2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be over soon, but for somesuch
as those University of Utah alumni who were selected as torchbearersthe
excitement and memories of the Games will last a lifetime. The few featured
here represent the hundreds whose stories and experiences will become
part of Olympic history.
Such is the case with Amanda Andrus BS82 MSW84 and her
nominee, Kristina Gray. Andrus,
a mental health therapist in Salt Lake City, came to know 17-year-old
Tina Gray when the girl began babysitting for her three years
ago. Gray was abandoned in India when she was three months old and spent
two years in Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity Orphanage in
Madras. After spending six months in a welfare orphanage in Calcutta,
she was adopted at the age of two-and a-half, weighing just 19 pounds,
by Nan and Ronald Gray of Stansbury Park, Utah. Her adoption was personally
arranged by Mother Teresa.
It is people like Tina
that inspired me to go into social work, Andrus says, and
I am honored to know her and to carry the torch with her.
John David Ference
BA93 JD97 is a lawyer with Campbell & Campbell
law office inOgden, Utah, who defends doctors in medical malpractice suits.
But to his partner, Richard W. Campbell JD52, Ferences
wife, Marilyn, and their childrenSara, Emily, and Jakehe is
simply known as Dave, an inspiring athlete who competes in
triathlons throughout Utah and the United States.
Lisa Towner BS80 would love to have had her golden retrievers, Hoop and Dunk, accompany her on her torch run, especially since they have been key players in her accomplishments. But since pets were not allowed, the dogs watched her run from the sidewalk, along with her husband, Steven, and their three childrenand many other invited pets.
When Towner became a mother, she retired from her profession as a physical therapist. But through her affiliation with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA), she has been able to put her skills into action againthis time with her dogs. For her ITA service, she was nominated to be a torchbearer by her husband and by ITA director Kathy Klotz.
Towner volunteers at LDS Hospital
and Primary Childrens Medical Center, both in Salt Lake City, where
she helps with rehabilitation of patients. Her professional training allows
her to grasp the needs of a patient very quickly, whether it is in speech,
occupational, or physical therapy, and determine how her dog can best
be used with the patient. She then helps staff physical therapists learn
how to take advantage of this type of therapy. In turn, the therapists
say the patients respond better than ever when they have the pets to work
with and enjoy.
Her first golden retriever,
Yardley, was a permanent fixture in Towners physical therapy class
through her training at the U. Things were a little more relaxed
back then, she says, and Yardley (now deceased) became the
class mascot. As her children got older, Towner decided it was time
to start over. Enter Hoop (large male) and Dunk (demure female) who were
raised, trained, and prepared for socialization by Towner. Hoop likes
to retrieve items that patients throw, but becomes impatient if the item
isnt thrown far enough. Dunk, however, retrieves even the shortest
throw from the tiniest, weakest patient, and is often found cuddled in
bed with the children.
Towner was honored to carry the torch but says accolades should be shared with all those who participate in pet therapy through Intermountain Therapy Animals.
Another torchbearing team was made up of Pearl Butler Raty BS51 and her son Thomas Raty ex85.
Carrying the torch was only the beginning for them. During the Games, they were witness to the product that earned Thomas the nomination from his motherthe United States bobsled teams sledas it carried the racers down the Olympic track.
Pearl Butler was a flight
attendant for United Airlines prior to her marriage to Lawrence Raty
BS53 MA70. While rearing four children, she taught and
counseled in Salt Lake area schools for 26 years. She spent the last 16
of those years working with Youth in Custody, from which she retired in
1997. In 1960, Raty was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the
State of Utah in health and physical education.
Thomas Raty teaches automotive
and welding classes at Granite High School in Salt Lake City, where he
has involved his students in building racing bobsleds. The bobsled interest
began when Gov. Mike Leavitt challenged area high schools to build sleds
and compete in the first Governors Cup Bobsled Race in 1999. Raty
(at left in photo) and his students built five sleds; the most recent
one was driven by the U.S. four-man bobsled team in the 2002 Games. They
were featured on The Today Show and NBC Sports during the
Scott Hansen BS75 MS77 is a senior attorney in the Buckland Orton Darger Hansen Waldo & Barton law firm and is founder and president of Fund-Raising Council, Inc., a national fund-raising and development consulting firm based in Salt Lake City. Hansen was nominated as a torchbearer because of his extensive service to nonprofit organizations. He volunteers countless hours, using his knowledge as an attorney to assist with planned giving and capital campaigns.
He also volunteers
his time as a board member to numerous organizations such as the Utah
Society of Fund-Raisers, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ronald McDonald House,
the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the Western Folklife Center. In addition
to his volunteer activities and his full-time work in his law firm, Hansen
is a shining example, according to his partner and nominator,
Kim Garvin, as a husband, father, brother, and son, keeping
family as his top priority.