Wilby Durham to Receive Quinney Award

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Title Utah Ski Archives Newsletter: 1997 (Autumn), no. 11
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Subject Skis and Skiing--Periodicals; Skiing--Utah--History
Description The Utah Ski and Snowboard Archives is one of the most comprehensive collections in the entire country for research into the history and development of Utah's prospering winter sports industry. The archives document the history of ski competition on local, national, and international levels; the founding of major resorts; snow safety and avalanche control; ski equipment; ski instruction; freestyle skiing; the 10th Mountain Division; back-country skiing; and virtually every facet of winter sports in Utah and the surrounding region. The archives are the repository for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics Games Bid Committee records and the records of the 2002 games themselves.
Table of Contents Deseret News Ski School: A Class Act; Wilby Durham to Recieve Quinney Award; Morton, Engen: Pioneers Personified; Utah Ski Archives Advisory Board Welcomes New Members; Utes Win Ninth NCAA Title Under Miller; The Utah Ski Archives Grows in Size and Reputation: Archives Update; A Tribute to Dick Fry, a Friend of the Ski Archives; Tales from the Archives
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Date 1997-10
Type Image
Format application/pdf
Identifier autumn_1997_n11.xml
Source Accn 1086
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Coverage Temporal Autumn, 1997
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Autumn 1997, No. 11
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks; Chris Anderson
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Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2002-01-08
Date Modified 2015-12-11
ID 190221
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6jw8d64

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Title Wilby Durham to Receive Quinney Award
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Subject University of Utah Libraries --Periodicals; Skis and skiing --Utah--Periodicals.
Description WILBY DURHAM To RECEIVE QUINNEY AWARD In January, 1962, a group of prominent Salt Lake area business executives met at the Ambassador Athletic Club for the purpose of organizing a club whose goal was to make Salt Lake City the "ski capital of the world" by helping it obtain and then host the Winter Olympic Games, "possibly in 1972 or 1976," according to news reports at the time. Among those at the meeting outlining those lofty goals were Jack Wilson, Bob Allen, Howard Collins, Wilby Durham, John W. Gallivan, Dick Ure, Lee Irvine, Dev Jennings, Art Knudsen, Ed Madsen, Stan Nelson, Lee Swanner, Walker Wallace and Ned Warnock. Originally called the Olympic Club of Salt Lake City, the group was incorporated with the State of Utah's Secretary of State June 20,1962, as the non-profit SKI UTAH ASSOCIATES. The original officers were savings and loan executive Gene Donovan, president; Ed Madsen, vice president; Wilby Durham, executive secretary; and Ike Hall, treasurer. Dorothy Hall was named to head the women's auxiliary, with Gertrude Howard, vice presi- dent and Jane Allen, secretary. That fledgling ski booster group was the forerunner to SKI UTAH, the promotional entity for the state's $500 million-per- year ski industry of today. The organization now boasts nearly 300 members and was instrumental in the state's 14 alpine and seven Nordic ski areas record 3.04 million skier days during the 1996-97 ski season. While all the players at those Olympic Club and early-day Ski Utah meetings were self-proclaimed "winter sports enthusiasts," one appears to have had more than a casual interest in furthering the cause of skiing in the area. Some of the originators of Ski Utah Associates...Standing, Dev Jennings and Stan Nelson; Seated Wilhy Durham and Jack Wilson. Wilby Durham Enter Wilby Durham. An active skier since 1930, his zest for the sport spilled over into promoting the sport any way he could, as noted by his will- ingness to serve as executive secretary of the then-new Ski Utah organization. His efforts didn't end there. He touted the sport while serving in various positions with the Deseret News, where he was news editor, city editor, managing editor, circulation direc- tor and ultimately assistant to the general manager. Also among his duties at the newspaper was a three-year stint as ski editor, covering all aspects of the sport in the Intermountain Region. It was during this period that he encouraged the news- paper to sponsor the Deseret News Ski School, in conjunction with Alta. Today, 50 years later, the Deseret Ski School claims to have introduced the sport to several thousand enthusiasts. His efforts didn't end there. For many years, his old Olympic Club pals served as officials and timers for countless ski races, ranging from peewee competi- tions, to Snow Cup races, to national championships and NCAA championships. Still feisty (a prerequisite for ski race officials) at 84, Durham keeps an eye on DuMac Inc., the printing and mail- ing operation he owned and operated for decades, which is under the management of two of his sons. He lives part-time in St. George and part-time in his long-time Salt Lake City residence in Holladay. For his decades of foresight and dedication to the sport of ski- ing in the region, the University of Utah Marriott Library's Ski Archives Program will present Durham with its prestigious S. J. and J.E. Quinney Award, which it presents annually to an indi- vidual or organization for outstanding service and contribution to skiing. He will receive the award, made primarily of granite stone See Durham, Page 7 2 A TRIBUTE To DICK FRY, A FRIEND OF THE SKI ARCHIVES Dick Fry, age 71 , passed away May 22, 1997, after a sudden ill- ness, the result of heart failure. Dick learned to ski as a result of a chance street meeting with Lou Lorenz after they returned from duty in the U.S. Navy, where they met. Lou invited Dick to join him at Little Mountain where they began their ski teaching careers. The season was short, ending in Frebruary, and Alf Engen asked them to teach at Alta for the remainder of the season. Dick joined the Alta Ski School in 1955, and became certified with the Intermountain Ski Association. He later joined the Professsional Ski Instructors of America when the organization was created. Throughout his career, Dick never missed a spring clinic and was always one of the first to volunteer to instruct. He was a conscientous, caring instructor who loved the sport and wanted to share the knowledge and skills he posessed with his students. The summer and fall seasons we ily at their Bear Lake home whei Dick Fry Ire spent with friends and fam- :e they enjoyed water sports, his kind and gentle manner by h daughter Leslie (Jim Sage), hi many others who loved him. cycling, golfing, fishing and hunting. A tradition of many years began when Dick and his brother Stan would invite Alta management and ski instructors to enjoy the first weekend in August with them at their Bear Lake property. The place was packed with people. But many wonderful memories were creat- ed. Those memories of good times, food, and friends made possible by the Fry brothers' gen- erosity will be cherished by all involved. This quiet, dignified, and gen- tle man was also a gifted artist. Western scenes, horses, early Alta and the mountains and deserts of Utah where among his favorite subjects to paint. Dick generously donated artwork to the annual Ski Affair silent auc- tion. His paintings were popular and those fortunate enough to place the final bid considered themselves lucky indeed. Dick will be remembered for lis wife DeAnn, son Mark (Kathy), s beloved grandchildren, and the DURHAM TO RECEIVE QUINNEY AWARD * Continued from Page 2 from Little Cottonwood Canyon, Oct. 23, during the Ski Archives' annual "Ski Affair" fund-raising dinner and silent auc- tion at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. The award is named after the late ski visionary and founder of Alta, Joe Quinney, whose family was presented the award in 1993. Other recipients are Nick Badami, former owner of the Park City Ski Area (now Park City Mountain Resort); Sverre Engen, ski pioneer and movie producer; the late Chic Morton, for- mer president and general manager of the Alta Ski Lifts Company; and Earl A. Miller, founder and president of the Miller Ski Company of Orem, Utah, which gave skiers the IO-way release Miller Ski Binding and the ski break system. P.S. - Staging the Olympic Winter Games, the goal of those `60s era ski boosters, will become a reality in 2002 - a little later than originally hoped, but what's 30 years to a history group? 7
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Type Image
Format application/pdf
Identifier wilby_durham1.jpg
Source Accn 1086
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Coverage Temporal Autumn, 1997
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Autumn 1997, No. 11; Page 2
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks
Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2002-01-08
Date Modified 2002-01-08
ID 190169
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6jw8d64/190169