B. Ashton BS’38 died February 18, 2007. She was 89.
Ashton was born on May 16, 1917, to John and Erma Wilson Berntson.
Before getting her degree from the University of Utah, she was active
in nearly every aspect of campus life, including AWS, Delta Gamma,
Mortar Board, Owl & Key, and the Beehive Honor Society. She
capped her collegiate experience as valedictorian and remained a
supporter of her alma mater for the rest of her life. Ashton was
a long-time board member of the Tanner Humanities Center, housed
in Carlson Hall, and the building’s Norma B. Ashton Room is
named in her honor.
tennis player and golfer, it was tennis that first introduced Norma
to her best friend and future husband, Marvin J. Ashton. After 10
years of tennis, his LDS mission and two college degrees between
them, they married and continued to play tennis for decades.
Ashton held many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, including serving on the Relief Society General Board, and
supported her husband's duties and worldwide travels as a member
of the Council of the Twelve.
Ashton is survived by her four children and their spouses, Linda
and John Ashton (executive director of the University of Utah Alumni
Association), Jonne and Dale Wheadon, Steve and Wendy Ashton, Janice
and Leif Sorensen, and daughter-in-law Patty Ashton; 18 grandchildren;
an ever-growing number of great grandchildren; and four sisters,
Phyllis McMullin, Dorothy Watkiss, Margaret Davis, and Betty Olsen.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those so inclined make
a contribution to the Marvin J. Ashton Scholarship or the Tanner
Humanities Center at the University of Utah. Online condolences
may be left at www.larkinmortuary.com.
from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from
2/21 - 2/23/2007.
Todd, a higher education administrator of more than three
decades who briefly oversaw student affairs at the University of
Utah, died Feb. 13 after a nearly 10-month battle with cancer. She
spent 31 years in education before resigning from her position as
vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama
in 2003, when she returned to her home state of Texas and began
working for a catalog company. She was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer in May 2006.
came to UA from the University of Houston, where she was vice chancellor
for advancement, to return to student affairs, a department she
oversaw at the University of Utah for three years and the University
of Virginia for 17 years. Todd is credited with re-organizing the
UA student affairs division to better serve students. She also created
the university’s dean of students office, led the effort to
add on to the university recreation center, and worked toward the
integration of the UA Greek system. During the last three years
of her tenure, two sororities with a multicultural emphasis organized
of flowers, donations can be made to the Mary Todd Palmer Endowment
at West Texas A&M University or the Sybil Todd Endowment at
the University of Virginia.
from a story in the Tuscaloosa [Ala.] News 2/15/2007.