June 16, 2010
Writer: Writer: Val Carpenter
The BYU-Idaho Emeritus Alumni Association will present an Alumni Award of Excellence this Saturday, June 19, to Jerry Roundy. The awards will be presented at the Summer Emeritus Breakfast and in conjunction with the 1960, 50-year class reunion.
Jerry Roundy was born and grew up in Escalante, Utah. He enlisted in the Navy at age 20 and served for four years on two different aircraft carriers. After his service in the Navy he was called as a missionary to the Eastern States Mission. He attended Utah State University and Brigham Young University, receiving his doctorate from BYU in 1976. His dissertation was "Ricks College: A struggle for Survival."
Roundy has taught at several schools in the Church Education System, including Ricks College, BYU, and the BYU Jerusalem Center. He has served as president of the California Sacramento Mission and has been involved with many civic organizations to help preserve the history of Escalante. He married Colleen Marrott in 1957, and she passed away from cancer in 1985. He then married Sherree Schow Spencer in 1986. Roundy has seven children, 25 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.