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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.
|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.
|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)
|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||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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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||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||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)
|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.
|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.
|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||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.
|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.
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.
(Sources: Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home and GatheringUs Website)
|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||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||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||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||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.
|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.
|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||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.
|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.
|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||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.
|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.
|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.
|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||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||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||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 "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.
|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 email@example.com . 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||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||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.
|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.
|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||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.||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.
|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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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 firstname.lastname@example.org for address and details. (Source: Arizona Republic; Wikipedia)|
|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||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||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||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||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 www.usi.edu/giving ; 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||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.||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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 email@example.com . (Source: Arizona Republic)
|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)
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