Virginia Frobes Wetzel died peacefully of natural causes April 22, 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She is remembered by her family, friends and colleagues for her vision, integrity, commitment to excellence and forthright manner. In the course of a long and fruitful life, she embraced change, growth and challenge and was a source of inspiration to all who knew and loved her.She was born October 11, 1912 in Salt Lake City to Margaret Harris and Charles Cutler Parsons. She graduated from Westminster Preparatory School in 1927 and after studying for a year in Switzerland, entered the University of Utah. In 1932, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and continued graduate study in social work, completing her master's degree and taking a position as a social worker for the Works Progress Administration. In 1940 she married Daniel Charles Frobes.
She returned to the University of Utah in 1954 and in 1958, received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She then accepted a position at the University as Dean of Women going on to serve as Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs. During this time, she also held a faculty position as Adjunct Professor of Psychology and taught graduate courses in personality theory. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Rowland Hall/St. Mark's School and the Women's Board of Westminster College. In recognition of her service to education, she received a Merit of Honor Award from the University of Utah in 1993 and an honorary doctorate from Westminster College in 1995.
Following her retirement from the University of Utah in 1972, she and Nevin Frank Wetzel were married. They shared life's greatest pleasures, including a love of travel. Together they traveled throughout the U.S., to Europe, Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand and China, but the sights they most enjoyed were the sights of Southern Utah, which they shared on many occasions with friends and family.
Virginia is survived by her two daughters, Shirley Anne and Patricia Jane; her grandson, Huff; three sisters, Margaret Winkle, Frances Wunder and Shirley Sheridan; three step-children from her marriage to Nevin Wetzel, Kay Morris Long, Dave Wetzel and Jim Wetzel; three step-grandchildren, Richard, Elizabeth and Daniel; and many friends.
The family wishes to thank the care givers and friends who accompanied her through the years and generously gave of their love and affection.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, 1998 at St. Mark's Cathedral. Following the service, a reception for family and friends will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, #2 Medical Drive, Salt Lake City.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to St. Mark's Cathedral or Westminster College.
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