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Marva J. Morris, a pediatrician with the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, died Feb. 8, 2011 at her home in Bloomfiled Hills, Mich., after a brief battle with cancer. She was 75.

For an African-American woman in the 1960s, becoming a physician was a major challenge. Dr. Marva Morris not only demonstrated her mettle during the difficult times, but established a reputation as a compassionate and knowledgeable physician during a 40-plus-year career.

“I’m sure there were certain barriers and hurdles that she had to overcome, although she never mentioned them as having an impact on her life,” said her goddaughter Dr. Tonya Corbin, a medical consultant with Lilly Pharmaceutical and a doctor of internal medicine. “She became a true pioneer in the profession and served as a mentor to countless residents.”

Marva Jenkins was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., the youngest of five children. She graduated from Hampton Institute with a bachelor’s degree in general studies and received her master’s degree in secondary education from Tennessee State College in Nashville. Determined to become a physician, she entered Meharry Medical College in Nashville and received her medical degree in 1965.

Dr. Morris began her career as a pediatrician. After completing a fellowship, she became a specialist in asthma and immunology. In 1987, she joined the staff of Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She and her husband, the late Barton Morris Sr., later moved to Las Vegas, where she was on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She returned to Michigan in 2010. Survivors include two sons, Barton Jr. and Lawrence; a daughter, Karen Scott; a brother; a sister, and two grandsons

—Joe Rossiter, Detroit Free Press

Arthur Thomas Phelps, emeritus professor in the College of Education, died Dec. 3, 2010 in Reno at age 94. A native of New York City, he was born Sept. 14, 1916 to Chester A. and Mary Mesereau Phelps. He had lived in Reno for 45 years, coming from San Jose, Calif. in 1965.

Arthur graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where he also earned a master's degree in English. He earned a doctor of education degree at Columbia University. He taught English in Buffalo high schools and was director of Teacher Education at the University of Santa Clara. He came to the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1965 and retired in 1983. He served as a lieutenant during World War II.

Surviving are son, Thomas, and Thomas’ wife, Dianne; and grandchildren, Stephanie and Nicholas. He is also survived by a brother, J. Andrew Phelps, of Spokane, Wash. He was preceded in death by brothers Chester and John, wife, Mary Ellen Morgan Phelps, and daughter, Ellen Mary Phelps Russell.
Arthur was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.


William E. Rasmussen, emeritus director of Financial Aid, Veterans Services, at the University, died Dec. 10, 2010, after years of challenging Parkinson's disease.

Bill served in the U.S. Army after high school. After college and marriage to Beatyanne Wright, the two of them taught school in Alaska. Then came a 25-year career of administration and teaching at Nevada.

Bill loved skiing, wind surfing, travel and cabin-building. He loved books and horses and babies, but most of all he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Beatyanne, his four sons: Leif (Pam), Lance (Karen), Jeff, and Jay; grandchildren Tyler, Emily, Meryl, Carl, Malyne, Jack; and a new great-grandbaby, Liam.

Bill's family privately celebrated his life atop the mountain that he loved and where his spirit will remain.

The Rassmussens thank Sammy, Gigi, Gilbert, Nelson and Ben at Hopewell Group Home for their extraordinary care. Thanks also to Rowena and Mary at Vista Care Hospice.


Evelyn (Semenza) Honts English ’36 (history) died Nov. 22, 2010 at the age of 95. A devoted teacher, patron of the arts and indefatigable member of the Fine Arts Club of Pasadena, she never outgrew her interests in the arts, dancing, reading, bridge, theatre and travel.

Evelyn was born in Reno, graduated from the University and started her career teaching elementary school in Henderson, Nev. Later, she established the Semenza Family Scholarship Endowment at the University in honor of her parents, John and Louise, two older brothers, Lawrence and Edwin, and three older sisters, Nevada, Rena and Grace, all of whom graduated from the University with honors.

Her first marriage to 1st Lt. George William Honts was cut short by his death from German gunfire along the Rhine River just two days before the end of World War II. His poignant love letters formed the basis of a song cycle for voice and piano Vignettes: Letters from George to Evelyn; from the Private Papers of a World War II Bride. The letters and song cycle are archived at the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan., and were the subject of a Nevada Silver & Blue cover story in the March/April 2004 issue. An online version can be found here:

During World War II, Evelyn served as director of the U.S. Army Special Services, now the USO. Soon after the war ended, she moved to Berlin, Germany, where she organized entertainment for American troops.

In the early 1950s, Evelyn moved to Southern California for a career in public relations and marketing. She returned to teaching in the late 1950s, after earning her master’s in education. She taught for more than 30 years in the Pasadena public schools.

In 1958, Evelyn married Lawrence “Larry” Samuel English. Both Evelyn and Larry passionately supported the arts. They joined the Fine Arts Club in 1989, taking particular interest in supporting young, gifted, visual and performing arts students. Even after Larry's death in 1998, Evelyn maintained her commitment to the club. She gave more than $50,000 to the Awards Endowment and the Operating Endowment, as well as underwrote numerous dinner programs. She served as member of the board of directors, program chair, performing arts award chair, support group fundraising chair, and participated in numerous Fine Arts Club committees.

Evelyn continued her extraordinary support of theater and music with donations to Theatre Americana, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Opera Guild. She was a charter member of the Pasadena Arts Council and portrayed Queen Elizabeth I for their Gold Crown Awards Banquet at the Civic Auditorium in 2000. Evelyn was also active with the Gamble House and the Pacific Asia Museum. In late 2001, she had a nonspeaking appearance on the TV show “Frasier.”

Evelyn was a generous donor to numerous University of Nevada, Reno scholarships and awards, in addition to the Semenza Family Scholarship Endowment.

Evelyn is survived by her stepson, Dennis (Jan); her stepdaughter, Carol; and step-grandsons, Ryan and Brent; as well as a niece and nephews.


Louis J. Capurro Jr. ’40 (economics/philosophy), the grandson of Italian immigrants Pasquale Capurro and Luigia Battaglia Capurro; Pietro Bartolino and Teresa Procarione Bartolino, died peacefully Jan. 26, 2011 at age 92 in the home ranch where he had lived all of his life. He was born June 27, 1918 to Louis J. Capurro Sr. and Isabella Bartolino Capurro.

He attended the original Huffaker Elementary School, many days riding his horse; attended B.D. Billinghurst from 1929 to 1932; Reno High School from 1932 to 1935 and received his bachelor’s in business from the University of Nevada in 1940, the year he started his first insurance business.

In 1940, he married Genevieve Dondero. They enjoyed 55 years together until her death in 1995.

Louis was very active in the business community and held various public service assignments throughout his life. He was elected president of the 20-30 Club in 1942; he served a decade in the Assembly of the Nevada State Legislature, first elected in 1943 when he was 25 years old and sent back by the voters for four additional sessions; (later, his son Randy also served in the lower house.

In 1949, county boards of adjustments were created by the state lawmakers as nonsalaried, volunteer positions. In July 1949, Louis became a charter member of the Washoe County Board of Adjustment, appointed by the Washoe County Commission. He was chairman of this board several times, once for a 10-year period. He served a numbing 37 years, retiring from that position in 1986, after attending approximately 500 monthly meetings and special sessions. He always knew what was happening in the Reno-Sparks area.

Also an avid hunter, Louis was a Triple Champion in various shooting competitions in 1949, including the Nevada State Championship; the Reno Great Pacific Open 410 ga. Class C and the All Bore 5 Man Team Class B. His very active membership in the Honey Lake Ranch gave him many years of great duck, goose and pheasant hunting.

From 1949 to1964 his insurance company became the Capurro-McKenna Ins. Co. and from 1964 to1986, with his son Randy and Richard Voss, it was known as Capurro-Voss Ins. Co. Then, in 1986, the business was sold to, and he continued to work for, the Fred S. James (Sedgewick James) Ins. Co.

He was associated with the Nevada Star Grange Organization in earlier years. He was a member of the Prospector's Club in Reno and enjoyed many pleasant occasions there. His association with the beloved ROMEO'S (Retired Old Men Eating Out) since 1984, was the highlight of his week, sharing the kind of perspective that shows the value of enduring friendship. No group of men could ever show more humor, stories, frank observations of life and genuine love for each other than this one.

Louis' vision was made real in 1964 to1965 with the organizing and opening of Pioneer Citizen's Bank of Nevada. He and four other descendants of pioneer Nevada families—Paul Laiolo, Royal Stewart, Harold Cafferata and Ben Caramella—were at the helm. Louis served as the first chairman of the board. In 1999, Pioneer Citizens Bank was sold to Zions Bank and is locally known as Nevada State Bank of Nevada.

Louis was also very active in the Reno Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He served as the Exalted Ruler in 1965-1966. In 1967, he was the District Deputy Exalted Ruler for the Northern Nevada District of BPOE. In 1977-1978 he was elected the Nevada State Elks Association's president. In 1984-1985, he was the Grand Lodge Committee Designate. He also held the title of Past Grand Loyal Knight.

In 1998 he received the Distinguished Nevadan Award from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Through all of this, Louis never lost sight of his family. All of us knew we were the most important part of his life and he was sought after for his knowledge, wisdom and love by each of us, including his loving companion, Florence Rose.

Preceding Louis in death besides his wife, Genevieve, were grandchild Lorin Louis Capurro, and great grandchild Lisa Jean Capurro. Surviving are his three children: Allen Capurro (Carol), Randall Capurro (Annette) and Corinne Capurro Guio (Bill). Eight Grandchildren: Steven Allen Capurro; Clinton Dale Capurro (Michelle); Suzanne Marie Capurro Murphy (Brian); Gina Louise Capurro Gardner (Ken); Anthony Randall Capurro (Julie); Christopher Capurro (Chrissy); Heather Lynn Guio Parks (Steve) and Thomas Victor Guio. Thirteen great grandchildren, including: Renee, Ashley, Kylee, Conner, Electra and Angele Capurro; Morgan, Madison and Chandler Murphy; Lucas, Addison and Mallory Gardner and Mia Parks.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Louie's memory to the University of Nevada Reno Foundation/Capurro Family Endowment, sent to University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89557.


Dolores Cicchese ’41 (education) passed away Dec. 23, 2010 in Reno. She was born on June 18, 1918 in Tonopah, Nev. to Thomas and Maria Grady. She attended Tonopah Elementary School until her family moved to Reno in 1932.

In Reno, she attended Northside Junior High and Reno High School and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Nevada on June 12, 1941.

Dolores began her teaching career at Tonopah Elementary then moved to Las Vegas where she taught at the Fifth Street Elementary School. She returned to Reno in 1948 where she taught at Southside School. In 1957, she transferred to Hunter Lake Elementary. After 33 years of teaching, she retired in 1973.

Dolores was a member of Our Lady of Snows Church and the Nevada Retired Teachers Association.

Dolores married Ernest Cicchese in 1953. They enjoyed traveling and their summer cabin at Lake Tahoe. During 50 years of marriage, they were each other's constant companions and soul mates.

She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, sister and best friend, Lorraine West, and brothers John Francis Grady and Emmett Grady. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.


Harriet (McNeil) Fiddes ’45 (history), died Jan. 21, 2011. Harriet was born in Mason, Nev. June 19, 1924 and was the eldest of two children of Ethel W. and Harry McNeil. She graduated from the University with a teaching degree, and in 1957 married Paul E. Fiddes and settled in Saratoga, Calif. Harriet is preceded in death by their daughter, Jennifer, and is survived by her husband and their son, Jeff. Harriet is also survived by her niece and nephews, Cathy, Jim and Tom.




William David (Bill) Parish ’45 was born April 18, 1923 in Reno to Howard Mallory Parish, a descendant of a pioneer family from Plumas County, Calif., and Ruth Bradshaw Parish, daughter of a ranching family from Paradise Valley, Nev. He passed away Feb. 23, 2011 at age 87.

When Bill was 3 years old, his family found its favorite summer place at Twin Lakes, Calif., which at that time was a 13-hour, 120-mile trip in a Model A. Summers spent at the family cabin there have continued to be a Parish Family Tradition with hiking, fishing, lots of good cooking, and special friends. He was able to spend his last weekend there in the summer of 2010.

Bill attended school in Reno at Mary S. Doten, Mt. Rose, Northside, Reno High School and the University of Nevada. While in high school, he played football for the Huskies and in college in the early 1940s, he was a member of the Wolf Pack. He often told the story that his bent nose was the result of being run over by teammate Marion Motley in practice.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was attached to the Destroyer Pritchett, serving for 26 months in the South Pacific theatre of the war. After returning from the war, Bill joined his father in the insurance and real estate business and the firm name was changed to Howard Parish and Son. In 1975, Bill eventually bought his father out of the business, partnered with H. Hughes Porter, and changed the name to Parish Company, Inc. In 1983, after the death of Mr. Porter, he merged his company with Lucini and Associates to form Lucini/Parish Insurance and was the senior partner there until he was in his 80s.

“I grew up with the University and the athletic programs and (supporting the Wolf Pack) has always been sort of a special thing for me,” Parish said in an interview in the Game Day Program in 2006. “I've always had season tickets, as long as they have had them.”

His father was one of the original boosters and Bill took over from him in 1946 serving as president and secretary of the Boosters’ Club for more than 40 years, while watching the programs at the University grow. He finally became a member emeritus of the Board of Directors. He was president of the Alumni Association in 1956.

He was involved with his children in Little League and the Falcon’s Ski Program, which he was instrumental in helping to start, for many years. Among the many honors he received were the Outstanding Service to the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association Award in 1961; Sportsman of the Year Award from the Sierra Nevada Sportswriters in 1964; Boosters’ “Man of the Year Award” at the Governor's Dinner in 1976; and in 1983, he became a member of the University of Nevada Hall of Fame .

Other community activities included the Reno Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Independent Insurance Agents, where he was president in 1971-72 and later became secretary of the Placement Board of the NIIA. He also served several years as president of the Bridgeport Home Owners Association. Awards he received professionally included the Paul Hammil Award in 1961; the Special Merit Award in 1969; The President's Award in 1974; NIIA Man of the Year in 1975 and the Ron Einstoss Community Award in 1979.

Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman who cherished the time he was able to spend in the outdoors. He enjoyed his special times at the Greenhead Club duck hunting; in the mountains of Northern Nevada hunting deer, antelope and chuckar; with friends at Salmon, Idaho hunting elk; and fishing in Alaska.

Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet Wilson Parish; his two children, Steven Mallory Parish, DVM of Pullman, Wash. and Barbara Diane Parish of Reno; his granddaughters, Julie Diane Parish of Sparks and Kelsy Ann Deines of Cheney, Wash.; and his niece, Nancy Shelton, and nephews Robert, Donald and Jeffrey Hughes. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Janet Hughes and Betty Fisher, and nephew Bruce Fisher.

The family would like to express their thanks to his caretakers Barbara DuBois, Susie Taylen, the staff from Senior Helpers, and his doctors and the staff at St. Mary's Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pack Educational Fund, University of Nevada Athletics, Legacy Hall MS/232, Reno, NV 89557.

Mary (Pray) Estes ’50 died Oct. 20, 2010 of pulmonary edema at the age of 91.
Mary was very proud of her Nevada roots. She was the daughter of Winfred Pray and Julia Samuelson Pray, Fernley pioneers. Her mother’s uncle, Peter Lind, settled in Fernley after coming to Nevada from Sweden as a miner. Her father came to Nevada in 1904 as a surveyor, after graduating from the Colorado School of Mines. In 1907, he homesteaded near the Linds, settling 80 acres for himself and 80 acres for his mother. The other Pray brothers, a lawyer, a farmer, and another mining engineer, were also often in Fernley. Mary graduated from Fernley High School in 1936, one of a class of three, and went on to the University, where she met Warren Estes. They were married in 1939. 

Mary returned to the University in 1949 to finish her degree, and in 1950 began a teaching career spanning 37 years, supporting her three children as a single mom. She first had three grades in one room in Wadsworth, Nev. She then taught for more than three decades with the Washoe County School District at Mary S. Doten and Verdi elementary schools.

Mary was a Western girl, who loved to get up and go. She started driving at 12, picking up milk cans from local farmers for her family’s dairy. Further explorations led her to Fort Churchill, Canada, to see polar bears, several trips to Alaska to visit her daughter Gretchen, and other trips to the St. Lawrence Seaway, Europe and North Africa. Later, she traveled with her daughter Valerie to Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, England, Holland and Russia.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Valerie and Gretchen; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.


Nick L. Lusich ’52 (business) was born in Reno on Nov. 15, 1929 at a maternity home next to St. Mary’s to Nik and Dorothy Lusich. He attended Reno High School and University of Nevada and was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Nick served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After his return from the war, he met and fell in love with Jacqueline Frazee, and they were married on June 12, 1953 in Reno.

Nick co-owned Cal-Vada Auto on Fourth Street with his father, eventually buying him out and becoming sole owner. Cal Vada Auto was billed as the "World's Largest Jeep Dealer." He built and opened Reno Jeep Eagle, eventually selling to Bill Harrah. After leaving the car business, he went in commercial real estate.

Nick and his daughter Patty went into the travel business, opening Sunrise Travel and working together until his retirement in 1996. Throughout his life, Nick was involved in the community serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of Nevada Franchised Automobile Dealers Association, chairman of the American Motors Jeep Advisory Board, director and organizer of both Reno 4 Wheelers and Nevada Off Road Vehicle Association, and a director of the Nevada Organization for Wildlife.

He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Prospectors Club. Nick was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting in Africa and the United States, as well as fishing all over the world. Nick specialized in international fly-fishing, raced Jeeps in the Baja 1000 and Las Vegas Mint 400, golfed, and travelled the world. Nick's favorite thing in the world was fishing in Alaska, catching salmon. Earlier in his life, he and Jackie enjoyed field-trialing and training his beloved golden retrievers.

Nick made a bucket list years earlier, and the only two things on his bucket list unfinished were living in Costa Rica and fishing in Cuba. Nick was passionate in his love for Nevada and his family and friends all enjoyed stories of the old days.

Nick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by two daughters, Candy and Nancy. Nick is survived by his wife, Jackie, daughter Patty Blea Utnes (Arnt), granddaughter Jamie Farley (Arnt), grandson Elijah, and his two great-grandsons, Ramsey and Rowan.


Norma “Lynn” Horner Miller ’53 (political science) died July 13, 2010 from complications following a stroke at age 78. Upon graduation from the University, she was awarded the prestigious Herz Gold Medal, the top academic honor the University bestows.

Lynn was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She married Clarence “Lowell” Miller ’52 (chemistry). She started her career in education in California, where she earned her master’s at Stanford University. She left California to follow her husband to Washington, D.C., when he went to work for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Residing in Virginia, she was supervisor of the state’s Project Head-Start and compensatory Education, including Title I and Title III. Before joining the staff of Loudon County Public Schools, she was director of the Federally Funded Pre-School in Alexandria. As a reading resources coordinator and reading specialist in Loudon, she became a strong supporter and implementer of elementary education. After 20 years, she retired as supervisor of Elementary Education.

Lynn is survived by her husband, Lowell, of Leesburg, Va., and cousin, Linda Madsen, of Reno.

Dorothy “Dot” Morris, friend and alumni spouse, died tragically Jan. 8, 2011 in the Tucson shooting that occurred during an open meeting for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Dot was a retired homemaker and secretary, who lived north of Tucson in Oro Valley, Ariz. Her husband, George Morris ’56, a former Marine and retired airline pilot, was hospitalized after suffering two gunshot wounds during the attack. According to one of the couple’s daughters, George tried to protect his wife of 50 years by throwing her to the ground and trying to shield her. The couple grew up in Reno and were Reno High School sweethearts. They settled in Oro Valley around 1995.


Ward Wayne Hinckley ’54 (business administration), who passed away on Jan. 25, 2011,was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, widely respected businessman, civic pillar and avid outdoorsman.

The only child of Wayne C. and Dorothy Ward Hinckley, Ward was born in Reno on Jan. 25, 1929, and grew up in a neighborhood east of downtown and later in southwest Reno. He attended Orvis Ring and Mount Rose elementary schools, Billinghurst Junior High School and Reno High School, where he graduated in 1946.

He worked part-time, beginning at age 7, at his father's gasoline station. Wayne Hinckley earned a reputation as a vigorous and scrupulously honest businessman, and nurtured his Wayne C. Hinckley, Inc., into a business with service stations and a distributorship delivering products to other stations.

Ward studied business administration at the University of Nevada, but did not graduate until 1954, as his studies were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army. After basic training in 1951 at Ford Ord, Calif., he served with the 20th MP Company in the Panama Canal Zone in 1952-53. He was honorably discharged at Camp Carson, Colo., in November 1953.

He'd taken time out during his service to marry Dorothy Nunn on March 22, 1952, in Fullerton, Calif. He had met Dorothy, who was from Fullerton, at Lake Tahoe one summer. She was a student at the University of California. The couple made their home in Reno, where Ward officially joined Wayne C. Hinckley, Inc., in November 1953. He worked in sales and ran a Flying A service station.

Ward's father established a new distributor relationship with Wilshire Oil Co., owned by Gulf Oil Co., in 1962, and the Hinckleys took over leases of stations across northern Nevada. Ward became president of the company, now called WH Oil, in 1968. In 1971, he and business partner, Mike Berry, bought out Wayne Hinckley and renamed their distributorship Western Mountain Oil.

His father had gotten into business with a college friend by taking over the lease of the Flying A Service Station on Second and West streets in Reno in 1928. Ward carried on his father's stellar business reputation, and like his father, his word was his bond. He and partner once sold four service stations at a meeting in a bar in Elko, jotting details on the back of a paper napkin. The two continually expanded their business. They built a terminal in Sparks in 1977, renaming it Berry-Hinckley Terminal, Inc.

They switched to the Exxon brand in 1983 and the same year spun off a separate branch of the corporation: full-size convenience stores they called Winner's Corners. Berry-Hinckley Industries came to include 38 of those stores with Chevron stations and three car washes, plus Western Energetix Corp. with a card-lock business and two terminals in Sparks. At its peak, Berry-Hinckley Industries had 475 employees. Ward retired in 2005, when Berry-Hinckley was sold to an outside investor.

Ward and Dorothy's son, Arthur, got involved in the family business, driving a fuel truck, delivering gas in high school. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1978 with a degree in accounting. Ward and Dorothy's daughter, Carol, became a homemaker who lives in Snohomish, Wash.

Ward was heavily involved in his industry. He served as director of the Oil Heat Institute of Northern Nevada, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, and the Pacific Oil Conference. He chaired the Pacific Oil Conference's Management Institute at the Sahara Tahoe in 1972 and chaired the Distributor Management Conference, Western Region, Kendall Refining Co., in Sun River, Ore., in 1976.

Ward was deeply involved in his community. He was president of the Rotary Club of Reno in 1959-60; a director of the Nevada State Fair 1961-63, a director of the Reno Chamber of Commerce from 1962 to 1964; a member of the University of Nevada Foundation, a lifelong member of the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association; a member of the Reno Elks Club; a member of the Prospectors’ Club; and a board member of the Reno Family YMCA. He was a local director of Junior Achievement and of United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. He served on the board of Security National Bank.

His hobbies were wide-ranging. He golfed and was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club. He earned a pilot’s license at 30 and performed aerobatics in an open-cockpit Great Lakes bi-wing. He also owned a Piper Cherokee, a Cessna 182 and a Cessna Centurion. After giving up flying, he took up sailing, owning a 30-foot Ericson, then a 40-foot Valiant, which he cruised from Acapulco, Mexico, up the Pacific Coast to northern Vancouver Island, Canada. He bought a Frers 41 offshore cruiser and raced victoriously out of San Diego on point-and-return runs.

His beloved wife, Dorothy, passed away in 1994. In 1996, Ward married Christel Wayson. Together they traveled to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Far East. They shared a love of boating and skiing, and of entertaining friends at their home in Lakeridge Shores in southwest Reno, and at their condominium at Crystal Bay on Lake Tahoe's north shore. Ward remained very involved with his children and grandchildren, frequently attending their sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Christel; his son, Art, daughter-in-law, Cindy, and their children: Sarah and Brett; his daughter, Carol Smith, son-in-law, Lance, and their children: Matt, Connor and Hannah; and his stepdaughter, Delone Hernandez, and her children: Anthony and Michael.

The family thanks Saint Mary's Hospice and Right at Home homecare service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Center for Spiritual

Kathy Carson ’85M.A. (counseling and guidance) died of melanoma on Feb. 15, 2011, with Teddy, her life partner, by her side.

To Kathy, the world was a traveling feast of lifelong friendships and adventures all over the world. While living passionately in the present, she was always making plans for her next trip, planning an outing with her dear friends at the Reno Ski and Recreation Club or gathering people together for a fantastic meal or celebration.

Her friends were her extended family, the brothers and sisters she did not have as an only child, and she treasured each of them with love, as they did her.

Born in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Sept. 12, 1954, her early days were filled with ballet, ice skating and cooking. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor's degree and moved to Reno to begin her work at the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her master's degree from Nevada, as well as served as the director of Orientation and the director of Student Transition Programs. Kathy retired from the University in 2006 to begin a series of magical trips, cruises and adventures with Teddy.

Kathy is survived by her mother and father, Norma and Gene Walker, Teddy Johnsen, and her many devoted friends.

Kathy loved animals and supported the SPCA, the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Federation and a variety of other foundations dedicated to the protection of animals. A donation to one such organization in Kathy's name would honor her deservingly.

Life is a song-sing it

Life is a game- enjoy it

Life is a challenge-meet it

Life is a dream-realize it

Life is a sacrifice-offer it

Life is love-treasure it.

(Sai Baba)

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