John Bevan retired in December 2012 after 35 years as the Law Library’s Government Documents and Acquisitions Specialist. In addition to his main duties, John also worked several shifts at the library's reference desk each week. John grew up on a small farm in Toole and graduated from the University of Utah in 1974 with a B.A. in English.
Adrienne Larson retired in November 2012 after 35 years as the Law Library’s cataloger. Her duties included cataloging all new and donated volumes and maintaining the library’s shelf list catalog. She graduated from the U’s College of Education with a major in English and teaching minors in Spanish and library science, and taught for several years in the secondary schools of Granite School District.
In the past, Adrienne served for several years as the personnel manager of the elite Utah Youth Symphony, worked extensively with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, raised champion show dogs, and gave many hours of volunteer service with the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.
Kathleen started at the College of Law in January 1992, and retired in November 2012. Her many duties included staff recruitment, training and retention, facilities maintenance coordination, building remodeling projects, and the new building programming and design process.
Morgan was known among her colleagues for her unremittingly cheery manner as well as her resolute grasp on policies, procedures and minutiae at the College of Law. Jan Nystrom, Associate Director of the Stegner Center and a hall mate of Morgan’s for the past 10 years said of her: “Kathleen is the ‘go to person’ at the college, whether it’s a big picture question about University policies and procedures or a burned-out light bulb that needs to be replaced. The full extent of her contributions will only be apparent after she has left because she is someone who works behind the scenes to keep the college—and all of us and our aging building—on track. I’ll miss Kathleen’s can-do attitude, her wealth of knowledge, and her willingness to dig in and help out whenever needed. Kathleen’s door was always open.”
Post-retirement, Morgan’s plans include travel, hiking, gardening, quilting, and reading good books. She said she will miss her colleagues and the many friendships she’s made over the years.
Karen spent 42 years at the College of Law, and retired in June 2012. She started in the law library as acquisition librarian in 1969, occupying that position until 1986, when she became the Director of Development. In 1992, she became the College’s director of Alumni Relations, earning the well-deserved sobriquet along the way as the “Institutional Memory of the Law School,” with her encyclopedic knowledge of the College’s important people and events.
Karen also was instrumental in the College’s fund-raising efforts. She played a crucial role in bringing in more than $50 million, raised and committed. Her many accomplishments include starting the Class Representative solicitation, the Memorial Fund, and for many years overseeing many, if not all, solicitations. She also played a key role in the capital campaign, Building Justice.
Needless to say this limited space is not sufficient to document Karen’s many major contributions to the College of Law. Watch her interview with Dean Hiram Chodosh to get a better appreciation of her dedication to the College of Law, its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.