Former U.S. senator gets UNR statue |

Former U.S. senator gets UNR statue

Staff Reports

The only University of Nevada, Reno, student body president to serve in both houses of the Nevada Legislature, attorney general, governor and U.S. senator will be honored with a statue to be unveiled April 29.

Sen. Richard Bryan’s statue will be at the center of the Richard H. Bryan Plaza, an area highly frequented by students, faculty, staff and campus guests, located between Lincoln Hall and the Mackay Mines Building and in close proximity to the new student achievement center.

UNR President Marc Johnson announced Friday that he will unveil the statue as part of the plaza’s dedication. The unveiling will be held at the south side of the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center.

Before unveiling the Bryan statue, only one other statue stood watch over the university’s campus and that is of silver magnate and university benefactor John Mackay.

Bryan graduated with the class of 1959.

“To recognize Sen. Bryan’s significant contributions to our campus, our state and our country over the past 60 years, we are proud to dedicate the Richard H. Bryan Plaza and the statue of Sen. Bryan so that future generations of students can be inspired to the highest levels of their potential,” President Johnson said.

Bryan, 78, began his legal career in 1964 as a deputy district attorney in Clark County. Two years later, he was named Clark County’s first public defender.

The sculptor of this statue, Benjamin Victor, is the same artist who created the Sarah Winnemucca statue that represents Nevada in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. The cost of the Bryan statue and its installation is made possible by generous support from Sen. Bryan’s friends and university benefactors.

The public is welcome to attend the dedication and unveiling. Limited parking is available on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex located on North Virginia Street, and permit dispensers are located on the first floor for additional parking.

The university continues to welcome support for the Richard H. Bryan Plaza and the Richard H. and Bonnie B. Bryan Scholarship Endowment. Gifts may be made to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation at 1664 N. Virginia St., Mail Stop 0162, Reno, Nevada, 89557, and online at