BYA~BYH Faculty & Staff


Alphabetical Alumni
McKenzie, David

McKenzie, David
Provo, Utah US

David McKenzie

Faculty & Staff. David McKenzie, Bible teacher, 1893-1900.

McLean, Fanny G. [Fannie]

McLean, Fanny G. [Fannie]
Provo, Utah US

Fanny McLean

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Classes of 1906 and 1933. Class of 1906. Fannie G. McLean. She received an Honorary Batchelor of Pedagogy degree (B. Pd. ~ Honorary) in May of 1906. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 1, Page 26. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. Fannie McLean, Training School, 1908-1926. ~ ~ ~ ~ She was also a teacher in Pleasant Grove during various years between 1901 and 1928. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1933. Fanny G. McLean. She earned an A.B. Degree in 1933. Source: Annual Record, Students Record of Class Standings, B.Y. Academy, Book 2, page 188. ~ ~ ~ ~ Fanny G. McLean was born on November 25, 1877 in Spanish Fork, Utah. Her parents were J. H. Ward and Mary Ann McLean. She was a school teacher during her entire career. She never married. She died on July 31, 1954 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had lived for 26 years. She died at the age of 76. Her interment, Provo, Utah.

Mecham, Nancy

Nancy Mecham

Faculty & Staff, 1963-64 - Secretary.

Meiling, Bessie I.

Meiling, Bessie I.
Provo, Utah US

Bessie Meiling

Faculty & Staff. Bessie I. Meiling was a Physical Education teacher during the 1932-1933 school year.

Mendenhall, Irene Boyer

Mendenhall, Irene Boyer
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Irene and Joseph Jensen

Brigham Young High School Class of 1892, and Collegiate Class of 1896, also Faculty & Staff. Irene B. Mendenhall appears in a photograph held by the BYU Archives purporting to be "the first class to graduate from the new Academy Building, 1892." (UAP 2 Folder 037) ~ ~ ~ ~ BY Academy Collegiate Class of 1896. Irene B. Mendenall of Springville, Utah. Graduated May 1896 with Bachelor of Pedagogy (B.Pd.). She served as President of the Normal Class of 1896. Source 1: Deseret News, May 30, 1896. Source 2: Graduation Program 1896. Source 3: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 1, page 8. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. Irene Mendenhall, Training School, 1892-1894. She appears in a photo of the first faculty to serve under Principal Benjamin Cluff in 1892. ~ ~ ~ ~ Irena Boyer Mendenhall was born on December 13, 1871 in Springville, Utah. Her parents were Richard Lovell Mendenhall and Mariah Catherine Boyer Mendenhall. Irena married Joseph Jensen on December 23, 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joseph Jensen was born on December 5, 1867 in St. Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho. Irena was a housewife. Irena Jensen died on June 11, 1953 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mendenhall, Kay [Spencer Kay]

Mendenhall, Kay [Spencer Kay]
Springville, Utah US

Kay and Marda Mendenhall

Faculty & Staff. Kay Mendenhall [male]. Business Teacher and head of the Business Department, 1967-68. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Spencer Kay "Kay" Mendenhall - 1935 ~ 2012. Spencer Kay Mendenhall of Springville, Utah passed away due to complications after surgery on March 24, 2012. He was 76 years old. He had been surrounded by and visiting with loving family members. Kay was born in Payson, Utah on September 12, 1935 to Spencer Malin and Cora Chambers Mendenhall. He grew up in Payson and lived life to the fullest. He played every sport under the sun and taught swimming lessons as a youth. He was an accomplished athlete as well as musician. Kay received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University where he played clarinet in the band and also wrestled. Kay loved the outdoors and spent summers during college working for the forest service both in Utah and Idaho. Kay was a devout member of the LDS Church. He served an LDS mission in the North-Western States Mission. He married Marda Lee Hartvigsen of Santaquin, Utah, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 19, 1960. Kay was a high school business teacher for many years, including at Brigham Young High School in 1967-1968, and he enjoyed working with and mentoring the youth. After retiring from teaching school he worked in the insurance industry. He treasured the relationships he had with his students, friends and insurance customers. Kay played his clarinet right up until the end. He most recently enjoyed playing with the Nebo Philharmonic Orchestra and during the summer with the Payson Summer Band Concerts. Kay loved watching and participating in sports. He stayed as active as he could be until physical limitations got in the way. He played basketball, tennis, skied, ran, wrestled, hiked and fished. He taught his kids, their friends and many others how to ski, play tennis, and swim. Summer days could always find him in the backyard with his kids and their friends with Kay spotting everyone in gymnastics stunts. He loved getting his grandkids in wrestling holds and testing their strength against his. Kay had an exuberant spirit about life and all who knew him will miss his presence. He had a way of making everyone smile and we all feel blessed for having had him in our lives. We know he is soaring free and climbing the highest mountain he can see and fishing in a clear, cool stream. Kay was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Keith. He is survived by his loving wife, Marda Lee Hartvigsen of Springville; his children: Jana Fronk of Springville. Michael (Robyn) Mendenhall of Salt Lake, Suzette (Scott) Sipple of South Jordan, Christy Mendenhall (Cameron Park) of Orem, Holly (Norven) Storrs of Springville; ten grandchildren which he thoroughly enjoyed: Brandy, Ryan, Kyle, Christian, Alec, Anna, Austin, Allison, Joshua and Lincoln; his sister Linda (Dave) Carter of Payson; brothers- & sisters-in-law Jessie Hartvigsen of Provo, Shirley (Bob) Peterson of West Valley, Sybil Hartvigsen of Dallas, Texas, Ace Hartvigsen of El Paso, Texas, Michelle Kiel of Washougal, Washington; his sweet Aunt Marsha Wilde of Provo, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Springville 2nd Ward Chapel, 1785 East 400 South in Springville. Wheeler Mortuary in Springville handled the arrangements. [Provo Daily Herald, March 27, 2012.]

Mercer, Winston [John Winston]

Mercer, Winston [John Winston]
Provo, Utah US

Winston and Ruth Mercer

Faculty & Staff. Beginning in 1947-48, and up to and including 1958, he taught English, French & Journalism at BYH. (See several photos of Mr. and Mrs. Mercer on the Class of 1949 reunions page.) ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: John Winston Mercer (Wick), 92, died June 16, 2012, due to complications from a fall. Winston was born in McGrath, Alberta, Canada, on January 29, 1920. His parents were Jared Alma and Annie Catherine Millard Mercer. After a few years in Canada, the family moved to Oakley, Idaho, where Winston grew up. He graduated from Oakley High and then moved to Provo where he attended BYU. Winston played the trumpet and while at BYU he played in the BYU band and also started his career of playing in dance bands. One summer he worked at Bryce Canyon playing in the dance band where he met his sweet future wife, Ruth B. Robison. As a child, he had contracted polio and always walked with a slight limp. This was not enough to keep him from athletic activities or from being drafted into the Army. He served his country in California and Fort Bliss, Texas. Winston and Ruth were married in 1945 in Texas. When he was released from the Army, he returned to teaching. He taught English, French and Journalism at BYU High School. He had many fond memories of this time and remembered many of his former students. After 13 years there, he went into the sales and insurance fields. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alma Mercer, sister Janice Cranney. He is survived by one sister, Marjorie (J.D.) Evans of Lake Oswego, Oregon, his wife, Ruth, and seven children: Gary W (Susan) Mercer, Patricia (Sherlan) Ligman, Catherine (Randal) Brereton, Phillip (Karla) Mercer, Melinda Mercer, Susan Urie, and Randall Mercer. He has 19 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. Winston loved his family. We all have fond memories of vacations, Sunday drives, and big family parties in the back yard. He had a sweet tooth and always had a stash of candy beside his recliner. Music was an important part of his life. He played his trumpet as long as he could and then switched to the keyboard. He was very clever and could easily write limericks and humorous poetry. He helped form the Civil Service Commission of Provo, and enjoyed his involvement with City government. He was a member of the LDS Church, and held many teaching positions in his ward. It was very hard for Winston to get around the last few years of his life, but he was very social and enjoyed his many friends at the Orem and Provo Senior Citizen Centers. Dad, we love and miss you, but we know you are enjoying a grand reunion with all your family who have passed on before you. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Berg Mortuary, 185 E Center Street, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., on the morning of the funeral service. Interment at Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through his obituary at www.bergmortuary.com [Provo Daily Herald, Tuesday, June 19, 2012]

Merkley, Calvin V.

Merkley, Calvin V.

Calvin Merkley

Faculty & Staff. Calvin V. Merkley, teacher, 1941-1942.

Merrill, Amos Newlove

Merrill, Amos Newlove
Orem, Utah US

Amos Merrill

Administrator of BYU Laboratory Schools, 1912 to 1915 (or 1912 to 1921). Amos N. Merrill (Newlove). When Edwin S. Hinckley resigned as BYU counselor to President George H. Brimhall in 1915, Amos N. Merrill was appointed counselor to Pres. Brimhall and dean of the Church Teachers College until 1921. Born on March 15, 1875, in Richmond, Utah, he received a bachelor's degree in 1896 at Utah State Agricultural College, a master's degree in 1908 at the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in 1926 at Stanford University. He joined the Brigham Young College (at Logan) faculty in 1902 and taught mechanical arts, biology, and agriculture. He was named professor of agriculture at BYU in 1910 and continued at BYU until his death in 1953. When called to the BYU presidency, he was said to have been serving as the "Principal of B.Y. High School" but Dr. William H. Boyle, Jr., served in that position from 1909-1910 to 1925-1926. It is likely that Amos Merrill served as head of the BYU Laboratory Schools, an administrative position in the BYU School of Education, rather than as Principal. After 1921 he became professor of secondary education, and Dean of the College of Education [so listed in 1943-44 Wildcat yearbook]. He also served on the Provo Board of Education and as president of the Utah Education Association. He was the author of a text of religious instruction titled, "Balance Wheels".

Millard, Lorna

Lorna and Russell Porter

Faculty & Staff, 1960s, including 1964-66 - Home Economics Teacher. Married Russell Porter.

Miller, Albert [Mueller,]

Miller, Albert [Mueller,]
Provo, Utah US

Albert and Elsa Miller (Mueller)

Faculty & Staff. Albert Miller, Music teacher, 1901-1906. Ernest Ludwig Adelbert Mueller in Germany, Albert Miller in America. Born July 13, 1875, in Vargula, Near Erfurt, Thuringia. A remarkable musician and teacher, he joined the LDS Church, came to America and became one of the first professional musicians to teach at Brigham Young Academy in Provo. Professor Miller's dance orchestra played often during the fall and winter of 1905. They traveled to Heber, Kamas, Lehi and other towns. One evening they played in Lehi. "It was a very cold night", recalled one orchestra member, "with some snow on the ground. There were no automobiles yet ...and we all had to ride in a white-topped surrey drawn by a pair of horses. The dance was on a Friday night. After the dance we all piled into the surrey and started for Provo, eighteen miles away. While coming home Professor Miller told us stories, some of which were funny, and we all had a hearty laugh at times. He also told us Bible stories and we all enjoyed these immensely. The Saturday morning after the dance he had taken cold and had to stay in bed. Monday morning he didn't come to school, and word was sent to the school that he had walking Typhoid Fever, and that he was getting worse." Many of his friends came to visit him and some administered to him. His illness was a matter of concern, expressed in both school and city newspapers. Professor Albert Miller died on the morning of January 31, 1906, at the age of thirty-one, and on the twenty-fifth birthday of his wife, Elsa Miller, nee Mueller. The entire student body of 1,000, plus many members of the community, marched in a procession to the Provo Tabernacle for the funeral. Miller's musicians played many times during that day in honor of their leader. A photograph taken prior to the funeral is most often used to show the details of the interior of the historic Provo Tabernacle filled with flowers. In a very short time, Albert Miller had an immense effect on the lives of his students and Brigham Young Academy. One of his sons, Karl A. Miller, graduated from BYH in 1923, BYU in 1932, and became assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Physical Plant, serving for a total of 40 years before retiring from BYU in the 1970s. But Karl A. Miller is best known for reaching the age of 105, going strong to the end. Albert Miller Biography

Miller, Elva Killian

Miller, Elva Killian
Provo, Utah US

Elva and Carlos Miller

Faculty & Staff. Elva Miller. Teacher in the BYU Training School, including Third Grade in 1957-1958. ~ ~ ~ ~ Elva Killian was born on January 5, 1909 in Orangeville, Utah. Her parents were John Frank Killian and Clarissa Ermina Jewkes Killian. Elva married Carlos Dutton Miller. Elva Killian Miller died on June 27, 1999 in Provo, Utah. Her interment, Provo City Cemetery. ~ ~ ~ ~ Elva Miller was the greatest. She and her husband, Carlos, ran a little grocery store (Meservyís Market) north of the school on University Ave. The Miller family lived on the little knoll just behind my house, north of the BYU football stadium. We called the hill Millerís Hill. Itís funny looking at that picture because I always thought Mrs. Miller was old, and in this photo she looks young. This photo was taken on the NW corner of 1st East and 5th North. I think the home in the background was Flora Fisherís home. ~ ~ De Ann Peterson Terry, BYH Class of 1967.

Miller, John T.

Miller, John T.
Provo, Utah US

John Miller

B. Y. Academy Collegiate Class of 1898, and Faculty. John Feofile (sic) Miller [Middle name: Theophilos, or Theopholus]. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 1, page 140. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. John T. Miller, German teacher, 1897-1900.

Mills, Caddie Daniels

Mills, Caddie Daniels
See Daniels, Caddie

Caddie Mills

Caroline Ameilia (Caddie) Daniels Mills -- See Caroline Ameilia (Caddie) DANIELS. Training School, 1876-1884.

Mink, Oscar Gorton

Mink, Oscar Gorton
Austin, Texas US

Oscar Mink

Faculty & Staff. Oscar G. Mink. Counseling, 1956-1957. ~ ~ ~ ~ He was a son of Oscar Wesley Mink and Lois Abeel Stilesin Mink. ~ ~ ~ ~ IN MEMORIAM: Oscar Gorton Mink. It is with sadness and regret that we say goodbye to a respected, loved, and dedicated colleague. Dr. Oscar G. Mink, professor of curriculum studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin, died Saturday, September 5, 2004, at the age of 74, in Round Rock, Texas. He was born January 10, 1930, in Boise, Idaho, and served in the Korean War from 1951-53. Dr. Mink began his career in education as a secondary school teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, and vocational counselor. He held a doctorate in counseling psychology from Cornell University and degrees in mathematics and mining engineering from Brigham Young University and San Bernadino Valley College. Professor Mink joined the College of Education in 1973, serving as a visiting professor and research associate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and spent the next twenty-six years with appointments in two departments devoted to teaching, research development, and the authorship of thirteen published books as well as over 100 articles, monographs, and book chapters. Dr. Minkís distinguished career at the University included the establishment of graduate programs for special education administrators in community colleges as well as a program of study and research in adult and organizational learning and human resource development. He was an expert in executive and organizational development and total quality management; in addition, he held senior executive positions with multi-national corporations such as Xerox. He was also involved with research and development in behavioral sciences for Cornell University, West Virginia University, and the National Laboratory of Higher Education. More recently, Dr. Mink worked closely with public administrators in the City of Austin and the Texas Department of Health to address issues of staff development and organizational administration. Throughout his outstanding professional career, Dr. Mink was recognized for exceptional scholarship and innovation with numerous honors, including the Creative Business Concept Award issued by the Financial Executives Institute of Austin, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Society for Training and Development, and the Outstanding Learned Article Award from the U.S. Education Press Association. Dr. Mink was a valued colleague, and he worked tirelessly as mentor and advisor to many graduate students. He was a skilled teacher and a true friend and colleague. He will be greatly missed. [The University of Texas at Austin.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Oscar G. Mink was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the director of Graduate Study and Research in Human Resource Development. Barbara P. Mink was a founding faculty member of the Human and Organization Program at the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California, and she was president of Somerset Consulting Group, Inc., in Austin, Texas. Both were senior consultants in Somerset Consulting Group, Inc., whose clients included Chevron, 3M, IBM, and Telecom-Australia.

Monson, Weldon

Weldon Monson

Faculty & Staff. Weldon Monson. He served as basketball coach during the 1930-1931 season at least.

Montague, Wallace Dea

Montague, Wallace Dea
Mesa, Arizona US

Wallace & Maxine Montague

Faculty & Staff 1960s, including 1962-68 - Seminary Teacher. Wallace Dea Montague. Wallace born December 24, 1917 in Elsinore, Utah. He married Maxine Walker on September 11, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After many years of teaching at BYH, they retired and moved to California. He died June 16, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents: John David Montague & Nellie Blair Montague. ~ ~ ~ ~ WIFE'S OBITUARY: Maxine Walker Montague, homemaker, died October 31, 2002, in Mesa, Arizona. Born April 14, 1920, in Holladay, Utah to Franklin Walker and Harriet Stevenson. She lived in Utah, Idaho, California and, since 1987 in Mesa. Maxine was an alto soloist, poet and genealogist. She enjoyed working with Boy Scout packs and troops. Mother of five; grandmother of 26; great-grandmother of 26. Preceded in death by her husband Wallace Dea Montague, LDS Seminary Teacher; son Mark; grandchildren Melissa Montague and Thane Walker Thomas; great-grandson Tyler Mark Montague. Survived by daughter Carol (Sterling) Thomas of Holladay; sons W. Dee (Marcia) and Paul (Verla) of Mesa; John (Rossalynn) of Ogden, Utah; sister Ramona Stapp of Chehalis, Washington; brothers Vernon of Emmett, Idaho; Lamar of Star, Idaho; Reed of Holladay; and by many nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, Idaho. [Published in the Deseret News, Thursday, November 7, 2002.]

Moore, Samuel D. Sr.

Moore, Samuel D. Sr.
Provo, Utah US

Sam Moore

BY Academy High School, Class of 1877. Samuel Drollinger Moore. Faculty & Staff, Normal Department, 1879-1880. One of three Class of 1877 graduates: Tennie Smoot, Sam Moore, and Caddie Daniels Mills. Source: 1920 BYU Banyan, school history written by Alice Louise Reynolds. ~ ~ ~ ~ Burial Information: Samuel D. Moore was born on May 2, 1855 in Payson, Utah. His parents: John Harvey Moore and Clarissa Jane Drollinger. He married Clara Ann Huish on October 10, 1881, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died on November 5, 1945, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Interment, Payson City Cemetery. ~ ~ ~ ~ About 150 "oldtimers" gathered for the first Alumni Emeritus Banquet during commencement week of 1941. Diantha Billings Worsley, Emma Stubbs Taylor, Alice Smoot Newell, Mary E. Cluff Little , Charles Albert Glazier, and Samuel D. Moore, members of Brigham Young Academy's first classes in 1876-77, attended the banquet.

Morrill, Damaris
Provo, Utah

Damaris Morrill

Faculty and Staff, late 1940s, early 1950s, including 1952-53. She taught Basic Skills, also known as Core, and Religion.

Morris, Charles

Morris, Charles
Provo, Utah US

Charles Morris

Faculty & Staff. Charles Morris, Training School, 1879-1880.

Morris, Clair

Clair Morris

Faculty & Staff 1960s, including 1963-64 - Assistant Administrator.

Mortensen, Martin Jr.

Mortensen, Martin Jr.
Provo, Utah US

Martin Mortensen

Class of 1915 and Faculty. Martin Mortensen, Jr. He received a BYH Normal Diploma in 1915. Source: Annual Report, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 404. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1916. Martin Mortensen, Jr. He received an AB Degree (Education & Psychology) in 1916. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 404. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. Martin Mortensen, Jr., Training School, 1916-1917.

Moss, Judy

Judy Moss

Faculty & Staff 1960s, including 1963-64 - English Teacher & Newspaper Advisor.

Neilson, Julia

Julia Neilson

Faculty & Staff 1960s, including 1964-65 - History Teacher.

Nelke, Miriam

Nelke, Miriam
Provo, Utah US

Miriam Nelke

Faculty & Staff. Miriam Nelke, Special Elocution teacher, 1900-1908. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU's Nelke Experimental Theatre: The Nelke Experimental Theatre is designed primarily as a laboratory for the practicum activities of the acting and directing students, and is home to the student-directed weekly Mask Club productions during the school year. It features an elevator stage, sharply raked auditorium seating, and seats 280 people. Miriam Nelke, for whom the Nelke Theatre was named, was one of the first teachers of dramatic arts at Brigham Young Academy. Her students so appreciated her tutelage that they later formed the Nelke Reading Club in her honor, a Provo organization that existed for decades.

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