Trachok Named Distinguished Nevadan

Athletics director emeritus Dick Trachok has been of service to the university for eight decades.

May 17, 2013

RENO, Nev. - The Distinguished Nevadan represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education. It is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant achievements that have contributed to the cultural, scientific or social advancement of Nevada. Bruce R. James, Ceasar E. Salicchi, and Richard "Dick" and Fran Trachok will be honored as four of the Regents' 2013 Distinguished Nevadans during the University of Nevada, Reno's advanced-degree commencement ceremony in Reno at 4:45 p.m., Friday, May 17. Southern Nevada recipients include William H. "Bob" and Anna L. Bailey, Robert D. Faiss and Paul Goulet who will be recognized during a ceremony in Las Vegas.

Bruce R. James

Bruce R. James has had immeasurable impact on higher education in Nevada, higher education in the nation and, as 24th Public Printer of the United States, has been credited as being one of the most transformational individuals to ever hold a position first held by Benjamin Franklin.

James has been a director of the Associated Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and has served as a commissioner of the Northwest Commission on Higher Education, one of the most important higher education accrediting bodies in the country. He has served on the Board of Tax Equalization, and is a founding director of both the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and the Davidson Academy of Nevada.

In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed James the 24th Public Printer of the United States. The Public Printer is charged with many important duties, including keeping the documents created by the Executive, Congressional and Judicial branches of the government safe, in perpetuity, for following generations. In 2006, James was named the U.S. Government Civilian Executive of the Year.

Ceasar E. Salicchi

Throughout a career that has been defined by a commitment to public service, Ceasar E. Salicchi has provided outstanding contributions on behalf of all Nevadans.

A native Nevadan, Salicchi was born in 1927 in Elko, Nev., where he currently resides. He was raised on the Salicchi Ranch in Lamoille, Nev.. Salicchi served in the United States Army in 1946-47. He contracted polio in 1952 at age 25 and has been one of the state's strongest and most effective advocates for those with disabilities. In 2003, he was recognized by the U. S. Senate for Service to Nevada. He was also named Elko Business & Professional Women's Employer of the Year in 1985. He was a founding member of the Elko Association for Retarded Children in 1969 and served as office manager for Elko General Hospital from 1962-70. He has been a member of the Rotary since 1968 and the Elks since the mid-1980s.

Richard "Dick" Trachok and Fran Sumner Trachok

Over the course of their 64-year marriage, Dick and Fran Trachok have significantly contributed to the University of Nevada, Reno and the state of Nevada.

After graduating from the University of Nevada in 1949 following a stellar career on the Wolf Pack's nationally ranked football teams, Dick Trachok taught mathematics and coached at Reno High School from 1949-58. The Desert News described Trachok as "one of Nevada's most successful high school gridiron coaches." During his tenure, Trachok led Reno to six state championships. Trachok became head football coach at the University in 1959, serving in that capacity through 1968. He then served as the University's athletic director from 1969-86. As athletic director, Trachok laid the foundation for a highly successful athletics program, including the hiring of future College Football Hall of Fame member Chris Ault as head football coach. Trachok was instrumental in starting and serving as chairman of the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame. Along with State Sen. William Raggio and Gov. Paul Laxalt, Trachok developed the idea of the now 44-year-old tradition of the annual Governor's Dinner fundraiser at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.

The Trachoks are longtime community benefactors who continue to support the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, and Our Lady of the Snows School. The couple's three children, Rick, Margo and Cathy are all University graduates.

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