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.

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)

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)

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)