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Rex O. Arney -- Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1962 - Political Science
Master of Arts - 1963 - Political Science
When Rex Arney signed up for an introductory political science class taught by Carroll Heard during his sophomore year, he was enrolling in a class that would change his life.
"College for me started with a narrow discipline -business and accounting. However, certain classes which I took during my sophomore year convinced me a broader educational background was in my best interest." Classes like Heard's influenced him to change to the College of Arts and Sciences...a decision, "I have never regretted, for it gave me the chance to broaden my horizons and to be exposed to many thoughts and ideas that were not part of my growing-up experiences. My liberal education served as an excellent foundation for what was to come -- my college teaching, law school, government involvement, law practice, and, yes, the everyday challenges that have come my way over the years.
After earning his UW degrees, he went on to law school at the University of Illinois. He then returned to his native Sheridan where he joined the firm of Redle, Yonkee, and Arney. From 1973 to 1977, Arney served in the Wyoming State House of Representatives, where he was named outstanding freshman legislator in 1973. Beginning in 1976, he served 11 years in the Wyoming Senate, including as chair of the Judiciary Committee. In 1988, he was appointed General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a member of the UW Alumni Board of Directors, serving as president in 1976. At present, he is a member of the law firm of Murane and Bostwick in Casper.
His favorite memory of UW was a harsh cold spell when the temperatures dipped to 40 below. Classes continual "I guess those days were a test of how important attending classes was."