Thomas M. Carroll
March 10, 2013—Mesa, Ariz.
Thomas Michael Carroll Jr. passed away March 10, 2013 in Mesa, Ariz. Tom was born in Chester, Penn., to Thomas and Helen (Hefton) Carroll. He grew up in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. In his younger years, he wrestled and played football. He lived in Brookhaven until moving to Laguna Niguel, Calif., in the 1980s. He later resided in Reno, Nev.; and Mesa. Proud of his country, he bravely served in the Air Force, specializing in the Air National Guard. Tom spent most of his career in the construction industry. He worked for Westinghouse Inc., Ebasco Services Company, Gilbert Associates and Schneider Construction. In May 2008, he retired from SMC Construction, where he had the role of partner. Believing in giving back to the community, Tom was active in many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Reno, the Elks Club and the American Legion. Tom wanted to take care of the world and fix every problem. He married the love of his life, Teri, in June of 1999 in Reno. She fell in love with the kindest man she ever met, and he fell in love right back. Spending time with family and friends brought him so much joy. Vacationing in Hawaii, wood working and hunting with his dogs were all activities that Tom relished in. He was not only a loving man, but he was so very loved in return and will be greatly missed.
Tom is survived by his adoring wife, Teri, children Colleen (Greg) Graveline, Kathleen (Preston) Hagan, Michael (Jessica) Carroll and Richard Carroll; grandchildren Grant Graveline, Brooke Graveline, and a baby girl expected in the summer; brother William (Mary Alice) Carroll; sister Mary (Tom) Grigas; and in-laws Marvin and Eulene Goodrich. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Joseph L. Cramer
April 3, 2013—Denver, Colo.
Joseph Lee Cramer died April 3, 2013. He was born Aug. 8, 1919 in Clovis, New Mexico, and grew up in Wichita, KS. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Morgan) Cramer; sons Warren Cramer of Lakewood, Colo., and Kent Cramer of Corpus Christi, Texas, and preceded in death by his son David. He was educated 1937-41 at the University of New Mexico as a geologist. He was employed by Boeing Airplane Co. on the B-29 program in various states and in the SW Pacific on the island of Tinian. From 1945-54, he was employed as a geologist by Standard Oil of Indiana. From 1954-69 he operated as an independent oil explorationist with offices in Denver. He retired in 1969 from active exploration, spending the next 44 years as an investor and supporter of archeological research. Joseph and his wife Ruth created and financed research at six universities, which created funding for field excavation and office research involved in the study of the first aboriginal inhabitants in the New World. This research is ongoing and funded in perpetuity.
James B. Devine
March 4, 2013—Spanish Springs, Nev.
James B. Devine passed away Monday, March 4, 2013 at Cascades of the Sierras in Spanish Springs, Nev. Jim was 86 years old. A long-time resident of Incline Village, Nev., he was born in Medford, Mass., on Sept. 13, 1926. During WWII, he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served as a quartermaster on a destroyer escort in the South Pacific from 1944 until after the war was over. He returned to Medford and, after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism, worked as a sportswriter, a dream job for this avid Boston Red Sox fan. Eventually he moved to New York City where he met his future wife, Marguerite Clark. They married May 25, 1957. His moving to New York also coincided with a new job at the headquarters of American Airlines as a public relations director, beginning a lifelong love and career in aviation. He helped usher in the era of passenger jet travel and, after moving to Hawaii with his wife, Meg, and four children in 1969, oversaw American Airlines expansion into destinations across the South Pacific.
After retiring from the airline business, he and Meg moved to California and started their own photo developing business. A friend invited them to Lake Tahoe for a visit which resulted in the buying of a second home and eventual retirement in Incline Village, where Jim has lived for the past 30 years. After traveling all over the world with his beloved Meg, he lost her to cancer in 1999. But Jim continued to travel, taking his children and grandchildren on wonderful family trips and visiting other family and friends around the country. He loved to attend church and also cheered on his favorite sports teams, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, all of which rewarded his loyalty with many world championships over the years.
Jim is survived by his sister, Helen Devine; his brother, John Devine; four children and their spouses, Carol and Steve Rusley, Jay and Kim Devine, Kevin and Joanne Devine and Susie and Jack Meredith; and eight grandchildren.
Pauline M. (Frediani) DiMaggio
April 17, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Pauline Mary DiMaggio passed away April 17, 2013. She was a beloved and loving wife, mother and grandmother and sister. She was born Paulina Maria Frediani on Nov. 1, 1922 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, to Americo Frediani and Adelina Naninni. Paulina was the oldest of three children. Her father emigrated to the United States around 1925. Paulina, her mother, Adelina and her younger brother, Silvano, arrived at Ellis Island in August of 1928.
The family settled in Floriston, Calif. Pauline had many fond memories of growing up in Floriston. The family moved to Sparks, Nev., in 1937 following her mother's death, where she helped make a home for her father and brothers, Syl and Mario. She learned the art of baking and making chicken and polenta from Mrs. Gilardi and Mary Fuella, beloved neighbors on C Street in Sparks. As a teenager, Pauline worked as an usherette at the movie theater in downtown Sparks. She later went on to work at Semenza Grocery and Sprouse-Reitz, also located on B Street. Pauline loved to dance and was a USO hostess during World War II. She often attended USO dances with her girlfriends. In 1943, she met Sam J. "Joe" DiMaggio at a USO dance at the El Patio Ballroom in Reno. Pauline and Joe were married June 23, 1946 in Sparks. They honeymooned at Lake Tahoe. Their son, Phillip, was born on September 13, 1948. In 1960, Pauline began her career at Gazin’s as a clerk. She worked there for 39 years, eventually becoming a buyer and manager for the women's department. She retired at age 77 when Gazin’s closed. Pauline loved to bake. She baked many thousands of cookies over the years and was a welcome sight every Christmas when she distributed her delicious cookies to friends and family. She never failed to have a package of Brian’s favorite pineapple cookies for him to take back to college after a visit home. Pauline enjoyed fishing with her husband and watching the University of Nevada, Reno basketball team play. They were season ticket holders for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joe; her grandson, Brian; her daughter-in-law, Linda; her brother and sister-in-law Silvano and Paula Frediani; her sister-in-law Gloria Frediani; and her nephews, Wayne and Paul Frediani. She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip, and her brother, Mario Frediani.
Charles W. Fundis
March 10, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Charles W. Fundis, known as Pete Fundis, died March 10, 2013, at an area hospital following a brief illness.
He was born in Maud, Okla., in October 1933 to Walt and Mollie Fundis, and spent the early years of his youth in Oklahoma. After a brief time living in Colorado, his family moved to Lovelock, Nev., in 1942. He graduated from Pershing County High School and attended Oklahoma State University. He joined the Army, and after his military service he returned to Lovelock.
He met the love of his life, Gloria Urriola, during her student teaching assignment at Pershing County High School, and they were married in 1959. Pete's father had started a hay and grain hauling business, Fundis Company, in 1947. Over his career, Pete transformed it into a successful trucking company with operations in Lovelock and Reno. Fundis Company continues today as one of Nevada's oldest businesses. Pete was active in the Nevada Motor Transport Association, serving on its board and as its president. He was particularly proud of his role and that association's leadership in creating Nevada's first privatized option for workers' compensation. The effort continues today as Pro Group.
Following his retirement, Pete and Gloria moved to Reno. This meant he would move on from his Lovelock coffee group, although they always welcomed his return visits. The transition was smoothed when Pete found his way to the coffee group that meets daily at Reno's Gold-N-Silver Inn.
Pete was a man of many interests. He was an avid hunter, and his experiences included hunting trips with friends to other states and countries. Yet, his passion was hunting in Nevada and, especially, chasing the elusive chukar. For Pete, hunting was more about being in and exploring the hills and wide-open spaces of Nevada.
He enjoyed history, politics, travel and cooking. Over the years, he adopted the Basque culture of his wife Gloria and came to know that culture's history and cooking about as well as any Basque. Together, Pete and Gloria were active and involved in their community, providing support and financial assistance to families and organizations, most often anonymously.
At the center of his life was his family. Pete was a devoted, incredible husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by Gloria; his children Jane (Ryan) Tors of Reno, Kay (Joe) Neal of Seattle and John (Laura) Fundis of Dallas; his sisters Cora (Robert) Rix of South San Francisco and Ann Kolman of Lovelock. His cherished grandchildren are Pete and Erin Neal and Kate and Reid Fundis.
His was a life well lived.
Harlan O. Hall
March 1, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Harlan O. Hall was born in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Aug. 23, 1922, and died in his home in Reno, Nev., on March 1, 2013 at the age of 90. Barbara, his best friend, companion and wife for 42 years, was at his side. After graduating from the California Maritime Academy, he received his master's license at the age of 22 and was commissioned a captain in the Merchant Marine. At that time, he was the youngest captain in that service. Ferrying armaments, ammunition and troops, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war.
After the war, he studied law in pursuit of a law degree at Golden Gate University School of Law. At that point, however, he decided to use his World War II experience and his fascination with the shipping industry for his career path. He was initially employed by Alcoa Steamship Company in Montreal, Canada, New York City and Norfolk, Va., and then with Ramsay-Scarlett in Baton Rouge, La. In 1970, he co-founded Hall-Buck Marine, a stevedoring firm, in Burnside, La, which expanded to sites in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles and in Ohio and Texas.
In 1979, he and his wife moved to Pebble Beach, Calif., where he served as the treasurer of the Big Sur Land Trust, was a member and union negotiator of the Monterey County Symphony Board of Trustees and a member of the Committee for the Restoration of Sunset Center. He and Barbara subsequently moved to Incline Village in 2006, where they still maintain a home, and then to Arrowcreek in Reno in 2007.
An avid concertgoer, Harlan continued his love and appreciation for the arts and the outdoors by generously supporting the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Nevada Museum of Art and the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. An avid hiker, with an enviable year-round tan who had logged hundreds of miles around Lake Tahoe and Desolation Valley, he was also a supporter of the Tahoe Rim Trail. His hiking was not limited to the Sierra Nevada as he and Barbara had recently explored sites in Egypt to add to the list of the many countries they had visited.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Irene Hall, and his sister, Eleanor McAllister. He is is survived by his wife, Barbara R. Hall; his six children, Dr. H. Glenn Hall of Gainesville, Fla.; Stephen D. Hall (Harriet) of Orinda, Calif.; Dr. Madeleine Hall-Arber (Gary) of Boston, Mass.; Annabelle Hall-Gout (Andre) of Orinda,; Jacqueline Pearce Carter (Richard) of Austin, Texas; and Janet Pearce Hudson (John) of Mill Valley, Calif.; and thirteen grandchildren.
Prince A. Hawkins
April 20, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Prince Archer Hawkins, husband of Jacqueline R. Hawkins, son of Prince Albert and Myrtle Z. Hawkins, brother of Robert Z. Hawkins, Ellen Prince Norman, Carson Hawkins and Elizabeth Custer; father of Towner Hawkins, Prince Ashton Hawkins, Katherine Prendergast and Diane Hawkins Clark; grandfather of Davis and Barbara Prendergast and Ryan and Meghan Clark, died April 20, 2013 in Reno.
He was born Dec. 28, 1918 at the family home at 549 Court Street in Reno, Nevada. He attended Mount Rose Elementary School, Billinghurst Middle School, Reno High School, Harvard Business School and Stanford Law School. He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel.
Prince was a member of the law firm of Hawkins, Folsom & Muir, a practice with continuity since July 1880, when Azroe Cheney was admitted to the bar, joined June 10, 1910 by Prince Albert Hawkins. He was a trustee of the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, and created the idea for the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater in Bartley Ranch Memorial Park.
Earl M. Hill
May 19, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Earl McColl Hill, 86, died at his residence in Reno, on May 19, 2013. A native of Bisbee, Ariz., he was born on June 12, 1926 to Earl George Hill and Jeanette McColl Hill. He was a lawyer, having practiced primarily in the fields of mining and aviation law since 1962, and was admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Nevada, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also a member of the American, Lawyer-Pilots, Nevada and Washoe County Bar Associations.
Hill had resided in Reno since 1961, coming from Seattle and Ely. He attended public schools in White Pine County and Reno, and briefly the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. He was a member of the Masonic and Elks fraternal bodies in Reno and El, and a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of World War II, where he participated in action against enemy forces at Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands, Guam and Okinawa. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, the Nevada Pistol and Rifle Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Prospectors Club.
Hill's wife, Bea Dolan Hill, preceded him in death in 1998. He is survived by sons Arthur Charles Hill of San Francisco, Calif., and John Earl Hill (Fon) of Livermore, Calif.; daughters, Tamara Hill Fegert (Kevin), Darlene Johnson of Reno, and Virginia Pickett of Centralia, Wash., brother John Robert Hill (Nancy) and sister Freddy Van Camp (Jack) of Ely, Nev., and seven grandchildren.
Orville V. Larsen
May 2, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Orville V. Larsen of Sparks, Nev., died May 2, 2013 at the age of 84 years. O.V., as he was known to his friends, was born March 19, 1929 in St. Paul, Minn.
He attended William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul, Minn., and spent 44 years as a law book sales representative for West Publishing Company, now Thomson Reuter, of Egan, Minn.
Orville enjoyed working with wood, especially making wooden toys at the Nevada Woodchucks for Children's Cabinet. He was an avid reader, hunter and fisherman, which took him all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. Fortunately, he also thoroughly enjoyed car travel as he crossed the country many times on family trips. He enjoyed card games, jigsaw puzzles and a good cocktail. Family gatherings were the best of times.
He was a legend to his family and friends. He is survived by Carol Larsen, a loving wife of 29 years, and Betty Larsen a former wife of 28 years. He is a father of three, Carolyn, Thomas and Rita, and grandfather of six.
He is remembered for his strength, integrity and character, and was proud to be called a Marine as he served in the United States Marine Corps.
March 12, 2013—Phoenix, Ariz.
Frank Lepori Jr., 79, passed away in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 12, 2013.
Born June 27, 1933 in Sparks, Nev., to Frank and Bettina Lepori; Frank Jr. graduated from Sparks High School and enlisted in the Army. He returned home and married Anne Marie Quilici. He and Anne had two children, Barbara and Frank. After Anne Marie's passing, Frank married Carol Jean Packer who had two daughters of her own. Frank and Carol traveled extensively during their 37 years together, making several trips to Africa where Frank hunted many different species of animals. Frank led a full and happy life, working hard and playing harder. Frank loved his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them; playing cards, throwing horseshoes, talking (arguing) sports, hunting, fishing and playing golf. He valued the time he spent at his son's construction company and spent his winters at their home in Yuma, Arizona, while enjoying their home in Sparks the rest of the year. Wherever Frank was, he was always surrounded by many loving friends and family.
Survivors include wife Carol Lepori, daughter Barbara Lundberg (Victor), son Frank Lepori (Franny), step-daughter Carol Sullivan (Steve), step-daughter Patricia Pashia (David) and sister Norma Lagomarsino. Frank was blessed with six grandsons and four granddaughters. Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank Lepori, mother Bettina Lepori, mother-in-law Caroline Zenklusen, sister Wilma Solorio, brother-in-law Martin Solorio, brother Aldo Lepori and brother-in-law Edward Lagomarsino.
Ruth M. Slemmons
March 6, 2013—Las Vegas, Nev.
Ruth Marillyn Slemmons, 88, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away March 6, 2013. She was born April 4, 1924 in Taft, Calif., to Robert and Ruth Evans. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, David Burton "Burt" Slemmons; children David of Norman, Okla., and Mary Anne (Jim Baldwin) of Juneau, Ala.; grandchildren Mabry (Brendan) Agnew of Norman, Claire Baldwin of Juneau, Cody Baldwin of Juneau, and Michael Slemmons of Norman. Cherished by family and many friends, she was active in church groups, organizations and volunteer work, traveled the world and worked as a teacher, social worker and librarian.
Hale C. Thornton
March 27, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Hale Crosby Thornton, 91, died peacefully in Reno, March 27, 2013. Hale was born April 15, 1921 in Dover, New Hampshire. She spent her childhood on the family dairy farm, graduated from Dover High School and continued her education receiving a degree in History from the University of N.H. After working in Boston for a year, Hale arrived in Reno in 1945 to visit friends. Here she fell in love with the West and Victor Thornton, a Nevada native hailing from Unionville. They married in 1947, making their home in Reno where they raised three daughters: Jennifer, Victoria and Beatrice.
A lifetime passion was kindled on April 16, 1966 when Hale was accepted into the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, active in both the Toiyabe and Sagebrush Chapters. Hale served in many DAR capacities: state regent 1986-88, Nevada Sagebrush Chapter regent for three terms, state librarian, historian, registrar, recording secretary, treasurer and national vice chairman DAR scholarship committee. Hale was also a member of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century where she served as state president from 2001-03. Her many friendships made within these organizations were a great source of pleasure and pride for Hale. A love of reading and books made her an enthusiastic library volunteer at the University of Nevada, Reno for more than 20 years.
Family time spent in Unionville, back road treks to visit mining claims and pine nut hunting are now dearly kept memories, experiences that imbued her daughters with a special reverence for the Nevada landscape.
Hale is survived by her brother Robert Crosby, daughters Jennifer Yager (Michael) and Victoria Sloan (Tom) and grandchildren Ron Thoyre (Renee), Allison Kosturos (Joe), Nathan Sloan (Tyna), Catherine Sloan (William), Brooke Heaton (Alan), Aaron Porter (Taylor), Amy Schurman and 18 great -grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Victor, parents, Robert and Beatrice Crosby, sisters Constance Rice and Beatrice Reed, daughter Beatrice Schurman and granddaughter Sara Schurman.
John W. Batdorf, emeritus professor of surgery
July 5, 2012—Redding, Calif.
John Wesley Batdorf, Jr. M.D. passed away July 5, 2012, at his home in Redding, Calif. He was born Aug. 3, 1926, the first of five children born to the Rev. John W. Batdorf Sr. and Dora L. (Gerig) Batdorf in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Harriet V. (Bohling) Batdorf; his children Janelle E. Ayers and husband Eric, Daniel K. Batdorf and wife Gail; Dr. Kristin J. Batdorf and husband Jose Rodriguez; and grandchildren: Megan Ayers, Jeremiah Batdorf, Kate Batdorf, Jacob Batdorf, and August Rodriguez. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Joseph T. Batdorf and wife Carol; his sister Elizabeth Royster and husband Dr. James Royster and sisters-in-law Beverly Batdorf; Helen Sumpter, Jeanette Derry and Pearl Bohling. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David B. Batdorf and sister Mary Blevins.
Dr. Batdorf graduated from Kalamazoo High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1944. Later that summer, he enlisted in the Navy where he was a pharmacist’s mate third class. He received an honorable discharge in July 1946. That fall he began studies in pre-med at Anderson College in Anderson, Ind. He met his future wife at a church camp in 1946. They were married Jan. 28, 1948 in Flint, Mich. Dr. Batdorf studied at the University of Michigan for one year before entering medical school at Wayne State University. Following graduation from medical school and an internship at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Mich., he was in general practice in Goodrich, Mich., for three years, making many house-calls and delivering many babies. He started a four-year residency in general and trauma surgery at Hurley Hospital in 1957. He opened a surgical practice in Flint in 1961. In 1963, Dr. Batdorf moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where he joined a surgical and trauma practice. He was a co-founder of the Trauma Symposium at Caesar's Palace in 1965, and continued as the director for many years. In 1967 he began developing a statewide plan for rural emergency services in Nevada. For several years, he traveled extensively throughout rural areas of Nevada teaching emergency caregivers and was an originator of PRIN: Professional Rescue Instructors of Nevada. In 1974 he received the Governor's Award for Comprehensive Statewide Emergency Services. He also received a Certificate for Humanitarian Service from the American Medical Association's Volunteer Physician to Vietnam program in 1966 for three months of volunteer service. Dr. Batdorf was chief of surgery and on the board of trustees of Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital from 1968 to 1972, and had multiple appointments at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He was a developer and chief of the Lion's Burn Center at UMC for many years. He helped develop and obtain certification for the surgical residency program at the University Medical School and was professor of surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas beginning in 1981. In 1987 he retired from private practice and was employed by the University Medical Center Trauma Clinics and Quick Care Facilities until 1995. In May of that year he was named professor of surgery emeritus of the University of Nevada in Reno. Dr. Batdorf was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a governor of the college 1980-85, and a member of its committee on trauma. He was a founding member of the American Trauma Society and a member of several other surgical and trauma associations including the American Burn Association. He was a speaker at numerous trauma and surgical conventions and published numerous articles in medical journals. He received many awards and citations for his dedication to surgery.
In his free time, he enjoyed fishing on Lake Mead and walking quietly in the woods near his cabins in northern Michigan. He loved sharing "the lake" with family and friends. Many of his nieces and nephews have fond memories of summers at the Big Long Lake. He enjoyed inviting friends and students to barbeques at the Roc-N-Doc Ranch in Pahrump, Nev. In retirement, he enjoyed keeping up with relatives, sharing philosophical conundrums with friends and jokes with acquaintances over the Internet. He loved reading scientific journals, marveling about new discoveries in the universe, subatomic particles and the "string theory" which he was happy to explain to anyone who had the time and interest to listen. Because of his declining health, Dr. Batdorf and his wife moved to Redding, Calif., in 2009 to be close to two of their children. He continued to enjoy listening to music, listening to books on tape, watching the public television channel and learning about the world. He liked to go out to eat and he enjoyed a new restaurant with his wife and daughter less than one week before his death. He looked forward to long talks on the telephone with relatives and friends. Although he did not say much, he liked to hear what each one was doing. When able, he enjoyed going to church and appreciated visits from the minister and volunteers. He liked traveling the neighborhood and in the many beautiful parks in Redding, using a motorized chair that he liked to operate himself. We will miss him.
Gary J. Hausladen, emeritus faculty of geography
April 8, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Gary J. Hausladen died April 8, 2013 at his home in Reno, Nev., with his family at his bedside. He was born in Palo Alto, Calif., to Gabriel and Lois (Towle) Hausladen.
Gary grew up in San Carlos, Calif., where he graduated from Serra High School in 1964. During this time, he unknowingly lived just blocks away from his future bride, Marilyn McGuire, whom he met just after his first year at Stanford, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Gary and Marilyn wed in 1967 and were happily married for 46 years.
Gary joined the Air Force after college and served his country as a C130 pilot in Vietnam and Cambodia. After his service, Gary attended Syracuse University where he earned his doctoral degree in geography. Gary, who learned fluent Russian in the military, traveled with his wife and family on a Fulbright Scholarship to Moscow, USSR in pursuit of research, an experience which shaped his young family's close bonds and love of travel. Before finding his professional home at the University of Nevada, Reno, Gary taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and later at Southwest Texas State University. Gary taught for 26 years in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno and established and served as the director of the Geography Alliance in Nevada (GAIN) to support teachers in building solid foundations in geography for students in grades K-12. Gary's numerous publications and his professional accomplishments have been recognized by peers and colleagues in the form of many distinguished honors and awards. In addition to his love for geography, he had a passion for sense of place through film and mystery, world travel and sports.
Gary lived a rich life full of adventure as it was his nature to embrace and contribute to the human experience. His presence is embedded in the lives that he touched because Gary genuinely loved people and acted with deep compassion for his fellows. His role as a dad was born out of love and an earnest desire for his children's happiness and success. As a professor, Gary was both a consummate and passionate scholar whose contribution cannot be measured only by awards and publications but through the many students whose potential he identified and nurtured. Gary drew people to him with his energy and relish for both social and intellectual pursuits. He was a steadfast and honest friend, a man that could always be counted on to speak his mind and give his heart.
Gary is survived by his wife Marilyn; his sons Theodore and Bradley Hausladen; his daughter Christina Camarena (Walter); his sister Gayle Larson (Paul); his grandchildren Tyler, Ava, Olivia and one on the way; his brother-in-law Lowell McGuire, several nephews and cousins, and his many friends.
Arnold H. Greehouse, emeritus faculty of internal medicine
April 19, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Arnold Hillel Greenhouse passed away from complications following a broken hip on April 19, 2013. He was born on Dec. 24, 1926 to Abraham Charles and Bella Kolden Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York. As a young man, he moved to Kansas, where he went to college and later attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. While completing a residency in internal medicine at KU, he met and married Louise Lynn, who was a nurse at the hospital there.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother Thea Greenhouse, his sister Ethel Ott and his beloved wife, Louise. He is survived by his four children, Charles Greenhouse, Lynn Greenhouse, Catherine Greenhouse Vance (Terry) and Lawrence Greenhouse (Krissy). He also has 12 grandchildren.
Chaitan P. Gupta, emeritus faculty of math
April 26, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Chaitan Gupta, 74, of Sparks, Nev., died April 26, 2013.
Ernest L. Mazzaferri, former dean of medical school
May 14, 2013—Henderson, Nev.
Ernest Louis Mazzaferri, Sr., M.D., MACP, of Henderson, Nev., was born Sept. 27, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child to Nanetta "Nettie" and Joe Mazzaferri. Ernie passed away peacefully at home May 14, 2013 after a short illness, surrounded by his family.
After a romance that began in the ninth grade, Ernie married his best friend, lover and lifelong partner, Florence Marolt, on November 23, 1957. Their 55 year marriage produced four beautiful children, Patricia Atchison (Jim, DO) of OakPark, Ill.; Mike Mazzaferri (Denise) of Reno, Nev.; Sharon Brown (Ray) of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Ernest Mazzaferri, Jr., M.D. (Laura) of Columbus, Ohio.
He is also survived by 14 grandchildren. He also leaves behind his adored sister-in-law, Joanne Nagy, and her family.
In 1958 he graduated from John Carroll University, cum laude, with a bachelor’s in biology, and continued on to earn his M.D. at The Ohio State University in 1962.
After a year of internship at The Ohio State University, he proudly served as a captain in the United States Air Force from 1964-66, and as a lieutenant colonel from 1970-72. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves, and again dutifully served his country, on active duty status, during Desert Storm as a colonel at Madigan Army Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. His military career concluded with the Meritorious Service Medal in 1991.
Professor Mazzaferri spent most of his medical career at The Ohio State University, serving as division director of endocrinology from 1974-78, then chairman of Internal Medicine from 1984-99, during which time the Department of Medicine grew five-fold. From 1978-84, he was chairman of internal medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno, serving as acting dean from 1979-81.
During his distinguished medical career, he was recognized as a dedicated researcher, educator and scholar. With an uncompromised drive to provide excellent care for patients, he led by example, training and educating generations of physicians and faculty to do the same. Dr. Mazzaferri demanded excellence and taught how medicine was meant to be practiced.
He published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, wrote more than 150 medical editorials, case studies and abstracts, and edited or co-authored 53 medical text books. At the peak of his academic career, he was generally regarded as one of the world's experts on thyroid cancer and was an active participant in writing the American and European guidelines for this disease. He won the prestigious Paul Starr Award from the American Thyroid Association in 2009 for his fundamental contributions to improving the care of patients with this form of cancer. Ohio State became a world-class center for the study of thyroid disease under his leadership.
He was elected as a master in the American College of Physicians in 1996, served as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Endocrinology and Diabetes section, and was a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors from 1999-2003. In 1990, he was appointed membership in the prestigious American Clinical and Climatological Association, served as president of the American Thyroid Association in 2005-06, and was a committee or panel member on several occasions for the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine.
His awards from the medical community are too numerous to list; however, he felt great pride from his awards for teaching and patient care, as well as The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Above all of his accomplishments in medicine, Dr. Mazzaferri was most proud of the thousands of students, interns, residents and fellows that he mentored throughout his illustrious career.
The family would like to express it's gratitude for the many forms of condolence it has received during this difficult time.
Ann (Gamble) Walts, Department of Agriculture secretary
Mar. 28, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Ann Gamble Walts, a resident of Reno for more 50 years, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2013 at the age of 94 in Reno.
Ann was born in Ogden, Utah, on April 21, 1918 to Lura T. Gamble and Robert Roy Gamble. At the age of 1, the family moved to Hazen, Nev., at that time the "end of the tracks", where Mr. Gamble had established his business as a civil engineer. After a few months of tent life, the family purchased a ranch where they resided for many years, establishing one of the areas first Jersey dairy herds. After graduating from Churchill County High School in 1936, Ann moved to Reno to attend business school. While working as a secretary in the office of the Dept. of Agriculture at the University of Nevada, she met and later married Raymond E. Walts. They were married for nearly 50 years, and raised a son, Robert, and a daughter, Pegi.
Over the years Ann was a wonderful mother and housewife, and later returned to the secretarial field as an employee of the Washoe County School District in the Administration Office. In addition, she was an active member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority Alum Club, the Sagebrush Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and Chapter T of P.E.O.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Walts, sister Lura Batjer, and brother John R. Gamble. She is survived by her son Robert Walts of Reno, daughter Pegi Witte of Fallon, granddaughter Kate Aguirre of King City, Calif., and two grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctor, staff at Manor Care Wingfield Hills, and caregivers of Senior Helpers for all their loving care.
Ann’s favorite phrase was "This too shall pass", and so she has in peace and dignity. We shall miss you, Mom.
Elona L. (Van Sickle) Lynch ’38 (English)
April 29, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Elona was born to Peter Van Sickle and Lavina Beuhanon Van Sickle in Genoa, Nev., on the ranch her grandfather established as one of the first pioneers in Carson Valley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, sister Katherine Etchart and her parents.
Elona is survived by her brother, Ellis Van Sickle of California; her two children, Janet (Bob) Butterfield and David (Sharon) Lynch; and six grandchildren.
She had a wonderful faith in God and put him first in her life always. She taught us to do the same and we will be forever thankful.
She will be greatly missed by her family and others.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Emeritus at the Seasons and Vista Care Hospice (Carol) for all their loving care.
Stephen J. Maffi, attended Fall 1942
March 19, 2013—Fallon, Nev.
Stephen J. Maffi passed away at his home in Fallon, Nev., on March 19, 2013. He was born on April 16, 1924 in Reno, Nev., to Bortollo and Adele Maffi. He lived in Reno for five years with his parents and his younger sister, Alice Maffi (Scholz). He then moved to Fallon and grew up on a farm in the Sheckler District with his mother, sister and grandparents, John and Maria Cristani. Stephen graduated from Churchill County High School in 1942, where upon he attended the University of Nevada, Reno and then enlisted in the Army Air Corp. It is here that he achieved his life long dream of being a pilot.
In 1948, he met and married Marylou Young. They shared a wonderful 64 and 1/2 years of marriage. They had four children, Martin Maffi (Gloria); Arlyn Maffi; Connie Maffi and Lynn Maffi Strasdin (David).
After World War II he returned to Fallon and flew for Dodge Construction. He had a variety of occupations throughout his life, as a pilot, rancher and Kennametal maintenance foreman. He also served his community by being a member of the Churchill County School Board.
He has three grandchildren.
He loved all of his family, the Deals and Scholzs and his friends. He enjoyed spending time camping and fishing. He also liked sports, gardening and he had a soft spot for his animals. He will be greatly missed.
Patricia L. (Burkhalter) Moore, attended 1945-48
March 4, 2013—Hamilton, New Zealand
Patricia Burkhalter Moore, 88, Cambridge, died March 5, 2013.
Ralph A. Casazza, attended 1947-48
April 4, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Ralph Anthony Casazza was born May 12, 1926 in Reno to Rena K. (Lagamarsino) and Anthony T. Casazza. He peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on April 4. Ralph was the grandson of Italian immigrants who came to northern Nevada in the late 1870s. His parents operated a 140-acre ranch on the outskirts of Reno, part of which is now the site of Shoppers Square. He attended local schools and graduated from Reno High School in 1946. Although his father was a rancher, Ralph had a desire to be an architect from his very early years. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno for a year, but his natural talent for design enabled him to set up a thriving architectural practice. He received Nevada architectural license #37 when architect licensing first began in the state in 1949.
One of his first projects was the Reno Contemporary House, which attracted a great deal of attention, and later was reproduced for a client in Las Vegas. In 1951, he was drafted by the United States Army where he served for two years as sergeant. Fourteen months of his service were spent in Korea with the 439th Construction Battalion of the Corps of Army Engineers. During that time, he worked on the redesign of roads, bridges and buildings destroyed during combat, as well as assisting in the design of churches. In addition, while serving, he appealed to the Radius Club back home in Reno to gather clothing for orphans and the poor. He became a one-man relief agency in Korea distributing clothing to the homeless and needy.
In 1950, before his stint in the army, Ralph formed a partnership with E. Keith Lockard, a well-known Nevada and California architect and engineer. The firm, Lockard and Casazza, developed a very successful practice. They were joined by Edward S. Parsons, another prominent Reno architect, and Peter G. Guisti, a civil engineer, in the design of the original Centennial Coliseum, now a part the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. They also collaborated on many military and federal projects in Nevada and California.
The death of Mr. Lockard brought the partnership of Ralph and Carroll G. Peetz in the firm Casazza, Peetz and Assoc. His son, Thomas, joined the firm in 1978 after his graduation from the University of Idaho.
Ralph was well known for his insistence on excellence in design and construction and for demanding that money be spent wisely with proper use of materials for a lasting quality. Many clients sought his services when undertaking complex projects including state and local government agencies. Over the years, Ralph and his firm specialized in the design of public properties, shopping centers, jails, schools, public buildings, banks, industrial facilities, casinos, postal buildings and churches.
Ralph designed such well-known Reno edifices as the Bruce Thompson Federal Courthouse and the Clifton Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Reno's main post office, the Barbara Vucanovich U.S. post office was also designed by Ralph. Churches designed by Ralph included St. Therese Church of the Little Flower and school, Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church and Newman Center and the original Sparks United Methodist Church. The Washoe County administrative complex on Ninth and Wells was master planned by Ralph and his firm and the first 4 phases of buildings were designed by him. He designed schools in Nye, Churchill and Washoe counties including Anderson Elementary, the Glenn Hare Center, and the Reno High Alumni Center. Other public facilities he designed include the Wingfield Park Amphitheater, the Reno/Tahoe Airport baggage claim and the Dini-Townsend in-patient psychiatric hospital at the Northern Nevada Mental Health campus.
Ralph and his firm designed a number of buildings at the University of Nevada, Reno, including Lawlor Events Center, the Physical Science Complex, an addition to the Jot Travis Student Union, now the Davidson Center, The Laxalt Mineral Research Center, the William Raggio College of Education and a rehabilitation of the Mackay School of Mines building. The rehabilitation included a base isolation system to protect from earthquake damage. The building was only the second historic structure to incorporate base isolation in the U.S.
Private buildings that Ralph designed include the Security (now U.S.) Bank Building along with numerous other banking facilities and Shoppers Square shopping center.
In 1964, Ralph, along with his parents and sisters opened Shoppers Square, One of the first retail centers of its kind in the area, at the corner of South Virginia Street. and East Plumb Lane. Shoppers Square helped pave the way for the steady march of development southward down South Virginia St. Anchored initially by Skaggs Drug Center and Mayfair Market, Shoppers Square has undergone a number of renovations and expansions over the years, with its clean modern look and more than 50 stores, Shoppers Square has managed to survive the economic storms throughout its 49 years of existence, due to the family and its hands on business people who are a big part of the community.
Ralph's architectural firm received several awards, including the American Institute of Architects Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, presented for the Washoe County Administrative Center and the Lawlor Events Center. Ralph himself was honored with the Bradley P. Kidder Award from the Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects for his service to the region and in 2000 the American Institute of Architects Nevada awarded him the Silver Medal for his service to the profession. This is the highest honor an architect in the state of Nevada can achieve.
Ralph was very active in civic affairs serving on the State Fire Marshall Advisory Board, the Public Advisory Panel on Architectural Services for the General Services Administration, the AIA National Judicial Advocate Committee, the AIA National Codes Committee, the Regional Transportation Committee, and the City of Reno Citizen's Traffic Advisory Committee. He also served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for more than ten years and was named Man-of-the-Year while serving on the board. He was the past president of the northern Nevada Chapter, AIA and president of the AIA Nevada. He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers since 1957. He has been active with the Reno Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of Downtown Redevelopment Committee in 1961.
Casazza Retired from Architecture in March of 1999 when his firm merged with HMC Architects where until recently his son Tom carried on his legacy.
In his retirement he devoted his time to managing his family owned shopping center, where he worked literally up until his final days.
Ralph married the love of his life Eileen in 1954 after meeting her at a picnic at Lake Tahoe where it was love at first sight. They celebrated 59 years together February 14. Together they raised six children and have enjoyed the bustling lives of their 13 beautiful grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his wife Eileen, his sister Alice (Harold) Jacobson, children Tom (Maggie) Casazza, Rick (Loretta) Casazza, Kathryn (John) Dudley, Marianne (William) Goltsos, Susan Casazza , Elizabeth (Mark) Liske and grandchildren Geoffrey, Christopher, Anthony, Matthew, Zachary, Cole, Hannah, Scott, Nicholas, Emily, Melissa, Andrew and Aiden.
Dorothy (Sewell) Gallagher ’47 (premedical), ’11(honorary degree)
May 15, 2013—Elko, Nev.
Dorothy Sewell Gallagher, a fourth generation Nevadan, was born Sept.14, 1925 to J. Harvey and Mollie Sewell, in Elko, Nev. She spent her earliest years in Salt Lake City, Utah, moving with her parents and younger sister Mary Lou to Reno to attend a year at Billinghurst Middle School before attending high school at Holy Rosary Academy in Woodland, Calif. Her father Harvey was a noted Nevada banker and owned the Sewell grocery chain with his two brothers.
She returned to Reno in the fall of 1943 to attend the University of Nevada, where she met the love of her life, Thomas H. Gallagher, who was also attending the University. During her years at the University, she was president of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was graduated with a pre-med (zoology) degree in the spring of 1947 and married Tom on Aug. 30, 1947. They spent four years in San Francisco while Tom attended dental school at P and S (now the University of the Pacific). During those years, two of their three sons were born.
Dorothy and her family returned to Elko in 1951, where Tom began the practice of dentistry with his father and brother. In 1953, their youngest son was born, and Dorothy immersed herself in the business of motherhood, becoming actively involved in PTA and performing the duties of den mother to a brood of rowdy Cub Scouts. She also became heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of the family ranches in Lamoille, Pine Valley and Diamond Valley.
The ranches were sold in 1979 and Dorothy was elected to her first of many terms as a University Regent in 1980. Her territory spanned the state from the Idaho border to Pahrump and encompassed 11 of Nevada's 17 counties. During her 30-year tenure as a regent, Tom would often fly Dorothy to the outlying counties, Reno, or Las Vegas for various University-related meetings. Also during that time, Dorothy joined the board of directors for Nevada National Bank and remained on that board for 10 years until its sale to Security Pacific Bank.
Dorothy was always active in other philanthropic community activities, while maintaining her business and family responsibilities with her typical attention to detail and aplomb. This included time as an elected member of the Elko County Hospital Board of Trustees and as a member of the board of directors of Vitality House, a substance abuse rehabilitation center.
Dorothy was frequently honored by organizations for her commitment to public service, diligence and innovative thinking. These honors include:
- University of Nevada Distinguished Nevadan (an honor also shared by her husband Tom and Father Harvey Sewell);
- University of Nevada Honorary Doctorate;
- University of Nevada Alumnus of the Year in 2009;
- Nevada Women's Fund Hall of Fame Award for Education;
- Elko General Hospital Legacy Award;
- Junior Achievement Northern Nevada Business Leader's Hall of Fame;
- Nevada Hospital Association Trustee Excellence Award;
- Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, Gold Medallion (first woman to be so-honored).
Dorothy peacefully passed away on the morning of May 15, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas H. Gallagher, sons Michael (Tana), Thomas (Bonnie), Frank (Sally), five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Lou Gallagher and her three children. The Gallagher family thanks her diligent and compassionate physicians, A.N. Reddy, M.D., Louis Bergeron, M.D., and Kirin Madden, M.D. The Gallagher family also extends special gratitude to Linda Cordell, her personal secretary and caregiver.
Norma J. (Dennis) Scott, attended 1947
March 30, 2013—Hawthorne, Nev.
The Rev. Norma Joyce Scott, a resident of Hawthorne since 1939, died on Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013following a brief stay at Mt. Grant Hospital's Skilled Nursing Facility.
She was born Aug. 30, 1928, in Chico, Calif., to Ruth (Townsend) and William Lowery Montgomery. The family lived in Paradise, Calif., for six years before moving to Lincoln, Calif., where she started school. In 1936 the family moved to Virginia City, Nev., where they lived for a year. In 1937 they moved to Silver City, Nev., and then in 1939 they moved to Hawthorne.
She graduated from Mineral County High School in Hawthorne in 1946 and attended the University of Nevada, Reno for a year.
Rev. Scott is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Harold D. VanEvery and James N. Scott, and her son William Allen Scott.
Norma Joyce retired from Nevada Bell in 1938 with 25 years of services. Following her retirement, she worked for a short time as editor of The Times, a weekly newspaper in Hawthorne. In 1984, she began writing for the Mineral County Independent-News, where she covered meetings of the county commissioners, the regional planning commission, board of library trustees and the County Board of Equalization. More recently, her column in the Independent-News called "Memories," chronicled historical events of community life in Hawthorne and surrounding areas.
In 1992 she was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Rev. Scott served St. Philip’s in the Desert in Hawthorne until it closed in 2000. She also served St. Albans, Yerington; Holy Trinity, Fallon; St. Michael's and All Angels in Wadworth; St. Mary's at Nixon, St. Mark's in Tonopah and St. Francis and the Community Methodist Church in Lovelock.
Rev. Scott was a past president of the Nevada Federation of Business and Professional Women, and had belonged to the Hawthorne BPW and Fallon BPW. In 1983 she was named Woman of the Year by the Hawthorne BPW and in 1993 the Fallon BPW named her Woman of the Year.
She was a former member of Mineral Temple #18, Pythian Sisters. She was a charter member of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and had served as treasurer and president of that organization. Rev. Scott was active in the Republican Party and served as president of the Mineral County Republican Party. She is listed in Who's Who in American Politics. She was a member of the Private Industry Council for the state of Nevada, the Nevada Library Council and the State Historical Records Advisory Board. For her work on the State Historical Records Advisory Board she was inducted into the State Archives and Records Hall of Fame.
On a local level, she served as a member of the County Board of Equalization for 22 years and the Mineral County Library Board of Trustees for eight years. She was a longtime member and officer for the Consolidated Agencies of Human Services Board and served on the governing body for the Tri-County Community Training Center.
James H. Bradshaw ’48 (economics)
May 12, 2013—Reno, Nev.
James Halbert "Bud" Bradshaw, Jr. passed away peacefully early Sunday morning to join his wife Maida of 64 years on Mother's Day. Bud and Maida met at a Lambda Chi social in 1946. They were married on Sept. 4, 1948. They were inseparable until Maida passed away Dec. 21, 2012.
Bud was born in Reno, Nev., on May 10, 1927, the first-born child of James H. Bradshaw and May (Cupples) Bradshaw. He was raised in Reno, and lived in Reno and Las Vegas. Bud graduated from Reno High School with the Class of 1944. He attended University of Colorado Boulder in 1944-46 graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s in economics in 1948.
Bud and Maida raised their family in Reno. They had four children, Carol Anne Lemley (Mark), James Wayne Bradshaw (Deanne), Gary Alan and Kenneth Charles Bradshaw (Carolyn). Bud was predeceased by his son Gary, but is survived by his other children, as well as grandchildren Kane Lemley, Douglas Jones, Jennifer Bradshaw, Patrick Bradshaw, Carley Bradshaw and Kelly Bradshaw. He is also survived by his sister Lila Patterson (Tom).
Bud served in the US Navy. He was honorably discharged July 9, 1946 and then served in the Naval Reserve.
After graduating from the University, Bud was briefly employed in the appliance and air conditioning business in Las Vegas before returning to Reno to begin a 44-year banking career. He began with First National Bank of Nevada, which became First Interstate Bank and then Wells Fargo. Bud transferred with the bank headquarters to Las Vegas in 1988 and enjoyed living there with Maida until returning to Reno 1994.
Bud devoted his life to his family and community. In addition to banking and family activities, he was active in several youth activities, coaching Little League, junior basketball programs and fundraising for the Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls and the Order of Rainbow for girls.
Bud was active in and is a Past President of the Reno Arch Lions Club, Hidden Valley Country Club, American Institute of Banking, Northern Nevada Mortgage Association and Nevada Mortgage Bankers Association. He has also been active in Reno Lodge No. 13F & A.M., Kerak Temple of Shriners, the Royal Order of Jesters, St. John's Presbyterian Church, U.S. Navy Reserve and the Navy League.
Bud and Maida enjoyed their many charitable, civic and church activities. They loved to golf together, visit their children and grandchildren and traveled the world in retirement. In Bud's younger years, he was an avid sportsman and hunted and fished the creeks and mountains of Nevada. He loved his giant Labrador hunting dogs and cherished his Friday afternoon Liar's Club group at the Gold & Silver.
The family is very grateful for the kindness shown to Bud by the staff at Atria at Summit Ridge. He was greatly assisted by Carolyn Vergara of Creative Elder Solutions.
Albert C. Nocciolo ’50 (physical education)
March 2, 2013—Santa Barbara, Calif.
Albert Carl Nocciolo was born Sept. 23, 1926 and passed away peacefully March 2, 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif., surrounded by his loving family. He was 86. The cause of death was kidney failure. Al earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a master’s from Columbia University. He was a WWII veteran, serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. Al was an educational icon and active community servant in the Santa Clarita Valley. He was the educational and curricular visionary for the Saugus Union School District, where he was employed for 51 years as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and School Board Member. Al took great pride in preparing students to succeed, both in the classroom and in life. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn, and their five children, Albert (Linda), Rosanne Spencer (Gordon), Valarie Kahoun (Ken), Mark (Stacey), and Teresa Calderon (Steve); two sisters, Faye Serino and Philomena McLeod, both of New Jersey; and 11 grandchildren.
Al was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Italian immigrant parents, Gerardo and Rosina Nocciolo. He was preceded in death by his parents and his four brothers, Rocco, Gerardo, Anthony and Ernie. Al was devoted to his family and many lifelong friends.
Wilbur R. Wallace ’50 (electrical engineering)
April 21, 2013—Stockton, Calif.
Wilbur R. Wallace was born in Auburn, Calif., on Jan. 20, 1922 to parents Cordelia Belle Allen Wallace and Robert Valentine Wallace. His family and friends knew him as “Wally.” He graduated from Placer High School in 1939. He entered the U. S. Army Air Corps in 1942, where he was commissioned second lieutenant as a B-29 flight engineer. He was employed as an aircraft engine accessory mechanic at McClellan AFB in California, as well as USAF bases in Alaska. He graduated from Placer Junior College in 1947, and it was there that he met his wife, Mary Adell Gilmore. They were married in 1945.
Mr. Wallace went on to get his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduation, he started his career at PG&E in California. His career there spanned 34 years. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol and was an Air Force reservist until retiring in 1971 with the rank of major. He and his wife both held private pilot's licenses and enjoyed flying throughout the Western United States, Canada and Alaska. Along with his wife, he founded and worked with the Parkinson's Disease Support Group in Stockton, Calif. He has created several endowed scholarships in nursing and engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Bernita Hoellein, his wife Adell, daughter, Pamela Wallace and granddaughter Staci Marie Seymour. He leaves behind a son, Jeffrey A. Wallace, two brothers, Jim and Ray Wallace, three grandchildren.
John W. Marvel ’51 (political science)
March 16, 2013—Carson City, Nev.
John W. Marvel, a major force in one of the largest ranching operations in Nevada history and among the longest serving members of the state Legislature, died Saturday, March 16 in Carson City. He was 86.
John was the business manager and a working cowboy for Battle Mountain-based W.T. Jenkins Co., a cattle and sheep operation started by his grandfather, who emigrated from Wales in the 1880s. The Jenkins ranching empire ultimately stretched over a vast area of northeastern Nevada covering parts of five counties.
When Jenkins died near the turn of the century, his wife Edith took over and expanded operations. Later, their young daughter Louise took the reins and ran the business with her husband, Ernest (Cap) Marvel. Eventually, control of ranching operations was shared by John and his brothers, Dick and Tom.
The family sold the bulk of its ranch properties in 1964 but John remained active in the livestock industry and worked tirelessly to support those throughout the state who are involved in agricultural enterprises. In 1969, John acquired the Dunphy Ranch in Eureka County and operated it until its sale in 1990.
John is a past president of the Nevada Cattlemen's Association and was among those honored as Cattleman of the Year. Because of his contributions to the industry, the new Nevada Department of Agriculture building in Sparks was dedicated to John and his wife Willie in 2010.
A conservative Republican, John was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1978. He served for 15 regular sessions and nine special sessions and was widely respected for his knowledge of the state and his ability to forge consensus on critical issues. John was minority floor leader in 1993, chairman of Assembly Ways and Means in 1985 and co-chair in 1995. His final term ended in 2008 and he was later honored by being recognized on the Nevada Assembly Wall of Distinction in the Legislature Building.
At various times, John's Assembly District 32 covered parts of Lander, Humboldt, Elko, Eureka, Pershing and Washoe counties. He was a member of the natural resources, agriculture and mining, interim finance and industrial programs committees. He also served on the Legislative Committee on Public Lands, Interim Finance's Advisory Board on Prison Industries and the Audit Subcommittee.
John was especially proud of his support for education—including his ability to secure funding for the University of Nevada School of Medicine—and prison industries, and he was considered an expert on Nevada tax policy. He was a member and past chairman of the Nevada Tax Commission and, after leaving the Legislature, served on the Nevada Ethics Commission. He was also on the board of Wells Fargo Bank and on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's grazing advisory boards.
He was one of five Electoral College voters in the 2004 Presidential election and served on the Advisory Council to the Public Land Law Review Commission. He was also a former chairman of the Lander County Planning Commission.
John was extremely active in Republican Party activities and championed GOP causes. He was an active supporter of former governor and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt in his statewide campaigns and for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns.
John was born in Battle Mountain on Sept. 11, 1926 and attended schools there. He earned a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on political science, from the University of Nevada in 1951. He was a member and president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was active in campus organizations.
After graduating from Battle Mountain High School in 1944, where John was valedictorian of the senior class, he served in the U.S. Army's 19th Infantry Regiment during World War II. He was in Japan when that nation surrendered to the Allies. John was honorably discharged in November 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
John was a member of several Masonic organizations and was a “Rainbow Dad” for Battle Mountain Assembly 23, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. He was also a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Western Legislative Conference. In recent years, he adopted Carson City as his second hometown.
John is survived by his wife, Wilburta (Willie) Shidler Marvel; daughter Sharon (Tom) Andreasen; son John E. Marvel; daughter Michelle (David) Slagle; brother Thomas J. (Rosita); and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise and E.R. (Cap) Marvel, and brother and sister-in-law Richard T. and Mary Marvel.
Contributions for the John Marvel Memorial Fund benefiting the University of Nevada School of Medicine can be made to the UNR Foundation, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89557.
Wilburta (Shidler) Marvel ’51 (history)
April 23, 2013—Carson City, Nev.
Wilburta (Willie) Shidler Marvel, who lived nearly her entire life in northern Nevada, died April 23, 2013 at her daughter's home in Carson City, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 87. Her husband John, a prominent Battle Mountain rancher and longtime state assemblyman, preceded her in death by 38 days.
Mary Wilburta was born March 15, 1926 in Kansas City, Kan. She was the fourth and youngest daughter of Dr. Wilbur K. and Mary Delanie (Hart) Shidler.
At a very young age, the family moved to Phoenix and then to Minden—both for a short period of time—finally moving to Reno at the age of 2, where she spent her childhood. Wilburta and her family were longtime active members of the First Methodist Church in Reno.
She attended Orvis Ring Elementary and Northside Junior High School. At Reno High School, she was involved in numerous activities, graduating in 1944. She was an active member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Reno Assembly #1. Wilburta was trained in ballet and tap dancing from an early age. As a young woman, she secured a bit part in a movie filmed in Reno starring Mickey Rooney. She also performed tap dancing in many productions for servicemen during World War II.
After she enrolled at the University of Nevada, she worked for Dr. Wesley Hall Sr., a local physician. At the university, she met John, a fellow student who quickly nicknamed her "Willie." They were married April 7, 1951 in Carson City and graduated together later that year. Willie earned a bachelor's degree in education. She was a member of Tri-Delta sorority and was active in campus and church life.
Willie moved with her husband to his hometown of Battle Mountain in the summer of 1951 and plunged into community activities while remaining focused on raising a family. Ultimately, she took a leading role in the Battle Mountain PTA, serving as room mother in all of her children's classes. She helped choreograph musicals and Christmas plays, including designing elaborate costumes for school and community events. Willie also created two of the Longhorns' mascot uniforms, and offered strong support to high school athletic programs. In addition to all of her time in the classroom with her children, she was an elementary school substitute teacher, tap dancing instructor to many young girls, and Sunday school teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Battle Mountain.
She recognized the need to serve the youth of the community and helped ensure they wouldn't miss opportunities for enrichment. Toward that end, she started Battle Mountain Chapter 23 Order of Rainbow for Girls in 1968 and served as its first mother advisor and mother advisor for many years, even after her own daughters were grown. She was directly involved in the Nevada Rainbow activities throughout the state for more than two decades.
Willie was active in the Nevada Cowbells, auxiliary to the Nevada Cattlemen's Association, and supported her husband in his livestock activities, some of which included in gathering and working cattle, branding, as well as cooking and making treats for the ranch crew. She served as her husband's secretary in his ranching and public life, also assisting in his many campaigns for his state assembly seat. In 2010, the new Nevada Department of Agriculture Building in Sparks was dedicated and named for John and Willie for their contributions to the industry.
She and John were constant companions and she often accompanied him to his Cattlemen's Association and legislative meetings and hearings during his 50 years of public service. Willie and John were passionate about supporting and fundraising for the Shriners Children's Hospitals and local Nevada organizations. In more recent years, they made Carson City their second home. In the mid-1980s, Willie was instrumental in helping the state acquire new silver and china for the Governor's Mansion. This had been sadly neglected over the years and she and other involved Nevadans led a public awareness and fundraising campaign to rectify the situation.
Willie had many other creative interests, including gardening, modeling for community fashion shows, knitting, quilting, cross-stitching, and sewing, highlighted by her trademark label, “hand-made by Willie.” She believed her principal job was to establish a firm foundation for her family, and each of her three children, 10 grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nana,” and extended family were all her treasured gifts. Her passion for the importance of her family, faith and friends carried over to others throughout her life.
She is survived by daughter Sharon (Tom) Andreasen; son John E. Marvel; daughter Michelle (David) Slagle and 10 grandchildren.
In addition to her husband John, Willie was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Dorothea Comer of Fort Bragg, Calif., Maxine Anderson of Verdi, Nev., and Betty Marie Scovil of Sacramento, Calif.
Gene H. Brown ’53 (business administration)
March 8, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Gene Hatcher Brown passed very peacefully in his home holding the hands of his daughter and granddaughter, Laura and Lindsay, on March 8, 2013. Gene, also known as “Poppa” and “the Salmon Slayer,” was 84. Gene was born April 20, 1928 in Brunswick, Ga., to William and Jess Brown, and he had, in his own words: “The most wonderful life, and the greatest love that a man can have.” That love was his devoted wife of 50 years, Leila Jean Rowson Brown. They were married March 11, 1954, in Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno, Nev., and lived all their lives in Reno, where both of their children, Walter and Laura, were born.
After graduating from Wayne County High School, where Gene was on the honor roll and basketball and football teams, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. There he served for two years in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he was a squad leader and lieutenant machine gun paratrooper.
Gene graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1953 with a degree in business administration and was a member of the Student Senate, Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was also on the Wolf Pack football and song teams.
Gene spent the majority of his career in real estate, first as a broker and then as a loan officer. He was the director of the Reno Board of Realtors from 1976-77, and was in the Million Dollar Club 1972-74 and was chairman in 1975. He worked for various firms before starting his own in 1982, Gene H. Brown & Associates, and then worked for American Federal for many years as a commercial loan officer.
Gene's passion was his family and the outdoors. He worked hard so he could take his family fishing, hunting, boating and camping. These were his happiest days. Although he grew up in Georgia, Gene's life was here in Nevada where he traveled the state and spent wonderful times in the beautiful desert he loved so much. Gene and his son, Walt, were hunting buddies and made countless trips for fowl and game. Gene and Laura were fishing buddies and enjoyed traveling to Alaska, British Columbia, Bodega Bay, the Sacramento River, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and around Nevada. Most of all, Gene loved to play cards and spend time with his granddaughter Lindsay. He cherished watching her grow, taking her to swimming and teaching her to drive. He was so proud of her and loved to tell her she was his favorite grandchild. He had many friends all over the country, and everyone loved him. He loved people, horses, riding ATVs, boating and sailing, and flying. He loved to sing and enjoyed all kinds of music, from Willie Nelson to the Celtic Women. He made the best smoked salmon ever, and not only did he grow the zucchinis, he made it into his famous zucchini bread, which everyone knew about and loved. He grew a garden almost every year of his life.
Gene is survived by his daughter, Laura Jess "Boo" Brown Robertson, granddaughter Lindsay Jenelle Robertson, nephews Bill (Barbara) and Jim (Debbie) Steed, and his beloved dog, Bosco. Gene is preceded in death by the love of his life, Leila (2004), his son Walt (2006), his parents William and Jess Brown, his brothers Guy (Wilma) and Roy Brown, his sister Laura, and many wonderful dogs including Cooper (2012).
The family would like to thank Marta and Larry from the Center for Healthy Aging, and everyone at Circle of Life Hospice for their love, care and understanding.
Ruth E. (Moore) Eliades ’53 (journalism)
March 9, 2013—Newport Beach, Calif.
Ruth Moore Eliades died peacefully surrounded by family at her home in Newport Beach, Calif., on March 9, 2013, the anniversary of her beloved mother's birth.
Ruth was born Sept. 26, 1931, in Winnemucca, Nev., where she was raised. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno as the recipient of the Harold’s Club Scholarship and graduated in 1953. While attending college, she met and married James Eliades from McGill, Nev., who also was a recipient of the same scholarship.
Jim and Ruth relocated to Southern California in 1955, where Jim pursued a career in the aerospace industry. After raising their three children, Ruth earned her teaching credential and taught elementary school. She retired from teaching as a reading specialist in 1988.
Ruth is survived by her son, James Eliades, Jr. (Cheryl) of Laguna Hills, Calif., daughters Barbara Eliades (Scott Dunham) of Glendale, Calif., and Jeanne Eliades (Larry Mailliard) of Boonville, Calif., and nine grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Moore Lawrence (Jack), Barbara Moore Timmons (Gene), Dianne Moore Doss (Paul) and Winifred Moore Kramer (Dale), and her brother Donald E. Moore (Judy.)
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Jim in 1983, and brothers Joseph E. Moore and Robert J. Moore.
Ruth's laughter, intellect, charm and grace will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Evelyn G. Canepa, attended 1954
Feb. 21, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Evelyn Gladys Canepa passed away Feb. 21, 2013. She passed away peacefully at her residence, her family by her side, after a recent serious illness stemming from a three-decade long battle with multiple sclerosis.
A Reno native and third generation Nevadan, she attended Verdi Elementary School, Reno High School and the University of Nevada. In 1991, Evelyn retired after 36 years of faithful service to the V.A. Hospital in Reno.
She was proud of her Italian heritage and agrarian roots. In her youth, she worked on the dairy farms and cattle ranches in Verdi, Mogul and Smith Valley that were started by her immigrant grandparents.
She enjoyed the Sierra Nevada lifestyle and in her able years, avidly fished Pyramid Lake, catching many trophy cut-throat trout. In recent years, she looked forward to summers at Tahoe, including boat rides around the lake with family and friends, spotting osprey nests in Emerald Bay and other native wildlife.
Evelyn personified kindness, joviality, friendship and caring. Her indomitable spirit in the face of M.S. lifted and inspired those around her, her laugh was infectious, her smile unforgettable.
Evelyn and her son were each born on Friday, March 13, 28 years apart. Both were born in St. Mary's Hospital, delivered by the same doctor. Birthdays were special celebrations for Evelyn and her son.
She is preceded in death by her parents Louis and Eva. She is survived by her lifelong friend and companion, Warren Welsh, her son Scott, her brothers Louis (Sandy), Cleve (Julie) and Gary (Lori) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Also awaiting her on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge are her beloved dogs Goldy, Domi and Daisy.
Warren and the family wish to extend special thanks and love to Evelyn's caregivers Olivia, Jenny and Mary. Evelyn's family also wishes to express special thanks to the kind and diligent members of Engine Co. 11 and REMSA.
Robert W. Fink, attended Fall 1956
April 23, 2013—Sun Valley, Nev.
Robert W. Fink passed away April 23, 2013. Robert, 83, passed quickly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Norma, and his two sisters Donna Mae and Edith Ann. Robert was born in Springfield, Ohio and relocated to Reno, Nev. in 1954.
Surviving Robert is his twin sister, Alice; his five daughters, Marilyn, Darla, Renee', Nanette and Natalie; his brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Pat Carnel and their son Chris. Robert has 8 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He met and married his wife, Norma, in the Army in 1953 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They moved back and started their family in Reno. Robert and Norma became greatly involved in raising and breeding dairy goats and started their esteemed registered dairy goat herd called Springhaven. Robert and Norma were instrumental in starting up the Sun Valley Water Company in 1965-66.
Robert was very active in his community. He served in the Army and had an honorary discharge as a sergeant. He had more than 47 years of experience as a real estate broker at his own company and pursued public service supporting orderly community growth and improvement. Robert studied at The Ohio State University and the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in animal husbandry. Robert received the realtor emeritus award, a prestigious honor accorded to him by the National Association of Realtors. He was a licensed auctioneer since 1980 from the Missouri Auction School. He was a trustee of the Sun Valley Water District from 1982-96 and from 1998 to 2012, a representative of the Washoe County Planning Commission from 1999 to 2003, chairman for the Washoe County Board of Adjustment; chairman of the RTC Citizens Advisory Committee 1985-91, past president of the Sun Valley Landowners Association, charter president of the initial Sun Valley Sertomas, original member of the Sun Valley Swimming Pool Committee, chairman of the Realtors Land Institute, State Chapter 41, accredited land consultant from the Realtors Land Institute; member of the Livestock Committee of the Nevada State Fair, member of the National Association of Realtors since 1969, member of the Nevada State Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors, past board of directors of Truck Inn of Fernley, Nev., parliamentarian for the National Realtors Land Institute for five years, political affairs committee for the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors; member of the joint coordination committee for the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility, representing the Sun Valley Water and Sanitation District.
Robert was a very generous and caring man with a big laugh and an even bigger smile. He was often called the “Mayor of Sun Valley,” and could be found holding court with his friends and family almost every day, breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner at his favorite dining spot Hobey's Casino. Those who knew Robert said he was a good honest man. He was an even greater father and we will all miss him dearly.
Robert stated more than once that “the good Lord has given me a good life.” We were honored to be a part of his life.
Donald B. Bissett ’57 (accounting)
March 17, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Former Washoe County comptroller and long time Reno resident Donald Bissett passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the age of 78, following a sudden illness.
He was born in Fallon, Nev., April 22, 1934 to John R. Bissett and Myldred I. (Howser) Bissett, the youngest of three boys. The family moved to Reno when he was very young and he graduated from Reno High School in 1952 where he served as both sophomore and junior class president. He was an outstanding athlete, being selected for the all-state basketball team in 1951 and named in the western states edition of Who’s Who in High School Athletics, ’51-’52. After attending Woodbury College in Los Angeles for one year, he returned to Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While attending the University, he was initiated into Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Don joined the Marine Reserves as a private in 1953 and participated in the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class at the University. In 1955, he earned the Scabbard and Blade Metal, awarded to the best drilled second year cadet. He then went on to officer's training at the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Va. He served overseas in Okinawa and upon his return was stationed at Camp Pendleton until 1959 and then returned to Reno where he served in the reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1970 having obtained the status of captain in the Marine Corps.
After returning to Reno, he worked for the gaming control board, then became a stockbroker and later worked as controller for the Mapes Hotel Casino. He had returned to the University to work toward obtaining his master’s when he became the Washoe County Comptroller in 1977. His successor Kathy Garcia states, “Don was proud of the financial reporting recognition that was attained while he was comptroller. Beginning in 1982, the county's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was the recipient of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the department garnered national recognition for early implementation of difficult accounting standards. Due to consistent excellence in financial reporting and management, the county’s credit rating was raised.” He retired from his position as comptroller in 1994 and enjoyed many years of retirement with his wife Mary Lou, seeing the world, traveling in their motorhome, spending time with grandchildren and golfing among many other things.
He married his first wife, the late Connie Bissett, in 1960 and they had two children, Cherie and Steve. He divorced and then in 1981 married his wife of 28 years, the late Mary Lou Bissett, at which time he gained three stepchildren, Mark, Jody and Bill.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Bissett, and his parents. He is survived by his children, Cherie Bouma and Steve Bissett, stepchildren Mark Huber, Jody Huber and Bill Ziegenhorn, his grandchildren; Josh, Anja, Jase, Jayme, Jaxon, Alyssa, Morgan, and Chloe and his brothers Roger and Richard (Dick) Bissett.
Don will be remembered as a gentle and loving man of strong character and opinion. Those who entered into conversation with him about politics, economics or country quickly found out what he thought whether they wanted to or not. He was a man of great honesty and integrity, doing what was right no matter the cost. He was loyal to his family, friends and country and was held in high regard by those who knew him. His quick wit and dry sense of humor always provided us with a good laugh.
Don loved his children and grandchildren more than anything. He was known to beam with pride and joy as he told stories about them or watched one of them at a special event.
Dixie K. (Simonsen) Crook ’57 (psychology)
April 29, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Dixie Kay Simonsen Crook, a third generation Nevadan, passed away peacefully at her home in Reno on April 29. Born Dec. 6, 1935 in Elko, Nev., and raised in Eureka, Nev., until the age of 6, at which time her parents, Louis and Winifred, her sister Jessie and young Dixie moved to Reno, Nev., where she lived for the rest of her life.
Dixie attended Reno schools and graduated from Reno High School in 1953. She was awarded the prestigious Harold’s Club Scholarship to attend the University of Nevada. Not only was she an outstanding student, but participated in many clubs and activities. All the while she worked after school as an elevator operator in downtown Reno in the Arcade Building, which was predominately a medical office building. Dixie joined Tri Delta Sorority where she made many lifelong friends. She graduated with a degree in social work in 1957, and, after graduation, worked as a social worker for Nevada Welfare Services.
Dixie was married in 1956 and had four children. She and her husband founded This Is It Day Camp for children in 1962. For many years, Dixie played an integral role in the management of the day camp and worked tirelessly until 1976 for its success.
In 1967, Dixie was hired as a reading assistant at Vaughn Middle School. Realizing her love of education she returned to the University to pursue teaching credential. Attending the University at night, working a second job at Weinstock’s, and raising four children, she completed her goal: a degree in reading and a certified teaching position. She dedicated 35 years to Vaughn and was an inspiration to her students and instilled in them a love of knowledge. She was regarded in the district as one of the outstanding reading specialists.
Giver and volunteer could be the words that exemplify Dixie. She generously gave her time to the American Lung and Heart Associatio,n completing her last campaign this year. PTA, WEA, WREA and Reno Christian Fellowship are some of the organizations to which she dedicated her time.
Dixie was pre-deceased by her father Louis and her mother Winifred, whom she cared for until her mother passed away. Dixie leaves four children: Victoria Crook Espil (Brent), Raymond (Cathy), Ronald (Alison), Cathleen Crook Dulgar and her sister Jessie Kimball of Cloride, Ariz. Dixie was a loving grandmother to eight grandchildren.
Charles E. Mueller ’58 (marketing)
May 7, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Charles Edmund Mueller passed away May 7, 2013. “Chuck” was born Sept. 1, 1931 in Los Angeles, Calif., and then moved to Boulder City, Nev., in 1945. He played on a championship football team in high school and enjoyed track and field. Chuck enlisted in the Navy in 1952 during the Korean War and served as a yeoman petty officer third class. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated in 1958 with a degree in business administration and worked as an accountant for Sierra Pacific Power Company for 30 years. He then drove a school bus for nine years and a shuttle for the University of Nevada. He also drove the Take Care-A-Van for Saint Mary's Hospital for five years before finally retiring.
He served as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years and was highly regarded as a scout master and Cub Scout leader. Chuck earned his Woodbadge ticket and went on to participate as a Woodbadge leader. He received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor the council can bestow upon adult volunteers. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many youth leadership positions.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Marie, his brother Bill and sister Eloise Benson. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 56 years, and his three sons, Jim, Mark (Sue) and Martin (Jane), as well as 12 grandchildren. His family was his greatest love, and he considered it his most important accomplishment. He was loved and adored by his family.
Salvador A. Ruiz ’58 (educational administration)
Feb. 28, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Born in Yahualica, Mexico, to Epitacio and Petra Ruiz, Salvador came to Sparks, Nev., when he was 3, ultimately graduating from Sparks High School in 1945. He then worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and attended the University on the GI Bill, graduating in 1958. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree from Mexico City University. A life-long educator, Sal taught at Reno High School and was a member of the first faculty of Wooster High School. Later he served as principal for Gerlach Empire Schools then Smithridge, Rita Cannon and Greenbrae Elementary Schools, retiring in 1988. Though Sal's primary service organization affiliation was with the Plumb Lane Lions Club (serving as district governor in 1989-90), he belonged to several professional educational organizations, officiated high school football for 35 years, was a longtime member of Toastmasters and recently a member of SAVE, a police auxiliary organization. Sal was also a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Community.
Sal is survived by his wife of 46 years, Doris Dulgar Ruiz. Additional survivors include daughters Mimi Ruiz (David Taft) of San Francisco Calif., Marion Kessler (Bart Kessler) of Portland Ore., Jeanelle Ruiz Ebanks of Henderson Nev., and Grandson Daniel Kessler of Seattle Wash., granddaughters Elayna and Elizabeth Ebanks of Henderson, Nev. He is also survived by his siblings Leo Ruiz and Irene (Harry) Elsrode of Reno and their children and grandchildren.
Carl L. Shaff ’59 (elementary education), ’64M.Ed. (education)
April 27, 2013—Sun City, Ariz.
Carl Leroy Shaff died at the age of 78, on Sat., April 27, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Hutchinson, Kan., on Dec. 24, 1934, to Glen and Bessie Shaff. He graduated from high school in Delano Calif., served two years in the Army, and then graduated from University of Nevada, Reno, in 1959, and later received his master’s in education from the University.
Carl was an educator for more than 40 years, serving as teacher, principal and superintendent. He worked in Nevada, Oregon and Washington. At the Nevada State Department of Education, served on the Alumni Association at the University, and was appointed to the WICHIE board by Gov.Kenny Guinn. Education was his life, and he spent that lifetime touching the lives of countless young people and mentoring future educators.
Carl is survived by his wife Annett, eight children and 12 grandchildren.
Samuel S. Jaksick ’60 (business administration)
April 21, 2013—Incline Village, Nev.
Samuel S. Jaksick, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2013 at the age of 75 after kayaking from Kings Beach to his lakefront home in Incline Village, where he resided for more than 30 years.
Sam was a native Nevadan, born in Reno on June 27, 1937, to Samuel S. Jaksick, Sr. and Thelma M. Jaksick, who operated lumber mills in Quincy, California and Lakeview, Ore.
Sam graduated from Reno High School where he was an excellent athlete, excelling in track. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in business and his MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno and was a member of the ATO fraternity. Sam proudly served in the Nevada National Guard and was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment.
Sam was a true visionary, which is why real estate development fit his personality so well. He had a unique talent of finding business and real estate opportunity. He saw a growing population in Reno and great potential in the land that his father had acquired throughout the years in the lumber industry and chose to convert a former cattle ranch into the planned community and golf course that is known as Lakeridge. As the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote on April 24, 2013 upon learning of his passing, “his work will be his legacy, and there are hundreds if not thousands of people in our community whose livelihood can be traced directly or indirectly to Jaksick and his efforts.” Some of the most notable planned communities that distinguished him in his field include Lakeridge, where he hired famed golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who created the Famous 15th island green.
Sam’s next planned community was Caughlin Ranch, followed by Saddlehorn in southwest Reno. His most recent project, Montreux, at the foot of the stunning Sierra Nevada mountain range, featuring a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course which hosts the annual Reno Tahoe Open. Sam was honored to receive a call from the PGA Tour indicating that Montreux had been selected as the home of one of the tours new prestigious events. It is this beauty and challenging course which the PGA Tour professional hold in such high regard, that many believe help keep the event going.
Continuing on the successful career path he had built his entire life, Sam spent a tremendous amount of time planning a future development known as Spring Mountain, north of Reno.
While Sam is known within the community as a prominent business man, he felt most content as a traditional cattle rancher. He loved spending time at the family ranch where he created unforgettable memories for his children and grand children. Sam was an avid pilot who flew both fixed wing airplanes and helicopters. An ideal start to his day would be an early morning flight followed by pheasant hunting with his beloved dogs, Binka and Ghita.
His true passion in life was hunting. Considered a world-class hunter, he traveled the world many times over hunting unexplored territories in pursuit of record trophies. Sam's love of hunting inspired him to write a hunting book narrating his 45 years of international hunting adventures for his grandchildren. His no-fear attitude and unparalleled sense of adventure didn’t deter him from traveling to China amidst the SARS outbreak to successfully hunt a Dwarf Blue Sheep, and more recently traveled alone to hunt the elusive Markhor, in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan at a time when Pakistan was proclaimed to be the most hostile and dangerous place in the world. Sam returned home safe with his Markhor.
The tradition of hunting runs deep in the Jaksick family. Often Sam's sons, Stan and Todd, would accompany him on extraordinary hunts. He helped his son Todd complete his Grand Slam of North American Sheep by the age of 14, and more recently helped his grandson Ben complete his grand slam at the age of 10.
Being a devoted family man, Sam loved traveling and spending time outdoors with his wife of more than 20 years, Janene. His children and grandchildren were a huge part of his life. No matter what sport, whether it was hunting, football, basketball, baseball or martial arts, Grandpa Sam was their biggest fan. Sam enjoyed riding horses with his daughter, Wendy, as well as playing golf and skiing with his son Stan. Sam and his youngest son, Todd, would look forward to disappearing for weeks on end in search of a trophy animal. He was proud of each one individually.
Sam will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife, Janene Jaksick; his three children, Stan Jaksick, Wendy Jaksick and Todd Jaksick (Dawn); his grandchildren, Lexi Smrt, Connor White, Sawyer Jaksick, Luke Jaksick, Ben Jaksick, Amanda Jaksick, Reagan Jaksick, Sydney Jaksick; and his great grand daughter Jaylyn Fields.
Donald M. Schulz ’60 (business administration)
May 17, 2013—Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Donald Martin Schulz, Aug. 24, 1935-May 17, 2013.
Donald Martin Schulz was born in Reno, Nev., to Otto R. Schulz and Gertrude Quinlan Schulz. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, daughter Margaret Loh (Stephen) of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., son Martin Schulz (Beverly) of Naperville, Ill., sister Margaret Mohr of Vancouver, Wash., and brother Otto R. Schulz (Sally) of Reno. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.
Don graduated from Reno High School in 1953 and attended the University of Nevada until his enlistment in the United States Army in 1954. He served in the U. S. Army Far East Command in Japan as a clerk to General Cardwell and was honorably discharged from active duty in 1957. Don returned to the University and completed his studies, graduating in 1960 with a degree in business administration. He worked for the Kafoury Armstrong and Bernard, the Internal Revenue Service, the Diocese of Reno and the State of Nevada. In 1973, Don opened his CPA practice on North Division Street in Carson City. He took pride in his appointment by the AICPA Division for Firms as one of its first peer review auditors.
Judith L. Vasconcelos ’60 (English, secondary education)
April 7, 2013—Fallon, Nev.
Our beloved mother, grandmother, educator and friend, Judy left us suddenly on April 7, 2013. Born in Sacramento, Calif., on March 31, 1938, Judy moved to Reno, Nev., with her father, Louis, and attended local schools including Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Pacific where she attained her master’s degree in education. Judy was a lifelong educator in the Washoe County School District teaching at Trainer Middle School and Reno High School where she spent the majority of her 29 year career. At Reno High School she taught English, theater and led the debate teams to many state titles.
Anyone that knew Judy knew of her passion for dogs and dog training. She taught many dog obedience classes in Reno and Fallon. She also enjoyed her bridge group in Fallon and looked forward to her weekly get-togethers.
Judy is survived by her stepbrother Greg Brouner (Sue), children Michael Ginsburg (Dana) and daughter Tracy Burgener (Todd), and grandchildren, Whitney, Mikayla and Danielle Ginsburg and Thieren, Grayson and Callum Burgener.
Lynn D. (Walsh) Megquier ’61 (education)
March 7, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Lynn Darrieux Walsh Megquier passed away peacefully at home on March 7, 2013. A native Nevadan, Lynn was born in the small, eastern Nevada mining town of McGill, and grew up in the Reno/Sparks area. She was a Sparks Railroader, then a student and member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Nevada, until graduating from the College of Education in 1961. While at Nevada, she met her husband-to-be, R. James "Jim" Megquier. They were married on Aug. 5, 1962. She spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which she very much enjoyed. After Jim finished his schooling, the couple returned to Reno where he began his oral surgery career, and Lynn began raising their three beautiful daughters. She loved being a wife, mother, homemaker and volunteer, giving hours of her time supporting PTA, Girl Scouts, Rainbow Girls, Trinity Episcopal Church, Dental Wives Association, Tri-Delta, Junior League, and PEO, as well as participating in Les Amies group, Feminine Financiers, bridge club, and her birthday girls club. These affiliations brought with them many, many friendships, which blossomed into long-term and loving relationships. Some of her favorite times were spent on the beach at Lake Tahoe, making wonderful summer memories with her family and friends whom she held so dear. Most recently, Lynn and Jim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Harrah’s Steak House with all their children and grandchildren. They shared stories, toasted each other, and danced to music of the 60s.
Lynn is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer McCarron, Marne' and Rodney McKimmey and family, and Tricia and Calder Chism; and her brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Janell Walsh.
The Megquier family extends their appreciation for the wonderful medical care provided over the years by Drs. Georgianna Duxbury, Steven Atcheson, John Grinsell, and Athan Roumanas.
David Nyquist ’61 (biology), ’63M.S. (zoology)
May 15, 2013—Boulder, Colo.
David Nyquist passed away following a heart attack Wednesday, May 15, 2013. He was 74. He was born in New York City. He acquired an academic diploma from George Washington High School in Manhattan and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marine biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a National Institute of Health Fellow and received his Ph.D. in limnology from Utah State University in Logan.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran with the rank of major. He was assigned to the Army Environmental Hygiene Agency. His service time was stateside at the Aberdeen Proving Ground formerly known as the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland.
David was an assistant professor in the Water Resources Department at the University of Alaska. He returned to the “lower 48” to accept a position with the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Wishing to return to the western U.S., David accepted a position with the Atomic Energy Commission in Las Vegas, Nev., and later at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. He later returned to Las Vegas, where he was one of the founders of the Desert Research Institute. The final move to Boulder, Colo., was to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Living in the foothills in Boulder County he developed a passion for fire protection and wildfire mitigation.
He became a firefighter with the Lefthand Fire Protection District in 1981 and was appointed chief in 1985. He served as chief for 22 years, retiring in 2007. He was an active member of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Teams for over two decades.
He was instrumental in the development of several wildland fire programs for Boulder County residents. The Wildfire Hazard Identification and Mitigation System was a county program that he helped to develop. He worked throughout the county as a certified state fire inspector. He became a qualified Type 2 Logistics Section Chief and Safety Officer and dedicated many years to wildland fire response with the regional and county incident management teams.
In recent years, he served as a fire marshal with the Rocky Mountain Fire Authority and remained active as a logistics section chief with the Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team.
In addition to his love of firefighting, David was a private pilot and enjoyed flying. He was an NRA instructor and an officer or member of many societies and organizations.
David is survived by his wife, Carla, his son, David Henry, and a sister, Marydee. David’s parents and daughter, Robyn Lee, proceeded him in death.
Valerie J. (Van Nepes) Snebold ’61 (elementary education)
Oct. 23, 2012—Bagley, Minn.
Valerie Van Nepes Snebold, 72 of Bagley, Minn., died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at the Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, N.D..
Valerie was born Dec. 24, 1939, in San Francisco, Calif., to Robert E. Van Nepes and Evelyn Bernice Rauch Van Nepes. Her mother's second husband William Dolan and family moved to San Francisco and Bass Lake, Calif., then moved to Fresno, where Val graduated Roosevelt High School in 1957. Her first college year was at Fresno State, the next year enrolling at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1961 with a bachelor’s in education. Val married Bill Snebold on July 28, 1962 in Reno. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 28, 2012.
Val and Bill resided in Reno, Greenbrae, Calif., and Santa Rosa, Calif., until 1976, then moved with their three sons to a dairy farm near Bagley, M.N. Valerie taught Head Start in Rice Lake and Mahnomen. In 1979, Val began teaching in Bagley until 2001 when she retired due to ill health. In 2005, she received a lung transplant at UCLA. Val traveled to the UK, Chicago, Montana, Rodeo, Calif., and to Reno to receive her 50th Year Circle Degree from Delta Delta Delta . Val's “new” lung was with her for almost seven years when she developed pneumonia the fall of 2012. In Bagley, Valerie was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, a longtime member of the Tuesday Study Club, a past president of Bagley Teachers Union and a past chair of the Clearwater County Democratic Party. She loved teaching and every student was special.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Snebold of Bagley, M.N., three sons, Jason Snebold of Onalaska, Wis., Matt Snebold of Houston, Texas, and John (Donna) Snebold of Union, Tenn., one sister, Kassey Dolan of Stockton, Calif., one brother, William (Kim) Dolan of Litchfield, Minn.; six grandchildren and many cousins.
Gerald L. Canepa, attended 1962-66
March 18, 2013—Dallas, Tex.
Gerald L. Canepa passed away March 18, 2013. Gerry was the youngest of two sons born to Fred P Canepa Sr. and Dorothy H Canepa of Reno, Nev. Gerry grew up in Reno, working the family dairy ranch. He graduated from Reno High School, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. Gerry then joined the Air Force where he became a computer programmer, stationed in Japan and Texas. Gerry made Dallas home for over 40 years. Gerry recently retired from Dallas Independent School District after 31 years as a computer programmer.
Gerry has left us forever memories of his smile, kind heart, love for cycling around White Rock Lake, his love for his dog Buddy, gourmet cooking, his beautiful roses, driving his red 2012 convertible Camaro, and the special moments shared with family, close friends and neighbors throughout the years.
Gerry is extremely missed, however we take comfort he is now with his beloved dad, mom and brother Fred P Canepa, Jr.
Thomas G. Keegan ’62 (accounting)
April 18, 2013—Portland, Ore.
Thomas Gardner Keegan, 75, passed away at his home in Portland, Ore., on April 18, 2013. Tom was born in Wells, Nev., the son of William Randolph Keegan and Theodora Olmstead Keegan. He spent his childhood in Wells, Wendover, and Ely (where he graduated from White Pine High School), before moving to Reno to attend the University of Nevada. Before completing a bachelor’s in accounting, he served two years in the U.S. Army, including a 13-month tour in Korea, ending his active duty in early 1960. Shortly after college, Tom earned certification from the Nevada State Board of Accountancy as a CPA and worked his adult life at a variety of positions for accounting firms, small businesses and local government as well as in private practice. In 1963, he married the love of his life, Barbara, with whom he celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year.
Tom was known for his love of sports, especially basketball and baseball, the latter of which he played into college. After his playing days, he was an avid fan of teams both professional and amateur, and he amassed a prodigious collection of memorabilia.
Tom was passionately devoted to his family. As husband, father and grandfather, he had a refreshingly light touch, giving his closest the room to explore their interests and establish their own identities, while earnestly supporting them the whole way. His family will also remember him for his generosity, small-town heart, passion for community and strong engagement with public policy issues. Tom was an advocate for underdogs in all of their incarnations, whether a veteran down on his luck or merely a backup player on his favorite team wanting more playing time.
Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children Patrick, Kelli and Mary; and his grandchildren Kate, Jack and Rowan.
John K. Cheever ’63 (accounting), ’68MBA (accounting)
Oct. 12, 2012—Upland, Calif.
John K. Cheever of Upland, Calif., passed away peacefully at home Oct. 12, 2012. He was born Apr. 11, 1941 in Massachusetts. He was a college professor, CPA and CFP. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Red Sox. He exercised regularly and enjoyed traveling. He fought a 33-month battle with pancreatic cancer with humor, dignity and the mantra of “Never Give Up.” He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Diane (Johnson) Cheever, son Michael, daughter Michele and brother Robert.
Gael K. (Hallack) McCollum, attended 1963-1964, 1968, 1980, 1989, 1992
May 9, 2013—Reno, Nev.
On May 9, 2013, Gael McCollum, 68, of Reno, Nev., passed away quietly at her home with loving friends and family by her side after a long battle with scoliosis and ALS. Gael was born October 27, 1944 in Marlette, Mich., but spent the majority of her life in the Reno area. She graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1963. She graduated from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Ore., in 1967 with a bachelor's in science and education and then went on to receive her master's in education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Gael worked for 30 years with the Washoe County School District as a second and third grade school teacher at Brown Elementary. Gael was a very active person and participated in many activities over the years, from snow skiing to water skiing. She was a member of local bowling leagues that would meet at the old MGM hotel. She was an avid lover of horses and owned five at one time. Gael’s passion of horseback riding was evident as she was also a dressage rider who rode competitively and was also a member of the Dressage Riding Association. Gael’s other interests included her involvement as a member with a local gourmet club that would meet at various member's homes to cook up mouth-watering meals. Gael's first love was a convertible 1964 MG, and she also was a member of the Reno MG All British Car Club. Gael and her husband, James, built a life together and a beautiful home in 1977 in the Callahan Ranch area, which overlooks the beautiful mountains near Mt. Rose. It was here that Gael loved to ride her horses and tend to her gardens and all the animals that she loved. Gael's favorite past time, though, was going down to Rosarito Beach, Baja Mexico, where she and Jim would enjoy bringing friends and family to a home that they owned there. Gael was preceded in death by her loving husband and best friend of 41 years, James McCollum, her father Dale Hallack, mother Hazel Hallack and brother, Lawnie Hallack. Gael is survived by her brother, Dale Hallack of Reno, son Alan McCollum (Michelle) of Corpus Christi, Texas and 3 granddaughters Liliana, Carissa, and Hannah.
Helen T. Stewart, attended 1963-1970
March 4, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Helen Tyler Stewart (White) died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was an accomplished woman: a Nevada civil rights leader, artist, mother, teacher, political activist, proud member of the NAACP and ACLU, and founding member of the Unitarian Fellowship in Reno. Born in Witt, Ill., to the Rev. John T. Stewart and Inez Stewart, this spirited middle child of five spent her childhood swimming and playing in the woods near Bonne Terre, Miss., revealing the fearsome spirit that translated into social activism and creative adventure in adulthood. At 16, she entered Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and received her degree in fine arts. She was the youngest in her class, and the only woman.
She married John Aaron White (1917-2003) at the beginning of WWII. After the war, they briefly joined John's family in farming near Sikeston, Miss.,, but soon were raising laying hens on Carroll Acres, in middle Tennessee. By the time they had five children, they were determined to escape the stultifying racism of the South and moved to Washington State. After a few years John joined the Soil Conservation Service, bringing the White family to Wells, Nev., to Reno, to Wadsworth and Fernley, and to Reno again. Helen returned to school at the University of Nevada, Reno to get her teaching certificate after which she taught kindergarten and first grade at Natchez School in Nixon. She happily stowed away all the Dick and Jane books and instead had the children write their own stories. Most became wonderful readers.
In the early days of her marriage, Helen was the epitome of the “good farm wife,” gardening, canning and freezing fruit and vegetables, killing chickens and rabbits, baking bread, making wholesome meals and mothering her children in a seemingly effortless way. By the 60s, the civil rights movement, and later the women's movement, were in full swing and Helen was deeply committed to both. She joined others in sit-ins, letter-writing campaigns, and other anti-discrimination activities, and encouraged her children's political activism as well. In recognition of her hard work and commitment, she was invited by Gov. Grant Sawyer to join other civil rights activists as he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
At 50 and divorced after 25 years of marriage, she moved to San Francisco where she taught and inspired “high risk” elementary students. At 60, she left teaching to open one of the first bed and breakfast inns in San Francisco, the Union Street Inn.
After two fruitful, happy decades in San Francisco, Helen returned to Reno and filled her life with friends and family, her love of reading, especially The New Yorker and The Nation, politics, gardening and walking her dogs with her friend Evelyn Dees. She always had the coffee pot on and there was always room for another person at the dinner table.
Helen is survived by her brother, John T. Stewart, and her five children , John, Mary, Holly, Stewart (Patricia) and Geoffrey (Sally), all of Reno. She also leaves behind her children's families, including 15 grandchildren. Her family remembers her for her courage, her powerful sense of right and wrong, her unwillingness to be thwarted by social expectations, and her desire to make the world a more beautiful, just and peaceful place.
Richard J. Havens, attended 1966-68
March 20, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Rich Havens was born May 7, 1948 in Reno, Nev., and passed away March 20, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by family.
Rich was given a tin drum for Christmas at the age of 3. He took that tin drum and became the epitome of the professional percussionist. He entered his career at the age of 13, playing percussion for Rosemary Clooney at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. From that day forward, he was successfully engaged as a professional musician for the next 50 years. Rich performed in Reno/Lake Tahoe area house and relief bands, supporting such entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, Elvis Presley, the Righteous Brothers and Liza Minnelli. He also spent several years in Branson Missouri performing with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra. At separate times, Rich performed throughout the United States and Canada touring with both Mitzi Gaynor and Diana Ross. In addition, he was a member of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Nevada, Reno bands, and the Reno City Band.
Rich graduated from Wooster High School and went on to attend the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, earning a bachelor’s degree in Music. He also attended the University of Nevada, Reno and the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco. He was a lifetime member of the Reno Musicians’ Union Local 368 and served for many years on its board of directors.
Rich spent the last 33 years as a proud and loving father to his only daughter, Amber Havens.
Rich was a student of American history, specializing in the Civil War and Nevada history. He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. Camping was one of his great passions, especially with his father, Jerry Havens, and later his daughter, Amber, on the northern Nevada deserts. He enjoyed exploring the many ghost and mining towns throughout the state, and took much pleasure in his hunting trips with the “Black Hat Gang,” consisting of his close musician friends.
Rich recently wrote and published the book, “Where Did Everybody Go,” which documents his lifetime of experiences and memories of performing with the wide variety of stars and musicians with whom he shared the stage.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Mable Havens, and his brother George; his beloved grandmother Edith (Popeye) Armstrong; aunts Elizabeth (Havens) Hendrickson, Marjorie Hanes, Edna Stodieck, cousins L. James Higgins and Janet (Watson) Hawkins.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Amber M. Havens of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and sister Barbara C. Havens of Gardnerville, Nev.
Kris. A. (Rollins) Pizzaro, attended 1966, 1970-1976
April 26, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Kris Ann Rollins Pizarro was born in Reno, Nev., on Feb. 29, 1948 to William A. and Ruth Ann Rollins, and passed away April 26, 2013. She and her brother Gregory were raised in Carson City, Nev., where her father was a game warden. The family moved back to Reno 20 years later. Kris attended the University of Nevada, Reno and went to work in the Bureau of Mines and Geology. She had a brilliant 20-year career as a cartographer, technical illustrator and co-authored several books about the natural history and geology of Nevada.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ricardo, her cats of 19 years Bert and Peach, her son William Cazier (Caroline) and seven grandchildren, her mother Ann Sherwood, brother Greg (Dee) and their family.
Preceding her in death was her father, William A. Rollins.
Kris always said Ricardo was her anchor and he was at her side until the end.
Kris, a true Nevadan and “desert rat,” as she was fond of saying, enjoyed traveling, photographing and writing the history and geology of this great state.
Her love of Nevada's landscape show in the backyard, which she and her husband designed to include a sanctuary for birds and butterflies, including many native plants and grasses.
Along life's journey she acquired many friends. Conversations with Kris could last two minutes, two hours or two days and never tire of any subject dear to her. She lives on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Larry P. Biglieri, attended 1967-1968
March 27, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Larry Paul Biglieri lost his fight with cancer on March 27, 2013. He passed at his home in Reno with his twin brother, Lynn, at this side. Larry was well liked by all who knew him.
A Reno native, Larry was the son on Les Biglieri and Eda Rovell. Larry attended local schools and graduated from Brown Military Academy in San Diego, Calif. After graduation, Larry joined the Army and received an honorable discharge. He then attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he was a member of the Sundowners Club. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Sparks, and NV Karate Association where he held a black belt, along with the Virginia City Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.
Larry retired in 2011 from Reno Sparks Convention Authority after 14 years of service.
The family would like Circle of Life Hospice for their excellent care and support these past couple of months. Lynn would also like to thank Joe Marcuerquiaga for his help and friendship through this trying time.
Joseph P. Ayarbe ’68M.Ed. (school administration)
March 25, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Joseph Pierre Ayarbe—husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, godfather, professor emeritus, teacher, coach, counselor, athlete, golfer, friend, mentor, veteran, BLM fire crew chief, and gentleman—died March 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.
Joe was born April 25, 1929 in Ely, Nev. A first generation Nevadan, Joe was born to his Basque immigrant parents Pete and Grace Ayarbe (formerly Grace Oilliaraburu), and raised on a sheep ranch in Deep Crick, White Pine County, Nev. The family later moved to Ely, Nev., where Joe graduated from White Pine High School in 1947, earning his varsity letter in football.
Immediately after high school, Joe enlisted in the United States Army with a number of his high school friends, and he reported to Fort Ord, Calif., for basic training. After basic training, Joe was stationed at Fort Knox in Ky., for a short period of time before he was transferred back to Fort Ord. He was honorably discharged in November 1948.
Upon Joe's return to Ely in late 1948, Joe worked for Kennecott Copper until January 1950. During that time, he met the love of his life, Dawn Erickson. In January 1950, Joe enrolled at Utah State in Logan, Utah on the G.I. Bill. Joe and Dawn married in Ely, Nev., on Aug. 27, 1950, and they settled into married life in Logan while Joe continued college. While still attending Utah State, Joe walked on to the football team, earned a spot on the roster, a scholarship to help pay for his continued education, and received his bachelor’s in education in June 1954. While Joe was attending Utah State, his and Dawn's son Joseph Lynn was born in Ely, Nev., followed a couple of years later by daughter Susan Dawn, who was also born in Ely.
After Joe's graduation from Utah State, he and Dawn moved their young family to Carlin, Nev., where Joe was hired as a teacher and coach. Joe taught algebra, chemistry and American history. He also coached football, basketball and track. In 1957, the Ayarbe family moved to Elko, Nev., where Joe was a teacher and coach at Elko High School. Joe was on the faculty at Elko High from 1957-66, during which time he taught sociology, American history and American government, and coached football, basketball and track. Joe also sought and was granted permission by the principal to start a baseball program at Elko High in 1960, and the community whole heartedly supported Joe's initiative, fundraising and hard work to bring high school baseball to Elko.
While still teaching and coaching in Elko, Joe and Dawn's youngest daughter, Karen Marie, was born. The family moved to Reno in 1966, where Joe joined the faculty at Wooster High School and taught American history. Joe was also a counselor at Wooster, and was on the football and basketball coaching staffs until 1969 when he left Wooster. During this time Joe earned his master’s in education at the University of Nevada. Joe left Wooster in 1969 and began working for the Nevada System of Higher Education where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of educational programs at the community college level. As a result, Joe was one of the pioneers and founders in the establishment of Western Nevada Community College now known as Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. With the professional guidance and assistance of Nevada State Sen. Bernice Martin- Matthews, Joe and Martin-Matthews were instrumental in obtaining the funding for and establishing the School of Nursing at WNCC. The School of Nursing remains a highly regarded program at Truckee Meadows Community College and to this day continues to educate and train registered and licensed practical nurses.
In addition to implementing the education programs at WNCC, Joe sought and obtained the funding to establish a men's intercollegiate basketball program. During the 1972-73 basketball season, the WNCC Wildcats basketball team was the first intercollegiate community college team, in any sport, to compete from the State of Nevada, competing in the Golden Valley Conference out of northern California. In 1974, Joe also established a golf team for the WNCC Wildcats. Neil Fockler was assistant basketball coach with Joe and eventually Mike Olivas took over as head coach of the Wildcats while Joe continued on as athletic director and golf coach. During the 1979 legislative session, Joe appeared before the Ways and Means Committee of the Nevada State Legislature and pled his case for the continuation of athletics at WNCC for the benefit of the students, faculty and community. Unfortunately, Joe's requests for further funding were denied, and the athletic programs at WNCC had to be discontinued.
Joe retired from his career in education in 1984 as professor emeritus. Throughout his career and beyond, Joe's dedication to the academic success of his students and athletes was surpassed by none, emulated by many. In 2011, Joe was inducted into the Elko High School Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his work on and off the field on behalf of the students of Elko High while he was there. It was not unusual during Joe's retirement years for him to be contacted by many former students and athletes just to visit, reminisce, and to check in on him and Dawn.
He spent his retirement years playing golf with his son Joe and his many friends, taking trips with Dawn and their friends and, ultimately, spending time with, playing with, and enjoying his five grandchildren, the joys of his life. Joe and Dawn have both spent countless hours (sometimes freezing in the bleachers!) cheering on their grandchildren at their various sporting events, applauding their musical performances and celebrating their academic achievements and graduations. Joe (known as “Aiti” to his grandchildren) was often at his happiest when surrounded by his grandkids. And the feeling was mutual.
Joe is pre-deceased by his parents Pete and Grace, and brother Gilbert. Joe is survived by his wife of 62-1/2 years, Dawn; son Joseph Lynn of Reno; daughters Susan Ayarbe Skeffington and Karen Ayarbe Pintar, both of Reno; sons-in -law Mike Pintar and Pete Skeffington; grandchildren Ryan Joseph Ayarbe Burks, Jacqueline Dawn Ayarbe Burks, Michael Joseph Pintar, Katherine (Katie) Marie Pintar, and Ariana Josephine Ayarbe, all of Reno; and brother Jean Ayarbe of El Paso, Texas.
Claire (Bertone) Muzzi, attended 1969-1970, 1991-1992
March 29, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Claire passed away at the age of 64 in Stanford Medical Center after a long battle with congestive heart failure on Good Friday, March 29, 2013.
Claire was born in Oakland, Calif., to the late Steven Bertone and late Maurine (Walker) Bertone Markovich on Dec. 7, 1948. Claire and her brother, Allen Bertone, were raised in El Cerrito, Calif. She attended Mira Vista Elementary School and graduated from Harry Ells High school in 1967, where she met her high school sweetheart, Daryl Muzzi. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and received a recreational therapy degree from California State University. She married Daryl in 1973 then made the permanent move to Sparks.
Clairsy was an amazing woman who never met anyone she did not love. She always had a smile on her face and a laugh that you will never forget. She was a spectacular mom, wife, auntie and loving friend. She was the life of the party, and always made everyone smile with her loving cheerful attitude. She worked as substitute teacher while the kids were little and then became an adapted physical education teacher for 15 years. She loved her job and loved the children she worked with. She enjoyed camping, traveling with Daryl, making jam with girlfriends, working in her beautiful yard, playing with her grandchildren, staying home with family and friends. She was always the organizer and loved to plan reunions and girls trips.
Claire is survived by her husband Daryl Muzzi; her son Nathan Muzzi, wife Jenni and granddaughter Kaylee; daughter Karen Muzzi Kibbe, husband Curtis and grandchildren Colton and Mollie.
Cynthia G. (Tedford) Wall ’69 (business education), '70M.S. (secondary education)
March 27, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Cynthia Gail Tedford Wall passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013. She was born in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 9, 1947 to Jack and Elizabeth (Kolhoss) Tedford. Cindy was raised in Fallon and attended local schools graduating from Churchill County High School in 1965. She then attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., for two years before completing her education at the University of Nevada, Reno where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She graduated from the University of Nevada where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.
After graduation, Cindy moved to Reedsport, Ore., where she met her husband of 40 years, Lynn Wall. After their marriage in 1972, they moved to Gresham, Ore., where she continued to teach business courses at Gresham High School. Following Lynn's graduation from the University of Oregon, they moved to Reno where Cindy completed her 33 year teaching career with the Washoe County School District. She taught at Sparks High until Galena High was opened and completed her teaching there. She established and oversaw the student store at both high schools. As a business teacher, Cindy became extremely active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program. She was instrumental in introducing the FBLA program into many Washoe County high schools as well as encouraging schools in other counties to establish FBLA programs. Cindy was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of Nevada FBLA-PBL in recognition of timeless leadership, sacrifice and commitment. After completing her teaching career with Washoe County in 2004, Cindy went to work for Truckee Meadows Community College as the tech rep coordinator. She also enjoyed being a 40-year member of the Junior League of Reno.
Cindy's greatest joy and love was her family. She was so proud of the women that her two daughters have become. Her pride and joy were her three grandsons. She loved having them around every moment watching them play outside, reading, going for walks, playing at the park, and giving hugs and kisses. She used her love of scrapbooking to preserve and record these and many more special memories.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Lynn Wall; daughter Natalie Wall; daughter Amanda Wall and three grandchildren, Aidan, Gage and Landon Meecham; brother, Jack Tedford III (Nancy); and sister, Pam Wickizer (Sam). She is also survived by her stepmother, Betty Beach Tedford; stepsisters Cheri Rystrom (Gary), and Kathy Begbie (Howard); and stepbrother Rick Beach (Brenda). Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Elizabeth Tedford; grandparents, John and May Tedford and Harvey and Nannie Kolhoss; and nephew, Samuel Wickizer.
Cheryl M. (Walker) McMullen ’72 (history)
April 20, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Cheryl Marie Walker McMullen, 63, passed away April 20 at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City due to complications following heart transplant surgery. She was surrounded by friends and family at the time of her death. Cheryl was born in Reno at Saint Mary's Hospital on March 9, 1950. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas Grammar School, and high school at Bishop Manogue. At age 12 she developed juvenile onset diabetes, and from a very young age she had to deal with this illness. Despite this, she did not let it slow her down in any way. She was a varsity cheerleader and went to Girls State, a recognition for academic achievement and leadership roles at her school. She attended the University of Nevada, and graduated in 1972 with a teaching degree. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and was president her senior year. While her husband attended school she worked at San Wa Bank in San Francisco, and as a financial secretary in Nashville, Tenn. She returned to Reno in 1979, and loved her job as a stay-at-home mom. The past few years she worked for her husband part-time in his medical office.
Cheryl played softball for many years, and later discovered the game of golf, and spent many years playing with all her friends at Washoe Golf Course. When her health deteriorated, she became an excellent cook. Her house became filled with cookbooks and the smell of garlic. Her greatest passions were her children and being a mom. She loved them so much, and later was able to love her daughter-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren just as much. She has been fortunate to be surrounded her whole life by a large loving family. She had countless friends who loved her fiery spirit and her joy of living by making the most of each day. Lake Tahoe was a favorite place, and she had many years of fun and laughter with family and friends. She took a yearly trip with her close friends, and the laughter and fun continued. She was a huge support system to her husband, and they became best friends.
Cheryl is preceded in death by her father, Myneer Walker, her sister Andree Walker, and her nephew J.K. Metzker. She is survived by her mother, Mary Walker, husband Dr. Joe McMullen, her son Dr. Mitch (Bridget) McMullen, her son Matthew McMullen, and her two grandchildren, Macey and Molly, her brother Beer (Heidi) Walker, nieces Kristin (Henry) Rolling, and Minnie (Dan) Peters, and J.K. Metzker's widow Jaime, her brother and sister-in-law Steve and Ann Scolari, as well as many cousins, extended family and friends.
Thanks to Dr. Phil Landis who helped her for many years. A special thanks to Dr. Stan Thompson and Dr. Bill O'Neill who not only helped her extend her life as much as possible, but became her friends. A thanks to Dr. Thompson's nurse, Jan Louise Federici, her guardian angel. Thanks to Dr. Stinson and Arvie Humphrey, Mary Ann Williams, Rex and Dorothy Steninger, Ann Scolari, and Dr. Mike and Debbie Stoker who traveled to Salt Lake to take care of her when her husband could not be there. Despite the best efforts of these people, her husband, her family, and her doctors, we couldn't save her.
John D. Armstrong ’75 (earth science)
March 5, 2013—Reno, Nev.
John Douglas Armstrong, known by friends and families as Doug Armstrong, passed away suddenly at Renown Hospital on March 5, 2013. He has been a longtime resident of Reno, Nevada. He was born in Woodland, Calif., but grew up in Redding, Calif. He attended and graduated from Red Buff and Redding schools. After high school he joined the Air Force, where he learned meteorology. He then worked for NOAA at the National Weather Service in Florida, Alaska, The North Pole, and eventually Reno, Nev., as a meteorologist for 39 years in Federal Service. He attended many universities around the country, but was proud to have graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. He specialized in wave clouds and was an avid forecaster for soaring pilots throughout the world, the United States and especially for the soaring pilots in the Minden area of Nevada. Doug enjoyed fishing, playing tennis, golf and bowling.
Doug is survived by his two previous wives, Florence Rotering and Robin Maguire; and his sons, Doug, Mark, Mike, Andrew and Peter. He leaves behind five granddaughters, Amber, Jessica, Jennifer, Allison and Deni, and one grandson, Ross; two brothers, Frank and Mike; his sister, Gloria Robertson; and a few cousins and aunts. He was a proud Nevada alumni and loved attending football and baseball games with friends. He will be greatly missed by family and friends and the soaring community. Forever remembered, never forgotten.
Richard S. Welsh, attended 1975–1982, 1984–1985
March 28, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Rich passed away unexpectedly March 28, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Rich grew up and was raised in Pasadena, Calif. before moving to the area he loved, Reno-Tahoe, in 1976. After attending the University of Nevada, Reno he moved to Truckee, Calif., where Rich and Sue raised their 3 boys. Rich was very involved in the youth sport community, both in Tahoe and Reno, holding both board and president positions. He was also very active with the Reno Sparks Real Estate Association and Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 30 years, Sue, and their three sons, Eric, Scott and Brent. His humor, love for the outdoors, willingness to help others, and his great presence will be deeply missed by his many family members and friends.
Michael J. Buttler ’76A.A. (electronic tech)
May 7, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Mike died at home surrounded by his loved ones after a brief but aggressive illness. He took pride in his family, his profession, his hobbies and friends. A Reno native, born to Violet and John Buttler, Mike attended Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno, earning his degree in Electrical Engineering. Mike worked in the communications field as a project design engineer and was awarded a U.S. Patent for his work on ceramic resonators used in cellular telephone networks. In 1988, Mike built the communications system for the Special Olympics held in Reno and Lake Tahoe, volunteering his time and expertise for those whose lives would take them down a more challenging path.
Mike's best friend was still his mother, who at 89 always encouraged Mike to enjoy his other hobbies of astronomy, amateur radio and riding his motorcycle. Mike met with his friends on ham radio daily discussing the latest weather, politics and technologies while also helping new hams learn about the hobby. Mike always had kind words. In his retirement, Mike loved to design and build ham antennas that would “talk around the world,” and visit the local mountain tops such as Mount Rose and Peavine Peak, where he would assist other hams fixing their repeaters and antennas.
Mike has now become a “Silent Key,” referring to the Morse code that he would tap out when he didn't want to talk on the microphone. Mike was taken from us far too early. Mike is survived by his mother, Violet Buttler; his uncle, Alan Dupont; his aunt, Ernestine Starr and many cousins.
Barbara E. (Townley) Codega, attended 1976-82
March 19, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Barbara Codega, 56, of Reno, Nev., passed away March 19, 2013. She will still be looking out and over all of us, forever in the hearts of her family and friends.
Barbara was born in Iola, Kan., on February 28, 1957. As a small child, Barbara's family moved to Las Vegas, Nev., until being “uprooted” to Reno to begin her high school years at Reno High School. She attended the University of Nevada, where she was very active in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Barbara was married to Jeff Codega, a lifelong Renoite, on May 23, 1981. While Barbara helped her husband and many others from a business perspective, her real passion was being a mother and friend. Her proudest accomplishments were the raising of her four children. This was her most important job and greatest source of joy. She went to work right away with her first child entering the world just under 10 months of her marriage. She loved to collect little things and big friends. When faced with the opportunity to receive an extravagant gift or a cute package of Hello Kitty stickers from a friend or loved one, she would choose the small gift of adoring love every time. Helping others, whether it was longtime friends or a friend of two minutes, brought her great joy. She loved everyone and loved to help. Looking out for the needs of others are the gifts she most enjoyed.
Barbara is survived by her husband of nearly 32 years, Jeff, her four children, Derek, Mindy Beth Amundson, Collin, Marc, and her son-in-law, Andy Amundson, who is most definitely her “fifth child.” She is also survived by her mother Carrie Townley-Porter who joined Barbara and Jeff's household last October. Her father, John Townley, preceded her passing in 1994. She spoke of the joy she would get in being with her father. Barbara also has a brother, John Mark (JT) who lives in Reno, and her sister of Richland, Wash. Noteworthy that one of her very best friends, her paternal grandmother, who lives in Arizona, will be a spry 106 this September. She also had dozens of cousins, nieces, nephews and aunts and uncles that she will be looking over.
Thank you to all of the wonderful people that are Barbara’s most important aspect in life and will continue forever. In lieu of flowers, say hello to a stranger, commit a random act of kindness, or give your time, treasures and talent to the charity that will give you, and Barbara, the greatest joy.
Richard J. Kordoban ’76 (history)
April 8, 2013—Oregon City, Ore.
Richard Kordoban, passed away April 8, 2013 at the age of 67.
He graduated from Sparks High School in Reno, Nev., completed his undergraduate work at the University of Reno and received his master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.
Richard worked for Oregon City School District for more than 15 years, teaching visually impaired and special needs children.
He is survived by his brothers, Eugene Kordoban and Michael Keough of Nevada, and Patrick and Kevin Keough of Ohio.
Lawrence R. Bowen ’79 (social psychology)
April 15, 2013—Reno, Nev.
On Monday April 15, Lawrence “Lar” R. Bowen. Lar was born in Ely, Nev. in 1944 and grew up in McGill, the son of Casey and Anne Sertic Bowen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Linda Bowen Carson. Lar is survived by his partner Vicky Schliem, son Casey Bowen and his mother Judy Bowen, and daughter Chloe` Bowen and her mother Barbara Schwartz; and by Ron Bowen and his wife Renee Bowen.
Lar was an Army veteran of Vietnam before returning home to spend a 30-year career in the service of others as a social worker for the State of Nevada. He was devoted to the people he served.
He was a good and honorable man, quick-witted, a fantastic store teller and a great front porch picker. He was a loving father, brother, generous and always helpful to family and friends alike. An avid outdoorsman, Lar loved the Nevada backcountry and cherished his cats.
Dillard L. DeHart ’79M.S. (chemistry), ’80 (chemical engineering)
March 28, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Our beloved husband and father passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 28, 2013. Dillard was born in the beautiful mountain city of Asheville, N. C., on June 30, 1941.
He attended the University of North Carolina and the University of Nevada, Reno.
He loved flying and enjoyed most of his working life as a commercial pilot. He greatly loved the outdoors enjoying hiking, hunting and fishing.
Dillard is survived by his wife of 45 years, Toni Wright DeHart; children Dillard Lovell DeHart III, Aaron Mitchell DeHart and Poet Lindsey Torres; grandchildren Tyler Federowski, Manny Mejia, Levi McDonald and Taahnee Murray-Torres; stepmother Jean DeHart; siblings Meredith DeHart, Jackie Cunningham, Vince DeHart, Tim DeHart and Angela Shaffer.
Connie M. Read ’81M.Ed. (educational administration/higher education)
Feb. 28, 2013—Portland, Ore.
Constance May Read, 70, passed away Feb. 28, 2013 in Portland, Ore., from cancer. She was born on June 27, 1942 in Eugene, Ore., to Donald and Dorothy Read.
In 1967, Connie moved to Fallon, Nev., where she taught P.E. and mathematics at E.C. Best Jr. High for 15 years and coached women's track, volleyball, basketball and tennis. Connie earned her master’s in administration and higher education in 1981 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She was active in the Churchill County Education Association serving as president, vice president and grievance chairman. In 1981, she was awarded the NSEA Outstanding Service Award. In 1982, Connie moved to Carson City, Nev., where she worked as the sex equity consultant for the State of Nevada Department of Education. In 1984, Connie became the employee services manager for the City of Sparks. She also volunteered for the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living. In 1991, she moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where she worked as a school teacher and earned a Distinguished Service Award from the Clark County School District. Additionally, she signed on as a foster parent in the Clark County Foster Care Program. In 1993 she became a human resources analyst for the Southern Nevada Health District. Connie retired in 2008.
In her leisure time, she enjoyed swimming, tennis, card games, camping, fishing, gardening and reading. Later in life, she traveled extensively across the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia.
Connie is survived by her son Richard Wilson; her daughter Kimberly (Wilson) Russell; her granddaughter, Gwendolyn Russell; four brothers John, Lawrence, Stephen, and Eric Read; her sister Molly Ware; and her former husband Richard (Dick) Wilson.
Carol K. Fleischmann ’84 (history)
Feb. 9, 2013—Auburn, Calif.
Born Oct. 4, 1918 in Steinheim, Germany, Carol passed away Feb. 9, 2013 to join her husband Valentin in heaven. Married for 64 years, Carol retired from the C.S.U. Chancellor's Office. She was an honors graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. After retiremen, she was a member of the Senior Center avidly knitting baby layettes for needy families and knitted caps for service members. Carol was a loving mother of seven children, grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of 11. She enjoyed reading, the opera, traveling and gambling. She travelled the world from the United States to Singapore, Central America and Europe.
Edna I. (McCollum) Gallegos ’96 (accounting)
March 31, 2013—Laramie, Wyo.
Edna Gallegos (McCollum), 49, of Laramie Wyo., passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born in Hawthorne Nev., May 24, 1963. Edna graduated from Yerington High School and received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Edna loved her family. She always put the needs of others above her own and was always a blessing and support to those who needed her. She loved children and took a personal interest in their wellbeing. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She stood strong for what she believed in and for those who couldn't stand up for themselves. She was a strong, loving, beautiful person who will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
Edna is survived by her two children, Kayla and Myranda McCollum of Laramie; her parents Robert and Carmel Gallegos (Jaramillo) of Sparks, Nev.; her siblings: Robert Gallegos, James Gallegos, Joe Gallegos of Carson City, Nev.; Kathy Rhinehart of Tucson, Ariz.; Anita Gallegos of Sparks, Nev.; John Gallegos of Reno and Susan Gilly of Fredericksburg, N.C. She is preceded in death by her brother David Gallegos.
Kelly V. Harris ’02 (English)
March 19, 2013—Sparks, Nev.
Kelly Vernon Harris passed away, March 19 in Sparks, Nev. Born June 15, 1968 in Seattle, Wash., he moved to Reno at a young age and graduated from Sparks High School in 1986. During high school he attained the Eagle Scout Award from Troop 168. He attended Wichita State and the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a bachelor’s in English in 2002. He earned a teaching credential and a master’s in education from Sierra Nevada College. He placed second at H.S. State Championships in the discus and was also skilled in the shot put. He attended college on scholarship for his athletic abilities and later shared his talents coaching. Hired in 2004 at Reed High School, he positively influenced the lives of many students, athletes, and staff; Kelly's creative writing prowess inspired one and all. Known for his sense of humor and love of the Looney Toons, he disguised himself as Daffy Duck on Halloween. Kelly’s deep and abiding love for the Lord was shared with all he met. An avid sportsman and fisherman, he spent many waking hours at Pyramid Lake trying to lure the “Big One.”
He is survived by his beloved wife, Nicole, son Lance, mother DeSales Harris, aunt Donna Gray (Wayne), and uncles Gerald Harris, Gary Lewis (Judy), John Lewis (Susan). He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Harris and uncle Stan Lewis. Kelly is greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Eric R. James ’03 (environmental engineering)
March 22, 2013—Verdi, Nev.
Eric Ralph James of Reno and Verdi passed away suddenly from heart problems March 22, 2013. Born to June and Ralph James on Jan. 30,1968, in Wenatchee, Wash., Eric was a late surprise baby and was adored his whole life by his parents, as well as his three sisters who were 12-17 years older than him. Eric was a gift and a joy to his family who thoroughly enjoyed watching his ballgames, teaching him to skip rocks, celebrating holidays and all the other precious experiences of his childhood.
Eric grew up in a country setting in Dryden, Wash., a tiny orchard town in the Cascade Mountains. Despite losing his adored father at the age of 9, he had an old-fashioned childhood. He and his group of friends roamed and played and could always be located by finding his faithful dog and companion, Kelly, who was constantly at his side on some adventure. He graduated from Cashmere High School in 1986. A great student and athlete, Eric was a starter on the Cashmere High state championship basketball team his senior year and was also on the football team.
Eric attended Central Washington University and later moved to Reno, Nev. He dealt craps for Harrah’s at night and on weekends and went to college on weekdays. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in environmental engineering and completed his coursework for a master’s, but started working for CFA Engineering before finishing the degree.
He began working for Farr West Engineering in Reno in 2008 and found a true family of co-workers and friends and complete fulfillment in his work there. A small-town guy, Eric loved working on projects in little towns in rural Nevada and the people he met there. He was a licensed professional civil engineer and was working on the huge Truckee River Flood Control Project when he died. He was consumed with passion for his work and spent many long hours working on deadlines, expanding his knowledge and becoming an exceptional engineer. He was loved by his co-workers and clients alike.
Eric had many attributes. He was smart, quiet and extremely witty, but his greatest gifts were ones that people have commented on his entire life: he was incredibly good and kind and thoughtful of other people. He kept up with groups of friends that he’d made wherever he lived or worked. He had his University “Wolf Pack group” who bought season tickets to football and basketball and traveled to the games, his fly fishing and golfing buddies, his University of Nevada, Reno, Harrah's and engineering friends. Eric was always modest about himself, supportive of others, and losing him is tragic.
Eric was preceded in death by his father, Ralph James, in 1977 and his sister, Sue Davis, in 2012. He is survived by his mother, June James Birrenkott (Lee); sisters Elaine James-Lieberstein (Loth) and Teresa James Brown (Byron); and his niece, Erin Fuller.
Peter J. N. Linnerooth ’04Ph.D. (psychology)
Jan. 2, 2013—Mankato, Minn.
Peter John Nathanial Linnerooth, age 42, of Mankato, Minn., died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at his home. Peter was laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Peter was born June 28, 1970 in Minneapolis and was adopted by David and Gayle (McMullen) Linnerooth. Peter attended John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minn., and graduated in 1988. He graduated from Concordia College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree and from Mankato State University, Mankato in 1995 with a master’s psychology. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from University of Nevada, Reno in 2004. He was married to Amy (Robinson) Linnerooth in 1992 in Rochester, Minnesota and later divorced. He married Melanie Walsh on July 14, 2011 in Reno, Nevada.
Peter began active duty as an Army psychologist at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas from 2003 to 2004. He was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany and from there was deployed to Iraq in August 2006 until November 2007, where he served as a psychologist. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 2008 with the rank of captain, after starting his military career in 2002. He worked at Mankato State University, Mankato as an assistant professor from 2008-09 before taking a position with the Veterans Administration in Capitola, Calif. in 2009. Pete was a loving, devoted father to his children and stepchildren. He was also a dedicated psychologist helping the soldiers and veterans that he served. Peter was honored to receive the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal II and the National Defense Service Medal. He was known for his sense of humor and good conversation and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Peter is survived by his wife, Melanie Walsh of Reno, Nev., three children, Jack and Whitney Linnerooth and David Walsh-Linnerooth, stepchildren Dan and Katie Walsh, sister Mary (Jose) Linnerooth, and mother Gayle (Ed) McMullen. He was preceded in death by his father.
Jessica T. (Kerivan) Hagar ’07 (journalism)
April 4, 2013—Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jessica Kerivan Hagar passed peacefully at UCLA Medical Center on April 4th, 2013. She was surrounded by family and friends.
Jessica was born March 19, 1984 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev. She battled cystic fibrosis courageously her whole life and was an inspiration for all. She sang and danced and lived her life to the fullest.
Jessica graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007, and one of her greatest joys was belonging to the Theta Sorority, where she made many lifelong friends.
Jessica loved people and touching everyone she met.
Jessica is survived by her husband, Ben Hagar, father Michael Kerivan, mother Rita Kerivan, brother James Kerivan and sister Kelley Lagudi Kerivan.