February 2006

In Memoriam  
Lawrence Miles Bagley BS’58 died of natural causes December 28, 2005, in Carlsbad, Calif. He was 77.

The third of three sons, Larry was born in Salt Lake City on January 19, 1928, to Grant and Marie Bagley. As a youth, friends tagged him with the nickname “Moon” due to his similarity to the popular round-faced newspaper cartoon character “Moon Mullins.” Following graduation from East High School, Larry enlisted in the Navy. He was honorably discharged at the end of World War II and later married Margene Bailey in Salt Lake City on February 26, 1949. They were sealed in the LDS Los Angeles Temple, May 24, 1963.

After his graduation from the University of Utah with a degree in civic administration, Larry embarked on a career in city government, which took him in 1959 to the small seaside community of Oceanside, Calif., where he rose from draftsman to city planner to city manager. In 1976 he lost his appointed post in city government only to return a year later as the popularly elected mayor of Oceanside, a position he would serve in for three successive terms, the longest of any Oceanside mayor. During his tenure as mayor, Larry was at the forefront of efforts to put sand on the beach and build a new civic center. He also started a sister-city program and led the city’s centennial celebration.

Larry Bagley is survived by his wife, Margene; sons Will (Laura), Kevin (Patty), and Patrick; daughter Lisa (Wendell Payne); 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His two brothers, Will and Clint, preceded him in death.

Larry Bagley is interred at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 12/30 - 12/31/2005.

Jane Ashley Barrett BFA’99 MArch’04 died January 13 after a tragic fall on January 1. She was 32.

From the age of 4, Jane dreamed of becoming an architect. After studying fine arts at the Universities of Colorado and Utah, she graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning in 2004. She worked as an intern architect with Gigaplex Inc. and DesignBuild Bluff, helping students and architects design and build homes for families on the Navajo reservation. Jane found her involvement with the DesignBuild program to be a perfect marriage between her creative interests and her commitment to community involvement.

Among Jane's many other passions, highlights include fly fishing at Box Canyon, hiking, running, biking, skiing, and bantering with family and friends. Jane was a complex and deeply private person who struggled at times to accept her own greatest gifts; however, in the last year of her life, she was entering a place of happiness and peace.

Jane Barrett is survived by her parents, Daryl and Steve; sisters Anne and Katie; brothers-in-law Steve Scheuerell and Ben Lieberman; nephews River and Sage; grandparents Kay and Verl; loving extended family and friends; and her constant companion for the last eight years, her adoring dog, Stella, who was at her side as she died.

In place of flowers and in honor and support of her passion, the DesignBuild Project, contributions may be made to the Jane Barrett Memorial Fund at the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning, 375 S. 1530 E., Room 235, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0370.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 1/15 - 1/16/2006.

Ernest C. Conrad BS’59 died Nov. 20, 2005, following complications from open-heart surgery. He was 74.

Ernest Clever Conrad was born July 31, 1931 in San Francisco to Clever Conrad of West Virginia and Hilma Marie Hendrickson of Sweden. After graduating from Eureka High School, he joined the Navy and served on board the U.S.S. Yorktown as a combat medic during the Korean War. While stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station, he met his future wife, Lorine Marie, at a local church. The couple married in 1952.

Following graduation from the U, he taught some 40 years for the Grant Union School District (in the Sacramento, Calif., area), at Don Julio Junior High and Rio Linda High School, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1994. An enthusiastic teacher who donned period uniforms, carried authentic military gear and spoke with foreign accents to enthrall and educate his history classes, Conrad also established curriculum in anthropology for the high school and originated its “Knowledge Bowl.” During summers, he worked as a park ranger/lecturer at Lassen and Mesa Verde national parks. He also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work at the “Flower Dew One Hundred” project in Virginia, excavating early colony settlements. In October 2005, he co-authored a McGraw-Hill supplemental college textbook, Readings in Physical Anthropology.

Ernie Conrad is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorine Marie; daughter Coleen Marie; son-in-law Walter Lucas; and grandchildren Erin Marie and Kurtis George.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Ernest Conrad Memorial Scholarship Fund, Rio Linda Senior High School, 6309 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda, CA 95673.

Edited from a notice provided by the family.

  Martin H. Feldman MD’59, 70, chief of neurology at the Allen Pavilion of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, died at home of apparent heart failure Dec. 28, 2005.

Dr. Feldman grew up in New York and Arizona. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo—where he played football, wrestled, and led a jazz band—before graduating from the University of Utah Medical School. He interned and completed a residency in neurology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and later donated his collection of antique medical instruments to Jefferson.

From 1962 to 1964, Feldman served as an Air Force captain in Texas and West Germany.
He had been on the staff of New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 1998. He was also a professor at Columbia University School of Medicine. He had previously practiced in Olean, N.Y., and Allentown, Pa. In the 1980s, he was an associate professor of physiology and director of the neurophysiology laboratory at Hahnemann University Hospital, and from 1989 to 1991 he taught medical students at Temple University and was on the staff of Albert Einstein Medical Center. He was also fellow in neuro-ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital and had fellowships at hospitals in Missouri and in New York.

In addition to his wife of 19 years, Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, Feldman is survived by sons Douglas and Reed, stepsons Russell Gold and Michael Gold, stepdaughters Sheryl Gold and Lisa Untracht, seven grandchildren, and his former wife, Carol Benzer.

Edited from an article published in the Philadelphia Inquirer 12/30/2005

Elizabeth Snow Montague BA’42, a founder of the nonprofit Friends of the City Library, died December 23, 2005. She was 85.

Elizabeth was born Emma Elizabeth Snow in Salt Lake City on May 24, 1920 to Vivian Snow and Loree Forsyth Snow. In high school she wrote and published a booklet on dating advice for girls and was state champion in extemporaneous speaking. Always an excellent student, at the University of Utah she was active in student affairs, including editing the yearbook. She graduated magna cum laude with membership in the literary society, the music society, and Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi high scholarship societies.

In 1943, Elizabeth married Keith E. Montague. After the birth of their four children, she began her long years of dedication to volunteer public service. In 1959, a bond issue was needed to build a new main Salt Lake City Public Library building on 500 South at 300 East. In response she organized a Friends of the Library group, which lobbied and campaigned successfully for the building and continues to this day to support the Library with used book sales and other activities. Since 1962, she had served three terms as president and three terms as vice president in 18 years as a member of the library board of directors. She served as vice president and chairman of the trustees section of the Utah Library Association, receiving a distinguished service award in 1980. In 1991 she was an honorary delegate to the Utah Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services, and in 2000 received a Library Advocate of the Century national award. She was also on the board of the Utah Council for the Gifted, United Nations Association of Utah, Utah Board of State History, Utah Heritage Foundation, and the Charter Board for Friends of the University of Utah Libraries. The Utah Board of State History honored her with an Historic Preservation Award and an Excellence in Researching Award. She served on the University of Utah Alumni Board and received a Merit of Honor Award from the Emeritus Alumni Association. She often lobbied for organizations at the Utah State Legislature, and her public service continued at the Salt Lake City Public Library until her health recently made it impossible.

Elizabeth Snow Montague is survived by her husband, Keith Montague; Annina Mitchell and Rachel Montague, widow and daughter of deceased son Jeffrey Montague (who died of cancer in 1990); Christopher S. and Elizabeth Montague, children Tyler and Annie; Leslie (Montague) and Kim Thomas, all in Salt Lake City; Douglas S. and Latecia Montague, children Jamie, Emily, Christopher, Daniel and Jeffrey, Agoura Hills, Calif.; brother V. Douglas and Susan Snow, daughter Felicia, Teasdale.

Contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to Friends of the Salt Lake City Public Library or The Road Home.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 12/28/2005.

Actor and writer Eric Tierney BFA’01 died Jan. 23, just eight hours after the final performance of “Love! Valour! Compassion!” a play in which he had a starring role. Tierney, who was 26, died of liver failure associated with hepatitis B.

Tierney had performed the week before in the first four shows of Wasatch Theatre Company's production at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center before he fell ill and was admitted to the hospital on Thurs., Jan. 19.

A graduate of West Jordan High School and the University of Utah's Acting Training Program, Tierney wrote an events column, “The Gay Agenda,” as well as theater reviews and arts stories for Salt Lake Metro, the Salt Lake valley biweekly gay and lesbian newspaper. Motivated by Utah voters' passing of Measure 3, the constitutional amendment banning gay marriages, he was also working with two friends on a documentary, “I Can't Believe It's Not Marriage.”
Tierney had performed in local shows, notably the Salt Lake Acting Company's 2002 production of “Big Love,” but his current role marked a return to the stage after several years away.

Throughout the day Monday, friends and family remembered the jokes he told in an Irish brogue, or the deadpan delivery that underscored his wicked sense of humor. In the hospital, when friends repeatedly asked the dying man what they could do for him, Tierney found the joke. “Well,” he said. “Are you using your liver?”

The oldest of four children, Eric Tierney is survived by his brothers, Chris and Kyler; sister, Carey; and his mother, Lee Ann Tierney, of Butte, Mont.

Edited from an article published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 1/24/2006.

Former Utah Supreme Court Justice D. Frank Wilkins passed away peacefully in his sleep January 2, 2006. He was 81.

Born April 25, 1924 in Tooele, Utah, to Lawrence and Essie May Wilkins, D. Frank showed early indications of his future community standing when selected as the “typical” American boy model for the patriotic monument erected in 1936 at the City and County Building. He later attended West High School, where he was elected student body president. After graduating from the University of Utah and George Washington University Law School, he became Deputy County Attorney and started law practice with friends Sidney G. Baucom and Donald B. Holbrook. Governor Calvin L. Rampton appointed Wilkins in 1967 to the 3rd District Court, where he was named Outstanding Judge of the Year, then as a Justice on the Utah Supreme Court in 1976.

Wilkins also served as Democratic State Chairman, as Utah Public Service Commissioner, and Utah State Bar Commissioner. Utah State Bar Members recently honored him as Distinguished Lawyer of the Year. He was practicing law Of Counsel with Berman & Savage at the time of his passing.

Wilkins wrote virtually all the death penalty decisions in Utah from the time it was reinstated under new standards set by the U.S. Supreme Court until he retired from the bench in 1980. But he acknowledged in a 2002 interview with The Salt Lake Tribune that if he were a legislator, he would be reluctant to vote for a death penalty statute because “no matter what we do, someone, somewhere could be unjustly executed.”

Frank Wilkins is survived by his high-school sweetheart and wife of 21 years, Marjorie Wilkins; sister Maxine Langton; children Collin, Denise, and Laura; stepson Chad Beatty; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and stepfather, T.N. Garfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Frank Wilkins’ name to a favorite charity.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 1/4 - 1/5/2006.

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