July 2006

In Memoriam
Evan McKinley Anderson, who recently completed his sophomore year of studies at the University of Utah, died on May 26 as a result of a tragic accident while hiking in Yosemite National Park.

Anderson was born on March 18, 1986 in Littleton, Colorado, the son of Kirk McKinley Anderson and Rebecca Ann Dobbe Anderson. He attended Lowell Elementary and Clayton Junior High School and graduated from East High School in May 2004. He was active in a capella and barbershop choirs, and was an Eagle Scout.

At the time of his death, Evan was living and working in the beach community of Santa Cruz and exploring the natural beauty of California. His outdoor passions included snowboarding, hiking, surfing, boating at Lake Powell, playing golf with his dad, and climbing boulders in the Mojave Desert with his mom. He loved creating music and learning songs on his guitar.

He is survived by his mother and father; his grandfather, Mark Kermit Anderson; his grandparents, Frank A. and Barbara J. Dobbe; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Gwen M. Anderson, and his uncle, Charles A. Dobbe. AIn lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Evan's name to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 6/2 - 6/3/2006.

  David R. Cheney BA’48 MA’49, 84, died of pneumonia June 18 at Foundation Park Care Center in South Toledo.

A retired professor of literature and linguistics and a former director of graduate studies in English at the University of Toledo, Cheney's career in teaching spanned 34 years. Most recently, Cheney taught at UT from 1965 until his retirement in 1990, during which time he also was director of graduate studies in English. Before that, he taught English and American literature at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., from 1956 to 1958, and then taught linguistics, English, and American Literature at Southwest Missouri State University from 1958 to 1965.

Cheney was also an author and editor who published many articles on Leigh Hunt, a poet and essayist of the English Romantic Period, and a number of articles on animal symbolism in the literature of the Elizabethan Period. In retirement, Cheney continued his research of Leigh Hunt's letters.

A native of Castle Dale, Utah, Cheney graduated from Snow High School in 1939 in Ephraim, Utah, where he attended Snow College from 1939 to 1941. He later served in the Army in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946. After the war, Cheney resumed his studies, receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the U of U, a master's degree in English from Harvard in 1950, and a doctorate in English from the former State University of Iowa in 1955.

Cheney was a member of the Modern Language Association, Midwest Modern Language Association, Modern Humanities Research Association, the Shakespeare Society, Milton Society of America, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.

David R. Cheney is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Snow Cheney; daughter Pamela Angle; sister KaraLynn Chamberlain; brother Vernon; and a grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the University of Toledo's English Department, or Foundation Park Care Center in South Toledo.

Edited from a 6/22/2006 article in the Toledo (Ohio) Blade.


Jeanne Leeson, a one-time teacher of home economics at the University of Utah, died June 4 of congestive heart failure in a Beaverton, Ore., retirement home. She was 93.

A freelance writer, Leeson was known for her writing in the Beaverton Valley Times, the Oregon Journal, and The Oregonian. Most recently, she wrote a column for the Times, getting “old-timers to reflect on their lives,” says Fred Leeson, the youngest of her three children and a reporter at The Oregonian.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Jeanne Tellier grew up on a farm in nearby Farmington. As a child, she was a 4-H state champion bread baker, and she raised prize-winning shorthorn steers.

She received a degree in food and nutrition from the University of Minnesota and later worked for the Eddy Bakery Co. in Helena, Mont., where she met and married her husband, Del Leeson, a newspaper editor. He died in 1972.
After World War II, the couple moved to Salt Lake City, where Leeson taught home economics at the U. She also hosted a weekly radio show, as well as a children's television show called “Small Fry Kitchen.”

After moving to Beaverton in 1961, Leeson obtained a master's degree in education from Pacific University in Forest Grove. She taught English, reading, and writing at West Sylvan Middle School until retiring in 1976.

Leeson served 11 years on the Washington County (Ore.) Fair Board. In 1982, she successfully helped fight a campaign by Washington County's Planning Commission to sell the fairgrounds. And in 1983 she helped pass a countywide hotel/motel tax to support the fair.

In addition to her son Fred of Northeast Portland, Leeson is survived by her son George, who owns Image Conscious, an art-poster publishing company in San Francisco; and daughter, Susan, a former Oregon Supreme Court justice who lives in Salem and is a legal consultant.

Edited from an article published in The Oregonian 6/8/2006.

  Jarvis “Jay” Edwin Seegmiller BA’42, M.D., a pioneer in the field of human genetics and an advocate for research and education to support healthy aging, died May 31 after a brief respiratory illness. He was 85.

Seegmiller is perhaps best known for his discovery of the enzyme defect in Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome, a fatal disorder of the nervous system causing severe mental retardation and self-mutilation impulses. As Director of the Human Biochemical Genetics Program at the University of California, San Diego, Seegmiller’s investigations into the translation of genetic research and methods of prevention, detection and treatment of hereditary diseases led to Congressional testimony on the possibility of controlling genetic disease in the United States. As a result, genetic referral centers have been established throughout the country.

Seegmiller was born June 22, 1920 in St. George, Utah. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, he received his Doctor of Medicine with honors from the University of Chicago in 1948. He completed his internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, then trained with Bernard Horecker of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease at the National Institutes of Health.

He became Assistant Scientific Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease in 1960, and was appointed Chief of the section on Human Biochemical Genetics in 1966, becoming one of several NIH leaders recruited to help launch the UCSD’s new medical school. He joined the newly established UCSD School of Medicine in 1969 as head of the Arthritis Division of the Department of Medicine.

Seegmiller was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards in honor of his extraordinary achievements in science and medicine. He received the United States Public Health Distinguished Service Award in 1969, and was honored as Master of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1992. He was on the advisory board for the National Genetics Foundation and the Executive Editorial Board for Analytical Biochemistry, and was president of the Western Association of Physicians in 1979.

A resident of La Jolla, California, Seegmiller is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughters, Dale Seegmiller Maudlin of Solana Beach, Calif., and Lisa Seegmiller Taylor of Palo Alto, Calif.; sons Robert Edwin of San Diego and Richard Lewis of Sugarland, Texas; stepsons Gary, David and Randy Ellertson; sisters Rose and Deola Bell; and 17 grandchildren. His first wife, Roberta, died in 1992.

In lieu of flowers, family members ask that donations be made to UCSD’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA), www.sira.ucsd.edu.

Edited from a notice issued by the University of California, San Diego.

R. J. Snow BA’62 MA’64, a former vice president at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, died June 6 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Provo.

Reuben Joseph Snow was born on October 15, 1937, to Glenn and Laura Gardner Snow. He attended public schools in St. George and later in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He attended Dixie College and was student body president, after which he served as an LDS missionary in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. After his mission, he studied at the U, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. He married Marilyn Melville in 1962 after they met during their summer jobs in Washington, D.C. He received a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in Illinois. A year of postdoctoral research followed at the University of Oregon, followed by a faculty appointment at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a two-year stint at the University of Bordeaux in France, where Snow served as Associate Director of the Study Abroad Program.

In 1971, Snow joined the administrative team of David P. Gardner at the U, where he served as assistant to the president, then simultaneously as vice president for University Relations and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and as associate professor of Political Science. In 1985, Snow accepted a position as president of the Jacobsen Company, a parent company to Jacobsen Construction. In July 1987, the Snows were called to preside in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission of the LDS Church. During the reconstruction of the LDS Nauvoo Temple, R.J. and Marilyn also served a two-year mission together as directors of Public Affairs and he as manager of Nauvoo Restoration Inc. R.J. joined Brigham Young University in 1990 and served as Student Life Vice President, later as Advancement Vice President, and then as director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel from 1998-2000. In the Summer of 2000, the Snows returned to BYU, where R.J. maintained his most recent faculty assignment, as professor of Political Science, in which he had focused the past few years on teaching African politics and American government and public policy, and serving as the 2004 Faculty Advisor for the BYU Washington Seminar program.

Snow was committed to volunteerism and civic engagement and served on literally dozens of boards of directors and committees, including the Provo-Orem and Salt Lake Area chambers of commerce, the Utah Symphony, the Utah Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association, and the United Way in both Salt Lake and Utah County. He was a former member of the Utah Governor's Commission on Women and Families, the board of directors of the Deseret News, and the advisory board to KSL Radio and Television. Most recently, he haf served on the Dixie State College Board of Trustees.

R.J. Snow is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children Gina (Burnett) Thackeray, Laura Snow, Scott (Brittany) Snow, and Noelle (Jay) Robinson; and grandchildren Callie, Laura, Sara, J.J., and Julia. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the R.J. Snow Public Policy Internship at the Hinckley Institute of Politics or other local charitable nonprofit organizations or Utah institutions of higher education.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 6/10 - 6/11/2006.

John Spikes, a longtime University of Utah professor of biology who was instrumental in the development of the department, died June 14, 2006 from Parkinson's Disease.

John Daniel Spikes was born December 14, 1918 to John and Gladys Spikes.
He attended the California Institute of Technology, receiving numerous degrees—B.S. 1941, M.S. 1946, and Ph.D. 1948—and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. A professor and research scientist at the University of Utah from 1948 until 2001, he served as head of the Department of Experimental Biology; acting chairman, Division of Biological Sciences; dean of the College of Letters and Science; and chairman, Department of Biology; and was a visiting professor, University of Padova, Italy, as well as a cell physiologist with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Headquarters Division of Biology and Medicine. He was a founding member and past president of The American Society For Photobiology and was instrumental in the organization of the European Society. He produced more than 200 research papers.

John Spikes is survived by his wife, Anne; sons John (Sherry) and Dan (Barbara); daughter Mary (Clem); grandchildren Robert Spikes, Patrick Spikes, Rachel Goates, John L. Spikes, Daniel Airsman, and Jeffrey Davis; and five great-grandchildren, the most recent, Max John Goates, born June 15, 2006.

Spikes’ body was donated to the U of U Medical School, and his ashes will be spread at his mountain cabin.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 6/17/2006.

Richard P. Zic BS’74 died on February 14. He was 73.

Zic was considered a top recreation professional and recreation consultant and received many commendations and awards throughout his career, which included working for city, county and federal levels throughout the United States as well as more than five years of foreign service in West Germany and The Republic of Panama for the Department of the Army. Zic was a professional sports official for many years as well. He spent the last years of his life in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after retiring.

Richard is survived by his wife, Carol A. Zic; his five children, Veronica, John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Susan; five sisters; and one brother-in-law.

Edited from the notice submitted by Carol Zic.

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