Below are brief biographical descriptions of each individual who is mentioned in either Part One or Part Two of Optimal Distance, A Divided Life.
Alton, Elmer Harold. He was born on November 23, 1904 in Linden, Wisconsin to Elmer Alton and Lydia Olive Crase. Harold married Florence Betsy Matson in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1938. The couple had five children. Harold started a Laundromat business in Bakersfield, California before becoming a successful real estate agent. He died in Bakersfield on April 18, 1977 at age seventy-three.
Alton, Florence Betsy Matson. She was born September 12, 1911 in Superior, Wisconsin to Edward Mattson and Selma Olson. She married Elmer Harold Alton in 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The couple had five children, two sons and three daughters. After Harold Alton’s death in 1977, Florence married Harold Wayne Self on May 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia′s last contact with her biological paternal grandmother was at the time of her high school graduation in 1981. Florence, her second husband Harold Wayne Self, and her first born son Thomas, came to Boulder to see Olivia. Florence died on February 13, 2007 at age ninety-five. She is buried in Bakersfield’s Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Alton, Richard Harold Thomas. Known to most as Dick Alton, he was born on December 14, 1941 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dick was the third of five children born to Elmer Harold Alton and Florence Betsy Matson. The family moved to Bakersfield, California in 1949. He graduated from EBHS in June 1960 in the same class as Joan Carol. She and Dick were married on March 23, 1963 in Berkeley, California, where they were both students at UC Berkeley. They had one child, Olivia. The couple′s final divorce decree was issued October 1965 in Berkeley. Dick married a second time on June 16, 1967 to Linda Louise Pierce in Alameda City, California. Both eventually went to work for the Ecumenical Institute, now known as the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), including placements in Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, the Philippines, Kenya, and Belgium. The couple had two daughters, but separated in 1993 and subsequently divorced. Dick was Secretary General of ICA International for over fifteen years. Public records show he is currently working on Green Community Connections and the Interfaith Green Network in Oak Park, Illinois and is living with a new life partner, Sally Stovall.
Amundson, Ann E. She was born December 3, 1947. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, she married Charles F. Wilkinson III in 1986 and is the mother of three sons. Ann and her family live in Boulder, Colorado. She previously was an associate attorney in the law firm of Fredericks, Pelcyger, and Hester. Ann gave the author Refuge– An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams and arranged for them to meet in person.
Andre, Susan Ellen. Susan was born on April 30, 1950 in San Francisco, California. She married Bruce R. Greene in San Francisco, California in 1973. They had one daughter. The couple divorced in 1988. Trained as a lawyer, Susan has worked in the area of affordable housing in both Boulder and California.
Askew, Hulett H. (Bucky). Bucky was born on May 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. He began working in legal services for the poor in 1969, following his graduation from the University of North Carolina and Emory University Law School. He has had a long and distinguished career in legal public service, including as the American Bar Association′s Consultant on Legal Education. In 2008 he was honored with Emory University′s Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award. He is currently a visiting professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law. Bucky and his wife, Cathy Walp, have two children.
Audeh, Nuhiela Gad Habiby. Nuhiela was born on March 28, 1938 in Acre, Palestine to Gad Habiby and Salma Khoury. She married Azmi Audeh on August 7, 1960 in Nazareth, Israel. The couple immigrated to America on August 15, 1961. They had two daughters, Hilda and Liela. Nuhiela died of metastatic breast cancer on December 25, 1991 in Boulder, Colorado.
Bamberger, Simon. Bamberger was a Utah coal-mine operator and railroad entrepreneur, who built the Bamberger Electric Railway which operated between Ogden and Salt Lake City. To date, Simon Bamberger is the first and only Jew elected to the governorship in Utah, his term was from January 1917 to January 1921. Born February 27, 1846 in Darmstadt-Eberstadt, Germany, Bamberger immigrated to America in 1860. His parents settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, but Simon migrated further west. He began operating a small hotel in Ogden, before eventually moving to Salt Lake City. He married Ida Maas in 1881 in Cincinnati and was the father of four children. He died in Salt Lake on October 6, 1926. Simon Bamberger was the first cousin of the author’s paternal great grandfather, Fallentin Leibermann.
Bartelme, Kenwood Francis. Dr. Bartelme was born in Wisconsin on October 5, 1922, the son of George Joseph Bartelme and Helen Hussey. After serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he earned his Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota in 1949. He married EmmaMarie Sena in New York. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology at UC Berkeley and was a resident of Berkeley until his death on April 19, 2011. The author became his patient in Berkeley in 1965. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Bartelme was on the faculty of San Francisco State College. He was the author of numerous articles and two books, including The Quiet Man, (Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris, Corp., 2009) and A Perfect Childhood, Indiana: Author House, 2004).
Beck, Edward Robert. He was the author’s maternal grandfather, also known as Pepa, and was born January 6, 1888 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He married Vermilla Smoot in Blackfoot, Idaho on September 12, 1910. The couple had five children, two sons and three daughters. Their youngest child was the author’s mother. He worked as an automobile salesman. He died in Logan, Utah on December 29, 1954.
Beck, Mary Isadora. The author’s “Aunt Mary” was born on December 19, 1912 in Salt Lake City to Edward Robert Beck and Vermilla Smoot, she was their second child. She married Don Roy Earl in Salt Lake City on December 19, 1935. The couple had five children, three daughters and two sons. Mary died in Salt Lake City on July 1, 2006.
Berg, Norman. He was born October 15, 1912 in Pullman, Washington. He married Hazel Harris in Spokane on September 4, 1938. The couple bought the Inland Hotel in Troy shortly after their marriage, which he operated until 1973. Norman Berg hired the author to work as a waitress in the Inland Hotel Coffee Shop in 1967. After working for one day, she traded her labor for an old ice cream chair without a seat, instead of Norman writing her a check for $6.10, her wages for the day. Norman died in Troy on October 4, 2007.
Bird, Myron Evans. Dr. Bird, was born in Manti, Utah on June 25, 1896 to Charles H. Bird and Alice A. Evans. He married Dorothy Romania Westenskow in Manti, Utah on August 4, 1917. The couple moved to Delta in 1929, where Dr. Bird practiced medicine for over fifty years. Romania often assisted in the operating room of his small hospital. He was the doctor who delivered the premature twins born to Bea Wallway in February 1945. He also treated the author and advised her parents between 1942 and 1945 when the family resided in Delta. Dr. Bird died in Provo, Utah on December 30, 1984 and is buried in the Delta City Cemetery.
Boyd, Peter J. He was born on July 31, 1919 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He married Patricia DeSoucy on July 6, 1942 in California and practiced law in Caldwell, Idaho as a partner in the firm of Gigray & Boyd. He represented Lary Carpenter and Joan Carol Lieberman in a lawsuit to recover losses following an accident with Keith Taylor in rural Oregon in November 1966. He died in Boise, Idaho on December 2, 2004.
Briggs, Susan Lynn. She was born March 21, 1942 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Robert Earl Briggs and Margaret Lucille Foellinger. She was the first born of five girls and one boy, including twin girls. Susan traveled to Europe with the author in September 1961, returning to America in December 1961. Susan married Dennis Gene Barlow on September 5, 1992 in San Francisco. She began working in drug and alcohol recovery thirty years ago, work that continues.
Brotman, Jordan L. He was born on August 6, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia to Moses and Eva Brotman. He married Mercedes Norah Lamb Kornell on November 20, 1940 in Chicago. He was a writer and professor of English, who taught at UC Berkeley and Sacramento State College. Jordan and Norah divorced on June 6, 1960 in Clearwater, Idaho. Jordan remarried Ada Amlinsky in San Francisco on February 9, 1968. He died in Carmichael, Sacramento, California on September 15, 2000.
Brotman, Mercedes Norah Lamb Fournier. She was born Mercedes Norah Lamb Fournier on March 18, 1912 in Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico to Roland Maxwell Lamb and Sarah Jacques Fournier. She had three known marriages. The first was to Eric Moses, a mural artist born in Denmark. Their marriage and divorce both occurred before 1940. They had one son, Sebastian Moses, who was born in New York in 1936. Norah′s second marriage was to Mathias Irving Kornell on November 20, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. They had one son, Konrad Kornell born on November 15, 1941 in San Francisco. Her third marriage was to Jordan L. Brotman on December 23, 1944 in Chicago. Darius Gabriel Brotman, their only son, was born November 21, 1948 in Berkeley. There are two divorce records for this marriage. The first was an interlocutory decree granted in Berkeley on March 23, 1952. The second was in Clearwater, Idaho on June 6, 1960. Norah died on March 17, 2004 in Little River, Mendocino County, California.
Brown, Kim Michelle. She was born Kim Michelle Osborne on March 24, 1943 in Santa Barbara, California to Frederick Earle Osborne and Mary Alice O′Bryant. Her biological parents divorced in 1947. Her mother married a second time in 1948 to Paul Stemple Brown. He adopted Kim and her sister Sydney in 1953, and the couple had four additional children together. Kim graduated from East Bakersfield High School in June 1960 in the same class as the author. She also traveled to Europe with her in the fall of 1961 and returned to America in January 1962. After studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, she became a sister nun in the Maryknoll order. She left the order to marry Albert Francis Federici on August 16, 1969. They had two children, a son, Antonio Fabrizzio Federici, and a daughter, Leslianna Federici. Kim and Albert divorced in 1994. On March 10, 1996, Kim married Peter Robert Florczak. The couple currently reside in Pipe Creek, Texas. Kim was trained as a nurse; following her retirement from University Health System’s Hematology/Oncology Division in June 2012, she has continued to work in nursing, including four separate assignments with Doctors Without Borders. First in Cambodia, and most recently three different Ebola team assignments in North Africa.
Budge, Mary Elizabeth. The daughter of Rush Clare Budge and Phoebe Ruth Smith, Elizabeth was born in Logan, Utah on December 30, 1940. She was the young woman who began dating Theodore John (Teddy J.) Wilson in the summer of 1956, soon after the author and her family began preparing to move to Bozeman, Montana. Mary Elizabeth married Ralph Sonderegger Anderson in the Logan Temple on February 24, 1967. She died in Kaysville, Utah on August 19, 2011. Her father and Dr. Omar Sutton Budge were first cousins.
Budge, Omar Sutton. Dr. Budge was born August 15, 1910 in Paris, Idaho to Oliver Budge and his third wife, Ann Hyer. Omar married Dorothy Rachel White on May 14, 1935 in Logan, where he practiced medicine. Dr. Budge was an instrumental advocate for the “walking blood bank” that led to the author’s receiving an “Atomic Tattoo.” Using the slogan, “It won’t hurt and it may save a life” Dr. Budge led the project of the Cache Valley Medical Society to blood-type tattoo all the residents of Cache and Rich Counties in Utah. In the city directories for Logan during the 1950s, he was listed as “Physician and X-Ray Specialist.” Dr. Budge was the physician who radiated Joan Carol′s thymus in 1954 and subsequently performed an appendectomy and removed her right ovary in June 1956. He died in Riverside, California on July 12, 1988 and is buried in the Logan City Cemetery.
Butcher, Charles. He was born October 2, 1916 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Charles H. Butcher and Gretchen Carstein. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in mathematical economics. He eventually became the CEO of his family′s floor care products company, Butcher Company. A pioneer in thinking about and applying socially responsible business practices, he sold the Butcher Company to Johnson Wax in 2000. With his wife Jane Weinberg Butcher, he distributed eighteen million dollars of the sale proceeds to Butcher Company employees. He subsequently took on leadership roles in the biotech industry. Charles also provided $10,000 for the cost of manufacturing Thuja for the clinical trial that the author helped establish. Charles died in Boulder, Colorado on June 12, 2004. As of July 2017, Jane Weinberg Butcher continues to be an active member of the Boulder community.
Carpenter, Betty S. Lewis. She was born June 21, 1917 in Mendocino, California to Vern Lewis and Alma Fredrick. She married Lester Carpenter in 1939 and they had two sons, Lary and Lyn. After Lester’s death in 1993, Betty remarried Chester Gilbert Bishop in Bakersfield in 1996. He died in 2002. Betty died on March 11, 2014 in Bakersfield, California.
Carpenter, Lary. The son of Lester Carpenter and Betty S. Lewis, Lary was born in Fresno on October 11, 1942. He was named after the New York Yankee baseball player, Lyn Lary (January 28, 1906 – January 9, 1973). He was a classmate of the author at East Bakersfield High School from 1957-1960. They married on March 27, 1966 in Berkeley and separated in June 1969 in Boulder. Following his separation from the author in June 1969, Lary began a relationship with Stephanie Lusak. By August 1969, Lary and Stephanie had set up household in a cabin near Nederland, Colorado. In January 1970, the couple moved with Nonny Thomas and Jim Ekedal to Humboldt County, California and homesteaded on one hundred sixty acres of land near Briceland. While Lary and Stephanie never legally married, they had four children, three daughters and a son: Their twelve-year common law marriage ended in 1981. Lary then had two more children, a son and a daughter, with a woman whose birth name and birth date are unknown. Their son committed suicide on March 1, 1998 at age sixteen. Lary’s fourth partner or common law wife was known as “Bonnie Blackberry” with whom he had no children. In the last decade of his life, Lary took up water color painting. He died of lymphoma in Humboldt County on August 6, 2005 at age sixty-three.
Carpenter, Lester. He was born October 29, 1914 in Parawan, Utah to Lawrence H. Carpenter and Ethel Mae Pickering. A graduate of Stanford University, Les Carpenter was on the faculty of East Bakersfield High School for most of his teaching career, where he was the baseball coach and a guidance counselor. He died in Bakersfield on November 24, 1993.
Clifford, Margaret Christine Martin. She was born in Sacramento, California on November 27, 1945 to Eugene W. Martin and Ruth F. Greenough. She married Glenn H. Clifford. The couple had two children, Samuel and Katie. They divorced on August 26, 1993 in Boulder County. At the time of her death on September 17, 1994 in Santa Cruz, California from metastatic breast cancer, she was forty-nine years of age.
Cole, Beverly. She was born on November 7, 1950 in Elbert, Colorado. She married Jeff Davis in Colorado Springs, and they had two children, Cole and Marya. The couple divorced in 1998. Beverly, along with the author and Hope Morrissett, founded Friends’ Primary School in Boulder in 1988.
Crawford, June Davis (see June Davis below).
Davis, June. In 1942, June was hired to help care for the author shortly after her birth until her second birthday. June was born in Annabella, Utah on July 2, 1924 to Lorenzo Edwin Davis and Vivian Ann Roberts. June Davis married Robert Grant Crawford in Sevier, Utah on October 11, 1944 and their marriage was sealed in the Manti Temple a year later. June graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Utah. She and her husband were devout Mormons and had four children. She died in Bountiful, Utah on May 27, 2013 at age eighty eight.
Day, John. Dr. Day was born 23 Feb 1952 in Montgomery, Alabama to Robert C. Day and Jane Maysey Matthews. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1977; his first residency was in general surgery at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans, followed by his appointment as Chief Administrative Resident at the University of Maryland’s Hospital in Baltimore. He practiced vascular and trauma surgery at the Boulder Medical Center from 1981 to 2001 and was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Boulder Community Hospital from 1990-1992 and during this period helped establish the clinical trial of Thuja along with the author. In 2001 Dr. Day founded Haelan Life Stream Center in Boulder, which relocated to Crestone, Colorado in 2007.
De Haas, Thijs. He was born in Bandung, Indonesia on February 2, 1926 to Alle de Haas and Bijltien de Graaf, Dutch citizens. He married Trudy Jansen in 1950 in Indonesia and the couple had three sons. Thijs and his family immigrated to the United States in 1960. After he and Trudy divorced, Thijs married Dieuke de Harst. Dieuke, who was born in Zandvoort, Netherlands; she died in Boulder in May 2001. Thijs was instrumental in the development and establishment of the Thuja clinical trial in 1990. Thijs died in Colorado on August 10, 2005.
Dooley, Tom. Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley III was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 17, 1927 to Thomas A. Dooley, Jr. and Agnes Wise Manzelman. After serving as a physician in the US Navy, Dr. Dooley went to Laos, where he opened clinics and founded the Medical International Cooperation Organization (MEDICO). He returned to America for cancer treatments, but died in New York City on January 18, 1961 at age thirty-four from melanoma. The author’s interest in China began after reading his book, Deliver Us from Evil: The Story of Vietnam’s Flight to Freedom, following her meeting with Dr. Norris H. Weinberg.
Downs, Lewis Vern. He was born May 13, 1926 in Smithfield, Cache County, Utah to Arthur E. Downs and Birdie C. Hunt. In 1947, he married Clarice Perkes in Logan. At Adams School in Logan he was the author’s sixth grade teacher in 1953-54. He died October 15, 1988 and is buried in the Hyde Park Cemetery.
Eichorn, John Peter. He was born August 15, 1918 in San Francsico to Hilmar A. Eichorn and Frieda Marguard. He was the nephew of Lawrence and Dorothy Senesh and traveled to Hungary at the outbreak of World War II in order to bring the first Pulik to America. He returned on August 27, 1939 on the SS Georgic with an adult female and male and their first litter of puppies, who had been bred by Lawrence Senesh′s family. John P. Eichorn died in Napa, California on July 15, 2003.
Ekedal, James Michael. Jim was born on December 23, 1942 in Bexar County, Texas to Jalmer Manfred Ekedal and Ludmilla Lydia (Lee) Vanek . He attended high school in San Mateo, California and met Naneen Thomas when they were both freshman students at San Francisco State College. They were married on June 15, 1963 in Sausalito, Marin County, California. The couple had two children, a daughter born in Denver, and a son born in Humboldt County, California. They divorced in 1982. Jim′s second marriage was to Susan Clark, with whom he also had two children, a son and a daughter. Jim and Susan were living and working in Ojai, California when Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died in Humboldt County on March 14, 2003 at age sixty-one.
Evans, Afton Lee. The daughter of Francis C. Lee and Juliet P. Cash, Afton was born in Hyde Park, Utah on July 1, 1904. She married Benjamin Wyndom Evans, a widower with one son, on August 20, 1926 in Logan. They had four children together, two sons and two daughters, including the author’s best friend, Marlene Evans. Afton Lee Evans died in Logan on June 7, 1990 and is buried in the Logan City Cemetery.
Evans, Benjamin Wyndom. Ben was born in Logan, Utah on March 31, 1895 to William Evans, Senior and Emma Rachael Williams. He married Tracy Lamb in Logan on April 19, 1916. Two sons were born to them, Ray and Wendell Lamb. Wendell died at eight months of the Spanish Influenza on March 27, 1920. Tracy was seven months pregnant with a third child at the time of her early death at age thirty-three on June 11, 1924 from pulmonary edema. After Tracy’s death, Benjamin married Afton Lee in Logan on August 20, 1926, with whom he had four children (Sidney, Julia, Sherman, and Marlene). Ben Evans died December 28, 1976 in Logan, Utah. He was eighty-one years of age. He remained the author’s iconic model for equanimity all her life.
Evans, Marlene. She was born in Logan, Utah on July 19, 1940 to Benjamin W. Evans and Afton Lee. She married Stephen D. Hill on September 12, 1968 in the LDS Temple in Logan, Utah. The couple had three children, Jennifer, Brian, and Susan. Stephen D. Hill died on November 18, 2008 in Salt Lake City. In 2016, Marlene was still living in the Salt Lake area.
Evans, Roland Owen. Roland was born in 1951 in Dungarvan, Ireland, the son of Jim Roquier Evans and Pamela Mary Jolly. He is a transpersonal psychotherapist, writer, and gardener. He has a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in clinical psychology with the National Health Service in London and has written extensively about psychology. Roland has also been a faculty member of Naropa University in Boulder and the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. The author became his patient in 1991 and he continues to treat her. His first book was Seeking Wholeness – Insights into the Mystery of Experience. Hygiene, Colorado: Sun Shine Press Publications, Inc., 2001.
Federici, Kim Brown. (See Brown, Kim).
Fox, Maurice. Born Moises Fuksman on December 24, 1932 in Kobryn, Poland to Izaac Fuksman and Brocha Klemper. Maurice, his mother, and his maternal grandmother immigrated to America in 1937 and settled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where his maternal aunt was living with her husband Abraham Shugerman. His father arrived in 1939 and he changed the family surname to Fox when he was naturalized in 1940. Maurice graduated from college and medical school at Vanderbilt University. His residency in internal medicine was at UC San Francisco, where he was Chief Resident from 1963 to 1964, when he treated the author and became her friend. From 1964 until his retirement in 1990, Dr. Fox practiced internal medicine and endocrinology at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Fox married Tammi Gershgol November 27, 1959 in St. Louis, Minnesota. They had three children and divorced in April 1971. His second marriage on June 18, 1976 was to Ellen A. Goldberg. Maurice Fox died at his Palo Alto home on July 31, 2008.
Fremont, Helen is the author of After a Long Silence (1999). Fremont′s memoir is the story of she and her sister’s discovery that their parents were Holocaust survivors. Her parents had raised Helen and her sister as Catholics without telling them they were Jews. The family of Helen′s mother lived on the same street in Lvov as the family of Charlotte Sternberg Smokler. Helen was the assistant workshop leader of the author’s non-fiction group at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in August 1999.
Fuhriman, Jerry. He was born in Logan, Utah on April 7, 1942 to A. Wendell Fuhriman and Nona Dunkley. He was a classmate of the author at Adams Elementary School in the 1950s. He married Sue Sanborn and became a professor and consultant in environmental planning and taught at several universities in Illinois, Minnesota, and at Utah State University in Logan. At Utah State he was honored with the President’s Diversity Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Service Award for his work with American Indians. He is also known for his western landscape paintings.
Funk, Helen June. She was the author’s homemaking teacher at Logan Junior High School. Born on June 6, 1930 in Richmond, Cache County, Utah, she was the daughter of Cyril R. Funk and Hazel Marie Jensen. She married Dr. Kenneth Nelson Cutler in 1957 in the Logan Temple. They became the parents of eight children.
Gannon, Michael Ignatius. He was born in Chicago on July 25, 1927, the son of John Thomas Gannon, a police officer, and Susan Kaufmann. He obtained his undergraduate degree at St. Louis University in philosophy and science in 1950. After he became a Jesuit priest, he taught theology at Loyola University. In June 1959, Father Gannon traveled aboard the SS Queen Mary to Southampton, England for further study at St. Beuno’s College, St. Asaph, Flontshire in North Wales. He continued his doctoral studies on the gospel of St. Mathew in Paris in 1961, where he resided in a Jesuit house at 42 Rue de Grenelle, VII arrondisement. Reportedly, he resigned from the Jesuit order in 1963, shortly after his final meeting with the author. He subsequently married and had two children, a son and a daughter. In 1978, Michael Gannon went to work for the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago, where he remained for the next twenty-one years in the Continuing Medical Education Department. In 1988, he became the Associate Director of the Division of Continuing Medical Education, until his retirement in May 1999. He died in Algonquin, Illinois on October 2, 2003 at age seventy-six.
Getches, Charlotte Ann Marks. Ann was born on March 23, 1941 in San Fernando, California to Charles Louis Marks and Lois J. Hall. After graduation from Occidental College, she married David H. Getches on June 26, 1964 in Los Angeles. Ann has given birth to three children: a son Matthew, on her birthday in 1969, and twin daughters in July 1976. Ann and David moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1971, when David became the director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). Ann taught school for several years in the Boulder Valley School District before becoming the manager of MB Development Company, a position she retired from in 2011. Well-known in Boulder as a phenomenal cook and elegant hostess, Ann has been a model of social and parenting grace for the author, in much the same way as Mildred Verhaag attempted to guide the author with respect to her physical appearance. Her social skills were instrumental in David’s professional success, particularly after he became Dean of the University of Colorado’s School of Law. Since the death of David H. Getches in July 2011, Ann has continued in her community building role, bringing diverse groups of people together to discuss current social problems at her dining room table while helping her three children, four grandsons, and numerous friends. She continues to be an active volunteer in organizations providing housing for the homeless.
Getches, David Harding. He was born August 17, 1942 in Abington, Pennsylvania to George Winslow Getches and Ruth Harding. He married Charlotte Ann Marks in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 1964, shortly after he earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College. After his graduation from the University Southern California School of Law in 1968, he worked as an associate attorney at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego. In 1970, Bob Pelcyger hired David to work as a staff attorney in the Escondido office of California Indian Legal Services. After the Ford Foundation made a grant to establish the Native American Rights Fund, (NARF) David became the founding Executive Director. In 1973, he turned the directorship over to John Echohawk, a Native American, while continuing to work as a staff attorney at NARF until 1976. After three years in private practice in Boulder, David joined the faculty of the University of Colorado’s School of Law. He was a prolific author and active in environmental groups, including the Grand Canyon Trust. He also served as a cabinet officer in the administration of Governor Dick Lamm. In 2005, David was appointed Dean of the School of Law, and he served in that role until a few weeks before his death, leading the School through the development and building of the Wolf Law Building. He died at his home in Boulder on July 5, 2011, thirty days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The author considered David to be her best male friend. His loss left a large hole in her heart. David shared a birthday with Olivia and practiced the economics of Frank V. Lieberman.
Gilder, Agnes Clark. She was born on February 5, 1903 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin to Edgar Clark and Mary E. Devereaux. She married Glenn Robert Gilder on April 23, 1928 in Latah County and gave birth to six children. Agnes died April 9, 1984 and is buried in Beulah Cemetery in Troy, Idaho.
Gilder, Glenn Robert. He was born on August 31, 1901 in Whitman County, Washington to Robert James Gilder and Eugenie Kegley. He married Agnes Clark on April 23, 1928 in Latah County, Idaho. The couple had six children, two daughters and four sons. Glenn Gilder died on December 4, 1988 in Troy, Idaho and is buried in the Beulah Cemetery in Troy.
Gold, Lawrence (Larry) Marshall. Larry Gold was born in Schenectady, New York on August 16, 1941 to Morris Gold and Belle Hershkowitz. He earned his doctorate in cellular biology at the University of Connecticut and undertook post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University. He has been a professor of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Colorado for four decades and is the founder of three different biotech companies. Currently he is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SomaLogic. His first marriage to Rita E. Schweitz was on December 1, 1963 in Trumbull, Connecticut. They had two children, Cory and Jody. The marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage was to Hope Morrissett in 1980, with whom he had three children: Jonathan, Nicholas, and Emily. Jonathan died a few months after his birth on October 5, 1982. Larry and Hope are residents of Boulder and have been the primary benefactors of Friends’ School.
Goldberg, Dr. Helen. Dr. Helen Goldberg first trained as an oncology nurse before graduating from Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did her residency at Duke University Medical Center, then joined Boulder′s only oncology group. Sadly for the author, Dr. Goldberg′s Boulder tenure was brief. She left Boulder for San Antonio, Texas where she continues to practice oncology, with an emphasis on integrative medicine. She received a 2012 fellowship to attend the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Goldstein, Mary Kay Wallway. Mary Kay (Katherine) was born in Los Angeles February 22, 1942 to Marvin Wallway and Beatrice Gilfert. She moved to Delta, Utah with her parents in the summer of 1942 and she was the first friend and playmate of the author. Mary Kay married Dr. Raymond Goldstein on March 1, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Dental Hygiene. The couple had four children; a daughter who died as an infant and three sons, Larry, Marc, and Steve. Mary Kay died of metastatic breast cancer on January 3, 1999 in Philadelphia at age fifty-six.
Gonzalez, Dr. Nicholas James. Dr. Gonzalez was born December 28, 1947 in Flushing, New York to William J. Gonzalez and Marie Franzese. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University in English literature. After working as a journalist and freelance writer, he attended Cornell University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD degree in 1983, followed by an internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University. He married Linda Lee Isaacs on May 18, 1985 in Alexandria, Virginia. She obtained her MD degree from Vanderbilt and joined Dr. Gonzalez in his New York City practice. They subsequently divorced, but continued to practice medicine together. Dr. Gonzalez’ second marriage was to Mary Beth Pryor. Dr. Gonzalez died suddenly from unknown causes at his New York home on July 21, 2015.
Goshen, Elmer Isaac. Reverend Goshen was born in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois in 1872. He attended Northwestern University and Williams College. In 1903-1904, Reverend Goshen resided in Ogden′s Reed Hotel, where Torty Tuite worked as a baker. Reverend Goshen was then the pastor of the Congregationalist Church in Ogden. In 1909, Goshen moved to Salt Lake City to become the pastor of the First Congregationalist Church on University Avenue. After Anna Tuite Lieberman moved her children to Salt Lake in 1923, the family attended his Church to hear his sermons. He left Salt Lake City in 1935. Reverend Goshen died in San Francisco in 1941.
Gottfredson, Fay Packard. She was born June 13, 1902 in Payson, Idaho to Chillian Packard and Phoebe Jane Schuler. She married Samuel Kenneth Gottfredson on June 4, 1923. The couple had three children and were members of the same bridge club as Margaret and Frank Lieberman in Logan in the 1950s. Fay died on October 23, 1988 and is buried in the Springville City Cemetery.
Gottfredson, Samuel Kenneth. He was born on November 7, 1900 in Springville, Utah to James Edward Gottfredson and Emma Bulkley. He married Fae Packard on June 4, 1923. He died on August 17, 1982 and is buried in the Springville City Cemetery
Greaves, Vicky Ann. She was born May 11, 1942 in Logan, Utah to Leo Jensen Greaves and Verba Irene Larsen. Vicky married Franklin Douglas Dickson in Logan in 1961. Franklin was born December 31, 1936. According to public records, as of 2002 the couple were still residents of Logan.
Greene, Bruce R. He was born in New York on May 18, 1943 to Sidney Greenberg and Annette Rubin. Most of his childhood was spent in Southern California. Bruce earned his law degree from UC San Francisco’s Hasting College of Law in 1967 and practiced law in San Francisco until joined the staff of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) soon after it was established. Because of his excellent listening skills often functioned as the “house shrink” at NARF. He became close friends with the author, Bob Pelcyger, and David H. and Ann Marks Getches. Bruce has been married three times and has a son and a daughter. His current partner is Kathy Mackin. Since 1978, Bruce has continued to represent Native American tribes in his private practice in Boulder.
Grothjan, Naomi Cress. She was born May 27, 1930 in Ohio to Henry Ernest Cress and Ruth T. Wenner. She graduated from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio and married Howard Lee Grothjan on February 26, 1952. The couple moved to Boulder in 1958 where Howard worked as a policeman and Naomi taught elementary school. Naomi was a participant in the Thuja Trial in Boulder in 1990. She died in Boston, Massachusetts in March 1990.
Hampl, Patricia was born March 12, 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Stanley Hampel and Mary T. Marum. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota; she obtained a masters in fine arts from the University of Iowa in 1970. She married Terence Josiah Williams on September 10, 1988. He died in St. Paul on August 5, 2015. In addition to teaching at several different universities, Patricia is the author of three prize winning memoirs: A Romantic Education, 1981; Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life, 1992, and The Florist’s Daughter: A Memoir, (2007). Patricia Hampl was the leader of the author’s non-fiction workshop at the Breadloaf Writer′s Conference in August 1999.
Herr, Dona. She was born on May 5, 1942 in Bakersfield. She married Roger D. Bergthold on April 9, 1960 in Bakersfield, shortly before her graduation from EBHS. She gave birth to a son, Daniel D. Bergthold on November 16, 1960 in Santa Clara County. According to public records, until 2002, Donna and Roger were living in Grass Valley, California.
Hinckley, Rulon Tennyson. He was born October 31, 1897 to Alonzo Arza Hinckley and Rose Mae Robinson in Filmore, Millard County, Utah. He married Lucilla Pearl May on June 30, 1926 in the Salt Lake Temple. He completed a mission in France in 1920; then returned to Paris, France as Mission President with his wife in 1960, serving until 1964 during the period the author was also in France. He died on May 18, 1994 in Provo, Utah.
Hoover, Martha Penney. She was born October 10, 1923 near Grand Lake, Colorado to Albert Penney and Marjorie Elizabeth Johnston. She married Theodore (Ted) Hoover in 1948. The couple had three children: Leona, Stephen and Penny (Zia). Following Ted′s sudden death from polio in Kansas in 1952, she and her children moved to the home of her widowed mother in Boulder at 749 Marine Street, next door to what became the author’s Marine Street Cottage. Trained as a nurse, Martha worked at the Wardenburg Health Center on the campus of the University of Colorado until her retirement in 1986. Martha was the beloved neighbor and mother-coach of the author from 1969 to 1993. She was also the guardian and owner of Moxie, the Golden Retriever who adopted Eben Valentine as his own. Martha Hoover died at her home in her favorite chair on February 28, 1998.
Hsu, Immanuel C.Y. Professor Hsu was born in Shanghai, China on March 2, 1922 and studied at Yenching University in Beijing. He earned his Masters’ Degree at the University of Minnesota and his doctorate from Harvard University. In 1959, he joined the faculty of UC Santa Barbara and remained there until his retirement in 1991. He was also an accomplished violinist and music lover. Joan Carol Lieberman was his student in 1960. He married Dolores Menstell in 1962. They had one son. Professor Hsu died in Santa Barbara on October 24, 2005.
Isaacs, Linda Lee was born December 3, 1959 in Fairfax, Virginia to Alvin C. Isaacs and Mary Blair. She married Nicholas James Gonzalez on May 18, 1985 in Alexandria, Virginia, the same year she graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at NYU School of Medicine in 1991. Following her divorce from Dr. Gonzalez, she remained his work partner until his death in 2015. She continues to practice metabolic medicine in New York City.
Jeanmaire, ZiZi. Born Renee Marcelle Jeanmaire on April 29, 1924 in Paris, she began studying ballet as a child. She married Roland Petit in 1954, whom she had first met at age nine, after having joined his dance company, Petit’s Ballets de Paris in 1949. Together they found success and became the parents of one child, a daughter, Valentine. In August 2016 there had been no report of her death.
Jordan, Virginia (Ginny) Wells. Ginny was born November 30, 1953. She grew up near Toledo, Ohio and married Roger Truesdail Jordan in 1977. They had three children. A long term survivor of breast cancer, who was subsequently was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and ovarian cancer, Ginny persuaded the author to consider treatment by Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez. She practiced Jungian dream therapy in Boulder for many years. In addition to helping start beadforlife.org, a program to assist impoverished women in Uganda, Ginny has written a memoir about her life experiences, Clear Cut – One Woman’s Journey of Life in the Body, published by Lantern Books, Brooklyn, New York, 2012.
Kerr, Clark. President Kerr was born May 17, 1911 in Stony Creek, Pennsylvania. He married Catherine “Kay” Spaulding on December 25, 1934 and earned a PhD in economics at the University of California (UC) Berkeley in 1939. In 1945, he became an associate professor of industrial relations and was the founding director of Berkeley’s Institute of Industrial Relations. In 1952 when the position was first created, Kerr was appointed chancellor at UC Berkeley. Six year later, in 1958, he was selected as President of the University of California system by the Regents. In 1964, when students active in the Free Speech Movement began sit-ins to protest UC’s limiting student political activities on campus,. Kerr was caught in the middle. He was criticized by both the students and by conservative Regents, particularly Regent Edwin Pauley. It was Regent Pauley’s collaboration with the CIA and the FBI that led to Ronald Reagan’s labeling of Kerr as a “dangerous liberal” during his campaign for Governor in 1966. Kerr was dismissed as president by the Regents in 1967. Following his dismissal, Kerr served on the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education until 1973. It was shortly after he was appointed to this position that he gave the author’s name to Jules Sugerman, which led to her appointment as Director of Boulder County Head Start in 1969. Clark Kerr died in his El Cerrito home on December 1, 2003.
Krantz, James S. Jim Krantz was born March 23, 1951 in Nebraska to Aaron H. Krantz and Ruth Somberg. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1974, and obtained a doctorate in systems sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. He married Annie Maureen Boland and the couple have two children. He was a consultant with the Wharton School’s Center for Applied Research and the Tavistock Institute in London. In addition to teaching at Wharton, Yale, and Columbia, Jim Krantz has written extensively about organizational dynamics. He and his family live in New York City. He assumed responsibility for the author’s contract with the Fort Wayne Consensus Committee in the summer of 1991.
LaPointe, Oran. He was a member of the Oglala Sioux and Potawatomie Tribes. He was born on March 24, 1940 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His parents were Stanislaus W. LaPointe and Linda E. Knudsen. He worked with Joan Carol Lieberman at the Native American Rights Fund from 1972-1976.
Luce, W. David. Dr. Luce was the internist who provided primary care for Joan Carol Lieberman in Boulder, Colorado after she began treatment with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez in New York. After earning his B.S. degree is from Dartmouth College, Dr. Luce attended Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1974. He completed his residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital. He continues to practice medicine in Boulder.
Marshall, Alice Lieberman. Alice was born November 29, 1913 in Ogden, Utah to Jacob Liebermann and Anna Gertrude Tuite. She married Arthur William Marshall in Salt Lake City at the Hotel Utah on February 7, 1941. The couple had three children: William (Bill), Lynn, and Nancy. Alice played an important role in Joan Carol′s life from the time of her birth until her death. Alice developed breast cancer during the period when Joan Carol was also being treated for the disease. She died in Salt Lake City on July 14, 2002 at age eighty-nine.
Marshall, Arthur William. Art Marshall was born February 7, 1912 in Salt Lake City, the son of William Arthur Marshall and Anna Glasgow Robertson. After his father graduated from the University of Denver Dental College in 1903, he moved to Salt Lake, where he built a successful private practice as a dental surgeon and raised a family of four children. Following Art’s marriage to Alice, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II from June 1942 until February 1946, obtaining the rank of Captain. Arthur returned to Salt Lake and founded the A.W. Marshall Company, a wholesale tobacco and candy supply company, which is now operated by his son Bill Marshall. Arthur Marshall died in Salt Lake City on July 18, 2005 at age ninety-three.
Martin, Cheryl Lynne. She was the sister of Margaret Martin Clifford. She was born in Sacramento, California on August 1, 1943 to Eugene W. Martin and Ruth F. Greenough. She died on November 14, 1994 in Santa Cruz, California from metastatic breast cancer at age fifty one.
Morrissett, Hope Elizabeth. She was born September 10, 1951 in Alameda County, California to Irving Morrissett and Elizabeth Ellen Winkelman. She married Lawrence (Larry) Marshall Gold in Colorado in 1980. They had three children; Jonathan, who died soon after birth; Nicholas, and Emily, both of whom became close friends of Eben Valentine. Hope and Larry were instrumental in the founding of Friends′ Primary School in Boulder, providing extraordinary financial support to the school during the startup period, including the purchase of a permanent site for Friends′ School campus at Pennsylvania Avenue and 55th Street in Boulder.
Moulding, Harland James. Nicknamed Hockey, he was born March 25, 1898 in Ogden, Utah, the son of Leander Moulding and Mary Jane Gale. He first met Anna Tuite when he was a child. They remained friends for many years. After Anna Tuite Lieberman declined his proposal of marriage in 1923, Hockey married Effie Hunter Cowan, a newly converted Mormon immigrant from Scotland, in Oakland, California on his birthday in 1926. They had three children. Hockey died in Ogden on September 11, 1972.
Neilson Family. In 1951, Thomas Albert Nielson and his wife Donna Wilkes owned a home at 630 North 400 East in Logan, next door to the “Dream House” built by Frank and Margaret Lieberman. The two families were next door neighbors until the fall of 1956. Thomas was born on November 4, 1923 in River Heights to LaVon A. Nielson and Elizabeth Maughn. He married Donna Wilkes in the Logan Temple on June 25, 1947. Donna was born on April 18, 1927 in St. Charles, Idaho to Samuel and Thelma Wilkes. Thomas and Donna had four children. The first two were daughters, Tana and Teri, followed by Kirk and Greg. Like his father, Thomas was a mason. In March 1987, a few weeks after Thomas was placed on the heart transplant list, he received a heart from his sixteen-year-old grandson, Jonathan Simper, the son of Teri Nielson and Craig Simper, who had been mortally wounded in a car accident, along with three other teenagers. Thomas died in Logan on May 3, 2000. Donna died thirteen years later on May 26, 2013 in Logan.
Koiter, John. The Delta, Utah home rented by Frank and Margaret Lieberman in December 1941, was owned by John Koiter and his wife Flora Ross Hopkins. John was born in Holland and converted to Mormonism before immigrating to America. He married Flora on March 9, 1927 in the Salt Lake Temple. At the time of their marriage, Flora was a widow with three children. After fifteen years in Delta, the couple moved to Salt Lake City in 1942, where John went to work for International Harvester. Both died in the 1960s and are buried in the Delta City Cemetery.
Lusak, Stephanie H. She was born March 21, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Owen Lusak and Katherine D. Rickert. Stephanie is the mother of four of the children born to Lary Carpenter.
Marquardt, James Edward. Dr. Marquardt, was born January 22, 1935 in Mower County, Minnesota to Erhard G. Marquardt and Viola Shane. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota’s Medical School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he was director of the in-patient psychiatric ward of the Veterans′ Hospital in Denver for twenty-five years and was the Director of the Wardenburg Health Center at the University of Colorado Boulder when he first began treating the author. According to public records, in 2016 he was still practicing in Boulder, Colorado.
Nicolau-Oppenheimer, Siobhan. She was born Joan Ann Caffrey on April 6, 1931 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. She graduated from Goucher College in 1952. Her first marriage was to David E. Oppenheimer, son of the Dr. Edgar D. Oppenheimer and Carolyn Weil. He was a graduate of Brown University. The couple had three children, Trudy, David, and John. Siobhan married for a second time to George Nicolau on November 13, 1971 in Stamford, Connecticut. They had two sons. Siobhan worked at the Ford Foundation for many years and was instrumental in recruiting the author to accept an offer of employment at the Native American Rights Fund, at the time the Foundation made a million dollar grant to develop the organization. Siobhan died on September 23, 2013 in Banteer, Ireland.
Nomee, Clara Mae White Hip. She was elected as the first chairwoman of the Crow Tribe of Montana in 1990, a leadership role she held for a decade. Clara, born May 12, 1938 at Crow Agency, Montana, was the daughter of Henry Pretty On Top, Sr. and Susie White Hip. She married Carlton Nomee, Sr. in 1985. Clara died January 31, 2012 in Billings of kidney failure.
Olsen, Scott. He was born May 26, 1942 in Logan, Utah to Merrill Olsen and Thelma Henrietta Lundahl. Scott married Cornelia (Connie) Louise Nielsen, a classmate, in Logan in July 12, 1963. He became an educator and in 2006 won the Arch of Fame Award from the Association for Career and Technical Education. He was director of the Career and Technology Education program for the Jordan School District, while also supervising a secondary charter school, a prison education program, and the district’s adult high school in Salt Lake County. According to public records he is still living in the Salt Lake area.
Olson, Linda. She was born May 3, 1940 in Logan, Utah to George Donald Olsen and Stella Lorraine Miner. The extended Olsen family lived at 442 North 500 West, across the street from the rental home occupied by the Lieberman family in 1948-1950. The family included Linda’s paternal grandparents, James Olsen and Alice Ewer Olsen, and several aunts and uncles. Her father was the second to youngest of twelve children born on the property. Linda married John D. Wood. According to public records the couple were residents of Logan in 2002.
Pelcyger, Eleanor (Ellie) Kathryn Wensberg. Ellie was born on October 30, 1935 in Seattle to Royal H. Wensberg and Katherine Courtwright. In 1957 she married William A. Coben in Santa Monica and they had three children. They divorced in July 1973. Ellie and Joel M Pelcyger founded P.S. 1, a private elementary school in Santa Monica in 1970. They were married on December 29, 1984 in Santa Monica. Ellie retired from the school in 2000 and began a career as an artist, which she continues today.
Pelcyger, Eugene (Gene). He was born in New York City on April 5, 1909 to two first generation Jewish immigrants, David Pelcyger and Jessie Tdasse Horowitz. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1931. Eugene married Ruth Cantor on November 15, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. The couple had two sons: Robert Stuart and Joel Myron. Eugene practiced criminal law in Brooklyn until his retirement in 1974. He and Ruth then moved to Hollywood, Florida, where he died of a heart attack on November 8, 1979.
Pelcyger, Joel Myron. He was born March 17, 1949 in Brooklyn to Eugene Pelcyger and Ruth Cantor. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1967 with a degree in education. He moved to Los Angeles where he and Ellie Wensberg Cobin founded P.S. 1, a pluralistic school for elementary age children in Santa Monica. He and Ellie subsequently married on December 29, 1984. The couple reside in Santa Monica, where in 2017, he was still directing P.S.1., which currently serves 225 children from preschool to sixth grade.
Pelcyger, Ruth Cantor. Ruth was born June 1, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to Samuel Cantor and Sarah Rebecca Bindler. She married Eugene Pelcyger on November 15, 1936 in the Jewish Community Center in Brooklyn. The couple met in the law offices of Arthur Goldstein where she was working as a legal secretary and Eugene was a law clerk. The couple had two sons, Robert Stuart and Joel Myron. Their first household was an apartment on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn. In 1955 they moved into a single family residence in Valley Stream, Long Island. Following Eugene’s retirement from his criminal law practice, the couple relocated to Hollywood, Florida. Ruth died there of metastatic breast cancer on September 18, 1993. She is buried next to Eugene in the “Mother Sarah Family Circle” section of Wellwood Cemetery, Farmington, New York.
Penny, Barton W. Bart was born September 1, 1940 in Butte, Montana to Robert Oliver Penny and Roberta Phillips. He married Waltraud (Vali) Schlunder, a German citizen, in 1964 while serving in the U.S. Air Force. After Europe, he returned to Montana and graduated from Montana State University. He had a career in corrections and construction. Bart and Vali are currently residents of Anchorage, Alaska. They are the parents of two daughters and grandparents of two grandsons.
Piaf, Edith. She was born Edith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris on December 19, 1915. A French cabaret singer, she became widely regarded as France’s national diva. One song for which she became famous was her rendition of “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960). She died of liver cancer at age forty seven on October 10, 1963 in Paris.
Pierce, Linda Louise. She was born March 21, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. She married Dick Alton on June 16, 1967 in Alameda City, California. The couple subsequently went to work for the Institute of Cultural Affairs and lived in Denver, Philadelphia, the Philippines, and Kenya. They had two daughters, Christina and Kay. They divorced around 1993. In 2016 she was a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Pope, Harold LeGrand. He was born May 24, 1910 in Basalt, Bingham County, Idaho to Bert LeGrand Pope and Ada Mae Lyon. He married Vermilla Beck in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 21, 1931. The couple had three daughters and a son. He operated creameries in both Delta and Bountiful, was the bishop of his LDS Ward and elected mayor of Bountiful. He died in Bountiful on March 17, 1990 at the age of eighty.
Pope, Vermilla Beck. The first born child of Edward Robert Beck and Vermilla Smoot, she was born March 1, 1911 in Salt Lake City. She married Harold Legrand Pope on August 21, 1931 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Four children were born to them, three daughters and a son. At mid-life Vermilla earned a degree in psychiatric nursing. She died in Bountiful, Utah on August 2, 2007.
Price, Monroe Edwin and Aimee Brown Price. Monroe was born on August 18, 1938 in Vienna, Austria to Harold Price and Alice Diamant. He was seven months old when he immigrated to America in 1939 with his parents. He married Aimee Bertha Brown on August 15, 1965 in Beverly Hills, California. The couple have three sons. A graduate of Yale School of Law, Monroe was instrumental in setting the course of Bob′s career in Indian law. Coincidentally, Monroe was inadvertently responsible for Bob′s decision to have a child with the author just before Monroe′s appointment to the Deanship of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in 1982. He currently is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School and the author of numerous books and articles. Aimee is a well-known art historian whose two volume study of the work of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was published by Yale University Press in 2010.
Quarnstrom, Jane Ellen. Jane Ellen Quarnstrom was born in Los Angeles on December 24, 1942 to Arthur A. Quarnstrom and Ellen Miller. She was the valedictorian of the 1960 graduating class of East Bakersfield High School. She attended Stanford University and received a degree in linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She married Stephen Alec Sokolow in Berkeley on February 1, 1964. He was born in Los Angeles November 27, 1943 and died on October 25, 2011. The couple had two children. Jane’s professional work was primarily in software development. In 2017 she was a resident of Oakland, California.
Quist, Francis Peggy Stevens. Peggy was born in Salt Lake City on June 2, 1919, just five days before Margaret, to Embra T. Stevens and Ida L. Watts. She was Margaret Lieberman’s best friend during high school and for several years after. She married Barr Eldredge Quist on June 30, 1941 in Salt Lake City. Peggy and Barr Quist visited Margaret and Frank Lieberman in Delta, bringing their first born son, Barr E. Quist, Junior with them. Peggy died September 8, 2007 in Salt Lake City.
Reid, Judith Louise. She was born September 15, 1943 in Berkeley, California to Henry Clay Reid, Jr. and Emma Isabel Rowbotham. She married Richard (Rick) Benjamin Collins in Santa Fe in 1969. Rick joined the staff of the Native American Rights Fund in 1976, where the couple became close friends of the author and her husband. Rick is a faculty member at the School of Law, University of Colorado. Judy, a former French teacher, is currently leading the effort to develop a concert hall for musical performances in Boulder. The couple have three grown daughters. It was Judy who led the author to Terry Tempest Williams’ book, Refuge.
Reid, Rose Marie. She was born Rose Marie Yancey on September 12, 1906 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to William Elvie Yancey and Marie Hyde. Rose Marie Reid began designing bathing suits in Canada, where by 1946 sales of her suits represented half of all such sales in Canada. In 1950, while living in Los Angeles, she filed for a patent on her one-piece bathing suit design that used elastic fabric and had no buttons. In 1955 she was named Designer of the Year by Sports Illustrated and Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Rose Marie was known in Mormon circles for her efforts to convert Jews to Mormonism in cooperation with LeGrand Richards. She died on December 19, 1978 in Provo, Utah and is buried in Provo’s East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. Her second husband, Jack Crossman Reid, died on July 9, 1972 in Los Angeles.
Ricks, Marcellus (Marc). Marc Ricks was the Bishop of the L.D.S. University Ward in Berkeley in 1965 and conducted the excommunication trial of the author. He was born on September 9, 1910 in Rexburg, Idaho to Hyrum Ricks and Alice Ovanda Cheney. After serving a Mormon mission in Europe, he married Jane Merrell Jones on October 30, 1936. In 1940, they set up their household in Berkeley where he worked as a research chemist for an oil company. Marc Ricks died in Provo, Utah on January 2, 2011 at age one hundred.
Roberts, Walter Orr. He was born on August 20, 1915 in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts to Ernest M. Roberts and Alice E. Orr. He married Janet Smock. In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado, Roberts founded the High Altitude Observatory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. Roberts was one of the first scientists to warn that technology was changing the earth’s climate. After standard treatments for metastatic melanoma failed, Walter became one of a dozen participants in the clinical trial of Thuja the author helped launch in January 1990. Walter died on March 12, 1990. His wife Janet died in Boulder on November 1, 2007.
Rosen, Dr. John Nathaniel. He was born Abraham Nathan Rosen on November 22, 1902 in Brooklyn, New York to Samuel Rosen and Esther Mollie Oriwitch. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, he was listed as “A. Nathaniel Rosen” and was working as a “physician” in the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, where Bob was born and Olivia did her residency in clinical psychology. Dr. Rosen married Hazel M. Geismar Israel, a divorcee, on April 17, 1932 in Brooklyn. (Hazel, born February 8, 1909 in Brooklyn, first married Louis Israel on November 4, 1929 in Manhattan.) Dr. Rosen and Hazel had three children, two sons and a daughter. In the 1940 U.S. Federal Census he was a physician in private practice in Brooklyn. He surrendered his medical license in April 1983 after being charged with 102 violations of the Pennsylvania Medical Practices Act. He died in Boca Raton, Florida on March 30, 1993.
Ryan, Sallalee Hart. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois on September 27, 1908 to Williard Way Hart and Julia Pusey. She married Clifford Ryan and taught business at East Bakersfield High School for many years. She died on March 1, 1979 in Susanville, Lassen County, California.
Senesh, Dorothy Gertrude Marchus. She was born to Albert E. Marchus and Grace L. Spotte in Sandusky, Ohio on July 12, 1907. She married Lawrence Senesh in Colorado Springs in 1942. Dorothy died at the Friends’ Condominiums on May 6, 1989.
Senesh, Lawrence. He was born Szenes Lazio on March 27, 1910 in Nagybecskerek, Hungary to Szenes Adolf and Margit Wallerstein. He received a degree in economics at the University of Berlin in 1932 and a master’s degree in law from the University of Budapest in 1938. He fled Hungary at the beginning of World War II and arrived in New York City on March 15, 1940. Initially, he worked as a manual laborer in a lumber mill in Birmingham, Alabama. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942. In October 1943, just before being sent to the South Pacific to work for the Army Information Agency, he married Dorothy Marchus in Colorado Springs. After the war Professor Senesh taught at several universities, including the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lawrence and Dorothy raised two of the first litter of Pulix to be born in America and were devoted Pulix parents to three generations of Pulix throughout their marriage, having only canine children. Professor Senesh and his wife Dorothy were among the founding couples of Friends’ Condominiums, where Frank V. Lieberman resided. Professor Senesh died there on November 19, 2003.
Shore, Walter Evert. He was born on June 1, 1908 in Lemoore, Kings County, California, the son of Richard E. Shore and Zettie Brotlun. He graduated from University of California Berkeley in 1932 and died in Alameda County, California on May 6, 1994. Walter Shore taught biology at East Bakersfield High School and was the author’s teacher and science mentor in 1958 when she was the first place winner of the California State Award for the National Science Fair.
Sigler, William Franklin (Bill). Professor Sigler was head of the Utah State University Department of Wildlife Management. He was born February 17, 1909 in Leroy, Illinois to John Adam Sigler and Betty Homan. He attended Iowa States University during the same period of time as Frank V. Lieberman. Dr. Sigler hired Margaret Beck Lieberman to work as his stenographer at Utah State University in 1952-1953. As chance would have it, he subsequently became a fisheries expert for the Lieberman’s son-in-law, Bob Pelcyger, when Bob was representing the Pyramid Lake Tribe of Paiute Indians in litigation to protect the Tribe’s unique fishery in Pyramid Lake, Nevada. In 1975, Professor Sigler flew to Denver with Bob. The two men were walking down the concourse, when they came upon the author who had come to meet Bob. Professor Sigler saw Joan and said, “By any chance are you related to Margaret Lieberman? You look just like her!” Professor Sigler died in Logan on June 25, 1995.
Skeels, Esther Leech. She was born August 1, 1902 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Walter Leech and Alice G. Echtenacht. She married Harold Manville Skeels on June 7, 1934 in Marshalltown, Iowa. The couple separated on October 18, 1937 and were divorced in Richmond, Virginia on December 22, 1939, where Esther was supervisor of the WPA nursing schools and Harold was a professor of psychology. Esther never remarried and moved to Utah in 1941. She died August 29, 1997 and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Skinner, Roger Halver. He was born November 24, 1939 in Box Elder County, Utah, the son of Halver Morgan Skinner and Violet Marie Steffenhagen. He graduated from Gallatin County High and Montana State University. He served as a Mormon missionary in France in 1961-1962, where he was sent to dissuade the author from going to work as a medical volunteer in Africa. He married Afton Jenkins in the Logan Temple on June 13, 1966. In 2002 he was a resident of Roy, Utah.
Small, Rachel Leah. Rachel was born on June 22, 1983 in Golden, Colorado to Caryn and Michael N. Small. She was one of the “founding” children in the first class of Friends’ Preschool. She died on January 20, 2005 in Boulder of ovarian cancer. At the time of her death, Rachel was a student at the University of Colorado.
Smith, Carol Houck. Carol Houck Smith was born on February 5, 1923 in Buffalo, New York to Oscar F. Houck and Elsa Geyer. She graduated from Vassar College in 1944 with a degree in English and joined the staff of W.W. Norton in 1948 as a secretary. It was not until 1963 that she became an editor. She married Hunter Smith in 1969. Sadly, he died of lung cancer in 1975. They had no children. She was appointed vice-president of W.W. Norton in March 1980 and Editor-at-Large upon her so-called retirement in July 1996. Between the time of her so-called retirement in 1996 and her death the day after Thanksgiving in November 2008, she edited two National Book Award winners, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and winners of many other awards, including the Whiting Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. She edited Stanely Kunitz, when he was Poet Laureate. Kunitz roomed with the author’s paternal uncle, Edmund Liebermann, at Harvard. Without her energy and enthusiasm, the author would never have undertaken her autobiography. She was the “manuscript mother” of Optimal Distance.
Smith, James Comfort. He was pastor at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley from 1954-1970 and married the author and Dick Alton on March 23, 1963. He was born March 17, 1917 in Los Angeles and died January 25, 2006 in Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California.
Smokler, Charlotte (Sheindel) Sternberg. She was born in Lviv, Poland on November 15, 1933, the daughter of Rubin Sternberg and Franciszka Laura Segal. Charlotte immigrated to America with her parents and brother Matus in 1939 and became a naturalized citizen on August 18, 1954 in New York City. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at City College of New York. She married Howard Edward Smokler in New York City on June 28, 1961. The couple had one child, a son Henry in June 1972. They separated in 1989 and subsequently divorced. Charlotte worked as librarian and book reviewer. A neighbor of the author, Charlotte became one of her closest friends. She continues to live independently in her own home, located across the street from what was formerly the Marine Street cottage.
Smoot, Nanie (Vermilla). Nanie was born on October 30, 1889 in Provo, Utah to William Cochrane Adkinson Smoot and Mary Ann Sarah Jones. She married Edward Robert Beck in Blackfoot, Idaho on September 12, 1910. She was three months pregnant with their first born child, also named Vermilla, at the time of their marriage. She and Edward subsequently had two more daughters and two sons, including the author’s mother. Nanie died on March 28, 1954 at age sixty-five in Salt Lake City.
Snow, Meda. Mrs. Snow, who taught piano, was born January 7, 1903 in Chilhowee, Johnson County, Missouri. She married Sterling Jared Snow; who was sixteen years her senior and an entomologist for the USDA. They had four children, Betty S., Sterling Elliot, Hugh and Gordon. Meda died in Ogden, Weber County, Utah January 21, 1987. Her husband Sterling J. Snow was born June 19, 1886 in Provo, Utah and died in Placer County, California November 14, 1967.
Spettigue, Genevieve Smoot. “Aunt Gen” was born in Provo, Utah on August 30, 1886 to William Cochrane Adkinson Smoot and Mary Ann Sarah Jones. She married William Richard Spettigue in Salt Lake City on August 21, 1907. They had one child, Beulah, born in Salt Lake City on May 27, 1908. Sadly, Beulah died on January 25, 1919 from the Spanish Influenza, which Genevieve and her sister Vermilla also contracted. After Beulah’s death, the couple moved to Santa Monica, California. William died there on January 9, 1941. Genevieve married a second time to a widower, John F. Pascheck in Los Angeles. She died on December 13, 1959 in West Los Angeles at age seventy-three. Aunt Gen was a fabulous cook and the author inherited Genevieve’s three ring binder of favorite recipes. Unfortunately, all but one page, a recipe for lemon pie, was lost in the Oregon hay truck accident in November 1966. The author tried and failed for many years to replicate Genevieve’s lemon pie.
Sprague, Margaret Lucius. She was born on September 22, 1901 and died in Bakersfield on September 30, 1987, one week after her eighty-sixth birthday. She was the author’s geometry teacher and helpful mentor at East Bakersfield High School.
Stewart, Lenore Thurston. Lenore was born on February 11, 1911 in St. George, Utah to William Henry Thurston and Kate Elizabeth Kemp. After her father’s death in 1918, her mother moved Lenore and her siblings to Salt Lake City. She briefly dated Edmund Liebermann, the author’s uncle and remained friends with the Liebermann family. She married Omer Call Stewart in Berkeley, California on May 26, 1936. After she and Omer moved into the Friends’ Condominium, she renewed her friendship with Frank V. Liebermann, the author’s father. Lenore died in Boulder on January 19, 2004.
Stewart, Omer Call. Professor Omer Call Stewart was born August 17, 1908 in Provo, Utah to John Riggs Stewart and Ester Call. He served as a Mormon missionary in France and Switzerland before earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in 1932. In 1940 Omer earned his doctorate in anthropology at University of California Berkeley and became a life-long advocate for the American Indian. He was a distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1945 until his retirement in 1973. Coincidentally, in 1971 he was hired as an expert witness for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Indians by Bob Pelcyger. In 1981, he and Lenore sold their long-time family home by Geneva Park in order to move into the Friends’ Condominium. Omer died in Boulder on December 31, 1991.
Stripp, Fred Sheridan. Professor Stripp was born October 7, 1910 in Yellowstone County, Montana to Frederick S. Stripp and Lorena Marie Moran. He married Doris Virginia Griffiths in Berkeley on December 1, 1937. He died in Berkeley on January 29, 1990 after a long and distinguished career as a professor of rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He performed the marriage ceremony for the author and Lary Carpenter on August 27, 1966 in the backyard of their rented Berkeley duplex.
Sugarman, Jule. He was born in Cincinnati on September 23, 1927, the only child of Melville Sugarman, a jeweler, and his wife Rachel Meyer. His mother was a nursery school teacher. His college education began at Western Reserve University , before he served two years in the US Army. He completed his degree in public administration at American University in 1950. He assumed the directorship in 1965 after Julius Richmond became ill. He was married to Sheila Shanley with whom he had four children. He died of cancer in Seattle, Washington on November 9, 2010 at age eighty-three.
Sullivan, John M. He was born in 1943 to George Leonard Sullivan and Virginia Louise McCollough. He married Patricia A. Lewandowski on September 3, 1962 in Meridan, Connecticut. John and Patricia had four children, Jamie Rose, Jim, John, and Jack. After leaving Idaho in 1968, John was one of the founders of “The New Party” and worked with the Union of Experimental Colleges at Antioch College for many years. The couple divorced in 1972. He married Nancy L. Schulze on April 14, 1979 and they had two children, Michael and Jessica. He died in Seattle, Washington on November 22, 1986 after a long illness. He was forty-three at the time of his death.
Swift, Paul (Porky). He was born on June 29, 1942 in Spokane, Washington to Paul Lawrence Swift and Kathleen Marie O’Reilly. A graduate of Gonzaga Prep, he joined the Jesuits after traveling in Europe and the Middle East. After seven years of study, during which time he earned both bachelor and masters degrees, he left the Jesuits and married Mary Nettles. They made a family, a son and a daughter, in Rhinebeck, New York, where Paul was the editor of the Newsletter on Newsletters and Mary worked as a nurse and lactation consultant. After retiring to Tybee Island, Georgia, Paul published a memoir, A Jesuit’s Journey Through The Turbulent 1960s. He is currently working on two additional memoirs.
Taner, Ayse. Ayse was born in Izmir, Turkey on January 15, 1942. In August 1959, she flew to America on TWA from Istanbul under the auspices of the American Field Services Exchange Student program. She attended East Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, California. She lived with the author’s family at 2813 Hollins Street until December 1959.
Tempest, Callie. Callie, the daughter of Steve Dixon Tempest and Ann Peterson, was born April 17, 1982 in Salt Lake City. She is the niece of Terry Tempest Williams. In August 1991, she accompanied her good friend Trina DeHaan to attend the Lieberman family celebration in Boulder, Colorado. She married Andrew Jones and graduated from the University of Utah in 2003. She then obtained her law degree at Brigham Young University. Her father Steve Tempest died of lymphoma January 21, 2005 in Salt Lake.
Thomas, Naneen Francis (Nonny). Nonny Thomas was born March 31, 1942 in Bakersfield, California to James Thomas and Adelaide Paola. She married James Michael Ekedal on June 15, 1963 in Sausalito, California. She attended San Francisco State College and the California School of Arts and Crafts. Nonny gave birth to two children, a daughter, born in 1969, and a son, born in 1972. Nonny and Jim divorced in 1982 while both were still living in Humboldt County. Her son died there in May 2003 of unknown causes. Nonny currently lives near Taos, New Mexico.
Turvey, Beryl Edward. Dr. Turvey was born in Steubenville, Ohio on February 12, 1938 to Beryl E. and Ernestine Turvey. He earned his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College and his medical degree from Columbia University Medical School in New York City. He continued his medical education in cardiology at University of Michigan, Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools. He subsequently became the Director of the Boulder Medical Center. He treated both of the author’s parents and was a close friend of Nuhiela Audeh and her family. He died on December 27, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado of Parkinson’s disease.
Uhr, Cindy (Candace Kay) Groskreuz. Cindy was born June 10, 1962 in Minnesota, the daughter of Donald Alfred Groskreutz and Mardella Jean Dewall. She married John Clair Uhr on January 2, 1982 in Sarasota, Florida. They had one child, a daughter Julia, and subsequently divorced. Cindy began working for the author in 1985 and was the first teacher of the Friends’ School prototype between 1985 and 1988. Cindy was responsible for the creation of many of the sucessfull and long-standing traditions of Friends′ School.
Verhaag, Mildred Elizabeth Hackett. Mildred was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 30, 1912 to John D. Haskett and Nancy C. Wilcox. She married Walter Verhaag in 1937. They became the parents of two sons, Jay and David. “Millie” as she was known to most of her friends and colleagues was the chief fur and bridal buyer at Brock’s Department Store in Bakersfield for many years, before opening her own bridal shop. She provided memorable mothering to the author between 1958- 1962. Mildred and Walter retired to Roseville, California in 1979. She died there on her ninety-fourth birthday in 2006.
Waite, Olive E. Olive was born in Jamaica on March 12, 1928. Her maiden name is unknown. Following Ruth′s death she cared for her sister Selma and brother-in-law, George King until they moved to a nursing home in Virginia. No record of her death had been found as of July 2016.
Wallway, Marvin. He was born February 7, 1914 in Sioux City, Iowa to George C. Wallway and Mary Mertin. He studied mining engineering at the University of Southern California. Marvin was the father of six children, five daughters and a son, a twin, who along with a twin sister, died in February 1945 in Delta, Utah within hours of their birth. Marvin was a mining specialist and sought uranium for the US Government during World War II. Marvin died in Casper, Wyoming on July 27, 1996.
Wallway, Beatrice Gilfert. She was born June 12, 1913 in Emerson, Nebraska to John Gilfert and Katherine Levis. She married Marvin Wallway on June 6, 1934 in Union, South Dakota. Bea and Marvin moved to Los Angeles in 1936, where Marvin attended the University of Southern California and Bea worked at a hospital. Their first daughter, Mary Kay, was born there in 1942. They moved to Delta, Utah in 1942 and remained there until the end of World War II. Bea cared for the author after her mother had a psychotic break in February 1945. Bea gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy, on February 24, 1945. Both died within a few hours of their birth. They are buried in the Delta City Cemetery. After the War, Bea and Marvin first returned to California. Their daughter Donna was born there in December 1945. They eventually settled in Casper, Wyoming, where they had two additional daughters, Patty and Lonna. In August 1996, the author drove to Casper to see Beatrice, following Marvin’s death. They had a poignant visit. The author’s first childhood friend, Beatrice’s daughter Mary Kay, was in remission from breast cancer at the time. After Mary Kay became terminally ill, the author and Bea spoke and corresponded several times between 1996 and 2003. Beatrice Gilfert Wallway died in her sleep on August 17, 2015 at age one hundred two years.
Watkins, Sherry. She was born on August 25, 1942 in Santa Monica, California to Elijah (Lyle) Watkins and Thelma Harris. She married Alma Reid Goldsberry in 1963. According to public records in 2002 the couple were residents of Brigham City, Utah.
Weinberg, Norris H. He was a child psychologist, was born in Philadelphia June 29, 1929 to Hyman S. Weinberg and Jean Cobert. Dr. Weinberg had a two-hour consultation with the author in February 1960 while he was a faculty member at UCLA. At that time, the author was a senior in high school and was attempting to find a Dr. Rosen-style therapist to treat her mother. Dr. Weinberg subsequently became the Director of Psychological Services at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He died in Bethesda on April 14, 1983.
Wickel, Samuel Richard. Wickel’s Men’s Store was opened by Samuel Richard (S.R.) Wickel in 1937 in a building located at 81 North Main Street in Logan. Samuel was born in Salt Lake City on January 30, 1904 to David H. Wickel and Mary Condie. He married Lois Mae Silver in Salt Lake on December 23, 1926. Samuel Richard Wickel died in Logan on January 3, 1980. The store closed sometime during the decade before his death.
Wilber, Treya Killam. She was born Susan Terry Killam in Webb County, Texas, on November 16, 1946. She married Kenneth E. Wilber, in San Francisco, California November 26, 1983. She died of metastatic breast cancer November 10, 1989 in Boulder, Colorado at age forty-three. Her husband wrote a book in 1991 about their experiences during her illness. Wilber, Ken, Grace and Grit – Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber.
Wilkinson, Charles Fore. Professor Wilkinson was born July 29, 1941 in Connecticut to Charles Fore Wilkinson, Jr. and Frances E. Wallace. Charles graduated Dennison University and Stanford Law School. After several years practicing with private firms in Arizona and California, Charles joined the Native American Rights Fund as an associate attorney in the fall of 1971. In 1975 he joined the faculty of the University of Oregon’s School of Law. In 1987, he returned to Boulder to teach at the University of Colorado, where he is currently a Distinguished University Professor and the Moses Lasky Professor of Law. He is the author of numerous books and law review articles. His first marriage to Alice J. Vaux ended in divorce. They had one son, Seth. He married Ann E. Amundson in Eugene, Oregon on August 20, 1977. The couple have three sons, Philip, David, and Benjamin.
Williams, Terry Tempest. Terry was born on September 8, 1955 in Corona, California to John Henry Tempest and Diane Dixon, while her father was serving in the United States Air Force. She grew up in Salt Lake City and married Brooke Spencer Williams there on June 2, 1975. She earned both her undergraduate degree and her masters of science from the University of Utah. She is the author of numerous books, including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (New York, Pantheon, 1991), which had a profound effect on the author. They met in person in Boulder in 1991. Terry continues to advocate on behalf of the conservation of our environment.
Wilson, Theodore (Teddy) John. Teddy was born September 16, 1940 in Logan, Utah to Donald John Wilson and Patricia Ann Givens. His father ran the Cache County Bonded Adjustment Bureau and was the manager of the State Loan Company in Logan. Teddy married Dixie A. Grover on May 26, 1961 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both have had a careers in real estate in Logan. According to public records, their home is in River Heights in Cache County.
Wolff, George. Dr. Wolff was born December 7, 1915 in Irvine, Alberta, Canada. He married Lenora Francis in Alberta. He immigrated to the United States and practiced medicine in Caldwell, Idaho, where he treated Lary Carpenter, Olivia, and the author in November and December 1966 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital following a hay truck accident on HWY 95N in Oregon. He also testified on their behalf at the subsequent trial in November 1967. He died on November 21, 1996 in Caldwell, Idaho.
Wood, Sherry LaTrelle. She was born June 2, 1942 in Georgia. Sherry graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1960 and was one of four high school classmates who traveled to Europe in the fall of 1961 with the author. She married Albert Joseph McCormick on December 21, 1962 in Orange County, California. Their only child, Erin A. McCormick was born December 23, 1964 in Orange County. Sadly, Sherry died suddenly on November 6, 1970 in Orange County during a medical procedure. She was twenty-eight years of age. Albert died on August 14, 1989 in Orange County.
Yellen, Maxwell. He was born May 31, 1906 in Brest, Poland, now in Belarus, the youngest of five children born to Schmiel Leib Yellen and Chana Miller. He married Ruth Arlene Foley in Broward, Florida on August 31, 1945. They had four daughters and a son before divorcing. Maxwell had a romantic relationship with Ruth Cantor Pelcyger beginning in 1984 until her death in September 1993. Maxwell died in Phoenix, Arizona on November 25, 2003 at age ninety-seven, where he was being cared for by one of his daughters following a stroke.
Young, Arlene Garber. She was born on May 28, 1940 in San Diego, California and married Stephen J. Young in Los Angeles on June 11, 1960. Their first born daughter, Zoe, was the best friend of the author’s daughter Olivia when they were both elementary school students at Upland School in Boulder in 1969 until 1971. Arlene also worked as a Head Start teacher when the author was directing the program in Boulder County. Arlene and Steve subsequently had twin daughters, Julie and Tamar. The Young family relocated to California in 1974, where Stephen worked as a research scientist at the University of California San Diego. He died suddenly in January 1999 of viral pneumonia. As of 2016, Arlene continued to reside and work in the San Diego area.
Young, Zoe Helen. She was born in Los Angeles on October 5, 1962 to Stephen J. Young and Arlene Rachel Garber. She was a student at Upland School in Boulder, Colorado at the same time as the author’s daughter, Olivia, between 1969 and 1971. According to public records, Zoe is currently living in California. Her marital status is unknown.
Zegans, Lauretta Greenberg. Lauretta was born in Brooklyn to Hyman Edward Greenberg and Dora Moskowitz, Russian Jewish parents, on March 24, 1916. She married Sidney Zegans (b. Zegansky) in Brooklyn and the couple had three sons. Sidney, a chiropractor, died in January 1969. Lauretta died in Florida on September 29, 2008, after having been a widow for almost forty years. She was a close friend of Ruth Cantor Pelcyger.