Utah artist Lee Deffebach BA’49 MFA’89,
76, died Oct. 21 at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center from complications
following heart surgery.
Deffebach is credited with being one of the first
Utah modern artists, as well as the first female modern artist in
the state. Her paintings, which fit squarely into the abstract expressionism
movement, were highly valued and received a number of awards. Her
work can be found in almost every major public collection in Utah.
Born Helen Hortense Lee Deffebach in Houston in
1928, Deffebach came to Utah to study at the University of Utah.
After graduating in 1949 she left for New York, where the abstract
expressionism movement was in full bloom. She studied at the Art
Students League of New York and displayed her work in Greenwich
Village galleries, inspiring a Village Voice review that
called her paintings “lyric,
jazzy, loud . . . a deep breath of fresh air.”
In the 1950s Deffebach split her time between New York, Utah and
Florence, Italy, where she spent a year studying painting as a Fulbright
scholar. She returned to Salt Lake City for good when the University
of Utah offered her a teaching job in 1963.
Over the past four decades, Deffebach had more than
two dozen solo shows of her work in galleries throughout the Intermountain
West. Although galleries in New York and San Francisco expressed
interest in her paintings, she never pursued recognition beyond
her adopted state of Utah.
During a 2003 interview with the Deseret Morning
News, she said that color, especially two colors together,
were what triggered the ideas for her work.
Deffebach painted on large canvasses, which could
dominate a wall, and was known to employ unique tools, such as paint
rollers. She also used found objects and dabbled in Pop Art.
She was married three times but did not have children.
She split her time between her home/studio in a converted market
in Salt Lake City's Avenues neighborhood and a summer home in the
practically deserted mining town of Tuscarora, Nev., some 50 miles
northwest of Elko, where she sometimes painted landscapes.
from the article in the Deseret Morning News 10/23/2005.
H. Hinckley, Jr., 88, died Oct. 24 of prostate cancer.
Hinckley was the oldest of three and the last surviving
son of Robert H. Hinckley, Sr., who created the Hinckley Institute
of Politics at the University of Utah and founded the Hinckley Dodge
When his father died in 1988, Hinckley, Jr. became
the Hinckley Institute's board chairman, continuing his father's
legacy by helping increase the number of student interns to more
than 4,000 and boost the institute's endowment from $4 million to
more than $9 million. He also served on the University of Utah Institutional
Council, which later became the U Board of Trustees. In 1996, the
U of U Alumni Association awarded him its Honorary Alumnus Award.
Hinckley, Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1917 to Robert H.
Hinckley, Sr. and Abrelia Clarissa Seely Hinckley in Mt. Pleasant,
Utah. He grew up in Ogden during the Great Depression, graduated
from Ogden High School in 1936, attended Stanford University in
1937, and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1942.
He married high school classmate Janice Scowcroft in 1944.
Hinckley, Jr. flew bomber planes in Europe during
World War II and later in Korea. He flew 35 combat missions, receiving
the U.S. Air Force's Distinguished Flying Cross and the bronze star
for his participation in the liberation of France. After 13 years
in the military, he returned to Utah and resumed his career in the
family's automobile business.
Robert Hinckley, Jr. is survived by his wife, Janice;
sons Robert (Diana Busch), James (Lyn Cushman), and Scott (Anne
McCullough); daughter Kristin (James Yeager); nine grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hinckley
Institute of Politics, 260 S Central Campus Dr. Rm. 253, Salt Lake
City, UT 84112-9151; Abrelia Seely Hinckley Scholarship Fund, Weber
State University, Development Office, 4018 University Circle, Ogden,
UT 84408-4018; Edwin S. Hinckley Scholarship Fund, Brigham Young
University, A-41 ASB, Provo, UT 84602; Seely-Hinckley Scholarship
Fund, Utah State University, 1420 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-1420.
from the notice and an article published in The Salt Lake Tribune
Jacobsen Seeger ex’43, a humanitarian and adventurer,
died Oct. 1 in Ogden at the age of 83.
A longtime librarian, she is credited with helping
to consolidate the Weber County Library System and later became
president of the library board. She created Friends of the Library
and also helped initiate Weber County's Bookmobile program.
Seeger dedicated her life to promoting education
and reading. She worked at Ogden's McKay-Dee Hospital for 12 years
as a medical librarian, where she initiated a patient library. She
also formed a patient library at St. Benedict's Hospital in Ogden.
She was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Ogden. As a girl,
she lived in the Australian outback with her family. When the local
one-room schoolhouse could no longer provide her with an adequate
education, Seeger traveled alone, three days on a train across Australia
and 40 days on a freighter to the United States, to live with her
grandparents in Ogden and attend school. She never lived full time
with her parents again.
Seeger graduated from Ogden High School before attending
the University of Utah. She received a master's degree in librarianship
from Denver University. She married her first husband, Fred Becker,
in 1943. Becker, a brew master at the Becker Brewery in Ogden, died
in 1954. Seeger married her second husband, Paul Seeger, in 1955;
he preceded her in death in 1988. Marjorie Seeger spent the final
18 years of her life in Mesa, Ariz., returning to Ogden recently
because of declining health.
Seeger was a den mother for more than 30 years,
a member of First Presbyterian Church in Ogden, and she enjoying
hunting, fishing, and traveling.
Edited from the notice published in The
Salt Lake Tribune 10/8/2005.
Sneddon MS'65, 65, former mayor of Ogden, died October
2 after a months-long battle with cancer.
in Ogden on Jan. 9, 1940, Sneddon graduated from Ogden High School
and received a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and
recreation from Weber State University. He went on to obtain a master's
degree in physical education from the University of Utah.
was on the Ogden City Council from 1977 to 1989, when he was elected
mayor. He served one four-year term and was the last mayor under
the city administrator form of government. Soon after he was elected
to the council, Sneddon began to work to revive a relationship with
Ogden's sister city: Hof, Germany.
is survived by his wife, Katherine Marie Dixon Sneddon of Pleasant
View; and four children, John S. (Lorraine) Sneddon, Houston, TX;
Brian M. (Cheryl) Sneddon, North Ogden, Lisa M. (Casey) Trujillo,
Riverdale, UT; Jennifer L. (Evan) Granucci, Castaic, CA; and 14
is at Ogden City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that
donations be made to the Weber State University Development Office,
4018 University Cir., Ogden, UT 84408, to establish a Memorial Scholarship
in his name. E-mail condolences to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the notice published in the Deseret Morning News from
10/5-10/6/2005 and an Associated Press article 10/5/2005.
Wallace “Lon” Watson, Jr. BA’43 JD’50
died October 24th at his home in Salt Lake City.
to Alonzo W. and Lolita Byrd Watson on May 3, 1922, he received
degrees from the University of Utah, the Georgetown School of Foreign
Service (BSFS '47) and the University of Utah College of Law. During
World War II, he served for three years as a First Lieutenant in
the U.S. Marine Corp. On May 10, 1952, he married Mary Louise Koch,
a marriage that lasted over 50 years until her recent death. They
had two children, Robert Wallace Watson, born in San Francisco in
1958, and Hillary Anne Watson, born in Salt Lake City in 1961.
began his career as a lawyer working for the U.S. Department of
Justice as a special assistant attorney general and for firms in
San Francisco, San Diego, and Milwaukee. After returning to Salt
Lake City, he was a lawyer with Ray, Quinney and Nebeker for over
40 years, rising to the senior position in the firm. He served on
the boards of many charitable foundations, including the S.J. and
Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, where he was an advisor and trustee.
He helped create both the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation and the
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and served
on their boards for more than 30 and 20 years, respectively. He
was also a member of many other boards including Westminster College,
the Utah Symphony, the University of Utah National Advisory Council,
and for 10 years with the Sundance Institute National Advisory Board.
February 2005, the University of Utah Alumni Association awarded
Watson its Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed
on U of U alumni by the Association, at its annual Founders Day
Democrat, Watson was a key member of the exclusive ODO (Old Democrats
Only) group, which meets each Friday at the Alta Club. His bible
was The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell.
Watson is survived by E. Jean Watson, his sister; Robert and Anne
Watson, his children; Gavin, Kacey, Ashley and Cole Watson and Chloe
Hardmon, his grandchildren; and Eric McChancey and Alexis Watson,
lieu of flowers, his family suggests contributions to the Watson/Koch
Scholarship Fund at Westminster College, c/o Advancement Office,
1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84105, and the Alonzo W. Watson,
Jr. Scholarship at the University of Utah's S. J. Quinney College
of Law, c/o Development Office, 540 Arapeen, Ste. 250, Salt Lake
City, UT 84108.
from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 10/27/2005.
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