Buried: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA, Plot: M_8_8_2W
The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education. It received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, and moved to its current location in 1900.
Address: 201 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA (40.76493, -111.8421)
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The University of Utah (also referred to as the U, the U of U, or Utah) is a public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the state's flagship university, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs. Graduate studies include the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine, Utah's only medical school. As of Fall 2015, there are 23,909 undergraduate students and 7,764 graduate students, for an enrollment total of 31,673. Academically, the university has produced or cultivated 22 Rhodes Scholars, 3 Nobel Prize winners, 3 MacArthur Fellows, 2 Gates Cambridge Scholars, and 1 Churchill Scholar. In addition, the university's Honors College has been ranked as one of the top 50 in the country. The university's athletic teams, the Utes, participate in NCAA Division I athletics (FBS for football) as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Its football team has received national attention for winning the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and the 2009 Sugar Bowl. According to Cynthia Blood's University of Utah transcripts, she took Speech and Drama classes from Joseph F. Smith. Blood claimed that "everybody on campus knew" that Maud May Babcock and Joseph F. Smith, both from the university's Drama Department, "were queer", but it was pretty much "unspoken". Blood reported that "Professor Smith flitted amongst the boys and Maud flitted amongst us girls. We adored it! I guess we were all a little queer back then." When I asked her what she meant by that, she replied, "Oh, we all had crushes on each other at one time or another." I asked if the boys did too. "I suppose, in their own way - but they didn't call them crushes. I do remember two young men who mooned over each other for several months - I don't remember their names. But they were real handsome boys. Very intelligent, very proper all the time." Drama students? I asked. "Oh yes. Yes they were." According to the rumors, Joseph Fielding Smith was in a relationship with Norval Service (1905-1971), a student at the University of Utah.
Who: Maud May Babcock (May 2, 1867 – December 31, 1954) and Joseph Fielding Smith Jr. (July 19, 1876 – July 2, 1972)
Maud Babcock was the first female member of the University of Utah's faculty. She taught at the university for 46 years, beginning in 1892. While there she established the University Theater, originated the first college dramatic club in the United States, directed over 800 plays and occasionally taught. Babcock was born in East Worcester, New York to William Wayne Babcock and Sarah Jane Butler. She was educated in the public schools of New York then received degrees from Welles College in New York, Philadelphia National School of Oratory and, in 1890, the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Babcock was studying and teaching at Harvard University when she met noted Utahn and daughter of Brigham Young Susa Young Gates who, impressed by Babcock's work as a summer course instructor in physical culture, convinced her to move to Salt Lake City. She established UU's first physical training curriculum, of which speech and dramatics were part for several years. After a separate speech and drama department was formed, she headed that. At other times in her professional life, she studied at the University of Chicago and schools in London and Paris; served as president of the National Association of Teachers of Speech; and, for twenty years, a trustee for the Utah State School for Deaf and Blind. She wrote five books on speech and elocution, and was a renowned traveler and lecturer. In addition to her professional interests in drama and elocution, she was also a crusader against wasp-waist corsets. She was also famed in Utah for her success in bringing big-name talent to the state. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served for several years on the general board of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association. She lived at 273 E 11th Ave (Salt Lake City, UT 84103). She died at the age of 87. Joseph Fielding Smith was an American religious leader and writer who served as the tenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1970 until his death in 1972. He was the son of Joseph F. Smith, who was the sixth president of the LDS Church, and grandson of Hyrum Smith, brother of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith. Smith was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1910, when his father was the church's president. When Smith became president of the LDS Church, he was 93 years old; he began his presidential term at an older age than any other president in church history. Smith's tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1951 to 1970 is the third-longest in church history; he served in that capacity during the entire presidency of David O. McKay. Smith spent some of his years among the Twelve Apostles as the Church Historian and Recorder. He was a religious scholar and a prolific writer. Many of his works are used as references for church members. Doctrinally, Smith was known for rigid orthodoxy and as an archconservative with regards to his views on evolution and race. Smith was the first son of Julina Lambson Smith, the second wife and first plural wife of Joseph F. Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. By agreement between his parents, Smith was given his father's name, even though Joseph F. Smith's third and fourth wives had previously had sons. Growing up, Smith lived in his father's large family home at 333 West 100 North in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. The house was opposite the original campus of the University of Deseret (modern University of Utah), on a site now occupied by the LDS Business College. Smith died at Salt Lake City shortly before his 96th birthday. He was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Patriarch Smith's supposed lover Norval M. Service is also buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery. Ada Dwyer Russell, actress and rumoured partner of Amy Lowell, is buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery (200 N St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84103) as well.
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