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Martha (Hansen) Jones
Feb. 8, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Martha Jones passed away peacefully on February 8, 2012, in Reno. She was born in Sacramento, California on November 3, 1912 to Charles Hansen and Lucinda Washington Hansen. In 1927 the family moved to Reno when Martha’s father purchased the Lindley and Company wholesale grocery branch store. Martha graduated from Reno High School in 1929, attended the University of Nevada for two years, and received her B.A. degree in public school music, piano, and voice with minors in English and History from the College of Pacific in 1933. She went on to acquire her music teaching certificate in 1934.

Because of the Great Depression there were no music teaching positions open in California schools, so Martha returned to Reno where she began as a substitute organist at the Reno area churches. In 1935, Martha married Clarence K. Jones, who was working with Reno Newspapers, Inc. as Circulation Manager. They had two daughters, Ann Carlson and Charlotte McConnell.

Martha became the regular organist for the First United Methodist Church in 1942 and retired in 1967 after serving 25 years. In addition, she served as Church Secretary for several years and held countless offices on the local, district and conference levels in the Methodist Church.

For twelve years she was the executive secretary of the Methodist Employed Women’s group for the ten western states, which included travel to numerous states and an annual trip to New York City. Martha served as executive secretary of the Reno Camp Fire Girls during the war years in the 40’s and in 1986 received the Friend of Camp Fire Award for 60 years of outstanding support. For 15 years Martha was employed as a bookkeeper for the Nevada Engraving Company.

Martha belonged to a number of organizations and devoted a significant amount of time volunteering. She was especially proud of being the author of the History of the First United Methodist Church in Reno, which she wrote in 1968 and updated in a reprint of the book in 1980. She was a member of Chapter B, P,E.O. and was President of the Nevada State Chapter in 1976-77. Martha had memberships in several of the Masonic Women’s organizations. Her other interests included knitting, needlework, crafts, gardening, reading and family activities.

After Clarence’s retirement in 1972, Martha and Clarence traveled the world extensively, visiting all seven continents. Their slide shows as well as the written dialogs of their trips were legendary in Reno. They were extremely generous philanthropists. Their donations to the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Pacific have been well-recognized. Martha was awarded the President’s Medal from UNR in 1985, named Distinguished Alumna of the Year for University Service at UOP in 1986, and was a Charter Member of the President’s Associates for UOP in 1987. Martha was inducted into the Nevada Women’s Fund Hall of Fame in 1988 and became a Junior Achievement Laureate in 1995.

Her husband Clarence, her parents, and her brother, Charles B. Hansen, preceded Martha in death. She is survived by her two daughters, Ann Carlson(Ron Turek) and Charlotte (Dick) McConnell, both of Reno; three grandchildren, Scott (Veronique) Markewitz of Salt Lake City, Kristine (Todd) Biernacki of White Salmon, Washington, and Lisa (Harris) Marks of Denver; and five great-grandchildren, Julien Markewitz, Devon and Sophie Biernacki, and Cooper and Easton Marks.

The family would like to extend specials thanks to the staff of Emeritus at Reno and to Vista Care Hospice for the special care that has been given to our mother during the past few years.

Donations may be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation—Clarence and Martha Jones Scholarship, Mail Stop /162, Reno, NV 89557.

Alexey D. Kanwetz
Jan. 14, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Alexey Daniels Kanwetz, 71, passed away at his home, January 14, 2012 after fighting cancer for the past nine months. Alex was born to Estelle S. Daniels and Alexey Kanwetz in Eastport Long Island, New York.

He moved to Reno in 1949 and was a graduate of Mt. Rose Elementary, Billinghurst Jr. High, and Reno High, and attended UNR. While at RHS he was All State in football, track and basketball and was selected All American in football and basketball. He was a member of the Nevada Army National Guard. He married Olivia Martinez July 1, 1960.

Alex worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years as an agent/broker. He was a former partner of Capurro, Voss and Associates, Senior Vice President of Sedgwick James and Marsh Insurance Brokerage with emphasis on U.S., state, and local business. He also worked with the Soviet Union and syndicates of Lloyds of London for space launches of communication satellites.

Alex was very service-oriented. He loved being in the center of projects that would benefit others in his community. Alex’s enthusiastic spirit was mirrored in his support of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities in addition to his community involvement. Alex was a loved husband, father, and grandfather and a true friend to anyone in need.

He was a former president of the Nevada Easter Seal Association, President of the Board of Directors of Campfire of Nevada, President of Kiwanis of Reno Mt. Rose, Member of the Washoe County Board of Adjustment, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Reno High School Alumni Association.

In his more recent activities, he was a coach of his grandson’s 5th grade football team, one of the founding members of the St. Mary’s Health Center Rif-Raf Club, the #1 fan of Raley’s on Mayberry Drive, and a member of LINCS of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. He was most proud of his induction as a Fourth Degree Sir Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 7322, as well as Church Director and member of the Honor Color Guard of Council 7322. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Manogue Assembly 612.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his wife, Olivia. He is survived by his children Catherine, Alex II, and Brett Kanwetz, grandchildren Alex III, Nicholas, and Samantha Kanwetz, Ryder and Wyatt Haag, and sister-in-law Antoinette Martinez.

The family invites you to leave a message in the Book of Memories at

Stephen A. Lage
Jan. 29, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Stephen Allen Lage, Steve to everyone who knew and loved him, died at home on Sunday, January 29, 2012, in Reno. Steve and his twin brother Paul were born to Gertrude Kiljunen Lage and Charles Lage in San Francisco on August 23, 1940. The boys along with their parents and older sister Irene moved to Reno. Steve attended Southside, Veterans Memorial, and St. Thomas Aquinas elementary schools before moving to Moose Pass, Alaska in 1948.

Steve had fond memories of snow forts, sledding and fishing in Alaska as the family moved between Alaska and Reno following Charles Lage’s work as a pipe fitter and plumber. In 1951 the family returned to Anchorage for five years, but made their final move to Reno in 1956.

Steve graduated Reno High in 1958 and attended the University of Nevada where he was a Sigma Nu. When the cute twin boys from Alaska were back in Reno they were considered “a hot item” at the Reno High Huskies dances, according to one female classmate. Always a social person, Steve was a Reno High car club Dominator with life-long friends such as Vance Bell, Jose Gastanaga, Bruce Pendleton and brother Paul. In the same spirit, he was one of the now infamous Vagabonds with Jon Madsen, Ty Cobb, Bobby Garcia, Paul Frietag and many others who ventured forth in their famous yellow school bus, now a chicken coop in Verdi.

Steve worked for over twenty years for the Richardson Lovelock (Bartlett) Ford dealership, then as a realtor for Lucini and Associates. He went to work for the City of Reno as a property manager which ultimately led to his becoming an Arson Investigator for the Reno Fire Department. He retired in 1999 and devoted his time to cheering for the UNR Wolfpack and the Oakland Raiders.

Steve married Donna Sanford Spears on November 13, 1970, and together with their daughter, Tracy Spears, they traveled and camped throughout Nevada, vacationed at their home in Graeagle, and visited Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. He was a loving, involved, warm and attentive husband and father.

Steve is survived by his wife Donna and brother Paul of Reno, daughter Tracy of Santa Cruz, sister Irene (Larry) Sheperd of Spokane and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests donations be made to University of Nevada, Reno Foundation — Steve Lage Memorial Scholarship, Mail Stop 0162, Reno, NV 89557.

V. Beth Miramon
Dec. 25, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Activist and author Beth Miramon, remembered as someone who pressed hard to find the truth but also was kind and cheerful, died Christmas Day at her Reno home at age 85.

Miramon became an advocate first to save the Mapes Hotel and later to preserve Fourth Street, which used to serve as U.S. 40 through Reno.

“The biggest thing is that she loved Reno,” said Auguste Lemaire, her son. “She was committed to trying to be part of keeping what she called the character of Reno.”

While she always had an interest in preserving Reno, her involvement in the effort to save the Mapes Hotel seemed to propel her into a more active role in other projects, Lemaire said. She also was involved in efforts to revitalize Fourth Street and wrote a book called “Reno’s Axle: Historic Fourth Street” about the former U.S. 40. She noted how construction of Interstate 80 changed the character of Reno, Lemaire said.

She also was interested in efforts to replace the Virginia Street Bridge over the Truckee River and did much research there, Lemaire said. At the time of her death, she was working on a book on a brick manufacturer called Reno Pressed Brick.

Miramon was born in Lorraine, Ohio, and at the age of 9 moved to Reno with her mother, who was seeking a divorce. Miramon did not work but mostly was a homemaker for her family, Lemaire said.

“She was kind of the rock for our family,” Lemaire said. “She was kind of behind-the-scenes in getting things done.”

Patty Cafferata worked as an attorney for people trying to save the Mapes and got to know Miramon then.

“I think she loved this place,” Cafferata said. “She wanted to preserve what was good about the good old days, and was concerned about losing so many important things.”

Nevada Historical Society librarian Michael Maher often saw her as she researched work. Maher remembered that she seemed to enjoy talking to people.

Survivors include her first husband, Darrell Lemaire; sons, Auguste and Dan; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

W. Erle Simpson
Feb. 10, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Erle Simpson passed February 10, 2012 with the blessings of his family and friends. He was born February 17, 1951 in Tacoma, Washington.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Hamilton of Carson City; sister, Cheryl Rhib of Concord, California; brothers Juan Hamilton of Salt Lake City and Phil Simpson of Winnemucca. In addition, he’s survived by nephew Steve Rhib and great-nephew Rowen Rhib , both of Concord.

Erle was an avid aficionado of sports. A span of six decades contributed to his vast knowledge of the subject matter. He witnessed his baseball idol, Willie Mays, play as a young child during a family vacation to San Francisco. His interest of sports didn’t stop with baseball. Football and basketball we’re equally as important to him. He was a dedicated fan of U of N Reno Wolf Pack.

Erle never put anything above his family and friends. Since the passing of his father, Jack Hamilton in 2000, he spent memorable time with his mother. Erle graduated from Winnemucca’s Lowry High School in 1969. He attended Steven Henagar’s College in Salt Lake City in 1971. His forty years of banking started with First National Bank of Nevada and then Wells Fargo.

The last ten years Erle was Senior Vice President Credit Administrator for First Independent Bank of Nevada. Erle Requested that no funeral services be held. In lieu of flowers, his request is a donation made to the Wolf Pack Education Fund to help student athletes.

Please send all donations to the attention of Rory Hickok; Educational Fund; Legacy Hall; Mail Stop 232; U of N Reno; 89557.

Nancy (Howell) Spina
Feb. 3, 2012—Reno, Nev.

A native of Reno, she was born June 1, 1933, to Eugene Haines and Margaret Neal Sullivan Howell. She was a fourth generation Nevadan. Her early Nevada ancestors included great-grandfather, James Wallace Haines, who participated in the California Gold Rush, was a delegate at two Nevada territorial conventions, and signed Nevada’s Constitution, as the territory became a state in 1864.

Great-grandfather, James D. O’Sullivan operated a hotel in the town of Glendale, along what is now known as McCarran Boulevard. He and his family settled on a large farm in Sparks. Sparks’ present Sullivan Lane was named after the O’Sullivan family. Great-grandfather, Matthias David Howell built the Black & Howell building in Virginia City, the first fire-proof building erected west of the Mississippi. Grandfather, Eugene Howell, was elected Nevada’s secretary of state in 1894, and later became the state bank examiner. Nancy graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas School and Bishop Manogue High School.

She attended the University of Nevada-Reno. She enjoyed a long successful career as a librarian with the Washoe County Library System and the Reno Gazette Journal. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the Junior League of Reno, the City of Reno Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, and the Catholic Church. Her passion was history, as a Historic Resource Commissioner for the City of Reno; she developed an inventory of more than 2000 historic properties, thus becoming a recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award - 2009”.

Preceding her in death are her father and mother, Eugene and Neal Howell, her sister, Mary Margaret Howell Martin, and her daughter, Adrienne Blair Spina. Survivors include her husband, Charles Joseph Spina; her children, Gretchen Eykelbosh, Yale, Rocco, and Lane Spina; her grandchildren, Addie Eykelbosh, Trevor and Kyle Spina; her brother and sister, Eugene (Buzz) and Carole Howell; and many beloved friends.

Donations can be made to the “Adrienne “Binkie” Spina Memorial Endowment”. Click on the following website. To make a gift to the Reynolds School, click on “click here”, and select the “Adrienne “Binkie” Spina Memorial Endowment”. The online web address is

Donations can also be sent to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, MS 162, Reno, NV 89557. Checks can be made out to the UNR Foundation, attention: Adrienne “Binkie” Spina Memorial Endowment.

Donald D. Van Dyken
Jan. 2012—Reno, Nev.

As a family we struggle with words for this announcement due to the circumstances surrounding Don’s condition. Now that his son, Fredrick, has returned from Afghanistan we have scheduled a Celebration of Life at Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 Island Ave., Reno, at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31. The service will be followed by a reception at 4th Street Bistro from 5 to 8 p.m.

Don was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951. His mother used to swear Don was speaking in full sentences by the age of three and still in diapers. He would speak to anyone around, strangers and all. And as family we can attest to the fact that he continued to speak to everyone, from strangers waiting for a plane to the folks he well knew. We used to laughingly say Don was running for “mayor”.

Don moved to Michigan in his teens where he attended high school, college, and medical school. He was Chief Resident during his residency program in Detroit. No surprise to any of us. He was in private practice in Howell, Michigan for four years before he moved to Reno. He moved to Reno in 1987 where he married Margaret and established his own present medical practice. He enjoyed living here. He use to say that Reno was a best kept secret for a place to live.

Don loved life like no one we knew. Everything was fun. He loved big game hunting, and went to hunt in places such as Argentina to South Africa to Scotland. This year he was looking forward to his big hunt for leopard in Namibia. Don also enjoyed sailing and participating in the Pacific Cup Race.

He was such a natural at everything he tried. Don was blessed with a special gift from God, he used to say, and he used this gift to God’s glory in pursuing the cause of disease and the cure. He was a gifted diagnostician. Don truly loved people. He could have been any type of physician but, he truly was where he could do the best. Taking care of people at the base and helping to go where they needed to be to get the best treatment.

Being a Family Doctor was where he could do the best for people. He was extremely proud of his specialty. To be a Family Practice practitioner has always meant you had to be the smartest physician in the mix because, you had to know everything. He took care of patients from birth to the grave. He was very proud he was blessed to deliver over 400 babies. He attended every funeral of his patients. He believed his duty was to help his patients make it through life, including the hard parts.

He was an active and a strong believer in AlAnon and AA. He helped many people find their way back through recovery. He had a strong religious ethic, and a nonjudgmental view of life.

He loved being a Family Practitioner. During his time in Reno, he was President of the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians. He advocated for positive change for his specialty. He was Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, a position which is usually reserved for specialties other than Family Practice. He was well respected by his peers and a leader in his community.

He was President of the Washoe County Medical Society. He deeply cared about being able to practice medicine for the best of his patients and not for the best of the government or other entities. He worried about the future of medicine and was not afraid to take a stance even if it was unpopular.

Even as we know that this is the way life is, we will love and, continue to cherish our memories of our time with Don.

Don’s family consists of the love of his life, Margaret, their son Fredrick, parents Harry D. Van Dyken (deceased), step-mother Florence I. Van Dyken, mother Arlene Lee (deceased), step-father Hudson Lee (deceased), sisters: Vicki & Tom Ovens from Vallejo, CA, Pam Bodenhamer from Reno, NV, Luanne & Gary Moore from Hastings, MI, Cindy & Ed ten Haaf from Holmes Beach, FL, Tena & Michael Bos from Manhattan, NY, brothers: Ron & Jaci Lee from Sparks, NV, Harry (Butch) & Deb Van Dyken from Dover, FL.

If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Dr. Don, a donation can be made to the University of Nevada Reno, Medical School (department of your choice).

We Love You Don.

Diane N. Wyness
Dec. 21, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Wednesday morning, December 21, our mom lost her courageous battle with breast cancer. With heavy hearts we say goodbye, but know she is reunited with our dad…one can only imagine the reception G.B. gave her at the “pearly gates.” Mom grew up in Southern California where she met and married dad.

They moved to Northern California, raised a family, and began her illustrious career at Bank of America. During our formative years we could always hear mom and her signature inspirational yell (HO!!) at all of our numerous sporting events and activities. Without a doubt, mom’s passion in life was her family and good food. Mom cherished the fact her kids graduated from the University of Nevada. She was a true Nevada Mom.

Diane is survived by her daughter Wendy (Darrin, Eva, Dominic) and her son Jer (Deirdre, Cooper, Madison), her adoring feline children Max, Cody and Sierra and many dear friends. Mom, we miss you terribly, and will see you again one day.


Eugene M. Glick, emeritus faculty of obstetrics and gynecology
Jan. 9, 2010—Chico, Cali.

Dad’s life came straight out of an American immigrant storybook. A first-generation citizen, Eugene Glick embodied the most beautiful and enduring qualities of this country’s myths and dreams: achievement through merit, service to those in need, and a deep commitment to provide love and comfort to his family. He was a remarkable physician, an exemplary father, a dogged political activist, an enthusiastic musician, and an unselfish supporter of our most unusual mother, Ruth. Dad was one of the kindest, most genuine, good-tempered, and generous men we have ever known. Both Steve and I are deeply honored to be his surviving sons.

He was the only son of Russian Jewish immigrant parents who survived the pogroms and the Russian Revolution before coming to the United States in the early 1920s. Genia and Isaak worked seven days a week, 16 hours a day running a corner pharmacy in Philadelphia in order to boost young Eugene up in the New World. They lived in the back of the store, and Dad said he didn’t remember having family dinners because somebody always had to mind the counter.

He took the boost and flew his Jewish mama’s coop. At 17, he packed into a Pontiac with his cousin Gene Gluck and made a mad, cross-country dash-and-back several years before Kerouac, narrowly missing an amputation at the jaws of a Yellowstone grizzly bear. He fledged to university at the unfortunately-named Ursinus College, where he quarterbacked his single-wing team in the leather helmet years and performed in Gilbert and Sullivan spectacles. He summered as a waiter and counselor in the Poconos, playing folk guitar on the 1950 Martin D18 he received for his 21st birthday (which Pete Seeger once grabbed from Pop to tune it).

On the day Dad returned from basic training in Ft. Dix, where he served briefly in the Army Reserves, he learned he had been accepted to the hometown medical school, Jefferson, where his eldest son would also train. He married his high school sweetheart, a union to a woman with great beauty and intellect that lasted a miraculous 56 years before Ruth Elaine Moser’s death two years ago. (Dad famously reported to his father-in-law that Mom was pregnant with Robert Paul, 15 minutes after conception.)

After medical school, he packed his growing family off to California (with son number two, Daniel Jay, in utero), where he reinvented himself as an obstetrician and gynecologist at a fledgling health maintenance organization named Kaiser-Permanente. Baby son Steven Roy was born in the waning years of the Eisenhower 50s, and the family soon moved into a suburban tract home at the furthest edges of Los Angeles, with a swimming pool in the backyard and three sports-mad sons who became his best friends.

In the momentous year of 1967-1968, he took an almost unheard of job as a trailing spouse when Mom accepted an offer to do linguistics research in Uganda. He soon found a role as a professor at the Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, conducting groundbreaking maternal and child health studies. He also caught a 120-pound Nile Perch that was bigger than he was, which wasn’t hard to do if you were his sprouting teenage sons, but was impressive for a fish.

That year transformed the country, transformed our family, and transformed our dad. After returning from Africa, he and mom became deeply involved in Civil Rights politics and anti-Vietnam War politics, hosting SNCC parties at our house and losing me (temporarily) at an anti-war rally in San Francisco. Dad decided to go back to school at UC Berkeley to get his Masters in Public Health, which launched him and our family into another chapter as Northern Californians. In those pre-Roe v. Wade days, Dad would do illegal abortions because he was seeing too many botched abortions in his practice.

As he later said in a documentary about early abortions, “I knew what I was doing was against the law, but I also knew the law was wrong.” He was right; the law was changed.

Reproductive rights for women and sex education became our parents’ passion, which led naturally to our father leaving Kaiser and opening a women’s health clinic in Reno, Nevada. For nearly two decades he worked at the front lines of the abortion wars, driving past picketers, cleaning up stink bombs, and working the political back channels to shore up support for a woman’s right to choose. His deep compassion, expert clinical skills, and warm humor helped salvage the lives of thousands of women - and allowed them to have children when and if they chose to.

Even after retiring, he continued to lobby and work tirelessly on behalf of reproductive choice, testifying at colleagues’ malpractice trials as an expert witness, and authoring a book on surgical abortion that is still being used to train medical students today.

Dad lost his eldest son and doctor-doppelganger Bob to breast cancer in 2001, a loss that we still grieve and always will. Mom and Dad moved from their stunning Lake Tahoe home to Chico to focus attention on their astounding grandchildren who survive them: Michelle, Brandon, Jason, Britney, Kolya, Casey, Zoe and Travis.

After Mom passed away in 2007, Dad had a mini-Renaissance even as his health began to fail: He focused his medical energy on end-of-life issues, becoming a vocal member of Compassion & Choices and consulting to help California write new legislation to allow physicians to help their patients with more humane deaths. He traveled to Israel to visit his beloved cousin Rena, and went to New York to help another beloved cousin, Shelley, celebrate her 80th birthday. He gave generously to help Obama get elected, and believed deeply in the ACLU. Just months before passing on, he attended the National Abortion Federation annual meeting, and was welcomed as a venerated and beloved elder statesman.

Our family celebrated Dad’s 80th birthday on December 10, along with his grandson Casey who turned 21 on the same day, his daughters-in-law Renda and Melanie, and the rest of the Chico crew. In truth, Casey did help Dad to blow out the candles.

In Dad’s last year, his body and mind began to deteriorate. The aforementioned years of playing football without a proper helmet, winters of skiing in a marginally-controlled speedball down black diamond slopes, and decades of wrestling with three rambunctious sons had taken a toll on his back and neck vertebrae. He had a bionic hip, a brain that suffered from a few too many momentary blood losses, and a ticker that was host to a stent that couldn’t compensate for his closing arteries. On Thursday, December 7, he suffered a stroke at dinner that paralyzed his right side. He asked me to fly out the next day.

On December 9, 2010, at halftime of the Eagles-Cowboys wildcard game, Dad asked Steve and me to help him to bed and not just because the Eagles were getting creamed. He hadn’t given up, but his body had given out. Steve and I crawled into bed on either side of him, and told him that he was the best father that anybody could have ever hoped for. We told him we loved him deeply, and thanked him for the immeasurable gifts he had given us.

Dad hugged us both, and told us he was content with the beautiful life he had led.

We are thrilled to have had him as our father. He was a great man, and we will miss him


Robert M. Gorrell ’80HDG, emeritus faculty and former dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Dec. 25, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Robert M. Gorrell, an emeritus professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno and a member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, has died.

He was 97 and died on Christmas Day 2011 at his Reno residence.

Gorrell, a native of Bremen, Ind., moved to Reno in 1945 to teach English at the university. He later served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a university vice president. A former newspaper writer and printer, he began teaching in 1939.

In a career that spanned more than 40 years, he influenced thousands of students.

The late Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Rollan Melton, who had Gorrell as a teacher at the University, once quipped, “He gave me a C-, and I thought I’d escaped with a victory.”

Gorrell authored more than a dozen books and for 13 years, wrote a weekly column, “Straight Talk,” for the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Many of his books, along with his newspaper column, dealt with the proper use of the English language.

In 2000, at age 86, he published his first novel, “Murder at the Rose: An Elizabethan Mystery,” a murder mystery that takes place in the theater world of late 16th century England.

Gorrell was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2001.

Please visit this link for a lengthy appreciation of Robert Gorrell written by John Trent ’85/’87, ’00M.A.:

Robert M. Gorrell ’80HDG, emeritus faculty and former dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Dec. 25, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Robert M. Gorrell, an emeritus professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno and a member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, has died.

He was 97 and died on Christmas Day 2011 at his Reno residence.

Gorrell, a native of Bremen, Ind., moved to Reno in 1945 to teach English at the university. He later served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a university vice president. A former newspaper writer and printer, he began teaching in 1939.

In a career that spanned more than 40 years, he influenced thousands of students.

The late Reno Gazette-Journal columnist Rollan Melton, who had Gorrell as a teacher at the University, once quipped, “He gave me a C-, and I thought I’d escaped with a victory.”

Gorrell authored more than a dozen books and for 13 years, wrote a weekly column, “Straight Talk,” for the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Many of his books, along with his newspaper column, dealt with the proper use of the English language.

In 2000, at age 86, he published his first novel, “Murder at the Rose: An Elizabethan Mystery,” a murder mystery that takes place in the theater world of late 16th century England.

Gorrell was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2001.

Please visit this link for a lengthy appreciation of Robert Gorrell written by John Trent ’85/’87, ’00M.A.:

Dee W. Henderson, assistant vice provost of extended studies
Jan. 7, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Dr. Dee Wursten Henderson passed due to a cerebral bleed on 1/7/12. The family extends gratitude to the doctors and staff at Renown Medical Center in Reno and the University of Utah Medical Center for his care. He’s been our rock intellectually, spiritually, and morally. He never missed a day calling members of his family. What a life and legacy he left. He was 73 years of age.

Dee had a distinguished career. After achieving a BA and Masters at BYU Provo, Dee worked for the Graduate School, USDA. He later became its Acting Director. He achieved his Ph.D at the American University in Washington, D.C. He served as a Professor at BYU’s Marriott school of Management, MPA program teaching organizational behavior, ethics, and religion. He was given the Exxon Excellence in teaching Award. He was asked to run the first MBA program in Somalia, Africa for UC Fresno/World Bank.

He then served as an internal consultant at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Thereafter, he worked as the Director of Personnel, State of Washington. He then became the Director of the Federal Executive Institute, in Charlottesville, Virginia. After that, he was Dean of Professional studies at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. He then worked at the University of Nevada, Reno as the Asst. Vice Provost until his passing.

Dee leaves his wife Mary C, Dee II, John, David, Ruth, his stepchildren Chad, David (deceased), and Nikki. He also leaves his 15 grandchildren, 16 step grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He also left his 2 sisters Sheila and Jeanine. Dee maintained his love and dedication to Norma Henderson through their divorce and until his passing.

Dee was a great father, husband and grandfather. All the children will miss going to his home for yummy food, great movies, smiles, affection, praise, and loving advice. He was the life of the party.

All of his family knew his membership in the LDS faith and adherence to its values was most important to him. Dee served a full-time mission in the Southern States Mission covering Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Every time he reflected on his mission experiences, he got tears in his eyes. He later served as Bishop of the Oak Hills 4th Ward in Provo and in many bishoprics and other positions in the Church. All who knew him look forward to seeing him again.

Dee will be interred next to his mother and Grandpa and Grandma Wursten in Logan, Utah.

Barbara W. Larsen, emerita faculty of social work
Dec. 8, 2011—Sparks, Nev.

Julie K. (Anderson) Schorr, nursing professor
July 28, 2011—Supply, N.C.

Julie Kay (Anderson) Schorr, age 62, of Supply, N.C., formerly of Marquette, died peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the University of North Carolina Women’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Julie was born March 22, 1949 in Marquette, the daughter of the late Robert and Phyllis (Sundberg) Anderson. She was a 1967 graduate of Marquette Senior High School. Julie later graduated from Northern Michigan University with a BS in nursing. She continued her education at Wayne State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in nursing. She taught nursing students for many years at the University of Nevada, Reno and Northern Michigan University.

She married Robert Schorr on May 17, 1974 and they raised their daughter in Marquette. Julie was compassionate and dedicated to her family and friends. She loved walking the family’s dog, gardening, rollerblading, and spending time at her family’s camp at Middle Island Pointe in Marquette.

Julie is survived by her husband, Robert Schorr of Supply, N.C.; her daughter, Marisa Schorr of Wilmington, N.C.; her sister, Nancy (Christopher) Rau of San Diego, Calif.; a nephew, Jeremy Rau of Boston, Mass.; a niece, Paula Rau of Carlsbad, Calif.; Lisa (Wayne) and Kendall Lowe of West, Texas; and several aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert E. and Phyllis M. Anderson, an infant son Nathan, and her brother Craig E. Anderson.

Donald D. Wicker, emeritus faculty of family medicine
Nov. 11, 2011—Henderson, Nev.

Donald Douglas Wicker M.D., 79, went home to the Lord Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. He was born to Ken and Luella Wicker July 3, 1932, in Milwaukee. Donald attended the University of Wisconsin Madison obtaining his medical degree in 1961. He married Barbara Johnstone and moved to Ely in 1962.

They created a wonderful life and had three children. Their time together was cut short when Barbara passed away in 1977. He married Lena Rykovich and lived in Ely until 1985, when they relocated to Las Vegas. Donald practiced medicine in Ely for over 30 years and served as associate professor at UNLV. He also worked at UMC Quick Care. Donald was a member of the Methodist Church and Rotary Club.

He was an outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. His love of horses ran deep and brought him much joy. He was a member of the State Racing Commission from 1985-1991. Donald is survived by three children, Leslie Zelisko (Danny) of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Ken Wicker (Robyn) of Las Vegas, and Melanie Wicker of Los Angeles; four grandchildren, Jacob and Casey Dufurrena of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Braden and Grace Wicker of Las Vegas; his dear friend and companion, Betty Bianchi; his brothers and their wives, Russell and Mary Wicker, Chuck and Kathy Wicker and Gordon and Mary Wicker. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Wicker (1977); his father, Kenneth Wicker (1988); his mother, Luella Wicker (1988); and sister, Doris Kerrigan (2010).


Howard M. Gallaway ’33 (mechanical engineering)
Jan. 21, 2012—San Carlos, Cali.

Howard Murray Gallaway 1910 - 2012 Howard Gallaway died January 21st in San Carlos after a long happy life of good health. His grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth Gallaway, came west by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail.
His maternal grandparents, the Murrays, came west to San Francisco via sailing ship during the Nevada silver boom. Howard was born in San Anselmo, California where his father was an electrician at the AC/DC powerhouse for the Marin streetcar system, and worked on the construction of the Marconi Transmitting Station at Bolinas.

In 1915 Howard attended the Panama Pacific Exposition where he marveled with everyone else at the amazing aerial exploits of Lincoln Beachey and his amazing flying machine. He grew up in the small copper mining town of Thompson in Nevada, where his father was the chief electrician at the smelter. In 1923 the family moved to Reno, the birthplace of his mother, and home of all four of his grandparents. He graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1933 - the depth of the Great Depression. He married his college sweetheart, Marthine Solares (U of N Class of ’34) in 1936. At the beginning of WW2 .

Howard moved the family to California for a job at Joshua Hendy Iron Works (later to become Westinghouse) in Sunnyvale and they bought a house in San Carlos. Howard was a specialist in turbines and among other things worked on the designing and construction of steam engines in ships for the war effort. After the war he worked on turbines for the military’s massive experimental wind tunnel at Tullahoma, Tennessee necessary for airplane designing at the beginning of the transition to the jet age.

He spent the rest of his professional life with Westinghouse. Howard served 14 years on the San Carlos School Board. After retirement he enjoyed walking to the station and taking the train every Wednesday to lunch with his old Westinghouse buddies until the last couple of years. He was a faithful member of the St. Charles Catholic Parish in San Carlos for 70 years.

Howard is survived by his brother Allen in Reno and 5 of his 6 children, Heather Sterner (Paul) of San Francisco, Bruce (Penny) of Chico, Brian of Healdsburg, Kent (Elizabeth) of Ripon WI, and Kirk of Los Gatos - also 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Marthine died in 1999. They were married for 63 years. Only his eyesight failed him in old age, while his memory remained vivid. We greatly appreciate the friends, relatives, Westinghouse co-workers and the employees and other residents at The Elms in San Carlos who assisted him in keeping active.

Our father had a profound appreciation for his family both preceding and succeeding him. He was an inventor, experimenter, tinkerer, woodsman, thinker and builder. He had a fundamental honesty that made him a man of great character, and a curiosity that made him a lifelong learner. He will be missed by all that knew him.


Kathleen A. (Hansen) Ewald ’39 (business)
Dec. 7, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Kathleen Anne (Hansen) Ewald passed away as she would have wanted — peacefully, gracefully and painlessly in her home after her family had gathered to be with her, the result of a stroke a few days before.

She was born in Wells, Nevada in 1918, to Joseph and Hilda Hansen as the second of their two daughters. Her father had worked his way west from the family ranch in Nebraska on the Southern Pacific Railroad to settle in Wells where some of his brothers were living.

Her mother, Hilda Pyper, originally from Nephi, Utah, moved to Wells where she cooked at relative’s ranches and worked at the Allen Hotel. Both daughters were educated in the Wells schools, where among other things, Kathleen (called Kay or Kayo by her friends) was her class valedictorian, president of the student body, performed in several plays and played girls basketball for four years. Kay and Berna attended the University of Nevada in Reno and graduated in 1939, Kay with a degree in Business Administration and Economics and Berna in French. Kathleen was also a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority where she made many lifelong friends. Her sister Berna (Hansen) Johnson still lives in Elko.

After graduation she remained in Reno and worked for several years for Mr. J.P. Hart who had mining and other business interests around the state. During World War II she and her friends were volunteer hostesses at USO canteens in the area, and that led to her meeting Robert W. Ewald, originally from New York. They were married after Bob’s discharge from the Army Air Corps. They have been married for 65 years and together raised four children: Robert H. Ewald who lives in Montana, Steven K. Ewald, also in Montana, and twins Marie Powell of Nebraska, and Karen Bernhardt of Reno.

Kay was the center and joy of her family where she was a loving, concerned, thoughtful parent, happy for her children’s lives and her grandchildren and great grandchildren who live from California to Minnesota. She balanced her life between her family and working for about 25 years at the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada where she was the Dean’s Assistant until she retired in 1986. She was particularly proud that all of her children, one granddaughter and her husband Bob (after retirement) had graduated from the University in Reno.

Since then, Kay enjoyed a healthy life that included gardening in her yard, traveling to see her family, international travel including a tour of Europe when one of her granddaughters graduated from the University of Nevada, playing bridge every week or two with her “bridge ladies”, hiking and bird watching all over her native Nevada, exercising at the old Reno YMCA, and generally being outside and active as much as she could.

The family would like to thank the good people at both Renown Medical Center and VistaCare Hospice for their kind and gracious help for the past few days.

Margaret M. (Pearson) Gregory ’39 (home economics)
Dec. 14, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Margaret M. Pearson Gregory was born in Virginia City, Nevada on August 4, 1917, over 94 years ago, to William A. Pearson and Mary F. Drysdale. She passed peacefully into eternal life on December 14, 2011.

Margaret was the second generation to have been born in Virginia City and the third generation to live there. This was during the days of the mining boom on the Comstock. Her father was a mining engineer who graduated from the first class coming out of the Mackay School of Mines of UNR in Reno. Her mother was a milliner in Virginia City, a ladies’ hat wear shop. In those days, she had many relatives in the community, numerous ones who are buried there today.

The V&T Railroad connected Virginia City with Carson, Reno and Minden. Margaret was baptized at St. Mary’s of the Mountains Catholic Church, and attended public school through the second grade at the historical Fourth Ward School in Virginia City.

As mining declined, her family moved to Minden, Nevada where her father became general manager of the Minden Butter Manufacturing Co. Margaret graduated from Douglas High School in Gardnerville in 1934 in a class of 17.

She then attended and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno 4 years later with a degree in Home Economics/Education. While attending UNR, she was a member of Tri Delta Sorority, the Ski Team, and Future Teachers of America. After graduation, she became a teacher of home economics at Gerlach, Nevada High School. While there, she met her husband, Raymond Gregory, a northern Nevada rancher and heavy equipment operator at the U.S. Gypsum Mine in Empire, Nevada.

They were married on July 26, 1941 at Saint Thomas Cathedral in Reno, and became the loving parents of three sons and a daughter: Jerry (Darlene), Ross (Tawnya), Stephen, and Cathy Gregory. Margaret was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Reno for over 65 years, and was in the church choir for many years. A highlight of her choir experience was being invited to Rome to perform for Pope John Paul II.

For many years, she attended daily mass services and worked in the Parish Office. Margaret was also an active member of the Mount Rose Elementary School PTA and the Sigma Nu Fraternity Mothers Club at UNR where two of her sons were active members. Her favorite pastime was visiting local nursing homes in Reno on a regular basis, playing the piano to entertain facility patients. Margaret was a very loving, caring, gracious and giving parent, friend, neighbor and citizen for almost a full century. To all the family and others whose lives she touched in Northern Nevada, she will be dearly missed.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond and her sister, Milicent English, and brother, George Pearson. She is survived by her four children, five grandchildren (Tracy, Tom, Brittney, Shelby and Sarah), and four great grandchildren (Connor, Brandon, Addison and Saige).

Martha P. (Herz) Cooke ’45 (psychology)
Feb. 15, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Patty was the Queen of Hearts. She loved bridge, all types of poker games, hearts, and even playing Old Maid. She loved card games because they exercised her clever intellect and gave her an excuse to engage in witty banter. She brought this same passion to her other interests which included entertaining, politics, crocheting afghans of all colors, and making holiday ornaments for the entire family.

After a long day of activities, Patty could often be found watching the Game Show channel at a very high volume with a large glass of chardonnay in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Most of all, she loved her family. She will be greatly missed.

Patty Herz Cooke died last Wednesday at the family home of 58 years, surrounded by a houseful of her children and grandchildren. She was 88. Patty was a child of the Great Depression and as a result, she was thrifty. Her paramount concern was that her family should never again be without.

She was an early member in the League of Women Voters, volunteered for numerous Democratic campaigns, and she managed the gift shop at the Nevada State Hospital (now called Northern Nevada Adult Mental Services) for many years. Patty also served as president of the local YWCA, and she teamed up with other local women to preserve Riverside Drive, and later, the Mapes Hotel.

In recent years, she loved weekly Sunday dinners in her home (catered by her daughters, since she detested cooking), Monday Club luncheons, duplicate bridge, and getting together monthly with her Sewing Club pals who have been together since the 1950s.

Born in Reno on September 30, 1923, Patty attended local schools and graduated from the University of Nevada where she met Tom Cooke, the love of her life, at a Blue Key dance when she was a freshman and he was a senior. She was a war bride, and while Tom served in the Navy, Patty worked at her father’s store, Reno Jewelry. Upon Tom’s return, they lived in San Francisco while Tom attended law school at Hastings.

They lived in the Tenderloin on a tight budget, and Patty liked to tell her children that for entertainment, she would turn off all of the lights in their little flat, wait ten minutes, and turn them back on to surprise the cockroaches who lived with them. Patty and Tom returned to Reno and had four daughters: Carol (Joe), Kathy (Brett), Valerie (Jamie), and Theresa. They were married for 50 years before his death in 1994.

Patty’s irreverent sense of humor was a constant source of surprise and laughter; her grandchildren called her an absolute hoot. She is survived by twelve grandchildren: Laura (Tony), Joey, Lindsay (Mark), Olivia (Tristan), Jeremy (Lindsay), Kerry, Brinn (McClure), Brendan, Trevor, Kathleen (Gil), Mary and Josh. She has eight great-grandchildren: Arianna, Tym, Ronnie, Tony, Kennedy, Evie, Josephine, and Addison. She is also survived by her brother, Jim Herz, her twin sister, Nancy Hedges, many nieces, nephews, their families, and her cat, Yum Yum. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henrietta and Rudolph Herz, and her brothers, Homer, Robert and Thomas.

Special thanks to Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, his nurse, Jacque Day, her care givers who include her granddaughter, Lindsay Kester, Julie (Yeghisabet) Avetisyan and Rosie (Varter) Martirosyan, and St. Mary’s Hospice for their kindness, gentleness, patience, and good humor in taking care of Patty at the end of her life.

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Vincent S. Keele ’46 (chemistry), ’55M.Ed. (guidance/counseling certificate)
Jan. 2012—Sparks, Nev.

A funeral service for local educator and psychologist Vincent S Keele, age 91, was held Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2955 North Rock Boulevard, in Sparks.

Vincent was born on January 14, 1921, in Panaca, Lincoln County, Nevada, in the home of his maternal grandparents. That “old Edwards home” still stands, firm as the spires of nearby Cathedral Gorge. Vincent lived in Panaca until the George Quincy Keele and Roxa Izetta Edwards Keele family moved to Sparks in 1926. Gramp and Gram Keele spent their careers rearing Vincent and his four siblings, coaching basketball, teaching math, vocational arts (wood shop), being innkeepers (the Lakeside Lodge-Stateline) and building houses at Tahoe and in Sparks and Reno. Vincent served as an aviator in the Navy during World War II.

In 1985-86, he and his wife, Teddyanna, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his current wife Alice recently returned to Sparks after living a few years in beautiful Minden near George, Judy and family.

Vincent attended schools in Sparks, graduating from Sparks High School in 1939. After completing his military service, he finished college, graduating from the University of Nevada in 1946. While Vincent was in the Navy, he married Teddyanna Alwyn Pease, to whom he was married for 51 years before her
passing in 1994. Three children were born to them: Valerie Nan in 1945; George Marion in 1948; and Linda Menzel Cook, also born in 1948, who became a part of Vincent and Teddyanna’s family in 1965.

Vincent was the first guidance counselor at Sparks High School. He later became a school psychologist for the Washoe County School District. He spent the last six years of his career as the principal of Kate M. Smith Elementary School, the same school where Teddyanna, Valerie and George began their formal education. During those years, he frequently “subbed” for his teachers to see if his theories in child psychology were valid. They were.

Vincent’s membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided him with many opportunities for service. Among his callings and assignments, he served as a bishop, scoutmaster, member of a stake presidency, full-time missionary, and sealer in the Reno Temple.

Temple presidents W. Darrell Foote, Maurice Moyle, Oris Corbridge and Franklin B. Wadsworth and their lovely wives, who served as temple matrons, were a magnificent source of inspiration and loving care to Vincent, through his final moments on Earth. Vincent’s greatest joy was found in providing support to those who were struggling in their lives, especially family life.

He and Teddyanna developed the curriculum for, and taught, the family life education class at Sparks High School. Vincent also authored and provided support for many parents with “The Golden Formula: An Individual Time Formula for Rearing a Secure and Happy Child.” Dr. Lee Tom Perry, professor of behavioral science at Brigham Young University, in his 2004 book Righteous Influence, quoted Vincent with favor on the proposition that once a child knows of a parent’s authentic love, the child’s behavioral problems will dissipate and eventually disappear.

When Teddyanna died in 1994, Vincent married Alice Hoyt Holt, who has remained his devoted companion ever since. Vincent passed away on January 19, 2012, in Valerie’s home, five days after celebrating his 91st birthday.

Vincent is survived by his wife Alice Holt-Keele, sister Ora Keele Freeland (Preston, deceased), brother Earl D. Keele (Celia), daughters Valerie Keele Kortenber (Robert) and Linda Menzel Cook (Jim), son George Keele (Judy), stepsons Timothy Holt (Pam), Gary Holt (Patricia), Steven Holt, and David Holt (Candy), grandchildren Darren Keele, Brittany Keele, Christa Keele, Emily Keele, Meredith Clark, Alyson Hale, and Natalie Malan, stepgrandchildren April Wilson, Aaron Holt, Rachel Smith, David Holt, Jason Holt, Trisha Holt, twenty-nine great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, their families, and thousands of dearly beloved friends. Vincent was predeceased by Teddyanna, his son Freddie, his parents, and his brothers Lyman (Brigitte) and Vaughn (Dorothy).

Leroy Anthony “Tucker” Streshley ’47 (range management)
Dec. 3, 2011—Austin, Nev.

Third generation Nevadan and rancher Lee Streshley of Austin, Nevada passed away on December 3, 2011 at the age of 89. Lee was born on October 19, 1922 in Austin, NV to William and Marie (Borrego) Streshley. He grew up on the family ranch at Grass Valley, East of Austin. Following his high school graduation he attended 3 years at the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Agriculture and competed on the intercollegiate wrestling team. He also competed in both bareback and saddle bronc riding in N. Nevada rodeos.

June 1944 Lee enlisted in the infantry of the United States Army. His basic training was at Camp Fannin, TX and was shipped out of Ft. Ord, CA to join up with the 306th regiment of the 77th Infantry (the Statue of Liberty) Division which was already fighting in the Philippine Islands.

His first combat was on Leyte and then to the islands of Kerama Retto and Ie Shima. The 77th Division was engaged in the heaviest fighting on the island of Okinawa considered to be one of the bloodiest and deadliest battles of the Pacific. Even though Lee was wounded by an exploding grenade he finished the fight on Okinawa. Lee was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for outstanding battle skill, the Silver Star for unsurpassed courage and determination in the face of enemy fire, and the Bronze Star for his bravery and heroism. Lee was promoted to Staff Sergeant and sent to Japan as part of the occupational forces. He was honorably discharged April 1946.

Lee returned to UNR graduating June 1947 with a B.S. Degree in Range Management. He was employed by the U.S. Forest Service as a surveyor in Markleeville, CA and as a Range Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management in Susanville, CA, Winnemucca and Ely, NV.

In 1950 he married Carol Townsend of Ely, resigned from the BLM and bought the Blackbird Ranch and later the Birch Creek Ranch near Austin, NV. Four children were born to this marriage: Susan, Anne, Mary, and Frank.

Lee was elected Lander County Commissioner for a term, served on a State Grazing Board and was a Brand Inspector for many years. He enjoyed time with his friends and family, a nice sunny day, riding a good horse, dancing his own country 2-step, hunting and fishing, and watching rodeos, cutting Christmas trees and big holiday dinners with his family.

Lee divorced in 1965 and married Bonnie Jean Sell in 1972. He and Jean lived in Austin for 39 years and continued to ranch until his death at the Veteran’s Hospital in Reno, NV.

Lee is survived by: his wife Jean of Austin, NV; daughters: Susan (Jim) Fletcher of Cashmere, WA; Anne (Jack) Carlson of Grangeville, ID; Mary Streshley of Reno, NV; and son Frank (Jennifer) Streshley also of Reno; His sister Geraldine (Joseph E.) DiGrazia of Wells, NV; and 7 grandchildren. Also he leaves behind a nephew Robert (Susan) DiGrazia of Boise, ID and niece Donna (Boyd) Gailey of Las Vegas, NV. Lee is also survived by his stepchildren: Dalana (Les) Hornback of Elko, NV; Chris Simpson of Denton, N.C. and Mark Sell of West Bend, WI; 5 step grandchildren and 4 step great-grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his parents Will and Marie Streshley and brother William (Joe) Streshley.

Lee departs the Austin area as the last veteran of World War II and one of the last true cowboys of his generation. Lee’s wishes were to be cremated and have no service. Arrangements were entrusted to Mountain View Mortuary, Reno.

William J. Raggio ’48 (political science), ’11HDG (humane letters)
Feb. 24, 2012—Reno, Nev.

“Statessman, Leader, Friend”

Oct. 30, 1926 Feb. 24, 2012

William John Raggio, Jr., former Washoe County District Attorney, the longest serving state senator in Nevada history, successful gaming attorney, and one of Nevada’s most admired citizens, died of respiratory illness while on vacation in Sydney, Australia on February 24. He was 85.

Born on October 30, 1926 in Reno to William J. and Clara Cardelli Raggio, Bill lived a full and genuine Nevada life and, throughout it all, he did it his way.

Like so many others of his “greatest” generation, Bill was always a gentleman, a caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was a quietly reliable friend to those less fortunate and a man with a clear and resolute voice that frequently reminded us that there are no barriers to what can be accomplished if we summon the will to work together.

Upon his retirement from elected office in 2011 after 56 years in public life, Bill remarked, “There were good times, tough times and fun times. Naturally, there were disagreements but I always felt the final result was always in the best interest of Nevada.”

He attended Orvis Ring Elementary School, Northside Junior High School and graduated from Reno High School in 1944. Bill joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 and later credited his success to that experience. At a ceremony honoring him as National Distinguished Eagle Scout in 1989, Bill said, “Scouting taught me the importance of principles, morals and achievement. I have received a lot of recognition in my life, but I think the Eagle Scout Badge was the one I cherish most.”

At age 17, Bill enlisted in the Navy and graduated from officer training school as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps at the end of World War II.

He attended Louisiana Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Nevada, Reno where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948. While at the University of Nevada, he was a proud member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

He later obtained a law degree from the Hastings College of Law and pursued a master’s degree in law from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1951.

Raggio was district attorney in Washoe County from 1958 to 1970 and was named “Outstanding Prosecutor in the United States” in 1965. He was elected president of the National District Attorneys Association in 1967.

He ran unsuccessfully for the United State Senate in 1970, but two years later was elected to the Nevada State Senate representing Washoe County. During his record five decades in the Senate, ten sessions where he served as Majority Leader, Bill worked beside and with seven Nevada Governors. During that time, he developed a reputation as a master of the legislative process, a skilled negotiator and a leading voice for education excellence.

Bill was particularly interested in seeking changes in public education to improve Nevada student performance. He was the key architect of legislation that required high school seniors to pass math, reading and other proficiency tests before they could receive a full-fledged diploma.

Bill was a senior partner at Jones Vargas Law Firm in Reno/Las Vegas; a member of the Board of Trustees of the E. L. Wiegand Foundation; a trustee of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and had served on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since 1983 and was its National Chairman in 1993. He was also a former member of the Board of Directors of Sierra Health Services and Archon Corporation.

He was a member of several clubs and organizations including the State Bar of Nevada; Washoe County Bar Association; American Judicature Society; International Academy of Law & Science; American Trial Lawyers Association; Phi Alpha Delta; Elks; Republican State Central Committee; Reno (Host) Lions Club; American Legion; Prospectors; and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Dorothy and his son Mark William. He is survived by his wife Dale, his daughters Leslie Ann Righetti and Tracy Lynn Chew, grandchildren Jennifer Brie Righetti, Michael Christopher Righetti, Meghan (Dave) Clariché Righetti Nesher, Johnathan “Jolly” William Righetti, Sommer Lynn Fernandes, Anthony Alton William Woodring, one great-grandchild Julien David Nesher, and first cousin Edith Raggio.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of William J. Raggio, contributions can be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation at Morrill Hall, Reno, NV 89557 or to the Carmelites of Reno, 1950 La Fond Drive, Reno, NV 89509-3099.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno. You are invited share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website

Please also visit this site for a story about Bill Raggio’s life written byJohn Trent ’85/’87, ’00M.A.:

Clair F. Earl ’55 (chemistry)
Dec. 14, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Clair Frehner Earl (78), passed away in his Reno, Nevada home on December 14, 2011. Clair was born in Overton, Nevada to Milton and Erma (Frehner) Earl. He attended the University of Nevada, Brigham Young University, and the University of Oregon Dental School. Dr. Earl practiced dentistry in Reno for more than 47 years.

He was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was actively involved in many organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Family Promise of Reno/Sparks, Interfaith Ministers Association and Nevada State Dental Association. Clair was known for his love of family, genuine kindness, and faithful service in the Church and community.

Clair is survived by Mildred, his loving wife of 55 years; 11 children (Lance [Debbie], Deena Fausett [Kirk], Tyler [Debra], Cordel [Mikki], Blake [Leah], Ryan [Cyndi], Cameron [Deborah], Mauri, Bryce [Shauna], Deverie Johnson [Eric], DeLana Rowley [Brian]); 52 grandchildren; two sisters, Eula Mae Judd and Janice Whipple, and brother, Gary.

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John J. Hanifan ’56 (business administration)
Jan. 13, 2012—Fallon, Nev.

John J. Hanifan, 78, passed away peacefully with his wife Starlene and family at his side at St. Mary’s Hospital on January 13, 2012. He was born February 27, 1933 to Maurice and Elizabeth Hanifan at the family farm in Fallon, Nevada. He was educated in Churchill County schools and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1956. He was a member of the ATO Fraternity and ROTC.

John was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He served active duty in the US Army, Army Reserve and later was Commander of Fallon’s National Guard Unit. John was employed at Churchill County Telephone and Telegraph System from 1957 to 1962. He worked at Kennametal for 33 years and retired in 1998 as Plant Manager.

John was an active member of Fallon Churchill County community, which he loved very much. He was a County Commissioner for 14 years, a member of Fallon Rotary for over 35 years and a life-long Democrat serving as Chairman many times.

John was active in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the Fallon Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree in Fallon. In 1963, he was appointed by Monsignor John Ryan to be the chairman of the fund drive to build the current St. Patrick’s Church. He has served on many committees and boards for St. Patrick’s Parish.

The top priority of John’s life was his family. He married Starlene M. Wood in April 1962. She was his lifelong partner and best friend who gifted him with four children and their families, Kieran (Hanifan) and Alan Kalt; Michael and Denise Hanifan; Cindy (Hanifan) and Allen Rowe; Jack and Lisa Hanifan who survive him along with seven grandchildren; Thaaron; Garrett and Stacy Kalt; Tim and Matthew Hanifan and John and Alyssa Rowe. Also surving him are his sisters, Jean Selmi; Joan Miramon; brother, Maurice (Georgia) Hanifan; Phillip (Carol) Hanifan and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

John E. Shevlin ’56 (civil engineering)
Feb. 6, 2012—Pleasant Hill, Cali.

Survived by wife, Beryl Butler Shevlin, son Michael Shevlin (Roxanne), daughter Ellen Bainbridge (Paul), ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

William R. Ernst ’59 (accounting)
Dec. 19, 2011—Glendale, Ariz.

Bob Ernst passed away December 19, 2011 at the age of 77. Bob was born in Reno, Nevada on October 4, 1934. He was a fourth generation Nevadan, preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Florence Ernst, as well as his daughter Erin Ernst. He graduated from Reno High School in 1952 and soon after enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

Upon his discharge in the fall of 1956, Bob enrolled in the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1959. While attending UNR, he met and married his former wife, Suzanne Schwartz Ernst. They were married for 35 years and had five children: Mark Ernst, Paul Ernst, Dawn Davis, and Lori Furtmann.

Daughter Erin Ernst died in a Pan American airplane crash in July 1982. Bob is also survived by seven grandchildren.

He was a well respected and brilliant Certified Public Accountant noted for his work in the gaming industry. Throughout the years, he was a partner in several national CPA firms until he opened his own firm in Las Vegas. He served on the Nevada State Board of Accountancy and was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Over the years, he donated his time and expertise to various non-profit and religious organizations. His former wife and children have supported him throughout his struggle with Lewy Body Disease. Funeral services were held privately.


Margaret D. Calhoun ’61 (education)
Jan. 6, 2012—Rochester, Wash.
Margaret Calhoun went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband Frank on January 6, 2012.Born November 9, 1924 in Ft. Pierce, Florida, Margaret married Frank Calhoun and moved to Sparks, Nevada in 1945. She then moved to Rochester, Washington in 2004 where she enjoyed the flora and fauna of the Pacific NW.

Margaret attended Tallahassee University in Florida and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno. She was a substitute teacher then taught 5th grade at Robert Mitchell Elementary School in Sparks for several years. She belonged to PEO and, as an avid genealogist, belonged to several organizations including Colonial Dames XVII Century, Sons and Daughters of Pilgrims, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her brother Dr. Wm. Dannahower of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and three daughters: Judy Roysdon of Sparks, NV; Ruth Smith (Steve) of Rochester, WA; and Laura Dunson (Mike) of Rochester, WA. Margaret had several nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, six grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, husband, a grandson, an infant great grandchild, and a sister-in-law. Private services were conducted January 12 in Reno, NV.

William L. Harper ’61 (business administration)
Dec. 4, 2011—Reno, Nev.

William L. Harper (Bill) - born October 11, 1938, passed away early in the evening of December 4, 2011. William was a lifelong resident of Reno. He attended McKinley Park Elementary, Northside Junior High School, and Reno High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Nevada in 1961 and from the Willamette School of Law in Salem Oregon in 1964.

William and his brother opened their law practice, Harper & Harper Attorneys at Law and retired in 2000. His passions were scuba diving, golfing and fishing. William is survived by his brother, Charles Harper, nephews, James Cameron Harper and Christopher Harper, nieces, Robbie-Lee Mallery and Marilyn Riddervold, grand nephew, Aaron Harper, and grand nieces, Krista and Janice Mallery. William is laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.
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Ronald V. Toomer ’61 (mechanical engineering)
Sept. 26, 2011—Bedford, Tex.

Ronald Valentine Toomer, 81, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Martin United Methodist Church, Bedford. Ron was a devoted husband and loving father.

He became well known as a roller-coaster designer. Survivors: Wife of 54 years, Betty; son, Greg (Christie) of Darien, Ga.; daughter, Carol (Jeff Thornton); sons, Gary Mitchell (Alana) of Keller and Christopher (Kristi) of Parker, Colo.; brothers, Edward Toomer of Pasadena, Calif., and David Toomer of Redding, Calif.; nine grandchildren.

Gerald A. Kitzmann ’62M.S. (physics)
Jan. 6, 2011—New Paltz, N.Y.

Gerald Arden Kitzmann, age 74, of New Paltz died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at Kingston Hospital, Kingston. Mr. Kitzmann was born March 27, 1936 in Iola, Wis. the son of the late Albert and the late Ruth Dorothy (Faulks) Kitzmann. He attended Iola High School in Wis. where he arose at 4 a.m. daily to walk a 7 miles trap line before school. He was an expert marksman with both a rifle and bow.

He was active in the school band athletics, student government and the church youth group. He helped his dad with chores on the farm while finding time to hold office in a number of organizations and become an Eagle Scout. He was an accomplished fisherman, outdoorsman, and hunter.

By the time he graduated from high school, he had read every book in the school library. He was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. Following high school graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and had continued to be active with the Marine Corps League. Gary was a humble man who lived his life by the values of the Scouts and the Marine Corps: honor duty and country. After his tour of duty in Korea, he and a friend set a speed record for canoeing the 500 mile Wisconsin River; paddling into history.

Gary than attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and received his B.S. degree in Physics. He was an elected member of Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics Honor Society.

Dr. Kitzmann was a member of The Wisconsin Young Dems and proudly worked on J.F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He was awarded a full scholarship to graduate school at the University of Nevada in Reno where he earned his M. S. degree in physics. It was there that he met and married his wife of 48 years, Randy Leary Kitzmann.

He moved to New Paltz in 1962 where he began teaching physics at SUNY. During that time he also attended New York University where he obtained his PHD in bio physics. He was then awarded a post doctoral fellowship to Stanford University NASA at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field California, where he worked on the early unmanned space shots to the moon and did research in Bio Magnetics. He then returned to New Paltz where he taught for 44 years. He served as a department chairperson and as president of the Academic Senate. He was instrumental in starting the engineering program at SUNY, New Paltz.

Gary was an intellectual and academic powerhouse, receiving many accolades and awards in his field. He wrote, coauthored, and collaborated on many published scientific articles, papers and books. He was active in local, county, state and national politics for over 60 years. Gary held several elected positions; among his favorite ones were acting as a delegate to the National Democratic Convention and meeting Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Gary was a proud member of ANA (Association of Native Americans), an organization which he helped to found in Ulster County to unify members with backgrounds in different Native American tribes. Gerald Kitzmann was a man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence and the service of others.

He is survived by his beloved wife: Randy, and daughters, Julee and Kristen Kitzmann; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Victor Morey of Wis. and their three children; Vicki, Mark and Debbie and their families; and Godsons, Richard and Kurt Kitzmann.

Claudia A. (Judson) Chesney ’65 (English)
Dec. 21, 2011—Sparks, Nev.

Claudia Adele Chesney passed away in her home in Sparks at the age of 68. She grew up in the town of Knightslanding, CA and attended Woodland High, class of 61 where she was a member of the Sub-Deb club and also the golf team. Claudia moved to Reno in the mid 60’s and attended UOP as well as UNR where here she belonged to the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

She took great pride in her education, and her well-rounded knowledge of so many things made conversing with her a huge pleasure. Among many things, she was a business owner and also worked in administrative business. In her more recent years, she was a part of the Reno Knitting Guild, the Women’s Golf Association, and chaired the course rating community of the state of Nevada. She had a passion for many things including antiques, politics, family, and she loved being at the auction with her buddies. Claudia was a selfless, generous, and intelligent woman, and many people’s lives were richer for knowing her.

Her surviving family includes Paige Chesney (daughter), Tyler Chesney (son), and three grandchildren that will miss her greatly.

Janet S. MacDonald ’65 (accounting)
Jan. 7, 2012—Carson City, Nev.

On January 7, 2012, Janet Sylvia MacDonald died peacefully surrounded by her family after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Born Janet Sylvia MacDonald May 6, 1941 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Jan moved to Nevada in 1959. As a single mother with a young son, she attended the University of Nevada, Reno during the day and worked evenings to support her family. It was during this time that Jan danced and performed with famous Bertha the Elephant in the main showroom at John Asquaga’s Nugget.

Jan graduated from the UNR with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967, and she trained with Carlos Brown CPA as an accountant and was thus certified on Feb 17, 1968. In 1975, Jan followed her passions and entered law school in California, but returned to Nevada at the request on Governor O’Callihan to serve as a Nevada Public Service Commissioner, a post she held until 1981. She is remembered as a forward thinking young professional at the PSC where she was instrumental in implementing “time of use” rates that provided businesses with greater flexibility to reduce energy costs. She would often jog during her lunch hour, and her weekends were often spent backpacking with her friends and colleagues.

Having practiced in areas of both public and governmental accounting, Jan specialized in internal audit, developing and administrating the first internal audit department at the University of Nevada for the Board of Regents. When Jan attended UNR, there were no other women in the accounting program.

Similarly, she saw only men in the room where she took the CPA exam. After graduation, she applied to the then “Big 8” accounting firms for employment, and they would not even grant her an interview. Her Nevada CPA Certificate said “….having been examined to his knowledge…” Jan never thought of herself as a trail-blazer, she was a doer. Yet, she was pleased that many women have since chosen to enter the accounting profession and are slowly becoming the majority in the profession.

Jan was always at the forefront of the accounting profession and recognized how the accounting world changed over forty years. She had mixed feelings about it. Above all else, Jan had integrity. She would never let the numbers lie. Yet, she saw CPA firms trading off of their accounting practices while selling other services such as investments or insurance and believed it was conflict of interest. She believed receiving commissions could cloud professional judgment. She also believed that in the fast paced financial world of today, audits lose their usefulness when finalized six months after the year end.

She questioned whether or not “accounting principles” were departing from common sense. She often said: “They don’t know what revenue is anymore.” While Jan planned for her retirement, her interest in the profession to which she was dedicated for so many years never waivered. “I am sure she will be a credit to our profession” were words submitted in a letter of reference on her behalf in 1965. The truth of those words is evidenced by a long and productive career as a CPA. Armed with a pearl ring, Jan’s love Ron asked her to marry him after a horseback riding through Yosemite Valley.

Later, they traveled to Jefferson Iowa, Ron’s hometown, where, surrounded by friends and family from around the country, they were married on Saturday, June 21, 1986. Although they were married as Mr. and Mrs. Kendall, Ron was determined that Jan keep her professional name (everyone knew her that way!). Jan and Ron were inseparable. They did absolutely everything together: hiking, snow skiing, scuba diving, and biking. When they bought Candlewood Mobile home park in Las Vegas, they worked together to enhance that investment. Coupled with Ron’s computer know-how and Jan’s business savvy, the couple developed an accounting software for their business clients. They worked together to develop Pharmatrix, a unique accounting system for medical doctors. Similarly, Jan and Ron teamed up to make sure that Nevada’s simulators for novice drivers and DUI convicts worked correctly.

Jan travelled the world with Ron, and even made two trips to South Africa with Dr. John Diamond and family. When Ron was hospitalized with a serious health condition, no one was surprised that Jan was beside him every minute of every day. Jan was honest and true to her convictions. Jan had integrity, with the ability to do the right thing every time, even when no one was looking. She loved her family and friends, good conversation, and brought common sense to countless matters. Jan was fun and she laughed—a lot. Jan MacDonald’s smile was brilliant, it flashed in response to a witty joke, it could light up a room with kindness and we will miss that smile dearly.

Jan is survived by husband, Ron Kendall; son, Frank MacDonald; grandchildren Ariana and Gavin MacDonald; brothers Steve (Sharon) MacDonald, Mike (Lynda) MacDonald, John MacDonald, and stepchildren Scott (Michele) Kendall, grandchildren Ryan, Brady and Amanda Kendall, Tammy (Rich) Hollenberg, granddaughter Arden Odle (Mark Trebus) and great granddaughter Eleanor Rose Trebus. Brothers Steve (Sharon) MacDonald and sons Nathan and Todd MacDonald, Mike (Lynda) MacDonald and sons David and Dan MacDonald, John MacDonald and daughter Joustina and Howard MacDonald.

Jolene K. Stockwell ’66 (nursing)
Jan. 19, 2012—Sparks, Nev.

Jolene Stockwell peacefully passed away at home on Thursday, January 19th with her loving husband, Don at her side.

After graduation, Don and Jolene were married in January 1967 and were married 45 years and lived their entire married life together in Sparks, Nevada.

Jolene lived her life in Nevada. She attended schools in Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada with a Degree in Nursing. Jolene worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and Washoe Medical Center until their daughter Kellene was born. She then became a full-time stay at home Mom.

Jolene was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Kernan, mother, Kellene Gallagher, sister, Arlene Gallagher and brother, Joe Kernan. She is survived by her beloved husband Don, her daughter Kellene Susan Stockwell, step-father, James Gallagher of Reno, brother Mike Gallagher and wife Paula and many nieces and nephews.

Charles R. Dickson ’71Ph.D. (psychology)
Jan. 18, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Dr. Charles Dickson was born in Henryville, Indiana to Albert and Lenna Dickson. A family of 4 boys and 4 girls he is survived by his younger brother James, his daughters, Rebecca and Katrina Dickson, his sons-in-law Nicholas Keenan and Robert Moore and his six grandchildren, Emma, Hugo, Paul, Kylie, C.J. and Beau. Charles was a Hoosier in his heart completing his undergraduate studies in Indiana.

He was in the Army and played basketball for the Army in Europe. He began his post graduate studies at the University of Kentucky then moved to Nevada in 1968, completing his PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was Commissioner of Mental Health and Hygiene for the State of Nevada followed by a 40-year diverse private practice specializing in trial consulting. He was nationally recognized for his caring and innovative approach to modernizing Nevada’s mental health system.

Other states modeled their systems after his, creating a humane and productive way to treat clients. His trial consulting work took him across the United States resulting in many successful outcomes on some of the largest civil cases in the nation, including restoring an inner-city hospital devastated by a hurricane in Houston. Charles enjoyed playing tennis at the old Washoe courts, mountain biking, and skiing

He had a lifelong love of photography and shared many wonderful photographs from his travels. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. We are very grateful for the love and support of his dear friends Dan, Cindy and Curtis.

Craig I. Ihara ’72 (management)
Jan. 2, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Born in Hilo, Hawaii, to James and Tomiko Ihara, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Craig Ihara. Craig graduated from Reno High School, University of Nevada, Reno, and McGeorge School of Law. He was a gifted attorney who practiced in Nevada and Hawaii for over 30 years. Craig also served in the military as an officer. Always a source of sound advice and love, he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his mother, Tomiko Ihara of Reno, NV; daughters, Jennifer Ihara of Honolulu, HI and Karyn Ihara of Los Angeles, CA; and siblings, Dennis Ihara of Roseburg, OR, Sheldon Ihara of Reno, NV, and Laurel Iinuma of Reno, NV, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private service will be held in Reno.

Gary B. Schudlich ’72 (management)
Feb. 23, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Gary B. Schudlich, age 74, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 23, 2012 with his family by his side.

A native of Billings, Montana, he was born December 20, 1937, to Harold M. and Grace C. Schudlich. He has been a resident of Reno since 1967. Gary was retired from the Airport Authority of Washoe County where he served as the Manager of the Stead Airport. He graduated from the University of Nevada.

He was a member in good standing of the Masonic Fraternity for over fifty years and part of the following Masonic organizations: Macalester Lodge No. 290 in St. Paul, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Paul, and the Kerak Shrine in Reno.

Surviving are wife, Linda, daughter, Mary of Winter Haven, Florida, and two grandchildren, Laura and Nicholas.

William C. McCalla ’73 (predental)
Jan. 1, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Bill McCalla died in his home January 1, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Rhonda, sisters Eleanor McCalla, Marcia (Karl) Kuhlman, Sandy (John) Castello and 2 nephews, Edward and Jake Castello. He was predeceased by his parents Clement and Eleanor McCalla.

Bill was born in San Mateo, CA. His family moved later to Reno where he graduated from UNR. He received his dental degree from Loyola University, Chicago and his oral surgery specialty at Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA. He then began his oral surgery practice in Sparks in 1984.

Bill loved his Nevada: hunting, fishing, hiking and exploring it at every opportunity. He could identify the flora and fauna and was a resource of Nevada’s history and lore. He met bi-weekly with “The Breakfast Club”- a collection of his colleagues who would review and discuss the actions and events of our area.

When Bill left the house he was always accompanied by one or more of his dogs. He trained them with the German Shorthair Pointer Club and became an AKC judge for field and hunt trials. He loved his time at the Humboldt Hunt Club. His quiet time was spent at home with his beloved Rhonda and their canine family.

Professionally he served the dental community in many capacities including as president of the Northern Nevada Dental Society and Nevada State Dental Association. He was a life member of the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and on active staff at St. Mary’s and Renown Hospitals.

Bill touched many lives both professionally and personally; he was a dedicated husband, surgeon, outdoorsman and companion. He left his Nevada too soon and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

His license plate, WILDNEV, sums up his life.

Hollis L. Elder ’74 (nursing)
Dec. 16, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Hollis Leigh Elder died December 16 of complications from pneumonia.

What a courageous woman she was. Disabled by an accident when she was 19, she lived on for 40 years in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Despite this, she was strong, confident, generous and delightfully funny. We will miss the pleasure of her company.

She was a Reno native born at St. Mary’s on October 22, 1952. A proud alumna of Hunter Lake Elementary, Swope Jr. High, Reno High, and the University of Nevada, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Though wheelchair bound, she then went on to the University of California at Berkeley to earn a Master’s in Public Health.

Using these skills, she entered the professional world and until her retirement was employed by the State of Nevada as the director of the division aiding children with developmental disabilities. She was also a tireless champion of rights for the disabled and was instrumental in establishing wheelchair accessibility in the state, especially at UNR while still a student. This was before it was mandated by federal law.

She is survived by her parents, Joan and Will Elder of Reno, her sister, Candace Sabey and her husband, David, of Park City, Utah and her sister Alison Elder of Marina Del Rey, California. She is also survived by her beloved nieces, Kelly Sabey and Casey Wasko and nephew, Evan Wasko.

On Holli’s behalf, her family wants to use this forum to express thanks to her wonderful nurses, friends and caregiving team. They include Terry, Juan, Jaci, Susan, Suzanne, Julie, Pam, Maggie, Christina, Michael, and countless others who, throughout the years, have given so much of themselves.

She would want her adored (and spoiled) parrot, Lucy, mentioned, so we are including a holiday portrait of Holli and Lucy together on a happier day.

The best remembrance of her might be the lines that follow from a short school assignment called “The Bird Aunt” written by her niece, Casey, when she was only nine years old. These words express the essence of our much loved Holli.

The Bird Aunt

By Casey Wasko


“Quiet down, Lucy!”

Aunt Holli should be nominated for Best Relative of the Year. She should win this award because she is generous and loves animals. Aunt Holli also has a great personality.

The first reason Aunt Holli should win is that she is very generous. She lets her sisters and their children stay in her apartment. Plus, she takes her nieces, Casey and Kelly, shopping at the mall. She also lets her visitors watch anything on her TV. How very nice and generous she is.

Aunt Holli loves animals, especially birds. For instance, she once picked a baby bird off the sidewalk after a flood and nursed it back to health with its badly broken leg. Also, Aunt Holli has a male African Gray Parrot named Lucy. Best of all, she takes her nieces to animal stores. Aunt Holli is what a lucky bird deserves.

Finally, Aunt Holli has a great personality. One good thing is that she’s funny. Aunt Holli also survives living near her parents. And most importantly, in spite of her paralysis, she still has fun. Aunt Holli not only has a great personality, but also a strong one. She’s generous and loves animals. All of this considering her wheelchair.

In conclusion, Aunt Holli should win the Best Relative of the Year.

Holli didn’t want a funeral or flowers, she wanted a party. Her family will hold one in her memory in late spring.

Emily A. (Norris) DeGiovanni ’77 (English)
Jan. 12, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Alice peacefully passed away at Renown Medical Center on Thursday, January 12, 2012. She was born to parents Betty and Luke Norris in Huntsville, Alabama. She lived most of her life in Sparks, Nevada.

She was preceded in death by both her parents. She is survived by her husband, Roy, son, Craig, daughter, Tracy and grandkids, Luke and Andrew. A Funeral Service will be held at Ross, Burke and Knobel, 2155 Kietzke Lane, Reno on Wednesday 1/18/2012 at 11:00am. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. She was the light of the family, and will be so greatly missed.

James G. Sanford ’84 (accounting)
Dec. 16, 2011—Reno, Nev.

James G. Sanford passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on December 16, 2011. James was born November 26, 1962, to Clare F. Sanford and William C. Sanford, Jr. He attended Reno High School and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.

He then passed the CPA examination and became a Certified Public Accountant and worked with Kafoury Armstrong. James then attended law school at UC Davis School of Law, and upon graduation worked for Vargas Bartlett, now Jones Vargas. He subsequently joined his father in the practice of law at The Sanford Law Firm. In 2005 he struck out on his own in the private practice of law.

James is survived by his children, Garrett James Sanford and Pierce William Sanford, his mother Clare F. Sanford, his father and stepmother, William C. Sanford, Jr., and Patricia K. Sanford, his loving wife, Cathrine and her children, Cathrine Marissa Rosiles, Israel Noel Rosiles, Adriana Rosiles, Elisa Rosiles and Leonardo Rosiles. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard (Jenny), Lee (Michelle) and his sister Dr. Joan Roberts (Donald). James is also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Norman J. Waller ’85 (agricultural education)
Jan. 20, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Norman Joseph Waller was born on Oct. 2, 1954 to Adele E. Wasson-Snooks and John Albert Waller in Lovelock, Nevada.

He began his journey home on January 21, 2012 in Reno, NV.

His survivors include his mother, sister Linda Waller and brother Gary Wayne Snooks, nieces and a nephew, several great-nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Norman had just returned to Reno after the closing of the Gerlach schools. He took a position at Cold Springs middle school and enjoyed working with this class and new students and facility.

Norman continued his love of the outdoors in his fishing and bird hunting, along with some of his other outdoor adventures. Norman had many, many friends throughout.

Norman continued to love his agriculture background that he earned at his beloved UNR. Norman was a longtime supportive of the Nevada Wolf Pack sporting events.

Le Roy A. Lindstrom ’86 (electrical engineering)
Jan. 11, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Le Roy was born in Los Angeles, California, to Harold and Cecelia Lindstrom. He graduated from Westchester High School in 1956 and from College of San Mateo in 1958. He married Ralda Lily Abercrombie in 1959 and settled in Cupertino.

The family moved to Nevada in 1975. Le Roy enjoyed working with his hands and doing metal work. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening. He wa a founding member of Little Church in the Valley at which church a memorial service was held on January 15. Le Roy will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mary T. Manti ’93 (nursing)
Jan. 2, 2012—Reno, Nev.


Mark A. McCoy ’95 (health science)
Feb. 1, 2012—Fernley, Nev.

Survived by wife Marie McCoy, son Noah McCoy, father Delmar McCoy, brother, Clifford McCoy, sisters Sandra Seeger and Barbara Reitiz. Mark was born in San Jose, CA went to Incline High in CA.

Mark was a graduate from UNR with a Health Science Degree. He was also a Military Veteran of US Navy and Nevada Air National Guard. Toured in Southwest Asia, South American and Europe. He was always the first to volunteer and very dedicated to his job of duty above and beyond expectations. Mark volunteered his time with the boy scouts troop 494 Fernley, NV and church activities.

Mark’s hobbies where flying, bee keeping, camping, atv, marksmanship, welding and ham radio—his activities as a member of society and military will truly be missed. Marks passed in the Lords arms.

Gifts and donations to Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative at the UCSF.

Ruth McKnight ’95M.A. (counseling and educational psychology)
Jan 22, 2012—Reno, Nev.

At age 62, Ruth passed peacefully at her home in Reno.

Ruth dedicated 14 years of service at Truckee Meadows Community College as a counselor and advisor, and worked in the re-entry program where she helped many single mothers and displaced homemakers pursue their dreams. Over the past year, even through her fight with cancer, she created a Career Corner for students to fulfill their careers, and revamped the Counseling website.

She earned her Masters in psychology at Cal State Northridge, and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist prior to joining TMCC.

Her parents John and Marie McKnight are deceased. She is survived by her 6 sisters, Patty Sedlak, Marie Raisin, Kathy Jones, Darlene KcKnight, Jeannie McKnight, Colleen Pittman, and her beloved boyfriend Kim Heathman.

Carol T. (Andt) Tweet ’95 (social work), ’97M.S. (social work)
Feb. 9, 2012—Sparks, Nev.

Donna L. Keislar ’96 (nursing)
Jan. 29, 2012—Reno, Nev.

Donna Lou Keislar, loving mother and sister, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the age of 55. Donna was a surgical nurse at Renown Medical Center since 1998, just recently sharing her skills in Wound Care. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada Reno in 1996.

Donna enjoyed holidays and special occasions and was a gracious host for family and friend get-togethers. She liked to carry on family traditions and cherished all things old including family heirlooms. She was a lover of dogs and rescued several dogs over the years.

Donna is survived by her two sons Kyle, 20, and Garrett, 19, and her siblings David Limroth, Sharon Limroth, Susan Curtis and Scott Limroth.


Michael V. Colpo ’98M.A. (English)
Dec. 7, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Mike Colpo, 36, passed unexpectedly on December 7, 2011. Mike was born on February 1, 1975 in Wilmington, Delaware to John and Sheila Colpo. He graduated from the University of Delaware and then headed West to earn a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno. Mike embraced mountain living immediately, and made Nevada his home.

Mike worked for Patagonia for 11 years. He was a beautiful writer and editor. Mike also taught for the National Outdoor Leadership School and treasured his time teaching others to appreciate the mountains he loved so passionately. He learned to cook on a camp stove in the wilderness and is known for, among so many other things, his amazing culinary talent.

Mike married Elizabeth Mosco on August 20, 2011. He was a more patient and loving husband than anyone could ask for. He is also survived by his parents, John and Sheila Colpo of Maryland; sisters MaryEllen Hearn (Bob) and Patricia Anderson (Dave) of Delaware; and brother John (Kara) of Delaware. He also leaves behind 10 nieces and nephews and countless other family and friends who love and miss him dearly.

Louise B. Fraser ’01 (social work)
Dec. 12, 2011—Reno, Nev.

Christopher S. Lane ’01 (criminal justice)
Jan. 20, 2012—Miami, Fla.

Christopher Scott Lane, Sr. went to be with our Lord on January 20, 2012. Chris was a Sgt. in the USMC and a decorated Gulf War Veteran. Chris was a phenomenal athlete; he played football for UNR from 1996-2000. Chris graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice on May 21, 2001.He spent the last ten years in Las Vegas working in VIP guest relations.

He had just recently relocated to Miami, Florida. Chris leaves behind his pride and joy, his beloved son, Christopher S. Lane, Jr.

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