PROVO — The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as one of its two 2014 Pillar of the Valley Award recipients.
The chamber also will honor the late Ray Noorda. The awards will be presented March 28 at the chamber's fourth annual gala at the Utah Valley Convention Center.
“The contributions Elder Oaks and Ray Noorda made to the community and culture of Utah Valley is phenomenal,” chamber president Val Hale said in a news release.
Born and raised in Provo, Elder Oaks’ first job was sweeping out a radio repair shop, which led to a radiotelephone operator’s license allowing him to operate a commercial radio station’s transmitter, which led to a combination job as a transmitter who could double as an announcer. Elder Oaks earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at BYU, where he met his late first wife June Dixon as a freshman. The couple had six children, and Elder Oaks went on to serve as BYU's president for nine years, from 1971 to 1980.
During those years, Elder Oaks oversaw the creation of the BYU Law School.
Elder Oaks attended the University of Chicago Law School. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Following his clerkship he entered private practice in Chicago and later became a law faculty member at the University of Chicago, where he also served as assistant state’s attorney for Cook County, Ill. He also served as associate dean and acting dean of the law school.
After Elder Oaks served as BYU's president, he was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court, where he planned to serve for 20 years, but he resigned in his fourth year to accept a calling to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April of 1984.
June Dixon Oaks died in 1998. Elder Oaks married Kristen M. McMain in 2000.
Noorda died in October 2006. He is the second posthumous recipient of the Pillar of the Valley Award for his work as what Hale called the "founder of Novell, a globally renowned corporate brand."
Noorda assembled the team that developed the highly successful file sharing system called Novell NetWare. He built Provo-based Novell into an international technology giant providing the first networking software allowing seamless communication between computers.
He was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1995. He was married to Lewena Taylor and had five children.
The Pillar of the Valley Award was created in 2011 to honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to the business, civic, social, educational and cultural climate of Utah Valley. The gala is one of the premier social events in Utah Valley, attracting many key Utah business, civic and church leaders.
Tickets for the gala may be purchased at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce office by calling 801-851-2555 or at www.thechamber.org <http://www.thechamber.org>
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