Karen Huber, who's had firsthand experience caring for ill children, has been named house manger for Salt Lake's Ronald McDonald House. 935 E. South Temple. She was chosen from among 125 applicants.

The Ronald McDonald House, scheduled to open in October, is a home-away-from-home for families of critically ill children. The 16-bedroom house provides sleeping quarters for families while their children receive medical care at local hospitals."I became interested in the house in September 1966," said Huber. "At that time, my own son was critically injured, and I realized that most families with members in the hospital are in dire need of some emotional support."

Huber said that even then she knew she wanted to be involved somehow with the project.

While her son was comatose for 6 1/2 months, Huber offered her own home as sanctuary to several families with critically ill children. The families had vast financial and emotional difficulties as a result of their children's hospital stays, and Huber said that she often provided the type of support that the Ronald McDonald House will now offer.

Although doctors said Huber's now 21-year-old son was a virtually hopeless case and that he would never function normally again, Huber's determination proved them wrong. With her help, her son overcame his handicap.