"There are no great things to be accomplished in this life--only small things, done with great love." These were among the last written words of Richard Keenan Gaskins, 67, who died at a Salt Lake hospital, March 19, 1991, following a brief illness.
A 1941 graduate of the West High, he studied at the University of Utah and served in the U.S. Army and Navy. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees at U.C. Berkeley, where he was the first winner of the prestigious Sproul Award for public speaking.During a three decade teaching career at Richmond and Pinole Valley High schools in the San Francisco East Bay area, senior classes honored him as "Most Outstanding Teacher," "Most Demanding Teacher," and "Best Liked Teacher." He directed many senior class musicals and earned the nick-name "Big-G" from his student performers.
In 1989, he returned to Utah and took steps to revive the Utah Art Center Player's Guild, a 1940's theatrical group. He enjoyed beautifying his home, caring for his dogs and corresponding with servicemen and Mormon missionaries. He was a life-long member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Born October 11, 1923, Fort Wayne, Indiana to Maurice J. Gaskins and Kathleen Keenan. His survivors include his brother, William, Roseville; sister, Mary Ann Bittner, Concord; nephew, Joseph Gaskins, San Jose, California; and cousin, John Welsh, Casper, Wyoming.
Interment will be noon Saturday in the military section of the Salt Lake City Cemetery. A private memorial service will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Masses or to Father Hanna's Boy's Center c/o RKG Trust, Zions Bank, 1304 Foothill Dr. Salt Lake City, 84108.
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