Vol. 12. No. 4
Spring 2003


LM: Life Member AM: Annual Member


Eugene E. Carr BA’52 BFA’60 has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), based on his individual achievements in urban and rural planning. He has over 30 years of experience in the field and is currently serving as a community development advisor for the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the U. Carr earned his Master of City Planning from Ohio State University. As a consultant, he has created over 90 planning studies and trained over 1,400 citizen planners. He has been a professor of urban planning for 18 years. AM


Rodney D. Bagley BS’60 PhD’64 has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his contribution to the patents on the ceramic substrate for the catalytic converter. While employed at Corning Glass Works, now Corning Incorporated, Bagley, along with two colleagues, developed the technology for the world’s first significant pollution control for automobiles. Today every automotive company relies on cellular ceramic technology to reduce pollutants—lowered now by three billion tons worldwide and more than 1.5 billion tons in the United States alone. Bagley has earned numerous awards, including the 1980 American Society of Metals Engineering Materials Achievement award, the 1985 Samuel Geijsbeck award from the American Ceramics Society, and the 1990 “Mountain Man of the Year” award presented to a distinguished alumnus for outstanding accomplishment by the U’s Materials Science and Engineering Department (formerly Ceramics Engineering). Bagley lives in Big Flats, N.Y.

Jay M. Todd BS’61 is a recent recipient of a special citation from the Mormon History Association for “his lasting contribution in recording the heritage of the Latter-day Saints.” Todd has authored several books and booklets and has recently retired after 30 years as managing editor of Ensign magazine, whose circulation is one of the largest among religious periodicals in the world. He was also founding managing editor for the LDS Church’s New Era and
assistant managing editor of the Improvement Era.

James B. Plehal BA’69, rear admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve, recently transferred command of Naval Reserve Security Group Command (NRSC) after leading this group in its efforts in the war against terrorism. Plehal was a midshipman in the NROTC program at the U and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy in 1969. From 1972-76 he taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, then joined the NRSC with a specialty in cryptology after leaving active duty in 1979. In civilian life, Plehal is with Merrill Lynch in St. of the Red Wing Charter and Planning Commissions and has served on the city council, the District Legal Ethics Committee, and the board of a mental health service provider.


Norman W. Garlie PhD’71 has received Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Distinguished Teaching award, one of the university’s highest honors for faculty members. In addition to his classroom work, he is active in research and is involved with professional organizations and university committees. Garlie has supervised numerous master’s degree research projects and has acted as internal and external examiner, reviewer, and consultant on many occasions. He has also been honored twice by the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children.

Yvonne Marceau (née Mason) BA’72 and Jun Maruta BS’93 co-organized a project to place a commemorative marker for the legendary Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City. The Savoy was the home of the Lindy Hop, later to become the Charleston. It has a history of swing dance from its opening in 1926 to its demise in 1959 when it was demolished to make room for an apartment complex. Marceau and Maruta have been instrumental in preserving this part of Harlem history.

Cathy Colligan Luchetti BA’75, author and historian, recently participated in First Lady Laura Bush’s Salute to American Authors symposium in the East Wing of the White House. The salute involves scholars and educators in discussions about the country’s great writers. “Women of the West” was the subject of the symposium. The first of Luchetti’s nine books, Women of the West, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Literary Excellence. Luchetti is a member of Women Writing the West and a grant recipient of the Book Club of San Francisco. She resides in Oakland, Calif., with a part-time residence in Virginia City, Nev. She is currently working on her tenth book, Oil Boom Kids, which is about growing up in Midland, Texas.

Edward G. Kleyn MBA’76, a member of the governing board of IHC Health Plans, is one of 17 community volunteers who review policies, make decisions, and provide guidance for the company. Kleyn is president of the Northern Utah area for Wells Fargo Bank. He resides in Ogden, where he is involved with the Weber State Alumni Association and the Weber Economic Development Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Weber State and was a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Gordon H. Busenbark BS’78 MBA’79 is president of global operations for Baxter BioScience, a division of Baxter International, a biopharmaceutical, biosurgery, and vaccine company. He is responsible for worldwide manufacturing, plasma sourcing and testing, purchasing, supply chain, and logistics. He is a member of the board of directors of Baxter AG, Vienna, Austria, and is responsible for 3,000 Baxter employees in Austria. Busenbark, his wife Betty Scott ex’81, and their two children have lived in Vienna for the past six years.

Tracy M. Welch MBA’79 has joined Schwan’s Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of frozen foods through home delivery, retail grocery, and food service channels, headquartered in Marshall, Minn. Welch will be over the Corporate Treasury Department with responsibilities for cash management and financial accuracy. He previously served as corporate treasurer with Iomega Corporation in Roy, Utah, was assistant treasurer of KN Energy in Lakewood, Colo., assistant treasurer of Smith International in Houston, Texas, and international finance manager at Cooper Industries in Houston. Welch is a member of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers, the National Investor Relations Institute, and the Association for Finance Professionals.

Nicholas F. Frey JD’79 of the law firm Burton Bartlett & Glogovac of Reno, Nev., has been appointed Defense Research Institute (DRI) representative for his state. DRI is a national and international membership association of lawyers and others concerned with the defense of civil actions. Frey is a member of the Washoe County and American Bar Associations, the Nevada Association of Defense Counsel, and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. He has served as president of Washoe County Legal Services, which provides legal assistance to the poor, and is presently a settlement judge for the Nevada Supreme Court. AM


Bryan B. Todd BA’80 is a shareholder with Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he works in the real estate and finance department. He has been of counsel to the firm since 2000. Todd earned his J.D. degree from Brigham Young University in 1984 and has been admitted to the Arizona, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Utah State Bar Associations.

David E. Simmons BS’83, chair of Simmons Media Group in Salt Lake City, was named Business Services Entrepreneur of the Year for 2002 by professional services firm Ernst & Young, USA Today, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and others. He was recognized for having built a network of 28 radio stations in four western states, along with an outdoor advertising company that has more than 240 billboards statewide.

Cynthia Poirier BS’84 MA’86, a licensed architect with over 15 years of experience, has been elected a shareholder of LHB Engineers & Architects, a 130-person firm with offices in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn. Poirier is project manager for the Integrated Building Design Team.

Rosemarie Mahyera ex’87, founder and director of the English Language Institute at the U from 1990-99, has joined Ramsey Group Real Estate as a realtor. While at the U, she worked with international students and professionals, and in 1994, she received the honorary title of doctor and professor from Xi’an Medical University in China. In 2001-02 she was a Fulbright senior scholar to Indonesia, and is a member of the International Visitors Utah Council board. She is married to David T. Mortensen BA’73. AM


Robert E. Mansfield BA’88 JD’92 is a shareholder in the Salt Lake office of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, eminent domain, securities litigation, real property, and election and campaign law.

Christina Jepson Schmutz BS’92 JD’95 is a shareholder and member of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s litigation and employment departments. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation, securities litigation, employment law, and complex personal injury. She previously clerked for Judge David K. Winder of the District of Utah, and Judge Stephen H. Anderson of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was a member of the Utah Law Review and the National Moot Court team at the U. Schmutz has served as a small claims judge since 1997, represents domestic violence victims pro bono in protective order hearings, and is a member of the Utah State Bar Character and Fitness Committee.

Brigham Wilcox BA’95 has recently become an estimator for Salt Lake-based Big- D Construction, one of the largest design/build contractors in the Intermountain West. He has worked in the construction industry for five years, most recently with Union Pointe Construction.


Jeffrey B. Jenson BS’00 is working for Fidelity Investments in Dallas, Texas, and is completing an MBA and master’s of economics degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is married to Tiffany Sanford, a graduate of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

Chau Vu BS’01 works in the commissioner’s office at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. He recently became research assistant for the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Advisory Group at the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene under the Emergency Management Division, where he will work with the New York fire and police departments and the FBI on issues of preparedness for biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism.

Kyle Bloss BS’01 has joined Intermountain Financial Group (IFG) in Salt Lake City. Previously he worked for eight years with BISYS Insurance Services.

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