Finding yourself portrayed in a major motion picture may seem like a life-changing event, but for Joshua Appel ’05, medical director of adult and trauma services at the University of Arizona Medical Center — University Campus, it pales in comparison to the actual events that launched him as a character in the movie Lone Survivor.

Growing up in Tucson, identical twins Richard  and Reuben Carranza never thought twice about going to college.

The message from their mother, a hairdresser, and father, a sheet metal worker, was clear: work hard in school and go to college.

Their work ethic, combined with outstanding academic and extracurricular experiences at the University of Arizona, has led the brothers to excel in life.

We are a lifetime University of Arizona family. When my wife Edith ’48 ’66 was a little girl, she pedaled her tricycle from her home, which was at the present site of the Cherry Avenue parking garage, to the football field. After she crawled under the fence, the players let her ride on the sled being pushed by linemen.

A few years later, my older brother Bill was on the football and track teams and I sometimes rode my bicycle from Mansfeld Junior High or Tucson High School to watch them practice before heading home, four miles north. 


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