Obituaries - 2020

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

 Renee Barbara Horowitz  Renee Barbara Horowitz  11 Feb 2020

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

 Geoffrey H. Edmunds  Geoffrey H. Edmunds  7 Feb 2020

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

   Dorothy Ann Moore  7 Feb 2020

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

 Tom Wallender  Tom Wallender  7 Feb 2020

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

 Rudy Eugene Campbell  Rudy Eugene Campbell  3 Feb 2020

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

 Fred Maienschein  Fred Maienschein  3 Feb 2020

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

 Donald Wayne Kirkman  Donald Wayne Kirkman  2 Feb 2020

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

 Judith Marie Bender  Judith Marie Bender  30 Jan 2020

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

 Bernard Michael Shebek  Bernard Michael Shebek  30 Jan 2020

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

 Foster M. Northrup  Foster M. Northrup  28 Jan 2020

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

 John M. Daley  John M. Daley  27 Jan 2020

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

James Michael Kralic James Michael Kralic 13 Jan 2020

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

 Joan L. Harris  Joan L. Harris  6 Jan 2020

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

Joseph William Wilhoit Joseph William Wilhoit 5 Jan 2020

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

 Robert Keim  Robert Keim  4 Jan 2020

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

 Leonard Charles Maximon  Leonard Charles Maximon  4 Jan 2020

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

 Sylvia Flax Cartsonis  Sylvia Flax Cartsonis  3 Jan 2020

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

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

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