Obituaries - 2020

These obituaries are for people who died during 2020. They are listed in reverse chronological order. All of our obituaries have been collected by ASURA volunteers, primarily from the Arizona Republic. They have been edited for use in ASURA publications.

Sylvia Wright Gaines Sylvia Wright Gaines 18 Sep 2020

Sylvia Wright Gaines, 92, died September 18, 2020. An anthropologist, she received her doctorate at ASU. She joined the faculty in 1972 and taught in the Dept. of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolutions and Social Change. She retired as Professor Emeritus.  

As a Southwest Archaeologist, her research focused on developing computer applications, particularly in simulations of small societies. She pioneered real-time use of computers in field situations in 1970.

Sylvia served on the Executive Board, Society for American Archaeology, 1983–1985 and as program chair for the annual meeting in 1988. In 2002, she was awarded the Distinguished Mentor of Women Award by the ASU Faculty Women's Association. A festschrift was published for her in 2006 titled Managing Archaeological Data: Essays in Honor of Sylvia Wright Gaines (Anthropological Research Paper No. 57, ASU).

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Malcolm Gaines, and a son. She is survived by two children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Jeffrie G. Murphy Jeffrie G. Murphy 17 Sep 2020

Jeffrie G. Murphy, 79, passed away on September 17, 2020. Jeffrie was Regents Professor of Law, Philosophy and Religious Studies at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1962; Ph.D. from University of Rochester in 1966, and Postdoctoral N.D.E.A. Fellow from the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law in 1968-69.

Before joining ASU in 1987, Murphy taught philosophy at the University of Arizona, where he was head of the Philosophy Department from 1972–76, and at the University of Minnesota. From 1981–85, he was chair of the Philosophy Department at ASU. He is also a past president of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division.

Murphy’s primary teaching and research areas were philosophy of law and jurisprudence, criminal law, ethics and religion, moral philosophy (including moral psychology), philosophy in literature/law and literature, and Immanuel Kant’s moral, political and legal philosophy.

Over Jeffrie’s 50-year career in academia, he was a prolific author with more than a dozen books and nearly 100 articles in law and philosophy. His appointment as a Regents Professor at ASU — the highest academic honor the university can bestow — his election as President of the American Philosophical Association in 2005, and his invited lectures at Cambridge and many others are tremendous signals of the admiration in which he was held by so many.

Jeffrie is survived by his wife, Ellen. Following his last wishes, ASU will not be holding any memorial or service nor will ASU be seeking to provide a final lasting and appropriate reminder of his impact at ASU Law. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society (Source: ASU News)
Virginia Brandt Lein Virginia Brandt Lein 16 Sep 2020 Virginia Brandt Lein, 96, passed away on September 16, 2020. Virginia (Gini) attended Capital University for two years. After her husband, Vern, returned from serving as a U.S Army officer during World War II, he finished his degree in dairy technology, and they moved to Cincinnati. Later when they moved to Mesa, AZ, Gini worked for ASU processing student loans for athletes. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Ward Lein, and two brothers. She is survived by two children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Due to the limitations of COVID 19, Gini is being cremated in Carmel, Indiana. The family will gather at a future date to remember her and bury her next to Vern at Glen Rest Memorial Estate, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Carly Theresa Verbeke Carly Theresa Verbeke 15 Sep 2020 Carly Theresa Verbeke, 24, died September 15, 2020. She was a Legal Intern for the State of Arizona House of Representatives. She earned two Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and English from ASU and was working on her Master's Degree. Carly was an active advocate for the disability community and created the Disability Studies Undergraduate Program at ASU. In 2019 she received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Medal.

Carly is survived by her parents, two brothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. A memorial visitation will be held from 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 in the Marysville Funeral Home in Marysville, MI. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Alice Ann Rice Petersen Alice Ann Rice Petersen 14 Sep 2020 Alice Ann Rice Petersen, 74, passed away on September 14, 2020. Alice Ann retired from ASU after working many years in the Developmental Research Department. She is survived by a daughter, son, grandson and brother. She was preceded in death by a son and grandson. At her request no service will be held at this time. (Source: Arizona Republic)
  Geraldine Dorothy Barido 7 Sep 2020 Geraldine Dorothy Barido, 98, passed away on September 7, 2020. She worked at ASU and at Motorola and was a food server at the Peoria High School Cafeteria. Later she went on to be the Manager of the Cactus High School Cafeteria. She retired from Cactus High School Cafeteria in 1983. Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Sr., a son and his wife, three brothers and three sisters.  She is survived by a sister, a son, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 16 great great grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. A viewing was held on September 13 at Heritage Funeral Chapel in Peoria Arizona. The funeral mass was held on September 14 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona. Please consider donations to American Premier Hospice, 11070 N. 24th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona, 85029. (Source: ASU Foundation)
  Bettye W. Brannon 5 Sep 2020

Bettye W. Brannon, 94, died on September 5, 2020. Bettye studied Sociology at Texas Technological University in Lubbock, Texas graduating in 1948. She then began her graduate studies at the Graduate School of Social Work at Louisiana State University, eventually finishing those studies at ASU where she graduated with a Master of Social Work in 1968.

She began her social work career managing adoptions for the Department of Economic Security, later becoming a supervisor for adoptions and the placement of foster children. In 1970, she became an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Graduate School of Social Service Administration at ASU for four years. She spent the last part of her professional years at Gila General Hospital as the Director of the Social Service Department.

Bettye’s husband, Edgar, preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services were held on September 11, 2020 at Messinger Mortuary in Scottsdale, AZ. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Karly Annette Green 5 Sep 2020

Karly Annette Green, 46, passed away September 5, 2020. Karly graduated from Virginia Tech with honors with a degree in Health and Physical Education. She later received her Master's degree from Virginia Tech. From 2001-2006 she began her career as an Academic Advisor at her alma mater. At Virginia Tech Karly found her love for bodybuilding and went on to win numerous titles and awards in the sport, including the coveted OCB National Pro Women's National Top Women's Bodybuilding award in 2007. After moving to Arizona Karly enjoyed her career as an Advisor for the Engineering Dept. at ASU. Left to cherish her memory are her parents, two sisters, aunts, uncles and a host of cousins and friends. A  Memorial Service was held September 18 in Chesapeake, VA (Source: ASU Foundation)

Donald L. Gaffney Donald L. Gaffney 3 Sep 2020

Donald L. Gaffney, 68, died on September 3, 2020. He is a graduate of Austin College (1974), and The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (1977).

Don joined Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in 1989, where he was to be the leader of the firm's Bankruptcy Group for over 25 years. His legal practice spanned over four decades and included many of the largest and most complex bankruptcy and fraud cases in the history of Arizona and the West.

Don was consistently recognized as one of the top lawyers in America. His professional recognitions were numerous and included: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Bankruptcy (2010-2011); Arizona's Top Lawyers, Arizona Business Magazine (2010); Arizona's Finest Lawyers; Who's Who in American Law (1992-2020); Who's Who in America (2006).

Don was also recognized for his many pro bono contributions to the Phoenix community including Brophy College Preparatory and The Phoenix Symphony. In 2018, he was presented the State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section Pro Bono Superhero Award.

Don was also active in many professional and bar associations including ASU College of Law, former Adjunct Professor.

Don is survived by his wife, Debby, three children, a sister and two nieces.

The Gaffney Family will be holding a private ceremony, but is planning a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don's name to The Phoenix Symphony. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Mary Walpole Marzke Mary Walpole Marzke 3 Sep 2020

Mary Walpole Marzke, 83, passed away on September 3, 2020. She was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, obtaining her B.A., followed by an M.A. from Columbia University in New York City. She returned to U.C. Berkeley and received her Ph.D. in the field of Physical Anthropology in 1964. She and her husband, Robert, who obtained his Ph.D. at Columbia, moved to North Carolina, where Mary taught Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1970 they moved to Arizona where Robert is a professor in the Physics department at ASU. Mary focused her first years in Arizona on raising their three children.

Mary joined the ASU faculty as an Adjunct Visiting Professor in 1978, a part-time Associate Professor in 1982, and as a full-time Assistant Professor of Anthropology in 1989. She earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1992 and became Full Professor in the Anthropology Department in 1998, where she served until her retirement in 2004 as Professor Emerita in Anthropology. She took a multidisciplinary approach to her research and enjoyed collaborating with experts within and outside of her field. She was recognized world-wide for her expertise on the evolution of the human hand. Mary was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as an honorary member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Mary is survived by three children and five grandchildren. She is memorialized at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Tempe, AZ. (Source: Arizona Republic)

James Joseph Klosterman James Joseph Klosterman 2 Sep 2020

James Joseph Klosterman, 88, passed away on September 2, 2020. As a young man, he joined the Merchant Marines. He worked for Bendix and Goodyear Aerospace before fulfilling his dream of becoming a peace officer. He was a reserve officer for the Tempe Police Department before serving for ASU Department of Public Safety until he retired. James was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley June (Senft) Klosterman, a son, a granddaughter and stepson. He is survived by nine children, 23 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Due to current restrictions on gatherings, no in-person services are currently scheduled. A mass will be held in his name by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic church on October 28th at 6:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Boys and Girls Club or the charity of your choice in honor of James J. Klosterman. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Shanna Hogan 1 Sep 2020

Shanna Hogan, 37, died on September 1, 2020. Shanna was a New York Times bestselling author of true crime books including "Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story." She appeared on TV shows including "The View," "Dateline NBC," and "20/20," and she cohosted the podcast "Case Closed." Shanna was also an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. Shanna is survived by her husband, Matt LaRussa, and a son. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Twyla Jan Wilson Twyla Jan Wilson 1 Sep 2020

Twyla Jan Wilson, 67, passed away September 1, 2020. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She was employed at ASU. Twyla is preceded in death by her mother and a brother. She leaves behind a son, an uncle, two sisters, 12 grandchildren and other relatives. Arrangements were entrusted to Schaudt Okmulgee Funeral Service in Okmulgee, OK. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Thomas Anthony Padilla Thomas Anthony Padilla 27 Aug 2020

Thomas Anthony Padilla, 67, passed away on August 27, 2020. Tom graduated from the College of Santa Fe. He spent his career working in Human Resources for the State of New Mexico, City of Santa Fe, ASU, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory. Tom is preceded in death by his father and brother. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Manzanares-Padilla, three sons, a daughter, grandson, mother, two brothers, a sister, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Beverly Jean Phelps Beeman Beverly Jean Phelps Beeman 25 Aug 2020

Beverly Jean Phelps Beeman, age 91, passed away on August 25, 2020. Beverly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from ASU and graduated in 1968, with distinction, to pursue a 20+ year home economics teaching career, mostly for the Scottsdale Public Schools.  She began docent training in Art History at the Phoenix Art Museum in 1973 and continued serving as a tour guide and slide librarian for 40+ years, culminating her volunteer work there as a Master Docent Emeritus.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Bob Beeman. Bob was the 4th president of ASURA (1994/1995), and served in other roles before and after being president. Beverly is also survived by five children, a sister, 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. The family is planning a celebration of life/spreading of ashes/reunion event next May on Mother's Day at the family cabin near Flagstaff. A memorial Fund is being established at the Phoenix Art Museum for those who desire to honor her in a meaningful way. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Rodney M. Ito II Rodney M. Ito II 25 Aug 2020

Rodney M. Ito II, 61, passed away on August 25, 2020. He had a 35 year IT and teaching career at ASU. Rodney is survived by his mother, a sister and a son and nephew by marriage. He is preceded in death by his wife, Robin McCord. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Patricia Ann Case Patricia Ann Case 3 Aug 2020

Patricia Ann Case, 80, passed away August 3, 2020. Patricia attended Barnes School of Business in Denver, CO. She worked as a Secretary at the University of Nebraska, ASU, and the University of Wyoming. She is survived by two sons and four sisters. She is preceded in death by a brother. Services will be held at the Garland Community Church, 900 Sheridan Ave., Garland, WY at 10:30 a.m., August 15, 2020. Apfel Funeral Home, Hastings, NE is in care of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please make donations to the   Dementia Society of America . (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Cynthia Gardner  Cynthia Gardner  1 Aug 2020

Cynthia Gardner, 86, has passed away, according to an obituary published August 1, 2020. In her twenties, she married Sam Steiger. They had three children, and while the marriage didn't last, they remained life-long friends. As Mrs. Steiger, she taught second grade at Washington School. She later married Hank Schrieber, who was an art professor at ASU. Hank started teaching at ASU in the early 1960s and brought a range of skills to the department. He taught ceramics, jewelry, design, glass blowing and lutherie at ASU for 13 years. As Mrs. Schrieber, Cynthia substitute taught at Prescott High School, sometimes taking over a classroom for the remainder of a year. After she and Hank grew in separate directions, in her seventies, Cynthia left and went to Mexico with her dear friend of many decades, John Favour. They shared a rare, close companionship and many happy times until John departed this earth. Cynthia moved back into her family home after that, where she lived independently until her last day.

Cynthia is survived by three children, a grandson, two granddaughters, a great-grandson, sister-in-law and nieces. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the family will not be holding services at this time. When the dust settles, a Celebration of Life will be planned. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Cynthia's name to Hungry Kids Project . Information provided by survivors. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Theodore Roosevelt Lindsley, Jr. Theodore Roosevelt Lindsley, Jr. 31 Jul 2020

Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt Lindsley, Jr., 87, passed away on July 31, 2020. In 1952, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he served as a Radioman in the Pacific until 1955. Upon returning to the east coast, Ted attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, graduating in 1958 with a degree in Economics.

After graduation, he embarked on a 39-year career by becoming F&M's first Alumni Secretary and later Ass't VP for Development, Director of Annual Giving, & Director of Federal Programs. In 1966, when F&M's Dean, Wayne Glick, became President of Keuka College, Ted moved to Penn Yan, NY, where President Glick appointed him Director of Development at Keuka College, and later VP for Development. From 1983-1989, Ted worked as the Director of Development at State University of New York, Cortland. In 1989, he took the job of Director of School Relations at Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations. After moving to Arizona Ted worked as Director of Development at ASU College of Business from 1994 until he retired in 1997. Over the course of Ted's career in fundraising & alumni relations, he helped secure tens of millions of dollars for life-changing scholarships, educational programs, new campus buildings, and endowed faculty chairs.

Ted is survived by his wife Margaret "Peg" Ahrens, four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is pre-deceased by a brother and son-in-law. The family will gather at Keuka Lake for a private memorial and celebration of life in the future. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the  Alzheimer's Association or Arizona Hospice of the Valley. (Source: Arizona Republic)

David Spencer David Spencer 27 Jul 2020

David Spencer, 76, passed away on July 27, 2020. Spencer, as most people called him, earned an undergraduate degree in education from Western Colorado University. Upon graduation, he was hired by the Tempe Elementary School District where he began his teaching career at Laird School in 1966. He went on to earn a master's degree in education from ASU in 1970. In 1968, he was drafted by the US Army and served in Vietnam as a chaplain's assistant. After Vietnam, he returned to Tempe and teaching. Over the next 30 years he educated children at multiple schools in Tempe. Later, he moved on to ASU, where he spent a decade educating pre-service teachers in the school's Elementary Ed. Program.

In 2004, Spencer was asked to describe his approach to teaching. "I wouldn't be able to teach to my students if I didn't know my students," he said. "And the only way to know them is to connect with them at some level either academically or emotionally. There has to be a connection before learning can take place. My connection with my students is one of knowing them, understanding them and, probably most important, accepting them for who they are and what they do."

Spencer is survived by his wife, Susan Soroka, a daughter and two sisters. His family has no immediate plans for a public service due to the COVID-19 pandemic but intend to hold a celebration of his life once it's safer for public gatherings. Donations can be made in Spencer's name to Hospice of the Valley . Additionally, there is a public Facebook group, "Former Students of David Spencer." All are welcome to read or share memories. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Maribel Pena Maribel Pena 23 July 2020

Maribel "Mickey" Pena, 43, passed away July 23, 2020. Mickey was heavily invested in her work at ASU, serving in various staff positions for the past 26 years, ending her service as the Marketing & Advertising Manager. During her time at ASU, she was also a member of the Western Association of University Publication Managers, a member of the College Media Business and Advertising Managers and a Junior Ambassador for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed participating in various charitable events on campus such as the annual Thanksgiving on Tempe Campus and the Adopt an ASU Family Program. Mickey leaves behind her daughter, her mother, stepfather, two sisters, a brother and extended family members. Her father preceded her in death. A private celebration of life was held on August 6th. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Nancy Belle Hancock  Nancy Belle Hancock  22 Jul 2020

Nancy Belle Horn Hall Hancock, 85,  passed away on July 22, 2020. She graduated in 1955 from what is now named Truman State University with a business degree. Her first job was teaching high school in Excelsior Springs, MO. After marrying Jimmie Hall in 1957, they lived in Madison, WI where Nancy taught at a state-run school for girls. Later they moved to Bloomfield, IA and then to Blakesburg, IA where Nancy taught high school business for several years. Next the family moved to Fairfield, IA where Nancy focused on her family and also did some work for Parsons College. They then returned to Bloomfield, IA where they owned and operated The Hall Closet men's clothing store for most of the 1970s.

Nancy completed coursework for a Master's degree at Truman State University from 1979 through 1981. While working on this degree she taught accounting part-time, and also assisted teachers at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA. With her advanced degree the couple moved to Phoenix, AZ where Nancy worked for ASU and the Arizona Department of Education. One of her job duties was traveling around one third of the state visiting the teachers in all the high schools and community colleges.

After her divorce, Nancy accepted a position in 1985 to teach business in the country of Bahrain in the Middle East. After several months she returned to Arizona and taught at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ for more than a year. She then returned to the Phoenix area in 1986 after accepting a job at the Arizona State Department of Education.

While back in Iowa for her 40th high school class reunion mutual friends introduced her to Ronald Hancock of Eldon, IA, and they were married in 1991. Their first residence was in Sioux City, IA where Nancy was a real estate agent for a short time. After retirement they moved to Prescott, AZ then to the Charlottesville, VA area then returned to Prescott. In 2004 they moved to Eldon, IA. In 2010 they moved to Gig Harbor, WA then in February 2017 Nancy moved to Chandler, AZ.

Patrick Wolpert Patrick Wolpert 18 Jul 2020

Patrick "Pat" Wolpert, 64, passed away on July 18, 2020. After graduating from Lancaster County Career and Technology in '74, with an electrical trades background, he began a long career as an industrial electrician. Pat later graduated from Thaddeus Stevens College and went on to teach courses at Thaddeus Stevens and Gateway Community College, AZ. After moving to Mesa, AZ in 2017, he joined the electrical staff at ASU where he was awarded employee of the year for 2019. Surviving are his wife, Doris, two daughters and three granddaughters. Pat's Celebration of Life Service, was held on August 20, 2020.  (Source: ASU Foundation)

Jan Denise Hardison Jan Denise Hardison 15 Jul 2020

Jan Denise Hardison, 67, passed away on July 15, 2020. While still in high school Jan was selected for All-County choruses, NYSSMA All-State chorus, and earned the distinguished honor of being one of only two high school singers from New York State selected for "America's Youth in Concert," which toured Europe immediately upon graduation. Jan attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., where she majored in Music (Voice Performance). Jan went on to sing for close to 40 years in numerous choirs and opera companies, and was often employed as the paid Alto soloist/section leader. Notable among these were Western New York Opera Theatre, Lancaster Opera House, St. Barnabas Episcopal in Scottsdale, Arizona, First Congregational church of Tempe, Arizona, and St. Bartholomew's Episcopal near San Franciso, CA. Jan also taught voice for two years at Niagara University in the 1970's. She worked as the Box Office Manager or similar positions at various theatres around the country, including Studio Arena (Buffalo), Artpark (Lewiston), Geva Theatre (Rochester), Connecticut Opera (Hartford), and ASU (Tempe). She especially enjoyed her work in these places when it meant working with students or young adults, as it did at Artpark and ASU. In addition to music and theatre, Jan loved nature and animals, especially horses, dogs, cats, and birds. Jan was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, a brother, sister, nephews, aunt and many cousins. Memorial contributions in Jan's name may be made to the Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, 3652 Ewings Road, Lockport, NY 14094. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Gary Keller  Gary Keller  15 Jul 2020

Gary Keller, 77, passed away on July 15, 2020. He was an ASU Regents Professor and a lifelong advocate for underrepresented students. In his 34-year-career at ASU, Keller taught Spanish and Chicano studies, led the Hispanic Research Center and served as founder and editor of ASU’s Bilingual Press. Keller earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in Hispanic literature and linguistics, and simultaneously, a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in Hispanic literature and linguistics. His broad education served as a foundation for decades of research projects and community efforts.

From 2012–16, Keller’s academic enrichment projects through the Hispanic Research Center drove unprecedented results: 268 underrepresented minority students graduated with doctoral degrees in STEM fields and doctoral enrollment increased 622%. The following year, he received the Dr. Loui Olivas Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award; other accolades during his career include the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education President’s Award and the Dana Foundation Award for Pioneering Achievements in Education. At the time, the Pioneering Achievements in Education award was the largest annual prize in education in the country and Keller received a $50,000 prize, which he promptly donated back to his minority projects through the ASU Foundation.

Keller also served as the executive director of More Graduate Education at Mountain States alliance and principal director of the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities.
Keller authored or co-authored more than 30 books and produced more than two dozen documentaries. As editor of the Bilingual Press at ASU — the largest Hispanic-focused publisher and distributor in the country — he committed to publishing high-quality writing from established and emerging writers in English, Spanish and bilingual format. (Source: ASU Insight)

Horace Edward Aubertine Horace Edward Aubertine 13 Jul 2020

Horace Edward Aubertine, 94, passed away on July 13, 2020. He entered the Air Force and served during World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned to school and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree in History. Horace continued his education at Stanford University by first obtaining a Masters Degree in Education and then a Doctorate in Education. He taught at the high school and college levels over the course of five decades. He taught at Menlo Atherton High School, and he was a professor at Whitman College, where he and Dwight Allen developed the concept of micro-teaching. He went on to teach at ASU and Colorado State University before becoming a Dean and the Coordinator of Teacher Education at Illinois State University. Later in his career, he returned to his first passion of teaching high school students, most recently at Willamette High School in Eugene, Oregon. He coached baseball at many levels, including the high school level. To the players he was known as "Coach A." He retired from teaching in 2009. Horace is survived by his wife, Shirley Hale Aubertine, three sons and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Lee (Geiger) Aubertine. The family asks that any donations may be made to the Stanford University Department of Education in Memory of Dr. Horace E. Aubertine. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Thomas Michael Landy 10 Jul 2020

Thomas Michael Landy, 75, passed away July 10, 2020. He was a graduate of St. Louis University. In 1993 he relocated to Phoenix from Illinois after retiring from Convair Cooler Corporation as President/CEO. Tom was a Vietnam Veteran who recently served as Post 9400 Commander for Sunnyslope VFW as well as volunteering at the VA hospital in Phoenix. He and his wife, Anita, most recently traveled to Belize with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through ASU where he taught English to elementary students. Tom is survived by his wife, Anita, two sisters, two sons and three granddaughters. Private Military Honors were held at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO on August 21, 2020. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Clyde Parker  Clyde Parker  10 Jul 2020

Clyde Parker, 79, passed away July 10, 2020. Clyde was a 44-year ASU Gammage employee who worked on the auditorium’s original crew. When he arrived at ASU in 1961 to pursue a teaching degree, he never expected to spend a major  part of the next five decades working at a theater. ASU Gammage, which was just a construction project in its early stages, was across the street from his home and steps away from the then-College of Education. When the auditorium opened its doors in 1964, Parker found a job as a stage hand. He stayed at ASU Gammage for more than four decades, retiring in 2008 as the theater’s technical director.

"Clyde was an amazing force at ASU Gammage,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for cultural affairs and executive director of ASU Gammage. “He was a treasured member of the Gammage family since the theater’s opening and will be remembered for his energy and passion for the arts.” Clyde was a member of ASURA. A Video History interview with Clyde was conducted in 2009.  (Source: ASU Now) 

Rabbi David Davis Rabbi David Davis 7 Jul 2020

Rabbi David Davis, 83, passed away on July 7, 2020. He was a distinguished scholar and theologian who established the first chair in Judaic Studies at a Catholic university in the United States and was the first Rabbi to occupy a full-time position in the theology department of an American university.

From 1976 to 1996, Rabbi Davis served as Associate Vice President for University Relations and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco. During that time, he also continued his work, begun in 1977, as Director of the Swig Judaic Program at USF.
Prior to university work, Rabbi Davis served as Chaplain of San Quentin Prison for eight years, and as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California (1970-76). He was Associate Director of the National Federation of Temple Youth in New York (1967-70) and Assistant Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts (1965-67).

In 2000, Rabbi Davis joined Vanderbilt University as a member of the Administration and Faculty and served in that capacity until 2005. Prior to his tenure at Vanderbilt, Rabbi David Davis served as Rabbi of The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville, TN from 1997-2001, at which time he was named Rabbi Laureate.

In 2005, Rabbi Davis joined the faculty of ASU where he taught at Barrett, the Honors College, and Osher Life Long Learning until 2019.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, survivors include six children, a brother and 11 grandchildren.
Donations in memory of Rabbi Davis may be made to the Rabbi David Davis Memorial Fund  (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Barbara Smith 7 Jul 2020

Barbara Smith, 82, passed away July 7, 2020. She and her husband, Ron Smith, came to Arizona when Ron was offered a job as a history professor at ASU. Barbara is survived by her husband Ron, a daughter, brother, six grandchildren and two nieces. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Gary Burns Gary Burns 6 Jul 2020

Gary Burns passed away July 6, 2020. Gary was a 1970 graduate of Clarion State University with a BA in Theatre & Music and a graduate of ASU with an MA in Theatre. He worked for and retired from the Traffic Department at Arizona State University. Gary is survived by a sister, three aunts, many cousins and friends. (Source: Arizona Republic)

L. George Smith L. George Smith 2 Jul 2020

L. George Smith, 90, passed away July 2, 2020. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, two years in the US Army at Ft Bliss, El Paso and two years teaching high school business, George earned both MBA and DBA from Indiana University. His academic career in marketing led him to teach at ASU, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, and California Polytechnical University in Pomona.

While at Avila University in Kansas City he participated or led over forty teams evaluating universities for business or regional accreditation. Avila honored him as Professor Emeritus following his final 16 years in university life. The American Marketing Association honored him for a lifetime of service in 1988.

His greatest institutional devotion was to Ball State University. He likely knew more history, development programs and leaders of the school than anyone. He was a devoted reader of the Ball State Daily, followed campus development of buildings and programs. Presidents over the last forty years adopted many suggestions for campus improvements and academic programs.

He was preceded in death by two sisters. Survivors include two nieces, a nephew, many grand, great grand and great great grand nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned when gatherings are permitted at Reno First United Methodist Church. Please add your contact information to receive memorial service information at  Walton Funeral Home . Memorial gifts may be forwarded to the Reno First United Methodist Church c/o L George Smith. (Source: Arizona Republic) 

 Hugh Downs  Hugh Downs  1 Jul 2020

Hugh Downs, 99, passed away July 1, 2020. Downs was a five-time Emmy Award-winning American broadcaster, author, host and founding voice in modern American media. His pursuit of honest communication is the reason Downs was asked in 1999 to lend his name to a new school in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The  Hugh Downs School of Human Communication is dedicated to studying and understanding the complex processes involved in everyday communication.

Always eager to share what he learned in the many experiences of his long life, Downs chose ASU to house his collection of memorabilia. More than 650 personal and professional items are curated by the Hugh Downs School to promote the pursuit of studies related to the field of human communication, promote constructive dialogue and scholarly research related to the life and career of the school’s distinguished namesake, and generally promote effective communication between individuals in all aspects of life.

During ASU Homecoming week in 2012, Downs was featured in an interview and Q&A event at the school. He told the audience, “I was so honored to have this school named after me. That's been a kind of a second career for me. I just love being connected with the school. And the privilege of talking to students at times, that's kind of the high point for me.”

On February 20, 2010 Downs was the luncheon speaker at the ASU Retirees Association Retirees Day event organized by Val Peterson, Past President.

Downs is survived by his son and daughter, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife, Ruth, preceded him in death in 2017 at the age of 95. (Source: ASU Now)

Victor Santana-Melgoza Victor Santana-Melgoza 29 Jun 2020

Victor Santana-Melgoza, 41, passed away on June 29, 2020. In 2008 he earned his B.A. with a concentration in organizational and corporate communication from UTEP and in 2015 graduated with a master's degree in Communication Studies along with a certificate in women's and gender studies. In his post-graduate studies he became a certified mediator through the university's Center for Conflict Studies. In fall 2015 he was selected as UTEP's representative to the Archer Institute of the University of Texas System and spent a semester in Washington D.C. as an Archer Fellow studying policy-making in government and working at a nonprofit social action agency.

He volunteered and worked on behalf of victims of discrimination and poverty in El Paso and in the cities where his career took him. He founded his consulting firm, Diversity Talks, and provided training on various human resources and social justice issues. He was a featured writer for the Hispanic Outlook in High Education, performing training at the U.S. Army Sergeant Majors Academy and speaking at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education.

Victor's career focus was in higher education. Beginning with his undergraduate days he honed his writing skills while working at the Prospector first as a reporter then a news editor and copy editor in his senior year. He also wrote articles for Minero Magazine for which he authored "The Woman Behind the Bun", A tribute to Diana Natalicio, one of which he was especially proud. He also became a resident assistant at Miner Village and later at Miner Heights. Upon graduating, Oregon State University was his next stop where he was a Resident Director of Sackett Hall and later became the Multicultural Resource Coordinator of University Housing and Dining Services. During his tenure there, Victor was one of three recipients of the Outstanding Social Justice Trainer/Mentor award presented by the Commission of Social Justice. Two year later he accepted a position as Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Because of all the training he had done throughout his career Victor developed a deep appreciation and love for teaching.

Victor joined the instructional faculty at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU in 2017. Courses he taught included public speaking, small group communication, leadership for social justice, and conflict and negotiation. This concluded the journey of his relatively short life.

Victor was preceded in death by his grandparents. He is survived by his father, mother, a brother and other relatives. Funeral services were held earlier this month. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Karen Dorman Marek Karen Dorman Marek 27 Jun 2020

Karen Dorman Marek, 65, passed away on June 27, 2020. Karen received a diploma from the Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing and while working, earned BSN, and MSN degrees from the University of Akron, and an MBA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. At the time of her passing, she was the Bernita 'B' Steffl Professor of Geriatric Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. Her research focused on community-based care models for aging adults. She was a proud feminist and advocated and marched for equality and healthcare for all. Karen is survived by her husband, Gerald, three daughters, six grandchildren and a brother. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to Urban Cat Coalition . A celebration of Life will be held in Milwaukee at a later date. (Source: Arizona Republic)

David William Foster David William Foster 24 Jun 2020

David William Foster, 79, passed away on June 24, 2020. As a Regents Professor of Spanish and women and gender studies at ASU, he has written extensively on Argentine narrative and theater, and he has held Fulbright teaching appointments in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. He has also served as an Inter-American Development Bank professor in Chile. Foster has held visiting appointments at Fresno State College, Vanderbilt University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Riverside, and Florida International University. He has conducted six seminars for teachers under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the most recent in Sao Paulo in summer 2013.

David earned his degrees from University of Washington. As a newly minted Ph.D. in romance languages and literature, he arrived at ASU in 1966. His true north was the humanities. As he was quoted in a 2015 article, "Humanities is all about the description of the human soul and the life that soul lives.” In 2016, he marked 50 years teaching at ASU.

In 1989, Foster was named the Graduate College's Outstanding Graduate Mentor, and in 1994 he was named Researcher of the Year by the Alumni Association. He received the 2000 Armando Discepolo Prize for theater scholarship awarded annually by GETEA (Grupo de Estudios de Teatro Argentino y Latinoamericano) of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 2010, Foster was honored for his lifetime work on Argentine culture by the Centro de Narratoloia at a program held at the Argentine National Library. He is past president of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

David is survived by his wife, Virginia, a son, a daughter, two grandsons and a sister.

A celebration of David's life will be held on his birthday, Friday, September 11, 2020, at Brophy Chapel at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception. Everyone is invited but please respond to

Memorial gifts may be made in David's memory to the Foster Latin-American Research Fellowship Endowment, ASU Foundation . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Robert Arthur Schoen Robert Arthur Schoen 24 Jun 2020

Robert Arthur Schoen, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret., 96, passed away on June 24, 2020. He joined the USAF in 1943, and participated in the Berlin Airlift. His military service included two tours of overseas duty, and provided opportunity for the family's world travels. Bob retired from the Air Force in 1966, and entered his second career, as professor of aeronautical technology, at ASU. He held his teaching position for 22 years, achieving the title of Department Chair, before retiring in 1988 as Professor Emeritus of Technology. Bob is survived by three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by two brothers, his wife, Marjorie M. Schoen, and a granddaughter. A private memorial service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. The family wishes that any memorial donations be made to St. Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85009, or to the charity of your own choosing. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Rosemary Rose Dickerson 22 Jun 2020

Rosemary Rose Dickerson, 82, passed away on June 22, 2020. While living in Tempe, she worked at ASU in the registration department for several years. Rosemary was preceded in death by a brother, son and infant son. Surviving are Roger Dickerson, husband and a son. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Congregational Church, McCook NE with the designation at a later date. The inurnment will be at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery in Scottsdale, Ariz., at a later date. Services will be July 11, 2020, at First Congregational Church, 212 East E Street, McCook, NE at 9:30 a.m. on the east lawn. Bring your lawn chairs and dress casual.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Dr. Michael Dee Piburn Dr. Michael Dee Piburn 22 Jun 2020

Dr. Michael Dee Piburn, 80, died on June 22, 2020. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, at Davis in 1961 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1967, both in geology. He joined Rutgers University with a joint appointment in geology and education in 1967. In education, he served as the Director of a national curriculum project, Time, Space and Matter, as well as the Director of the Earth Science Institute for Secondary Teachers, both funded by the National Science Foundation. At Rutgers, he served as chairman of the Department of Science and Humanities Education from 1980-1983. In 1987, he joined the faculty of Westminster College of Salt Lake City to be near his wife Dr. Dale R. Baker where he was the director of secondary education.

In 1989, both Dr. Piburn and Dr. Baker were recruited to ASU to serve as director of graduate education and department chair respectively, as well as to create a science education Ph.D. Dr. Piburn served as editor, along with Dr. Baker of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching from 2001-2006. Dr. Piburn retired from ASU as Professor Emeritus in 2004 and went on to the National Science Foundation to serve as a program officer for a year.

Dr. Piburn's research in geology and education took him all over the world including Mexico, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Costa Rica and Turkey. His best known work, the RTOP (Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol), has been translated and used in hundreds of countries around the world. Other areas of research include logical reasoning and problem solving in science, cognitive and affective factors in learning science, and visualization in earth science (i.e. the Hidden Earth Project). He has received awards and recognition for his research published in Science Education, from NARST (a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research), the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association and a Professional Research Award from the Alumni Association of Rutgers University.

Dr. Piburn is survived by his wife, Dale Baker, a son, daughter and two grandchildren. No services will be held. Contributions in his name can be made to the Justice Project or the Innocence Project. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Dwight Schaeffer Dwight Schaeffer 20 Jun 2020

Dwight Schaeffer, 88, passed away on June 20, 2020. Dwight enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1949. After basic training in San Antonio, Texas, he went to Cheyenne Wyoming to take power line training. In 1951 he sailed for England where he was stationed at Fairford Airbase and later at Stanstead Air Force Base, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Dwight and his wife, Mona, lived in England until they received word that Dwight's father was seriously ill. With orders to go home Dwight was discharged at Ellsworth Airforce Base in Rapid City, SD in September and was on reserve status for the next six years.

In 1964 Dwight became an agent for the Mobil Oil Corporation and in 1969 bought the business from Mobil when he and Mona became Schaeffer Oil Company. In 1970 they bought out a Mobil distributer in Winner, SD, and moved to Winner. In 1984 Dwight, Mona and two of their sons opened the Lil Feller Store in Winner, SD which is still operated by one son, Brian. In 1992, at the age of 61 Dwight and Mona moved to Tempe, Arizona where Dwight went back to school to study Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy. Dwight opened his practice in Scottsdale AZ. After volunteering a few days a week at ASU in the athletic department he was hired by ASU to work with the college athletes. Dwight was an avid runner over the years and attained a National Master Standing and many awards.

Dwight is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mona, and two brothers. Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Winner United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.(Source: ASU Foundation)

Don Lamar Boyer Don Lamar Boyer 19 Jun 2020

Don Lamar Boyer, 82, passed away on June 19, 2020. Don graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1960 with an Engineering degree. He then earned a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1965.

He began his academic career at the University of Delaware in Newark where he was an assistant professor from 1964-1971. He spent the next three years at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. In 1974 became professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. In 1988 he came to ASU and was professor and chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He remained at ASU until his retirement in 2008 as Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Don was passionate about his job. He especially enjoyed research and in particular his collaborations with Dr. Joe Fernando, Dr. Peter Davies and Dr. Gabriel Chabert D'Hieres with whom he published numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Don is survived by his former wife, Eileen Boyer, two sons, two grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother and sister.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Stephen A. Van Pelt, MD Stephen A. Van Pelt, MD 11 Jun 2020

Stephen A. Van Pelt, MD, 71, passed away on June 11, 2020. Steve graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and did Residency training in General Surgery and Orthopedics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
After receiving his Medical Degree, Steve worked in Emergency Medicine at Rosewood General Hospital in Houston, Texas and Katy Memorial Hospital in Katy, Texas. Steve then moved to Tempe, Arizona to be the Team Physician for ASU. Ultimately he moved to San Francisco and began practicing at the Center for Sports Medicine at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital where he was based for the last 33 years.
Steve's passion for sports included working with the United States Olympic Committee as a Team Physician for twenty years as well as the Doping Control Crew Chief for the USOC. He was the Team Physician for San Francisco City College for nearly 30 years and was also Team Physician for the San Rafael Pacifics baseball team for several years.
Steven is survived by his wife, Susan Gearey Van Pelt, a sister, mother in law, brother in law and nephew. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation, 900 Hyde Street, Suite 1208, San Francisco, California 94109 or to the National Rifle Association Foundation, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  George Norman Bays 10 Jun 2020

George Norman Bays, 86, passed away on June 10, 2020. George joined the Arizona Highway Patrol in 1957 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He was the first person in the history of Cochise College to graduate by taking correspondence courses. He completed his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Arizona and his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at ASU. In 1975, George became Chief of Police for ASU and served as president of the Arizona Police Chief's Association. In 1982, he returned to the Department of Public Safety for a brief stint as commander for the General Criminal Investigations Unit. After retiring from the DPS, he became special border projects administrator for the MVD at the rank of Major. He had a major impact on ports of entry and played a key role in the implementation of NAFTA. In May 2007, George was honored by the governor for 50-years of dedicated service to the State of Arizona.
George is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, five siblings and a step-grandson. He is survived by a brother, a daughter, four sons, eleven grandchildren, a step-grandson, three great grandchildren, and Wanda Balbuena, who has been the family nanny for 31 years and was George's daily caregiver the last eight-years of his life. Visitation was held at Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 AZ-92, Sierra Vista, AZ on Friday, June 19, 2020, followed with Rosary. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 20, 2020 at Our Lady of the Mountains Church, 1425 E. Yaqui Street, Sierra Vista, AZ. [Due to COVID-19 only 46 people were allowed to attend, and all were required to wear a mask]. Escort from Lady of the Mountains Church to Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee, AZ was provided by CCSO. Final committal prayers and the honors concluded the ceremony. Reception was held at the Copper Queen Hotel, 11 Howell Ave. Bisbee, AZ immediately following the burial. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Catherine Ann Stenke Borem Catherine Ann (Stenke) Borem 10 Jun 2020

Catherine Ann (Stenke) Borem, 72, passed away on June 10, 2020. Cathy graduated from Prairie State College with an A.A. and Governors State University (GSU) with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked for a year in the Kentucky hollers helping the disadvantaged elderly. She moved on to helping people grow in their personal and educational development at GSU. She worked there for 24 years as an Academic Advisor, and graduated with a M.A. in Communications before she retired. She transitioned to Arizona in 2003 and worked at ASU, continuing as Academic Advisor for the next seven years until she retired in 2010. Cathy is survived by a son, step-son, seven grandchildren, eight siblings, an aunt and nieces and nephews.A memorial service will be on Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 P. M., at the First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, AZ (480) 945-6346. Interment will be held at Chapel Hill Gardens South in Oak Lawn, IL. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Marty (Martin) Abramson Marty (Martin) Abramson 7 Jun 2020

Marty (Martin) Abramson, 73, passed away on June 7, 2020. Marty graduated from Temple University with a BS and MFA both in Communication and Theater. He taught at ASU in the theater department and worked as the Technical Director. He then founded and operated for decades Centerline Stage & Studio Lighting, which later became Hollywood Rental. Marty is survived by his wife, Shotsy, two children, and five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a sister. A private funeral service and burial occurred on Wednesday, June 10. Donations in memory of Marty can be made to Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Arizona Jewish Historical Society or St. Mary's Food Bank. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Beatriz "Bea" Elena Valdez Meza Beatriz "Bea" Elena Valdez Meza 6 June 2020

Beatriz "Bea" Elena Valdez Meza, 67, passed away on June 6, 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in 1977 from ASU. Beatriz worked at ASU for 40 years as a state recruiter, traveling between Arizona and California. She did a lot of work helping Latinx high school students plan their future careers through the university. She was an active protestor during the Cesar Chavez grape strikes of the 70's, and helped usher a successful administration take-over. Beatriz is survived by her husband, Joel Vasquez, her mother, two brothers plus many nieces, and nephews. A private service for family members only will be held at a later date. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Douglas C. Nilson Douglas C. Nilson 5 Jun 2020

Douglas C Nilson, 76, passed away June 5, 2020. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin Madison (PhD) and the University of Washington (BA). He was a  professor of Political Science at Idaho State University for 20 years. He had previously taught at ASU and the University of Redlands in California.

Doug was preceded in death by a brother, two nephews and two nieces. He is survived by a brother, a sister, three nephews and two nieces. He married Linda Burzotta Nilson when they were in graduate school together, and though they later divorced, they remained life-long close friends and co-authors.

Due to Covid restrictions, no memorial will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember him can make a donation to the Pocatello Democratic Party or the local Sierra Club in his name. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Dr. Matthew J. Wayner, Jr. Dr. Matthew J. Wayner, Jr. 4 Jun 2020

Dr. Matthew J. Wayner Jr., 92, passed away on June 4, 2020. He served honorably in the United States Navy, training as a pilot during the Korean War. Dr. Wayner received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1949, his master's degree from Tufts College in 1950 and his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1953. After receiving his PhD, he taught psychology at Syracuse University and earned his tenure in 1960. During this time, he was a visiting professor at Florida State University, ASU, and universities abroad such as Kanazawa University, Japan, La Trobe University, Australia and the National Defense Medical Center, Republic of China. At the time of his resignation in 1982 from Syracuse University, Dr. Wayner was the director of the Brain Research Laboratory and both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Biopsychology. He then accepted the positions of Director of Life Sciences and Blumberg Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Texas, San Antonio. In 1992, he accepted the position of Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology at the Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and became the first President of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.
Dr. Wayner's memberships in professional societies included the American Association of University Professors, the American Society of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, the American Physiological Society, the International Brain Research Organization, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Society for Neuroscience and the Society of Toxicology. Dr. Wayner was also an American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Fellow, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and an American Psychological Association Fellow.
His dedication to research and science are portrayed by the following honors: NSF Predoctoral Fellowship (1952-53), Gold Pick Axe Award from Dartmouth College (1996), Marjorie Myers Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroscience (1998), UTSA President's Distinguished Achievement Award in Recognition of Research Excellence (2000),and the IBNS Award for Major Contributions to International Behavioral Neuroscience (2002). Dr. Wayner was also on the Editorial Board of nine medical journals; many of which he started himself.
As an accomplished businessman in addition to researcher, professor and scientist; Dr. Wayner, and his wife Therese, started Ankho International Publishing Co. and Fayetteville Typesetting in Syracuse, NY.
Dr. Wayner was predeceased by his wife, Therese, and a brother. He is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Due to pandemic concerns memorial services are deferred and a commemorative event will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers charitable donations in his name may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Patricia Marie Fedock Patricia Marie Fedock 1 Jun 2020

Patricia Marie Fedock, 71, passed away on June 1, 2020. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees from ASU. Her teaching career began in 1970 at Sevilla Elementary School. After some years as a stay-at-home mother, she returned to ASU and earned her PhD in 1989. She then earned a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Science Education at ASU West and quickly became the education department's expert in teacher development. Pattie was a well-respected liaison coordinating the placement of student teachers all over the valley while meeting with district superintendents, principals, and master teachers to help produce the best possible classroom instructors. During those times, she was recognized for her leading-edge teaching skills and expertise and was a transformative professional for the people she mentored.

Around the year 2000, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia that made her professor responsibilities very difficult. Sadly, she had to resign her position at ASU West in 2001. She loved her job, the students, being in classrooms all around the valley observing the latest strategies for effective learning. She was on the frontlines of practical educational research helping teachers get better, but she never worked again. She was never the same after that resignation, and her health began to decline.

Patti is survived by her husband Paul, her mother, a brother, two daughters, three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her father preceded her in death. On Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3:00 P.M., there will be a private rosary service for the immediate family. If you would like to pray the rosary with the Fedock family, please click the following link for a live stream at . From 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., there will be a visitation for everyone at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The family requests that all attendees adhere to safe social distancing guidelines including wearing a mask to all services (Please ask the W&M staff for a mask if needed).  A Funeral Mass, to celebrate the life of Patricia, will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix. There will be a private graveside service for the immediate family at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery after the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the: Loreto Sister's Retirement Fund which can be sent to the SS Simon & Jude Cathedral address as listed above. The family hopes to have an opportunity in December this year to invite everyone to a full celebration of Patti's life. Hopefully, COVID-19 is under control at that time. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Lewis Raymond Marquardt Lewis Raymond Marquardt 31 May 2020

Lewis Raymond Marquardt, 83, former professor of humanities at ASU and at Texas State University San Marcos, died on May 31, 2020. His undergraduate studies were completed at Minot State University where he financed his study by founding, directing and playing with the popular dance band, "The Collegiates" at countless high school proms across North Dakota and Montana. After teaching music and band many years at Miller and at Webster South Dakota High Schools, he returned to higher education, acquiring a Ph.D. in Humanities at ASU. He also spent 1958 to 1961 in the United States Army, mainly as a Russian linguist stationed near Kassell, Germany. Known for his organizational talents, a fine speaking voice and a commitment to democratic principles, he was elected to the South Dakota State Legislature in 1968. Following his interest in history, philosophy and social studies, he joined the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia as a Charter member and some thirty years later, served as its President. Along the way, he established the Arizona Sun Chapter in Phoenix. He was also an Executive Director of the German-Texan Heritage Society. He was happiest advising students, supervising theses, utilizing audio-visual equipment, researching German-Russians and presenting meticulously prepared lectures. He also wrote scripts for the Prairie Public Television (PBS) series of programs devoted to German-Russian history and culture. His first wife, Judith Aileen Woods, died in 1984. He married Dona Reeves in 1985. Lewis is survived by his wife, Dona, his five children, ten grandchildren and four siblings. Funeral arrangements are pending.  (Source: Arizona Republic)

Billie Lee Turner Billie Lee Turner 27 May 2020

Billie Lee Turner, 95, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin, passed away May 27, 2020. He held the Sidney F. and Doris Blake Centennial Professorship in Systematic Botany until his retirement in 2000. At UT he chaired the Department of Botany (1967-74) as well as the Division of Biological Sciences (1972-73). His degrees were BS Biology, Sul Ross State University (1949); MS Biology, Southern Methodist University (1950); and Ph.D. Botany, Washington State University (1953). Billie began his academic career as an instructor at The University of Texas at Austin in 1953. He rose to associate professor in fall of 1959, and two years later was promoted to full professor.
Billie is survived by two sons from his first wife Virginia Ruth Mathis. One son, Dr. Billie L. Turner II, is an ASU Regents Professor and Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Matt Warnock Turner, Ph.D., of Austin, writer, market researcher, and instructor in UT's Liberal Arts Honors Program. He is also survived by two adopted sons who are children of his third wife Gayle Langford. Billie is also survived by a granddaughter, great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Billie’s life will be arranged at a later date. Donations in Billie's memory can be made to the herbarium that was his life's work and to which he bequeathed a large part of his estate: Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center, c/o University Development Office, The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713-7458, or simply use the link: (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Patricia Dorothy Moore  Patricia Dorothy Moore  26 May 2020

Patricia Dorothy Moore, 85, passed away on May 26, 2020.  Patricia became a registered nurse after studying at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.  She then moved to Chicago where she earned her bachelor’s in nursing at Loyola University. Patricia then moved back to the Phoenix area.  She lived and worked in the town of Guadalupe for two years where she started a community health clinic with a friend and fellow nurse.  She continued to work with the Guadalupe community throughout her career and into retirement on multiple public health initiatives. She returned east and earned her Masters in Nursing from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  She then taught part time at ASU to be in Phoenix close to her sister while raising three daughters.

In 1980, Patricia decided to pursue her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore.  After completing her degree, she settled back in Tempe as a Professor and then Associate Dean at ASU’s College of Nursing.  She taught public health policy and impacted the lives of countless nursing, health policy and health administration students during her 23-year career at the university, and she mentored many graduate students through their research.  She created positive changes in Arizona public health policy through both her research on infant and maternal health as well as her work on community health projects in Maricopa County. 
Patricia is survived by two daughters and seven grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two sisters and a daughter.

Her daughters will be making arrangements for a small private family funeral now, and then a larger public memorial celebration later this year. They have set up a Memorial website and would love to hear your stories and remembrances of Pat. More information will be included here as it becomes available.
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please contact The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona.

(Sources: Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home and GatheringUs Website)

Marion Mary Ruth Culbert Marion Mary Ruth Culbert 25 May 2020

Marion Mary Ruth Culbert, 85, passed away on May 25, 2020. Mary Ruth graduated from Iowa State Teachers College. After a year teaching junior high school in Britt, Iowa, she moved to Tempe, Ariz., where she taught at ASU. She continued her graduate studies in psychology at Columbia University before becoming an instructor at Staten Island Community College, a position she held for many years. Also during that time, she had a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, which she continued after her retirement from teaching. She is survived by a sister, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Verde Valley Sanctuary, Sedona, Ariz., or the organization of your choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Adelaide Ann Van Slyck Adelaide Ann Van Slyck 19 May 2020

Adelaide Ann (Maresca) Van Slyck, 75, passed away on May 19, 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU in 1968. She also received her RN certificate in 1968. Subsequently, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from ASU in 1973, and then accepted the position of Associate Director of Nursing at St. Luke's Medical Center in Phoenix. Not content to "just do her job", she passed all requirements to become a Certified Nursing Administrator Advanced. Later she accepted the position of Vice President of Nursing at St. Luke's Medical Center. After leaving St. Luke's Health System in 1982, she formed her own nursing consulting firm, AVS & Associates, and in 1985 incorporated as Van Slyck & Associates, Inc. Her very first client of AVS & Associates was the University of Phoenix, for which she developed an undergraduate nursing program. In 1985 Ann earned both the prestigious Salsbury Award from the Arizona Hospital Association and the Outstanding Alumni Award from ASU College of Nursing. In 1992, she was elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. She sold her firm in 2006 and retired in 2007. After retiring and learning about the mission of Project C.U.R.E. she went to work creating the opportunity to send 3 shipping containers full of medical supplies to Sri Lanka. Ann is survived by her husband, Tom Van Slyck, a brother, nephews, niece and grandniece. With the current COVID-19 crisis the family held a small, family only service, and Ann is now interred in Mesa. Those wishing to do so are encouraged to make a donation to ASU’s College of Nursing for Nursing Scholarships. Please direct your donations to the ASU Foundation, Attn: Financial Services, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280-2260. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Albert G. Giordano Albert G. Giordano 13 May 2020 Albert G. Giordano, 95, passed away on May 13, 2020. After graduating from high school in 1943, he served in the US Navy in World War II. After the war ended, he attended Mt. Mercy College in Pittsburgh, PA, St Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and graduated from ASU in 1950. He was awarded Master Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952 and Indiana University in 1954. He earned his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1967. After teaching at Indiana University, DePaul University, Butler University, and ASU, Al moved to Monterey, CA in 1958, to teach business education courses at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC). Except for a two-year stint as a Professor and the Director of Business Education Programs at the University of New Mexico, Al taught at MPC until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1987. Al authored over 15 business books including 2 business dictionaries; participated in numerous educational conferences, both in the US and internationally, and served in many professional organizations over the years. He served as the President of the US chapter of the International Society for Business Education. Al was preceded in death by his first wife, Jackie Duffey, and a daughter. Al is survived by two sons, a daughter and three granddaughters. He is also survived by his second wife, Pauline, her daughter and two granddaughters. Donations in Al's memory may be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America , 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018. Interment will be private at the family crypt at the San Carlos Catholic Cemetery-Mausoleum in Monterey. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, no Roman Catholic funeral mass will be able to be held but the family hopes to eventually schedule and hold a memorial mass and reception at the Carmel Mission once circumstances permit. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Frankie Jo Ellis Frankie Jo Ellis 10 May 2020

Frankie Jo Ellis, 90, passed away on May 10, 2020, two days short of her 91st birthday. Frankie Jo earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona Teacher's College (now ASU). She met her husband, Robert Ellis, at radio station KOY while working as an award-winning Advertising Executive. She gave up her career to raise a family, and enjoyed working as a substitute teacher in the Tempe Elementary School District as her children got older. Frankie Joe volunteered and served on boards in numerous organizations including Tempe St. Luke's Auxiliary, Tempe Sister Cities, KAET-TV volunteers and the Presbyterian Service Agency. She is preceded in death by a son. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" Ellis. Bob retired in 1989 as General Manager of KAET. Bob also served as ASURA ’s first president in 1991-1992. Frankie is also survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Donations can be made to: Friendship Village Foundation, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe AZ 85282 or the Robert & Frankie Jo Ellis/KAET Scholarship Fund c/o ASU Foundation, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280-2260. Services will be private. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Tony Sotomayor Carrillo Tony Sotomayor Carrillo 9 May 2020

Tony Sotomayor Carrillo, 83, passed away on May 9. Tony received a B.A, teaching credential and master's degree from the University of Arizona. After graduating, he taught high school history and American Government at Pueblo High. In 1962, he was elected to Arizona's House of Representatives and served three terms. Later, he earned an Ed.D degree in education at Wayne State University as a Mott Foundation Fellow. 
Tony became an associate professor at ASU before continuing his career at San Jose State University, becoming chairman of the Department of Educational Administration. As an education consultant, he was instrumental in recruiting women and minorities into educational administration positions. As a national leader in the community school education model, he advocated having adult, migrant and bilingual education being incorporated into school systems and was a pioneer in distance learning and remote learning even before the Internet. In 1989, Tony and his wife Anna founded the Unfinished Journey Project, which promoted higher education to underrepresented high school students. College-level classes were taught on high school campuses by SJSU professors, with credits earned toward both completion of high school, and university credit, and automatic acceptance into the university system. Tony is survived by his wife, Anna, four sons, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother. He was predeceased by three brothers. The family asks that donations be made in Tony's name to St. Vincent de Paul Society. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Thomas Patrick Roche, Jr. 3 May 2020

Thomas Patrick Roche, Jr., 89, passed away on May 3, 2020. Tom received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1953. He earned a master's degree and a PhD in English from Princeton University in 1958 and was appointed to be a professor in 1960. Until 2003, he was the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton. He was Visiting Professor at ASU in 2006, then taught at University of Notre Dame and John Carroll University until his death. He was a foremost expert in epic poetry and published several books on the topic.

Thomas is survived by his husband, Robert H. "Bo" Smith, a sister, three nieces, two grandnieces and a grandnephew.  He was predeceased by a sister. A memorial service will be planned when it is appropriate for people to gather. Memorial contributions can be made to the Department of English, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, the Department of English at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH 44118, or any local animal shelter. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Louise P. Luciano Louise P. Luciano 2 May 2020

Louise P. Luciano, 77, passed away on May 2, 2020. She moved to Arizona in 1995 with her family and worked in the Noble Library at ASU for 17 years. Louise is survived by her husband, Felice "Phil" Luciano, two children and two grandchildren. Current services will be private. The family will plan a life celebration after current gathering restrictions have been lifted. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Edgar Bernell McIntire Edgar Bernell McIntire 2 May 2020

Edgar Bernell McIntire, 94, passed away on May 2, 2020. Bernell attended the University of Idaho, Southern Branch, until joining the US Army Air Force in 1943. He served as a B-17 ball turret gunner in WWII, completing 35 combat missions before being honorably discharged in October 1945. In 1951 he graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in German. He continued his study of German literature, spending a year at the University of Vienna, Austria, then returned to BYU to complete course work to earn a Master of Arts. Soon, he was awarded a fellowship at the University of Michigan where he completed his thesis, earning a PhD in German. In 1959 Bernell accepted a professorship position at ASU teaching German language and literature until 1973.
Bernell married Bertha Mortensen and they had seven children. Through the Indian Placement Program of the LDS church, two young men joined the family. In 1970, Bertha's younger brother and his wife were killed in a plane crash, leaving six children all under the age of 11. This expanded the number of children at home to 14. In 1977, Bernell and Bertha divorced. Bernell continued to care for and support all the children. In 1978, Bernell married Lora Clawson Valentine, adding her four children to the family. Together, Bernell and Lora worked diligently to blend this group of 18 unique individuals into a cohesive, loving family.
In 1989, Bernell and Lora accepted an assignment with the BYU China Teacher's Program to teach English at the Nanjing Institute of Chemical Technology. They returned in 1993-94 and again in 1998-99. In 1995-96, they taught English in Mexico, first in Oaxaca and then in Celaya. After this, they served as missionaries in Mongolia, Moldova, and finally Bulgaria. They also served two state-side missions.
Bernell is preceded in death by a sister. He is survived by two brothers, a sister, 18 children from the blended family, 76 grandchildren and 135 great-grandchildren. A viewing and service honoring Bernell's life will be held May 8, 2020. Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, in-person participation is unfortunately limited. However, the viewing and service will be streamed via YouTube-Live and all are welcome to attend. Use this link to join: https:\\ . The viewing will be held from 6:30 pm to 7:20 pm, with the service following immediately from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Ivan Taylor Call Ivan Taylor Call 28 Apr 2020

Ivan Taylor Call, 85, passed away on April 28, 2020. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance and Banking from Brigham Young University in 1958. During this period he served for two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Fulda, Germany. He was a bandsman in the army and played the trumpet. In 1958 he moved to Bloomington, Indiana to study at the Indiana University Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA degree in 1961 in Banking and Finance and began working on his doctorate degree. He then went to work for the Valley National Bank in Phoenix, Arizona and also taught at ASU. In 1963, he joined the faculty at BYU as Assistant Professor. In 1966, he returned to Indiana University for one year as a Faculty Lecturer and worked on his doctorate degree, which was awarded in 1969. Following his return to BYU in the fall of 1967, he was appointed Associate Professor and in 1976 he was appointed as a full Professor. He served as Chairman of the Business Management Department from 1968 to 1983.
Ivan served from 1979 as a member of the Investment Committee of the Deseret Mutual Benefit Association and from 1980 as a member of the Investment Securities Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was also part of a small group of businessmen who founded the Far West Bank of Utah and the Far West Bankcorp in 1975, and he served as a member of the Board of Directors for both organizations from their founding. In February of 1997 he was elected Chairman of the Board for both organizations. 
Ivan is survived by his wife, Sharleen, three sons, one daughter, 14 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and two brothers. He was preceded in death by a son and two sisters. Funeral services were streamed live on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Walker Sanderson . They can also be viewed after the completion of the services on the same website. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Herbert Theodore Johnson Herbert Theodore Johnson 21 Apr 2020

Herbert Theodore Johnson, 92, passed away on April 21, 2020. Herb joined the U.S. Navy SeaBees and was stationed on the island of Guam during World War II. He was on board the U.S.S. Missouri, and present on deck when the Japanese signed their surrender. He served a second tour of duty on Midway Island during the Korean Conflict. After completing his military service, Herb moved to Arizona in 1952. He began working for Airesearch, and retired after 38 years. He loved the Southwest desert and became an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. He was regarded as a venomous animal expert, known for collecting rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and scorpions for the ASU Poisonous Animal Research Lab. Herb was preceded in death by his wife Joan in 2015. He is survived by two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a sister.  Private memorial has been held. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Bobby Brooks Winkles Bobby Brooks Winkles 17 Apr 2020

Bobby Brooks Winkles, 90, passed away on April 17, 2020. Winkles graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1952 with a degree in philosophy. The White Sox signed him in 1951 while he was still a student and thought enough of his potential to give him a $10,000 bonus. They sent him to their Colorado Springs affiliate in the Class A Western League. Winkles missed the entire 1953 season, spending the year in the US Army infantry. He played in the White Sox's farm system from 1951-58.
In 1958, Winkles received a telephone call from then-Arizona State athletic director Clyde Smith who offered him the position to become ASU's head baseball coach at just 28 years old. He was tasked with constructing Arizona State's first baseball field for a program that was at risk of being cut by school administrators just two years prior. The field was completed just a week before ASU's first varsity baseball season in 1959, where the Sun Devils posted a respectable 27-18 season.
The Sun Devils won national titles in 1965, 1967 and 1969. Winkles went 524-173 in 13 years in Tempe. He was a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year. He was a charter member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and coached such stars as Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando, Larry Gura and Gary Gentry. ASU retired his No. 1 jersey in 1972 and the field at Packard Stadium was dedicated in his honor in 2001.
Winkles became one of the first college coaches to transition to MLB. After leaving ASU, he managed four years in Major League Baseball with the California Angels and the Oakland Athletics, also spending several campaigns in assorted coaching roles with the Giants, White Sox and Expos. He was also a broadcaster with the Expos.
Winkles was an Honorary member of ASURA. An ASURA Video History Interview with Winkles was conducted in 2006. 
Plans for memorial services are pending.
(Sources: ASU Foundation, ASU Now)

Carmen Ybarra Portillo Carmen Ybarra Portillo 14 Apr 2020

Carmen Ybarra Portillo, 88, passed away on April 14, 2020. She earned her BA in Education from then Arizona State College, returning later to ASU earning her Masters in Special Education and endorsements in Bilingual/ESL Adult Education. Carmen taught and mentored for 50 years in a variety of subjects and directing Head Start programs. School districts Carmen taught in were Litchfield Park, Wilcox, San Simon, Cashion, Wilson and Glendale. Twenty-two years into her teaching profession, she found a deeper calling in the Special Education field and was one of Arizona's first certified Bilingual/ESL Special Education teachers. After 18 more years, ASU asked Carmen to teach and inspire young teachers going into Special Education. Her dedication to teaching helped produce another generation of Bilingual Special Education teachers.
Carmen was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators (50 plus years!), the National Education Association, Arizona Education Association and the National Association for Bilingual Education.
Carmen is survived by two children, two granddaughters, her dear friend and companion, Mike Caviasca, six nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Three sisters preceded her in death. Due to the COVID-19, services were held privately per the guidelines in place. The family plans to celebrate Carmen’s life at a future date once it is possible. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support some causes dear to Carmen: a scholarship fund named for her sister, the Dr. Frances Y. Amabisca Scholarship for Avondale Elementary Schools and Andre House  (Source: Arizona Republic)

Robin Eli Parke Robin Eli Parke 13 Apr 2020

Robin Eli Parke, 85, well known structural engineer, died on April 13, 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1958 from the University of North Dakota. Shortly after he accepted a position with North American Aviation in Los Angeles. Concurrently, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California in Aeronautical Engineering, where he studied how to control vibrations in airplanes. In 1960 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to accept a position with Reynolds Metals designing aluminum transmission towers.
In 1963 he founded Robin E. Parke Associates Consulting Structural Engineers, Incorporated. During his ownership and management, his firm completed over 5000 projects in 30 states and three foreign countries. The expansion and growth of his firm was due primarily to his design innovation in reducing transient vibrations in the production of silicon chips. Major clients were Intel, Motorola, and other manufactures of silicon chips. The firm was sold in 1994; Robin remained as Chief Executive Officer until 1996.
Robin was affiliated with many professional associations. He served as President of the Arizona State Board of Trustees Structural Engineers Association, Chairman of the Arizona Joint Council of Design Professionals, Associate Member of the Structural Engineers Association of California, Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Member of the American Concrete Institute, Member of the Post Tension Concrete Institute and Member of the Arizona State Board of Registration for Architects and Engineers. At ASU he was President of the Council for Design Excellence for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He also served on the Board of Directors for the ASU Foundation, and the ASU Research Park.
Robin is survived by his wife, Marilyn, four children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Robin will be laid to rest at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale, Arizona. A Celebration of Life in remembrance of Robin will be held for family and friends at Paradise Valley Country Club when it is safe for groups to congregate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution be made in Robin's memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Kennard Wellons Kennard Wellons 13 Apr 2020

Kennard Wellons, 86, passed away on April 13, 2020. After high school graduation in 1952, Kennard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War. He then returned to Jackson, MS in 1954 and graduated from Millsaps College in 1958. He then earned an MSW from Tulane University in 1961. In 1961, he married Pat Blankenship and moved to California where he worked for Sonoma State Hospital. In 1967, they moved to Arizona where Kennard was an assistant professor of Social Work at ASU. Kennard returned to California in 1969 to do a Ph.D. in Social Work at University of California - Berkeley and graduated 1973, specializing in Gerontology. He then took a position of professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and stayed for the next 27 years. Kennard is survived by a son, grandson and multiple nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother and sister. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Pat B. & Dr. Kennard W. Wellons Scholarship Fund at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. This fund will benefit education of social work students who are the first in their family to go to college - just as Kennard and Pat were the first generation in their families to go to college. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Diane B. Worth Diane B. Worth 10 Apr 2020

Diane B. Worth, 87, passed away on April 10, 2020. Diane graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a bachelor's degree in Merchandising and Design. She settled in Los Angeles, California where she met and married Robert M. Bramman. In their early years they lived in Davis, California where Robert completed his education at University of California Davis in Veterinary Medicine. They then moved to San Rafael, California. There she began her career as an Interior Designer in Marin County. She opened her business, Interior Consultants in Mill Valley and later moved to Carmel where she continued her business operations. Diane moved to Arizona in 1976 and joined Doubletree Corporate office. As a design and purchasing manager, she participated in the opening of their Monterey, California Property. Recently divorced, she reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Richard (Rick) Worth. She attended ASU and later taught as Adjunct Faculty in the College of Architecture, School of Design. Diane is a Life Member and Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She enjoyed many years of commercial and residential interior design. She went on to open and operate a consignment gallery in Phoenix, The Carleton Connection, with her husband, Rick. The gallery featured exclusive accessories for the home. Rick passed away in 2003. Diane then moved to Sun City. Diane is survived by a brother, three children and three grandchildren. A memorial Service will be held at Messinger Indian School Mortuary at a date to be determined. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Marjorie Ann Deal Smith Marjorie Ann Deal Smith 2 Apr 2020

Marjorie Ann Deal Smith, 94, passed away on April 2, 2020. After high school graduation in 1942, she joined her older brother in Washington D.C., who had initially relocated and was nominated to be a U.S. Senate Page by Senator Ernest McFarland. Soon after security and service exams, Marge worked for U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle. She returned to the Phoenix area in 1943 and enrolled in Phoenix College as a business major. At that time she worked closely with the future Arizona Governor Rose (Perica) Mofford, with the Arizona Tax Commission and Arizona Highways. After marriage and the birth of two sons, she resumed studies in 1952 at ASU, graduating in 1955 with a degree in Education. She also achieved a Master's of Education. Several years later she served in Education and Administration with the Madison School District. Retiring in 1987, Marge continued within the Madison District as a consultant for thirteen more years, which included serving as Interim Assistant Superintendent and Administrator of Federal Programs as she continued to work the data analysis of the Kindergarten Testing Programs for ten more years. She served five years with ASU-West, supervising Student Teachers and was also appointed by Governor Rose Mofford to a term on the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission. Marge is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a sister. Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Vern, and four siblings. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a future date. (Source: Arizona Republic)

John William Jimison John William Jimison 8 Apr 2020

John William Jimison, 90, passed away on April 8, 2020. John is survived by his wife, Patricia, and three children. John graduated with a Master's Degree in Education from ASU in 1968. He then became a science\math teacher for Paradise Valley School District until 1989 then returned to ASU and taught as a professor until retiring in 1990. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Joyotpaul Chaudhuri Joyotpaul "Joy" Chaudhuri 31 Mar 2020

Joyotpaul, “Joy” Chaudhuri, 86, passed away March 31, 2020. Joy studied at St. Xavier's School and College in Kolkota (Calcutta), India. In 1952, he left India and moved to the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and became a tenured professor.
Joy retired from ASU in 2003 as Professor Emeritus, Political Science. While at ASU he served as an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1985 to 1990. He was acting director of the Center of Asian Studies from 1991 to 1992. Prior to ASU, he was department head and professor with New Mexico State University, Las Cruces (1979-1985); an associate professor with the University of Arizona (1972-1979); assistant professor with Florida State University (1969-1972); associate professor with University of South Dakota (1965-1969); assistant professor with Kent State University (1984-1969); an instructor with Oklahoma University (1962-1964) and an instructor with Central Oklahoma University (1961). He was also a visiting fellow with Silliman College at Yale University (1968-1969), and a Junior Scholar with the National Endowment of the Humanities.
At nearly every university where Joy taught, he was voted professor of the year at one point or another. His academic pursuits resulted in real-world benefits for American Indian communities, as well as many other poor communities of color in the U.S. Just a small sampling of his efforts shows a glimpse: he did groundbreaking work on Urban Indian policy in the 1970s, authored critical texts on the non-Lockean roots of American Democratic thought, supported the growth and development of the American Indian program at the University of Arizona in the 1970s, helped end the demeaning "Chief FullaBull" mascot at Florida State University in the late 1960s, and published many volumes on Indian federalism.
Following the passing of his wife, Jean, in 1997, Joy met Jody Davis. Joy is survived by Jody, a brother, sister, niece, two sons and five grandchildren. On April 11, 2020, the family hosted a ceremony via Zoom to honor his life and legacy. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Judith Elaine Greszler 24 Mar 2020

Judith Elaine Greszler, age 76, passed away on March 24, 2020. Judi finished cosmetology school at age 16 and was a beautician/hair stylist throughout the 1960's; on occasion working three salons at one time. In the 1970's Judi and family moved to Arizona where she was a book buyer for ASU for several years. She then managed the office of MCK Greenhouse Company before retiring at age 62. She is survived by her husband, Harold (Zeke), four children, seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, four siblings and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Due to the current virus pandemic and social distancing, a small private service will be held following cremation in April at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, in Mesa, Arizona. A celebration of her life will be planned for extended family and friends once it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to her favorite charity, St. Jude's Hospital, Hospice of the Valley or Alzheimer's Association who assisted with care and support in her last months of life. Judi's family would cherish friends or family sharing memories or providing a copy of any pictures of her by emailing or sending a download link to . In honor of Judi, her family shares this wish to others: when you see a beautiful flower, shady tree, colorful butterfly or tiny ladybug, think of her, send up a prayer and smile. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Michael Anthony Facio 23 Mar 2020

Michael Anthony Facio, age 58, passed away on March 23, 2020. He attended Mesa Community College in 1981 for Wildlife Biology. He worked at Motorola from 1989 to 2002 before moving into a career as a painter for ASU in 2003. Michael was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, three brothers, a sister, nephews, nieces and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 5:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, there will be a limit of ten (10) people in the chapel at any time. Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home staff will manage this process to ensure everyone has the opportunity to pay their respects safely. Interment will be at St. Frances Catholic Cemetery. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Eleanor A. Jordan Eleanor A. Jordan 20 Mar 2020

Eleanor A. Jordan Friday, 88, passed away March 20, 2020. At nineteen, Eleanor married Bud Barnette, a teacher and later principal in the Creighton School District. Following the birth of two sons she matriculated at Phoenix Junior College and later at ASU in pursuit of a B.A. in education. Upon graduation, she taught third grade in the Creighton District and shortly thereafter was hired to teach kindergarten in ASU's demonstration school, and while there, earned an MA. She was so well regarded by her university colleagues that cooperative arrangements were made with the University of Arizona officials enabling her to take most Ph.D. classes at ASU, but taking final classes and writing her dissertation at the UofA. She was then contracted by the Madison School District as principal of a new school, Madison Heights. Later, she became Assistant Superintendent in the Roosevelt District, Assistant Superintendent to Carolyn Warner in the Arizona Department of Public Education, Superintendent of Schools in Litchfield Park, Director of the gifted and talented program sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and hosted by ASU, and part owner of a private school--New Vistas-- in Chandler with her close friend, Carol Elias. In addition to two sons Eleanor is survived by five grandchildren and by her husband Bill Jordan. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Phoenician Hospice, 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 145, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Alternatively, a donation to contribute funds for student scholarships to New Vistas Center for Education could be made to The Institute for Better Education. Their contact phone number is (520)512-5438. Someone will guide you through making an online donation in memory of Eleanor Jordan. A memorial will be scheduled at a later date. The information will be made available at an appropriate time. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Kenneth Michael Goul Kenneth Michael Goul 19 Mar 2020

Professor Kenneth Michael Goul, 64, died on March 19, 2020. Mike was serving as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and a Professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. He was an affiliated faculty member for ASU's Institute for Social Science Research and the Global Security Initiative. He also served on the Biodesign Institute's Internal Advisory Board. Mike is remembered by colleagues as a visionary for how he saw the explosion of big data, the shift to cloud computing and the emergence of the mobile/social web platforms and the impacts they would have on the global economy. He was recognized in 2016 with the Outstanding Leadership Award by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Services Computing.
Mike received a Bachelor of Science in Business 1978, MBA 1979, and Ph.D. in Computer Science 1985 from Oregon State University. Mike began his 35 year career at ASU in 1985. He served as Chairman of the Department of Information Systems from 2009 - 2015. During this time as Chairman, he spearheaded the development of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program and administered the launch of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Data Analytics degree. ASU was one of the first schools in the country to offer a Bachelor Degree in Business Analytics and recently received the honor of a #10 ranking in the nation by US News. Professor Goul also administered the launch of the online version of the Masters of Science in Information Management Program. These programs have grown in popularity every year and enroll more than a thousand students each year. Most recently, Mike created an open access version of CIS 105 course that enables anyone in the world access to a quality education.
In January, 2020, Mike was the recipient of the Hugh J. Watson Award for his achievements and service to the Teradata Corporation and to the data and analytics academic community. This award was presented to him at the HICSS conference held in Hawaii. He published more than 100 articles, authored cases and conducted analytics research at companies including American Express, ebay, Intel and Teradata. Mike was involved in over 44 Ph.D. Dissertations as a Chair/Co-Chair or Committee member. He was recently nominated for the prestigious University President's Professor award at ASU.
Mike is survived by his wife Sandy, a daughter, his mother, a brother and other relatives. Donations may be made to the K. Michael Goul Scholarship in his memory. Cards can be sent to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206. Electronic messages for the family can be left at Dignity Memorial . A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Nongian Teo Nongian Tao 15 Mar 2020

Nongjian Tao, 57, passed away March 15, 2020. Nongjian came to the US in 1984 to study for a PhD in physics at ASU. He was chosen to attend US universities under the "China-US Physics Examination and Application" (CUSPEA) program, started by Chinese-American Nobel Laureate TD Lee as one of the first openings between the two countries. As a graduate student, he made several key discoveries while investigating the physics of DNA molecules, publishing 12 papers on the subject in the latter years of his PhD studies. After postdoctoral research at City College, New York, he returned to ASU, working in the area of Nanoscience.
In 1992, he was recruited to a faculty position at Florida International University (FIU). While there, he carried out a landmark experiment in molecular electronics, at a time when he had no graduate students or other help in the lab. The 1996 single-author paper describing his remarkable result won him the prestigious Hellmuth Fischer Medal in 2003. He also invented a method for greatly increasing the sensitivity of chemical measurements based on the reflection of light.
Nongjian was recruited as a full professor in Electrical Engineering by ASU in 2001, becoming Director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors in the Biodesign Institute in 2008. While at ASU, he founded two companies based on his inventions. Biosensing Instrument, founded in 2004 (, and Breezing (founded in 2011) ( He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award in 2004, the Arizona Technology Enterprise Innovator of the Year in 2006, and the Microscopy Today Innovation Award in 2013.
He published 350 research papers which, at the time of death had been cited by other researchers nearly 30,000 times. The impact of his papers is measured in his "h-index" of 90, greater than that of most Nobel Prize winners. His paper on a new way to measure the electrical properties of molecules alone has been cited more than 2000 times. He was awarded 26 US patents, most of which have been utilized in new products produced both by the companies he founded and by other companies. This body of work was recognized in his election to fellowship in professional societies in addition to many other awards. He was elected fellow of AAAS and served as an editor of the Journal ACS Sensors from 2005 to the time of his death.
In addition to his wife, Shuang Huang, leaves behind a daughter, a son, two brothers, two sisters and his mother. A private family service will be held. A memorial visitation was scheduled March 20, 2020. Gifts may be made to a memorial scholarship as follows: Make checks out to “ ASU Foundation" and write "Dr. Nongjian Tao Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line. Send to: ASU Foundation Attn: Financial Services P.O. Box 2260 Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Richard Lee Smith Richard Lee Smith 14 Mar 2020

Richard Lee "Dick" Smith, 90, passed away on March 14, 2020. He attended  Phoenix Technical School from 1946 through 1947, and in 1948 received his Aircraft Engine Mechanic Diploma. He joined the Army in 1951, and was a Pfc in the Infantry, Company "D", stationed in Germany. He served until 1953. Dick took full advantage of the GI Bill by attending Arizona State College (now ASU) in 1954 and graduated in 1958. He completed his Masters of Art in Education in 1961 after logging 260 credit hours. He was an assistant teacher of Aeronautics & Ceramics at ASU. He was also an Industrial Arts instructor at Sunnyslope and Central High Schools. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, and a brother. He is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family looks forward to a Celebration of Life Memorial in the very near future. Donations may be made in Dick's honor online to Canyon Animal Hospital or mail to: 15411 N. 31st ST, Phoenix, AZ 85032. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Alicia O. Quesada Alicia O. Quesada 8 Mar 2020

Alicia (Alice) O. Quesada, 96, passed away March 8, 2020. She attended Lamson Business College in Phoenix. After her retirement from Social Security Administration in 1984 she and her siblings and their spouses were instrumental in establishing an endowment at ASU to fund student research that increases the understanding of the Hispanic Community while promoting the interdisciplinary work of Hispanic researchers. Each year students receive awards from the Jose Franco and Francisca Ocampo Quesada Research Award Endowment. Alicia once said, looking back at her life she felt privileged that she is tied to Wickenburg's beginnings through her family's history. "I am proud to be a descendant of some of Wickenburg's founding fathers. Wickenburg is full of history and I am proud to be part of it." Alicia is survived by a sister, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. Services were held March 14 at St Anthony's Parrish, followed by a graveside service and a reception at St Anthony's Hall. In lieu of Flowers the family requests donations be made in Miss Alicia Quesada's name to Jose Franco and Francisca Ocampo Quesada Research Award Endowment at ASU Foundation administered by the Honors College at ASU, P.O.Box 2260 Tempe, AZ 85280. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr. Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr. 8 Mar 2020

Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., 84, passed away on March 8, 2020. Dr. de los Santos earned his associate of arts degree from Laredo Junior College in 1955. He received the B.A. in English in 1957, the M.L.S. in Library Science in 1959 and the Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 1965. He was the first Hispanic to earn the Ph.D. from the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) from UT Austin. Alfredo was a US Military Veteran, he served in the United States Army progressing to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Alfredo began his professional career as an English faculty member and Assistant Librarian at Laredo Junior College. He was the Founding Librarian and Dean at Florida Keys Junior College (FL); and served as Dean of Instruction at Northampton County Community College (PA). He was the Founding President of El Paso Community (TX), the first Chicano to be named president of a community college in this country. He served for more than twenty-one years as Vice Chancellor for Student and Educational Development at the Maricopa Community Colleges; he retired in 1999. During his service at Maricopa, Dr. de los Santos was responsible for a number of functions, including articulation, curriculum and instruction, innovation, facilities planning, external resource development, construction management, student and faculty development, international education, workforce development, and institutional research.

During the decade of the l990s, he was principal investigator for a number of grants funded by the National Science Foundation totaling more than $25 million, including the Phoenix Urban Systemic Initiative ($15 million) and the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center ($5 million).

He taught Community College Administration at ASU's College of Education part time. After retiring from Maricopa, he served from 2000-2019 as a research professor for the Hispanic Research Center at ASU Main in Tempe. He also continued to teach Community College Administration at ASU's College of Education. In addition, he served as Senior League Fellow for The League for Innovation in the Community College from 2000 to 2006. Dr. de los Santos served on the board of trustees of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute; Jobs for the Future Inc.; META, Inc.; and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. He was co-principal investigator for two programs funded by the National Science Foundation: the Technical Education Initiative at the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities at ASU.

Over the years, he served on the board of several organizations, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the American Association of Community Colleges, Educational Testing Service, the American Association for Higher Education, American College Testing, the American Council on Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Open University and The College Board.

He received numerous honors and awards, including the 2005 Leadership Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators; the 2004 Leadership Award from the American Association of Community Colleges; the 2001 Reginald Wilson Award from the American Council on Education; the l998 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education; the Lifelong Dedication to Hispanic Education Award from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; the l993 Education Achievement Award from the National Science Foundation; and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Leadership Award.

Alfredo is survived by his wife, Carmen Elizalde de los Santos, three sons, two sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by a sister. Funeral Mass services will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Tempe, AZ, at a time and date TBD. Burial services will be held in Laredo, TX at a later time and date TBD. The family requests that a contribution be made to the de los Santos/Elizalde Scholarship Fund at Laredo Community College, West End Washington Street, Laredo, TX 78040 (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Avery Vanessa Davis 7 Mar 2020

Avery Vanessa Davis, 29, Arizona passed away on March 7, 2020. She worked as a Program Coordinator at ASU and had lived in Arizona for the past year. No formal services are planned. Left to cherish her memory are her mother and brother. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  O. Earle Florence 7 Mar 2020

O. Earle Florence, 88, died March 7, 2020. He attended Iowa State before serving two years in the army and finished his education at the University of Michigan. In his professional career as an architect he designed many homes in the Western states, served on design review boards, did land planning, taught at ASU and was a prolific artist. His self taught drawing style focused on observation of life, not a mere glance at life but deep observance. His artwork was all from memory and imagination. Earle is survived by his wife, Donna (Peterson), a son, daughter, three grandsons and two great-grandchildren. Earle’s ashes will be scattered at a later date. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Carol Gail Osman Brown Carol Gail Osman Brown 6 Mar 2020

Carol Gail Osman Brown, 78, passed away on March 6, 2020. Carol graduated from ASU. She and her husband, Bing, were longtime residents of Phoenix and then Payson AZ where they both were intricately involved in the journalism community. An award-winning journalist, Carol was a strong advocate of children's literacy programs. Her long-term leadership involvement with Arizona Press Women (now Arizona Professional Writers) allowed her to spearhead the very successful annual Payson Book Festival featuring Arizona authors from throughout the state and is held in July in Payson, AZ. Proceeds support a variety of children's literacy programs. During her career, Carol drew public attention to other causes including historic preservation, education, health, Native American and women's issues.

Carol wrote for The Phoenix Gazette and Arizona Republic newspapers and taught journalism classes at ASU and Rio Salado College. Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Arizona Highways, Native Peoples, and Sunset magazines as well as publications of the United States Information Agency. She also worked for Associated Press and United Press International wire services.

She received a variety of awards throughout her 50-year career from organizations including the National Federation of Press Women, The Arizona Newspapers Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and Women in Communications. Carol and Bing formed Carrington Communications LLC and worked as a team on writing projects that took them throughout the United States, China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa, Australia, Europe and Canada. They were active on the Beaver Valley Water District board and the Arizona Association of Professional Writers.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, James Carrington Brown III (Bing), in 2019. Carol and Bing are survived by their two sons, a grandson and extended family. Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), a Celebrations of Life will be held in Beaver Valley, AZ (Payson) and in Phoenix at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Payson Book Festival, Inc. or the charity of your choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Gangu Ghanshamdas Hingorani Gangu Ghanshamdas Hingorani 5 Mar 2020

Gangu Ghanshamdas Hingorani, 88, passed away on March 5, 2020. Mr. Hingorani was born in Karachi before the British left India, and lived in Bombay after the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. He came to the United States in 1956 to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Starting in 1967, Gangu worked for Northern Natural Gas Company in Omaha, taught at Creighton University, and later started and ran two successful companies. Previously he worked for GE and taught at ASU in Phoenix, and also worked for Texas Instruments and taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Gangu was preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Lois Hingorani, three children, ten grandchildren and three siblings. Family will receive friends during visitation: Saturday March 14th, 10:00am, prior to Celebration of Life service at 11:00am. Memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2725 N. 60th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Dr. Richard Jones Dr. Richard Jones 5 Mar 2020

Dr. Richard Jones, 91, passed away on March 5, 2020. He was preceded in death by a son. Dr. Jones practiced in Cowden, Illinois until his retirement in 1969 at which time he and his family moved to Arizona and where he served as Student Health Administrator at ASU. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Korea. He is survived by his wife, Delores, two children, one grandson and one great-granddaughter. A Memorial Service will be held 5:PM Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Dry Creek Baptist Church. 

 Don E. Dedera  Don E. Dedera  3 Mar 2020

Don E. Dedera, 90, died on March 3, 2020. During World War II he was promoted from U.S. Marine Corps technical school with a job specialty in combat photography and related darkroom skills. He was assigned to the Marine Motion Picture Production Unit based at Camp Pendleton, California. Upon discharge he matriculated at Arizona State College in the new English Department division in Journalism. As State Press editor, he expanded the campus newspaper from weekly to twice-weekly. In 1951 he graduated with honors and a BA in journalism. Don was hired that spring as reporter at The Arizona Republic. He wrote a weekly automobile advice column that led to the Republic's automotive special Sunday section. In 1954 he began writing a human interest column six days a week for the Arizona Republic. In 1958 his column won Scripps-Howard's Ernie Pyle Memorial Award "for newspaper writing most exemplifying the style and craftsmanship for which Ernie Pyle was known." In 1962 during the Cold War Don reported from the Soviet Union. He spent most of 1966 writing from and about Vietnam. In 1969 he accompanied Barry Goldwater's first and only extensive tour of war-torn Indochina. Over a period of 15 years Don won 16 Gold Quill Awards from the American Association of Business Communicators. In 1983 Don was named editor-in-chief of Arizona Highways magazine. A circulation decline was reversed, and an $8.5 million surplus was accumulated in the state's Magazine Trust Fund. He established an intern program that provided real-world experience and survival pay for a dozen aspiring young journalists. He received the President's Medal of the American Institute of Architects for Arizona Highways' May 1985 issue. During his tenure Arizona Highways was named the best magazine of its kind in the world. In 1962 Don helped establish ASU’s Alumni Scholarship Fund, and later twice chaired annual drives that raised millions from Sun Devil grads. He received the 1977 ASU Alumni Achievement Award. He was also inducted as a charter member into ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Hall of Fame. In his later years he lobbied for the establishment of an ASU satellite campus at Payson to offer university-quality, four-year schooling. His wife, Nancy nee Lenz, and their daughter, predeceased Don. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Anne Elizabeth, nee Kovel. At Don’s request, there will be no farewell service. His ashes will be scattered upon the Mazatzal's North Peak, with a view toward Payson, his favorite Arizona town. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Craig W. Kilgore Craig W. Kilgore 3 Mar 2020

Craig W. Kilgore, 54, passed away on March 3, 2020. He graduated from Scottsdale Community College Culinary School. As a kitchen manager, chef and sous chef, his experiences were varied. Craig's thirty plus years as a chef began at Red Lobster, where he worked for 14 years, involving many facets of the culinary world, including many store openings in Arizona and other states. He was employed at ASU for fifteen years, which included feeding the football teams and coaching staff. A large undertaking as chef for the football teams was the annual special training sessions at Camp Tontazona. Other duties included many caterings; one of the largest was at Grady Gammage Auditorium for the Presidential debates, which included a press corps of 4,500 people. His additional employment background included Mellow Mushroom, The Thumb, West Alley Barbeque and four appearances on TV. One television stint was on a food channel, the other three were on national TV and local channels, 3, 10 and 12, demonstrating some of his culinary skills. Craig is preceded in death by his father. He leaves behind his mother, his fiance, an uncle, brother and nephews. A visitation service and funeral were held on March 13, 2020 at at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ, 85207. Donations can be made in Craig's name to the American Cancer Society . (Source: ASU Foundation)

Ernest Lynn Miller Ernest Lynn Miller 3 Mar 2020

Ernest Lynn Miller, 87, passed away on March 3, 2020.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from West Virginia University in 1953. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served during the Korean War, and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Supported by the G.I. Bill, Lynn attended Harvard University and graduated in 1959 with a Master of Landscape Architecture. Lynn was a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and an Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University where he taught for 35 years. He also served as the Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Architecture from 1972 to 1976. Lynn retired from Penn State in 1991. He then began an appointment at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture and Interim Program Director. In 1992 he was the American Society of Landscape Architects' Congressional Fellow with the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. In 1995, while again serving as Visiting Professor and Interim Department Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Lynn received the Outstanding Educator's Award from the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture. From 2004 to 2006, Lynn was a Visiting Professor and Interim Director at the University of Texas at Austin while he established the new Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture there. From 2008 to 2016, he was a Faculty Associate at ASU. He also served as a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and at the Tsinghua University in the People's Republic of China. Lynn authored over 35 professional publications including two collaborations with Sidonio Pardal "Porto City Park: Idea and Landscape" and "The Classic McHarg: An Interview." His book, "Fresh Fish: A Civil War Prisoner's Story," chronicles his great-grandfather's experiences during the Civil War. Lynn’s private design projects include the Toftrees Planned Community in State College, PA, and the Urban Park of Oporto, Portugal (with Sidonio Pardal). The Oporto Park has been selected by the Portuguese Society of Civil Engineers as one of the most significant projects in Portugal in the 20th Century. Lynn was also a member of the University of Texas at Austin design team responsible for one of the five final designs for the United Flight 93 Memorial Monument Competition. Other awards include semi-finalist in the Key West AIDS Memorial Design Competition, the Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation from the Centre County Historical Society, and the Outstanding Teaching Award given by the Student Government of The Pennsylvania State University. Lynn was a co-founder of the Centre County Farmland Trust and served on its board for many years, actively pressing his interest in and commitment to farmland preservation. Lynn was predeceased by three siblings. He is survived by three daughters, two stepsons and six grandchildren. A celebration of Lynn's life will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College, PA. In lieu of flowers, Lynn would have appreciated friends reflecting for a moment on the importance of farmland preservation. Memorial contributions may be made to the E. Lynn Miller Endowment for Farmland Preservation at the Centre County Farmland Trust, P.O. Box 604, Centre Hall, PA 16828. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Larry A. Hammond Larry A. Hammond 2 Mar 2020

Larry A. Hammond, 74,  passed away on March 2, 2020. He was a founding partner of the Phoenix law firm, Osborn Maledon, P.A. The most senior member of Osborn Maledon's investigations and criminal group, Larry came to the predecessor firm of Osborn Maledon in 1974, establishing a practice that for nearly 50 years focused on capital defense representation and white-collar crime, including notable pro bono clients. Over five decades, he won numerous national awards and recognitions including the American Bar Association's John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Justice Award. Under President Carter, he received the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service. In Arizona, he received the Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award, the Judge Learned Hand Community Service Award, and the Arizona State Bar Association's Walter Craig Award. In 2015, Larry received the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal's Professionalism Award. Most recently, he was recognized by the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, of which Larry was a Fellow, as an Access to Justice Distinguished Pro Bono Fellow for his work with the Arizona Justice Project. In recognition of his many contributions to the Arizona legal community, he was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame. From 2005-2007, Larry was president of the American Judicature Society - a national organization devoted to the administration of justice in America. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno presented him with the 2008 Justice Award, the Society's highest honor. Larry helped found the Arizona Capital Representation Project in 1988, which assists inmates convicted of capital crimes, and he served as chair of the Arizona State Bar's Indigent Defense Task Force. Larry founded the Arizona Justice Project, the fifth innocence organization in the nation, for which he served as president for 22 years. To further the reach of that work, he helped found the Innocence Network, which has blossomed into a network of over 60 innocence organizations worldwide. Because of the Arizona Justice Project's work, 27 people have been freed from unjust imprisonment. Larry taught law courses for ASU, the University of Arizona, Elon University College of Law in Greensboro, N.C., the University of New Mexico, St. John's College (Santa Fe), and Birmingham City University School of Law in the United Kingdom, and he wrote prolifically on the need to assure that no one was denied access to fair treatment under the law for lack of funds. He helped create law-school clinics at ASU and UofA that focus on wrongful convictions. In 2013 Larry received the Justice for All Award from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Larry received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Carl McGowan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Hugo L. Black and Lewis F. Powell, Jr. He later served as an assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, then as a deputy assistant attorney general with the U.S. Justice Department during the Carter administration. In Phoenix, Larry's distinguished career included pro bono work for the NAACP in the 1970s on school desegregation, working on international war crimes as part of an American Bar Association task force and advocacy for increasing the funding for lawyers appointed to serve as public defenders in capital cases. His pro bono work on behalf of John Henry Knapp uncovered new fire science evidence that led to a retrial and a reversal of the conviction of the man who had wrongly spent 18 years on death row. At Osborn Maledon, Larry mentored dozens of lawyers, many of whom are now the best known and most respected attorneys in Arizona, including numerous state and federal judges. His advice on legal issues was sought not just by clients but also by other lawyers, leaders of state and federal Bar associations, government officials, and leaders of industry. He was referred to by one national legal publication as the "Dean of the Arizona criminal defense bar.”Larry is survived by his wife, Frances, three children, nine grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers. A celebration of Larry's life will be held at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix on Sunday, March 22, at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that contributions be made in Larry Hammond's name to the Arizona Justice Project, c/o Arizona State University, 411 N. Central Ave, Suite 600, Phoenix, AZ 85004. (Source: Arizona Republic)

JoAnne Stahnke Martin JoAnne Stahnke Martin 2 Mar 2020 JoAnne Yvonne (Stahnke) Martin, 88, died on March 2, 2020. She moved with her parents and brother to Tempe, AZ where her father, Herbert Stahnke, became chair of the Zoology Department at ASU. He established the Poisonous Animals Research Laboratory in 1945. In the early 1970s Stahnke's laboratory was threatened with elimination when university administrators questioned the quality of his anti-venom and the role of public universities in providing this service, but the lab remained in operation until 1988. JoAnne went to nursing school at ASU, earning a Bachelor's of Science at a time when no four year nursing degrees existed, and she graduated summa cum laude. She so excelled in nursing that as a new graduate she was made charge nurse over a 30 patient floor. JoAnne was able to use her love of nursing as a way to finance medical schooling in St. Louis for her husband, Bill Martin. When her first of four children was born, she retired from nursing to become a full time mother and housewife. The family eventually moved to Red Bluff, CA where they raised their children. JoAnne is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her husband, Bill, preceded her in death in 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to do something for someone who could use your help with their children or their health, or plant a flower to beautify a corner of the earth; or a memorial donation may be made to RBJUHSD and mailed to: Scholarships; Red Bluff Joint Union High School District; 1525 Douglas St.; Red Bluff, CA 96080 A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm at Clarksburg Community Church. Please RSVP to for address and details. (Source: Arizona Republic; Wikipedia)
Dee Riddell Harris Dee Riddell Harris 1 Mar 2020 Dee Riddell Harris, 81, passed away March 1, 2020. He graduated from Tulsa University. After six years as a Naval officer he attended Wisconsin Law School. He began his career in securities regulation in Michigan before moving to Arizona in December 1976. He was first Assistant Director of Securities with the Arizona Corporation Commission and after a few years in the real estate securities industry returned as Director from 1989 to 1997. He served as President of the North American Securities Administrators Association from 1995 to 1996. Thereafter he was involved in investment banking and in activities supporting entrepreneurship and small business investment, including the Arizona Angels Venture Group, Enterprise Network and Arizona Business Leadership Association. He also taught securities law for four semesters as an adjunct professor at ASU College of Law. He is survived by his wife, Jean, a niece and nephew. A private burial service will be held in Purcell, Oklahoma. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Kathryn Diane Manuelito Kathryn Diane Manuelito 29 Feb 2020

Kathryn Diane Manuelito, 73, passed away on February 29, 2020. Dr. Manuelito was a mentor, teacher, administrator, director of federal and state grants, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at ASU, professor at the University of New Mexico; consultant to school districts; professional development trainer; researcher in Indian and Navajo education; presenter/speaker/facilitator at the local, national, and international level; served on numerous educational boards; and a published author in professional educational journals and books. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Laurence Manuelito, Sr., two children, six grandchildren and two siblings as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her eldest son. A celebration of life service and reception will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020 at University Presbyterian Church located at 139 E Alameda Dr. in Tempe, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Kathryn's honor to Celebration of Life Church in Mesa, AZ for their numerous outreach projects. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Mary Kathryn (Wery) Onciu Mary Kathryn (Wery) Onciu 28 Feb 2020

Mary Kathryn (Wery) Onciu, 66, passed away February 28, 2020. She received a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. Mary worked at ASU in the Department of Business Research and Economic Development. She was also Assoc. Dir. Marketing at AZ Office of Tourism, Asst. Director of Advertising at U-Haul Corporation, a staff reporter at Fountain Hills Times, and independent consultant/writer. Mary was an ordained minister in the Independent Assemblies of God International, ministered in the Maricopa County Jail, co-founded Hope World Ministries, an international ministry to orphans, and Hope Christian Fellowship-AZ in Prescott, AZ. Mary is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Moses Onciu, three children, a brother and other family members. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Richard Tamburo Richard Tamburo 24 Feb 2020

Richard Tamburo, 90, passed away on February 24, 2020. Tamburo served at ASU as Assistant Football Coach from 1958-1966 and as Athletic Director from 1980-1985. Under his leadership, the Sun Devils brought home the 1981 NCAA Baseball Championship and seventeen National Championships overall. Tamburo was a recipient of the Frank Kush Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award from the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation.Before returning to ASU as Athletic Director, Tamburo held previous administrative roles at Kent State and the University of Illinois before being named the Athletic Director at Texas Tech in 1978. Tamburo was on Head Coach Frank Kush's staff for three WAC titles and three second-place finishes during one of the most successful eras in program history. Overall, the Sun Devils went 66-23-1 during the years Tamburo was on staff. He left ASU and went on to coach another four seasons at the University of Iowa. For three seasons, Tamburo played center at Michigan State. He only lost a single game and won two national championships ('51 & '52) while in East Lansing, in addition to being named the team's MVP for his senior season. Tamburo is survived by his wife, Marie, three children, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 6 from 5-8 p.m. at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85202. A memorial will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 11:30am at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1035 E Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to either the Dick and Marie Tamburo Athletic Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri or Hospice of the Valley, Dobson House. (Sources: Arizona Republic, ASU Now)

Roger M. Slatt Roger M. Slatt 22 Feb 2020

Roger M. Slatt, 78, died on February 22, 2020. He received an A.A. from San Francisco City College in 1961. Soon after, he gained his B.A. from California State University in 1965, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Alaska in 1967 and 1970 respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., he taught geology for eight years at Memorial University of Newfoundland and at ASU. After his teaching and research experience, Roger spent 14 years in the petroleum industry as Research Manager with Cities Service Research, ARCO Research, and ARCO International Oil and Gas Co. before joining Colorado School of Mines as professor and head of the Geology and Engineering Department in 1992. Eight years later, he was named Director of the School of Geology and Geophysics at University of Oklahoma, holding this position until 2006. Leaving the directive of the School allowed Roger to focus solely on teaching, research, and his students through his Reservoir Characterization Institute, founded in 2003. Roger was Gungoll Family Chair Professor in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics at University of Oklahoma. He published approximately 150 articles and abstracts and is author/co-author/editor of six books on a wide range of petroleum geology topics. Considered an industry expert, he has been an AAPG and SPE Distinguished Lecturer, and presented courses internationally for industry and government organizations. He is the recipient of the AAPG Distinguished Service Award, the Esso Australia Distinguished Lecturer in Petroleum Geology, AAPG Honorary Membership, AAPG Grover Murray Distinguished Educator Award, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Special Commendation Award, and most recently the 2012 Jules Braunstein Memorial Award for co-authoring a poster with colleague Younane Abousleiman on 'Merging sequence stratigraphy and geomechanics for unconventional gas shales". Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Gay, and a brother. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Beaird Lounge in the University of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK. Contributions honoring Roger's memory can be made to OU Foundation supporting Colombian and Venezuelan students. For more information about OU Foundation donations please contact Yoana Walschap . Donations may be made to ASPCA or St. Jude's . (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Steven R. Cox 19 Feb 2020

Steven R. Cox, 75, passed away on February 19, 2020. Steven received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Steven's entire career was as a college professor, first as a tenured economics professor at ASU and later as a tenured professor and chair of the economics department at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. Steven leaves behind his wife, Carol, two sons, and two grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a sister. Steven's desire was to be cremated, and his family has scheduled no public memorial services. The family requests that memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, be made in remembrance of Dr. Steven R. Cox to the University of Southern Indiana Foundation (designated to the Economics Department in the Romain College of Business), Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (designated to the school), and the Kentucky Camp for Children with Diabetes, Inc. (designated to Camp Hendon), using the following information: University of Southern Indiana Foundation 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712 ; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School 1752 Scheller Lane New Albany, IN 47150 Kentucky Camp for Children with Diabetes, Inc. (d.b.a. Camp Hendon) 1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 108 Louisville, KY 40223. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Bob Petty Bob Petty 18 Feb 2020

Bob Petty, 79, passed away on February 18, 2020. He was one of the first African American on-air personalities at WLS where he spent more than 30 years as a reporter and news anchor. He started college at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, but then left school and worked around the country - including in Chicago and Los Angeles - in various jobs, including factory work. Petty eventually returned to school and received a bachelor's degree in 1970 from ASU, where he worked at the university's TV station, KAET-TV. That work helped Petty gain a keen appreciation for those on the other side of the camera. After graduating, he worked as a news and sports reporter at independent station KPHO-TV in Phoenix. In 1971, he joined KOOL-TV in Phoenix as a reporter, news writer and producer. Later in 1971, WLS hired Petty as a reporter with its "Eyewitness News" team. By 1974, Petty had moved up to anchoring weekend evening newscasts, most often on Saturday nights. However, he also continued reporting stories, including a weekly food-related feature each Friday, known as the "Friday Feast." Petty's reporting was not solely lighter fare. His work in the mid-1970s included consumer investigative work as part of a regular feature known as "Action Seven," which aimed to help frustrated consumers cut through red tape. In 1979, Petty began anchoring a weekday morning news summary. He also produced and hosted the public affairs show "Weekend Edition," from 1978 until 1983. Along the way, Petty earned a master's degree in communications in 1979 from Governors State University. Petty retired in 2002. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Petty with its Silver Circle Award in 2003. He was named to the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hall of Fame in 2007. Petty is survived by his wife, Cora, a daughter, a son and half brother. Services are pending. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 John Alioysius Roberts, Jr.  John Alioysius Roberts, Jr.  17 Feb 2020

John Alioysius Roberts, Jr., 81, passed away on February 17, 2020. In 1960, John graduated from Fordham University in The Bronx, New York City with a degree in marketing, then served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1965. He had a highly successful business career in the flavor and fragrance industry, serving as vice-president and general manager of the Flavors/Fragrances Division of Monsanto Company, president and chief operating officer of Naardeen International and, later, Takasago Corporation, and as president of Chilmark Enterprises. He also served on the boards California Cedar Products and Resort Suites of Scottsdale. John was a member of Young Presidents International and World Presidents Organization, the two now-merged organizations the premier international associations of business chief executives. John was a member of the ASU Foundation, the ASU President’s Club, the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, and he served on the advisory board of the Center for the Study of Religion & Conflict at ASU. He also served on the advisory board of the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-national, multi-faith organization dedicated to improving Muslim-West relations, and the East West Institute, an international non-partisan think tank focusing on international conflict resolution. John is survived by his longtime friend and companion Mary E. Holland, two daughters, two sons, two sisters, three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral mass in John's memory was held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church, 6261 North Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts in John's name to your favorite charity. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Michael Arthur O'Dell 14 Feb 2020

Michael Arthur O'Dell, 77, passed away on February 14, 2020. He was Professor Emeritus at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Accountancy. He had lived in Arizona since 1980. No formal services are planned as Dr. O'Dell "wanted to keep things simple.” (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Renee Barbara Horowitz  Renee Barbara Horowitz  11 Feb 2020

Renee Barbara Horowitz, 87, passed away on February 11, 2020. Renee was a graduate of Brooklyn College. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature were earned from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was the author of Rx for Murder, Deadly Rx, and Rx Alibi featuring a woman pharmacist as amateur detective. Much of the background pharmaceutical material derived from incidents were told to her by her father, father-in-law, and husband, all of whom were pharmacists. She also wrote The Write Way to Murder and Bitter Moon over Brooklyn. Renee was a Senior Documentation Engineer in the aerospace industry before returning to teaching. Until her retirement in 1998, she was a professor of technology at ASU where she taught technical communication and industrial management. The Renee and Arthur Horowitz Scholarship was established in the College of Technology and Innovation for undergraduate students in the Graphic Information Technology major. Renee served as president of the Desert Sleuths chapter of Sisters in Crime; and was president of the Desert Volunteer Braille Guild. Renee is survived by a brother, two sons and a granddaughter. Her husband, Arthur, preceded her in death. The family suggests contributions to the Arizona Instructional Resource Center at the Foundation for Blind Children, 1235 E. Harmont Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020-3864. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Geoffrey H. Edmunds  Geoffrey H. Edmunds  7 Feb 2020

Geoffrey H. Edmunds, 80, passed away on February 7, 2020. Geoff attended the University of Denver and later transferred to ASU where he finished his degree in accountancy in 1963. During this time, he married Patsy Chandler and they raised two sons. Geoff worked in the construction industry which led to his life-long passion of home building. In 1985, he married Jane Schneider Fry who brought her two children into the family. He started Geoffrey H Edmunds and Associates, a family-owned business that specialized in building luxury homes in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. His firm gained recognition for building exceptional homes and subdivisions with unique architectural design and style. Examples of his work were projects in Scottsdale Ranch, Gainey Ranch, Stonegate, Grayhawk, The Boulders, Cheney Estates, and DC Ranch. In 1995 Geoff sold the business to a national luxury home builder. After a short retirement, Geoff continued his legacy by recreating his company as GHE & Associates. He built the first high-rise luxury condominium project in the Camelback corridor, Esplanade Place, and then completed the Scottsdale Waterfront Residences, along with the Plaza Irvine Towers in California. Geoff held numerous professional positions in the industry, including honorary life director of the Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona, where he also served as President. He also was elected to life membership on the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders. An avid philanthropist, Geoff supported the Mayo Clinic, Barrows, Valley Presbyterian Church, the Arizona Heart Institute and many others including ASU. At ASU he supported the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; was a member of the W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council; ASU Foundation Board of Trustees; a Lifetime member of the Sun Devil Club; a member of the Sun Angel Foundation, and a recipient of the Alumni Class Homecoming Award. Geoff is survived by his wife, Jane, their four children, nine grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. He is preceded in death by a sister. A service will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 10:00 am at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mayo Clinic to continue to help fight cancer. (Source: Arizona Republic)

   Dorothy Ann Moore  7 Feb 2020

Dorothy Ann Moore, 79, passed away February 7, 2020. She attended ASU and got a degree in business education, specializing in shorthand. Dorothy held various jobs throughout her life from customer service at the Dime Store, secretary for the Football Office at ASU, to office manager at B&F Contracting. Dorothy is survived by her husband Ronald Moore, six children four siblings, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. Dorothy is predeceased by six siblings, two baby sons and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held February 14, 2020, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building on 4242 E. Waltann, Phoenix, Arizona. Following the funeral service, burial services were held at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona.(Source: ASU Foundation)

 Tom Wallender  Tom Wallender  7 Feb 2020

Tom Wallender, 85, passed away on February 7, 2020. At 19, Tom joined the Air Force, traveling the world as a KC-97 Boom Operator refueling various aircraft. He was honorably discharged in 1959. Tom worked in the dairy services industry for five years until he and his wife, Janice, decided to move to Chandler, Arizona where his sister lived. Tom then worked at Electric Motor Service and at ASU’s Electric Shop before starting his own business as the Surge Dairy Supply dealer for Arizona, where he built and maintained over 60 dairy farms. Tom was predeceased by a son. Funeral services will be held on March 10, 2020 with a Rosary at 9:30 am and Funeral Mass at 10:00 at American Martyrs Church at 624 15th St in Manhattan Beach. Following at 2:00 pm will be internment with Military Honors at the brand new Los Angeles National Cemetery Columbarium on the West Los Angeles VA campus (Constitution Ave. just west of Sepulveda Blvd. near the UCLA baseball stadium). (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Rudy Eugene Campbell  Rudy Eugene Campbell  3 Feb 2020

Rudy Eugene Campbell, 96, passed away on February 3, 2020. Rudy married Greta Marie Kent in 1943 and began his married life in Mesa while also serving in the Navy before settling in Tempe. Rudy was actively involved in many civic organizations starting with Jaycee's, Toastmasters, Rotary, and many more. He held Governor appointed positions such as Board of Regents, and Highway Commissioner and was very involved in the ASU Research Park and the development of Tempe Town Lake. He will be best remembered as Tempe's 1st elected Mayor in 1966. He received the Don Carlos Humanitarian award in 1996, earned an Honorary Doctorate Degree at ASU and spoke at many commencement ceremonies at the colleges. An ASURA Video History Interview with Rudy in 2010 covering his early years and multifaceted career as a banker, mayor, Arizona Regent, community leader and ASU supporter may be downloaded and viewed at the link above. Rudy is predeceased by his wife, Greta. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Friday, February 14, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Richardson Funeral Home, 2621 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:00 am at the Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Rd, Tempe, Arizona. Interment will follow the funeral at 12:00 pm at Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe, Arizona. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Hospice of the Valley, 2525 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Fred Maienschein  Fred Maienschein  3 Feb 2020

Fred Maienschein, 94, of Tempe, former 60-year resident of Oak Ridge TN and an Oak Ridge National Laboratory Division Director, died February 3, 2020. Fred graduated from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1945 as winner of the Hemingway Medal for Scholarship. He received a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Indiana University in 1949. Hired in 1949 by Fairchild, Engine and Airplane Corp. in Oak Ridge, TN, Fred moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1950, and retired in 1990 as the Director of the Engineering Physics and Mathematics Division. After retiring, his interest in science was extended to include cosmology and quantum gravity plus study of cognition in the human brain. Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Kylander; daughter Dr. Jane Maienschein, Professor at ASU, University Professor of History of Science; Regents, President's, and Parents Association Professor; Director, Center for Biology and Society; a son, two grandchildren and one great-grandson. No memorial service is planned. Any donations in his memory should be made to the Fred Maienschein Scholarship Endowment Fund at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803, or the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Chamber Music Series, 118 East Division Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Robert A. Coinman 2 Feb 2020

Robert A. Coinman, 93, passed away on February 2, 2020. During his senior year in high school, he was drafted for WWII service and allowed to report upon graduation. After basic training he was deployed to Italy. Robert graduated from Baldwin Wallace with a degree in business. He joined Saga Foods in 1960 and was transferred to ASU in 1962. He spent more than a decade managing the food service units in many dormitories (Saguaro, Memorial Union, Manzanita, La Mancha, Palo Verde) and the concessions at ASU sporting events. Robert is survived by two sons, a sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, nephews, niece and other relatives. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Donald Wayne Kirkman  Donald Wayne Kirkman  2 Feb 2020

Donald Wayne Kirkman, 87, passed away February 2, 2020. Don graduated from Arizona State College with a business degree in 1954. He began work for Valley National Bank in 1954 as a bookkeeper and remained with Valley Bank for 36 years, retiring as an Executive Vice President in 1990. Don was preceded in death by two siblings and his wife, Anna. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, a half-sister and her two children. Don established the Anna and Don Kirkman Family Scholarship Endowment in the ASU Foundation to benefit students in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foundation of the First United Methodist Church of Tempe or to the ASU Foundation. A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Tempe, 215 E. University Drive, Tempe on Saturday, February 8th at 2pm. A reception will follow. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Judith Marie Bender  Judith Marie Bender  30 Jan 2020

Judith Marie "Judy" Bender, 68, passed away January 30, 2020. Judy grew up in Tempe, Arizona, where her father taught at ASU and her mother served in many roles for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Her father, Gordon, was Professor of Zoology at ASU for 28 years (1953-1981), retiring as Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences. He served a term as Department Chair. He passed away in 2011. Judy attended NAU for one year then transferred to ASU where she earned a B.S. degree in home economics with an emphasis in family and child development in 1974. She taught Head Start several years and earned her M.Ed. in deaf education at Lewis & Clark College in 1981. Widowed in 1990, Judy moved to Prescott Valley where she raised her four children on her own and built a respected career as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. She taught in the public schools of Mesa, Kearney, and Yuma, and at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind. After nearly thirty years of teaching, she retired in 2007 and moved to Waupaca, Wisconsin to be near when her parents needed help. Judy was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, Marion, her four children, three grandchildren, three sisters, nieces and nephews. Services were held on February 5, 2020 at Crystal Lake Methodist Church in Waupaca. Gifts in her name may be made to: Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind-North Central Regional Cooperative, 25 W. Saddlehorn Road, Sedona, AZ 86351, Attn: Dale De Vries. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Bernard Michael Shebek  Bernard Michael Shebek  30 Jan 2020

Bernard Michael (Barney) Shebek, 64, passed away on January 30, 2020. Barney attended Phoenix College. His work career included 27 years as a Property Specialist for the City of Phoenix. He negotiated purchases including properties for the ASU downtown campus and the Sky Harbor Airport Expansion and countless street improvement projects. Barney was a member of the Phoenix Board of Realtors for 25 years. He is survived by a daughter, brother, sister, brother, grandson, four nieces and three nephews. No public service will be held. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Foster M. Northrup  Foster M. Northrup  28 Jan 2020

Foster M. Northrup, 85, passed away January 28, 2020. Foster graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Management and earned a Master of Science in Education from Purdue University. He was on the administrative staff of Purdue University and ASU. He served as Assistant Director of Public Health for Ambulatory Care, Director of Long Term Care, Director of Maricopa Health Plan, and Director of Maricopa Managed Care Systems for the Maricopa County Department of Health Services until his first retirement. He retired again from the group of William M. Mercer Inc. Volunteer activities included board member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging, and charter member of the Sky Harbor Navigators. Foster is survived by his wife, Nancy, blended family members including eight children, twelve grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM, at Messinger Mortuary, 12065 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ. Please consider contributions to the Area Agency on Aging in lieu of flowers.

 John M. Daley  John M. Daley  27 Jan 2020

John M. “Mike” Daley, 81, passed away on January 27, 2020. Mike entered the military in 1961, serving two years in the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell as a Lieutenant in the transport division. In 1963, he joined the Peace Corps, working in Ecuador with the Otavalo Indians and the Weavers Co-op. Mike earned his Master’s degree in Social Work at St. Louis University’s School of Social Work. He then earned a second Master’s degree in Mental Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University in 1971. Mike began his teaching career as a professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1978, he accepted a professor position at ASU and went on to serve as assistant dean and dean of the School of Social Work before retiring in 2003. Mike was preceded in death by a daughter and brother. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a daughter, son, two grandchildren and other relatives. Memorials may be made to Hope House in Bellingham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Assumption in Bellingham, WA followed by a reception at the church. A 1:00 pm graveside service with military honors will be held at Bayview Cemetery. (Source: Arizona Republic)

James Michael Kralic James Michael Kralic 13 Jan 2020

James "Jim" Michael Kralic, 70, passed away on January 13, 2020. He was a US Army Veteran. Jim was retired from ASU. He is survived by a sister, nephews, aunts and many cousins. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Joan L. Harris  Joan L. Harris  6 Jan 2020

Joan L. Harris, 89, died January 6, 2020.  From 1949 to 1956, she worked at Arlington Hall, which was the precursor to the National Security Agency, as a code breaker during the Cold War. She also worked for ASU for 17 years as a graduate admission advisor. She retired from Houston Baptist University as an advisor in the early 1990s. Joan was preceded in death by her daughter and a sister. Survivors include a nephew and a niece. Graveside services for Joan were at Smith Cemetery in Kempner, TX. Memorials may be made to CenTex Humane Society, 5501 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Joseph William Wilhoit Joseph William Wilhoit 5 Jan 2020

Joseph William "Bill" Wilhoit, 88, passed away on January 5, 2020. Once he was married, Bill took over the running of Phoenix Fuel Company from his father. At that time, it consisted of a service station, a small bulk plant and two small trucks. Over the next 44 years, he continued to build the company serving the entire state providing fuel, oil, and cardlock fueling stations. Bill and Terry sold Phoenix Fuel to Giant Industries in 1997. Giant Industries was later purchased by Western Refining, which was owned by two of his former Phoenix Fuel management team. Bill enjoyed being part of Executives' Association of Greater Phoenix (EAGP). Bill and Terry were both graduates and avid fans of ASU all their married life, as were most of their family. They had season tickets for 53 years, until poor health caused them to give up their great seats and precious parking spot. They were active for many years with the ASU President's Club, and they were pleased to sponsor many ASU graduate students in the Sciences through the ARCS Foundation. Bill and Terry continued to be generous philanthropists. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry, a daughter and sister. He is survived by a sister, daughter, son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation on January 16, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 with the Rosary held at 7:00 at Messinger's Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. The Funeral Mass will be held on January 17, 2020 at 10:30 at the Casa located at 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. The family will honor Bill with a private burial. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Bill's name to the Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School Scholarship Fund. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Robert Keim  Robert Keim  4 Jan 2020

Robert Keim, Information Systems Emeritus Professor, passed away on January 4, 2020. Bob joined ASU in 1979 as a research associate in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. He spent the rest of his career here, staying on as an emeritus professor after his retirement in 2011. Bob joined the business school before the Information Systems department was born, and he was a key player in developing the undergraduate and graduate IS programs. He also served as director of the Decision Systems Research Center and director of InMaST: Information Management and Systems Technology, a division of the L. William Seidman Research Institute. Bob was a member of ASURA. A service in his honor will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the ASU Newman Center, 230 E. University Dr. in Tempe.  (Source: Amy Hillman, PhD, Dean, Charles J. Robel Dean’s Chair, W. P. Carey School of Business)

 Leonard Charles Maximon  Leonard Charles Maximon  4 Jan 2020

Leonard Charles Maximon, 94, died on January 4, 2020. Leonard received his AB degree in Physics from Oberlin College in 1947. He was awarded a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University in 1952. In 1951 he was appointed as an assistant professor of applied mathematics at Brown University, a visiting professor at the Physics Institute of the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim, a fellow at The University of Manchester, England, and then took a position on the staff of the Center for Radiation Research of the now National Institute of Standards and Technology. During that time, he was a visiting scientist and collaborator at the Center for Nuclear Studies in Saclay, France. He joined the National Bureau of Standards in 1958, where he remained for over two decades. In 1980, he started his "second" career in teaching and research at George Washington University. Upon his retirement from George Washington in 2015 he was awarded Emeritus status. Leonard and his wife, Marie-Cecile, enjoyed dividing their time between Surry, Maine; Paris, France; and Scottsdale, Arizona residences. Leonard cared for Marie-Cecile during her illness and remained in Scottsdale following her death in November 2015. Early in his career Leonard had discovered a love of working with youth, and devoted summers and other opportunities to young people, including a summer as a science teacher in the African Science Workshop in Entebbe, Uganda, and later as a consultant with the Head-start Program in greater New York metropolitan area. His gift for working with young people became the basis of his final endeavor when he was a Visiting Professor with the ASU Herberger Young Scholars Academy (HYSA) for gifted students in Phoenix by supporting students in physics, theater, French and math. He taught a number of courses at ASU in Barrett Honors College and was an adjunct professor in the Physics Department at ASU. Leonard is survived by cousins and his step-daughters, Marie-Cecile's children: Sybil Francis, Corinna-Barbara Francis and Gaetane Francis. Leonard’s ashes will be joined with those of his wife and placed in a grave in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. Memorial donations can be made to: ASU Herberger Young Scholars Academy for student-led memorial in Leonard's honor. Other options include: Jewish National Fund and Nature Conservancy . You may contact his step-daughter Sybil Francis for information you may need or with questions you may have. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Sylvia Flax Cartsonis  Sylvia Flax Cartsonis  3 Jan 2020

 Sylvia Flax Cartsonis, 89, died on January 3, 2020. Sylvia was born in the Bronx, New York to   Jewish immigrants who fled persecution and starvation in Eastern Europe. Her childhood was marked by WWII. She and her father served as volunteer Plane Spotters in the Ground Observer Corps, trained by the Army Air Forces. They visually searched the skies for German aircraft attempting to penetrate American airspace. The horrific direct impact of the Holocaust included the murder of her father's entire family in 1941. In 1948 Sylvia won an American Legion medal at her high school graduation for the highest grade in American History. In July of that summer she represented New Jersey Famers at the Founding Convention of the Progressive Party's New Youth Organization, which marked the beginning of Sylvia's lifelong commitment to social activism. Sylvia completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1952 from the  University of Michigan.  At Michigan, Sylvia met Mike Cartsonis, a Greek-American architecture student. The couple marries and settled in Philadelphia where both completed graduate school: Sylvia, at Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work, and Mike, in City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Both graduated in 1956. When they moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Sylvia became a leading force in the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, and the Democratic Party. In 1964 the family relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Sylvia took a job in South Phoenix at The Leadership and Education for the Advancement of Phoenix (LEAP) in 1966. In 1968, the family moved to Litchfield Park and later to Ontario, Canada from 1971-1973, where Sylvia taught at Wilfred Laurier University and her husband, Mike, taught at University of Waterloo. They returned to Arizona because the political situation in the United States had improved after the War in Vietnam ended, and because they missed Litchfield Park. Sylvia taught at the Graduate School of Social Work at ASU from 1973 to 1980. As Assistant Professor and Director of Field Research, she supervised graduate students who provided social services to Native Americans on reservations in southern Arizona. In 1980, she accepted a senior caseworker position with Jewish Family Services and remained there until 1987. Sylvia served as Executive Director of the Sun City Community Council, from 1987 until her retirement. She was innovative in addressing issues of an aging community including elder abuse prevention, independent living, and isolation. The "Wake Up, Tuck In Program" and free lunches for seniors called "Happy Nooners" were a few of the programs she launched. Sylvia was a Board member of the Area Agency on Aging for over 30 years. During her tenure, she developed a model for protecting against fiduciary elder abuse, using a board of retired professionals to review how monies were spent in conservatorships for the elderly. This model was presented at a national conference and adopted by other cities across the country. In 1999, the Area Agency on Aging awarded Sylvia a Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to the community. Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, Mike, and a sister. She is survived by five children and seven grandchildren. A memorial will be held on Saturday, February 29 at the Wigwam Country Club at 2:00 PM in the Pueblo Room. If you would like to attend, RSVP to . (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Robert E. Canion, Jr.  Robert E. Canion, Jr.  Jan 2020

Robert E. Canion, Jr., 103, has passed away. At age 16 Bob started running his dad’s excavation business because of his dad's poor health, and kept the business operating during the depression. Unable to enter the military during WWII he helped the war effort by hauling material to build Luke Field in the west valley and manganese for manufacturing war materials. After the war he contributed to the rapid growth of the Valley of the Sun by excavating basements under many of the Valley's well known buildings including several hospitals, The Phoenix Main Library at McDowell and Central (now the Phoenix Museum of Art), the Senate and House wings of the Arizona State Capitol, Manzanita and Palo Verde dorms at ASU, the Physical Science Building and utility tunnels on the campus. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Nelda and a daughter. He is survived by a daughter, son, six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Visitation will be Saturday, January 25 at A. L. Moore-Grimshaw 710 W. Bethany Home Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Masonic funeral services will be January 26 at 1 p.m. at Serenity Chapel, Greenwood Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital. (Source: Arizona Republic)