Jan. 28, 2022

Longtime administrator and pioneering professor was instrumental in moving UNLV past its "Tumbleweed Tech" days. 


With great sadness, but with admiration and appreciation for his many years of UNLV stewardship, we commemorate professor John C. Unrue’s passing on Jan. 14, 2022.  After a  courageous struggle with illness, John died at his home, as he had wished, surrounded by the love of his wife of 61 years, UNLV Distinguished Professor Darlene Harbour Unrue; and of his daughter, Jane E. Unrue.

John Unrue was a transformational force for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Arriving in 1969 as an English professor of medieval literature, John served as director of composition and chair of the English department, as dean of what was then called the College of Arts and Letters, and as senior vice president and provost under President Robert Maxson (1984-94) and interim President Kenny Guinn (1994-95).

Read the full remembrance written by emeritus professor Chris Hudgins, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts.