Rulon Iverson

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Rulon (Rudy) Iverson (1921-2003)

was born in Washington, Utah, and attended Washington Elementary, Woodward Junior High, Dixie High School and Dixie College. He graduated from Dixie College in 1947, following his devoted years of service in the Persian Gulf and Soviet Russia during World War II.

After finishing college, he started working for the Utah Parks Company at Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 1941, while working at Bryce Canyon, he met Lois Olds of Toquerville, Utah, whom he married in 1942. For 15 years he served as assistant general manager for these resorts. In 1962, he was hired at the Dixie College Cafeteria and Housing Manager and became the director of housing and food services shortly after.

Soon the Iverson name became unnecessary at Dixie, because students, faculty and staff just called him “Rudy” as they got acquainted with his leadership ability and great personality. All one needed to say was the name “Rudy” and everyone knew who you were talking about. Rudy was at Dixie to stay! He was appointed Dean of Students in 1970, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1984. His contribution to 14 student executive councils is noted by these students’ love and continued devotion to Dixie.

Rudy’s retirement meant channeling his efforts into a new direction, as he began working with the Dixie College Alumni Association, where he continued to raise scholarship funding by establishing the Golden Generation Organization and Scholarship Fund, the Dean’s Scholarship Endowment, the Class of ’41 Scholarship Endowment, and many other private endowments. In 1999, Rudy received the Dixie College Distinguished Service Award and was also honored with the naming of the “Iverson Lounge” in the Gardner Student Center in his behalf.

Rudy believed every student should have the privilege of attending college, and he did whatever possible to see that everyone had that opportunity. Of the many awards and recognitions Rudy received during his lifetime, he was most proud of the 1985 Pro Patria Award from the State of Utah for distinguished contributions to national defense. Rudy and Lois are the parents of three children, and they have nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.