SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2003)
We Will Remember
Fred H. Heaton, '30, passed away July 7, 2002 in Kanab, Utah. Fred was born October 22, 1912 in Moccasin, Arizona. As a descendant of pioneers, he followed in their footsteps and was probably the last living homesteader to homestead on the Arizona Strip. In September 2001, he was honored as an Arizona Strip Western Legend by the Western Legends Round-up of Kanab, Utah. He was also a member of the Kane County School Board for 12 years. After the passing of his first wife Josephine, Fred married Ramona Esplin Allenby, '38.
Belle Smith Grant, '32, passed away October 7, 2001 of natural causes. Belle was born November 29, 1913 in Glendale, Utah. After graduating from BAC, she attended the U of U and later BYU where she earned a degree in nursing - her life long profession.
Thelma Hunter Gardner, '35, passed away October 16, 2002 at Kolob Regional Care Center in Cedar City, Utah. Thelma was born August 19, 1916 in Cedar City, Utah. She worked as a nurses aid for many years at Valley View Medical Center and Iron County Hospital. Thelma married Magnus A. Gardner, '33.
Delbert J. Higgins, '37, passed away March 28, 2002 in Richfield, Utah. Delbert was born September 17, 1916 in Elsinore, Utah. After graduating from BAC, he went to USU, receiving his teaching certificate, then on to BYU where he received his BA and his MA in education. Through his education he taught and influenced all those he came in contact with.
Virginia M. Lowe, '38, passed away November 24, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah due to congestive heart failure. Virginia was born November 14, 1917 in Parowan, Utah where she lived most of her life. After graduating from BAC, she graduated from BYU with a BA and a teaching certificate. She returned to Parowan and taught for many years there.
Francis Bryant 'Bry' Leigh, '40, passed away October 24, 2002 in St. George, Utah. Bry was born February 4, 1922 in Cedar City, Utah. After graduating from BAC, Bry joined the Air Force during World War II. He worked many years as a farmer and was a very talented carpenter.
Mignon Smith Malm, '40, passed away August 3, 2002 after a valiant struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Mignon was born May 21, 1922 in Kanarraville, Utah. After graduating from BAC, she later moved to Salt Lake City, where she raised her family. She worked for many years as a Bridal Consultant at ZCMI and gained a reputation for her graciousness and concern for the many young ladies that she served.
Maggie Englestead Foster, '40-'41, passed away October 10, 2002 in Hurricane, Utah. Maggie was born December 17, 1922 in Hurricane, Utah. After attending BAC and with the outbreak of the World War II, Maggie moved to California with her sister to do her part in the war effort by working in an aircraft factory. She referred to herself as 'Rosie the Riveter'.
Earl Stephenson Kenney, '45, passed away October 22, 2002 in Cedar City, Utah from complications of a stroke. Earl was born on May 19, 1923, in Fillmore, Utah. He worked for the Lunt Motor Company in Cedar City for 42 years and retired as Parts Manager. He also served as Water Master for the East Extension Irrigation Company for many years. Earl married Judith Ann Williams, '47.
Grant Dennis Beatty, '57, Passed away August 20, 2002 of natural causes on Kolob Mountain. Dennis was born December 28, 1929 in Toquerville, Utah. After serving the Army in the Korean War, he graduated from CSU then went on to receive his Masters at USU. Dennis taught elementary school for six years and then became the principal of Hurricane Elementary for 27 years until his retirement in 1990. Dennis also served as a city councilman in Hurricane.
Hazel Jeanetta Crumpler Hatch, '60, passed away September 9, 2002 in Panguitch, Utah. Hazel was born May 6, 1922, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. After graduating from BAC, Hazel taught school in Panguitch for over 25 years.
Gary Reber Sandberg, '61, passed away October 24, 2002 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. Gary was born October 11, 1936, in Hurricane, Utah. After graduating from CSU, he served our country as a Sergeant in the National Guard. Gary was a sales representative for Patrick Dry Goods serving Southern Utah and Nevada for 37 years.
Carlos M. Robinson, '62, passed away November 15, 2002 at his home in Parowan, Utah. Carlos was born September 20, 1933, in Parowan, Utah. He was successful farmer/ rancher and businessman. He enjoyed nothing more than being at the farm. His expertise at "flood irrigation" was unparalleled. The time that he spent at the farm with his boys was choice and priceless.
Melodie Harmon Sandberg, '90-'99, passed away October 24, 2002 in Cedar City, Utah. Melodie was born November 15, 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was employed by SUU Headstart as a family advocate/ teacher. Melodie enjoyed her job with the Headstart program because it enabled her to teach little children, whom she loved dearly.
Maxel J. Ferguson passed away August 11, 2002 after a long battle with diabetes. Max was born June 27, 1935, on Seven Mile Creek in West Virginia. The son of a West Virginia hill farmer, Max earned a doctorate. He became a college professor and author. While he has had many jobs, his favorite occupation was teaching, especially at Southern Utah University. He loved to share his many interests and faith in Jesus with his students, friends and grandsons. He like to study people of varied cultures, learning their customs. His hobbies included rock collecting, photography, genealogy and writing.
Eugene T. Woolf, who has been called the conscience of the University, passed away Jan. 3, 2003 at his home in Cedar City after having served on continuous contract to the University dating from 1953. Although he retired from full-time teaching at the University in 1988, he continued to teach philosophy and humanities courses in an adjunct capacity and spent the last 22 years as director of the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values at SUU.
At the time of his death of leukemia, he was nearing completion of his fifth book of a series entitled "Great Minds Revisited." This volume was to be on women philosophers and may yet be published. His earlier works in the series were on Plotinus, Desiderius Erasmus, Voltaire and the Cosmologists and Socratics of early Greek philosophy. He also wrote the book Theodore Winthrop: Portrait of an American Author in 1981.
In 1997 he authored The Odyssey of the Mind: A Voyage of Discovery, exploring the ideas and achievements of the men and women represented in the Centurium. Woolf was the principal figure in the selection of the dozen great minds of history.
During his years of teaching at SUU he was among the most popular members of the faculty and competition to attend his classes was fierce. He was well-known for his dry wit coupled with his great intellect.
In his eulogy at the Jan. 8 funeral services, President Emeritus Gerald R. Sherratt said, "Gene revered the idea of a university which he regarded as one of the highest expressions of society, a place for nurturing the capacity to think and reason clearly, the ability to imagine, to reduce problems to their basic elements, and then place them in the correct perspective. Gene believed that a university, to be worthy of the name, should be a place which dared to enthrone logic above tradition, which taught its students the marvelous victories that come from the free mind alone."
In addition to serving as a professor of English and humanities, Gene served as dean of the School of Arts and Letters from 1967-1979, two terms as department chair and was associate commissioner for academic affairs of the Utah System of Higher Education from 1982-1985.
Among the many professional positions he held were chairman, Utah Endowment for the Humanities, member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, chairman of the Philosophy Section of the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences and president of the Utah Council of Teachers of English.
Dr. Woolf has a distinguished military career as well. During World War II, he served in the European Theatre with the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained on the battlefield in Germany. In 1965, he was appointed commanding officer of the National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery, and from 1973-1975, Col. Woolf served as deputy chief of staff of the Utah National Guard. He was instrumental in establishing the Utah National Guard units in southern Utah and was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict.
Among his many honors and awards are Extraordinary Lifetime Contribution to the English Profession, awarded by the Utah Council of Teachers of English; and the Outstanding Professor of the University Award, which he received in 1965, 1967 and 1988.
He earned bachelor's master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Utah and also studied at Shrivenham University in England and at Stanford University.
He is survived by his wife, Leslie; their four sons, Terry, Ron, Larry and Bret; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.