In Memoriam


Royden G. Derrick ex’38, a former Utah industrialist and an emeritus general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at home on December 7. He was 94.

Royden Glade Derrick was born on an unusually cold day of September 7, 1915, to Hyrum and Margaret Glade Derrick in Salt Lake City. He grew up a shy boy in the Avenues of Salt Lake, spending much of his youth exploring the foothills around City Creek Canyon. Trained as an engineer at the University of Utah, Royden formed Western Steel Company in 1945. Specializing in high-rise buildings and steel bridges, Western Steel won awards for the Colorado River and Dirty Devil bridges of southern Utah. The company grew steadily to become the largest steel fabricator between the Mississippi River and the west coast and was acquired by Joy Manufacturing in 1974. Royden’s tireless work ethic led him to community, national, and international service. He sat on the board of directors for numerous Utah and regional corporations; served as chair of the University of Utah’s Board of Regents; presided over the Salt Lake Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; sat as chair of the National Association of the Partners of the Americas; and held the position of president of the Utah Manufacturer’s Association. He also participated in several State Department initiatives focusing on Third World development and improvement. In recognition of his community service he received an Honorary Citizenship from Lapaz, Bolivia; the Jesse Knight Industrial Citizenship Award from Brigham Young University; and an Honorary doctorate of humanities from the University of Utah.

In 1973, he stepped away from his business and civic responsibilities when LDS Church leaders called him to be president of the England Leeds Mission. Forty-eight hours after completing this mission, church leaders called him to immediately return to Europe to preside over the newly organized Ireland Dublin Mission. Days after arriving in Dublin he was asked to serve as a member of the newly founded First Quorum of the Seventy. In his 14 years as a Seventy, he served in many capacities. He strengthened the church in the America Northeast, Canada East and Asia areas. He led efforts in the Missionary and Genealogical Departments and served as the President of the Seattle Washington Temple. In 1989, church leaders granted Royden emeritus status.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Allie Olsen Derrick; three sons: James (and Karen), David (and Marsha), and Bruce (and Trish) Derrick; son-in-law Roger Wood (and Kathy); 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by five older brothers and an older sister, as well as his daughter, Linda Derrick Wood. Interment is at Salt Lake City cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Linda Derrick Wood Endowed Scholarship in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, 540 Arapeen Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune 12/10-12/12/2009.


Julian Maack BFA’51, former director of the Department of Medical Illustrations at the University of Utah School of Medicine, died December 25. He was 83.

George Julian Maack was born in Salt Lake City on February 23, 1926, to George Julian and Doris Mellor Maack. During World War II, he joined the Navy after graduating from high school and served as a navigator on the USS Brookings from 1944-1946. After his service in the Navy, Julian attended the prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Calif., studying fine arts, sculpture, photography, silversmith, pottery, and ballet, and received a teaching certificate. He also pursued graduate studies in art at the University of Utah with an emphasis in serigraphy. Julian retired after 48 years as director of the Department of Medical Illustrations at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he made many lifelong friends and associates. His illustrations can be found in many medical textbooks still in use today.

Maack had a passion for running and was able to enjoy the sport for 27 great years. He ran countless races and completed 20 marathons, his favorite being Big Sur International Marathon in Northern California. Julian’s artistic gentle nature, positive outlook, and concern for others overflowed to all those who knew him. He also loved to express himself through his love of photography and writing haikus. In 2008, he published his first book, dedicated to the love of his life, Bette. The title is simply HAIKU and the book is filled with his wonderful poems and illustrations. Two favorites:

A small bird

Flew by I didn’t see

A shadow chirping

Life is

A continuum of moments

Thirst for each one of them

Julian married Bette on November 20, 1950. They met in California, where they were both attending college. In Dad’s words, this began the first chapter of their 57-year love story. Julian was a loving husband, dad, and brother. He is survived by daughter Leslee (husband Darius Gray), sons Michael, Dana (wife Mardi) and John (wife Carol); and grandchildren Aidan Gray, David and Lauren Maack, and Dominique and Destany Maack.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests a donation to the U of U Internal Medicine Department and Care Source Home Health and Hospice Center. Donations may be made at any Key Bank.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 12/30/09.


Don H. Nelson BA’45 MD’47, a former chair of the University of Utah Department of Endocrinology, died at home January 11 after a short illness. He was 84.

Don Harry Nelson was born in Salt Lake City on November 28, 1925, to Harry and Eudora Eschler Nelson. He graduated from the University of Utah Medical School at the age of 21 and went on to a distinguished career at Harvard University, University of Southern California, and the University of Utah, and also served as chief of medicine at LDS Hospital. While he gained renown as a biochemist, clinician, and professor of endocrinology—he wrote material still used in texts today in medical schools worldwide he also secured a piece of medical history. Nelson syndrome, a condition in which a tumor in the pituitary gland produces too much of a hormone (which in turns creates excessive pigment) bears his name. Much of his research centered on cortisol, the main hormone produced by the adrenal gland. His work in separating the hormone in blood has helped diagnose conditions such as Addison’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome. Over the course of his career, he was honored by the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the Endocrine Society.

Don and Beverly Webb were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 22, 1949. Beverly died in 2002 and Don married Maxine Donnelly Hilton, a longtime family friend, in 2004. An active member of the LDS Church, Don served in many callings. He loved his time as bishop and as a teacher of the gospel, and he and Beverly served a mission to Boston, Mass.

Growing up in the shadow of the stadium, Don was a lifelong fan. He also enjoyed his association with the Study Group, his Medical Class friends and new friends at the JCC.

Don is survived by his wife Maxine; children Joan and David Creer (SLC), Margaret Reiser (Washington, D.C.), and Michael and Peggy Nelson (Millville, Utah); 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Richard (Ettalue). He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brothers Quentin and Claron, and a granddaughter, Christine Reiser. Interment is at the Millville City Cemetery, Cache Valley, Utah. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.

Edited from the notice published in the Deseret News from 1/13-1/14/2010 and other sources.

S. Grover “Sam” Rich, Jr. BA’42, founder and director of the Institute of International Relations and former professor of political science at the University of Utah, died on Christmas morning 2009. He was 91.

Samuel Grover Rich was born December 18, 1918, to S. Grover and Mildred Forgeon Rich. After graduating from the U, Sam studied and honeymooned with his new bride, Ruth Bennion Summerhays, at the University of Mexico. He went to Spain in 1943 as the U.S. vice consul to Spain during World War II, then received his doctorate in 1948 at Stanford University. He received the first Ford Fellowship granted to the U of U in post-graduate studies at Princeton, Yale, and Columbia, and then returned to the U and established the International Relations program. Shortly thereafter he founded the International Studies Association of professors at UC Berkeley, one of the first at a western state university. During his long teaching career he held visiting professorships at the University of Santander, Spain; University of Aix-Marseille in Nice, France; and Wilton House estate in London, England. S. Grover also had the honor of serving as President Kennedy’s appointee as professor of foreign affairs at the National War College in Washington, D.C., in 1962. He served as a lecturer for both the New York Council on Foreign Relations and the Department of Defense, and was a member of the Service Review Board for the U.S. Information Agency. He was a speaker at civic groups and on college campuses from the U. of Michigan to UC Berkeley. Speaking at the Berkeley campus during the Vietnam War required that he have body guards assigned to him, and at UC Santa Barbara when Governor Reagan had to call out the National Guard to quell the riots on campus.

Among his various writings, Rich contributed to textbooks on law and American foreign policy in publications in German, French, and Spanish. Always active in community affairs, he served as vice chairman of the Art Barn on Finch Lane, as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mark’s School, and as president of the Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Council of Utah, and the Utah United Nations Association. He served as state director of UNESCO andwas on the board of the McGillis School. He was also a philanthropist extraordinaire, donating generously to KUED, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and many others.

As a young man, Sam served as a missionary for the LDS Church in England, and throughout his life he prided himself on his pioneer heritage and maintained a devoted respect for the church and its charitable activities. His family were the sons of Charles Coulson Rich, settlers of the Bear River Valley. Sam’s grandfather, Joseph Rich, was one of the first founders of the myth of the Bear Lake Monster.

Sam Rich is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth, sister Gloria Rich Hendricks, daughter Laurie Rich (Leonard) Coulson, granddaughter Brooks Coulson (Du) Nguyen, and great-granddaughter Annabella Li Nguyen. He was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Grover Rich III.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 12/30/09.

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