Steve Terry, a mathematics instructor since 1976, was honored in April with the Exemplary Faculty Award. The award is given annually by the Ricks College Faculty Association to a teacher who exhibits a positive influence in the lives of both students and colleagues, exemplifies the highest standards, is liked by students and fellow workers, and who stays ahead of developments in his or her teaching area.

Honorary award recipients were John Galbraith and Mel Sanford in foreign languages, retiree Dorla Jenkins (65) in English, Phil Packer (70) in business, and retiree Lynn Smith in sociology-criminal justice. Librarian David Butler received the association’s Non-Classroom award; and English instructor Susan Grover the Adjunct-Part-Faculty award. The Innovation in Teaching awards went to Jeff Anderson in humanities, John Thomas in religion and Lane Williams in communications.


Information for a new family history resource file, the Mormon Immigration Index, Passenger Lists and Passenger Accounts, was compiled by two Ricks College instructors. Blaine Bake, an archivist and family history instructor who has been at Ricks since 1971, and Fred Woods, a former religion teacher who left Ricks in 1998 and now teaches at BYU, began work on the project about 1995 with the help of various students. The file contains names, birth years and dates of voyages of some 90,000 LDS passengers who came to America in ships between 1840 and 1890. The file is available through the Church Distribution Center.


Three more faculty members, in addition to the 13 listed in our spring issue, retired this year. They are Dean Sorensen, former academic vice president, religion and family living instructor since 1967; Larry Hibbert, biology instructor since 1969; and Delwyn Berrett, a stock room clerk and former instructor since 1982.


Five instructors were honored in late August with Distinguished Teaching Awards: Rick Davis, (62) a humanities instructor since 1971; Boyd Holdaway, a biology instructor since 1971; Gary Marshall, a history instructor since 1988; Dale Mortensen, an instructor in the Department of Computer Aided Engineering Technologies since 1984; and David Ward, an English instructor since 1987.


George E. Patterson (AA-47, BS-52), age 83, died August 19, 2000, at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, of causes incident to age. Patterson taught agriculture, biology and religion at Ricks from 1957 to 1983. He was bishop of the College 16th Ward from 1977 to 1980 and patriarch of the College 1st Stake from 1988 to 1995. He is survived by his wife, Laura Wilding (45).

John A. "Al" Forbis, age 63, died August 31, 2000, in Rexburg of pneumonia resulting from Alzheimer’s disease. He taught interior design at Ricks from 1978 until 1997. He retired in 1998. He was First Counselor in the College 14th Ward from from 1994 to 1996.

Arthur R. Hubscher, age 67, died October 12, 2000, in Rexburg of a heart attack. He taught chemistry at Ricks College since 1965. At the time of his death he was a candidate for the Idaho State Legislature on the Democratic party ticket.