An oak tree was planted on Old Main Hill last May to pay honor to a student from the College of Natural Resources who graduated a long time ago, but is not forgotten.
James Quigley, ’74, accounting, Bonnie Quigley, ’74, business education, and their family took time after graduation last May to plant a 13-foot-oak tree on Old Main Hill just south of the amphitheater in honor of Jim’s father, L. Glen Quigley, who graduated from USU in 1939. L. Glen passed away in 2001. The legacy tree, as it is called, is now part of the Utah Arboretum.
Jim, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, was on campus to receive an honorary doctorate. The tree planting afterward was a family event with L. Glen’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all participating. Jim paid tribute to his father and said he always admired the tenacity it took for his father to graduate despite financial obstacles.
“He was the real deal,” Jim said of his father. “He was proud of his education. He worked hard to have the privilege of a college education.”
L. Glen Quigley’s three sons, Lewis B. Quigley, ‘72, finance, Thomas M. Quigley, ’71, B.S. in forest watershed science, ’73, M.S. in range science, and James H. Quigley are USU graduates. Three of his grandsons and three daughters are also USU grads.