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.
from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 5/20/2007.
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
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
from the notice published in the (Twin Falls, Idaho) Times-News
Dozier PhD’74 died of pneumonia May 11 in Salt Lake
He was 74.
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.
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
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.
from the notice in the (Park City, Utah) Park Record and
an article published in the (Woodland, Calif.) Daily Democrat
P. “Dick” Ensign ex’41, a pioneer of the
airline industry, died on May 1 with his wife at his side. He was
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.
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
he received the Wine Institute’s award for his “renowned
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.
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.
from the notice published in The New York Times on 5/10/2007.
“Jean” Holding Gerard BA’42
died May 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was 86.
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.
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.
lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a charity of choice.
from the notice published in the Deseret Morning News on
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.
from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 5/29/2007.
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
from an article in The Salt Lake Tribune on 5/22/2007.
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
from the notice published in The Sacramento Bee from 3/15
Maple Wonder BS’74 died May 16 of complications from
pneumonia. He was 61.
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.
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.
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.
from the notice published in The (St. George, Utah) Spectrum
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