Former students and former teachers are remembered after their deaths



Utah State University alumnus Harry Reid (pictured above) died Tuesday aged 82.

After a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer, the retired US Senator is now honored and honored.

In a state of Utah today itemUSU President Noelle Cockett said the university was honored to have Reid among the Aggie.

“Reid’s legacy illustrates how USU’s land granting mission of providing access to higher education shapes lives and impacts the world,” she said.

In the article, Neil Abercrombie, vice president of government relations at USU, mentioned that even throughout his career, he remained connected to the university.

“He hired dozens of Utah state students to work as interns in his office, and many of those interns also became full-time employees of the former Senate Majority Leader,” Abercrombie said. “He also often told stories about his time at Logan, recalling his favorite political science and economics professors at USU.”

Reid graduated from USU in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history.

After graduating, the Searchlight native became an American lawyer and politician who served in the United States Senate in Nevada for 30 years (1987-2017) and was Senate Majority Leader for 8 years (2007-2015 ).

And according to a item of the Las Vegas Sun, he became the longest-serving US senator and majority leader.

Because of his dedication, service, and hard work throughout his life, he has been honored in many ways in Nevada and Utah.

Utah State Today said USU awarded Reid an honorary doctorate in political science in 2002 and that in 2019 the university’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business also named an endowed professor in his honor, funded by $ 15 million from the Huntsman Foundation.

And two weeks before his death, the name of the Las Vegas airport was officially changed to Harry Reid International, with private donors raising the $ 7 million for the rebranding, according to the Las Vegas Sun report.

The same article describes Reid as never having felt the need to be loud or to attract attention and that he “often took a gentle approach to politics which produced effective, lasting and historic results.” .

Funeral arrangements are still ongoing and he is survived by five children and his wife, Landra Gould.

Gary Amano, former head of the USU piano department, also recently died at the age of 73 on December 23.

According to Herald’s Journal, Amano retired from college in 2018 after an investigation for sexual harassment and allegations of favoring his male students and abusing women.

The article said his harsh treatment led some women to leave the USU altogether and more than a dozen women had been questioned about the allegations.

However, in Amano’s obituary the Legacy.com, many took the time to remember him in a positive light.

Kim Hulme wrote: “Gary Amano taught my daughter at the conservatory throughout her high school years. He was a master teacher and we have only had wonderful experiences with him. He was a dedicated artist and could have been a performer, but he preferred teaching. She is a person for whom I have great respect.

Pete Watkins also wrote: “I will remember Mr. Amano as a generous piano teacher, who did much to encourage me to continue to develop myself as a pianist and musician. For a while, he didn’t charge me for school because he knew my family was running out of money.

He also found success thanks to his students who participated in national and international competitions.

The Herald Journal cited a previous article from the Statesman and said: “One of Amano’s students won the silver medal and $ 10,000 at the Calgary Honens International Competition and another became the youngest competitor to win first place in the National Music Teachers Association competition in Minneapolis, which offered a prize of $ 36,000.

Amano studied piano at the Julliard School in New York City and obtained a master’s degree in piano performance.

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