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John D. Winters ’32 (agriculture) died March 30, 2007. He was 97. Born in Carson City, Winters was a fourth-generation Nevadan, philanthropist and water resource conservation activist. He worked for the Nevada State Highway Department and was an agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service before joining the family business, Sanitary Dairy in Carson City. Winters owned several ranches in northern Nevada including Ophir Mills Ranch and the Santa Maria Ranch. He was an advocate of water storage and tried for years to get a dam on the Carson River. A generous and active member of the community, Winters helped establish the Carson-Tahoe Hospital and served as a board member; donated land to to the Ormsby County School District for a new high school in the 1950s; and gave Carson City the land to develop the Eagle Valley Golf Course and Centennial Park. He served on numerous boards and committee including the Carson City Rotary Club, California-Nevada Interstate Compact Commission, Native Nevadans Committee in Nevada and Western Nevada Advisory Board.

James Henry Cazier ’35 (mining engineering) died Jan. 8, 2007, in Phoenix. Jim was born on Nov. 23, 1912, in Wells, Nev. As a youth, inspired by stories he heard from his mining engineer father, Jim decided to pursue a mining degree at the University’s Mackay School of Mines. After graduation, he married a wonderful lifetime companion, Dorothy Lynton, on Oct. 5, 1940. During World War II, he served first in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and later as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Jim moved to Denver in 1956 to manage mining operations for Anschutz Drilling Co. and in 1960 was appointed president and director of Webb Resources, Inc. He gave freely of his time and talents as a participating member of many professional associations. Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, as well as many remaining professional colleagues and friends.

Helene Montgomery ’35 (botany) died May 13, 2007, in Napa, Calif. She was 93. Born Helene Louise Per Lee in New York City in 1914, she came West with her mother to Reno, at the onset of the Great Depression. She attended the University from 1930-1934, where she met and later married Edward S. Montgomery ’34 (journalism), late of the San Francisco Examiner. Edward, who was to become one of the University’s six Pulitzer Prize winners, died in 1992. When her husband served two terms as the Press Club’s president in the ’50s, Helene was seen regularly at the Club’s storied Gang Dinners, often sharing the dais with such international luminaries as Haile Selassie, Vyacheslav Molotov and Queen Frederika of Greece. She is survived by her daughter, Diana Lavagnino of St. Helena; and son, Douglas of San Francisco, as well as eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

Andrew Morby ’35 (foreign languages) died at age 101 in April 2007. During his years at the University, Andrew was captain of the gymnastics team and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He married his wife, Velda, in 1942, then left to serve three years in the South Pacific during World War II. Proficient in 12 languages, Morby headed the foreign language department at Reno High School from 1947 to 1972. He also taught many foreign language courses at the University over the years. Andrew was teaching himself Arabic at the time of his death. The Andrew and Velda Morby Educational Foundation has provided first-year scholarships to a number of Reno High graduates who have attended the University. He is survived by his wife, Velda.

William Harold Kerns ’42 (mining engineering) died March 27, 2006, in Placerville, Calif., at the age of 87. Bill was born Aug. 20, 1918 in Foss, Okla. After graduating from the University, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended Officers Training School. During World War II he served in five invasions, including Leyte, Tinian and Okinawa. After the war, Bill traveled throughout Nevada working for the Bureau of Mines. In 1948 he moved to the Bureau of Mines in Juneau, Alaska, where he spent eight years conducting mineral exploration projects in the Alaskan wilderness. He held mining positions with the Bureau of Mines in Denver, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Sacramento, retiring after 31 years of service. Bill is survived by his wife, Virginia, their three children, Susan Taylor, Donald and Edward Kerns, and five grandchildren.

Carmelina Leone (Bergeret) Grundel ’45 (dietetics) died April 11, 2007, in Roseville, Calif. Carmelina was born in Chilcoot, Calif., on June 27, 1922. Her family soon moved to Reno. Carmen financed her education by working as a cashier at a local drug store. She and Edward Grundel, Jr. were married in 1943, during World War II. Carmen graduated with the highest grade-point average of her graduating class and was awarded the Herz Gold Medal. In 1959, Carmen and her husband became the first graduate students to register at Hayward State University. Carmen would go on to teach in San Lorenzo School District for 20 years. She is survived by her husband; children, Edward, Janine and Kurt; her grandchildren, Fay, Justine, Carmen, Eric and Edward; and her great-grandchildren, Rachel, Liam, Bryn, Edward Andrew and Melissa. Make donations in Carmelina’s memory to the Class of 1945 Scholarship Endowment — University of Nevada, Reno, Office of Donor Relations, Mail Stop 162, Reno, NV 89557.

Donald Cooney ’47 (biology), biology professor emeritus and department chairman, died Jan. 11, 2007. He was 88. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Cooney joined the University as an instructor in the biology department in 1948. He earned his doctorate in mycology from the University of California-Berkeley in 1952, and returned to the University as an assistant professor in biology that same year. He was named professor in 1965 and later served as chairman of the biology department. Donald retired in 1980. He was senior author of Thermophilic fungi, an account of their biology, activities and classification, published in 1964. He and his co-author, Ralph Emerson, reported a new species of fungi known as Mucor miehei. This organism was used, under patented processes, by two large enzyme companies in the commercial production of cheese. Donald was a native Nevadan: his grandfather established a homestead in the 1860s in the Dayton area. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 54 years, Helen Traner Cooney, daughter of University professor and dean of the College of Education, Fred W. Traner. He is survived by his sons, Gary and Ronald; his daughter, Maureen Eng; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Howard Heckethorn ’51 (history), ’64M.Ed. died March 31, 2007, at the age of 84. He enrolled at Nevada in 1941, and lettered in boxing for two years. He competed in the Golden Gloves boxing finals as a collegian. Heckethorn was president of the Young Democrats and a member of Sigma Nu social fraternity. He left the University to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, and returned to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Heckethorn was an educator with the Clark County School District for 27 years, and in 2000 a Las Vegas elementary school was named in his honor. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Haley Heckethorn, and many family members, including: sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Rachelle Guinan and Gary and Regan Heckethorn; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Michael Rose and Susan and Robert McKeever; 10 grandchildren, Aaron and Nicole Guinan, Mario and Darren Perkins, Bobbie Sue and Colby McKeever, Carissa and Michael Rose and Haley and Daniel Heckethorn; one great-grandchild, Blake Perkins; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Joyce Dolores (Belaustegui) Wright ’54, ’56 (home economics) of Torrance, Calif., died March 8, 2007, at the age of 70. For many years, she ran a child care center out of her home. She is survived by her husband, James Wright ’56 (electrical engineering), of Torrance, Calif; sons, Jeffrey, A. Jay, J.P. and Jaron; daughter, Jennifer; and a brother.

Paul Finch ’56 (journalism) died April 24, 2007, in Reno at age 75. Finch was Sagebrush editor from 1955-1956. After graduating, he joined the Reno bureau of the Associated Press. Paul worked for Associated Press for 22 years. He held posts in San Francisco, Sacramento and New York before moving abroad. His first international assignment was in Caracas, Venezuela. As bureau chief in Mexico City, he oversaw coverage of the 1968 Olympics and the Tlatelolco massacre of student demonstrators that occurred 10 days before the Olympics. After AP, Finch became the president of sales for The New York Times news service. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter Shari; and a grandson.

Jack Taylor ’57 (mechanical engineering) of Glen Ellen, Calif. died Jan 11, 2007. Jack was born in Marion, Ohio, and was raised in Berkeley, Calif. Jack worked as a mechanical engineer for 25 years. He was a master model plane builder and rebuilt a ’32 Ford Roadster in high school. Jack is survived by his wife, Catherine, his three children, Fred, Annie, and Charles; five grandchildren, Frank, Amelia, Ashley, Samantha, and Jack; his daughters-in-law, Starmie and Ann; and the father of his two oldest grandchildren, Herb.

Mary Ellen Miller Glass ’62 (elementary education), ’65M.S. (history), noted Nevada historian, died March 15, 2007, at age 79. Mary Ellen directed development of the University’s Oral History Program from 1965-83. She was a native of Reno, born March 31, 1927. Mary Ellen attended first grade in Gardnerville, Nev., and the family moved back to Reno where she attended Mount Rose Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High School and graduated in 1944 from Reno High School. Mary Ellen was a life member of Phi Kappa Phi. She was the author of several books on Nevada, published by University of Nevada Press, including Touring Nevada, which she co-authored with her husband, Al Glass. She was preceded in death by her parents C. Edgar and Eva Miller, her sister Elizabeth Miller Peterson and an infant son Jeffrey. Survivors are her husband, of 61 years, Al Glass; two sons, Richard Glass (Marsha), Edgar Glass (Nadine); three grandchildren, Natalie Glass Russell (Greg), Eric Glass and Heather Glass Schey (Christopher); and two great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Charisma Schey. Donations can be made to the University Libraries.

Cathy (McCown) Chichester, CPA ’79 (accounting) died Jan. 21, 2007 at the age of 49, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Cathy received her CPA certification from the state of Nevada in 1982 and owned her own CPA firm. Cathy was a native Nevadan, born June 19, 1957 in Las Vegas. She is survived by her children, Stephanie and Alex; mother, Charlotte McCown; father, Chuck McCown; sister, Christy; nephew, Dustin; and partner, Brian McKaig (Brad and Bo); her beloved cat, Fluffy; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Julie Kelly-Arciniega ’83 (elementary education), ’85M.Ed. (education administration/higher education) died in Reno Jan. 20, 2007, at the age of 45. Julie was born in Reno on March 10, 1961, to Jim and Diane Kelly. Julie graduated from Reed High School in 1979. She began her professional career at Agnes Risley Elementary School in Sparks in 1984, beginning a 22-year teaching career. She also taught at Pleasant Valley, Double Diamond and Huffaker elementary schools. In 2006, Julie became assistant principal at Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School. She is survived by her husband, of 20 years, Charlie Arciniega ’82 (business management); sons, Bryan and Michael; parents; sister, Patti; and brother, Chris. Julie also leaves behind nieces and nephews: Jeffrey, Kellie, Jenny, Adrienne, Becky, Gabe, Spencer and Jon; and a brother and sister-in-laws.

Lindia Errecart ’87 (economics) died Dec. 17, 2006, at the age of 48. She worked in utility planning for the City of Seattle, King County; computer planning and training at Sierra Pacific in Reno; and at the Nevada Department of Transportation. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Errecart; sister, Kim; nephew, Robert; brother, Jacques; uncle, L. Glen Roylance; and her two cousins, Loyan and Shelean Roylance.

Hillary Case ’89 (psychology), ’99M.S., ’01Ph.D. died Dec. 11, 2006, after a fight against cancer. Hillary, born July 17, 1966, was a lifelong resident of Reno. She served students at the University’s Counseling Center. An avid violinist, she participated in orchestras sponsored by the Washoe County School District, the University Symphony, Reno Pops Orchestra, the Carson City Symphony, as well as the annual Ruby Mountain Symphony concerts. She is survived by her husband, David Ake, a member of the University music faculty; infant son, David Abraham Case Ake; sister, Annette; and parents, Clinton and Marie; Uncle Marvin and his family; grandmother, Anna Lou; parents-in-law, Theodore and Beatrice; sister-in-law, Diane and her family; and brothers-in-law, Theodore and Stuart, and their families.

Morris Ruggles Brownell III, emeritus professor of English, died March 14, 2007, in Reno. He had served as chairman of the English department. Brownell was born in Boston, Nov. 19, 1933, to Gwladys Bigelow and Morris Ruggles Brownell Jr. He attended Middlesex School in Concord, Mass, graduating in 1951. After graduating from Princeton University in 1955, he sailed as an seaman and boatswain on the Albatross, a north German Lloyd Line topsail schooner, from Rotterdam to San Francisco. He served two years as forward observer in the 45th Field Artillery Battalion in Germany. He found his vocation as a teacher and scholar after teaching Latin for a semester at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass. After completing a Ph.D. in English at the University of California-Berkeley, he taught English literature at Tufts, Cornell, Oxford University and the University of Nevada, Reno. He became chair of the English department at the University in 1977. Brownell is the author of three books: Alexander Pope and the Arts of Georgian England (1978), for which he was awarded the Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies; Samuel Johnson’s Attitude to the Arts (1985); and The Prime Minister of Taste: A Portrait of Horace Walpole (2001), nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. A fourth book, Boswell’s Ballads, written and researched with wife, Melita Ann Brownell, will be published in the future. His wife died in 2001. Brownell is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Ann Brownell of Napa, Calif., and Amanda Gwladys Brownell of London, England; three grandchildren, Annah Kathryn Lewis, Tiger Lily Mkpa and Maximus Mkpa; sisters, Martha Walker of Alameda, Calif., Alice Moorhead of New York City, and Laura Grant, Maui; and brothers, Lawrence Brownell of South Dartmouth, Mass., Frederic of Santa Fe, N.M., and James Renwick Kerr of Jackson Hole, Wyo; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Make donations to The Parkinson’s Foundation, the Diabetes Foundation or the Morris Ruggles Brownell Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students, Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

Billy “B.J.” Fuller died April 21, 2007, at the age of 76. He was an emeritus associate professor of accounting and computer information systems at the University. Among his many accolades was his university-wide selection as “Outstanding Teacher of the Year,” which is immortalized in the university’s Honor Court. Three College of Business Administration alumni also created the B.J. Fuller Award for Excellence in Teaching in his honor, based solely on student evaluations and nominations. Fuller was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Madison Fuller. Survivors include his wife, of 52 years, Norma Fuller of Winona, Miss; daughters; sons; sisters; and 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to B.J. Fuller Scholarship Fund, University of Nevada, Reno, 89557-0042.

See the Home Means Nevada Section of the Summer 2007 issue


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