George and Helen Toland
It is our privilege today to honor George and Helen Toland of Bountiful, Utah. Helen is a Utah native, a Provo High graduate, and a BYU alumna. George grew up in Rifle, Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, but he has since repented—particularly after attending a game in Laramie dressed in BYU blue. Anyone who has attended a football game at Wyoming wearing a Cougar Club sweatshirt has exhibited more courage in those four hours than most people display in a lifetime.
George and Helen are not just courageous when it comes to attending away football games. While they’d be the last ones to call attention to themselves, they are both veterans of World War II, whose service and loyalty protected the United States and brought safety and freedom to a world faced with terror and tyranny.
George served in the U.S. Army including being stationed in Saipan in the Mariana Islands as the Allies fought from island to island towards victory in the Pacific Theater. Helen was an Air Force crew chief on an SNJ stationed in Pensacola, Florida.
They met in Dugway, Utah, where George was working as an engineer and Helen was employed as a draftsman. After their marriage they worked together for 30 years at the Dames & Moore Geotechnical Engineering firm where George was a partner for 15 years. The day after his retirement they went into business for themselves.
George has worked as a geotechnical engineer throughout the world, including as a volunteer advisor to the LDS Church evaluating temples, stake centers, and meeting houses. They have been married more than 50 years, during which the Tolands have attended hundreds and hundreds of BYU Football and Basketball games, both home and away.
They are members of the Coaches’ Circle, Legacy Members of the Cougar Club, and number among a small handful of exceptional donors who have included BYU Athletics in their estate planning, by making the Cougars beneficiaries in their Charitable Remainder Trust.
We are pleased to honor George and Helen Toland prior to today’s UNLV game for their generosity and for their lifelong commitment to the Cougars and to their Country.