrick J. (Kelley); daughter, Jennifer L. Sugarbaker (Stephen); and sister, Faye I Andersen.
Condolences can be sent to the family at 3775 Heavenly Valley Ln. Reno, NV 89509.
A special thank you is offered to Dr. Conrath, the staff on the oncology floor of St. Mary’s, and everyone at Life Care of Reno.
Bruce Rice ’71 (civil engineering)
Oct. 4, 2011—Benton, Wash.
Resident of Benton City, Wash., Bruce Rice died Oct. 4, 2011 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Kennewick, Wash.
Bruce was born on Jan. 27, 1949 in Bakersfield, Calif. to Jack and Alma Rice. He was raised in Smith Valley, Nev. and graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a civil engineering degree. His career began as a professional engineer for the State of Nevada Division of Water Resources, where he worked until 1977. From 1977 to 2001 he owned and operated Rice Engineering, Inc. and worked on many engineering and surveying projects throughout Nevada and California. He retired to Benton City, Wash. in 2002.
Bruce grew up on a ranch in Smith Valley with his two siblings, George and Terry Rice. He spent many of his summers as a youth working at the Hunewill Ranch in Bridgeport, Calif. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to camp. He enjoyed and excelled at many hobbies. He was a pilot and a sailor. He was a hunter and gunsmith, blacksmith, fisherman, wood-worker and he loved to cook.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 37 years, Katherine Rice. He’s also survived by his son, Corey Rice; daughters, Nicole O’Banion and Erica Rice; step-daughter Mollie McFarland; four grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Terry and Bill Mast; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and by his faithful dog, Echo. He is preceded in death by his brother, George Rice, and his parents.
Rafael M. Gamboa ’72 (biology)
Oct. 23, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Renowned and beloved local periodontist Rafael M. Gamboa passed away peacefully on Oct. 23, 2011.
Dr. Gamboa leaves behind his beloved wife, Linda; daughters, Alexis and Roxanne Gamboa, Shannon McClaskey, Heather Toole, Lexi Jacinto; and his five grandchildren. Dr. Gamboa is also survived by his mother and father, Francisco and Olga Gamboa; sisters, Elvia, Irma and Norma; and brothers, Frank and Hector Gamboa; and all of their amazing children.
Rafe Gamboa graduated from the University of Nevada and then attended dental school at USC in Los Angeles, going on to UCLA for specialization in periodontal dentistry. He returned to Reno more than 30 years ago and has had a successful private dental practice. Beyond everything, Dr. Gamboa truly loved his patients.
Dr. Gamboa was a local pioneer in performing dental implants and was one of the first dentists to receive the highly coveted training and award from the MISCH Institute 20 years ago.
In his private life, Dr. Gamboa enjoyed fishing, hunting and flying down the rode on his Harley. Dr. Gamboa especially savored the time spent with his father, attending untold numbers of the Giants baseball games. Above all, he went to great lengths to carve out time to spend with his precious girls, whom he adored. His large loving family reveled in holiday gatherings and they all took every opportunity to be with each other. Dr. Gamboa will long be remembered for his zest of life, his joyful countenance and total commitment to loving and living every day to the fullest.
The family invites you to share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com
John W. Grover ’74 (physical education)
Nov.4, 2011—Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.
John Wayne Grover lived his life as an upstanding citizen, an athlete, a warrior.
Born on Feb. 14, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nev. to Bill and “Kaye” (Kathleen Quinnell) Grover, John was a true man of the West. In 1960, his family moved to Sparks, Nev. His high school years were packed with football, wrestling and ROTC.
After graduating from Sparks High in 1970, John continued his education and athleticism while playing football for the Wolf Pack and fighting as a Golden Gloves Boxer for the University of Nevada, Reno, through to his graduation in 1974.
Immediately commissioned by the United States Marine Corps as first lieutenant, John was proud to pilot Cobra Helicopters alongside his brothers in the Marine Corps throughout his service, which he completed as captain in 1983. He held Expert Pistol and Expert Rifleman Honors. By 1984, he had earned his MBA from National University in San Diego, Calif. Realizing he couldn’t sit behind a desk, he returned to the sky and flew for Sky West as a commercial pilot. With the need for more speed and adventure, Captain Grover seized the opportunity to fly incredible machines such as BK117, Nomad, Jet Ranger, Citation, C12, and Chet for the U.S. Customs Aviation Branch while fighting corruption and forever living with honesty and integrity.
He was a vigilant, intelligent man who held in high regard: honor, education, athleticism, and humor. John retired in 2010 from all the excitement of flying to focus on his other loves of photography, sailing, and his loving wife, Dina Demeo-Grover. Some of his photography and a glimpse of his sense of humor can be found in the Surf Dogs Calendars, which he and Dina created in support of local charities in Coronado, Calif.
John leaves behind his beautiful wife, Dina; sister, Kathi (Steve) Erickson; nieces, Kelley Glogovac and Lauren (Colin) Filsinger; nephew, Jeff Gillespie; his dog, Johnny Wiggles; his cat, Ruby; and many life-long friends.
On Nov. 4, 2011 after fighting the effects of a brain aneurysm, the proud Irishman and native Nevadan John Wayne Grover passed the torch on to his fellow fighters his love of the law, flying, boats, and, of course, the on-going fight against terrorism.
With the sights and sounds of jets and helicopters flying overhead and a Twenty-One Gun Salute in his honor, his family, close friends and colleagues stood by his side and laid Captain John Grover to rest at Miramar National Cemetery.
A brave warrior has flown west … Semper Fi, Agent 86.
John L. Kimpton ’74 (criminal justice)
Oct.12, 2011—Reno, Nev.
John Lawrence Kimpton passed away at Renown Medical Center on Oct. 12, 2011. John was a member of the Reno Police Department for 21 years, retiring in 1985. He then worked for the Nevada Division of Investigation for 10 more years, followed by a brief time with Parole and Probation in Reno.
John is survived by his son, Lawrence Kimpton, and daughter, Lisa Kimpton-LaMotte. He is also survived by his former wife of 41 years, Judith Kimpton. John was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Kimpton, who was the chancellor of the University of Chicago, and was also the chief administrator for the Manhattan Project. His mother, Genevra Kimpton, passed away in 1985.
John’s love of animals and his deep religious faith were his amazing legacy.
Eugene K. Horlsey ’75 (premedical), ’77A.A.M.D.
Sept. 21, 2011—Keaau, Hawaii
Dr. Eugene Karl Horsley, 58, of Keaau, Hawaii, passed away on Sept. 21, 2011. He was born on July 5, 1953 to George Myron Horsley and Wilma Dolores Gadda in Reno, Nev. Gene, a fourth-generation Renoite, graduated from Reno High School in 1971. He graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1975. He attended medical school at University of Nevada, Reno and University of Alabama, then completed his training through the United States Air Force, specializing in pediatrics. He practiced medicine in Reno from 1986–2007 and in Hilo, Hawaii, from 2008–2011.
Gene was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and married Cindy Herman Aug. 10, 1972 in the Oakland Temple.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Horsley; children, Wendy Brazell, Mary Escobar, Robert Horsley, Candice Souther, Julie Trevino, William Horsley; mother, Wilma Horsley; brothers, Michael and Paul Horsley; and eight grandchildren. His father, George Horsley, preceded him in death in 1992.
Gene was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and dedicated pediatrician. He enjoyed family gatherings, the outdoors, computers, family history, and raising orchids. His love for orchids led him to Hawaii in 2007, where he owned and operated an orchid nursery.
Vernon J. Eardley, Jr., ’77 (pre-physical therapy)
Nov. 14, 2011—Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Jim lost his five-year battle with cancer at his home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. On Nov. 14, 2011. He was 57 years old. Jim was born in Elko, Nev. on Apr. 3, 1954 to Vernon James and Barbara Callahan Eardley while his father was a member of the Carlin High School faculty.
In 1956, the family moved to Sparks where Jim attended Greenbrae Elementary, Sparks Middle School and Hug High School. At Hug, he played football and also participated in track and field sports.
Jim received his bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, where he was an outstanding track athlete, competing in the sprint, relay, long jump and triple jump events. After graduation it was Jim’s dream to become a physical therapist, but while he was waiting to establish his residency status in order to expedite his acceptance into the program at NAU, he took a job in retail sales. As he put it, “It was kinda nice to eat, and paying a few bills isn’t bad either.” He wouldn’t realize it until much later, but the series of jobs he had after that would not bring him the fulfillment for which he hoped, even though he advanced quickly wherever he was. In the meantime, he had met and married his wife, Diana. A few years later their son Brandon was born. Life was good! Eventually that old, long-suppressed dream nudged itself back into his thoughts. Finally, despite the struggle the commitment might present, he decided he would apply for the Physical Therapy program at NAU. There he was (at 39) ... a student again.
Grandpa, as Jim was affectionately known in many of his study groups, excelled. He loved learning and enjoyed what he was doing. Life was good! After his time at NAU, Jim accepted a position in therapy services at Havasu Regional Medical Center. He advance to supervisor and eventually became director of Therapy Services. He truly loved helping the people in his care. Even small improvements brought him a great sense of satisfaction. He not only enjoyed the patients, but the staff with whom he worked, as well. He was a man who didn’t mind going to work every day.
Jim is survived by his wife, Diana; his son, Brandon; brother, Larry (Marlene) Eardley; sister, Tracey (Darin) Weyer; nephews, Mark (Denise) Eardley and Lance Eardley; niece, McKenzie Rotter; great-nephew, Mason Eardley; great-niece, Laney Eardley; and his lifelong friend, David Whittemore. We will miss his positive attitude, loyalty and unconditional love. We will remember the courage that helped him through the adversities during his struggle with cancer. We will always admire his decision to donate his body to research fueled by his sincere hope that some small finding would help someone else. And at the next family gathering, we will definitely miss the very loud, “Okay! Where’s the lasagne?”
Jacolyn D. Peck-Peace ’77 (nursing)
Aug.10, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Jackie passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Jackie was a Reno native born to parents Henry C. “Hank” Peck and JaNeal Gaylor. Jackie attended all local schools and was a graduate of Reno High School, Class of 1965. She then graduated from University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing bachelor of science degree in 1977. She worked for 34 years at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1977 until her retirement in 2011.
Jackie loved being a nurse and caring for others. She was well like by many. She had a generous spirit and a beautiful loving heart.
She had a passion for downhill skiing, her 2002 Thunderbird, all outdoor activities and her dearly loved pets.
She is survived by her husband. Al; her brother, Lonnie (Charlene); her niece, Cindy; and grand niece, Kristina; her lifelong friend Vivian Morgan; as well as her beloved dogs, Cory and Bonnie; and her bird, Chipper. She was pre-deceased by her mother, JaNeal Gaylor, and her father, Hank Peck.
Raymond Tanner ’78 (medical technology)
Sept. 3, 2011—Gooding, Idaho
Raymond (Ray) Tanner, 55, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Gooding, Idaho on Sept. 3, 2011.
Ray was born on January 28, 1956 in Yerington, Nev., to Alma Merle and Sybil Matheson Tanner. He grew up in the mining community of Weed Heights, Nev., and attended local schools in Yerington, graduating from Yerington High School in 1974. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in medical technology.
He was employed for five years as a laboratory technologist by the Twin Falls County Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho, now known as St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center. In 1984 he was hired as the only lab technologist at the then Gooding County Memorial Hospital, where he remained for more than 27 years. At the time of his death, he was the laboratory director at the renamed North Canyon Medical Center.
Ray married his eternal sweetheart, Rebecca (Becky) Barcellos, on Feb. 24, 1979 in Hawthorne, Nev. Their marriage was later solemnized on Oct. 10, 1980 in the Salt Lake Temple. Ray cherished his sweet wife and will always be deeply in love with her. Ray and Becky were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Jennifer Rae Tanner, in 1985. Jennifer (Jen) was and is the apple of her daddy’s eye, and always will be. He loved his Jennifer with all his heart, and she will always be daddy’s little girl.
Ray is survived by his wife of 32 years, Becky Tanner of Gooding; daughter, Jennifer Rae Tanner, of Twin Falls; mother, Sybil Matheson Tanner, of Yerington, Nev.; brother, Gregg Tanner (Joanne) of Fallon, Nev.; sister, Katherine Arigoni (Robert), of Yerington, Nev.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his loving cat, Max. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Alma Merle Tanner.
Ray was a devoted family man. He was always intent on helping others in their time of need. He also received numerous awards related to his dedicated employment at the medical center. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Gooding Lions’ Club.
As a young man he enjoyed hunting and fishing. In later years, he was an avid sports spectator who especially enjoyed football. Go BSU! Ray’s love of baseball was inspired by Jennifer, and the family enjoyed watching and attending Atlanta Braves games. He was also an accomplished photographer. Ray loved his ward family and serving his Father in heaven, as well as his devoted laboratory staff and fellow employees at North Canyon Medical Center.
Ray was a generous and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
Kathryn A. Wilson ’78
Sept. 2, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Kathy Ann passed away on Sept. 2, 2011 in Reno Nev. In her early childhood, she lived at Emerald Bay and then Squaw Valley, Calif. where her love of the mountains and skiing developed. Next she moved to Santa Cruz, Calif. where she discovered her love of the ocean.
Throughout her life Kathy always returned to visit her favorite beach at the end of 15th Street. In 1966, she graduated from Soquel High School. She also graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Medical Sciences with a bachelor of science degree in health education. She also graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College with an associate degree in nursing. A registered nurse in California and Nevada, Kathy worked in medical offices and then with the major hospitals in Reno. Her last employment was with Saint Mary’s Medical Center.
Among her many activities, Kathy supported University of Nevada, Reno’s Alumni Association and various sports. She loved the Wolf Pack and for many years was a Wolf Pack football season ticket holder. As an avid skier, she was a ski instructor at Mt. Rose, a member of the Far West Ski Association, and raced with the Sierra Ski League. She supported the Nevada Museum of Art, The Reno Humane Society, and also volunteered for many years with Hot August Nights.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore A. Wilson and Evelyn A. McHugh-Wilson. She is survived by several cousins and her many friends.
Carol H. Mitchell ’80 (nursing)
Dec. 3, 2011—Moundsville, W.Va.
Mitchell, Carol Halley, age 68 of Moundsville, W.Va., formerly of New Martinsville, W.Va., and Reno, Nev. died Dec. 3, 2011 at Wheeling Hospital Medical Park, Wheeling, W.Va.
She was born June 16, 1943 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of the late Dr. John C. and Shirley Davey Halley.
Carol was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Moundsville.
Survivors include one daughter: Jenifer Christman of Ann Arbor, Mich.; three brothers, John Halley of Summerville, S.C., Jim Halley of Orange Park, Fla., and Paul Halley of Bridgeton, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Claire E. Hall ’87M.D.
Sept. 12, 2010—Reno, Nev.
Born and raised in California, Claire settled in the Reno area after graduating from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Falling in love with the exquisite natural beauty surrounding Reno and the culture of the city itself, Claire remained there for the next 25 years.
Co-founder of the Pyramid Health Center in Reno, Claire personally treated more than five thousand patients from 1992 to 2010. He was a truly gifted and extraordinary physician who cared deeply about the welfare of his patients. He had a “sixth sense” in his diagnoses, often seeing what others missed, resulting in a tremendous treatment success rate and devoted patients.
Claire had a wonderful zeal for life. He rarely met a stranger and found something interesting in almost everyone he met. He was intrigued by the arts, science and nature. He was a talented musician, song writer, a skilled mechanic and craftsman in woodworking, masonry, and even culinary.
Claire passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Sept. 12, 2010.
Claire, if you could only know the scores of people you have impacted and touched so profoundly. You are dearly loved and missed by family, friends, and patients alike.
Love, you are cherished by us all.
Patrick J. McCarthy ’91 (logistics management), ’93MBA
Sept. 15, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Patricia Ann McCarthy was called home by her merciful God on Aug. 5, 2011. The consummate caregiver, she and her husband, Patrick McCarthy, raised five children. Always at home in the kitchen, Mom will always be remembered for her ability to make a great meal from nothing and all her Christmas treats. A beautiful yarn worker, Mom made beautiful sweaters and baby blankets for her four grandchildren that she waited her whole life for … not so patiently. Mom and Nana will be greatly missed.
.... See you after while crocodile ...
On Sept. 15, 2011, our dearest Dad, Patrick McCarthy, passed away from complications of a broken heart. He was loved beyond all imaginings by his children and grandchildren. Dad was a great source of strength and inspiration, but he never understood his value or how much he meant to us, until two weeks prior to his passing, when asked, “who was the greatest dad in the world?” he smiled and whispered, “I think I know.”
An ace with any power tool, he could turn a piece of lumber into an Adirondack chair or a step stool for his granddaughter. He made great apple pies and the best buttermilk pancakes. He was uncomplicated, quiet; he simply was the best!
Love you to the moon and back … forever and ever …
Jessie A. Turner ’05 (journalism)
Oct. 10, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Jessie Ann Turner, beloved daughter, sister and friend, passed away on Oct. 10, 2011 after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 29 years old. She was surrounded by constant love with her mother, Kim, and father, Bill; her only sister, Joan; her Uncle Steven Fung and her cousins Donna Salcido and Heidi Van Zant, by her side as she peacefully passed on to heaven.
Jessie followed in her sister’s footsteps and graduated from Virgin Valley High School as a Valedictorian. She also had the honor of being the senior class president of the Class of 2000. She followed Joan and enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in marketing and graduated in 2005.
During her time at University of Nevada, Reno, Jessie became involved with many groups. She was a director in the Student Ambassador Program; the director of the Inkblot ASUN Advertising and a participant of the Integrated Marketing Communications Competition for two years. She was a member of the Pride of the Sierra Marching Band and enjoyed playing the flute/piccolo. During and after college, she was a very active member of the Sierra Graphics Network. It was her time spent at Nevada where she made so many lifelong friends.
After graduating from Nevada, Jessie became employed at The Glenn Group and then Harrah’s Entertainment Group. She enjoyed the people she worked with, the creativity associated with her job, and she had that special gift to make many friends quickly.
Jessie will be greatly missed. Jessie loved the color purple, enjoyed sushi, loved to travel, and spending time with friends and family. She was a remarkable woman who lit up the room with her beautiful smile. She always cared about others and was always the first to lend a helping hand.
Jessie is survived by her loving and devoted parents, Bill and Kim Turner of Bunkerville, Nev., and by her caring and supportive sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Brian Atkins of Reno, Nev.
Heather D. Prosser-Starr ’10 (general studies)
Sept. 19, 2011—Portola, Cali.
Our beautiful daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, and mother, Heather Danae Prosser Starr, 25, was taken from us on Sept. 19, 2011. Heatherdoll was born July 8, 1986 in Fayetteville, N.C., At 9 months of age, she moved to Manteca, Calif. with her loving mother, Sherry. When she was 9 years old, she welcomed her younger sister, Taylor, into the family. She graduated from East Union High School in 2004, where she played soccer, volleyball, and cheerleading. Heather then attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied criminal justice and received her bachelor’s degree in 2010.
Heather will always be remembered for her saucy personality, high energy, her amazing smile, and ability to light up a room as soon as she walked in. She was a great leader and her outgoing personality allowed her to strike up a conversation with anyone about anything. Heather’s passions included the ocean, snowboarding, dancing, shopping, Disneyland, the San Francisco Giants, and just like any girl—yearly trips to Nascar races. But above all, Heather valued her family and would have done anything for them, especially her baby boy, Ethan. She lived life to the fullest and took advantage of every opportunity she had.
While at University of Nevada, Reno, Heather met the love of her life, Jason Michael Starr. The two quickly established a passionate relationship. On April 15, 2010, Heather and Jason were blessed with a beautiful baby boy, Ethan Alexander David Starr. Ethan exemplifies the best of both worlds: the strong willed tenacity of his mother, the ardent passion of his father, and the intelligence and good looks of both.
Heather is survived by her best friend and mother, Sherry Prosser; fiancée, Jason Starr; son, Ethan Starr; sister, Taylor Prosser; grandparents Kelly and Darlene Griffith; grandfather Leonard Rieb; great-great grandma. Emma Rieb; aunt and uncle Lenny and Teresa Rieb; aunt Tammy Trukki; cousins, Jaycee Rieb, Richard and Robert Milby; and parents-in-law, Janet DeWitt, Chris DeWitt and Gary Starr; and sister and brother in-law, Jessica and Ryan Starr.
Jackie L. Goatley ’11 (social work)
Nov. 2, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Devoted wife and mother has set sail for greater adventures; her shore leave has been revoked. Jackie, a small, sturdy ship with enormous sails, has ambitiously charted herself for many new ports-of-call. She leaves ashore her able-bodied crew to carry on with their duties: Todd Goatley - husband; Crystal Hatch - daughter; Nick Albiniano - son, and the many loving hearts now longing to one day hear of her adventures.
Darling, though you are gone from my sight, my heart is your port. Stay just inside the horizon my love, where one day I can easily find you.