France Davis MA'78, a national Baptist leader
The Rev. France Davis MA’78, pastor at Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church for more than 40 years, served as a regional vice president to the educational arm of the National Baptist Convention. Davis holds five degrees and has taught at the U (where he has a namesake scholarship). He has received numerous awards for his leadership and teaching, and is the author of Light in the Midst of Zion
and an autobiography, France Davis: An American Story Told
, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award in nonfiction.
Michael Doleac BS'02, former U basketball standout
A standout basketball player at the University of Utah, Doleac was selected 12th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He spent a decade in the NBA, helping the Miami Heat win the championship in 2006 before retiring in 2008. In 2009, Doleac became a graduate manager for the University of Utah men’s basketball team and a graduate student in physics.
Spencer F. Eccles BS’56, financier and philanthropist
Eccles is chairman emeritus of Wells Fargo & Co. Intermountain Banking Region, and former chair and chief executive officer of the First Security Corp. He has also served as chair and president of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the largest philanthropic foundation in Utah, and has led the Eccles Family Foundation (which he founded), among others.
Larry Echo Hawk JD'73, politician, legal scholar, LDS leader
Echo Hawk, an attorney and legal scholar, joined the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009 as the 10th Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs. In 2012, he was named a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Attorney General of Idaho from 1991 to 1995, the first Native American elected to a constitutional statewide office, and was formerly on the law faculty at Brigham Young University.
LaVell Edwards MS’60, former Brigham Young University head football coach
Edwards played football for Utah State University then attended graduate school at the University of Utah before joining Brigham Young University as head football coach, a position he held from 1972-2000. In 1984, Edwards’ BYU Cougars went 13–0 and won the national championship. The BYU stadium is named in his honor. Edwards died December 29, 2016.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia BS’80 MEd’86, president of the National Education Association
Eskelsen Garcia was named Utah Teacher of the Year in 1989 and won a write-in election as president of the Utah Education Association in 1990. In 1998 she was the first Hispanic to be chosen as her party’s nominee for U.S. Congress in Utah. In 2008, she was elected vice president of the National Education Association. She became president of the NEA in September 2014.
David C. Evans BA’49 PhD’53, groundbreaking computer scientist who co-founded Evans & Sutherland
Evans founded the computer graphics department at the University of Utah, and later co-founded Evans & Sutherland, a pioneer in computer graphics, aircraft flight simulators, and other virtual reality products. Learn more in the Continuum
Richard Paul Evans ex’87, best-selling author of The Christmas Box
The best-selling author of The Christmas Box, The 5 Lessons A Millionaire Taught Me, and The Gift, Evans also founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children.
Arnie Ferrin BS’66, 1948 draft pick for the Minneapolis Lakers and the only four-time All-American in Utah basketball history
Ferrin, an award-winning University of Utah basketball player, was a 1948 draft pick for the Minneapolis Lakers, which won two NBA championships when Ferrin was on the team. Ferrin is the only four-time All-American in Utah basketball history. In 2005 he received an honorary degree from the U, and in 2008 he was named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor. Learn more in the Continuum
Mark Fuller HBS’76, president and CEO of WET Design, creator of the Bellagio Hotel fountains
A former Disney Imagineer, Fuller is president and CEO of WET Design, the water- and fire-feature design firm responsible for such notable creations as the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics Cauldron, the Bellagio Hotel fountains and Mirage Hotel Volcano in Las Vegas, The Waters of Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, and The Dubai Fountain. He received an honorary doctorate of engineering from the U in 2015. Learn more in the Continuum
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E.J. “Jake" Garn BS’55, former senator
A Republican Senator from Utah, 1975-93, Garn was also the first public official to fly aboard the Space Shuttle, a seven-day flight of Discovery in November 1984.
E. Gordon Gee BA’68, president of The Ohio State University
In 2007, named the 14th president of The Ohio State University (where he previously served as president from 1990 to 1997), Gee is also former president of the University of Colorado, Brown University, and West Virginia University, and a former chancellor of Vanderbilt University. He was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Utah in 2010.
Larry D. Gluth BS’83, a VP with Habitat for Humanity
Larry is an advocate for Hurricane Katrina survivors and the Gulf Coast community. Gluth began his career at Starbucks and eventually led the company's food services division as vice president. After taking a year's sabbatical to assist Habitat for Humanity's work in the Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Gluth realized his passion was to serve others. He relocated with his wife, Gailynn, and young son, Connor, to Atlanta, where he is now the vice president of the U.S. and Canada area office for Habitat Humanity International.
Wilbert “Bill” Gore BS’33 MS’35, inventor of GORE-TEX fabric
A DuPont chemist (deceased) who, with his wife Genevieve, founded W. L. Gore & Associates in 1958 and invented GORE-TEX fabric, which is used for waterproof and breathable mountaineering clothing. Gore products also include synthetic blood vessels as well as wires and cables that landed on the moon.
William R. Gould BS’42, utility executive who helped pioneer the widespread use of renewable power and energy conservation
Gould, former president, chair, and chief executive officer of Southern California Edison, was a visionary utility executive who helped pioneer the now commonly accepted use of renewable power and energy conservation to meet California’s electricity needs
Henri Gouraud PhD’71, groundbreaking computer scientist who invented Gouraud shading
Born in France, Gouraud is the inventor of Gouraud shading used in computer graphics. At the U, he worked with Dave Evans and Ivan Sutherland on his dissertation, titled Computer Display of Curved Surfaces.