SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2002)
Generous Citizens Inducted Into SUU Old Main Society
The same spirit of devotion and sacrifice that led to the historic founding of SUU is very much in evidence today among the University's wonderful alumni and friends who continue to play a significant role in the Institution and its success.
The members of the Old Main Society provide a vital margin of excellence that enables the University to meet the challenges of today's higher education. Cumulative cash, in-kind, or deferred gifts of $25,000 or more made to the University qualify individuals and couples for membership in this, the Institution's most prestigious society of givers. Following are the 2001 inductees into SUU's Old Main Society.
David and Mary Anderson have lived lives of exemplary community service while engaged in personal pursuits which have marked them as uncommon individuals. David, a 1957 graduate of the Institution, dedicated some 30 years as an educator in southern Nevada and, along the way, forged a secondary career in industrial land development and in the construction field as a contractor. David and Mary raised eight children, four of whom have attended SUU. With a generous donation of land to the University, the couple has ensured the ability of future students to obtain a higher education at SUU.
Bert and Ada Carpenter have been instrumental in SUU's growth for seven decades. Bert, who passed away last year, was a 1934 graduate of the Institution and a World War II veteran. He went on to a successful career in iron mining, and also entertained thousands with his singing talents. Ada, who graduated from the Institution in 1937, held a number of positions at SUU after teaching at Parowan High School. She served as dean of women, as an Upward Bound teacher, and for nearly 25 years was the chair of the family life department. She developed the home management program, the child development program and the preschool laboratory. Ada was an instrumental figure in the Cedar City Business and Professional Women organization for many years. The couple has established the Carpenter Endowment at SUU.
Dr. Boyd and Suzanne Carter have been true and loyal friends to SUU for more than 30 years, each having graduated from the Institution in 1972. They have since sent three children to SUU and have supported the University in a variety of ways, including the establishment of the Michael K. Carter Memorial Endowment. This gift was funded in memory of Boyd's brother, Michael, who was a 1967 graduate of SUU and a teacher of math and physics in the Granite School District for 30 years. Suzanne has lived a life of service to her community, including time as admissions adviser at SUU. Boyd also served in this role in addition to running a medical practice. The couple says, "Only good things come into our lives by staying involved in the activities at SUU."
H. Perry and Clara Driggs are a fundamental part of the history of SUU, as were Perry's father, Howard R. Driggs-a member of the first faculty of the school, and his brother, H. Wayne Driggs, who was SUU director (president) for six years. A man of singular accomplishment in his own right, Perry was a pioneer in Utah radio, and an executive for KSL Radio and co-founder of KVOG Radio in Ogden. He also was a member of the New York University faculty for six years. A magician, an illustrator and cartoonist, he has spent a great deal of time and energy on two of his great passions: the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, Mo., and the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Ill. His lifelong interest in education, as well as his familial loyalty to SUU, have led him to generously establish two endowments. Perry's wife of 66 years, Clara, who worked alongside him in many of his life's endeavors, passed away in March 2001.
Merrell Robert and Carol Ann Jones have long been extraordinary contributors to the quality of life at SUU. Carol Ann has performed stellar community service over the years, including the position of president of the Alumni Association and member of the Board of Trustees. Bob, who earned a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics from the University of Utah, has served in professorships in both computer science and physics at SUU, a directorship of the computer center and the chairmanship of the department of physical science. He proposed, designed and directed the Ashcroft Observatory. He taught his last year at the University without compensation to establish an endowment fund for scholarships and faculty development in computer science. The couple raised six children, all of whom have attended SUU.
Col. Alva Leon and Barbara A. Matheson have a rich and varied background in public service. They have shared more than 50 years in education, engineering, aviation, space operations and public administration. They currently reside in Cedar City, where Alva attended the Institution, graduating in 1962 with an associate degree in industrial/ technical education. He earned a bachelor's degree from Utah State University and later his master's degree in public administration from Auburn University. Following flight duty in Vietnam, he attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, and Air University. A rated Master Navigator and Senior Space Operations Officer with more than 6,000 flight hours and 140 combat missions, Col. Matheson has been extensively decorated, including the Vietnamese Service Medal and multiple awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Col. Matheson serves as an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley State College and SUU. A graduate of Weber State University, Barbara was the performance manager on the NASA space suit when Col. Matheson assumed command of the Rockwell Rocketdyne and Santa Susanna Field Test facilities in Canoga Park, Calif., in 1983. An avid book collector, she has endowed the SUU library with a special collection of rare and unusual volumes. The Mathesons have seven children, four of whom attended SUU.
Darrell and Florence Matthews. Darrell is legendary in southern Utah for his knowledge of livestock and agriculture, and has been called upon as a livestock judge in numerous international, national, state and local livestock shows. Florence has likewise lived a life of accomplishment worthy of one who graduated from this Institution as valedictorian. Darrell taught in a joint appointment between SUU and USU for 38 years and engaged in research for 40 years. His expertise has taken him to Bolivia and Ecuador to perform development duties, and Florence taught in these countries during Darrell's tenures. He has served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Valley View Medical Center Governing Board. The couple continues to offer sterling community service and annually funds a science scholarship to the University. The couple's three children all attended SUU, along with four of their grandchildren.
Lyman and Ronda Munford are exemplars of service to their community, entrenched in giving throughout their lives. Ronda has volunteered thousands of hours to Valley View Medical Center and some 12 years to the Utah Shakespearean Festival. She has also given of herself to the American Red Cross, the PTA, and other worthy causes. Lyman is a legend of southern Utah scouting, having earned every adult award the Boy Scouts of America can bestow, and helping nearly 100 boys earn their Eagle Award. He donated a great deal of time to the building of Cedar City's Park Discovery and is a member of the board of directors of the Iron County Care and Share. He taught 35 years at SUU, including a number of courses to prepare students for direct placement into industry, including Civil Design, Engineering Design, Architectural Design and Three-Dimensional Design. He gave his final year without compensation in order to fund an endowment. Lyman and Ronda have sent two of their children to SUU.
Dr. Floyd and Marian Munson now of Upland, Calif., have remained respected members of the SUU family in the half-century since their graduation from the Institution. In 1963, Floyd graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and practiced for 35 years. After earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1953, Marian, a member of Cedar City's Bradshaw family, devoted herself to her family and church and has performed notable community service over the years. The couple has elected to aid SUU with the donation of a Bradshaw family home which will become the University's new Hosting Center.
Edward Jr. and Carolyn Rondthaler have immersed themselves into the lifeblood of Cedar City and the University. Relatively new residents of the area, they have embraced the University. Ed, who earned a master's degree in economics from Arizona State University, served in a variety of financial positions throughout a 32-year career and devoted himself to a number of worthy causes along the way, including the American Red Cross and the Nevada Ballet Company. He serves as a member of the Cedar City Music Arts Board and the SUU Board of Fellows. Carolyn, a 1996 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor's degree in psychology, has also served in a number of civic roles, including scouting. She is the current president of the Guild of the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has been a USF volunteer for seven years. She is also active in the Cedar Chest Quilter's Guild. The Rondthalers established a chair in the College of Performing and Visual Arts, and have given generous donations to the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, the American Folk Ballet and USF, and they annually provide multiple student scholarships.
Stayner and Dorothy Thompson continue a strong commitment to education and service in Utah. Dorothy, a member of Cedar City's Bradshaw family, taught for 15 years at the Intermountain Indian School, winning the Teacher of the Year Award in 1978 for her stellar classes in home economics. She continues to influence lives today, volunteering at the public library and YWCA. Stayner, too, has provided a lifetime of public service. He served as president of the Brigham City Golf and Country Club, and was an active member of the local Rotary Club. He is currently the owner and manager of a retail store. A graduate of Utah State University, he is a veteran of the Normandy Invasion of World War II. Dorothy and Stayner live in Brigham City and have three children-two of whom attended SUU-four grandchildren and one great grandchild. The couple has elected to aid SUU with the donation of a Bradshaw family home, site of the University's new Hosting Center.
Dr. Eugene and Leslie Woolf have lived lives of service and dedication to excellence. Dr. Woolf, professor emeritus of philosophy and literature, is currently the director of the Grace Adams Tanner Center for Human Values. In his 49 years of service to SUU, Gene has occupied a number of administrative positions, including the associate commissioner for academic affairs in the Utah System of Higher Education. Recently awarded the Albert J. Colton Research Fellowship by the Utah Humanities Council, he is the author of five books. He is a veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict, and served as the deputy chief of staff for the Utah National Guard. Leslie, whose family founded and ran the Iron County Record for many years, studied at the University of Utah, where she met Gene. In addition to her membership on various local committees, Leslie served for 12 years as a member and chair of the city planning committee and the city board of adjustments. For several years she was editor of the SUU alumni newspaper. The couple has generously funded the Woolf-Lee Endowment.
THE OLD MAIN SOCIETY
Members Previously Inducted
Anderson, David & Mary
Major, Dr. Michael & Patricia