Paul S. Clark
Dec. 29, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Paul S. Clark M.D. passed away at home Dec. 29 in Reno, Nev., after a long battle with lung cancer. He was born July 25, 1940 in Syracuse, New York, to Paul and June Clark, the third child after sisters Marilyn Alberding and Carol Knoblock.
Paul's early school years were in Syracuse. He then attended high school at the Governor's Academy in South Byfield, Mass. He attended Princeton University and Cornell University Medical School for his bachelor’s and medical degrees. After his internship at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, he enlisted in the U.S. Public Health Service joining the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a three-year assignment to the Arctic Health Research Center in Anchorage, Bethel, Kotzebue and rural Alaska. He was also assigned to the International Red Cross with humanitarian and medical missions in Biafra and Nigeria.
In 1970, he pursued additional medical training with residency in internal medicine followed by a nephrology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. During his education and residency, he married Pamela Jeffcock and had three children: Paul Jeffrey, Tamara Lynn and Jennifer Rebecca.
In 1975, he joined Dr. David Johnson in Reno to create Northern Nevada Nephrology. They developed the first hemodialysis unit and organ transplant clinic in Northern Nevada. He cared for his patients for 31 years. By the completion of his career, he had many medical publications and was board certified in internal medicine, nephrology and geriatric medicine.
He was married to his wife, Jeannine, for more than 20 years and was joined by her two children, Jennifer and Brianly. They were active members of the St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church. Each year, he enjoyed working at the gyros booth at the Greek Festival.
He was grateful to the family members and fellow physicians who helped him into addiction recovery and embraced the 12-step recovery program.
In his retirement years, Paul and Jeannine traveled overseas to France, Monaco, Italy and the Greek Islands. Paul enjoyed the annual family reunions in Kauai and fishing in Alaska with his sons. His latest overseas adventure was to Norwich, England to the Lotus 60th Anniversary celebration.
Retirement also gave Paul an opportunity to play his guitar. He took lessons to learn to play his grandfather's banjo. A lover of locomotives and history, he volunteered at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Bee; son Paul J. (Yanan) of Eugene Ore.; daughter Jennifer Smith (Allen) of Hood River, Ore.; daughter Tamara Medley (Grant) of Grants Pass, Ore.; stepdaughter Jennifer Horan (Jed) of Rancho Cucamonga Calif.; and stepson Brian Haslem (Heather) of Reno. He is also survived by his sisters Marilyn Alberding (Richard) of Cazenovia, N.Y. and Carol Knoblock (Edward) of Alpharetta, Ga. He is preceded in death by his parents, godfather Joseph Corey and granddaughter Zoey Medley.
His family is especially grateful for the exceptional care they received from Vista Care Hospice, especially to Jennifer and Debbie, and a special appreciation to Dr. Jeffrey Gingold for his many visits. The family also thanks the support of Home Instead staff and Consuelo.
Jan. 28, 2013—Novato, Calif.
Catherine (Kitty) Houghton, age 70, of Novato, Calif., passed away suddenly on January 28, 2013, in Littleton, N.H. The cause of death was homicide.
A native of Reno, Nev., she was the daughter of Samuel G. Houghton and Edda K. Morrison. Kitty was a graduate of Saint Mary's in the Mountains (now known as the White Mountain School) and a member of their Board of Trustees at the time of her passing. She earned her bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University.
Kitty served the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1066, and was a member of one of the first groups to go to Nepal. She worked as an international officer for Bank of America, and also for DuPont, before joining the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in 1979, working at embassies all over the world during the course of her 28-year career in public service. She spoke 14 languages and was fluent in six of them, including Mandarin and Bengali. Following her retirement from the Foreign Service in 2007, she continued to lead a very active life. She sang first alto and served on the board of the Choral Singers of Marin. She served on the board of the Indian Valley Associates Homeowners Association. A member since 1996 of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, she was membership chairwoman for their Marin chapter. She was working on a film about the Nepali Chapter of the Ninety-Nines at the time of her death. Kitty was a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, which provides free air transport for people with medical needs, and LightHawk, a nonprofit organization providing flight transportation to conservation organizations. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, Scientist, and recently served as first reader at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Novato. An avid skier, hiker and musician throughout her life, she remained extraordinarily fit and enjoyed classical music, world music and theater. Her friends around the world were very important to her and she made regular visits.
She is survived by two sisters, Linda Houghton Krantz and husband Jim Krantz of Portola, Calif., and Monica (Niki) Houghton of Washoe Valley, Nev.; sister-in-law, Ruth Berry and husband Graeme Berry, of Dunedin, New Zealand; and stepsister, Judy Nash and husband Russell Nash of Reno.
Betty V. Johnston
Feb. 4, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Betty Johnston, 91, died Feb. 4, 2013.
John S. Livermore
Feb. 7, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Exploration geologist, mining executive, civic leader, philanthropist, conservationist and devoted uncle and friend John Sealy Livermore passed away at his home in Reno on Feb. 7, 2013. He was 94.
Born in San Francisco in 1918 and educated at Stanford University, John first became interested in geology on a summer oil exploration trip to Alaska. During WWII he helped construct the Basic Magnesium Plant in Henderson, Nev., and served as a Seabee in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, he worked at the Standard Mine near Lovelock, Nev., and as an independent prospector. In 1952, signing on as a geologist in Leadville, Colo., John began his long career with Newmont Mining Corporation. His jobs with Newmont took him to Peru, Turkey, Iran, Chile, Morocco, Algeria, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida and many other domestic and international destinations. In 1956, recovering from a serious bout of hepatitis contracted in Morocco, John worked for a time with Newmont's legendary Chairman Fred Searls at the company's headquarters in New York City. In 1962, he became president of Newmont's Canadian Exploration Division, a management position he held for eight years.
In 1961, John played a pivotal role in events that changed the course of mining history in Nevada and the United States. For many years, dating back to his early experiences at the Standard Mine and elsewhere, John theorized that "microscopic" gold existed in Nevada, so fine it could not be panned or seen by the naked eye. A few low-grade deposits were known, but he wanted to develop a scientific way of finding more. In 1960, he came upon an article in a mining journal by USGS Ralph Roberts, describing how low-grade ore deposits may have been formed in Northern Nevada. In the fall of 1961, combining detailed geologic work, geochemical exploration, knowledge of the country and a few hunches, John and his Newmont colleague Alan Coope drilled near Carlin, Nev., and staked several claims on Newmont's behalf. These claims became the highly profitable Carlin Mine, and turned out to be just a portion of the much larger Carlin Trend (which is 5 miles wide by 40 miles long). Similar to John Marshall discovering gold at Sutter's Mill in 1849, the rush for Nevada's "invisible gold" was on—and continues to this day. The Carlin Trend currently produces over 4 million ounces of gold annually, contributing $1.8 billion to Nevada's economy and employing thousands. It has already produced more gold than was mined or discovered in either the California Gold Rush or the Comstock Lode. By 2008, mines in the Carlin Trend had produced more than 70 million ounces of gold, worth around $85 billion, making it one of the richest gold mining districts in the world.
Seldom acknowledging this historic achievement and discovery, John was a humble man who always lived modestly. Tall, lanky and fit, he had no pretentions, dreaded giving speeches, deflected attention from himself and avoided the public spotlight. Despite his San Francisco roots, John was happiest roaming the high sagebrush deserts of Nevada, rock hammer in hand. Dust covered his field vehicle and ore samples and topographic maps littered the back seat. Generous and unassuming, his stride was as long and open as the vast Great Basin country he loved, and he always had time for a friend.
Leaving Newmont and Canada in 1970, John returned home to Nevada and formed Cordex Exploration, which, in turn, went on to discover the Pinson, Preble, Dee, and Stirling mines—all successful operations that provided impressive returns for their investors. Sharing his own good fortune, though never seeking credit and often giving anonymously, John became a significant benefactor of Stanford University and of the University of Nevada's Mackay School of Earth Sciences. He served on the Board of the California Academy of Sciences and, in 1988, pursuing his interest in conservation and public policy, founded Public Resource Associates to seek consensus on mining law reform. In 1989, he was featured prominently in a major article on "Invisible Gold" in The New Yorker, and in 2000, he was named to the National Mining Hall of Fame.
In many ways, John's career followed a Livermore family tradition of working to balance the development and conservation of the West's natural resources. John's great grandfather, Horatio Gates Livermore, traveled overland from Maine for the California Gold Rush in 1850 and, after a brief stint in the gold fields, became a state senator from El Dorado County, Calif. John's grandfather, Horatio Putnam Livermore, was involved with the Knoxville Quicksilver Mine and, with his father, was a pioneer in the development of hydro-electric power on the American River at Folsom, Calif. John's mother, Caroline Sealy Livermore, was a noted Marin County, Calif., conservationist whose many projects included saving Angel Island in San Francisco Bay from development. His four brothers played prominent roles in California agriculture, conservation, architecture and public service.
Later in life, John spent much of his time managing Montesol, the Livermore family ranch located near Calistoga, Calif. The third of five brothers, John never married, but he was especially close to his nieces and nephews. He loved going on long ranch expeditions, overseeing ranch operations, befriending the ranch dogs and hosting large Thanksgiving and family gatherings at his home. Always the optimist, John was quick to smile and tell a story. His energy and enthusiasm for life were contagious, he kept all personal challenges to himself, and he never complained. He will be sorely missed by the extended Livermore and Sealy families and all those whose lives he touched.
John's life was enriched by his friendships with Andy Wallace, his partner at Cordex Exploration; Susan Lynn, his colleague at Public Resource Associates; and Judy Motayama, a long-time Livermore family friend. The family wishes to thank all three for their love, support and many kindnesses. John is survived by his brother Putnam Livermore. He was preceded in death by his brothers Norman, George and Robert Livermore.
Constance L. (Vannoy) Nigro
Feb. 9, 2013—Reno, Nev.
From her children Gary, Bruce, Kathleen, Roger, John and Judy:
At age 5, on my first day of school, my mom walked me the two blocks from our house to my new kindergarten class. She held my hand on our way, a gentle pace, and I remember my purposely lagging, slowing her down in fear of the unknown. When we reached the corner of the school boundary, we stopped and my mother pointed the way to my new classroom, gesturing up the steep sidewalk to the first classroom, to my new half-day home, my new afternoon life. She stayed back at the corner and watched me go. I remember the gradual grade of the sidewalk, my legs struggling to move forward. When I arrived at the door, I turned to see my mother was gone from her spot, and I looked forward to the room filled with strange faces and new voices, smells foreign and unknown, and most importantly, terrifying. I turned immediately away from the classroom doorway, retraced my path, returning the way I had come. I headed back down the concrete path, around the corner, keeping to the route we had practiced together, and expeditiously made my way back home.
I remember coming through the front door to our house, a surprised look on my mother's face and she gently asking what I was doing back home. I told her that I could not go to school because with no one there to be with her, my older siblings all in school in various other venues, I would have to forego school and stay with her so she would not feel alone. She assured me that she would be fine for a few hours without me, telling that my new class, my new friends were waiting for me. She took my hand again and led me back to school. This time, she brought me to the classroom door, this time leaving me no way of escape or retreat. My mother leaned over and told me that in the short, few hours when school was over, she'd be waiting for me in front of the house. In I went, slowly forward to a new life of a world outside the walls of my house, and the boundaries of my yard, and the safety of my mother's watchful eye.
The hours in the classroom that day were a blur. All I remember was my exit at the end-of-day bell, my hurried run to get home and finally from the top of my street the vision of my mother waiting for me on the curb to welcome me home. It was a moment of comfort. I articulate it now as an adult, but know that as a boy that day, I realized the world I had left a few hours earlier was still intact, and another one exterior to it was opening up. It was that purity of my mother's reassurance that allowed me to embrace them both, two worlds enmeshed, dependent and necessary to move forward in life. It was my mother's subtle and metaphoric nudge from the nest that gave me my first chance to grasp at a world apart from the security of her arms, yet at the same time knowing with no uncertainty that they were always open to my return.
I knew that until the day she died; I know it still.
So Mother, on behalf of all of us who loved you, and those that you loved back so well and so purely, I give you my gratitude for your matriarchy, for your familial dedication, and for your presence in my life, a life that began with you, and goes on with you in a different way, in a different place, where it is still summer, you are still young, and you are always at the curb waiting to see me safely home.
I love you and I miss you.
by John R. Nigro
John A. Bailey, emeritus faculty of counseling and educational psychology
Dec. 21, 2012—Reno, Nev.
John Alfred Bailey, 83, died Dec. 21, 2012 on his birthday in Reno, Nev.
Born Dec. 21, 1929 in Omaha, Neb., he was a counselor, school psychologist and guidance director from 1956 to 1963 in Grand Island, Neb. John joined the University of Nevada faculty in 1963, until his retirement in 1988.
John was the creator of the University of Nevada Graduate School's Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in 1968. Professor Bailey was its first decade chair. He was elected to multiple leadership posts in faculty governance.
Dr. Bailey received many national, state and university awards, including ones at each level now perpetually named in his honor.
Author of more than 60 publications, a journal editor, keynote speaker at national and inter-national conventions, association president, he was nationally elected to serve eight years on the board of directors and leadership roles with the American Counseling Association. The 60,000-membership ACA awarded him its highest recognition in 1980.
From 1967 to 1976, Dr. Bailey was one of nine advisers to the secretaries of labor and was the Department of Labor's counseling consultant to eight Western states. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, he became a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and later, a Korean War infantry lieutenant.
John established the John A. Bailey Professional Expectancy Award Endowment in Counseling. This perpetual endowment has awarded more than $75,000 to over 25 noteworthy counseling students. The award plaques with their names hang in the College of Education.
Surviving is his wife, DeLores of Fargo, N.D.; son, Paul, and his sons, Nicolas and Benjamin, all of Reno; granddaughters, Julie Powell and Rachel Robison, Reno.
The family wishes to thank Renown Medical Center for their compassion and care, and Roxana Bushman and Edward Caramat of Golden Years care home.
William R. Eadington, professor of economics
Feb. 11, 2013—Reno, Nev.
William Richard Eadington, 67, professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno and internationally recognized as the foremost authority on the legalization and regulation of commercial gambling, passed away peacefully at home in Crystal Bay, Nev., on Feb. 11, 2013 following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Born on Jan. 1, 1946 to the late Elizabeth and Thomas Eadington, William (Bill) grew up in the town of Brea in Orange County, Calif. He attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, then Santa Clara University, where he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics. On Feb. 3, 1968, at age 22, he married Margaret Dean, with whom he had gone to grade school at St. Mary's in Fullerton, Calif.
In 1969, after completing his Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate School, he and Margaret moved to Reno and he went to work at the University of Nevada, where he spent his entire 43-year career on the faculty of the Economics Department in the College of Business.
Over the course of his prolific career, Bill became the leading academic expert in the field of gaming. He founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno. He wrote extensively on issues relating to the economic and social impacts of commercial gaming, and served as a consultant and advisor for governments and private sector organizations throughout the world on issues related to gaming laws, casino operations, regulation, legalization and public policy.
Bill was a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and a former associate editor of the Annals of Tourism Research and the Journal of Gambling Studies. He served as the organizer of the University's ongoing triennial International Conferences on Gambling and Risk Taking, which began in 1974, and served as founder and co-moderator of the annual Executive Development Programs for Senior Level Casino Executives since 1991.
In 1990, Bill was awarded a Foundation Professorship at the University, and starting in 2004, he held the Philip G. Satre Chair of Gaming Studies at the University. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Gaming Association's Gaming Hall of Fame with a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education. Bill served as an academic visitor to the London School of Economics, as a visiting professor at the Center for Addiction Studies at Harvard Medical School, and as a visiting lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He also was on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Salford, United Kingdom. In 2008, Bill was awarded a doctor of business administration honoris causa by the University of Macau. In addition to the notable academic and policy contributions Bill made to the field of gaming during his career, he made a larger personal impact on the students, industry and government professionals with whom he taught, worked and came to know personally.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret Eadington, his son Michael Eadington, his daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Darren Reed, and his three grandchildren, Sophia, Roxanne and Scarlett. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth, his brothers Robert and George, his siblings' spouses, beloved nieces and nephews, and many special friends around the world.
Robert M. Eggleston, emeritus faculty of Development and Alumni Relations
March 3, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Robert “Bob” Eggleston, 83, passed away peacefully March 3, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Eggleston, and his brother, Ray Eggleston (Nancy); and his four daughters Sandy Keller (Shan); Lynn Mark (Michael); Lori Osowski (Joe); and Bobbi Wilson.
Before retirement at age 81, Bob worked at the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation as director of major gifts and planned giving.
Bob was a native of Jackson, Mich., where he was a four-sport athlete in high school. Bob earned a bachelor's in social studies and science at Albion College, where he was inducted into the sports Hall of Fame. He received a master's degree from Michigan State and worked towards furthering his education at the University of Michigan.
Bob, known for his infectious smile and sense of humor, lived an active life with hobbies of amateur piloting, skiing, hiking and being a Kiwanis member. He was a church Deacon and elder who led youth activities and Bible studies.
Robert D. Harvey, emeritus faculty of English
Nov. 24, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Bob Harvey, retired English professor and father of four passed away Nov. 24, 2012, at age 86.
Bob was a Chicagoan and a Nevadan, a scholar and a teacher, a reader and a writer, a pianist, a lover of jazz and baseball, and, above all, a family man—loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The second of three children, he was born in Evanston, Ill., on Oct. 5, 1926, to James Seymour Harvey and Elizabeth Southwick Harvey. He grew up in Evanston, on Chicago's north side, where he went to Evanston Township High School and was class president and editor of the newspaper in his senior year. In 1944, he enlisted in the Army, trained as a signal corps specialist in Ohio, and went through basic training in Texas, where he also managed to read Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
After his honorable discharge in 1946, he earned a bachelor’s in English at Northwestern University and a master’s and Ph.D. in English language and literature at The University of Chicago, with an emphasis in American literature.
He married Frances Patton Harvey in 1960, taught at the University of California, Berkeley 1960-62, and in 1962 began his 32-year teaching career in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he taught writing and literature from 1962-94 and served as department chair for two terms. He also taught at Reno's Old College and for 20 years taught a course on justice, law and literature to judges at the National Judicial College, most recently in January 2012.
On two Fulbright fellowships, he taught American literature in Caen, France from 1967-68 and in Shiraz, Iran in 1977-78. Bob loved the Sierra and hiked many Nevada and California mountain ranges, serving as "feuermeister" who could famously—as is only to be expected from an Eagle Scout—build a fire even in pouring rain. He and his wife Franny collected art by Nevada artists, and their house in northwest Reno saw many a lively cocktail party and gathering of friends, who would always end up crowded into the kitchen talking into the wee hours. He was a card-carrying member of the ACLU, loved Abraham Lincoln, FDR and the New Deal, and believed deeply and perseveringly in the ideals of liberté, egalité, and fraternité.
Bob's wife of 45 years, Franny, died in 2007, and he is survived by his four daughters Patsy, Debbie, Liz, and Alison; their partners Bill, Pat, and Jack; grandchildren Robbie, Maggie, Will, Katie, Lydia, and Sophia; and great-grandchildren Ollie and Frances.
Robert McQueen, emeritus faculty of psychology
Dec. 23, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Dr. Robert McQueen was born on July 5, 1925, in Baltimore, Md., to Beatrice Stockbridge and Robert G. McQueen. He was the fourth of five children: George, Dick, Jane, and Mary Guest.
Robert and his family moved to Denver, Colo., in 1929. After completing the 11th grade at Denver's South High School, Robert moved to Portland, Ore., and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943.
With World War II then in full swing, Robert was inducted into the U.S. Army in November of 1943. Trained as an infantryman, he saw nearly two years of combat duty throughout the South West Pacific theatre, mainly in New Guinea and the Netherlands East Indies. He was discharged in April of 1946 with the rank of sergeant.
In the summer of 1946, Robert enrolled at the University of Denver where he earned a bachelor’s in psychology in 1949, and a master’s in psychology in 1950. While an undergraduate at Denver University, he married his South High School classmate, Shirley L. Pfeiffer.
Upon completing his master’s degree, Robert served one year as an psychology instructor at Idaho State College in 1950 and then as a psychology instructor at Colorado State University. In 1952, he enrolled in the graduate school of the University of Texas at Austin to begin doctoral studies in psychology. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1955.
In the fall of 1955, Robert was appointed assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He taught there until his retirement in 1990. During his 35 years at Nevada, he served in many capacities, including chairman of the Department of Psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. However, he viewed as his most significant assignment that of chairman of the Scholarships and Prizes Board, which he headed for some 30 years; and during which time he was instrumental in establishing many scholarships and endowments which continue to this day. In the years 1960 through 1970, Robert divided his time between teaching at the University and the Nevada State Hospital, where he served as chief clinical psychologist.
Robert's work in the Reno/Sparks community included service on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, the Campfire Girls, the Sparks Recreation Commission and the Salvation Army. Additionally, he helped found the Sparks Junior Baseball League and, for several years, he was coach of the 8-to-9-year-old Papooses. Professionally, Robert helped with the legislation that established the Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners and, subsequently, served as its president for more than 20 years. He took special pride in holding Nevada Psychology License # 1—a number, he liked to say, that "was easy to remember."
First appointed to the Washoe County Board of School Trustees in 1970, Robert was subsequently elected and re-elected to that board for four additional terms. In 1980, Robert McQueen High School was named in his honor.
Robert and Shirley have three children: Daniel Carl, Katherine Gail and Thomas Patrick. Shirley preceded Robert in death in November 2012.
Michael B. Mooney, emeritus faculty of Cooperative Extension
Feb. 11, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Michael Mooney passed away on February 11, one day shy from his 81st birthday. Though he was born in San Francisco, raised in Irving, Texas, and lived in various states, he was quick to call Reno his true home.
Michael leaves a wife, Kathy, a son, Michael, and a large extended family that will miss him greatly. He was a man of great faith, who especially enjoyed fellowshipping with his numerous friends at men's groups, Bible studies and church services.
Michael J. Pontrelli, biological sciences professor
Jan. 24, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Michael was born in Los Angeles to John and Rosalie Pontrelli and passed away at age 75 at his home in Sparks, Nev.
When Michael was a teen, he yearned to leave behind the concrete of Los Angeles. After a year at UCLA, he headed north to Humboldt State University, where he majored in biology and immersed himself in the outdoors. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1959, he became a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his Ph.D in zoology in 1966.
After graduating, he taught biological sciences at Syracuse University, the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College.
At the University of Nevada, Reno he started a wild horse program and also worked with Wild Horse Annie. His focus was to protect not only the horses, but the rangeland. Wild Horse Annie learned about wildlife biology, soils and ecology from Michael. She and Michael were largely responsible for the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act that passed into federal law in 1971.
He worked with Nevada Department of Wildlife in regard to the impact of wild horses on habitat. He also served on the National Wild Horse Advisory Board. Later he became a biological consultant for various firms in northern Nevada and at the Tonopah Test Range in the south.
Michael loved teaching and his students loved him. But more important than his profession was his love for family and friends. A true outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. His fun-loving nature infused his outdoor adventures, his work and his family life. A great cook, he loved to prepare Italian or Chinese feasts, all the while joking and laughing with family and guests. His open heart and wonderful sense of humor drew everyone to him.
A husband, brother, dad and grandfather, he left behind his wife, Jeany, his sister, Catherine Gallego, his children Gregory and wife Dawn, Scott and wife Goldie, and Michele Salerno and husband Joe. He also left behind stepchildren Lynne Goodrich and husband Ed, Gary Nelson and wife Debbie, and Christopher Nelson.
Jacqueline Reed, former executive secretary of the College of Arts and Science
Dec. 14, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Reed passed away Dec. 14, 2012 with her family at her side. She was born May 5, 1927 in Oakland, Calif. She moved to Sparks in 1941 and attended Sparks High School, graduating in 1945. It was there she met the love of her life, Keith Reed. They married on Aug. 2, 1946 and recently celebrated 66 years together.
She was a dedicated and active life member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
Jackie served as executive secretary to the dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Nevada, Reno for 15 years. She then served as the assistant to Dr. Kleiner at the Wilbur May Arboretum at the Rancho San Rafael Park. This was a perfect reflection of her love of nature. She always found beauty in ordinary things.
Her hobbies included gardening, swimming, hiking, fishing, hunting and cross country skiing. She also enjoyed creating beautiful memory books and hand-crafted gifts for others.
Jackie was preceded in death by her mother, Iris Hamilton, and her father, Harry Martin. She is survived by her husband, Keith, son Kent (Sharon), sisters Maxine Milabar of Reno and Rosalie Hope of Healdsburg, Calif.
Geneva B. (Ellis) Cobb ’37 (first grade diploma)
Nov. 28, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Geneva Cobb, 95, of Reno, Nev., died Nov. 28, 2013.
Chester A. Green ’39 (elementary education), ’57M.Ed. (educational administration/higher education)
Dec. 2, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Chester Green was born at a general hospital on Ralston Hill in Reno on June 22, 1917. He died at his home on Dec. 2, 2012. His father was Leslie "Allie" Green, and his mother was Florence Filippini Green Darling.
Surviving him are his wife of 65 years, Lena "Lee" Porta Green, son Michael and wife, Janet, son Mark and wife, Katharine; and daughter Cathleen Green Chinnici and her husband, C. Joseph Chinnici. Also surviving him are his brother-in-law Louis Porta and wife Carol of Reno. Chet was predeceased by his sisters Thelma Dusenberry and Charlotte Williams, brothers Wilfred and Leslie Green, and sister-in-law Mena Porta.
He attended Babcock Kindergarten, Mary S. Doten Elementary, Northside Jr. High, and graduated from Reno High School in 1935. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, College of Education in 1939 and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 1957.
During World War II, he was a member of the 40th Chemical Lab Company and served in England and France. He was discharged with the rank of master sergeant.
His maternal grandfather settled in Ruby Hill, Nev., in Eureka County in the 1870s, farming in that area. His paternal great-great grandfather was born in New Hampshire in 1806. His grandparents moved to the Nine Mile Ranch & Station in 1865 on the Walker River. It was a busy stage stop during the boom days of Aurora and Bodie.
Chet spent all his working years as a teacher and principal. His teaching career included Montgomery Pass, Round Mountain, Wadsworth and Yerington (where he was also the elementary school principal), as well as Northside and Central in Reno. He was appointed principal of Southside Elementary in 1955 and then the first principal of the Echo Loder Elementary School, and for a short period he principal of Southside and Glen Duncan schools simultaneously. He was appointed principal of the old B.D. Billinghurst School on Plumas Street in 1961, and on its closing, opened the Ed Pine Middle School, from which he retired in 1980. He considered himself extremely fortunate to have worked under a great school district administrative staff, from the superintendent on down. He, in turn, had an exceptional staff of teachers, many to whom he gave their first jobs, which they continued until their retirement. He was also blessed to have a competent and caring support staff, and cooperation from his hardworking PTA members. He was grateful to everyone for their loyalty, and particularly to his vice-principal and good friend, Ray Aiazzi.
He was awarded the patriotic Civilian Service Award by the Department of Army for his role in promoting Jr. ROTC at his schools. He was a lifetime member of the PTA and Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of Retired Public Employees of Nevada, AARP, and Nevada Retired School Employees. He was a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, where he and Lee were married in 1947. For several years he was a volunteer at St. Vincent's Thrift Shop.
Doris (Post) Gann, attended 1940-43
Dec. 24, 2012—Friday Harbor, Wash.
The death of Reno native and skiing great Dodie Post Gann passed as quietly as a snowflake on a Mt. Rose winter morning.
She left us on Christmas Eve at her home in Friday Harbor, Wash., and, as was her wishes, no services were held. She was 90.
We only learned of her death this month, but it shouldn't go without a tribute. She was, after all, one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of northern Nevada.
Raised in Reno, Gann started competing as a member of the Reno Ski Club in 1938 and by 1940 was the top junior skier in the Far West.
She won numerous national events including the President's Cup/Sun Valley Ski Club championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1947, earning her a place on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team.
She was named the team captain, but while practicing for the Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, she suffered a broken ankle and was not able to compete.
She did compete in the 1950 World Championships in Aspen, Colo., and the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway. She was also team manager for the U.S. squad at the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy.
In 1973, Gann was in the inaugural class of 13 inducted into the University of Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame, joining such legends as NFL Hall of Famer Marion Motley, Stan Heath, James "Rabbit" Bradshaw ’22, Tom Kalmanir ’49 (physical education), Silas Ross, Noble Waite ’22 (agriculture), Ed Reed Sr. ’22 (mechanical engineering), James Bailey ’29 (economics), Jake Lawlor ’30 (history), Bob O'Shaughnessy, Max Dodge ’47 and Joe Bliss.
In 2001, Gann was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, telling the Reno Gazette-Journal at the time that it was the pinnacle of her career. She was the second area resident inducted, the other being Squaw Valley co-founder Wayne Poulson.
In 2012, she was inducted into the Reno High School Hall of Fame.
She gave up skiing later in life, but was a licensed pilot until the time of her death.
Gann and her late husband, author and adventurer Ernest Gann, were avid conservationists and left their 800-acre Red Mill Farm to the San Juan Preservation Trust.
She was also a legendary pioneer for women athletes —and the skiing community in northern Nevada.
Mary Ann (Lockridge) Culwell ’42 (history)
Feb. 2, 2013—Dublin, Calif.
Mary Ann Lockridge Culwell was born in Sparks, Nev., on Jan. 24, 1921. She is predeceased by her mother and father, Edith and J. Gilbert Lockridge; her brother, Jay; and sister, Barbara. She is survived by her sons: Richard of Dublin, Calif., and Robert of Issaquah, Wash.
John L. Smith, attended 1942, 1951-53
Nov. 25 2012—Sparks, Nev.
John L. Smith passed away on Nov. 25, 2012. He was born Aug. 24, 1924 in Mina, Nev., to Irving Jr. and Dorothea Louise Smith, and moved to Reno at age 6.
After graduating from Reno High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He then served in the U.S. Navy. His last assignment with the U.S. Army 5th Bomber Command ended in March 1946. He received honorable discharges from all three branches of the U.S. Military.
He returned to Reno, attended the University of Nevada, Reno and joined State Farm Insurance, where he was an agent for 34 years until his retirement in December 1995.
John loved his native Nevada and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and mining. He held several mining claims in the Pine Nut Range, which he actively mined until the 1990s.
John's biggest enjoyment was his love of music. His talents were many and varied. However his greatest asset being that he was so extraordinarily gifted with a beautiful tenor voice. He turned down recording contracts including one from Bing Crosby, because it meant spending time away from his young family.
Preceding him in death were grandsons, Leif Hepfler and Austin Powers, brother-in-law, George Folsom and niece, Jeannine Folsom.
John is survived by wife, Dee; daughter, Joy Riley (Tony); sons Eric and Christopher (Marilyn); stepsons Todd Powers (Nadine), and Jerry Powers; and sister, Dorothea Folsom; John was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had been active in the church and sang in the church choir.
Jack B. Streeter ’43 (political science)
Feb.16, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Jack Streeter, 91, died in Reno on Feb. 16, 2013. He was a native Nevadan and longtime Reno resident and attorney. Jack graduated from Sparks High School in 1939, where he was voted most likely to succeed. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, ROTC and Pacific Golden Gloves Champion in the light heavy weight division. During World War II, Jack became the most decorated Nevadan from that war. He served as an officer in the First Infantry Division and participated in the D-Day invasion, assault across the Rhine River and Battle of the Bulge. His decorations include four Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, four Purple Hearts and the Legion of Merit. The newest tower at the VA Medical Center in Reno bears his name in honor of his heroic service. After the war, he attended Hastings College of the Law and returned to Reno, where he was Washoe County District Attorney from 1951-54. He represented Harold's Club during the sale to Howard Hughes and had many other prominent cases and clients. Jack was active in the community and helped form the Nevada District Attorney's Association, served as president of the World Association of Lawyers, chairman of the USS Nevada Commissioning Committee and as a member of the Knights of Malta. Throughout his life he believed in vigorous physical exercise and until just recently, would go to the gym at the Elks Lodge each morning. He is survived by his wife, Vera, son Jackson, and daughter-in-law Maria.
Beth (Winchester) Bornet ’45 (economics)
Nov. 22, 2012—Ashland, Ore.
Beth W. Bornet, an honored Ashland Community Hospital volunteer and Girl Scout leader-trainer, passed away at age 88 on Nov. 22, 2012.
Mrs. Bornet, an Ashland resident since 1963, was preceded in death by her father, George A. Winchester, a community leader of Susanville, and her mother, Aura P. Winchester, a Lassen County teacher who retired in Ashland.
She is survived by her husband, Vaughn Davis Bornet, a research historian affiliated with Southern Oregon University. They were married in 1944, after a brief courtship at Naval Air Station, Alameda, where he was barracks officer.
After graduation from Lassen Union High School, and a year at Lassen Junior College when she served as Queen of Job's Daughters, Beth attended University of Nevada, Reno, graduating as 1945 class president and member of Gamma Phi Beta. Her married years included life in the wartime Navy community. Later came Macon, Ga.; Miami, Fla.; Menlo Park, Calif.; Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Santa Monica, Calif.; and Ashland.
Arriving in Jackson County in 1963, Beth was active in the Girl Scouts of America as volunteer and professional staff member. She trained future troop leaders and coordinated camping for two decades. The Bornets guided their son to Eagle Scout and her daughter to Curved Bar in Girl Scouts.
Beth's many leadership positions included presidency of the Oregon Hospital Auxiliary, 1981 and Ashland Hospital Auxiliary, 1972-74. She initiated hospital pediatric tours, chairing them for 15 years. She served the free blood pressure clinic. In 1998, the Ashland Hospital Board presented Mrs. Bornet with their first certificate of appreciation, in recognition of 25 years of leadership and "hard work and dedication, making the Auxiliary what it is today." She was president of the Ashland Hospital Foundation. Throughout Beth showed "commitment, devotion and loyalty," it was said. In 1990, Jackson County gave her its Volunteer of the Month award.
Locally, she was president of Dine and Discover dinner group, Altrusa Club of Jackson County, Southern Oregon College Faculty Wives Club, Ashland Study Club, and others. Beth was a longtime Precinct 2 elections clerk. She served with Red Cross Blood Bank and the Tudor Guild. She enjoyed the Military Officers Association of Southern Oregon and the Rogue Valley Yacht Club. She constantly contributed services as a faculty wife. During the spring of 1969 she joined her historian husband on a four-month World Campus Afloat voyage around the world, working as secretary to the dean.
Beth enjoyed the Ashland Library, sewing, gourmet cooking, sailing, camping, fishing and trailering.
She is survived by two married children, Barbara Bornet Stumph, of Walnut Creek, Calif., a retired teacher and Chinese art specialist, and Stephen Folwell Bornet, CDR (USNR, ret.) a retired corporation executive, now a realtor in Stamford, Conn. Both are graduates of Ashland High School with university degrees.
Crystal E. Broady, attended 1946
Dec. 1, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Crystal E. Broady passed away Dec. 1, 2012. Crystal was born July 25, 1927 in Fallon, Nev., to Louis and Allene Baumann. Crystal attended Harmon School through the eighth grade and graduated from Churchill County High School. She briefly attended the University of Nevada, Reno. She married Paul Broady in June of 1946. The couple remained in Reno the rest of their lives.
Crystal loved her church and was involved in many ministries until her passing.
She is preceeded in death by her parents and husband Paul. Crystal is survived by her three children, Ron and Carol Broady; Beverly and Jim Morrison; Janice and Thad Harding, all of Reno; sisters Edith Relf of Oregon; Lida Robinson of Idaho, and brother, Robert Baumann of Henderson, Nev.
Robert G. Marsh, attended 1946-1947, 1949, 1950
Jan. 3, 2013—Reno, Nev
Robert Greenwood Marsh, 93, was born to Frank and Stella Marsh on Jan. 10, 1920, in Fallon, Nev. He died Jan. 3, 2013, in Reno.
A strident supporter of education, Bob assisted countless family members, friends and acquaintances in their educational endeavors. One of his deep regrets was never having completed his formal education. After World War II, he completed two years at the University of Nevada, Reno while working full-time as a young husband and father. He attended classes at Nevada in his late 80s, but regretfully never finished his degree due to hearing and mobility impairments.
Bob began his career as an entrepreneur selling root beer on the streets of Fallon as an 8-year-old kid. He graduated Fallon High School in 1937. He married his childhood sweetheart, Raylyn Albee, in 1938, and his daughter Janet was born in 1940. In the years before World War II, he worked in many fields including mining and serving as the Standard Oil representative in Gabbs, Nev. Immediately after Pearl Harbor, he tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps, as well as the other branches of the military, but he was heartbroken to learn he was ineligible due to color blindness. He joined the Merchant Marines and served on various vessels including the USS Darby in both the Pacific and Mediterranean theaters, ultimately earning the position of Deck Engineer. He owned several service stations over the years, as well as Club Taxi Company, Marsh Auto Wrecking and Reno Scrap and Steel.
He had a long record of public service in the Reno area. He was a long-time Mason and member of the Shrine. He was also a long-time member of numerous organizations, including the Greenhead Hunting Club in Fallon, the Humboldt Hunting Club, the Elks Club, the Rotary Club, the Reno Chamber of Commerce, the Reno Junior Chamber of Commerce and various trade organizations, including the Nevada Towing Association. He served in various leadership capacities in many of these organizations. He served on the Truckee River Advisory Board in the 1970s and 80s. He was chairman of the Reno Housing Authority in the 1960s, and he served in the Washoe County Sheriff's Auxiliary and Aero Squadron.
He always longed to fly airplanes and in the 1950s he was able to fulfill his passion as a private pilot. Beginning in the 1980s, he was well-known around town as the proud owner of an amphibious Cessna and delighted in taking his buddies fishing on Wildhorse Reservoir, mounting a small outboard motor between the floats and trolling from inside the plane. The Piazzo brothers featured him on their Sportsman's Corner TV program.
He had a certain theatrical bent, and in the 1950s appeared in many plays at the Reno Little Theater. He also had a walk-on part in the film "Captive City," starring John Forsythe, which was filmed entirely in the Reno-Carson area and released in 1952. He was an avid supporter of many community organizations including the Reno Little Theater, the Lear Theater, the University of Nevada, Reno, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Renown Children's Hospital, RSVP, Shakespeare Animal Fund, and the Nevada Museum of Art.
In 1964, Bob married Avis. They welcomed their daughter, Kimberly, in 1966. Bob never fully recovered from Avis's loss to cancer in 1997, but he carried on with his typical steely resolve. He joined a widows/widowers support group and cherished the many friends he made while they shared one another's grief. He especially delighted in dinners held at Randy and Patty Idler's home at which he was always the cherished guest of honor.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Avis, his parents, Frank S. Marsh and Stella Greenwood Marsh, his sister Phyllis Shaver, his brother Bill Marsh, stepsons Donald "Dub" Hudson and Guy Hudson, brother-in-law Fred Eby and sisters-in-law Erma Christianson and Dorothy Allen. He is survived by daughters Janet Marsh Wells (Howdy) and Kimberly Marsh Guinasso (Jason), stepson Scot F. Hudson (Debbie), daughters-in-law Rowena Harrison and Karen Hudson, and sisters-in-law Bettejean Smith and Ann Sandwick.
Maida (Lee) Bradshaw, attended 1947-48
Dec. 21, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Maida Lee Bradshaw, 84, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, in Reno, Nev. She was born in Clarksdale, Miss., on May 21, 1928, the first born daughter of Charles B. Lee and Dixie Green Lee. She was raised in Mississippi, California and Boulder City, Nev. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she met James H. "Bud" Bradshaw at a Lambda Chi Social in 1946. They were married Sept. 4, 1948.
After marriage, Maida worked briefly at Reno High School as a secretary before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Bud and Maida had four children: Carol Anne, James Wayne, Gary Alan and Kenneth Charles. While the children were growing up, she volunteered as Cub Scout Den Mother, Camp Fire Girls Leader, Rainbow Girls' Advisory Committee and chairman of the Washoe Junior Golf Program.
Maida was active in several organizations. She served as president of Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and on the Nevada Alpha Chapter Advisory Committee. She was a longtime member of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Reno and served as an elder and president of the Women's Association. She was a queen of Ammon-Ra Temple, Daughters of the Nile. She enjoyed competitive golf and was captain of the Ladies Golf Section at Hidden Valley Country Club and worked on many tournament committees.
Maida loved photography, golf and traveling. Her travels with husband Bud included tours of China, Mexico, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She especially enjoyed traveling to visit her children and grandchildren.
Maida was initiated into Chapter F of P.E.O. in Reno, Nevada in 1954. She was a very active member, serving as chapter president four times and holding nearly every other office. Her favorite P.E.O. project was the program for continuing education. In 1989, Maida and Bud moved to Las Vegas when he was transferred by First Interstate Bank of Nevada. For 10 years she enjoyed new P.E.O. sisters in Chapter AE. In addition, she was busy with the Assistance League of Las Vegas. When they returned to Reno, Maida reunited with her P.E.O sisters in Chapter F.
In 1999, Maida and Bud returned to Reno and continued to enjoy many years of time with family and traveling together. She is survived by Bud, her beloved husband of more than 64 years, her children Carol, James and Ken. She is also survived by her sisters Connie Eccles, Gloria Cameron, Linda Budge, six grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
Duchan J. Drakulich ’49 (education)
Dec. 12, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Duchan Joseph Drakulich was born Aug. 30, 1923 to Jovon (Joe) and Julia Drakulich in Kimberly, White Pine County, Nev., and was raised in nearby Rieptown, a small and rugged mining community comprised of both a multicultural and multiethnic society.
As one of 12 children, Duke attended Kimberly Grammar School and White Pine High School in Ely, Nev. After graduating from high school in 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, at which time he assumed the name of his beloved high school football coach, Duke Thayer. He soon rose to the rank of platoon sergeant and became an instructor in hand-to-hand combat while stationed in the Hawaiian, Midway and Johnson Islands.
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, Duke returned to Ely and married Asuntina (Ina) Caviglia. Duke and Ina moved to Reno where they raised nine children.
Upon moving to Reno, Duke matriculated to the University of Nevada where he began studies in the education. By 1949, he graduated with a degree in education and a minor in biology.
In 1951, Duke began his teaching career at Bishop Manogue High School which, at the time, was located in an agrarian area located in the far eastern section of Reno. In addition to assuming teaching duties at Manogue, he also took on the duty of coaching football, basketball and track. He accomplished these tasks while also running a janitorial business in the Reno area. His tenure at Manogue allowed him to develop lifetime relationships with his students, players and fellow faculty. His fond memories were of a time when football practice was held in an adjoining cow pasture.
Duke's coaching and teaching career continued at Manogue High School after it moved to its second location in Northwest Reno, and thereafter at Sparks High School, and eventually at the newly opened Proctor Hug High School, where he retired in 1971.
It was during his coaching career that Duke had such noted accomplishments as having the first football team to be fully outfitted with face masks (1954); coining the term "red zone," and developing a unique single wing offense which he named the “Tandem.”
After concluding his coaching career in 1970, Duke went to work for the State of Nevada in the Department of Manpower Planning under the administration of Gov. Michael O'Callaghan.
Despite his retirement from coaching, Duke continued with his research in athletic motivational equipment. His research led to a number of patented inventions which are still in use by both professional and major college football teams.
In 1993, he was inducted into the Manogue High School Hall of Fame.
Duke died on Dec. 12, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife Asuntina (Ina). He was also preceded in death by his mother and father; siblings Vaso (Bill), Della, Ann, Milon, Steve, Sam, Nick, Sophia, Dorothy and Stanley; his daughter, Andrea Manor (Dennis); and his grandson, Sgt. David Drakulich.
He is survived by his sister Jennie Yeland, his eight children, Damon Drakulich, Paula Kimbrough (Mark), Victor Drakulich (Linda), Julie Roberts (Edgar), Gene Drakulich (Kathleen), Denise Altick (Joe), Joseph Drakulich (Tina), and Marie Heydon (Tim).
The Drakulich children would like to extend a special vote of gratitude to our father's care providers, Jenny (Blondie) and Monica (Madonna), who worked tirelessly to provide the loving care our father deserved. We would also like to extend a warm thank you to Jennifer and Debbie from Vista Care Hospice who made the passing of our father one of peace, as well as our father's dog, Tommy, who never left his side.
Elwyn F. Freemonth ’49 (economics)
Dec. 1, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Elwyn Francis Freemonth passed away at home Dec. 1, 2012 from the effects of Parkinson's disease.
Elwyn was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Fernley, Nev., to Oliver and Lillian (Austin) Freemonth. He grew up in Fernley and later moved to Reno with his family after their house burned down. While attending University of Nevada, Reno, his senior year was interrupted with the breakout of World War II. As he was part of the ROTC program, he was recruited to officer candidate school in Ft. Knox, Ken., and into the European Theatre. He served as an S1 Adjutant of Special Missions and a tank commander in Patton's 7th Armored Group, landing on Normandy Beach, on June 9, 1944 and participated in the infamous Battle of the Bulge. He received the commission of major upon his return.
After the war, Elwyn married Elizabeth Flyge and had three children. He also went to work as a CPA, starting his own firm with Newell Hancock, Bill Geyer and Thornton Audrain. After Betty's passing, he married Billie Hybarger in 1960. Together they raised five children. Elwyn is survived by his daughters, Linda Mandelkow of Denver, Colo., Corinne McCombs of Salt Lake City, Utah, and sons, Gary of Las Vegas, Nev., Randy of Reno, and is preceded in death by his son, Greg.
Elwyn went on many hunting and fishing adventures, from hunting bear and moose in Alaska to deep sea fishing for marlin in Mexico. Even into his 80s, he was a crack shot with trap, skeet and sporting clays with his buddies from the Prospector's Club. At the age of 76, he won the California Indians Skeet Class Championship, hitting 100 out of 100 targets in a row. He loved to fly, taking his first flying lesson when he was only 15, and owned his own plane for many years. Through his love of flying came his involvement in the Reno National Championship Air Races as a founding member in 1964. Bill Stead, a fellow Sigma Nu fraternity brother, came to him with the idea for the air races and asked him to be the financial director. He was very active in the community, serving as president of the Prospector's Club and as a volunteer for the Reno Aero Squadron. He also donated his time and resources to the YMCA, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, and St. John's Presbyterian Church, to name a few.
Rufus Ogilvie ’52 (electrical engineering)
Dec. 19, 2012—Sahuarita, Ariz.
Rufus Ogilvie Jr., of Sahuarita, Ariz., passed away Dec. 19, 2012. He was at home with his daughters, Heather and Sue.
Rufus was born in Ventura, Calif., on June 3, 1926. He served in the Army and graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1952, after he had married his wife, Jane. He worked as an electrical engineer throughout California and retired to Green Valley, Ariz., with Jane in 1988. They lived in Canoa Estates II and were part of many neighborhood and social clubs. Rufus was a member of the Green Valley Masonic Lodge #71, Green Valley Rotary and Sahuarita 1st Assembly of God. In May of 2012, he moved to Sahuarita to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Dave Myers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane. He is survived by his children: Heather (Dave) Myers, Sue (Ray) Martinez and Rufus M. Ogilvie.
Jennilee (Gibson) Thayer ’53 (secondary education)
Nov. 19, 2012—Henderson, Nev.
Jennilee Gibson Thayer, 81, of Henderson, Nev., passed away Nov. 19, 2012.
She was born in McGill, Nev., on Oct. 24, 1931 to Fred D. and May Emma Gibson. Her family lived in McGill and Carson City, Nev., before moving to Las Vegas, Nev., in May 1936. Jennie attended Fifth Street Grammar School and graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1949. She then attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and graduated with a degree in math and a teaching credential. She taught math at Las Vegas High School and fifth grade at Basic Elementary in Henderson, Nev.
Jennilee married Robert "Red" Thayer June 6, 1954 in Las Vegas. She was preceded in death by her husband. They were the parents of five children, Sherri (Kevin) Leany of Henderson; Dave (Christine) Thayer of Parowan, Utah; Jennilee Thayer of Cedar City, Utah; Lucille (Mark) Peveler of Henderson, and John (Eva) Thayer of Tucson, Ariz. They raised their family in Henderson.
In 1988, work took Jennie and Red to Cedar City, where they lived until Red's passing in 2006. At that time, Jennie returned to Henderson and her beloved Nevada. Jennie was active in her community. While in high school, she represented Las Vegas at Girls' State and Nevada at Girls' Nation. She was active in Rainbow Girls and served as Grand Worthy Advisor for Nevada. She later was Mother Advisor. Jennie was a leader for Camp Fire Girls in Henderson. A longtime member of the PEO Sisterhood, Jennie was the Nevada State president in 1990-91. She helped organize the Henderson Service Club, was an avid bridge player, and was active in Republican politics. She was active in the Community Church and later the Presbyterian Church.
Jennilee was also preceded in death by her brother, James I. Gibson. Besides her children, Jennilee is survived by five siblings, Fred Gibson, Maisie Ronnow, John (Marianne) Gibson, Christina Little, all of Las Vegas, and Linda Ferguson of Henderson.
S. Jeanne (Johnson) Boscovich, attended 1956-65
Feb. 2, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Sarah Jeanne Johnson Boscovich, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away Feb. 2, 2013 at the age of 100. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her daughter's home in Reno.
Jeanne was born to Emery and Fanny Banks Johnson in Lansford, N.D., on Aug. 10, 1912, and was the couple's sixth child. She was always quick to point out that she was one of the few of the 10 children who had brown eyes rather than the typical "Johnson blues," which incidentally carried on through several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jeanne lived her life with a constant passion for learning, reading and exploring, and was so well read she could challenge even the shrewdest historian or religious figure with an impressive knowledge of the Bible, classic literature and history books, to name a few.
As a child, her family left North Dakota when she was very young, calling home such places as Cut Bank, Montana, Oakman, Arizona, Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif. They eventually landed in Nevada, where they lived in Blair Junction, Gilbert and Millers. Eventually they landed in Tonopah, where she met her husband of 69 years, Marco Boscovich.
The Johnson family traveled and had amazing adventures, as Emery would often open general stores in these towns, many of which are ghost towns today. Jeanne would often recall that each new place would give the kids new opportunities to explore, and they never knew that living life without the luxuries we take for granted today, such as indoor restrooms, and in many times extremely remote locations, was anything but an adventure. She treasured her life experiences and spoke of them until the end.
Jeanne spent a year in high school both in San Diego and Stockton, before moving to Tonopah where she graduated from Tonopah High School. After graduation, she attended and graduated from Paramount Beauty College in Los Angeles. Following graduation from beauty school, Jeanne ran a beauty parlor in Tonopah until her life took a new course when she married Marco Boscovich.
In 1938, Jeanne and Marco were married at St. Stevens Presbyterian Church in Tonopah. One year later, their first child, Brenda Geraldine, was born. Shortly after, Marco worked as a foreman for Pinkerton, the contractor that built the Tonopah Air Base during World War II. Marco soon enlisted in the Army where he served as an Army combat engineer in the Pacific and was among the first occupation troops in Korea. In Marco's absence, Jeanne kept busy raising Brenda and worked for the Red Cross and the Nye County Courthouse. Marco safely returned home. Following his return to the states, the couple had their second child, Marko Kent (Lucky).
The family remained in Tonopah for several years, but eventually moved to Fernley. Then in 1954, Marco and Jeanne moved their family to Reno where they built the home they would live in for the rest of their lives. After coming to Reno, Marco and brother-in-law Jim Johnson formed Johnson-Boscovich Incorporated, a construction company that built numerous schools including Dilworth Junior High in Sparks, Empire Elementary, Peavine Elementary in Reno, Pleasant Valley Elementary—to name a few, and many churches across northern Nevada for more than 30 years. Jeanne and her brother Jim's wife, Elaine, were partners in this company and assisted in making it a tremendous success.
Perhaps one of Jeanne's proudest accomplishments, and one of the highlights of her life, was fulfilling her dream of going to college. Jeanne attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied education and the arts and sciences. An avid reader and Fox News enthusiast, Jeanne had a passion for politics, religion, knitting, crocheting, bridge, golf, art, tennis and always rooted on the Nevada Wolf Pack and the San Francisco 49ers. She missed the big game by one day, and was so looking forward to a Nevada player starting in a Super Bowl game. We are confident she had the best seat in the house and was proud of Colin Kaepernick and the Niner team despite the outcome. Her family all watched the game with Grandma top of mind!
Jeanne was a member of Turquoise chapter of Eastern Star, was a member of Daughters of the Nile, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and was active in the Republican Party for many years. In her last year of life she was blessed to enjoy her 100th birthday party, and to continue to read, share stories, and get to know the newest generations that are carrying on Grandma and Grandpa Boscovich's legacy. We will never forget her cookies, her creative dinners, her wit, her knowledge, her humility, her intelligence, her stories, her remedies, her uniqueness, her laugh, her beauty, her divine wisdom, and above all, her love.
Jeanne was preceded in death by husband Marco Boscovich, son Mark "Lucky" Boscovich, father Emery Johnson, mother Fanny Johnson, father-in-law Nikola Boscovich, mother-in-law Kristina Boscovich, sisters Edith Johnson, Kay Anderson, Frances Dudney and Gerry Cavanaugh, brothers Roy, Ted, Emery, Harold and Jim Johnson, great-grandson Jonah Smith, son-in-law Val Van Houck, as well as numerous beloved brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She is survived by daughter Brenda Van Houck, daughter-in-law Linda Boscovich, grandsons Scott (Cheryl) Fullerton, Jason (Emily) Van Houck, Marko (Megan) Boscovich, and granddaughters Sydney (Steve) Smith, Julie (Coby) Rowe, and Melissa (Jake Moulton), sisters-in-law Elaine Johnson, Marion Johnson and Minnie Perchetti.
Jeanne's family would like to thank Dr. Keane and the Vista Care Hospice, especially Dr. McDermott and nurses Eileen, Tina, Renata and Cynthia, for their love and support over the past year.
Steve B. Lane, attended 1956, 1957, 1961
Dec. 9, 2012—Las Vegas, Nev.
Steve B. Lane died Dec. 9, 2013 at age 73 in Las Vegas, Nev., from heart failure. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, he was raised and completed high school in Cimarron, Kansas. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and later entered the military, serving in Korea. Following his discharge, he attended Kansas University and graduated from the KU Law School.
In 1969, he became a deputy in the civil division of the District Attorney's office in Reno. Lane later became a partner in the Hale Lane Peek Dennison & Howard law firm, which became one of the largest in the state. In 1988, Lane moved to Las Vegas where he started the southern branch of Hale Lane. In 2008, the firm merged with Holland & Hart and he continued to be a consultant.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bert T. and Ann Angell Lane, and his brother, Michael L. Lane. He is survived by sons Andy (Amy) and Jeffrey (Kathy) of Las Vegas, and sister, Gaye Delaplane of Reno.
Lane especially enjoyed his time with his family and watching the grandchildren's sporting activities and recitals. He was so proud of his sons and their families. For years, he enjoyed time with his golfing friends.
John W. Hawkins ’57 (prelegal)
Nov. 28, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Reno resident and attorney John Wallis Hawkins died of heart failure on Nov. 28, 2012. He was 77. John is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Diane; daughter Sharon and her husband John Hawthorne; son Vinton and his wife Kari and their two children Hannah and Conrad.
John was born on April 2, 1935 in Lewistown, Mont. His family moved to Reno when he was a young boy where he attended Mount Rose Elementary and graduated from Reno High School in 1953. John was accomplished in multiple sports and was a member of the University of Nevada boxing team as a "tough" light heavyweight. While attending the University, he was a proud member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Following graduation from UNR, John and Diane were married in Reno in 1958. After a brief honeymoon, John and Diane moved to Baumholder, Germany where he served in the 5th Missile Battalion, 6th Artillery, for the Nike missile program in the U.S. Army.
In 1961, John and Diane returned to Reno to raise their two children. After working in the family business at Armanko Office Supply, he decided to become an attorney and graduated from McGeorge Law School in 1975. For the next 40 years, John ably served his clients and always remembered that everyone deserved the right to counsel, no matter how much they could or could not afford. Later he was appointed Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge.
"Hawk," as his friends referred to him, loved Nevada and all of its outdoor abundance, especially Lake Tahoe. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and wood boat enthusiast. Throughout his life, he restored and captained many Chris Crafts on Tahoe waters.
John was a great joy to his many friends and is an inspiration to his family. He was a bright light at any gathering, and will be remembered by all who knew him.
George R. Nelson ’58 (physical education), ’74M.Ed. (school administration)
Dec. 19, 2012—Fernley, Nev.
George Roland Nelson passed away on Dec.19, 2012. He entered the world on April 23, 1935 in Bonanza, Ore. His family relocated to Fallon, Nev., when he was a small boy. His first job was milking cows at the young age of 6. This marked a lifelong commitment to hard work and accomplishment.
He excelled as an athlete at Churchill County High School. A local paper stated "George played three outstanding seasons in baseball, football, and basketball." He found his true passion on the basketball court. Nicknamed the "Field General," he led the 1953 Greenwave basketball team to their first state finals appearance in twenty nine years. Additionally, he was unanimously nominated as captain of the 1953 All State Basketball team. He was the first Churchill County player to earn that honor. The high school Block F Society also named him the most outstanding athlete for the previous four years.
Higher education beckoned. George was industrious as usual and delivered milk to support his continuing exploits at the University of Nevada, Reno. He spent freshman year playing basketball on both the freshman and varsity teams at the same time. He was privileged to play on the Far West Conference winning teams coached by the legendary Jake Lawlor. He was also a member of the ATO Fraternity and the infamous Sundowners Club. He completed his bachelor's degree in 1958.
After college, George met Arlene Barker. They were married in 1961 and enjoyed 51 years together. He taught school for 19 of those years, primarily at Sparks High School. He went on to complete his master of education degree in addition to obtaining licenses in real estate, building contracting and insurance.
George left teaching behind to pursue his dream of ranching in Fernley, Nev. He enjoyed continued success raising cattle and growing alfalfa. He also built several custom homes along the way.
As a father, George had his hands full. He sometimes worked three jobs to support his seven children. His role as a father was his highest priority. He was an incredible husband and father. He was further blessed with many great and loyal friends throughout his life.
George is preceded in death by his son, Brian Nelson. He is survived by his wife ,Arlene Nelson, son George Nelson, daughters Jeanne Lehman, Jill Mora, Janice Kolvet, Kim Lynch, Holly Cerasoli,
brother Lloyd Nelson, sisters Muriel Young and Cleo Friberg.
David H. Baker ’59 (psychology), ’60M.A. (c & g pers serv)
Nov. 20, 2012—Phelan, Calif.
David Hanly Baker, respected teacher and counselor, passed away on Nov. 20, 2012, died from complications of advanced dementia. He was 80 years old. Born and raised in East St. Louis, Ill., he joined the USMC in 1951. Stationed at Camp Lejune, his stint in the service included a Mediterranean tour and participation in exercises related to the first detonation of an atomic weapon at Camp Desert Rock, later the Nevada Test Site. He retained his pride as a Marine throughout his long and accomplished life.
Upon discharge in 1954, he moved to Nevada. He earned a master's degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1959.
Most of his professional life was spent in Las Vegas, Nev., where he taught high school before becoming a vocational counselor for underprivileged children, and director of the federal Upward Bound program at UNLV. In California, he was a special education teacher at Hesperia High School until retirement in 2000.
Baker is survived by sisters Virginia and Margaret; spouse Frances; daughter Linda and son Stuart.
Patricia L. (Dunn) Devere ’59 (education)
Dec. 20, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Pat, 75, passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Reno, Nev., to Carl E. Dunn and Ruth Williams. Pat lived her entire life in Reno and Sparks, a life filled with creativity and little "fol-de-rol."
She grew up in the American Baptist Church where she met many good friends, sang in quartets, and met her husband-to-be, Eddie. Pat attended Southside Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High, Reno High School and the University of Nevada Reno, where she was a Tri Delt. She taught kindergarten and first grade, and later in life, was a substitute teacher. Patti was known for her crafting artistry, and the homes of many people are graced by her paintings and things she made. She will be remembered for her loving ways and gracious spirit. Pat leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Eddie Devere, her children Blaine Devere, Marci (Randy) Mayzes and Jeff Devere, and her brother John (Myrna) Dunn.
Jack E. Gilbert ’61 (physical education)
Dec. 28, 2012—Columbus, Ga.
Jack Eugene Gilbert, born Nov. 21, 1927 Missoula, Mont., passed away Dec. 28, 2012 in Columbus, Ga., of lung cancer.
Jack grew up on a working ranch in Richmond, Calif., where he and his father, the late George Gilbert, learned to ride bulls and bucking broncos. His passion for rodeo remained with him his entire life.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-49, graduated from the University Nevada, Reno and received his master's in education from Northern Arizona University. Jack was a teacher for the Washoe County School District for 27 years. During his teaching career he was a passionate high school baseball coach and umpire.
After retiring in 1988, Jack continued umpiring and was active in the Reno Rodeo Association. He always wore blue jeans, a big silver belt buckle and a smile from the joke he had just told. He was liked by everyone.
In 2009, Jack and Florence moved from Reno, Nev., to Columbus, where he spent his final years with his wife Florence, daughter Laurie, son-in-law Nate and grandson Tyler. He enjoyed a variety of Columbus State University senior classes, playing bridge and catching a game on television.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Florence Becker Gilbert; two daughters, Deborah Peltz of Reno, Nev., and Laurie Snook of Columbus, Ga.
J. Wayne Martin ’61 (electrical engineering)
Nov. 8, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Jack Wayne Martin, known to family and friends as Wayne, passed away from cancer on Nov. 8, 2012. Born in Salinas, Calif., he grew up in Hawthorne, Nev., where his parents worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot. One of his adventures was climbing the water tower at the nearby community of Babbitt.
He graduated from Mineral County High School where he was a member of the football team. In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an aircraft electrician in Japan and Indochina. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
In 1961, he graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a member of Sigma Tau Scholastic Engineering Society.
He worked for Nevada Bell and retired from AT&T in San Francisco. While living in the Bay Area, he was an active participant in the Big Brother Program. Wayne was an avid skier and taught on the Junior Ski Program in Reno during the 1960s.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan, and brothers Lauren and Verne Van Vlear. His final months were supported at Wynwood facility in Sparks, Nev., and by Circle of Life Hospice.
Donald E. McGhie ’61 (accounting)
Jan. 11, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Donald McGhie passed away on Jan. 11, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Doris McGhie, and brothers, Joseph and Dale. He is survived by his wife, Wallis Calder McGhie, daughter, Dawni McGhie of Reno, son Shawn "Mac" McGhie and daughter-in-law Jennifer. He is also survived by his sister, Sue Hill of Carson City, Nev.
Don was born on March 6, 1934 in Caliente, Nev. He took great pride in his southern Nevada roots. After graduating from Lincoln County High School, Don, along with his cousin, Bob Smeath, and good friends, Donnie Rowan and Dick Stringham, headed north to accept an invitation from Jake Lawlor to play basketball at the University of Nevada, Reno. The following year, he and Bob took time away from academics to serve their country in the Army. Later, Don served in the Marine Corp Junior ROTC as a junior rifleman, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
Don graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in accounting and his CPA designation. He supported the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, was a member of the Wolf Pack Boosters and served as an advisor for the College of Business.
After graduating from college, Don met his wife, Wally, through an introduction by their lifelong friend Ed Comer. Don and Wally celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November, followed by a Christmas celebration surrounded by family and friends in December. Don and Wally were not only partners in marriage but also in business, and were each other's best friend and confidante.
Don began his career at Kafoury Armstrong, becoming a senior partner with the firm before leaving to become the CEO of Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He was passionate about his work in the gaming industry, and enjoyed many years as the principal of McGhie Consulting.
Don was also a member of the Prospector's Club and, along with his wife Wally, shared many fond memories of special evenings at organization's holiday parties and events.
Don was an avid sports fan whose hobbies included hunting and fishing. He cherished memories of coaching his son's YMCA basketball teams. Don also loved traveling with his family, cooking with his daughter Dawni, sitting down for a nice meal and sharing stories. He was always keen to learn about his family members' interests and offered endless support of their endeavors, both personal and professional. A proud grandfather, Don enjoyed watching his grandson Alec play baseball and attending his granddaughter Katie's dance recitals.
The McGhie family would like to thank the staff at Cascades of the Sierra for their extraordinary care, professionalism and outstanding cuisine.
Robert W. Neuschaefer ’61 (metallurgical engineering)
Dec. 15, 2012—Valley Springs, Calif.
Robert Neuschaefer, 74, passed away at his home in Valley Springs, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2012.
Born Nov. 1, 1938 in San Francisco, Calif., to parents William and Roberta Neuschaefer. He completed his bachelor's degree in engineering and worked for Marshalls Space Flight Center NASA for 37 years. Neuschaefer was the president, curator and field trip leader of Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society in Alabama, and a member of the Roving Rockhounds, MAGA.
His hobbies included being a member of United Church of Christ, rock hounding, traveling and teaching children about rocks.
Robert is survived by his wife ,Bonnie Neuschaefer of Huntsville, Ala.; son, Richard William Neuschaefer of Marietta, Ga.; and brother, Richard W. Neuschaefer of Los Gatos, Calif.
He is preceeded in death by his twin brother, Frank Edgar Neuschaefer, and his parents.
Ronald A. Johnson ’62 (business administration), emeritus trustee
Jan. 17, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Ronald Alvin Johnson, a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend passed away Jan. 17, 2013 at his home in Reno, Nev. He was born on April 16, 1940 in Reno to Alvin and Phyllis Johnson. Ron was loved by all and enjoyed life to its fullest. He graduated from Reno High School in 1958 and from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1962. He accepted his first job with Ernst and Ernst Accounting in San Francisco, Calif. Upon returning to Reno, he became a partner of Chancellor, Barbieri and DeWitt Accounting firm, where he practiced for many years before retiring from accounting and exploring other entrepreneurial business ventures.
Ron was an emeritus member of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and served on the board of directors for Sierra West Bank and Cal-Net Bank. He currently serves on the Board of Heritage Bank, as well as the Nevada Land Trust Board.
In 1975 Ron married Marilyn (Donnelly) Britton and together they have four children and seven grandchildren. A sports enthusiast, Ron was also an avid outdoorsman, a better companion than any guidebook to the trails of the Sierra Nevada. Ron and Marilyn have traveled the world hiking, golfing and skiing.
In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol, and brother Lee. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marilyn; son Jeff Johnson (Melanie) of Reno; son Jeff Britton (Terri) of Carmel, Calif.; daughter Beth Miller (Don) of San Francisco; daughter Lara Ramsey (Aaron) of Boulder, Colo.; and sister Janice Burgarello (Louie) of Reno.
Asimo S. (Lakeotes) Lawlor’62 (history)
July 3, 2012—Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Vincent G. Swinney ’62 (social studies)
Nov. 20, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Vincent George Swinney passed away on Nov. 20, 2012 with family by his side. Vince was born on Dec. 28, 1934 to Vincent and Helen Swinney of Eugene, Ore. The family moved to Medford, Ore., where he enjoyed exploring the hills with his bother Dick.
Vince joined the Oregon National Guard while still in high school, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. In 1955, he was stationed in Nevada at Stead Air Force Base as a survival instructor. He met and married Carolyn Sandra Groves and began working on his degree at the University of Nevada, Reno.
He began his law enforcement career with the Reno Police Department in January of 1959. Primarily a juvenile officer, he also worked as a special investigator for the District Attorney. He took a two-year leave of absence to complete graduate studies in criminal justice at Michigan State University. He resigned from the department in 1969 and began serving on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was responsible for getting the curriculum approved for the associate’s degree in criminal justice.
In 1971, he joined the Washoe County Sheriff's Department as the undersheriff to Bob Galli. After 12 years as undersheriff, he was elected sheriff of Washoe County, which he served for three terms. When first elected, an agency of 67 employees with a budget less than $100,000 grew under Vince's management to 510 employees and a $36,000,000 budget. One of Vince's many accomplishments as sheriff was the 1988 opening of the new detention facility; one of only three in the United States to reach triple accreditation.
In addition to Vince's professional service ,he also volunteered much of his time to the community. He was a member and co-founder of the Washoe County Search and Rescue and Hasty Teams, a member of Rotary, an active leader in the Boy Scouts, member of the Reno Rodeo Association, (president 1982) and an elder at First Christian Church.
Vince retired from the Washoe County Sheriff's Department in 1995 and continued to enjoy life as a devoted spouse, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by Carolyn, his wife of 52 years. Along with volunteering with the Reno Rodeo, Vince enjoyed making toys for local children as a member of the Woodchucks, fishing and playing poker with his closest friends.
Vince is survived by his brothers Gene Glazier and Dick Swinney (Kerry), his daughter Crystal S. Woods (John), and sons Vincent F. Swinney and Darren N. Swinney.
Mary L. (Wines) Armuth ’63 (elementary education)
Nov. 17, 2012—Elko, Nev.
Elko native Mary Lourinda Wines Armuth passed away on Nov. 17, 2012 following a brief illness. A fourth-generation Nevadan and descendent of a pioneer ranching family, she was born to James Wines and Lourinda Rahbeck on Aug. 28, 1935.
Mary Lou graduated from Elko High School in 1953 and soon afterwards married her high school sweetheart Charles Armuth, Jr. Together, they raised five children. As a young adult, she studied elementary education and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Reno.
A lifetime Nevada resident, Mary Lou spent the majority of her adulthood in Elko. In 1986, she accepted a teaching job with the Elko County School District. During her teaching career, she taught second and third grades at Sage Elementary until her retirement this year. Mary Lou was a member of the honorary education sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, and two brothers, Calvin and Gordon Wines. She is survived by her four sons, Michael (Vera), Darrell (Donna), David (Debbie) and Craig Armuth, and one daughter, Lori Passmore and two brothers, Blaine and Buster Wines.
Lois K. Nuernberg, attended 1963-67
Jan. 22, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Lois K. Nuernberg passed away on Jan. 22, 2013. She was born to Arnold and Pauline Nuernberg on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1945, in Bismarck, N.D. Lois lived in McClusky, N.D. Her family moved to Reno in 1948.
Lois attended local schools at Kate Smith Elementary, St. Luke's Lutheran Parochial, Otis Vaughn Junior High School, Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. Her working career began in 1967 for the Reno Police Department, quickly rising through the ranks from a clerk in communications to the secretary of traffic, later becoming the secretary to the police chief. Lois was the co-writer of Reno's first police department manual. She received the first certification granted to a woman from the Nevada Technical Institute of the University of Nevada. Lois joined the Reno Police Auxiliary in 1971 and became "top gun" the same year. Lois was also employed by the Washoe County Engineers and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Lois was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, National Women's Bowling Congress, Reno High School Alumni Association and Beta Sigma Phi. Her interests included music, photography and the law. Her mantra was “People Helping People.”
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Christiane (Balducci) Markwell ’64 (French)
Jan. 19, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Christiane Balducci Markwell, loving wife, mother and grandmother, succumbed to leukemia on January 19, 2013, after an almost four-year battle. Christiane was born in Nice, France on Oct. 11, 1941, and immigrated to the USA when she was 15 years old in 1956. She traveled by ship from France to New York and then to Reno by train.
Growing up in France during and immediately after World War II and moving to Reno without speaking a word of English would be hard enough for most, but Christiane was intent on making the most of her new country. She graduated from Reno High School in 1960, after only three years with her new language. Christiane decided to be the first in her family to attend a university and she began her college education at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960. She was proud of her college education and enjoyed her undergraduate experience as a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and represented the sorority as the Homecoming Queen Candidate in 1961.
Christiane met fellow student Terry Markwell while attending UNR and they were married in 1963. Terry worked part time at the UNR Student Union as a fry cook and was trying to build up the courage to ask his future wife out. He finally summoned the courage to approach her one day when he inquired as to why she only ordered hot dogs for lunch and never a hamburger. Christiane replied, in her heavy French accent, that she could not say "hom-burger" well enough to order them. After hearing that Terry was hooked and never again let her out of his sight. Terry and Christiane spent 52 happy years together enjoying friends, family and world travel.
Out of all of Christiane's accomplishments, she was most proud of taking the oath of American Citizenship in 1963. While proud of her French and Italian heritage, her greatest pride was being an American.
Christiane graduated from UNR in 1964 with an emphasis in French and Italian, and after graduation began working at the University of Nevada Library for one year. In 1965, she began teaching French at Wooster High School, where she taught for several years.
After many years in the U.S., she never lost her distinctive and beautiful French accent, or her love for America. Her two greatest passions, other than her family, were football and American politics.
Christiane is preceded in death by her parents, Pierrette and Antoine Balducci. She is survived by her loving husband, Terry Markwell, as well as her two children, Monique Markwell and Marc Markwell (Amy).
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at Alpine Hematology, Saint Mary's Hospital Oncology Unit, Saint Mary's Infusion Services, and a special thanks to Dr. Sowjanya Reganti.
Robert A. Ring ’64 (finance)
Dec. 6, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Robert Ring Jr. 70, passed away Dec. 6, 2013 at St. Mary’s hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born to Robert and Lucille Ring on July 30, 1942 at St. Mary’s hospital in Reno, Nev. He was a graduate of Reno High and went on to attend the University of Nevada, Reno and Georgetown University. He worked in the gaming industry for Harrah’s for many years and retired from Western Village Casino in 1990 to enjoy his favorite pastime of golf. He is survived by his three sons, Robert, Brian and Michael Ring.
Reba A. (Netzel) Surine ’67 (psychology)
Jan.14, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Reba Netzel Surine passed away Jan. 14, 2013. She was born May 30, 1916 in Detroit, Mich. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. Reba was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Earl; parents Kurt and Emma Netzel; sister Marion Newton (Russell); and stepdaughter Judy Spencer.
Surviving her are six stepchildren: Margaret Peck, Earl Surine, Terry Surine and Teresa Kessler of Minnesota, Nancy Sindelin of Colorado and Edith Edwards of California.
A special thanks to Vista Hospice and to Reba's caregivers at April's Villa who filled her last years with love, compassion and laughter.
John I. Slansky ’69 (history)
Feb. 7, 2013—Reno, Nev.
John Slansky passed away from cancer on Feb. 7, 2013.
John was a graduate of Carson High School, class of 1959, and his beloved alma mater, the University of Nevada at Reno. At the University, John joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and wrote a column for the campus newspaper, The Sagebrush. During this busy time of his life he met and married Monica Oswalt, his wife for 37 years who preceded him in death in 2002.
Upon graduation, John began his career with the Nevada Department of Corrections as a teacher at the Nevada State Prison. He was promoted to associate warden in 1975. It was during this tenure that John, alone and unarmed, walked into a convict-controlled cell block during a riot, and negotiated the release of hostages held under threat of death. In recognition of his courage and leadership, John was named Warden in 1978.
In 1987, then-Gov. Richard Bryan Slansky chief of probation and parole, a position he held until 1993, when he was asked to return to the Department of Corrections to spearhead the construction of the Lovelock Prison. John retired in 2001 to care for Monica during the final days of her life. When notified of John's death, Bryan said, "John was a consummate professional. He typified the dedicated state employee who serves the public, often without recognition or appreciation."
During his retirement, he served on the board of Secret Witness, volunteered for VistaCare Hospice for 7 years where he became Volunteer of the Year in 2007, was inducted into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Hall of Fame in 2009, was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club, and the Incline Polo Club.
As a shirt-tail descendent of Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston, John was an avid scholar of Civil War History. He loved golf and was able to achieve the ultimate with a hole-in-one while playing at the Plumas Pines Course in Graeagle, during the annual SAE Golf and Poker Reunion.
John is survived by his wife, Carol Wilding; stepchildren Shane (Maggie) Wilding, Jamie (Henry) Lawson, Stephen (Gina) Wilding and Brandon (Whitney) Wilding.
John was pre-deceased by his parents, Jack and Juliet Slansky, and sister Ruth.
James L. Humphrey ’72 (accounting)
Jan. 19, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Jim passed away Jan. 19, 2013 following an extended illness. Jim grew up and attended school in Woodland, Calif. In 1961, his family moved to Lake Tahoe and Jim joined the senior class of Whittell High School. His education continued at the University of Nevada, Reno, where Jim graduated with accounting degree. While in Woodland, Jim won his first golf tournament in the junior division, developing his lifelong love of the game. He was a track star in every school, setting state high school records in both California and Nevada, and collegiate records in Nevada.
In 1968, Jim joined the Nevada Air National Guard, where he served proudly during the Pueblo incident in North Korea. Following his honorable discharge, Jim continued living in Reno and began his 40-year career in the gaming industry. Working the graveyard shift enabled him to indulge in his favorite activity, golf. Jim and his longtime friend, Brad Good, were found on area courses every chance they got.
Jim's outgoing friendly personality and charisma made him a multitude of friends, whom he treasured.
Jim is survived by his wife, Deborah, sons Christian and James T. (Jimmy), and sister Sue and her husband Blaine Hansen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James White and Dorothy Fraser Humphrey.
A special thank you to April, our nurse from St. Mary's Hospice.
Ralph A. Pecorino, attended 1972-76
Dec. 13, 2012—Las Vegas, Nev.
Ralph Allan Pecorino passed away Dec. 13, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born Aug. 25, 1954, in Midland, Texas, to Anthony and Faye Pecorino. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend. He graduated from Hug High School and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was active in the ATO fraternity. He was an electrical superintendent at Aristotle Electric for 13 years. Ralph had an immense love for family, friends and baseball. He lived for taking vacations with his family. Ralph is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathy, his children, Jessica Edge (Cory), Kyle and Courtney: sister Susie, brothers Mike and Paul, mother Faye Hart and stepfather Bill. He was preceded in death by his father Tony.
Nancy M. (Lamb) Pierce-Rogowski ’73M.S. (home economics)
Jan. 16, 2013—Las Vegas, Nev.
Nancy Lamb Pierce-Rogowski, age 67, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away on Jan. 16, 2013 at the Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas from post-surgery complications.
Nancy was born in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 17, 1945, the daughter of Robert Ray and Rosie (Valach) Lamb where the family was stationed during World War II. After the war, the family moved to Miles City, Mont. After graduating from high school in 1963 from Custer County High School, Nancy continued her education at MCC and Montana State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1967. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in home economics education and child development/family life. Following her graduation from college, she moved to Nevada to be county extension agent in Fernly, Nev.
On March 25, 1972, Nancy and Richard Pierce were married in Reno, Nev. They made their home in Reno until they divorced in the early 1980s. Nancy taught in the Washoe County Schools and was home economics supervisor for the State Department of Education, being named the Outstanding Woman of America by the National Home Economic Association in 1970 and 1971. During this time, she also participated in other organizations where she was honored by her fellow educators.
From Reno, Nancy moved to Las Vegas to teach hotel management at the area technical trade center. During this time, she was elemental in the development of many of the programs that are still being utilized today. In 1989, she received the Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Nevada, again being acknowledged for her outstanding contributions to the field of education. In December of 1989, Nancy married Tim Rogowski, who passed in 1993. They enjoyed many trips to Europe and other destinations visiting family and friends. In 1998, Nancy retired from the Trade Center and began her association with the California/Nevada/Hawaii State Association of Emblem Clubs, an affiliated organization of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, thus following in her parent's footsteps. Her love for the organization was shown by her serving in virtually every office over the years, culminating with the presidency of the Tri-State Association in 2010-11.She also found time to work with Salvation Army, Red Hatters and many other educational groups, receiving many acknowledgements and awards for her endless service. Since 1995, Nancy and Wayne Leroy have shared their lives together, creating many wonderful memories.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Rosie and Robert Ray Lamb. She is survived by her partner, Wayne Leroy.
Connie S. (Lujano) Walker ’73 (elementary education)
Dec. 20, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Connie Lujano-Walker passed away on Dec. 20, 2012 at her home in Reno after a six-month battle with cancer. She was born in Ely, Nev., to Margo and Tessie Lujano, and grew up in Reno. She obtained a bachelor’s in education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1973, and married John B. Walker in 1977. They raised three children with lots of love and noisy fun. They lived in Sparks, Carson City, and Reno. Connie most recently worked at Al Seeliger Elementary School in Carson City. She spent much of her life educating and caring for children.
Connie is survived by her parents; her four siblings Marguerite, Tony, Dan and Melissa; her husband of 35 years, John; and her three children, Sarah, Amanda and Zachary.
Leo E. McFadden ’77H.A.
Feb. 9, 2013—Reno, Nev.
The oldest active priest ordained for the Diocese of Reno (all of Nevada) passed away Feb. 9, 2013 at the age of 84.
Monsignor Leo Ephraim McFadden moved with his parents, Catherine and Paddy McFadden and his three siblings, John, Mary, and Frank, to southern Nevada when the mines closed in Butte, Montana in 1931. Fortunately for them, Leo's dad got a job as a jackhammer man when Boulder Dam began construction. Leo's life can be divided into three parts: priest in Nevada, military chaplain everywhere and journalist everywhere, but always, no matter where, he was a priest of Nevada.
His high school and college studies took him to, and then for graduate studies and ordination to Rome, where he became a priest for Nevada in the Pope's parish church of Saint John Lateran on Dec. 19, 1953, along with his classmates from Nevada: Charlie Rhigini of Reno and Elwood LaVoy of Sparks.
As a parish priest in Reno, he began his career in journalism under the tutelage of famed professor "Higgie" Higgenbotham at the University of Nevada, Reno. For 13 years, along with Nevada priest Caesar Caviglia, they published a weekly Catholic newspaper for Nevada and won awards from the Nevada State Press Association and the Catholic Press Association.
From 1969-74 Leo was assigned to the Rome Bureau of Catholic News Service, an agency of the American Bishops. From Rome, his assignments were for many years covering the Vatican, the tribal troubles in Northern Ireland, Israel, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Egypt, Vietnam, Iran and refugee camps along the rim of India during the Bangladesh-Palestinian war.
Leo's military chaplain service began by enrolling as the Nevada Air National Guard (NANG) as a first lieutenant and the first chaplain the guard ever had. He would emerge many years later as a major general in NANG. Along the way, he became the first state National Guard chaplain to be promoted to the ranks of brigadier general in the United States Air Force (USAF). During his 27 years as a military chaplain in Europe and across the states, he was awarded the USAF Legion of Merit, the USAF Meritorious Service Medal, and the USAF Commendation Medal. He also received the Nevada Air National Guard's Highest Award: The Nevada Distinguished Service Medal. He also received the Nevada National Guard's order of Nevada Medal for Meritorious Service from July 8, 1958 to January 11, 2009.
In his priestly/private life, he was also honored by being named a Fellow in the John Henry Cardinal Newman Honor Society for his many years of work with students at UNR and UNLV. The Nevada State Press Association once named him the Best Columnist in all Nevada newspapers and he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Pope Paul VI named him a Prelate of Honor with the title of monsignor along with Charlie Rhigini and Elwood LaVoy, all three of whom began their courses for Nevada in 1942. The Board of Regents of the Nevada University System named him a Distinguished Nevadan in 1989.
Additional honors include citations from Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton; commendations from Nevada Senators Bible, Laxalt, Bryan, Reid and Nevada Governors Laxalt, O'Callaghan, Miller, Bryan and Gibbons; a memo of thanks from Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta for his his interview with her in her convent in Rome. He was also awarded a medal from the Diocese of Reno for dedication to God and the church.
He asked to be buried in the priests plot in Our Lady of Sorrows in Reno with the simple inscription on his headstone: “Leo E. McFadden—A Nevada Priest Forever. He also asked to remind his friends of his always ending signoff, as he wishes to signoff to you: Cheers in the Lord.
Debra A. Baumer ’78 (French, fashion merchandising)
Jan. 27, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Debra Ann Baumer, 57, passed away at home in Reno, Nev. on Jan. 27, 2013. A lifelong resident of Reno, Debbie graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and also attended school in Paris, France, where she studied fashion. At the time of her death, she was employed at Peppermill Hotel Casino as a business analyst. Debbie was a member of Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church, where she was active in youth programs with her daughter. Debbie is survived by her 16-year-old year daughter Chian Baumer, her mother Lois, two brothers Richard and Stephen Baumer and her sister Patty Crawford. She was preceded in death by her father ,Donald Baumer.
John C. Jenkins ’80 (electrical engineering)
Feb. 10, 2013—Carson City, Nev.
John C. Jenkins, a longtime Gardnerville and Carson City resident, passed away of heart and respiratory complications in Carson City while surrounded by family and friends. He was 58 years old.
John was born in Santa Monica, Calif., to Jack L. Jenkins and Patricia Shearer. He grew up in Niceville, Fla., and graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1980 with an electrical engineering degree, later earning his professional engineer qualification. John worked for Underwriters Laboratories for two years followed by a long career with Bently, Nev.
John was self-confident, straightforward, smart and always his own person. He was a gentle guy who loved animals. He traveled all over the world to Europe, Africa and Asia. He loved boating, rock-climbing and sports. His friends will remember him for all the hijinks and crazy camping trips to Burning Man and Walker Lake, the memory of which will live in infamy. John lived a full life, and his only regret was that he didn't have more time to enjoy it.
He is survived by four sisters: Judith Deeds, Janet Larson, Jean Jenkins and Jo Ann Daugherty. He will be much missed by his family and his many friends around the world.
James W. Defilippi ’81 (art)
Dec. 26, 2012—Reno, Nev.
James William Defilippi, 53, fifth-generation native Nevadan, passed away Dec. 26, 2012. He was born on March 7, 1959 to Carl D. and Margaret Anne Defilippi in Reno, Nev. He grew up in Fallon, Nev., and graduated from Churchill County High School in 1977. Jim settled in Reno after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in fine arts. Soon after his graduation, he was employed by Kappes Cassiday & Associates, where he was working as Laboratory Supervisor at the time of his death.
Jimmy was predeceased by his father, Carl. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Anne Defilippi of Fallon, brothers Carl E. (Terri) Defilippi of Reno, and Dale (Ruth) Defilippi of Carson City, sister Theresa (Ed) Phillips of Sitka, Alaska and also by his close friend and companion, Lisa Mortara.
Jimmy loved to travel and had seen much of the world both for his work, setting up heap leach operations at gold mines all over the globe, and on many personal trips around the United States and to Europe. He seldom said no to an adventure and his presence made every adventure more fun. Jimmy was the kindest and gentlest of men: an artist, sensitive and generous, he had a calming influence wherever he went. He was the "go-to" guy for any endeavor from home repair projects to fishing trips and came to the rescue of anyone who called on him at times of crisis, great and small. Jimmy was a quiet, steady hub around which his large and loving family circled: everyone's favorite son and brother, uncle and nephew, cousin and friend.
George Gund ’81H.A., emeritus trustee
Jan. 15, 2013—San Francisco, Calif.
George Gund III, the original owner of the San Jose Sharks, passed away on Jan. 15, 2013 at age 75.
General manager Doug Wilson praised Gund as a great ambassador for hockey.
Gund and his brother Gordon relinquished their ownership stake in the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 in exchange for the rights to an expansion team in the Bay Area. The Sharks played their first game in October 1991.
Gund sold the franchise to Sharks Sports & Entertainment in 2002 but continued to attend games.
Gund also previously held ownership roles with the NHL's California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons, and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sharks will wear a helmet decal and jersey patch with the initials GG III this season.
Sharon Lemons, attended 1985-1990
Feb. 21, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
The daughter of Carl and Iris Lemons, Sharon was born in Reno and attended Wooster High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. She is survived by her life partner Sandy Poirier, her mother, sister, Bev Woods (Mike) and sister, Janet Coleman (Mike).
Robert W. Shields, attended 1985
Jan. 19, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Bob passed away Jan. 19, 2013. He was 45 years old. Bob was born in Reno on May 21, 1967 to John W. and Cheryl Shields. He graduated from Hug High School in 1985, went to the University of Nevada, Reno, and later received an associate degree from Career College of Northern Nevada in computer repair and electronic technology. He was most recently employed by Innotrac as a business analyst.
Bob was preceded in death by his father and grandparents cles. He is survived by his wife, Sharen; stepson Ralph Dennis (Jamie) of Wheeling, W. Va; mother Cheryl, brothers John E. and Douglas Shields, all of Reno; sister Dorene Kehm of Shasta, Calif.; niece Charleen Shelby (Jeff) and great-niece and nephew Daitonah and Brenton Shelby, of Ft. Worth, Texas; an uncle in California and numerous cousins in California and Arizona.
Tamise J. Van Pelt ’88M.A. (English)
Jan.18, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Tamise Jo Van Pelt was born in Wichita, Kan. on April 22, 1947. She died in Reno, Nev., on January 18, 2013. Tamise was the daughter of the late Gayle Bozeman Van Pelt and Joseph Van Pelt of Nickerson, Kan.
She received a bachelor’s in history from Kansas State University, a master’s in English from University of Nevada, Reno in 1990, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1994. She was an assistant professor of English at Idaho State University, Pocatello from 1994 to 2001. Tamise returned to her beloved Reno in 2001, teaching part time at UNR while she dedicated herself to her passion, writing screenplays. In 2005 she was hired by QuinStreet Media. Her final position at QuinStreet was director of online media.
Tamise was the author of two books, Birth Pattern Psychology and The Other Side of Desire: Lacan's Theory of the Registers. She completed two original screenplays, two adaptations, and always had many writing projects in the works. Tami at one time or another had been an astrologer, singer in a rock band, scholar, professor, marathon runner, gardener, and gifted writer. She loved kitties, plants, books, movies, Buddha and Indian food, but most of all she loved being with her friends.
Philomena T. (Manzaro) McCaffrey ’89 (English)
Nov. 28, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Philomena "Phyl" McCaffrey of Reno died Nov. 28, 2012 at Renown Medical Health after a three-year fight with cancer.
Phyl was born to Peter and Carmela Manzaro in Worcester, Mass., on May 19, 1952.
Philomena was a graduate of the University of Nevada, a CPA, a dedicated public servant, a wonderful wife and mother, and a pretty good tap dancer. Though she majored in English, her career path led to accounting and the public sector, where she rose to become controller of the University of Nevada in Reno.
She loved her family and friends, the beach, music, dancing, reading and travel, especially to any place with a warm beach. She enjoyed exercise and worked hard to stay fit, which helped her through these last difficult years.
Phyl was proud of her work, both for the State of Nevada in the Housing Division and the State Controller's office, and at the University, where she worked tirelessly to improve accounting and reporting practices while patiently answering everyone's questions about finances and related matters.
Philomena is survived by her husband David, her son Samuel, of Providence, R.I., and her sisters Maria Manzaro-Woodward and Carmela Manzaro MacDonald, both of Worcester, Mass
Earl W. Horton ’91 (psychology), ’94M.S. (social work)
Dec. 11, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Earl Horton, Jr., 54, passed away on Dec. 11, 2012. Earl was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in 2009, beating the cancer twice before it had spread to his brain.
Earl was born on Oct. 24, 1958 in Winnemucca, Nev., where he spent his childhood and graduated from high school. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1991 and a master's in social work in 1994. During his college years and even after, Earl was very involved in the ATO fraternity and established meaningful and long-lasting friendships with his fraternity brothers.
Earl worked for Washoe County Juvenile Services for 30 years in a variety of capacities, including work crew, detention and as probation officer. Earl enjoyed camping, fishing and a cold beer. He was a loud and spirited fan of the Nevada Wolf Pack, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Vikings.
Earl's biggest joys and proudest accomplishments were his children, Morgan Horton (19), Katie Horton (17) and Earl Horton, III, "Peanut" (3), who will carry on his legacy. He is also survived by his father, Earl Horton Sr., and his sister, Joan Horton.
He will be cherished and missed by his wife Sandy Tedsen Hellman-Horton, as well as his step-children, Keegan Hellman (17), Luke Hellman (16), Chase Hellman (14), Gage Hellman (13), T.J. Hellman (12), Seth Hellman (12) and Ty Hellman (12).
He was preceded in death by his uncle Richard Horton, his cousin John Harris and his mother Hilda George.
Mary E. Wells ’91M.S. (geological engineering)
April 21, 2012—Las Cruces, N.M.
Mary Elizabeth Wells of Las Cruces, N.M., passed away April 21, 2012 at home. Mary was born on Feb. 7, 1960 in Las Vegas, Nev., and moved to Las Cruces in 1997. She was a registered professional engineer in New Mexico and Nevada and received her bachelor’s degree from UNLV in geology and her master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked as principal engineer for Terracon as was manager of their Las Cruces office at the time of her death.
She is survived by her husband Edward Martinez, her mother Mary H. Wells, brothers Jared and Nicholas Wells of Portland, Ore., and brother Jonathon Wells of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by her father Herbert C. Wells and her brothers Paul and Marc, all of Las Vegas.
Mary was active in numerous professional organizations and served in multiple officer roles in several including the New Mexico and National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Mining Engineers and Sigma XI. She was a previous member of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for New Mexico under appointment from the governor's office. More importantly and closer to her heart, she also was intimately involved with the scholarship program for the NM Engineering Society, annually issuing many scholarships to college engineering students at state universities.
Mary was an elite-level athlete and had completed more than 30 marathons and ultramarathons and six ironman triathlon events in the last 20 years, including winning the female division of the local Bataan Death March on three separate occasions. She loved competing, but more importantly. loved the camaraderie of people that she met during these events that became lifelong friends. Her true passion was the outdoors and hiking and with her husband and numerous friends often completed mega-hikes throughout the western United States.
Stephen M. Ormsby ’95 (elementary education)
Feb. 21, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Stephen Mobley Ormsby, a 40-year resident of Reno, died Feb. 21, 2013. He was 66. Steve was a lifetime surfer, though not necessarily in the ocean. He was a master collector of classic surfboards, vintage cars, and collectible albums. He excelled at sports and taught aspiring athletes, including his numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marjorie. He is survived by his siblings Michael Ormsby, Patrick Ormsby, Rosalie Kammerzell, Marjorie Skinner, Catherine McClain, and his dear friend, Susan Mantle. He left behind his pride and joy: his front yard flock of birds.
Stephen's death is a huge loss to his family, but he will be remembered always for his sense of humor, loving character and enormous appetite for life. Kudos to Renown Hospital ICU staff for their skilled, compassionate care.
Kariann J. Beechler ’02 (criminal justice)
Dec.13, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Kariann of Reno, Nev., passed away on Dec. 13, 2012. She was born in Palm Springs, Calif., on Sept. 12, 1978 to Steve and Debbie Beechler.
Kari graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice. In 2011, she earned a master’s in emergency management and later received her CEM certification in October 2012.
Kari was hired by the City of Reno in 2002. She began her career with the city as a 9-1-1, police and fire dispatcher and soon advanced to a trainer position. She promoted to the supervisor position and was in charge of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the Division. She was recently appointed as the Nevada State Coordinator of the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT), and had successfully networked Nevada with the National TERT effort. She also served on numerous regional committees. Kari poured her heart and soul into her career and community; it was a true labor of love for her. Kari was very kind and generous with her heart. Her need to help others started at a very young age and filled her with joy. She enjoyed vacations in Hawaii and when she couldn't get there, Lake Tahoe was her destination as often as possible. She simply loved life and lived it to the fullest.
She is survived in death by her parents, Steve and Debbie Beechler, and grandmothers,Mary Beechler and Dorothy Burnett.
Brett M. Skubitz ’04 (mechanical engineering)
Jan. 31, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Brett Skubitz, 38, of Reno, Nev., passed away Jan. 31, 2013.