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H. Loraine Woodbury


H. Loraine Woodbury

H. Loraine Woodbury was born and raised in St. George as the son of Lawrence and Ina Woodbury. He attended St. George Elementary and Woodward Jr. High School. After graduation from Dixie High School in 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and upon completion of his pilot training he earned the rank of Second Lieutenant. After discharge in 1945, he returned to St. George and attended Dixie College where he served as Student Body President and graduated in 1947. Loraine continued his education at Brigham Young University, receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biological Science.

Following Loraine’s six years of teaching high school science, Dixie College President Arthur Bruhn offered him the position of teacher and department head in the Biological Science Department. While at Dixie he served as Dean of Students from 1958 to 1964, serving as registrar two years during that time. During these years he assisted in organizing and developing the current Dixie College Campus. With President Bruhn’s illness, Loraine was asked to serve as interim President of the college until the installation of the new President in 1964. Loraine served as Administrative Affairs Dean, Professor of Biological Science and Zoology, Dean of the Science Department, and Dean of the Family and Home Living Department at Dixie College. Due to Parkinson’s disease symptoms, he reluctantly had to retire early in 1984. Loraine was always interested in furthering his education. He received an outstanding service award from the Bureau of Land Management. One of his special concerns was teaching students to conserve and care for natural resources.

In 1992, Woodbury was awarded with Distinguished Service Award at the annual Dixie College D-Day banquet. Nina Huish, his long time secretary at Dixie College, has said, “Loraine is blessed with the qualities of a peacemaker among both administrators and the faculty. He spent untold hours helping students resolve their problems, and in return the students respected and loved him. He always went out of his way to be considerate of the needs of all those with whom he came in contact.” Countless are the students who received their Pre-Med, Pre-Dental and Pre-Veterinary biological foundations from Mr. Woodbury. In 1946, he met and married his sweetheart Catherine Carter. They are the parents of six children – Vicky, Brent, Keven, Becky, Mark and Bruce.

Additional details of the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the these four Hall of Fame honorees will be given at the Founder’s Day Assembly.

The Hall of Fame was introduced at Dixie State College in 1998, at which time 18 individuals were inducted as charter members. The photos and plaques of this year’s inductees will join the past 77 inductees on the Wall of Fame located in the Avenna Center on campus.