Norma J. Byer
Oct. 27, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Norma Jean Byer passed away Oct. 27, 2012, in Reno, Nev. She was 83. Norma was born on June 18, 1929.
She was preceded in death by husband Ellis Byer, also of Reno. They met at an ice skating rink in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was later the president and chairman of Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. in Albany, Ore. They were married for 50 years. They moved from Oregon to Reno in 1991.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Gary Byer of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Norma was active in the Oregon and Nevada Republican Party, Reno South Rotary, activities at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. She loved ballroom dancing, travel, gardening, cooking, entertaining and events at Pioneer Hall.
Norma is survived by daughter Beverly Kasavan Byer of Reno; daughter-in-law Cathy Byer of Reno; grandchildren Brenna Byer and Ian Ellis Byer of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; David Kasavan of Monterey County, Calif; Danny and Marcy Brouwer and great-grandchildren Kole and Winter Brouwer.
Randall V. Capurro
August 13, 2012—Las Vegas, Nev.
Longtime Nevada resident Randall V. (Cappy) Capurro passed away Aug. 13, 2012, from complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Randy was a third-generation native Nevadan born Nov. 30, 1942, in Reno, Nev., and was the son of Louis and Genevieve Capurro.
Raised in Reno, Randy attended Bishop Manouge High School, where he met his wife of nearly 50 years, Annette (Netty) Compognoni. After enlisting in and fulfilling his obligations with the United States Coast Guard, Randy joined his father in Reno in the commercial insurance business where together they ran Capurro Voss Associates.
Concurrent with his business career, at the age of 24 Randy successfully ran for and served two terms as a Nevada State Assemblyman representing northern Nevada, and later served as the Nevada State Republican Party Chairman. His many years of public service additionally included multiple terms as a member of the Nevada State Park Commission and Nevada Commission on Ethics. In 1982, the family moved to Las Vegas where Randy remained active in state politics as he continued his successful insurance career with Capurro Voss, and later as a shareholder and partner with Layne and Associates. He retired along with Netty in 1998, but remained active in the Las Vegas business and social networks.
Over the past 20 years he rarely missed his weekly Thursday breakfast club meetings with 12 loyal businessmen and friends, and over the years he could usually be found flying, golfing, hunting, camping, skiing, cooking, traveling or hobnobbing, most times in some combination of each.
Randy is survived by his family, wife Annette, daughter Gina Gardner (Ken), son Tony (Julie), son Christopher (Chrissy), grandchildren Lucas, Addison, and Mallory (Gina and Ken), Katie Ann (Tony and Julie), Electra and Angele (Christopher and Chrissy), brother Allen (Carol), and sister Corine Guio (Bill).
Elsie M. Giudici
Oct. 20, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Elsie M. (Lolly) Giudici passed away at St. Mary's Hospital on Oct. 20, 2012. Lolly was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Glendale, Calif., to Eugenio Brooks (Russo) and Eloisa Velarde. She was a proud seventh generation Californian and descended from an original land-grant family in San Diego. She lived her early life in both southern and northern California. In 1948, on a day trip to Santa Catalina Island, she met her husband-to-be, Carl Giudici. They married in Reno on Feb. 13, 1949, and were married for 61 years.
Lolly graduated from Inglewood High School in 1944 and worked for the telephone company, where she quickly rose to the rank of supervisor. After her marriage, she became a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker and dedicated her life to her family. She was always selfless and ready to help any person in need and she never met a stranger.
Lolly was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Eugenio and husband Carl. She is survived by brothers Robert of Altadena, Calif., and John of Downey, Calif.; her children Santina, Carl and Marty of Reno and Carol (George) Del Carlo of Incline Village, Nev.; grandchildren Chris Clyde of Waterloo, Iowa, Jackie Giudici of Brooklyn, New York, and Daniel, Alicia, Stephanie, Dominick, Emily and Donovan of Reno.
Harold E. Halvorson
Oct. 11, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Harold E. Halvorson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, passed away Oct. 11, 2012, as a result of a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born July 28, 1929, in Brookings, S.D., to Esther and Clifford Halvorson. From his close Lutheran missionary family he heard many stories of trips to Madagascar (two generations of missionaries). The sudden loss of his father at the age of 10 was a traumatic event in his boyhood. He worked long summer days on the family farm, held a paper route, and helped his mother run his father's insurance business in order to contribute to the family finances. He attended local schools in Brookings.
He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in chemistry in 1951, and then went to Temple University Medical School with the financial assistance of the Philadelphia Rotary Club. At medical school, he became known as "Chips," a nickname given to him by his classmates after describing the South Dakota herds of buffalo and life in the "Wild West."
After graduating from medical school in 1955, he interned at Denver General Hospital until 1956, and completed a surgery internship focusing on pathology at the Anchor Hospital in Minneapolis in 1957. He then joined the Air Force as a medical officer and received an honorable discharge as captain in 1959. Through his active service, he attended the 1958 World's Fair in Belgium and traveled on many maneuvers in the U.S. and abroad, including France, the Azores, Morocco and Newfoundland. From these experiences, he made travel and engagement with foreign places a high priority for him and his family. Once out of the military, he pursued a surgical residence at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, where he met and married his wife, Hewa Ruth Schieve, on June 25, 1960. Accompanied by his bride, he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery in 1963 at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.
Harold decided that he wanted to move to Reno, and in 1963 joined Dr. James R. Herz, the late Dr. Jack P. Sargent and Dr. William A. Teipner in the practice of orthopedics, becoming the founding partners of Reno Orthopedic Clinic on Arlington Avenue.
He was a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He was very proud to fulfill his dream of being an orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic surgery and the practice of medicine provided great joy in his life. He liked the challenges of his practice, and attending meetings. The People’s Republic of China recognized him for contributing to the teaching of orthopedic surgery at hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai through a Sino-American educational exchange program in 1983.
He was a member of the St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, and Trout Unlimited. He enjoyed the outdoors of Nevada, sailing on Lake Tahoe, hunting for chukar and pheasant, fly fishing, making trips to Montana for camping and traveling the world. He always enjoyed formulating opinions about current politics, and actively followed events that have impact on daily financial and economic affairs.
After retiring from his practice in 1998, he embraced a love for wood working, set up a home shop and joined the Reno Woodchucks. He spent many hours making furniture for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Hewa Ruth; son, Eric, daughter-in-law Izumi, grandson Kai, granddaughter Yui in Tokyo; daughter Sarah, son-in-law Alex (Gallego), granddaughter Solveig, grandsons Ivan and Ernesto of Missoula, Montana; sister Alyce, brother-in-law Gerry (Harms) of Rapid City, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty Y. Heaston
May 25, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Betty Y. Heaston passed away on May 25, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Jack Heaston. Born August 18, 1914 in Barre, Va., Betty had been a Reno resident for more than 45 years. While she never had any children of her own, she leaves behind special friends Lorraine and Mike Clements and Ben and Dee Killingsworth of Reno, nephew Forrest Bolles and his wife, Joanie, of Raymore, Mo., nephew Phil Bolles of San Diego, Calif., nephew Mike Sabeskis and his wife, Peggy, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., nephew Jeff Rheaume of Los Angeles, Calif., and niece Muriel Bartlow and her husband, Robert, of Topeka, Kan., along with numerous other friends and family.
During the last two years, and throughout the hospice process, Betty has been cared for by a loving team of caregivers. The family would like to thank Uani Ahonima, Selu Niko, Kay Penitani, Lina Tagalicud, Lola Talanoa and Leana Vohwinkle for all the love and care provided to Betty.
Betty lived her life with a great zest and a love of all things great and small, particularly dogs. As a young woman she loved sports, particularly skiing, skating and bowling. Betty was also a great baseball fan, supporting the Giants for years. She was an avid bridge player and had a tremendous sense of humor, which she loved to share with everyone she met. In her years in Reno, she enjoyed all the wonders and life the city had to offer. She believed in the city and had a special feeling for the University of Nevada, Reno, to whom she has left a large portion of her estate.
Sept. 24, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Jacqueline Nightingale, 89, Reno, passed away Sept. 24, 2012.
Maurice C. Fuerstenau, emeritus professor of chemical and metallurgical engineering
Oct. 7, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Maurice Fuerstenau passed away on Oct. 7, 2012. He was born on June 6, 1933, in Watertown, S.D., to Erwin and Hazel (Karterud) Fuerstenau. Maurice grew up in Rapid City, S.D., and married Joyce Snyder on September 13, 1953. They had four children: Gregg (Shelley Graves) Fuerstenau Taylorville, Ill.; Jeff (Therese) Fuerstenau of Yuma, Ariz.; Beth (James) Schuster Philadelphia, Pa.; and Anne (Mark) Maxwell Atlanta, Ga. These children and his 13 grandchildren will be the greatest legacy he leaves behind.
Dr. Fuerstenau graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from there began a storied career in higher education. Dr. Fuerstenau was a true giant in the mineral processing industry and the numerous engineers he educated, papers and books he published will influence the mining industry for many generations to come. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991 and the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2006, both of which recognized the tremendous influence he had in his lifetime of achievements.
Dr. Fuerstenau is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Reno, Nev.; brother Dr. Douglas (Peggy) Fuerstenau of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister Jean Hadeen of Laramie, Wyo.;, four children, 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard Fuerstenau, nephew Scott Raubach and niece Linda Fuerstenau.
R. Keith Loper, emeritus faculty of Health and Community Sciences
Oct. 23, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Keith Loper, 86, of Reno, Nev.; passed away on Oct. 23, 2012, at his home, with his wife Diane at his side.
Raymond Keith Loper was born in Olathe, Colo.; to Arthur and Octa Loper. At Olathe High School he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. In 1944, Loper joined the military and was assigned to the 25th Tactical Reconnaissance Squad.
In 1946. Loper enrolled at Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University. He continued his athletic career there, playing football and baseball. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree.
After graduation, Keith married Diane Moorehead and they had five children: Ray, Kay, Kim, Kara and Kandice. They had eight grandchildren: Cyreeta, Aliki, Brantley, Riley, Anabel, Abrielle, Ellary and Ava.
Loper's first teaching/coaching job was at Superior High School in Wyoming from 1950-51. From 1951-54, he coached and taught at Center High School in Center, Colo. He coached football, wrestling and track while teaching math and biology. From 1954-58, he taught and coached in Brighton, Colo. He coached football, wrestling, track and freshman basketball.
Loper's first college position was at Northwestern Junior College in 1958, where he was head of the Bio-Science Department as well as the assistant football and head wrestling coach.
In 1959, Loper entered the master's program at the University of Oregon and received his degree in the summer of 1960. For the next seven years, Loper taught at Whitman College. He was head wrestling, football and baseball coach. He also taught physical education classes.
In 1967, the Loper family moved to Reno, where he was hired by the University as the head wrestling and assistant football coach. During his years at the University, he also coached tennis and baseball. In 1975, he became chairman of the Recreation, Physical Education and Dance Department. During his time as chairman, he advised more than 500 students and served on several University committees. He had a passion for teaching and helping students succeed. He was often heard saying that he was the luckiest man alive to have his job, he never felt like it was work. Loper had a love for the game of racquetball and could often be found taking his lunch break on the courts. He directed and promoted more than 30 racquetball tournaments and played in all but one of them.
After retiring from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994, Keith and his wife were able to spend quality time together; their love and friendship was a closeness that is rare. They enjoyed traveling and playing golf. He was a playful grandfather and could often be found around a table of grandkids playing cards. For the past 30 years, he loved playing poker on Friday night with a great group of friends. Loper had just returned from a trip back east to see the fall colors and a cruise to Canada. He was a man who lived life to the fullest until his very last day.
James L. Owen, faculty
Oct. 1, 2012—Reno, Nev.
James Lee Owen of Reno passed away on Oct. 1, 2012, from complications of heart surgery. He was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Wayne, Neb., to Elmer David Owen and Rose Leuenhagen Owen. Because of business opportunities his family moved often; he attended 12 different schools in Nebraska and Colorado before graduating from high school in Salida, Colo. In spite of these disruptions, he studied hard, found ideas exciting, and was accepted to the University of Denver where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and later, a master’s and Ph.D. in communication studies.
During this period of time, he taught in secondary schools in Colorado and California. After receiving his Ph.D., he moved on to university teaching and was a professor at the University of Montana, the University of Hawaii, the University of Eastern Montana, and finally, for 40 years, at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was also a visiting professor at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California and the University of Alaska.
His tenure at the University of Nevada, Reno, included four years as chair of the programs in speech communication, theater, speech pathology and audiology, and radio and television. While at Nevada, he authored many scholarly articles and was the coauthor or editor of seven books. One of his last publishing efforts was a free online textbook, Public Speaking: The Virtual Textbook. He used this textbook in his public speaking classes thus saving thousands of dollars of book fees for his students. He was a strong advocate of online learning and championed any and all research endeavors which are free to the public. He loved books and ideas and devoted his life to these pursuits. He also loved teaching and always had time to mentor students who enjoyed academia. He was unselfish with his ideas and shared them with anyone who wanted to better themselves. He took great pleasure in encouraging people to pursue their dreams.
While teaching at the University of Montana, he met and married his lifelong partner of 45 years, Merle Hendrickson Owen. They were a close-working team in all of their endeavors. She spent a great deal of her time critiquing, editing and typing his many articles and books. Jim and Merle were devoted to each other and it was rare to see one without the other. They grew up together, supported each other, and fell in love over and over again every day of their lives together.
He encouraged her interests in art and was her biggest fan in all her pursuits. He was a very kind man, robust, hearty, full of humor and goodwill, and most of all, interesting. His keen mind leant itself to a lively day; there were no boring moments. To say he will be missed is an understatement. Together they enjoyed skiing, fishing, boating, picnicking, long drives and just being together.
Jim is survived by his wife, Merle, and his sister, Joan Owen Fetters of Ft. Collins, Colo., his daughter, Kim Owen Kalgaard and grandson, Marcor Mercier of Los Angeles, as well as five brothers- and sisters-in-law, and 13 nieces and nephews and their families.
Please consider making a donation in Jim's memory to the University of Nevada, UNR Foundation/Communication Studies Program (0162), Reno, NV 89557.
Alana Pahku, faculty
Nov. 4, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Alana Pahku of Reno, Nev., passed away Nov. 4, 2012.
Milton T. Wolf, former director of Library Collection Development
Aug. 30, 2012—Chadron, Neb.
Members of the Chadron State College community have been saddened by the death of Milton Wolf, director of the Reta King Library. He died Aug. 30, 2012. Wolf, 70 began his duties at CSC in August 2005. He led many efforts to modernize the library and make it more attractive to visitors.
Wolf had an extensive background in library science and took pride in implementing increasingly sophisticated technological tools throughout his career. Since coming to CSC, the King Library has devoted a sizable list of research services that are accessible by library users on the Internet. In addition, the facility has undergone renovations to make it more of a "coffee shop" atmosphere.
He served as the senior vice president for Collection Programs at The Center for Research Libraries on the campus of the University of Chicago in 1997-99, where he oversaw the development of more than five million research materials for the facility.
Wolf was described as a librarian, scholar and teacher. He traveled extensively after entering early retirement in 2000, but returned to his career in 2002 citing an affinity for the "intellectual stimulation" that accompanied it.
Wolf is a native of McKeesport, Pa. After graduating from high school, he spent three years in Army Intelligence in the early 1960s. He then attended Pennsylvania State University where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English in 1968. He earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Michigan the following year.
Wolf came to CSC from the University of Central Florida, where he was head of Collection Management and taught science fiction and fantasy in the Honors College.
His employment experience included positions at the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Wright State University, Penn State, and Western Nevada Community College. He authored dozens of articles for professional journals and three books. Many of his writings were science fiction. He performed editorial duties for a variety of journals.
Katherine L. Barbagelata, attended Fall 1940
Oct. 15, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Katherine L. Barbagelata passed away in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Oct. 15, 2012, at the age of 90.
She was the loving mother of Karry (DeVincenzi) Lensing and her husband John of Sandpoint, Idaho; Kathleen (DeVincenzi) Daulton and her husband Howard of Santa Rosa; and Lawrence DeVincenzi and his wife Laurel of Reno, Nev.; grandmother of Brett Lensing, Stacy (Lensing) Cable and her husband Matthew; Suzette (Green) Linebarger, Clay Daulton, Anthony DeVincenzi, Loren DeVincenzi and Serafina DeVincenzi; great- grandmother of Katelyn Cable; sister-in-law of Francesca Barbagelata.
Katherine was the daughter of Italian immigrants, Guiseppe and Vittoria Barbagelata. She was born in Sparks, Nev., and she and her brothers Al and Gene were raised in the Reno/Sparks area and were lifelong residents. Kay was a graduate of Reno High School, where she was the first female president of her senior class and she attended the University of Nevada, Reno. She was active in various social and philanthropic groups throughout her life including St. Mary's Hospital Guild, where she was a lifetime member, Reno High School Alumni Association and the Twentieth Century Club.
Kay had a magnetic personality, an infectious laugh and a special sense of charm. She was incredibly proud of her Italian heritage and had a natural ability to play the harmonica and accordion. Kay realized her dream of traveling the world, having visited nearly every continent. On one of her first trips, she and her brother Gene took their parents back to Italy for a very meaningful and significant visit. She returned frequently to Italy and visited family and friends. Always the consummate and engaging hostess, Kay's culinary skill was held in high esteem by many, especially her family.
Alice J. (Teske) Wagner, attended 1947-48, 1991
August 14, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
On Aug. 14, 2012, Alice (Jody) Wagner passed away at home at the age of 83. Alice was born to Mildred and Julius Teske in Torrington, Wyo., on Oct. 7, 1928. The family relocated to Reno in 1935. She attended Southside Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High School, and graduated from Reno High School in 1946. She also attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.
Alice was an active volunteer with the Sparks Heritage Museum, AARP, the Washoe County Senior Center, the Sparks Library Book Club and the Reno High Alumni Association. She enjoyed helping organize class reunions for many years.
Alice leaves behind six children: Skip Wagner of Fernley, Nev.; Richard Wagner of Albuquerque, N.M.; Harry Wagner of Newton, Kan.; Allyson Knapp of Sparks, Nev.; Louis Wagner of Sparks; and Julie Rhodes of Sand Point, Idaho. She also had 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Alice’s many friends and family members who visited her and comforted our family during her illness, as well as the medical and social work staff of VistaCare Hospice for their services and support.
Patricia G. (Ussery) Furchner ’48M.A. (journalism)
Sept. 2, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Patricia G. Ussery Furchner passed away Sept. 2, 2012, at the age of 85. Patricia was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Huling Eakin Ussery and Lois Lorraine Carpenter. She is the younger sister of Huling Jr.
Patricia met Theodore (Ted) Furchner at Reno High School 71 years ago, when she was only 14 years old. They were later married and celebrated 58 years together. Patricia attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and later, a master’s degree in counseling and education. She then went on to complete a Ph.D. in counseling from Colorado State University. She was a Gamma Phi Beta at Nrbsfs, president of the Sajens and a member of the University’s dance troop, the Hottie Totties.
She worked for the Illinois Commercial Men's Insurance Company and the ICMA, both in Reno and Chicago. Patricia was also employed by the Prudential Insurance Company and created the Tahoe Foundation for Counseling and Education. There, she helped people with smoking cessation, weight loss, and alcohol and drug education. She was the owner of the ABC Marital and Family Counseling Service. Patricia also started another business, "Adventures in Visiting," which matched homeowners with vacation home exchange options.
Patricia loved to travel. She and Ted began these adventures on their honeymoon, visiting many European countries. Over time, they traveled to all of the continents. She was able to see much of the world. As a young adult she lived in Port au Prince, Haiti and Caracas, Venezuela. Patricia loved to hike, enjoyed boating, and horseback riding. For that reason, her first love, after Ted and her children, became Lake Tahoe. She held some of her counseling/backpacking trips around Lake Tahoe, knowing experiencing this area's natural beauty could help heal many human troubles.
Patricia Furchner is survived by her husband, Ted, their son, Nick Furchner, a Reno dentist, his wife Amy, their daughter, Lorraine Howard, a Washoe County School District Special Education teacher, and their grandchildren, Giselle, Tennille and Chase Howard, all of Reno. She also leaves behind many cousins and nieces in New Mexico and Texas.
Delores I. (Spradling) Robinson, attended 1948-49
Oct. 5, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Delores Irene Spradling Robinson was born on July 31, 1929 in Carson City, Nev., the daughter of Irene Frances Bath Spradling and George McCullough Spradling at the home of maternal grandparents Ernest and Dora Bath. Delores attended Mt. Rose Elementary, B.D. Billinghurst, Reno High School and University of Nevada, Reno.
She was married to William H. Robinson from Greeley, Colo. on April 2, 1950. Delores was a member of several groups including Tri-Delta sorority, Jr. 20th Century Club, PTA and Hidden Valley CC. She is survived by her daughter, Gail R. Cram (Roland) of Reno, her son Donald G. Robinson (Maryann) of Princeton, NJ., a granddaughter, Alecia C. Eikelberger (Chris) of Reno, a grandson, Justin R. Cram (Kristina) of Alhambra, Calif., and two great granddaughters, Sophia & Olivia Eikelberger of Reno.
Leslie W. Thran, attended 1948-52
Sept. 14, 2012—Gilbert, Ariz.
Les Thran passed away at his home in Gilbert, Ariz., after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 82 years old. Les was a native of the Carson Valley in Nevada and a resident of the Reno-Sparks area for more than 60 years. He was a graduate of Douglas County High School and attended the University of Nevada, Reno He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned to the United States, he was employed by the University of Nevada, Reno College of Agriculture as a research technician until his retirement in 1987. His work took him to the most remote corners of Nevada, the state which he loved.
Les was an avid hunter, fisherman and explorer. He was happiest when roaming the Sierra Nevada, the Black Rock Desert or the old mining towns of central Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Diana Frugoli Thran, son Eric (Natalya), grandchildren, Andrew and Anastasia, and 13 nieces and nephews.
Robert J. Whelan ’48 (agriculture)
Sept. 14, 2012—San Jose, Calif.
Bob Whelan passed away on Sept. 14, 2012. He was born in Derby Dam, Nev., to John and Maybelle Whelan. After graduating from high school in Wadsworth, Nev., he served in the U.S. Army Infantry in World War II. He served in France, Germany, and Belgium. He received a degree in agronomy from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he met and married Beverly Brown. Together they raised four children.
Bob started his career in farming and agriculture and was a County Agent in Nevada and California. He later worked as a facilities engineer at Aerojet and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. He loved to travel and enjoyed several cruises to Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean. He was a member and active participant of SIRS #32 and the LMSC Retirees Association.
Norma (Smith) Gregory ’50 (sociology)
August 28, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Norma Smith Gregory of Reno passed away at home on Aug. 28, 2012. Norma was an active member at the Bridge Church (formerly First Baptist Church) for more than 50 years.
She was born in North Carolina on Oct. 4, 1926, and lived in Tennessee before coming to Reno in 1930. She attended local schools and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduating she spent more than 25 years teaching third grade in Reno.
Norma met her future husband William in the late 1930s and married in 1946. They had three boys and helped raise two grandchildren.
Norma was involved with Alpha Delta Kappa, Nevada Retired Teachers Association, the Bridge Church, several small groups and she volunteered at The Salvation Army.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William; sons William, David (Diane), Mark (Mary), grandchildren Katie and Keith, nephew Jeffrey Johnson (Melanie) as well as many nieces and nephews.
Gordon W. Harris ’50 (economics)
Sept. 12, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Gordon (Donny) passed away of a heart attack Sept. 12, 2012, at age 84. A lifelong resident of Reno, he was proud to be a fourth-generation Nevadan.
Gordon was born at St. Mary's Hospital on Sept.2, 1928, to Gordon B. and Audrey C. Harris. An only child, he grew up among friends and cousins on Ralston Street, attending Mt. Rose Elementary, Billinghurst Middle, and Reno High schools. He continued his education at Stanford University before marrying his high school sweetheart, Madeleine Lapeyre, in 1948, and finishing his education at the University of Nevada, Reno.
A genius with radio equipment and Morse code, he became the youngest licensed Ham radio operator in the state of Nevada at age 12. He was recruited to work at KOH radio station as a technician and announcer as a teenager. Some of his fondest memories were of working the sound system and recording live shows of the biggest entertainers of the day including Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. Gordon worked with and became a friend of Tennessee Ernie Ford. An accomplished pianist and accordionist, he made a point of making friends with professional "squeeze-box" musicians, among them local restaurateur Johnny Cassinari.
Gordon discovered cars at a young age and became an avid collector and restorer of pre-1930 vehicles. He was a founding member of the Horseless Carriage Club of Nevada. He also was involved in early Sports Car Club of America racing, competing in local races in his Jaguar and MG, much to the concern of his parents. This passion for automobiles took a hard turn from horseless carriages to Ford Mustangs in 1965. For the rest of his life, he acquired and restored 1965 Mustangs. He gave a fastback to each of his grandsons and a convertible to each of his granddaughters.
During his career at KOH, he met his second wife, Patricia Fordham. He later partnered in business with his father at Gordon B. Harris Insurance until 2010.
Gordon was a real estate agent, long-haul and hazmat truck driver, licensed electrician, satellite and merchant marine radio operator, and FAA hot air balloon inspector and repairman. Ballooning in particular was one of his great loves. This passion was awakened when a hot-air balloon flew over his home one morning in 1982. He quickly acquired a balloon and obtained his commercial balloon pilot license. Within a year he started giving rides to friends and family.
He enjoyed working with his hands. At age 16, he built a cabin at Lake Tahoe, which became the traditional honeymoon and family vacation spot. In addition to building radios and restoring cars, he designed and built his own house.
Gordon is survived by a large family: wife Kathryn of Reno, Nev.; daughter Katherine Harris Linnell and husband Warren of Spring Creek, Nev.; daughter Nance Harris White and husband Gary of Rocklin, Calif.; and son Gordon Robert Harris. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Destra Amado and husband Jeff, Megan Randolph and husband Andrae, Darcy Gibson, Karensa White, Benjamin Gibson, Patrick Gibson, Adam White and wife Jenna; 10 great-grandchildren, and first cousins Richard W. Harris and Yvonne W. Isola.
Gordon touched the lives of many people. He was a dedicated Mason, being a lifelong member of Reno Lodge No. 13 F&AM as well as of York Rite and Scottish Rite. He leaves behind many who will miss his sense of humor and enthusiasm for life. He was always ready with a joke "so clean you could tell it in church."
Leonard T. Howard ’50 (business administration)
Sept. 1, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Leonard T. Howard, Sr., passed away in Reno, Nev., Sept. 1, 2012, at the age of 93. Len was vibrant, energetic, fun and active with family and friends.
Len was born in Malden, Mo., on Dec. 5, 1918 to Harry J. and Olive Howard. During World War II, he joined the Army and was a gunnery instructor. After his Army service, he worked for the railroad and moved to Reno. Len obtained his college degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and received his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1952. He practiced law in Reno until he retired in 1998. He was most proud of the work he did with the Reno Housing Authority over many decades.
Len was a longtime member of the Elks Lodge and the Kerak Shrine Temple and, in 1985, he was the potentate of the Kerak Shrine Temple. He loved golf with the Kerak golf club.
Len was passionate about his family and friends, golf, RV travel, card games, boating, tennis, the S.F. Giants and the 49ers. In the winter, he cherished his time with an extremely close group of friends in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. His highlight each year was the annual summer family reunions where Len could enjoy the children.
Len was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Kate Howard; four siblings, Olive Elizabeth Hunter, Mary Jo Wagner, Doretta Kaluna and Jay Howard (Shirleen). He is survived by his children Leonard T. Howard, Jr., Craig Howard (Patti), and Becky Sue Lubbe (Glenn); stepdaughter Lynne Volpi-Morris (Alan); grandchildren Holly, Kelly, Jason, Erin, Jenna and Melanie and step-grandchildren Michelle, Scherry and David; nieces and nephews; and many great grandchildren.
George M. Eustachy ’51 (business administration)
Aug. 18, 2012—Chico, Calif.
George Marius Eustachy passed away and joined his wife Helen on Aug. 18, 2012. George was born in Oakland, Calif. He attended University Nevada, Reno, where he met his beloved wife, Helen Mansfield. They got married in 1953 in Reno, Nev., and shared 54 years of marriage together. The family moved to southern California in 1965, where George had a career in purchasing with Toyota Motor Sales.
After retirement, Helen and George moved to San Clemente, Calif., and shared many wonderful memories. George loved the game of golf, and after a round would enjoy sharing his successes on the course with family and friends. He was especially proud of his 172 yard hole-in-one at San Clemente Golf Club on May 15, 1996. After Helen's passing, George moved to Chico to spend time with his family. He lived at the Terraces and acquired quite a few good friends.
George is survived by his four children, Diane Bowen, Larry Eustachy, Marilyn Jasco and Nanette Wyson and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Marie Johnson, and sister-in-law, Yvonne Eustachy.
Margie E. Foote ’51 (elementary education)
Aug. 29, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Margie Ellen Foote passed away Aug. 29, 2012. From her early childhood, she was crippled by an infection, but through life she was able to pretty much keep up with the best of them. She was born Dec. 23, 1929 and attended Sparks Schools and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. She taught school in Sparks as well as schools in California. In 1955 she opened The Carousel Shop on 10th Street and clothed many of the area children until 1974. She then worked at Harry's Business Machines, a business started by her father, until her retirement. In 1966 she entered politics and served the people of Sparks in the State Assembly and the Senate for 12 years.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Harry and Marie Foote. Margie is survived by her brother, Gordon Foote (Carolyn), her niece Lori Keller (Kevin) and nephew Gary Foote (Jane).
Drury J. Thiercof ’51 (premedical)
Sept. 29, 2012—Jamul, Calif.
Dru was born in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 18, 1927 to Vema and Chesley Thiercof, and passed away Sept. 29, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
When he was 2 years old, he moved to Woodland, Calif., and attended schools there. At the end of his junior year of high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines during World War II. At the end of the war, he enrolled in Reno High School, graduating and attended the University of Nevada, class of 1951, and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. While at the University, he met and married the love of his life and partner, Frances Batt of Carlin, N.Y. They have three children, James (Carrie), Drucilla and Donna (Bobby). They moved to southern California in 1957, where he and his brother, Hollis, owned and operated Sinnett Mortgage. After selling the mortgage company, he went to work for Crocker Bank as a credit officer and an area supervisor of several branches. He retired from the banking business in 1982 and Frances retired from the Azusa School District in 1983, after 30 years. They moved to Carlin, Nev., where he was involved in City government, serving as a councilman for 6 years, chairman of NENDA; Northeastern Nevada Economic Development Association, Served on the Great Basin College Foundation, Elko Council of Republican Party, Navy League Board of Directors, organizer and founder of the Great Basin Bank of Nevada, retiring from there in 2001. He is most proud of the work he did in raising funds for the construction of the new Carlin Senior Center. His name has been engraved on the base of the flag pole in front of the building. After moving to Jamul in 2005, Dru became active in the Jamul Community Church and was most remembered as a greeter at the early service.
Dru was recognized as Citizen of the Year by Los Angeles County in 1979 and later by the City of Carlin, N.Y.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, his son, James and two daughters, Drucilla and Donna, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Herbert S. Holman, attended 1952-53
Sept. 2012—Reno, Nev.
Herb was a native Nevadan born in Winnemucca, Nev., to Sam and Velma Holman. He graduated in 1949 from Humboldt High, and then attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He was an SAE member and studied business administration. Herb joined the Air Force, where he went into jet fighter school at Bryan Air Force Base, Texas and Stallings Air Base, N.C. He became captain and flew for 10 years.
Herb married Geneva, and had a son, Mitchell. He went into banking at Security Bank as a branch manager, and eventually opened three branches. He later became assistant vice president. He became a commercial lending officer at Valley Bank and Bank of America, and retired after 30 years of banking.
Herb is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geneva, son Mitchell, and man's best friend Beau.
Nancy J. (Houghton) Byington ’53 (education)
August 14, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Nancy Jacqueline Houghton Byington passed away Aug. 14, 2012. in Sparks, Nev. She was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Lindsay, Calif. The family moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where Nancy high graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1949. While attending the University of Nevada, Reno, Nancy joined Delta Delta Delta sorority and developed lifelong friendships with her sorority sisters. At one of the sorority dances she met her future husband, Douglas Byington. She and Doug were married in Reno in August of 1954. Nancy began teaching in 1953 when she graduated from college. Nancy's teaching career spanned 33 years and was spent at a variety of elementary schools in Sparks including Kate Smith and Greenbrae elementary schools, completing her career at Lena Juniper Elementary. She enjoyed teaching, mentoring and supporting her students in the classroom. She was thrilled to see her many students over the years, following their successes in adulthood.
Growing up game playing with her grandmothers, mother and sister was a major form of entertainment, and bridge became her favorite. She played bridge all the way through college with her sorority sisters and was a charter member of a bridge group made up of close friends from her college and teaching experiences for many years. Traveling was another favorite pastime. After her retirement, Doug and Nancy did a lot of traveling in Europe, the Netherlands, Hawaii and Egypt. Nancy and Doug had a number of cats and dogs over the years, and Nancy loved and spoiled every one of them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Gertrude MacAboy Houghton and Philliip Henry Houghton, as well as her sister Georgia Lee Houghton Ward. She is remembered and loved by her husband Douglas Byington and her niece Linda Ward Lee.
Rosemary (Cochran) Girolamo ’54 (journalism)
April 30, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Rosemary Girolamo, 80, of Reno, Nev., passed away April 30, 2012.
Howard W. Spaletta ’57 (metallurgical engineering)
Oct. 16, 2012—Idaho Falls, Idaho
Howard William Spaletta, 82, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away Oct. 16, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was the first baby born at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev, on July 10, 1930, to William Spaletta and Mabel Adams Spaletta. Howard grew up in Reno and graduated from Reno High School in 1948. He then went on to serve his country as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1948-52. After serving his country, he returned home and operated Carson Valley Freight Liners between Reno, Virginia City, Dayton, Carson City, Gardnerville, and Minden, Nev.
Howard married Constance Doreen Alsop April 2, 1954. From 1953-57, he attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering.
From 1957-58 he researched metallurgy with Northrop Aircraft in Hawthorne, Calif. From 1958-72 he worked at Aerojet General Corporation in Sacramento, Calif., where he was awarded patents in the U.S. and 11 other countries. A job transfer with Aerojet Nuclear in 1972 planted him and his family in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he retired and spent the remainder of his life.
Howard loved backcountry horse packing and his animals. He was a well-known activist for public use in the National Forests. He served as a past president of Backcountry Horsemen.
He is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Jon) Orgill of Salt Lake City, Utah; son, Bill (Debi) Spaletta of Yakima, Wash.; son, Jim (Julenne) Spaletta of Rigby, Idaho; sister, Delphine (Gene) Minor and family of Dayton, Nev.; sister, Donna (Roy) Phillips and family of Lovelock, Nev.; niece Mary Minor of Dayton, Nev.;, nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, lon time friend, Sondra Olson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, dogs, Nick-Nick and Sam, three horses and four sheep. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Doreen, and great grandchild, KinCade Burnell.
Angelo Pappas ’59 (business administration)
Feb. 22, 2012—San Mateo, Calif.
Angelo Pappas passed Feb. 22, 2012, at the age of 78.
A devoted husband and loving father, Angelo is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn, his son Michael Pappas (Nancy), daughter Kathy McBride (Mike) and daughter Suzanne Cabello (Dave). He was a loving grandfather who was adored by his grandchildren Monica, Julia, Sean, Ryan, Vanessa and Juliana. He is the son of the late James and Julia Pappas, and brother to Elaine Kourafas, and the late Gus Pappas, Doris Chapralis and Patricia Caras; and brother-in-law of Bess Pappas and Susan Kuhn. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Angelo was a native of San Francisco and lived most of his life in the Bay Area. He graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nevada, Reno and was known to be a great athlete. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Angelo was passionate about golf and was a member of the Olympic Club for more than 60 years. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family. All who experienced the joy of having Angelo in their lives knew he was man with a great sense of humor and known for his one-liners. His signature easygoing personality will be greatly missed by all.
Tom Cordova ’60 (geological engineering), ’69M.S. (geological engineering)
Oct. 24, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Tom Cordova, 80, of Reno, Nevada, passed away Oct. 24, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Tom was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and grew up in Contact, Nev., and Battle Mountain, Nev. He graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 1950, and was an Aviation Technician in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean conflict. His interest in aviation led to a lifelong passion for being a private pilot and owning various Cessna airplanes.
Tom was a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geological engineering at the Mackay School of Mines. In 1970, Tom founded Earth Science Consultants Associated, a geotechnical engineering firm that he owned and operated until his passing. A love for geology also led to Tom's passion for collecting rare minerals.
In addition to his life partner, Patricia Adams, he is survived by his children, Jeff Cordova, Angela Cordova and Jon Cordova, along with nine grandchildren.
The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to Laurie Decker for providing quality care to Tom during his last days. Her effort, dedication, and love are deeply appreciated.
James L. Hay ’60 (business administration)
Sept. 25, 2012—Reno, Nev.
James Leon Hay, 79, passed away surrounded by his family on Sept. 25, 2012. Jim loved camping with his family, golfing with his friends and hunting with his sons.
Jim was born Nov. 7, 1932 in Elko, Nev., the son of James Scott Hay and Norda (Hasen) Hay. On July 13, 1952, he married the love of his life, Deloa Weathers. They celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage together.
Jim graduated from Elko High School in 1950. He served in the Air Force from 1952-56. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960. In 1977, he opened Apex Products, Inc., a janitorial supply company in Reno.
Jim is survived by his wife, Deloa (Weathers) Hay; sons Jim (Laura) and Steve (Wendy), six grandchildren and a great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Matthew (Pam).
Wanda E. Armstrong ’63 (art)
Nov. 4, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Wanda Ella Armstrong, age 77, died Nov. 4, 2012. Born Oct. 19, 1935, in Reno, Nev., the youngest of three sisters, she was predeceased by her eldest sister, Blanche Armstrong Edison.
She is survived by her middle sister, Nalma Brennan Noble and brother-in-law George Noble, both of Reno. Wanda was predeceased also by her parents, Marguerite and Glen F. (Jim) Armstrong.
Wanda graduated from Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s in education, specializing in teaching of the neurologically handicapped. She did post-graduate studies in cognitive learning and perceptual problems of the educationally handicapped at the University of California, Berkeley. While doing her undergraduate studies at Reno, she was employed as a nurse's aide at St. Mary's Hospital.
Wanda's impressive career in teaching began in Bridgeport, Calif., where her pioneering and artistic/creative talents proved to be a greatest necessity. Although she experienced immense cultural shock and extreme isolation, she found herself in a challenging environment she relished, teaching the 30-some largely Native American students who were sadly far behind academically.
Wanda thrived and rose to the challenge. Thus began her impressive career as a teacher of special needs students. Reflective of her life of giving is the fact that Wanda willed her remains to the University of Nevada School of Medicine, so that Parkinson's disease, which took her life, could be studied as a case history.
Warren E. Hull ’63 (accounting)
August 19, 2012—Santa Barbara, Calif.
Warren Edmund Hull passed away in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Aug. 19, 2012, surrounded by family. Although he accomplished much during his 91 years, he is most remembered for who he was—an honest, hardworking husband, father, brother and son and a man of his word.
The eldest child of Walter and Anna Hull, Warren was born in Ely, Nev. When he was 8, he began work in his father's movie theater business, which included theaters in Ely, McGill, Fallon and Virginia City, Nev. The shadow of war loomed as he graduated from high school in 1938. Two months after Pearl Harbor, he joined the Navy as an aviation radioman. He flew 55 combat missions in the Central Pacific and was training to return to the fighting when the war ended in 1945. He proudly served alongside his younger brother, Walter, also an aviation radioman, in the same Naval aviation squadrons. After the war, Warren and his brother ran the theater business until it was sold in 1951.
In 1948, Warren married the love of his life, Dorothy Marvis, and began 64 wonderful years together. Daughter Kathy was born in 1949, son Steve in 1950 and daughter Dorothy Anne (Tootie) in 1959. After moving to Reno and working for Isbell Construction for most of the 1950s, Warren secured a better future for his family by entering the University of Nevada, Reno in 1960. He graduated in three years while working two jobs. Warren was named the top accounting student for the Class of 1963.
Warren and his family then moved to Santa Barbara where he began a 21-year career as an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. A four-year tour in Saudi Arabia was the highlight of this career and a source of adventure and excitement for Warren and Dorothy.
After retiring in 1984, Warren lived a full life with Dorothy by his side. They traveled, square danced, exercised together, supported the less fortunate and carried on a very active and productive social life with family and friends. Warren made friends easily. He was known, liked and loved by many. He always had a soft spot in his heart for the underdog and the down trodden. He considered himself a progressive individual who liked change and new challenges. Warren was also a practicing Catholic and a person of deep faith. Simply, he was a kind, sharing, loving, gentile and caring human being of unwavering honesty and integrity—an enviable epitaph.
Warren is survived by his wife, Dorothy, sister Francis, brother Laurence (Doris), daughters Kathy LeTourneau and Tootie Weitzman (Gregg), sons Mark and Steve (Marian), eight grandchildren (David, Pat, Danielle, Lindsey, Jeanne, Tim, Greg, and Geoff) and three great grandchildren (Ethan, Lily, Ella).
The family thanks the staff at The Samarkand retirement community and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Santa Barbara for their wonderful assistance.
Joseph H. Phillips ’63M.Ed. (school administration)
June 21, 2012—Henderson, Nev.
Joseph H. Phillips, 85, born Sept. 2, 1926, to Lloyd and Margret Phillips of Hay Springs, Neb., died June 21, 2012, in Fort Collins, Colo., while returning to Henderson, Nev.
Joe served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After World War II, he attended Chadron State Teachers College in Chadron, Neb., where he earned his bachelor of arts in history and geography education. He also met and married the love of his life, Shirley Bauman. After living in Merriman, Neb., Hot Springs, S.D., Wahoo, Neb., and Woodlake, Neb., Joe, Shirley and their small family moved to Henderson in 1955, where Joe had been hired by the Henderson School District. He taught special education and fifth grade. Joe was promoted to assistant principal of J. M. Ullom Elementary School. After one year as assistant principal, Joe was promoted to principal of John F. Miller Elementary School. He was then transferred to C.P. Squires Elementary School and retired from CCSD as principal of John S. Park Elementary School.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Margret; brother, Paul; and his son, Paul. Joe is survived by two sisters, Marion Phillips-Sister Gemma, C.P. and Kathryn Frank; his wife, Shirley; eight children, Rosan Monaghan, Frank Phillips, Joe Phillips, Wendy Gillen, Andrew Phillips, Stephen Phillips, Barbara Phillips and Jean Quade; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
William C. Wilson ’63 (management)
Sept. 16, 2012—Reno, Nev.
William C. “Bunky” Wilson was a native Nevadan born in Reno, Nev., and raised in Wells, Clover Valley and Elko, Nev. After he graduated from Elko High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a master’s degree from San Jose State.
He entered the Army as a second lieutenant and was stationed in Germany and Vietnam where he was discharged as a captain. With his varied interests he was a friend to many. Some knew him as a boxer at the University, a distance runner and a computer engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Among the many things he enjoyed, his favorites were hiking the Ruby Mountains and attending sporting events with his friends and their children. He will always be remembered for his subtle wit and great sense of humor, and his whistling.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Lyon, brother Admiral Richard Wilson and wife, two nephews, and brother-in-law Eugene Montrose.
Howard R. Kelly ’64M.Ed. (elementary education)
Oct. 29, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Howard Ray Kelley passed away at his home in Sparks, Nev., on Oct 29, 2012.
Ray was born April 18, 1929, to Ralph and Thelma Kelly in American Falls, Idaho. He was raised in Idaho, served four years in the Navy and was proud to be a veteran. Ray also served in the Texas Louisiana Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married his devoted spouse Leona Dial in 1956. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State in 1958 and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1964.
Ray and Leona settled in Sparks, Nev., in 1958, where they raised their eight children. Ray dedicated 43 years of his life to teaching in the Washoe County School District. He and his family have been very active in the LDS church, where Ray served voluntarily in many positions of leadership and responsibility. He loved BYU and Nevada sports, ATV rides with the "Over the Hill Gang," Scouting, missionary work, painting, gathering and storing firewood, spending time with his family and enjoying his morning bowl of "cracked wheat mush."
Ray is survived by Leona, his wife of 56 years, his eight children, Dale (Chris) Kelly, Maralea (Michael) Royal, Christina (David) Foote, Donna (David) Stark, Kathy (Dan) Bringham, Margo (Rich) Payton, Colin (Jen) Kelly, and Valerie (Terry) Wotring; 38 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and his brother Richard.
S. Lee Macdonald ’64 (electrical engineering), ’80M.S. (mechanical engineering)
Sept. 15, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
S. Lee Macdonald passed away at his home on Sept. 15, 2012, with his family by his side following a lengthy illness. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 9, 1941, and was preceded in death by his parents, Scott Lee and Helen B. Macdonald. He is survived by his brother David (Catherine) and sisters Mary and Jane (Rod) Larson. His nephew Mark (Lisa) and family were an especially important part in his life, but he was also always there throughout the years for his other nephews Bill and Bob Larson, Corey Fanti and Chris Spoon. Other surviving relatives were numerous within his extended family. He was a member of the LDS religion.
Lee moved with his family to Sparks in 1956 and later graduated from Sparks High School in the top 10 of his class. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he earned degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering and later received his master's degree in mechanical engineering. He spent his career working as an instructor and administrator at the University, Nevada Technical Institute and finally at Truckee Meadows Community College. One summer, he worked on a project with the Navy. After retirement, he volunteered as acting director of the Library at TMCC and helped with other projects when asked.
One of his favorite pastimes was volunteering at the Reno Air Races, where he spent a great deal of time helping the organization throughout the year. He belonged to the Reno Divots Golf Club for 30 years and was also a member of the Nevada Scottish Society.
Lee was quite an artist and created many drawings and paintings and took the opportunity to spend one summer painting watercolors at castles in Scotland. He was an avid reader and knew all about his ancestors and the history that related to them in Scotland. Lee was a hunter and fisherman and created a special bond with his father throughout the years He looked forward to the annual hunting trips with family and friends and even went on a few fishing trips to Alaska.
Lee had a life well lived with his many trips to Scotland and Europe with his family. He enjoyed traveling and visited every state in the United States except two. He will always be remembered for his good nature, quick wit and generosity.
Carl A. Grauvogel ’65 (wildlife management)
Dec. 11, 2011—Palmer. Ala.
Carl Grauvogel, retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist, passed away Dec. 11, 2011, at his home in Palmer, Alaska. He was born in Portola, Calif., grew up in Winnemucca, Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1965. He attended graduate school at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, from 1965-67. Following his tenure in graduate school he served his country as a lieutenant in the US Army, including a tour in Vietnam.
After his military service he returned to Alaska, where he began his 20-year career as a dedicated State Wildlife Biologist. During his career, he was responsible for managing wildlife resources from the Nome Office for the entire Seward Peninsula. He was instrumental in re-introducing Musk-Ox to the area. After working in Nome for 15 years, he finished his career as a supervisory area biologist in Palmer, Alaska. He was honored to receive the State of Alaska Biologist of the Year Award for 1989 for his work to help enhance moose survival during the previous winter, which was marked by heavy snowfall.
He was a cherished and loving father, teacher of life skills, bush pilot, hunter, basketball, soccer and little league coach, scientist, commercial fisherman, consummate fly fisherman, friend to everyone, loving brother and a dearly beloved husband, who will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura; sons and daughters-in-law, Zachary, Eric and Lori, Alex (Bo) and Nathalia, of Anchorage; brothers, Dean (wife Janet) Grauvogel, Lyle (wife Karen) Damon of Reno, Nev., and Larry Damon of El Cerrito, Calif.; along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephew; his many lifelong friends and his constant companion "Jazzy" who always provided her unconditional love, affection and her well known bird retrieving skills.
Delores S. Pepple ’69 (public administration & policy)
August 14, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Delores Sydney Pepple passed away on Aug. 14, 2012, surrounded by her family. Delores was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Nov. 16, 1937, to Edith Carocetto and Albert Milhaun. She married Jarold E. "Butch" Pepple on Sept. 6, 1959, in Reno, Nev., and would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year.
Delores graduated from Reno High School in 1955. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with degree in business administration. At the University, Delores was junior prom queen and frequently represented her university and sorority in women's basketball, volleyball and softball events. She is a life member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority, former president of Panhellenic, and PTA president.
Delores was an avid runner who frequently participated in the Journal Jog and completed the Silver State Marathon in 1977.
She was a ski instructor with the Junior Ski Program for many years. Delores was an avid golfer who participated in many ladies and couples tournaments. She scored a hole-in-one on July 2, 2006 at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Boise, Idaho.
Following her career of homemaker, Delores worked as school secretary for Lena Juniper School for 24 years, retiring in August 2002 to travel and spend time with family.
She is survived by her husband, Jarold, her children Jeff (Jahn Ann), Greg (CJ) and Phil (Gina), and six grandchildren, Sarah, Nick, Natalie, Nikolaus, Jake and Matthew.
Marilyn E. (Mooney) Crane ’70 (home economics education), ’73M.S. (home economics), ’76M.A. (c&g pers serv)
Sept.12, 2012—Kaneohe, Hawaii
Marilyn Ethyl was born March 22, 1947, to Pat and Violet Mooney in Reno, Nev. She was the middle child and had an older sister, Marsha Mooney Ward (husband Bob) and a younger brother, Patrick Mooney (wife Helen). Her early childhood was filled with activities including learning to swim at the old Riverside Hotel and pioneering the ski hills of Mount Rose. She attended Our Lady of Snows Catholic School and showed great spirit, although probably not the kind of "spirit" the nuns were looking for.
Marilyn and best friend Donna were producers, directors and actors in the Whoater Theater, which certainly must have served as a stepping-off point for many a thespian career. Donna was also the inspiration for joining ballet where Marilyn usually danced in the chorus or played a tree or a flower, while Donna basked in the limelight. Miss Archalee's whacking stick was never far from Marilyn's feet, which is why chocolate éclairs became more desirable than tutus. Junior high was the beginning of her public school education. Marilyn joined the band and was mediocre in playing the flute, bass clarinet and baritone sax, but later learned that French horn players have great lips for kissing. Marilyn attended Earl Wooster High School, and along with friend Joan M. became the first mascot for the school, the Wooster Colt. Four legs protruding from a rather lumpy body provided great entertainment at the football games. Marilyn went on to attend the University of Nevada, Reno on a four-year Sarah Fleischman scholarship.
Her first master's degree was in home economics education and her second master's was in counseling and guidance. Both offered her the opportunity to be a compassionate professional in the school system where she was happiest being of service to others. She married James Crane who later died while serving on active duty. They had a son, James. Marilyn thoroughly enjoyed her time with friends and family.
Quite the pleasure seeker, she would happily spend hard earned money on a holiday, excellent meal or fine wine. She loved to travel and play golf. She toured Europe with her son, James, and later with his new family, Kim, Marcus, Daniel and Branon. Marilyn invariably had a smile, joke, or some whimsical remark at the ready. She truly enjoyed life and checked off an impressive "bucket" list of things to do before you die. She spent 32 years in the educational system, working at the University of Nevada, Reno, Reno High School and Earl Wooster High School in Reno, and St. Andrews Priory and Fern Elementary School in Hawaii.
Cheryl J. Yee ’70 (home economics education)
Oct. 26, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Reno Native Cheryl Jean Yee, 64, died at her Reno home as a result of a long-term vascular condition. She was born at St. Mary's Hospital of parents David Wah Yee and Rita Wong Yee, both of whom predeceased her in 1970. She attended local schools, graduating from Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno.
An excellent student, she won a Danforth Foundation scholarship and earned a B.S in Home Economics, graduating with academic honors. Cheryl was very active in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, numerous campus organizations and student politics. She was elected to the vice presidency of the University’s Associated Women Students organization, campaigning to end curfews and sign-in requirements applying only to female students.
Cheryl met her future husband, John R. Doherty, at the University in 1968, and they married in 1980. Both had the travel bug and they began visiting many parts of the United States, and eventually much of Europe, some of the Middle East, Asia, Canada and Mexico as time and finances permitted.
Cheryl's teaching career began at Swope Middle School, moving to Reed High school in 1974 as part of the new campus' charter faculty. She greatly enjoyed teaching cooking, child development, nutrition science and independent living skills, while encouraging many high school boys to join the traditionally female classes.
Cheryl was active in the community as a charter board member of the local Planned Parenthood Chapter as well as supporting the Committee to Aid Abused Women and the Ann Martin Political Caucus' efforts to raise the profiles of female political candidates in both major political parties.
After her retirement in 2000, she became interested in art welding, winning prizes in local art contests, then moved into glass fusion, producing many treasured pieces for friends and family. Her additional free time also increased her and John's travel opportunities. John also retired several years later following diagnosis of her chronic health condition, and they began devoting even more time to their travels.
Cheryl had numerous circles of friends that included her gourmet dining groups, a close-knit group from her Reno High School years, book clubs, her "Magnificent 7" group of Pi Beta Phi classmates, several exercise, yoga and Ti Chi groups and numerous friends made while traveling with whom she remained close over the years.
She is survived by her husband, John, by brothers Bobby (Melissa) and Ronald (Jun) of Las Vegas, many close in-laws from John's family, several nieces and nephews and many cousins from both of her parents' families residing across the U.S.
Thomas D. Parker ’71 (civil engineering)
Aug. 7, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Tom Parker, 66, of Reno, passed away at home on Aug. 7, 2012. He came to Reno in 1964 on an athletic scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno, and played both football and basketball for the Wolf Pack. He subsequently made his home in Reno and Sierraville, Calif. Following a successful career at Sierra Pacific Power Company, Tom ventured into the energy consulting field with his involvement in the development of EnergySource LLC.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter, Kimberly Newkirk of Lodi, Calif.; grandsons, Christopher and Justin Newkirk; stepson, Justin Oakes; stepmother, Evelyn Parker of Loveland, Colo.; and brothers Lynn Parker of Fort Collins, Colo., and Gary Parker of Colorado Springs, Colo.
On June 30, 1972, Tom was seriously injured in a small plane crash. He spent several weeks in the hospital recuperating. While in the hospital he had many hours of time to reflect and wrote these words of wisdom: "If I live but one day more, then let it be as if fourscore, and if I go before my time, then let it be from broads and wine."
Sheila K. (Frederickson) McAdam ’72 (elementary education)
Oct. 8, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Sheila Frederickson McAdam joined her parents Conrad and Louise on Oct. 8, 2012. A native Nevadan, she graduated from Reno High School in 1966 and University of Nevada, Reno in 1971. After a teaching career, her lifetime dream, she retired in 2001. She was able to participate in the joys of her life—being with her family and friends, spending time in the mountains, along with trips across the United States and Europe.
Prior to her work at Washoe County School District, she worked at Nevada Bell where she met her husband of 20 years, Steve McAdam. Along with Steve, she leaves the blessings of her life Michon Geary and Jennifer Ripley. After her marriage, she was given the bonus of additional important members in her life, Holli Macke (Dave), and Shelli Uding (Jeff). Her grandchildren added so much pleasure and fun to her life—Broc and Branden Geary, August Ripley, along with Amanda, Erik and Steven Macke, and Riane Sims. Other family members include her brother Michael Frederickson (Shirley) of California, Aunt Andrea Cason, Cousin Kathy (Jack) DaLuz of Colorado, nephew Conrad Frederickson and many nieces and cousins.
In addition, special thanks to Dr. James Atcheson and Dr. Peter Lim, Shannon and the incredible staff at Center of Hope, along with the dedicated nurses at St. Mary's.
John G. Little ’73 (music education)
Nov. 2, 2012—Reno, Nev.
John Glenn Little died on Nov. 2, 2012 at the age of 72. Glenn was born on Jan. 24, 1940, in Boulder City, Nev., to Dr. William Morse and Christina Mary Little. During World War II, he lived in the Manzanar War Relocation Center near Lone Pine, Calif., where his father was the principal medical officer to Japanese American detainees. While living at Manzanar, Glenn learned rudimentary Japanese as part of his daily life in the camp.
Glenn attended the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in music and art, and his subsequent career followed these two artistic paths. In 1954, at the age of 14, he joined the Reno Municipal Band, and remained with the band for the next 55 years. In 1978, Glenn became conductor replacing N. A. Tink Tinkham. During his long tenure as the band's leader, Glenn initiated the summer concert season in Idlewild Park, and the popular 4th of July performance at the University of Nevada, Reno, where, wearing patriotic red, white and blue attire, he would lead the children who marched in a lively line around the campus quad. In its prime, the Muni Band featured 12 different ensembles: swing, Latin, brass, western and banjo among them. With fellow musicians Gene Albright, Kenny Lawrey and Harry Stover, the Glenn Little Trio played many gigs around Reno, offering up finger snapping Dixieland music and tunes from the 1930s and 40s.
Bill Thornton, a major supporter of the Reno Municipal Band, said in a Reno Gazette Journal article: "He sings, whistles, plays the banjo and trumpet, and he also conducts the band. He's Reno's music man!"
Neal, a child who visited one of the band's concerts in the park, wrote, "I was the one on the rock with the Gatorade. I liked your music. You play very nicely. I hope I can hear you guys again."
Glenn retired in 2009 with a special reception in his honor, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the McKinley Park School.
Recently, Glenn has been providing musical entertainment and art experiences for seniors at local assisted living centers, including Rosewood Rehabilitation Center, and the VA Hospital.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, and son Terry Little. He is survived by his wife, Lonnie Little, of Reno, son Don, daughters Lisa and Amber, and several grandchildren.
Daniel P. Grubic, attended 1974-1977
Aug. 28, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Daniel P. Grubic, D.C., passed away at home Aug. 28, 2012. Danny was a native of Nevada born to Daniel D. and Evangeline Grubic in Ely, Nev. He and his family moved to Reno, Nev., in 1957, where he attended Alex Maxwell Elementary School, Roy Gomm Elementary School, Swope Middle School and graduated from Reno High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and Western States Chiropractic College.
Dr. Dan was a respected doctor of chiropractic and was known as "The Back Doctor" for 25 years. He retired four years ago. He belonged to a number of organizations including the Nevada Historical Society and the Elks Lodge. He served on the board of directors for the Reno Philharmonic Association. He was a member of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church.
Danny enjoyed the outdoors, spending his time hiking and fishing in the Graeagle, Calif., and Topaz Lake, Nev., areas. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, race car enthusiast, and a devoted 49ers and Giants fan.
Dan is survived by his parents, Daniel D. and Evangeline Grubic; sister, Anita Moore (Jim); nieces, Krysta and Kathryn Moore; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Shirley L. (Pfeiffer) McQueen ’75 (nursing)
Oct. 31, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, Shirley L. McQueen passed away at Arbor's Care Center in Sparks, on Oct. 31, 2012. Shirley Lorraine Pfeiffer McQueen was born on Nov. 26, 1925, to Gladys and Carl W. Pfeiffer in Denver, Colo. There, she attended public schools and graduated from Denver's South High School in 1943. During World War II, she worked as a secretary at Lowry Air Force Base east of Denver.
In April of 1947, Shirley married her high school classmate, Robert McQueen. Together they had three children: Daniel Carl of Washoe Valley, Nev., Katherine Gail of San Antonio, Texas, and Thomas Patrick of Sacramento, Calif. After living one year in Pocatello, Idaho and three years in Austin, Texas, Shirley moved with her family to Reno, Nev. in 1955, where her husband taught at the University of Nevada, Reno. Shirley completed the Saint Mary's Hospital program of practical nursing and, in June 1975, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno's Orvis School of Nursing.
In the following years, Shirley worked as a registered nurse at Reno's Veterans Administration Hospital and as a school nurse for the Washoe County School District. For many years, Shirley was active in Reno's Assistance League and the 20th Century Club, of which she often served as a board member, including a term as president. She was also a charter member of the Super Seniors Exercise Club sponsored by the Reno Recreation Department, attending weekly exercise programs there for more than 25 years. Shirley was also a longtime member of the congregation of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Sparks, Nev., and regularly attended weekly instructional classes.
Paul D. Jacobsen ’76 (information systems)
Oct. 18, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Paul Jacobsen passed away on Oct. 18, 2012, while on a hunting trip in Ely, Nev. Paul was born on April 5, 1951, to Halvor and Amy Jacobsen in Carson City, Nev. Paul attended Carson City and Las Vegas schools, as well as the University of Washington, where he played football. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in informational systems and business.
He married his wife, Gina Mastroianni, in 1973. They were married for 39 years. Their son, Jon, completed the family when he was born in 1984. Family meant everything to Paul and he was a wonderful father and husband.
Paul and Gina lived in Reno where Paul was employed by First Interstate Bank, Norwest Bank and Wells Fargo. He was in the banking business for more than 35 years. He was well respected by his associates and customers, with many becoming friends.
Paul loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He spent many hours with his friends pursuing these interests and expanding his list of stories to share. He was also a University of Nevada, Reno football fanatic, rarely missing a game. Paul loved to cook and liked nothing better than bringing a special dish to share with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Gina; his son Jonathan and fiancée Jessica Erickson; his mother Amy Jacobsen; brother Chuck (Lynn) Leavitt; sisters Ludene (Everett) Miller and Sandy Serrano.
Thomas O. Mayer ’77 (speech/theatre)
Oct. 10, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Longtime educator and lifetime Reno resident Thomas O. Mayer, known as Tom, passed away at Saint Mary's Hospital on Oct. 10, 2012. Tom was known for his outgoing and very friendly nature and thus, was very popular with his many loyal friends. Tom will be greatly missed as he was always ready with a funny quip, expression of concern, support or offer to help. For many years, Tom would dress up as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and visit the children of his friends who still have memories of Santa's visits.
Tom was born in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 21, 1952, to Joy and Milton Mayer. Tom attended Jessie Beck Elementary, Swope Middle School and Reno High School. Tom studied education at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with his teaching certificate in 1975. While at the University, Tom was active in student government and was ASUN student body president.
After graduation, Tom opened the Garden of Eden Tropical Fish and Plant Store on Wells Avenue. The Garden of Eden later moved to Keystone Square and became a flower shop was operated by Tom's mother, Joy, until her retirement.
Tom served many years as a teaching assistant, teaching racquetball at the University for Coach Loper. From 1979 to 2012, when Tom retired, he was a teacher at Washoe High School, teaching at-risk students with various learning styles. He also spent a number of years teaching adult education programs to individuals who wanted a high school diploma or a GED.
Tom was an active member of WCTA and NSEA and RPEN. After retiring from Washoe High School, Tom was teacher at the Children's Cabinet continuing to help many more students.
Tom was also a candidate for the Nevada State Assembly. Tom loved to spend time at Tahoe Timber Trails Association campground in Truckee where he made many close friends. Tom was an accomplished cook. In late August, Tom held his annual barbeque, serving delicious ribs for his friends.
Tom loved to fish and it seemed to his fishing buddies that he always caught the largest fish. Tom is survived by his mother, Joy Mayer, and her companion, Russ Pealer, and Tom's sister, Cindy Christiansen and her husband Tracy, niece Trelese Jakubik, husband Christopher and nephew Travis Christiansen.
Connemoira (Came) Webster ’80 (art)
June 22, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Connemoira (Came) Webster passed away June 22, 2012. She was the first of five children born to Carl and Nancy Came. She grew up and spent most of her life in Reno, attending Mary S. Doten, St. Thomas and graduating from Reno High in 1968. In 1980, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with degrees in art and English literature.
In 1969, she gave birth to her daughter, Cora, and in 1970, she gave birth to her son, John. Connemoira was passionate about the arts. She was a brilliant artist who was always creating. She quilted. sculpted, painted, drew, created natural collages, dabbled in stained glass and was always in love with color.
In 1975, Connemoira met her husband, Ford, and their journey together began. They bought a piece of land at Frenchman's and made frequent trips there expressing their love of peace and nature. Being children of the 60s, they always held on to a vision that this world was made for all to share in peace and harmony. They shared a life and spirituality that brought out the best in each other and found the sacred inherent in all of life.
She was always proud of and loved her two children very deeply. Later in life her grandchildren became her passion. Dominic, Alexandra, Gabriel and Molly's photographs were all over her house.
Connemoira is survived by her parents Carl and Nancy Came, her daughter Cora Cirella, her son John Bottorff, her brother David Came, her sister Theresa Dedmon, her sister Katie Came, and her grandchildren, Dominic Cirella, Alexandra Cirella, Gabriel Cirella and Molly Bottorff.
John F. Balliette ’81 (renewable natural resources)
Aug. 6, 2012—Reno, Nev.
John Franklin Balliette passed away Aug. 6, 2012. He was born to Helen and John Sr. in Carson City, Nev. John enjoyed his childhood years and last moments in the great Nevada outdoors. Fishing, hunting, camping, and a good prank were his favorite hobbies.
John is preceded in passing by his father and brothers, Steve and Don. John is survived by his wife of 28 years, Paulette, and daughters Corinne and Adrienne, mother Helen, uncle and aunt Dave and Myra Wood, uncle and aunt Archie and Mina Wood, nephew Kenny Penn, niece Veronica Balliette, half siblings Jon, Tina, Cheri and other relatives.
The family would like to thank St. Mary's hospital for their care and support of John, and we thank Father Art for his assistance with John in his last moments.
Dorothy V. (Withrow) Byington, attended 1982-83
Oct. 27, 2012—Gardnerville, Nev.
Dorothy passed away Oct. 27, 2012, in Gardnerville, Nev., five days shy of her 98th birthday. She was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 1, 1914. Dorothy graduated from Reno High School in 1932 and attended the University of Reno, Reno.
In 1942, Dorothy married Harry Byington. They lived in Hayward, Calif., for 10 years before returning to Reno, Nev., in 1959. Harry passed away in 1989. Her only son, Bobby Byington, was born in 1950 and died in 1974.
From 1943-45, Dorothy worked at Hamilton Field, where her Harry was stationed in the Army Air Force as a B-25 bomber flight engineer. Dorothy worked for 20 years as a medical assistant for Drs. McClane, Tappan and Guisto. She was president of the Nevada Medical Assistants Association.
She is survived by stepson Douglas Byington of Sparks, Nev., brother Bob Withrow of Sacramento, Calif., and numerous nephews and nieces.
Douglas J. Bruha ’84M.S. (geology)
Jan. 19, 2012—Lamoille, Nev.
Douglas J. Bruha passed away Jan. 19, 2012 following a terminal illness. He was born July 22, 1956, to Richard Anton and Mildred Bruha in Lacrosse Wisconsin. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., but he and his family spent most summers traveling to the southwest. Early on, he developed a love for Colorado, Utah and Nevada. He studied geology in college, and then moved to Reno, Nev., where he earned his master's degree in exploration geology from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. In the early 80s he spent several years working at Jack Creek, north of Elko, and developed a love for this area.
He married Lynn Greenhouse when she was still in medical school, and the only vacations they could afford were camping trips, so they started coming to Lamoille in the summer time on their short breaks. They then found a beautiful plot of land in Lamoille, which they purchased following Lynn's medical school graduation, and moved here in 1995. At that time Doug decided to devote his time to his great passion, landscape photography. He did that successfully for years, and many of his photographs are local favorites, depicting the beauties of Lamoille Canyon and the surrounding areas through the eyes of someone who loved all of it, and had a natural eye for light and angle.
During the last 10 years he has also been the office manager of Pinion Road Clinic, which he saved from bankruptcy and turned into a thriving business. He loved all of nature and made friends wherever he went.
He leaves behind his father, Richard, his wife and best friend Lynn, and his two cats, Dicken and Carressa. He also leaves scores of nephews and nieces, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and cousins and many friends.
Jacqueline S. Lowden ’84 (French)
Sept. 24, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Jacqueline Spencer Lowden, 65, of Reno, Nev., passed away Sept. 24, 2012.
Wendy Y. Whipple ’84 (child development)
August 22, 2012—Sparks, Nev.
Wendy Whipple, 55, of Sparks, Nev., passed away Aug. 22, 2012. She was born in Livingston, Mont., but lived most of her life in Nevada. Wendy worked tirelessly for the special needs children of Nevada through her work with the Early Intervention Program. Her most recent employment was with the University of Utah where she served as a consultant.
Wendy was an avid gardener and was never happier than when she was working in her garden. She was a world traveler and served on many nonprofit boards and was an active member of Summit Christian Church in Sparks.
Wendy was preceded in death by her father, Francis Whipple, and her brother-in-law, Steve Anspach. She is survived by her mother, Evangeline Whipple, her sisters, Gayle Hartigan and Lori Anspach and her longtime friend, Don Schroeder. She was a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews Jordan, Chad, and Brent Hartigan, Tyler, Kensie, and Kiera Anspach; her great-niece, Payson Hartigan and great-nephew, Phoenix Anspach.
Timothy C. Burnham ’85M.A. (c&g pers serv)
July 26, 2012—Silverdale, Wash.
Timothy Burnham, 69, of Lake Tahoe, Calif., passed away July 26, 2012.
Steven G. Paul, attended 1985-87
Oct. 3, 2012—Carson City, Nev.
Steven Grant Paul, 51, was born Sept. 25, 1961, in Reno, Nev., and passed away Oct. 3, 2012, in Carson City, Nev., where he lived since 1962. He graduated from Western Nevada Community College and had attended the University of Nevada, Reno. Steven was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his father, William Paul, brother, Douglas Paul, and sister, Teresa Paul Dees. Steven is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Paul of Carson City; brother, Larry W. Paul of Chino Valley, Ariz.; sister, Deborah Privett of American Falls, Idaho; and nieces and nephews.
Sylvia E. Moon ’86 (premedical)
Sept. 28, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Sylvia E. Moon of Reno, Nev., passed away Sept. 28, 2012. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to Reno, Nev., at age 2. Sylvia attended Edward Reed High School and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. She moved to Portland, Ore., where she obtained her doctorate in dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University, practicing at Willamette Dental until 2007. She is survived by her husband, Michael Lucas, and mother, Young Moon. Sylvia was involved in Christian ministries and medical missions.
Curtis H. Jordan, attended 1988-1994
Nov. 6, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Curtis H. Jordan of Reno, Nev., passed away Nov. 6, 2012. Curtis was born in Las Vegas, Nev., and graduated from Western High School. He moved to Reno and attended the University of Nevada, Reno and was a Sigma Nu brother. He owned and operated Sierra Nevada Steak & Seafood Company for 18 years and also enjoyed his catering business. He enjoyed snowboarding, wind surfing and entertaining friends and family.
He is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Jordan; sister Carrie Kovacs and husband Robert, nephews Shawn and Robbie, and his soul mate Lynette LaCert and stepdaughter Taylor Kern.
Donald E. Bently ’87H.D.G. (science)
Oct. 1, 2012—Minden, Nev.
Donald Emory Bently, 87, of Minden, Nev., passed away Oct. 1, 2012.
Born in Muscatine, Iowa on Oct. 18, 1924, he served in World War II as a Seabee, making four major amphibious landings in the Pacific theater. He attended the University of Iowa to receive a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1949, followed by a master’s in electrical engineering in 1950.
Mr. Bently began operating a small business, Bently Scientific Co., out of his garage in Berkeley, Calif., in 1956. He would create a new global industry as well as an entirely new field of engineering. He moved his fledgling company to Minden in October 1961 and renamed it Bently Nevada Corp. His ability to bridge the gap between laboratory success and commercial success resulted in substantial growth of the business. By the time he sold Bently Nevada to GE Energy in 2002, the company had 2,000 employees worldwide and operated from more than 100 offices in 42 countries.
He founded many other successful Nevada businesses, including Bently Pressurized Bearing Company, Bently Tribology Services, Bently Agrowdynamics, Bently Biofuels, Gibson Tool & Supply, and RoMaDyn, a mechanical engineering services and diagnostics company.
In each of these endeavors, Mr. Bently stressed a core business value that he dubbed the “enlightened use of resources.” This ethical standard entails the efficient use of renewable resources, avoiding the waste of natural resources, and the conservative use of corporate resources to provide the best overall win for customers, company, employees and the environment.
In his words, “It has been said that if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. That is how it is with principles. Early in my career I decided that I would be absolutely true to my principles. In the end, I have never regretted adhering as closely as I know how to a set of timeless principles.”
Mr. Bently was a well-known philanthropist, working to preserve the natural beauty of Nevada's Carson Valley region through his love of agriculture and ranching.
To the end of his days, he was a forward-thinking individual who tirelessly labored to innovate green technologies and to conserve the natural beauty of Nevada's Carson Valley. In addition to countless local programs, Mr. Bently gave to multiple schools and contributed to the U. S. Navy Seabee Museum at Port Hueneme, Calif.
John L. Gebhardt ’93 (resource management)
Aug. 15, 2012—Reno, Nev.
John Lloyd Gebhardt passed away Aug. 15, 2012, following a seven-year battle with cancer. Born in Grand Forks, N.D., John's first career was in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Serving in Vietnam, as well as Panama, John distinguished himself as a leader and teacher, rising to chief master sergeant before retiring after 20 years of service. He moved to Reno and obtained a bachelor’s in environmental studies followed by a career with the Nevada Department of Wildlife as a biologist, retiring for the second time after 17 years of service.
John's outgoing personality and dedication to his job made him respected and admired by all those he came in contact with. When not at work, John loved the outdoors, often fishing with two of his friends, Ralph and Mark. The Three Amigos, as they called themselves, fished all around the West, as well as British Columbia and Alaska. John also liked to shoot sporting clays, hunt deer with his bow, and chase a chukar or two. John also had a love of gardening.
He is survived by his parents, Ellen and Marvin, his brother James, two daughters Brandy and Traci and two grandchildren, Skylar and Rhett
E. Robert Statham ’93Ph.D. (political science)
Oct. 21, 2012—King of Prussia, Penn.
E. Robert Statham of King of Prussia, Penn., passed away Oct. 21, 2012.
Nancy J. (Gatewood) Eldridge ’94M.Ed. (elementary education)
Sept. 7, 2012—Ely, Nev.
Nancy Josephine Gatewood Eldridge passed away Sept. 7 2012, from ovarian cancer. Nancy was born June 6, 1948, to LC and Elizabeth Holman Gatewood in Leavenworth, Kan. Nancy graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1966; from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1970; and from the University of Nevada, Reno with a master’s degree in elementary education in 1994. Nancy moved to White Pine County, Nev., in September of 1970 to teach at the one-room Taft School in Spring Valley. In her 27 classroom years, she taught elementary school children at Taft, Garrison, Baker, Murray Street, and David E. Norman schools. She served as lead teacher for student teacher education in White Pine County.
On Dec. 23, 1971, Nancy married Gordon Dell Eldridge. They are the proud parents of Marcia Beth Eldridge (Josh Rigler) and Bruce Randall Eldridge (Amanda Hilton) and the loving grandparents to Josephine Rigridge and Katherine Eldridge.
Nancy was active with Chapter C of P.E.O. and the White Pine CattleWomen and was the president of the Nevada CattleWomen Association in 1992 and 1998 and the president of the Nevada State P.E.O. Chapter in 2010-11. Nancy enjoyed photography, travel, college football and basketball, Broadway musicals and stage plays.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Nancy is survived by her husband, children and granddaughters; sisters Emeline (John) Haight and Mary (Dennis) Eldridge; brothers David (Lynnette) Gatewood and Paul (Nancy) Gatewood; aunt Willodyne Brooks; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.
Caroline E. Graham-Lamberts ’05 (Spanish, biology), ’11M.D.
Oct. 28, 2012—Palo Alto, Calif.
Caroline E. Graham-Lamberts passed away Oct. 28, 2012, in Palo Alto, Calif. She was born in Las Vegas and earned a degree in biology and a degree in Spanish from University of Nevada, Reno and a medical degree from University of Nevada School of Medicine. She recently began a pediatric residency at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Caroline had a loving, radiant personality and she touched the lives of all who knew her. She was a strong patient advocate and dedicated her career to outreach and advocacy in medicine. Caroline enjoyed being with family, traveling, and trying new foods. She loved everyone, especially her husband, who made such a difference in her life. Caroline was a proud and kind sibling and a caring, sweet daughter.
For more than four years, Caroline endured a long and valiantly fought battle with breast cancer. She defied all odds with the love and support of her husband, family, and friends. She was always a positive, caring person even during difficult times and enjoyed every day of life fearlessly and optimistically.
Caroline is survived by her husband, Dr. Remy Lamberts; her parents, Ben and Elana T. Graham; her siblings and their spouses, Turner and Nicole Graham; Luana Graham and Francis Abrao; and Elana L. Graham and Seth Floyd; her nephew, Coyne Graham; her mother-in-law and father in-law, Dr. Karen McDermott and Dr. Eric Lamberts; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Corinna and Ramiro Rodriguez; her nieces Sasha and Anika Rodriguez, who were also her godchildren; and other loving relatives.
Robert E. Hager ’07 (criminal justice)
Sept. 18, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Bobby Hager, 29, passed away Sept. 18 in Reno, Nev. He was born to Robert Rene Hager and Laura Lee Quilici in Reno on March 10, 1983. Bobby was a bright, dynamic and good-hearted young man who will be forever missed by his family and friends. Bobby attended Our Lady of the Snows, Brookfield, Swope and Reno and Lowry High Schools. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with honors, and obtained his law degree from Boyd School of Law at UNLV. He was engaged in the private practice of law in Reno, and became a partner in the law firm of Hager & Hearne the week before his death.
In the first year of his practice, Bobby practiced law at an extraordinary level. He attended approximately 100 foreclosure mediations and appeared in court on dozens of occasions. Bobby assisted in the preparation of a number of Supreme Court appeals and spoke at the Supreme Court regarding proposed amendments to the Foreclosure Mediation Rules. There are many citizens of northern Nevada who remain in their homes because of his efforts. In his short career a consistent theme emerged: litigation on behalf of the oppressed. He fought the good fight, but with a kind and generous heart. He will be missed by judges and colleagues, including those whom he opposed.
From the time he was a child, Bobby met life's challenges with a stout heart. His thirst for understanding about how things worked was matched only by his dedication to justice. Before he started walking at 10 months of age, he did everything to try to learn how to walk. As soon as he was able to walk, Bobby became obsessed with trying to talk. He developed outstanding verbal skills, and had the knack for making friends easily with people from all walks of life. Because of his exposure to people with wide-ranging backgrounds and stations in life, Bobby was usually able to quickly determine whether people he met were phony or sincere. His family and friends knew they could always count on Bobby to be there for them.
Bobby spent countless hours mentoring his younger brothers and sister about avoiding life's pitfalls and teaching them life skills. By triumphing over his own personal challenges and demons, Bobby taught his younger brothers and sister what is important is not whether you fall, but whether you get back up. Like his baby sister Chantal, with whom Bobby was extremely close, he was very sensitive and tended to judge himself too harshly. The sudden death of Bobby's little sister last year devastated Bobby and nearly derailed his career and life, but his willingness to work hard to make the changes needed to get his life back on track brought him respect in the legal community. Those who worked with him came to depend on his analytical abilities and sense of humor.
In the week before his death, he achieved long-term professional and personal goals. He achieved the lifelong goal of becoming a law partner of his father. Bobby was enthusiastic about being involved in strategy decisions on big national cases with lawyers who started practicing law in the late 1970s. Those without power and privilege have lost an effective advocate.
At the time of his death, Bobby was involved in the design of a new water delivery system for surface water to the Hager family ranch in northern Nevada that has been in the Siard/Hager family since 1900. This year's drought affected the ability of the existing pipeline and ditch system to deliver sufficient water to the orchard, fields and trees, and Bobby and his brother Ian were working together to design a water system that could deliver sufficient water even under drought conditions.
Bobby was predeceased by his grandparents Yvonne Siard Hager and Edward Harold Hager, and his sister, Chantal Claire Hager. Bobby is survived by his father, Robert Rene Hager, mother, Laura Quilici Aboud (Mike), brothers Ian Andre Hager, Ryne Rene Hager, Gavin Quilici and Hunter Quilici, uncles Harold Hager and Buddy Quilici, aunts Nancy Kilpack and Ruth Armstrong, and grandparents Pat Quilici and Jerry Qulici.
Sarah T. O'Banion ’07 (biology)
Aug. 24, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Sarah T. O'Banion of Reno, Nev., passed away Aug. 24, 2012. Sarah was a fifth generation Nevadan. She graduated from Galena High School. She was intelligent and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked for many years at McClelland Labs. She was a great crafter and gardener. She loved spending time at the ocean and enjoyed travel. Her trips included London, Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica and Mexico. She was a kind, loving and gentle soul. She volunteered at C.A.RE. Chest. She loved animals, especially her dog, Molly.
She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by parents, Tina and Richard Kihs, and Scott and Josephine O'Banion, her sister Gina Strasser, Carl, and Matthew Strasser, Roy and Margarette Rosenthal, Carol Cote, Lisa and Robert Rykaczewski, Dorothy Levitan, Shirley and David Peggar and many other relatives and friends, including Sarah's companion, Leif Christiansen, and her dearest friend Tracie Donizio.
Jonathan D. Case ’10 (political science)
Oct. 20, 2012—Charlotte, N.C.
Jonathan D. Case of Charlotte, N.C., passed away Oct. 20, 2012, at age 32. Jonathan has been a native Nevadan for most of his life, but spent the last year and a half in Charlotte, N.C., as a graduate student at Charlotte Law. He loved the law and anything political and graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in political science.
Everyone knew Jonathan as kind, smart, loving, and funny. We watched him as he participated in baseball, soccer and basketball. He also loved skateboarding and music. He attended South Tahoe High School and graduated from George Whittell High School. He is an Eagle Scout.
Jonathan is survived by his parents Raymond and Jean Case, brother Patrick Jason Case, twin brother Alan Joseph Case, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Bradley D. Overhouse, current student
Oct. 1, 2012—Reno, Nev.
Bradley David Overhouse was born to Dave and Toni Overhouse on Feb. 16, 1987, and passed away Oct. 1, 2012.
Brad lived in the Reno area his entire life, attending Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Galena High School and the University of Nevada, Reno.
Brad was an avid Wolf Pack fan. He looked forward to tailgating with his parents and good friends before football games, and as a young man he vowed to keep that family tradition going.
Even as a young boy, Brad was quick to come to the defense of anyone he felt was being bullied, ending up in the principal's office more than once for fighting. So it was only natural that he would choose a line of work that would allow him to help others who were less fortunate than he. He worked at The Turning Point while going to college, and had begun working at No Child Left Behind. He loved his job and it gave him great satisfaction to be able to help his students, but it weighed heavily on his heart that he was not able to save every one of them.
Known as "B-Rad" to some, Brad was loved by so many people, from the good friends of his parents, to his relatives, to his employers and co-workers, to his many, many dear friends. His infectious giggle and ready wit made him a joy to be around. He was a good friend, cherished brother and uncle and a dear son, always striving to do the right thing and be there for anyone that needed him. He had a great sense of family, not just to his biological family, but to all the people who considered him a part of their family and there were many who did and always will.
Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Helen Overhouse. In addition to his parents, Brad is survived by his sister, Beki Sisco of Washoe Valley, Nev., and his nephew Shane Sisco. His grandparents, Nadine Robbins and Jim and Dorothy Reid also survive him, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.