Friends of the Library: Board Members
James M. Aton
James M. Aton was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Hereceived a B.A. in English from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, his M.A. inEnglish from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in American Literature fromOhio University. He has taught in the Department of English at SUU since 1980,where he is Professor of English. Aton has twice been a Visiting FulbrightScholar in American Studies: first at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta,Indonesia, and second at Sichuan University in Chengdu, Peoples Republic ofChina. Jim is the author of two books on John Wesley Powell and has written twobooks on river history with Utah State University Press River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the LowerSan Juan and The River Knows Everything:Desolation Canyon and the Green. The former received the Hundley Award forbest book on any historical subject from the Pacific Coast Branch of theAmerican Historical Association. He is currently writing a biography on the artand life of Jimmie Jones which will be published in spring 2015. He is an avidriver runner, skier, hiker, and backpacker.
Brian is a 1998 graduate of SUU, was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He is a pediatrician in Cedar City, practicing in the Color Country Pediatrics Group, which he founded. He has been a strong supporter of Friends of the Library and has also been involved with many community organizations, including The Boy Scouts of America, Junior Jazz, Reach Out and Read, Big Brothers, Boy's and Girl's Club, and Utah Summer Games.
Camille, an attorney in Denver, Colorado is the stepdaughter of Howard R. Driggs, one of the founding professors of Branch Normal School. As a result of her efforts, the Howard R. Driggs Collection is housed in SUU's Special Collections. She is active in western history associations and established the Howard R. Driggs Memorial Foundation to preserve the legacy of her stepfather.
Dr. Michael Broadbent is a 1961 graduate of Cedar High School and graduated in 1967 from the College of Southern Utah. He attended the University of Utah for a year and then served in the United States Navy for 2 1/2 years. After his time in the Navy, he earned a master's and doctorate degree in medical physics from UCLA and worked one year at Mt. Sinai Medical Center before starting Hubbard - Broadbent Associates, a Chicago based company specializing in the repair and maintenance of medical x-ray equipment. After 30 years in Chicago, Dr. Broadbent retired in 2010 and moved back to Cedar City where he has dedicated many hours of his time volunteering on numerous projects in the Sherratt Library. Dr. Broadbent is married (Carol) and has five children, three of which reside in Utah, one in Washington, and one in Virginia.
Penny Brown is a 1984 graduate of Southern Utah University. In 1997 she completed an endorsement in instructional media. Penny served as a member of the Cedar City Public Library Board and served as the chair of the board in 2002 when the ground breaking for the new building was held. She is married to Scott Brown, a retired Cedar City doctor.
Beverly was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hurricane Utah. She married Joe Burgess and is the mother of 4 children. She has worked in the family businesses in the fields of hotels, land development and construction. Beverly has always enjoyed volunteering in community projects. She served as the chairperson for raising money for the new Care and Share Food Pantry and was on the Care and Share Board for six years. She also enjoys volunteering at South Elementary each week. Since her children have grown they have taken her place in the family business and now she gets to spend her time playing with grandchildren, reading, gardening and sewing. It doesn't get much better than that.
James B. Case
James grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Stanford University in 1950 with a BS in Civil Engineering. After three years in Panama, Costa Rica, and Brazil doing geodetic surveying, interspersed with a two-year stint in the Army, he returned to The Ohio State University where he received the MS and PhD degrees in Geodetic Science. He then went on to the Washington, D.C. area where he spent 11 years with private industry, followed by 17 years as a Physical Scientist with the Defense Mapping Agency performing research and development in photogrammetry. While at DMA he "moonlighted" as the editor of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Upon retirement from DMA in 1989, he moved to Cedar City where he continued as the technical Editor of PE&RS until some five years ago. Jim is a member of the Western Association of Map Libraries, the California Map Society, the historical societies of Utah, California, and Southern California, and a number of technical and professional societies. He is a member of the Guild of the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the Orchestra of Southern Utah, and is a Friend of the Braithwaite Art Gallery and the Sherratt Library. Jim's wife, Clare, passed away some 27 years ago, and he has a son, Kit, living in northern Virginia.
Janet Thomas Clark
Janet was bornand raised in Arcadia, California. Aftergraduating from Monrovia High School, Janet became employed as a secretary of alaw firm and eventually became the manager of a large construction law firm inPasadena, California. During this time,Janet met and married Dr. Gary W. Clark, and moved to Southern Utah. The Clarks have lived in Cedar City for 17years. They are the proud parents offour children, twin sons who are 19, and daughters 17 and 15. Janet enjoys spending time at the familycabin in Brian Head, riding on her Polaris RZR (a 50th birthday gift!!) and goingon fast boat rides at Lake Powell.
Helen graduated from SUU in Elementary Education and taught second grade and was an elementary librarian and administrator in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV. After her husband's retirement, they went to Southeast Missouri where they ranched for several years. They then came to Cedar City and have volunteered in several activities connected with the Rotary Club such as the Happy Factory.
Diana is Dean of Library Services and Professor of Library Science emeriti at SUU. She is an active member of the Cedar City Rotary Club and chairs their Dictionary Project. She has five children and enjoys traveling, bowling and spending time at her new cabin on Cedar Mountain.
Barbara is a strong advocate of literature and the Sherratt Library. She donated her extensive book collection Concerning Women: The Barbara Treahey Matheson Collection of Books By, For and About Women. She enjoys traveling and purchasing books.
Clayton is a retired anesthesiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Utah. He is active in the LDS Church as a volunteer in Africa as a medical humanitarian service worker. He also contributes to Quality Review in Anesthesia as a senior consulting editor.
Gerald R. Sherratt
Gerald was the 13th president of SUU (1982-1997) and served as Mayor of Cedar City from 2002-2010. He is a member of the board of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. He was instrumental in founding the Utah Summer Games, the Festival of the American West (Logan), and the American Children's Christmas Festival. He is a member of the Utah Educators Hall of Fame and the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame.
Maria was born in Cedar City and grew up in Beaver. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Brigham Young University, and later attended SUU where she received a Bachelor of Science in History and English with a minor in biology. She taught English at SUU for 13 years. She is active in the community and served as President of the Friends of the Cedar City Library for two years. She is the mother of six children and 21 grandchildren. She loves books and libraries and is excited to serve on this board.
Georgia Beth Thompson
Georgia began her career at SUU in 1967 as Dean of Women and retired in 2007 as Vice President of Student Services. After retirement she remained active in the community, serving on the Cedar City Council and other community organizations. She returned to SUU in 2012 as Interim Director of the Center for Women and Families.
Evan is a pharmacist and owner of Bulloch Drug and Township Pharmacy in Cedar City. He is the state representative for District 72 in the Utah House of Representatives and has also served on the Cedar City Council, Utah Pharmacists Association board of directors, Iron Mission Foundation Board, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, and Cedar City Lions Club. He has 5 children and enjoys golf, hunting, and fishing in his spare time.
Lorraine retired as a SUU cataloger and interlibrary loan librarian. She recently moved back to Cedar City after living in Springdale, Utah. She has volunteered for the SUU Alumni Association, SUU Emeriti and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. She has also volunteered at Zion National Park and the Springdale Public Library. She enjoys quilting, knitting and crocheting and she and her husband Bob collect Indian seed pots and have a wonderful collection of the work of local painters.