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DALE F. THEIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
In Memory of Dale F. Theis,
Official Court Reporter
Please read about Dale’s life and legacy below
The purpose of the Dale F. Theis Distinguished Service Award is to encourage and to recognize work amounting to distinguished service by individual members of the Nebraska Court Reporters Association for the benefit of the reporting and captioning professions. This may include members who have worked in the background for many years to further the goals of our profession; who have devoted endless hours to NeCRA or National Court Reporters Association affairs; or who have been active in the legislative or public relations fields over the years.
2023 - Christal McDonald, RPR, CSR (Iowa), Official; Norfolk, Nebraska
2022 – Mydge Heaney, RMR, CRR, CRC, Cart Captioner, Freelancer; Omaha, Nebraska Kathy Skalka, RPR, Freelancer; Omaha, Nebraska
2019 – Sondra Petersen, RMR, CRR, CSR (Iowa), Official; Syracuse, Nebraska
2018 – Sheryl Teslow, RDR, CRR; Freelancer; Lincoln, Nebraska
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Dale F. Theis, Norfolk, Nebraska, official court reporter of the Ninth Judicial District of Nebraska, and his judge, the Honorable Eugene C. McFadden, were killed instantly in a car-train collision near Norfolk on January 29, 1979.
Dale, who was 43, graduated from the Minnesota School of Business, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1962, and then freelanced in Cleveland, Ohio, for one year. In 1963 he and his fiancée, Karin, who had graduated from the Minneapolis School of Business as well, were married and moved to Nebraska. During his 16 years as an official reporter in Nebraska, Dale was very active in the Nebraska Shorthand Reporters Association, serving as its president on two occasions, among other offices.
Quoting from the Memorial for Dale F. Theis, written by members of the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association of Nebraska, “Without a doubt, Dale was as fine a reporter as this community has ever known. Somehow he was always able to understand and record the most difficult material. He had an excellent knowledge of legal, medical, and other technical terms. He was always able to find portions of testimony requested by either Court or counsel, and in our memory was never asked to correct any part of his record. Dale made it a point to get to know all the attorneys in the district and attempted to fully serve the needs of each. He attended as many functions of the Bar as possible, adding much, both socially and professionally, to each meeting. He was always anxious to be of help in and out of the courtroom, and his work was accurate and promptly delivered.”Karin, who is a freelancer, added, “Dale was instrumental in encouraging many young people from Nebraska to go into court reporting. He was also most helpful to new reporters and new lawyers with whom he came into contact in his work. His greatest love was the outdoors. His favorite place was a cabin he built on Lewis & Clark Lake near Yankton, South Dakota. He was a snowmobiler in winter, a boater and fisherman in summer. We have four children, Lisa, Jennifer, Jeffrey and Christopher. We and his many friends miss him terribly but are consoled by the fact that he and his Judge, the man he admired most in the world, and with whom he died, had been happy, active, and in good health until their deaths.”
Nominations for the Dale F. Theis Distinguished Service Award may be submitted by NeCRA voting members or by affiliated court reporting associations. Candidates must be a member of NeCRA in good standing or a Retired or Honorary Member who was a member in good standing upon retirement. The DSA nomination committee may direct that the name of any candidate(s) not selected be carried forward for consideration by the next year's DSA nomination committee. To make sure your candidate remains on the list, please submit his/her name each year!
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