Class of 1969~11~Honorary

Class of 1969~11~Honorary's Website

Alphabetical Alumni
411, Class of 1969 to 1980

411, Class of 1969 to 1980

Ghost Classes of BYH 411

Class of 1980? If Brigham Young High School was closed in 1968, why are classes 1969 through 1980 included in this website? The closing in 1968 affected many students from Kindergarten through 11th Grade who had planned to attend and graduate from BY High. They were all forced to leave and complete their secondary education elsewhere. At the request of many who were students in those years, the classes of 1969 through 1980 have been added to this website directory as honorary alumni of BY High School. Sometimes called the "Ghost Classes" of BY High, all of them -- K through 11 -- were included in the historic final BYH Wildcat Yearbook published in 1968, along with the final graduating class of 1967-1968. Before that, students who attended BYH but who did not graduate with their classes were also marked as honorary alumni.

Andersen, Lynette [not Anderson,]
7015 D Street
Springfield, Oregon 97478 US

Lynette and Corwin Lewis
  • Home: 541-726-1837

Class of 1968 and 1969, graduating Junior. Lynette Andersen. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU BA Elementary Education, 1974. ~ ~ ~ ~ Married Corwin G. Lewis Sr., CPA, Partner, Tax Accountant, Wooten Mischel & Lewis LLP, 72 A Centennial Loop Suite 130, Eugene, Oregon 97401 - (541) 687-1099. Corwin Lewis Sr., BYU BS Accounting 1971, MBA University of Oregon, Eugene 1978. Email:

Anderson, Gavin J.
1833 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 US

Gavin Anderson
  • Work: 801-484-6470

Class of 1969. Gavin J. Anderson [not Andersen]. BYU BA University Studies 1976. BYU JD Law 1979. University of Utah MPA 1983.

Anderson, Karen Louise (1969)

Anderson, Karen Louise (1969)
Springville, Utah US

Karen and Brent Ekins

Class of 1969. Karen Louise Anderson [not Andersen]. She married Brent K. Ekins. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Karen Louise Anderson Ekins, born January 1, 1951, died June 6, 1994, at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, after a long illness. Karen was born in Provo, Utah, to Harold J. and Gloria S. Anderson. She grew up in Orem and Provo and most recently resided in Springville. She married Brent K. Ekins on August 24, 1972, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She is survived by her husband Brent, children: Scott, serving a full-time mission in the Philippines, Naga Mission; Jamie, Paul, Brian, and Daniel of Springville; her parents of Provo; her sisters: Patty Ford (Ron), of North Salt Lake; Sheri Rees (Doug), of Bountiful; and brother, Paul Anderson (Tani) of Kaysville. Burial was June 9, 1994, in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.

Anderson, Rex

Rex Anderson

Class of 1969. Rex Anderson.
IS THIS? 1. Rex Devear Anderson, 1441 Harris Ln, Blanding, Utah 84511-2601 - 435-678-3368?
OR IS THIS? 2. Rex Carl Anderson, m. Carol Ann, 7209 E. 34th St, Tucson, Arizona 85710-5724 - 520-298-0349 & 520-209-5369?

Andrews, David
PO Box 41421
Phoenix, Arizona 85080 US

David & Julieann Andrews
  • Work: 602-942-0902

Class of 1968 and 1969, graduating Junior. David Andrews. Married Julieann. BS BYU Sociology 1976. MBA Arizona State University 1984. Currently working as a tax CPA in Phoenix, Arizona. @2006

Andrus, Philip
97 North Meadowbrook Drive
Alpine, Utah 84004-1776 US

Philip Andrus
  • Work: 801-492-9242

Class of 1969. Philip Andrus. Alternate address: 650 E 600 S, St. George, Utah 84770-3838 - 435-673-6774.

Apostol, Kristine

Apostol, Kristine
377 West Mariposa Drive
Washington, Utah 84780-2128 US

Kris and Dave Cunningham
  • Work: 435-628-6158
  • Home: 435-275-4591

Class of 1969. Kristine Apostol. BYU BS Elementary Education & Teaching Certificate 1973. She married David G. Cunningham, also BYH Class of 1969. Her parents: Chris J. Apostol and Marva Funk Apostol, married March 16, 1950, in Logan Utah. Her parents had five children: Kristine Apostol [BYH Class of 1969] (Dave) Cunningham, St. George, Utah; Konn Apostol Rauschenbach [BYH Class of 1970], New Mexico; Kip (Sandy) Apostol, Lindon, Utah; Kurt Apostol, Alpine, Utah; and Kami Apostol (Tim) Sullivan, Washington @2003

Ashworth, Mark S.
1301 Dove Street
Newport Beach, California 92660 US

Mark and Debi Ashworth
  • Work: 949-752-9401
  • Cell: 949-735-3806

Class of 1968 and 1969, graduating Junior. Mark S. Ashworth. Sports Reporter & Artist of Brigadier student newspaper in 1967-68. BYU BS Psychology 1972. Married Debi. AV Rated Trial Attorney – Focus Areas: Malpractice Defense; Employer Defense; Construction Defect Defense, Business and Real Estate Defense. Mark Ashworth has arbitrated, mediated and litigated through trial more than two thousand cases during the past twenty-nine years. He acts as a Judge Pro Tem and panel arbitrator for the Superior Court of California. ~ ~ ~ ~ Born Provo, Utah, April 20, 1951; admitted to the bar, 1978, California; admitted to United States District Court, Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts; admitted to United States District Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. ~ ~ ~ ~ Education: Brigham Young University (Bachelor of Science, 1972); Western State College of Law (JD, 1978). Member: State Bar of California, 1978 to present; Superior Court Arbitrator, 1988 - present. Arbitration: Neutral – over 1,000 cases; Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of California, 1992 – present – over 200 cases. Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California (Litigation Section). American Bar Association. Who’s Who in California, 1986. His parents: Dell Shepherd Ashworth, and Bette Jean Brailsford Ashworth [she is a member of the BYH Class of 1945]. They had four children: Brent Ashworth [BYH Class of 1967] (Charlene), Provo; Mark Ashworth [BYH Class of 1968/69] (Debi), Mission Viejo, California; Anne Ashworth (Kim) Golightly, Bethesda, Maryland; Christopher/Kit Ashworth [BYH Class of 1979] (Barbara), Pleasant Hill, California. Address updated @2007

Atkinson, David M.
2414 E 434 N
St. Anthony, Idaho 83445-5718 US

David Atkinson
  • Work: (208) 624-7453

Class of 1969. David M. Atkinson. BYU BA Journalism 1974.

Babb, Barbara Jean

Babb, Barbara Jean
1133 East 2570 North
Provo, Utah 84604-4111 US

Barbara [and Curtis] Johnson
  • Work: 801-714-6132
  • Cell: 801-373-1460
  • Home: 801-377-7345

Class of 1968 and 1969, graduating Junior. Barbara Jean Babb. Her parents: Gordon Rex Babb and Josephine Jantzon Babb. Barbara attended BYU in 1993. She married Curtis Thayne Johnson, BYH Class of 1967. Curtis passed away in April 2013. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: HIS OBITUARY: Curtis Thayne Johnson - September 24, 1949 – April 30, 2013. Curtis Thayne Johnson, 63, peacefully passed away at home on April 30, 2013 from multiple complications secondary to liver failure while waiting for an organ transplant. Curtis was born on September 24, 1949. He was the first born of five to Thayne and Iris Johnson. During his childhood the family resided in Southern California where he is remembered as being an adventurous and active child who craved the outdoors. Thayne and Iris loved taking the children on frequent outings in the family trailer. Curtis delighted in being airborne, side by side with his father in the cockpit. He always longed to be a pilot, but the need for vision correction thwarted him from achieving this dream. Curtis and his dad enjoyed the scenic byways everywhere they traveled. As a father, he never missed the dirt road less traveled that took us into the unknown, where some of the best memories were made. The family relocated to Utah in the early sixty's where Curtis found the mountains irresistible. He summited his first mountain (Mt. Whitney) as a young teenager and later volunteered on the Mountain Rescue team as part of the BYU Alpine Club. Curtis found great joy tinkering with electronics and achieved his amateur license as a Ham radio operator. He is remembered for attempting to make his own hang glider, loving anything to do with water, and for his amazing marksmanship. Curtis graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1967, and obtained his Bachelors in Computer Science from Brigham Young University. He enlisted in the United States Army and served for 2 years before his honorable discharge at the rank of SP5. His polished typing and English skills influenced the General to "keep Curtis around", and as a result he was spared from being deployed overseas. Curtis was sealed for time and all eternity to his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Babb, BYH Classes of 1968-69, in 1970 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They raised their four children in Pepperell, Massachusetts until 1985, when they returned to Provo, Utah. Curtis was recruited after graduation by Digital Equipment Corporation and then later for Wang Laboratories and Novell. His sense of adventure then led him on an entrepreneurial journey with the startup company DISX. He was truly passionate about his final job as the manager of the American Fork LDS Employment Center where he enthusiastically coached a team of missionaries to help others find gainful employment. Curtis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was fondly nicknamed "sound guy", "Mr. Fix-it", "Papa Curt" or "BJ" by his ward family and friends. He eagerly accepted callings throughout his life, but his time spent serving the youth was always his favorite. He treasured his time spent with the Young Women at Camp Shalom and trekking with the Boy Scouts in the High Uintas. Curtis could be called by anyone, anytime, anywhere and he would be there to get the job done. We will never forget the countless hours he spent reading in his big Papa Curt chair and his never-ending quest for knowledge. He believed a spread sheet analysis should fix ANY problem. He had a deep love for music and enjoyed listening to his children and grandchildren practice and perform. We knew when the ward choir was scheduled to sing, because he would be giddy for days beforehand. We will miss the popcorn that he popped in his whirly pop nearly every day, the roar of the lawn mower at the start of every family gathering and the anticipation of snowfall as an excuse to fire up the 4-wheelers and attach the plow. He was our resident astrologist, librarian, weatherman, swim coach, "jump or dive" caller, water polo referee, dive judge, music critic and the best Santa's helper ever! Curtis is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara; his four children Michael (Wendy), Rebecca (David) Mullen, Matthew (Kristin), Megan (Bryan) Hepworth; his siblings Darla Rogers, Terri Lee (Jon) Burgener, Kevin (Elizabeth) and Brian. He will be greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren; McKenzie, Chase, KC, Cassidy, Alexis, Kiersten, Madilynn, David, Matisyn, Sammy, Emilyn, Abigail and Lucas. There are countless nieces, nephews, cousins, "adopted" children and grandchildren, and his best friend and ball of fluff, Kizzy, that will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents Harvey Thayne Johnson and Iris Helen Schlerf. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11 am at the Provo Sharon East Stake Center, 2400 N. 1060 E. in Provo. Friends may visit with the family Sunday evening from 6-8 pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N. in Orem and at the church Monday morning from 9-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery Provo, Utah. - In memory of our husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend, we encourage everyone to give the gift of life and become an organ donor. THE NEED IS REAL - Today 117,840 people are waiting for an organ. 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives. [Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, Orem, Utah] Source.

Bankhead, Lauralyn
68 West 620 South
Orem, Utah 84058-3100 US

Lauralyn and Gaylord Swim
  • Work: (801) 224-5595

Class of 1969. Lauralyn Bankhead. BYU AA University Studies 1974. Married Gaylord K. Swim.

Barlow, Jolene
5700 Estrellita Del Norte
Albuquerque, New Mexico 97109 US

Jolene Thompson

Class of 1969. Jolene Barlow. She married _____ Thompson. She is just finishing up 2 years of teaching Engish in China. @2019

Barton, Anne
3297 Coybrook Circle
West Jordan, Utah 84084 US

Anne Giffen

Class of 1969. Anne Barton. Married ______ Giffen.

Bateman, Kathleen

Bateman, Kathleen
12755 8500 East
PO Box 471
Spring City, Utah 84662 US

Kathy and Steve Peterson
  • Work: 435-462-4319

Class of 1969. Kathleen Bateman. BYU BA Art 1973. Kathy married Steven J. Peterson, BYH Class of 1967. Her Parents: J. LaVar Bateman and Helen Mae Ream Bateman. Her parents had five children: Kim Bateman, MD [BYH Class of 1965] (Linda); Shauna Bateman Horne [BYH Class of 1966 - Honorary] (dec.) (Rick Horne); Kathleen Bateman Peterson [BYH Class of 1969] (Steve Peterson); Lucinda Bateman, MD; and Kyle Bateman (Julee).

Beagles, James M.
1510 North 440 West
Mapleton, Utah 84664 US

Jim Beagles
  • Work: 801-489-8925

Class of 1969. James M. "Jim" Beagles. BYU, Physical Plant Administration, 1992. Serving on an mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints @2019

Beckham, Eric Marvin

Beckham, Eric Marvin
Merced/Provo, California/Utah US

Rick and Vicki Beckham

Class of 1969. Eric "Rick" Beckham. Class Social Chair. Junior Class Party Committee. BYU Political Science 1974. Married Vicki Beal. Merced College, Public Information Office, Rick Beckham ~ ~ ~ ~ Director of a two-day Music Festival known as the "Music of Merced Festival," held on the last weekend of April every year. Bands range from Jazz, Cowboy Western, Rock and Roll, Reggae, Mexican Mariachi, Classic Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Barbershop Choirs, Cabaret, Dance Bands, Brass Bands, Accordions, Bagpipes, and practically any kind of music you can imagine, including bands from Polynesia. The festival also has different vendor booths selling food, clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, ice cream,and dried fruits and nuts of Central California. @2009 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Vicki Lyne Beal Beckham was born on March 31st, 1954, in Logan, Utah and passed away peacefully in Merced, California on June 23, 2010, after a two-year illness. She moved to California as a young girl and graduated from Merced High School in 1972 where she performed as one of the legendary "Seven Darlings" majorettes. She met and married her husband, Rick, while attending Brigham Young University. After graduating from college with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Dance, she moved with her family back to Merced. Vicki followed the tradition of her parents in becoming a devoted teacher. She taught P.E. and Language Arts for 25 years in the Atwater School District. As a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she also loved serving in many volunteer positions. Spending time with family was very important to Vicki. She gathered her large family around her often in family reunions, trips and an annual "Cousin Camp." She found meaning in serving others and enjoyed many life-long friendships. Vicki had a gift for finding and nurturing dreams and aspirations in others. She always had an infectious laugh and a loving hug ready for everyone she met. From her earliest years, Vicki's greatest passion was dance. She found joy and fulfillment in it and in sharing this love with others. Vicki had many other interests, including reading and writing, traveling the world, scrapbooking, sewing, enjoying fine arts, and water skiing. Near the end of her life she added surfing, rock climbing, white-water rafting and skydiving to the list. She was preceded in death by her parents, Steven Olen Beal and Clara Val Larie (Preece) Beal. Vicki is survived by her husband of 36 years, Eric "Rick" Marvin Beckham, and her four children, Justin (Sarah) Beckham, Lance (Alisha) Beckham, Cameron (Stephanie) Beckham, and Andria (Matthew) Lewis; siblings, Vaun (Ann) Beal, Robin (Ronald) McCombs, and Evan (Kris) Beal. Vicki will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Aidan, Rylee, Juma, Tristan, Irelyn, Amelia, and Abigail and her many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Steven and Val Larie Beal and Vicki Beal Beckham Scholarship Fund through Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union, account number 56048013. The funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 26, 2010, with a visitation preceding it from 11 am-12:30 pm at the LDS Church on 1080 E. Yosemite Avenue, Merced, California. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 1, 2010, 26 West 600 North, American Fork, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home. Arrangements in Utah are under the direction of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, Orem, Utah. [Provo Daily Herald, Monday, June 28, 2010] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Eric "Rick" Marvin Beckham, 63, passed away in Provo on April 15, 2015, surrounded by his family, from complications of a lifelong battle with diabetes. Rick was born in Provo, Utah on September 12, 1951, the son of Ray and Ida Lee Beckham. He attended the BYU Laboratory School from kindergarten through his junior year of high school, when the school was closed. He then attended Provo High School for his senior year, graduating in 1969. He attended BYU for three years and later graduated with a bachelors degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Rick was intrigued with early computers. As a high school student, he volunteered after school at DHI Computing. This was during the time of IBMs punched cards and huge mainframe computers, long before the early personal computers. He began as a gopher but became a part-time employee during high school and college and a full-time employee after college. He helped pioneer a new DHI software program for hospitals in Wassau, Wisconsin. Rick served as an LDS missionary in Finland beginning in October 1970. He returned to BYU in 1973 and met Vicki Beal, from Merced, California, his future wife, who was an education major at BYU. They were married June 18, 1974 in the Cardston, Alberta, Temple, where his father was serving as mission president. In 1979, Rick and his family moved to Merced where, with his father-in-law, Steve Beal, he founded one of the early solar energy companies. He then went back to his technology roots and joined Dentomatics, a firm specializing in computer billing systems for dentists, and then moved to Systematics -- a large programming firm. He founded a magazine called Beckhams Freeway Guide that published a series of travel guides to help travelers on I-15 from Salt Lake City to San Diego. He also worked with the U.S. Census Bureau and in advertising and marketing. He finished his career as a public relations specialist at Merced College. Rick has led an interesting life. He never let his diabetes stop him from moving at full speed. He was honored in 2002 by the American Diabetes Association for 50 active years as a diabetic. As a high school student he worked in the summers on his cousin's cattle ranch in Arizona. Rick played many sports as a child, and, later, as an adult, he coached youth baseball and basketball teams and became a basketball referee in California. Along the way, he and his friends in Provo organized the PPGA (Provo Petunia Golf Association) and held an annual tournament for many years. Rick was also interested in music. His mother taught him to play the piano, and he played the trombone in his high school orchestras. He later became 1st chair trombone in the Merced Symphony Orchestra, and on several occasions was the featured soloist. He also founded and directed the three-day Music of Merced Festival for five years, bringing in musical groups from the western states for a series of concerts and performances to help raise money for the arts in Merced and to restore the Historic Merced Theatre. Rick designed and helped build their dream home in Merced more than 20 years ago. Active in the LDS Church, he served as a scoutmaster and youth leader, priesthood leader, Sunday school teacher and pianist. He was a popular early-morning seminary teacher. His students loved him because of his teaching abilities, positive attitude, and pranks and antics. His children talk about his great sense of humor, telling jokes, April Fools Day pranks, helping them with their homework, coaching their sports teams, taking them to school activities, and family vacations. He and Vicki enjoyed traveling to new places, including Europe and Africa. His life was centered around his family, church, music, and sports. Vicki passed away June 23, 2010, and is buried in the American Fork cemetery near her parents. Rick moved back to Provo at that time and has lived in the area since. Rick was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Lyne Beal, and his mother, Ida Lee Beckham. He is survived by his father, Ray Beckham, and stepmother, Janette Hales Beckham, and by his four children: Justin Beckham (Sarah Wilson), Iringa, Tanzania; Lance Beckham (Alisha Akins), Spanish Fork; Cameron Beckham (Stephanie Olson), Layton; and Andria Beckham Lewis (Matt Lewis), Springville. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Aidan, Rylee, Juma, Tristan, Irelyn, Amelia, Abigail, Cole, and Mason, with a tenth (a granddaughter) scheduled to arrive in May. Four siblings also survive him: Raymond Beckham, Jr. (Elaine Tyler), St. George; Randy Beckham (Vicki Woolf), Sandy; Renae Beckham Willes (David), Orem; and Raleen Beckham Wahlin (Rick), Keller, Texas. Funeral services will be held at the Sundberg Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street in Orem at 2:00 pm today, Friday, April 17. A visitation will be held at the mortuary prior to the funeral from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at [Provo Daily Herald, Friday, April 17, 2015] Source.

Belnap, Kristene
757 East 2950 North
Provo, Utah 84604-4230 US

Kris and Dennis Largey
  • Work: 801-375-1939

Class of 1969. Kris Belnap. BYU BS Law Enforcement 1973. BYU-Hawaii 1980. Married Dennis Largey, of the BYU Religion Department and author of the new Book of Mormon Reference book.

Bingham, Duane S.
2165 North 1220 East
Provo, Utah 84604 US

Duane Bingham
  • Work: (801) 377-4000

Class of 1969. Duane S. Bingham. BYU BSE Business Management 1976.

Black, Laurine
700 Maunesha Drive
Marshall, Wisconsin 53559 US

Laurine Martin
  • Cell: 608-712-4069
  • Home: 608-655-4069

Class of 1969. Laurine Black. ~ ~ ~ ~ Currently working for American Family Insurance as a Project Manager in I/S. She married ______ Martin.

Boot, Robert
12 Gaston Square
Sharpsburg, Georgia 30277 US

Robert and Lorna Boot
  • Work: 770-463-8200

Class of 1969. Robert Boot. Robert married Lorna Kyle. They have six children, and 13 grandchildren. ~ ~ ~ ~ The Boot family emigrated from the Netherlands to the US in 1956. Two brothers and two sisters in the Boot family are alumni of BYH. Both Elizabeth "Bep" Boot and Johanna "Anneke" Boot graduated in the BYH Class of 1959, but Elizabeth is two years older. Nicholaas Boot is in the BYH Class of 1965, and Robert Boot is a member of the BYH Class of 1969. ~ ~ ~ ~ "As for me, we have been in Georgia for 10 years now, we moved here from San Diego. I went on a mission to Holland, where I was born, and my oldest son went there too. Our second son went to Spokane on his mission and our youngest son leaves November 29, 2006 for Argentina. All of our kids have gone to BYU-Idaho, the two youngest sons are there now. I am in commercial real estate; I have been in this field for 30 years. I invest all over the US, buying and renovating properties for my portfolio. In the early 1990s I authored a book on real estate financing and development and was on a speaking tour throughout the US giving seminars. I'm trying to settle down so my wife and I can go on a mission soon." @2006

Brown, Michael Glenn
10466 North 4800 East
Highland, Utah 84003 US

Mike and Leslie Brown
  • Work: 801-756-0322

Class of 1969. Michael G. Brown. 1969 Class President, Junior Class Party Committee. BYU BA Communications 1976. BYU MBA 1978. Married to Leslie J. Leland. Six children: Leigh Brown, Cale (Heather) Brown, David (Emily) Brown, Chase Brown, Reagan Brown and Bryan Brown. (Note: Both Reagan and Bryan are daughters!) Michael's brother, Barry Brown, is a member of the BYH Class of 1971.

Cannon, Nancy
1453 Ute Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-2433 US

Nancy and Julian Jensen
  • Work: 801-583-4404

Class of 1969. Nancy Cannon. Class Secretary. Editor in Chief of Brigadier Newspaper in 1967-68. Junior Class Party Committee. BYU MA American Literature 1973. Nancy married Julian D. Jensen.

Card, Orson Scott
PO Box 18184
Greensboro, North Carolina 27419-8184 US

Scott and Kristine Card
  • Work: 336-282-9848

Classes of 1968 and 1969, graduating Junior. Scott Card. BYU BA Theatre and Cinema 1975. University of Utah MA English 1981. ~ ~ ~ ~ Orson Scott Card was born on August 24, 1951, in Richland, Washington, which his parents left to start up a sign company in San Mateo, California. Eventually his father switched careers and became an educator. Scott says he grew up the son of a college professor and in the shadow of a university. Books were always a part of his life, and he learned to read early. He was an intelligent child who got along better with adults than with the children around him. He had been in Salt Lake City, Utah, while his father went to college, and then spent most of his childhood back in San Mateo. However, when his father got a faculty job at BYU, they moved back to Utah, residing in Orem. He attended Brigham Young High School in Provo, where he graduated a year early. He got in with the drama crowd at BYH, and then again in college while at BYU. This is where he began writing stage plays. As he progressed, he developed an understanding for what moves an audience and gives them sympathy for his characters. After he returned from his church mission to Brazil, Card started a theatre company, which soon failed. Because his salary did not offset the loss, he decided to try to make some money by writing. His first story, Tinker, was initially turned down, so he started another story. He wrote Enders Game in a notebook, in longhand, sitting on a lawn outside the Salt Palace, while a circus went on inside. This time his story was purchased immediately. But at that time it was not yet a book, just a short story. It was published in the August 1977 issue of Analog. It came in second on the Hugo ballot, and won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. He wrote several more short stories, published collections of them, as well as several full-length novels. Enders Game, the story, became a novel, and was a big success. It won both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1985. Then, as if that was not enough, the next year he finished Speaker for the Dead which also won the Hugo and Nebula awards. No other author had won both awards two years in a row. Because of his commitment to family he recently announced that he would no longer be going on book tours, in part because it takes too much time away from his wife (Kristine) and children (Geoffrey, Emily, Benjamin, Zina Margaret and Erin Louisa). As a self-described orthodox member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, religion is important in his life. These factors make his stories not only interesting for their inventiveness, but also for their moral and ethical situations, with characters connected to the world through their families.

Child, Neil K.
401 West 1450 South
Provo, Utah 84601 US

Neil Child
  • Work: (801) 375-2918

Class of 1969. Neil K. Child.

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