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Kelly Ensign Rogers ’85 received an M.A. in education from George Wyeth College (GWC). Her husband Eric Paul Rogers is manager of research, evaluation, and assessment for the Church Educational System. Kelly teaches extension courses for GWC at various locations in Utah and home schools their five children.
Kevin J. ’88 and Katherine J. Rumley Brown ’84 live in Klamath Falls, Ore. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University, his master’s degree from Washington State, and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He began teaching in the field of communications at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, then at Montana Northern at Havre, and is now at the Oregon State Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls. Kevin and Kathy have two children.
Colby Weeks ’96 graduated from BYU with a major in microbiology and a minor in chemistry and is pursuing his doctorate in molecular biology at the University of California, Irvine. Studies by Weeks were published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Colby married Kathie Larson Oct 30, 2004, in the Los Angeles Temple.
Roy Strickland ’96 has a chiropractic practice in Meridian, Idaho. He and his wife Miho have three sons.
Marinda Miller Bree ’97 met her husband Joseph Bree while working as a health educator in California. Joseph graduated from Weber State University. They are living in Honeyville, Utah, with their two children.
Lisa ’98 and Seth Simmons ’97 have two daughters and live in Plainville, Ind. Seth is working on a degree in elementary education. Lisa is working in labor and delivery at two different hospitals.
Rachel Turley Hanchett ’99 graduated from BYU in elementary education. She has taught school on a reservation in New Mexico and in Arizona. She married Michael Paul Hanchett in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They and their daughter live in Mesa.
Ryan Wilcox ’01 received his bachelor’s from BYU in marriage, family, and human development with a minor in psychology. He is working on a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech University. He married Tiffany Andersen whom he met at BYU.
Dell B. Klingler ’46 of Rexburg passed away November 16, 2004. Dell was active in church, community, and alumni leadership. He served as the Madison County Commissioner for 12 years (including the Teton Dam Flood crisis), as a member of the Alumni Council for seven years, and as the president of the Alumni Association. He served seven LDS missions, including five with his wife Arlene. Dell is survived by his wife, 7 children, 35 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. His advocacy for Ricks College and BYU–Idaho continues through his family. Dell’s son and daughter-in-law Ron and Nita Klingler are on the Alumni Council. His grandson Kristopher Klingler and his wife Rebecca serve as Alumni Ambassadors in Albuquerque, N.M.
Norman Ricks ’50 passed away February 1, 2005. Norman is a former Alumni Association president and recipient of both the Distinguished Alumni Award and Distinguished Emeritus Service Award. He was employed by Ricks College for 28 years where he taught history, served as the assistant academic vice president, and was the foreign student advisor. He was an influential leader in the Church and community, working with the Upper Valley Historical Society, the Rexburg Chapter of The Sons of Utah Pioneers, the Tabernacle Committee, and the organization of the Beehive Credit Union. He served as patriarch of the Ricks College 4th Stake. Norman and his wife, Berniece Williams Ricks ’50, have been strong supporters of the Emeritus Club, the Alumni Association, and BYU–Idaho. He is survived by his wife, 9 children, 39 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
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Distinguished Emeritus Service Award Recipients
Fretwell attended Ricks in 1937. He served in the U.S. Army and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, and an Expert Combat Badge. He graduated from BYU in elementary education and taught elementary school at Fresno City School for 30 years. He is working on a documentary on African American families that have lived in Utah, Idaho, and California. He and his wife live in Fresno, Calif.
Dan Hess received his bachelor’s degree from Ricks College in 1951 and was asked by then-President John L. Clarke to join the Ricks faculty in 1956. He began the first welding department at Ricks, worked as an assistant to President Clarke, and helped establish the Reading and Study Skills Center. Mary Hess also taught reading and teacher education classes at Ricks for 18 years. They were the first couple to receive their doctorate degrees at BYU. She retired from Ricks College in 1987, and Dan in the following year.