U-News & Views, The University of Utah Alumni Association's Online Newsletter—January 2008
In Memoriam
Lynette Call Layton Kinard, wife of University of Utah Alumni Association President J. Spencer Kinard BS’66, died the morning of December 3, 2007, following a 10-1/2-year battle with breast cancer, the last two and a half years with metastatic disease. She was 66.

Lynette was born in Ogden on January 13, 1941, to Rex and Ruth Layton. She grew up in Layton with her parents and late brother, attending Verdland Park Elementary, North Davis and Central Davis junior high schools, and Davis High. She graduated in home economics and education from BYU, and taught home economics at Sunset, Kaysville and Bountiful junior high schools. She married Spence Kinard in the Salt Lake Temple on July 12, 1963. Lynette’s LDS church service included Stake Relief Society president, ward Relief Society president three times, Young Women’s leader, and Sunday School teacher. Many of her most cherished memories were of traveling on tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as their guest.

Lynette’s fight against cancer was courageous, determined, and successful as she extended her life beyond expectations, allowing her to spend more precious moments with those she loved. She is survived by her husband, Spence; five children: Holly (Dan) Horton, Layton; David (Heather) Kinard, Fishers, Ind.; Jeffrey (Jennifer) Kinard, Huntsville, Ala.; Heidi (Eric) Anderson, Layton; and Melissa (Jeff) Eschler, Layton; 14 grandchildren; her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother John Layton.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lynette Kinard to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, www.huntsmanfoundation.org. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 12/5 - 12/6/2007.

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Lorna Higgs Matheson ex’56 died peacefully at her home on Dec. 8, 2007. She was 73.

Lorna was born in Salt Lake City on April 19, 1934, to Gerald Hillam “Turk” Higgs and Theresa Ball Higgs. She had three older brothers, with whom she grew up near Trolley Square and then in the Sugar House area. She attended Salt Lake City public schools and graduated from East High in 1952. She organized reunions for the class for 55 years. At the reunion this summer, her classmates dedicated the entire event to her. Lorna began attending the University of Utah in 1952, an association with the school that would last the rest of her life. She married Stephen D. Matheson in 1954 and supported him through his years in dental school in Portland. After four years at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Lorna and Steve returned to Salt Lake City to raise their three sons.

Lorna embarked upon a career of public service, and for more than 30 years served as office manager for Steve’s dental practice. She served numerous times as PTA president in the schools attended by her sons, worked vigorously as a member of community councils and committees, and was elected three times to the Salt Lake City Board of Education, serving from 1978 to 1990, eventually as president of the board for four years. Lorna then went on to serve the University of Utah in a wide variety of roles: she was a member of the National Advisory Council, president of the Alumni Association, and a member of the board of trustees. She served on countless projects and helped to establish the Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies. She was formally recognized many times for her lifetime of service to students and to civic and educational institutions.

Lorna is survived by her husband, Stephen; their sons and daughters-in-law Stephen and Teresa Matheson, Mark Matheson and Jennifer Falk, and Michael and Mary Matheson; grandsons Lincoln, Xavier, and Aidan Matheson; and her brother William S. Higgs. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, brothers Warren and Gerald Higgs, and brothers-in-law Governor Scott M. Matheson and Rollo Anderson. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lorna H. Matheson Fund for the Humanities at the University of Utah College of Humanities, 540 Arapeen Drive, Suite 250, SLC, Utah, 84108.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 12/11 - 12/12/2007.

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Louis F. Morse MA’71 PhD’75 died peacefully Nov. 7 at his home in Yachats, Ore. He was 82.

Louis Forest Morse was born in Sacramento, Calif., on May 7, 1925, to Louis James Morse and Rita Pasini Morse. At age 14, he entered the Catholic seminary in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he was ordained in 1951 after having done extra study in theology at Catholic University. He became prefect of studies at Santa Cruz for two years before returning to Catholic University in 1954 to pursue a master’s degree in English literature while also serving as the House Superior in Washington, D.C. He served in parishes along the coast of northern California and in Pittston, Pa., where he also coached a boy’s basketball team. After joining the Air Force in 1962, he served as chaplain in Omaha, Neb.; Yokota, Japan; and Fort Worth, Texas.

After long contemplation, Morse decided to leave his clerical calling to study psychology at The University of Utah, where he received a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in counseling and clinical psychology. At The U, he also met his wife, Frances Schwaninger Morse. After her graduation, also in psychology, the Morses left Utah in 1979 for Saipan, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands. There, Louis Morse administered a federal grant for teaching psychological counseling skills to the indigenous people of Micronesia.

Upon returning to the U.S. mainland in 1982, the Morses joined Bear River Mental Health Services Inc. in Logan, Utah, before returning to Salt Lake City to establish a private practice in psychological testing and counseling as Morse Associates LLC. Louis also worked part time for the Utah State Department of Health in the Division of Handicapped Children’s Services and the Maternal and Infant Program. After his full retirement in 2003 and Frances’ retirement in 2006, the Morses settled in their dream home on the Oregon coast.

Louis Morse is survived by his wife, Frances, and many other family members and friends.

Edited from the item published 12/2/2007 in the Easton (Md.) Star-Democrat.

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T. Upton “Uppy” Ramsey BS’47 died peacefully on November 17, 2007. He was 86.

Thomas Upton Ramsey was born in Walnut, Miss., on June 28, 1921, to Cecil Hopkins and Henry Grady Ramsey. His parents were educators and taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. As a result, Uppy lived on several Indian reservations, most notably Hava Supai, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. When his parents were given this assignment, he and his sister, Louise, would spend summers in the canyon and the school year at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Uppy graduated from Wasatch Academy in 1938 and then enrolled in the University of Utah, where he joined Beta Theta Pi and made lifelong friends. His studies were interrupted by World War II, and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 8, 1941. He was a B-25 pilot and flew 54 missions over Germany, Italy and North Africa. He was shot down in the Mediterranean and floated for several hours before being picked up by the British. When he returned from overseas, he was stationed in Omaha, Neb., with the Strategic Air Command, flying B-29s. Following the war, Uppy returned to the University, where he met Rhoda Worley in a history class. They graduated in the Centennial Class of 1947, both with degrees in history. They were married in December of 1948 and enjoyed almost 59 years together.

For 19 years, Uppy was the proprietor of the award-winning Ramsey’s Gifts in Foothill Village. After selling the gift shop, he became one of the first executives at Snowbird, where he spent five happy years. Besides Rhoda and his family, Uppy’s great love was gourmet cooking. What started as a hobby became a vocation aftern Uppy received diplomas from both Le Cordon Bleu and La Varenne, in Paris. He became a part-owner and the first chef of The New Yorker restaurant, was a popular food columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune for 15 years, and taught cooking at the University and in his home for 20 years. He eventually published a cookbook, George Washington Ate Here. He belonged to the Beehive Chef’s Association, the Chain des Rotisseurs, Holladay Rotary Club, The Salt Lake Country Club, and The Alta Club. He also belonged to the First Presbyterian Church and for many years prepared their annual turkey dinner. He hosted hundreds of friends and family in his home and at the Ramsey cabin. When his health limited his ability to host, he remained cheerful and uncomplaining.

Uppy loved Beta Theta Pi and the University of Utah. He served as a national officer and district chief for Beta, and he was a season ticketholder for Utah football and basketball for more than 50 years. The last Utah game he attended was the Utes’ fabulous victory in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

Uppy Ramsey is survived by his wife, Rhoda; daughters Rochelle Warner (Homer) and Lisa Adams (John); son Tom Ramsey (Karma); grandchildren Homer Ramsey Warner (Mykol), Jayne Warner Pahnke (Ralph), Caroline Warner Prince (Bryon), Abigail Adams, J. Andrew Adams, Catherine Adams, William Ramsey Adams, and Kaitlin Ramsey; and two great-granddaughters, Adrienne Pahnke and Emmi Warner. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Louise Shields. The family suggests that donations in Uppy’s memory may be sent to Wasatch Academy, 120 South 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647, or the Fort Douglas Military Museum, 32 Potter St., Fort Douglas, UT 84113.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 11/18 - 11/20/2007.

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