June 2007

In Memoriam
Robert Reese “Bob” Bennett BS’83 PhD’89 died May 18 in a bicycle accident. He was 47.

Bennett was born September 5, 1959, in Salt Lake City to Robert DuVal and Geraldine Reese Bennett. He spent his childhood in Boulder, Colo.; Arkansas City, Kansas; and Bountiful, Utah. He graduated from Bountiful High School with high honors in 1977, then went on to receive bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry at the U. Bennett was employed at ATK Launch Systems as manager of the Propellant, Explosives and Pyrotechnics Research Department. He was recognized as a world class expert in the development of new propellant formulations.

Bob served two years in the Cleveland, Ohio, mission in 1978-1980, and was currently serving as a member of the bishopric in the Brigham City 23rd Ward, Brigham City, Utah, North Stake. He was also an avid sportsman and died doing one of his favorite things, riding his bike, training for his fourth Lotoja Race from Logan to Jackson Hole. He also loved to sing and sang lead in the local barbershop quartet Purple Sage.

Bob Bennett is survived by his wife, Karen, with whom he recently celebrated a 25th wedding anniversary; six daughters, Emily (Ryan) Cornelison, Sarah (Isaac) Christensen, Nichole, Michelle, Hannah, and Calli; his father, Robert DuVal Bennett; and sisters Deb Bennett, Kathy (Val) Edwards, and Judy (Mike) Morgan. His first two grandsons are expected later this year. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Interment will be at the Brigham City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 5/20/2007.

Martha Catherine Froehlich Covey BS’47 died on April 30 in Austin, Texas. She was 90.

Martha Froehlich was born in Hansen, Idaho, on Sept. 11, 1916, to Margaret Claggett and Joseph Froehlich. She graduated in 1934 from Hansen High School. She graduated from Albion State Normal School in 1937 and received her Idaho Lifetime Teaching Certificate in 1939. After teaching for six years in Idaho schools, she served as a clerk supervisor at Ogden Arsenal during World War II. After the war, she moved to Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in elementary education. She resumed her teaching career in Salt Lake City, where she met Francis D. Covey. They were married in Twin Falls, Idaho, on June 5, 1949. Martha retired from teaching after 29 years. They lived in Salt Lake City until 2003, when they moved to Austin, Texas. She was active as a volunteer in Girl Scouts, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Eastern Star. She was a member of Mount Olympus Chapter 23, Order of the Eastern Star, served as worthy matron from 1981 to 1982, and was Grand Martha in the Grand Chapter in 1983.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Margie, and son-in-law David Gordon; son Bruce Covey and daughter-in-law Sydney; and two step-granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Mount Olympus Chapter of the Eastern Star for the scholarship fund, Midvale Masonic Temple, 7689 S. Center Square, Midvale, UT 84047-1790.

A guestbook and the obituary are available online at harrellfuneralhomes.com.

Edited from the notice published in the (Twin Falls, Idaho) Times-News on 5/4/2007.

Jack Dozier PhD’74 died of pneumonia May 11 in Salt Lake City. He was 74.

Dozier was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Bell County, Ky., to Edwin and Jennie Lyne Twiam Dozier. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Western State College in 1958 and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho in 1962, then spent the first part of his career as a professional educator at the secondary school level, primarily at Woodland, Calif.’s Woodland High School, where he served as a football coach for more than 10 years and taught U.S. history, government, political science, and English. In Northern California, he is renowned for coaching the school’s football team in 1970, when the team had a perfect season, with no losses, and won the Northern California State Championship. Dozier also successfully coached the Northern California All-Star senior team and was responsible for a new Woodland community football and track facility.

Dozier left Woodland to pursue a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Utah, where he served as an assistant coach, freshman coach, and advance scout. After receiving his degree, he served as principal of Park City High School for 15 years. In 1986, the high school football facility was named Dozier Field in recognition of the excellence he demanded of and maintained for his students. And for his many contributions to the Park City community, he was named “Citizen of the Year” for Park City upon his retirement in 1991.

Jack Dozier is survived by his sister, Sue Haygood, and his devoted companion of 11 years, Mary Aa, both of Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Edwin Jr., James Earl, and Herbert Eugene. Condolences may be left at www.holbrookmortuary.com.

Edited from the notice in the (Park City, Utah) Park Record and an article published in the (Woodland, Calif.) Daily Democrat on 5/15/2007.

Richard P. “Dick” Ensign ex’41, a pioneer of the airline industry, died on May 1 with his wife at his side. He was 88.

Ensign was born on January 20, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the University of Utah, he was vice president of the student body, leader of the band, president of Pi Kappa Alpha, and a member of Skull and Bones and the honor society Owl and Key. He received an MBA from the University of Washington in 1954.

Ensign began his career at Western Airlines in 1940, loading bags on DC-3 airplanes, and went on to be a member of the board of directors. In between he was vice-president of Passenger Services, where he pioneered many service-related innovations, including developing the first mobile airline serving cart, for which he received a patent. He also introduced frequent flyer miles; children’s fares; wine, champagne and coffee on board; and champagne, fiesta and hunt breakfast flights.

In 1958, he received the Wine Institute’s award for his “renowned champagne flights and for his contributions to gracious dining and wine service aloft. He also received the Coffee Brewing Institutes Golden Cup Award. In 1971, Ensign left Western for Pan American Airlines, where he was senior vice president of marketing, executive vice-president for world wide operations, and a member of the board of directors. He returned to Western in 1975 as executive vice-president and went on to become a member of the board of directors. He retired from Western in 1981 and became a senior advisor to the president of Caterair as well as the Marriott Corporation. He sat on numerous boards including the Governor’s Committee on Tourism, the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Board, and the Pacific Area Travel Association.

At the University of Utah, he was chair of the National Advisory Council and the National Fund Raising chair from 1982-83. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University’s Alumni Association in 1976, and later was acknowledged with the Distinguished Services Award from Florida International University in 1973 and Pepperdine University’s Ambassador Award in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Hinckley, also from Salt Lake City; five children, Judy, Janie, Rick, Jim and Margee; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the Joash Foundation c/o Dr. Wesley Moore, UCLA 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 510-6, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6908.

Edited from the notice published in The New York Times on 5/10/2007.


Helen “Jean” Holding Gerard BA’42 died May 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was 86.

Helen was born March 28, 1921, in Salt Lake City. During World War II, she became one of the first female air traffic controllers in San Diego, Calif. Later a children’s librarian, she returned to school in her 50s and received a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University.

Helen Gerard was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Gerard. She is survived by her son, Steven Gerard of Cheyenne; daughter Carole Gerard of Denver; and brothers R.E. Holding BS’51 and Ralph Holding ex’49, both of Salt Lake City.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a charity of choice.

Edited from the notice published in the Deseret Morning News on 5/13/07.

Gene Jacobsen, former University of Utah Graduate School of Education assistant dean and Department of Educational Administration chair, died May 25 surrounded by his family. He was 85.

Gene Samuel Jacobsen was born September 19, 1921, in Bloomington, Idaho, the son of Joseph Cowley Jacobsen and Ethel May Draney Jacobsen. Shortly after his 19th birthday, Jacobsen enlisted in the Army Air Force. After basic training at Hamilton Field, CA, he was sent to the Philippine Islands with the 20th Pursuit Squadron. He was with his squadron at Clark Field when World War II began in December 1941. With the American Forces, he moved to defend the Bataan Peninsula until the Philippines fell to the Japanese in April of 1942. Jacobsen survived the Bataan Death March, and from April 1942 until July of 1944, worked in several Japanese camps in the Philippines. He was then transferred to Kyshu, Japan, where he worked in a coal mine until the war ended in August 1945. Jacobsen later authored They Refused to Die, his inspirational, personal story about his wartime experiences. In recognition of the book, he was awarded the Top National Honor, Public Communications Category in 2005 by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He also authored other books, songs, and poems.

Upon returning to the United States, he was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Barbara Perkins, who was a gunnery instructor in the U.S. Navy WAVES. The two married November 10, 1945, in Seattle, Wash. The marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. After an honorable discharge from the service, Jacobsen received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Utah State University, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He served on the faculty at University of California in Davis, and in numerous positions at USU before traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a member of a University of Utah team that established the faculty of education at the Haile Sellassie I University. He was a UNESCO expert with the Singapore Ministry of Education, and superintendent of the Saudi Arabian International School System in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. At the U of U, Jacobsen was an assistant dean of the Graduate School of Education and chairman of the Department of Educational Administration. At the age of 60, he was awarded the rank of professor emeritus but did not retire. He became executive secretary of the Society of Utah School Superintendents and associate executive director of the Utah School Boards Association. Among his many honors were the Light of Learning Award from the Utah State Board of Education, and two Outstanding Service Awards from the Utah School Boards Association.

A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jacobsen served as a Sunday school teacher, high councilman, and member of two bishoprics. He and his wife served LDS missions in Zimbabwe, Africa, and Tempe, Ariz.

Gene Jacobsen is survived by Barbara, his wife of 61 years; and their children, Dr. Michael (Pam) Jacobsen, Pleasant View; JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells (Joe Leverich), Murray; Sue (David) Vicchrilli, Murray; 12 grandchildren; and brothers Whitey, Forrest, and Larry. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Marsel and Darrell; and sister Shirley Nate.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the Metcalf Mortuary Web site at www.metcalfmortuary.com.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 5/29/2007.

  Homer Rich ex’38, an Ogden pediatrician, died of heart failure at home on May 18. He was 90.

Rich was born in Brigham City on Aug. 16, 1916, and attended the University of Utah followed by medical school at the University of Tennessee. He was a captain in the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a physician to German prisoners.

He began his pediatric practice in Ogden in 1948 and saw thousands of patients before retiring in 1999. He also served as chief of staff at Ogden’s McKay-Dee Hospital and was an instructor of pediatrics at the University of Utah Medical School. After retiring, he was named Utah Doctor of the Year in 2001 by the Utah Medical Association. He was also honored as an advocate for children, that same year receiving the Marty Palmer Service to Children Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Homer Rich is survived by five children, 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn, and a 14-year-old daughter lost in a motorcycle accident.

Edited from an article in The Salt Lake Tribune on 5/22/2007.

Carl Keith White BS’47 MS’54, a longtime theater arts professor and a founder of the drama program at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., died of a heart attack March 7. He was 83.

Born May 15, 1923, in Ogden, Utah, White served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy on the USS Wyoming during WWII. He began teaching at Weber College in Ogden, where he developed an interest in theater as a student. He taught at Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta (Canada), Purdue University, and Brigham Young University before moving to Citrus Heights, Calif., in 1958 to join the American River College faculty. He started the drama program at the then-new ARC, where he taught and directed more than 100 plays over 29 years before retiring. He was also a freelance writer, edited theater arts textbooks, and built a house.

Carl K. White is survived by his wife of 62 years, Avon DeVree White; five children, Gary (Sue), Carla (Bob), Brian, Cindy (Michael), and Steven (Barbara); 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Nona Aylor and June Hammond, both of Utah. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that remembrances may be made to the ARC Theatre Arts Foundation. Friends may view and sign a guest book here.

Edited from the notice published in The Sacramento Bee from 3/15 - 3/16/2007.

Terry Maple Wonder BS’74 died May 16 of complications from pneumonia. He was 61.

Terri Wonder was born in Washington, D.C., on November 28, 1945, to Charles and Alta Wonder. The world was opened to Terry from a very young age because his father was in the Navy, then a language specialist with the Department of State, and later an administrative officer in the Foreign Service, allowing Terry to experience such environs as Salzburg, Austria; Istanbul, Turkey; and Rome, Italy; and Tananarive, Madagascar. In 1964, the family moved to Salt Lake City, where Terry’s parents had lived when they attended the University of Utah. Terry followed his parents’ example by attending and graduating from the U.

Terry worked as a pharmacist and donated time in his field at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City to help the less fortunate. He also worked in the medical research and development field, inventing the detachable balloon catheter.

Terry is survived by his mother, Alta Maple Wonder; his son, Skip Patrick Wonder; Skip’s mother; Carla Wonder-McDowell; his brother, Greg Wallace Wonder; and nephew Shawn Russell Wonder. He was preceded in death by his father.

Edited from the notice published in The (St. George, Utah) Spectrum on 5/18/07.

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