Archive for the ‘Nevada’ Category

Diane Makar Murphy (FS ’81)

Halloween Eve, D.M. Murphy launches her first novel.

Two surprises hide in that statement. First, her degree isn’t in Creative Writing. She studied Theatre at the University of Houston and journalism at San Jose State University.
Second, she attended UH in 1980!

Murphy, now 67, is publishing a fantasy novel she dreamt of even before she called herself a Cougar. “Down, Down, Down” is about an old detective who gets a do-over on his life. The price is a journey into hell. It’s available at

“Down, Down, Down” was a long time in the writing. From idea to publication, Murphy got two degrees, a husband, two children, two careers, and a lot older.

Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” Not always. Sometimes, after 46 years, it comes true.

Brian R. Knoll (’77)

Brian Robert Knoll died on Wednesday May 13th in Henderson, NV. Brian was born Oct. 24, 1954 in St. Paul, MN. His early schooling was in Oklahoma and Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Computer Science. He was employed by Vanguard Integrity Services for many years. He was preceded in death by his infant brother Bradley. He is survived by his parents Robert & Irene Knoll (New Braunfels, Texas); brothers Barry (Melissa), Blaine (Sandy), Blair (Lisa) and Bruce (Mary). He is also survived by may good friends and co-workers. Private memorial services will be held in New Braunfels at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assn. or a charity of your choice.