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Gary Nelson ’59 has retired in Milton, Fla, after 31 years working as a flight simulator instructor, program manager, and site manager for the U.S. Navy Flight Training Program, training Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and foreign students in both fixed-wing primary and helicopter advanced training. Prior to that, Nelson served 21 years in the Navy as a Naval Aviator, including tours to Vietnam.


Edwin Madigan ’63 Barry McIntyre ’63, Ted Roskuszka ’63, Dr. Mehdi Heravi ’63 and Thomas McLaughlin ’63 held their own USU 1963 mini reunion of sorts earlier this year in Estes Park, Colo. They look a little different than they did during their days on campus, but they’re definitely still Aggies: the photos show them, arms around each other, sitting and grinning in wet, spring snow.


David M. Rose ’72 retired as an elementary school teacher after 28 years of service this last June. He was chosen Teacher of the Year in 2011. Rose spent the last three years of his career as a science teacher. He lives in Pleasant Hill, Calif., with his wife of 24 years and has two children, a son in high school and a daughter studying geology at UC Davis. He has traveled widely and looks forward to more adventures in his retirement.


Jay S. Miller ’80 M.S. chief of interpretation for Arkansas State Parks, retired with 37 years of service to the agency. He began his park career as state trails coordinator and park planner, and served the past 29 years as administrator of program services. Miller has presented sessions at countless regional, national, and international conferences, and published articles in The Interpreter and Legacy magazines. He was part of an team of trainers hosted by South Korea, was a consultant to U.S. National Parks, the Madagascar National Park Service and Bolivia National Parks. He received the National Association for Interpretation’s Master Interpretive Manager Award, the NAI Region 6 Meritorious Achievement Award and the Fellow/Lifetime Achievement Award. In retirement, Miller plans to provide keynote, and motivational speaking through his consulting company, Interpretive Communications. He is a Certified Public Manager, a Certified Interpretive Planner and a Certified Interpretive Trainer. Married with three children, he lives in Little Rock, Ark.
Bradford R. Rich ’85 president of SkyWest, Inc., which includes SkyWest Airlines, Inc., ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., and SkyWest Leasing, now serves on Intermountain Healthcare’s Board of Trustees. Rich received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah State University. He has served on the SelectHealth board, is a director of the annual Dixie Classic Golf Tournament and has served on the City of St. George Water and Power Board.
Gay Wayman ’82, ’83 M.S. has published a collection of her essays in Life and Laundry: Surviving the Spin Cycle, available on amazon.com. “My hope is that readers will find something that resonates with them; be it joyful, emotional, passionate or pragmatic. There is a place for all of it in our lives,” she said.


Erik Anderson ’99 recently joined Logan Simpson Design (LSD) as a senior environmental planner in Salt Lake City. Erik has 14 years of experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and natural resource management planning for federal clients. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree, in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University and his M.A.S. degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver in 2009.
 Eric. D Hone ’94 a shareholder in the litigation and in the entertainment and sports department at Gordon Silver in Las Vegas was recently named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in the Mountain States” by SuperLawyers.com. Previously he was named among the “Legal Elite,” by Nevada Business for 2009-2013, and as a “Top Lawyer” by Vegas INC., in 2012. Hone’s practice is focused on business litigation, as well as sports and entertainment law. He also has considerable experience in construction law. He received his Juris Doctor from the Duke University School      of Law.
Lance Jacobs ’93 is now General Manager for North America for German-based software security company Avira. Jacobs is responsible for day-to-day operations, increasing end-user and channel sales, as well as improving awareness of the Avira brand in North America. He is based in Burlingame, Calif. Jacobs’ career to-date spans two decades in the software industry, focused mainly on sales, business development and marketing. Most recently, he was vice president of sales at ThreatMetrix, before that, he was director of the Strategic Sales Group for North America at F-Secure.
After 12 years’ work studying the “fantastically intricate” human blood (hematopoietic) system at the George Q. Daley lab at HHMI/Children’s Hospital Boston, Mathew “Willy” Lensch ’91 has been recruited to become the Executive Director of Harvard’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department. He’s one Aggie definitely worth Googling.


Seegrid Corporation, based in Pittsburgh, PA., announced Amanda Merrell ’10 has been promoted to marketing director. Merrell has utilized unconventional approaches to the material handling industry that have been directly responsible for establishing brand awareness for Seegrid. She joined Seegrid after graduating from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications, with an emphasis in public relations. Seegrid is the leading manufacturer of vision-guided robotic industrial trucks.