Obituaries - 2008

These obituaries are for people who died during 2008. 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.
 

PhotoNameDateObituary
  Annabelle Morrow 31 Dec 2008 Annabelle Morrow, 91, passed away on December 31, 2008. She retired from ASU where she worked as a secretary for the Liberal Arts Department. She is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.
  Roland Spencer Strawn 31 Dec 2008 Roland Spencer Strawn, 77, passed away on December 31, 2008. Dr. Strawn graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953. Ron contributed to the development of radar systems for the military before joining ASU in 1967. He earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering and taught at ASU for 25 years. He helped create ASU's Master's degree program in electronic technology and won a competitive award from the university in 1990 for excellence in teaching. He is survived by his wife, Joan, four daughters and ten grandchildren.
  Parley Verl Heap 24 Dec 2008 Parley Verl Heap, 84, died on December 24, 2008. Verl went to ASU on a basketball scholarship. After serving in the Air Force as a B17 pilot he returned to ASU resuming his education and basketball career. After a short career as a professional basketball player, he spent a short time back at ASU as an assistant coach and then 2 years at Duncan HS before returning to St. Johns where he again took up farming/ranching and coached and taught school for 35 years. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, two daughters, two sons, 18 grand children, and 17 great grandchildren.
  Noel J. Stowe 13 Dec 2008 Noel J. Stowe, 66, died on December 13, 2008. Stowe came to ASU in 1967 after receiving his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Stowe's interest in Arizona history led to contributions far beyond the ASU campus. He was the recipient of many honors and awards, both locally and nationally. Stowe was very active in the Arizona Historical Society and helped establish Friends of Arizona Archives. In 2008, he and a team of researchers received a National Endowment for the Humanities planning grant to design and implement "Becoming Arizona", an on-line e-cyclopedia of Arizona history, culture, politics, economics and other topics as a Centennial project. In 1978, Stowe directed the History Department's graduate studies. During that time he founded the Public History Program, which under his direction achieved national and international recognition. He served as associate dean of the Graduate College and chaired the History Department. He served as president of the National Council on Public History in 1985-86. Stowe was active in the Oral History Association becoming its president in 1992-93. He was a lifetime member of the Organization of American Historians. He is survived by his wife, Gwen. Their son, James, died in 2007.
  Clarence H. Thorson 9 Dec 2008 Clarence H. "Bud" Thorson, 88, passed away on December 9, 2008. He is survived by his former wife, Ruth Jean Stasell, four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He worked at ASU until his retirement.
  Joel Thomas Newcome 30 Nov 2008 Joel Thomas Newcome, 47, passed away November 30, 2008. He was employed by ASU in the Office of the VP for Research & Economic Affairs. He is survived by two sons. 
  Anne Pittman 25 Nov 2008 Anne Pittman died November 25, 2008. (See full obituary by clicking on her name.)
  Maria Ayala Rodarte 22 Nov 2008 Maria Ayala Rodarte, 91, died November 22, 2008. Her husband of 56 years, Severiano, passed away in 1987. They had five children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. After raising her children, she worked at San Marcos, ASU, Williams AFB and Rosarita Mexican Foods.
  John J. Naperala 19 Nov 2008 John J. "Jack" Naperala, 82, passed away November 19, 2008. Jack served in the Marines during WWII and worked at ASU in the Bureau of Publications, retiring in 1989. Jack is survived by a daughter. He was preceded in death by his wife Yvonne.
  Jack Oliver Shafer 19 Nov 2008 Jack Oliver Shafer, 64, passed away on November 19, 2008. He was a graduate of The University of Nebraska and a Veteran of the Air Force. It was Jack's work as an Administrator at ASU that led to his real passion; cheering for the Sun Devils. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, two sons, a brother and other relatives.
  Hilda Irene Kopf Kiesow 10 Nov 2008 Hilda Irene Kopf Kiesow, 90, died on November 10, 2008. Hilda was married for 61 years to the late Dr. Milton Kiesow, a long-time professor at ASU. He preceded her in death in February, 2007. Hilda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, three grand-children, three great-grandchildren.
  Rosalyn Thomasena Marshall Grigsby 9 Nov 2008 Rosalyn Thomasena Marshall Grigsby passed away November 9, 2008. She was the wife of Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr., who was a faculty member in ASU's School of Art from 1966 until he retired in 1988. Thomasena, affectionately called Tommy, was a long-time educator, activist and pillar in the Phoenix community. She received degrees from Barber Scotia College and Johnson C. Smith University, both in North Carolina. She began her science teaching career in 1940 in Halifax County, NC. She and Eugene married in 1943 while he was serving in the United States Army. In 1946 she and her two small sons moved to Phoenix to join her husband who had been appointed to head the art department at Carver High School. Tommy began work as a librarian with the City of Phoenix. She also enrolled in a Master's degree program at ASU and began writing for several newspapers. After completing her Master of Education degree, she began teaching biology and science in the Phoenix public school system, from which she retired in 1974. She and Eugene traveled extensively throughout the world. She was a member of numerous organizations as well as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. She is survived by her husband, two sons, four grandchildren, one great grandson and a host of other relatives.
  Grant Randall Bingham, Jr. 6 Nov 2008 Grant Randall Bingham, Jr., 58, passed away on November 6, 2008. Grant worked for ASU Facilities Maintenance Department for over 20 years. Grant leaves behind his wife of 30 years, three children.
  Gloria Patricia Keefer 4 Nov 2008 Gloria Patricia (Pat) Keefer, 60, passed away on November 4, 2008. She worked for Western Union, Air Research and ASU W.P. Carey School of Accountancy. Survivors include her father, and two sons.
  Mary Delia Kirby 30 Oct 2008 Mary Della Kirby, passed away on October 30, 2008. She graduated from ASU in 1962, and later earned a masters degree from ASU. She taught at several valley schools over the years. In the late 1980's she worked at ASU as part of an Education program that partnered with corporations to change the way Math and Science were taught in local schools.
  Sharon Ann Firestone 27 Oct 2008 Sharon Ann Firestone, 70, died on October 27, 2008. She earned a B.A. in Spanish and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Washington. Later, she received a M.A. and a Ph.D. in History at ASU. She was employed as a librarian at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Library in St. John's, Newfoundland, the Detroit Public Library, and the Ross-Blakely Law Library at ASU. Sharon accompanied her husband on anthropological studies of villages in Newfoundland and Devon, England. Her research in Newfoundland became the material of her Ph.D. on the lives of women in the fishing community of Savage Cove, Newfoundland. Sharon is survived by her husband, Melvin M. Firestone, two sons, two grandsons.
  Carol Sue Hall Youssefi 21 Oct 2008 Carol Sue Hall Youssefi, 64, passed away on October 21, 2008. Carol taught French, Spanish, and English at ASU, Phoenix College, Glendale Community College, Rio Salado Community College, Paradise Valley Community College and, for the final 17 years of her career, at Xavier College Preparatory. She is survived by her husband, three children and one grandson.
  James Austin Fausel 18 Oct 2008 James (Jim) Austin Fausel, 74, husband of Diane, father of Jim Fausel, Jr. and Paul Bernardo, grandfather of Noah Bernardo and brother of Dr. Donald Fausel, died October 18, 2008. Jim attended Niagara University and St. Jerome's College in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He dedicated his life to community and was honored for his work in substance abuse prevention in Glens Falls, NY where he established and led CYO programs including the AMEN program and hotline and The Karma Center serving Warren County. In 1972, the Mayor of Glens Falls proclaimed James Fausel Day as a testimony to Jim's work. Jim completed 20 years in Arizona Department of Health Services where he was Bureau Chief for the Department of Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health and later served the Office of Women and Children's Health. Additionally, Jim was President and founder of The Conference Connection and recently expanded and established Global Conference Associates in association with Jim, Jr. and other partners. His proudest association was his position as teacher/educator in ASU's College of Public Programs where he taught Meeting and Conference Management. A scholarship is being established in Jim's memory at ASU College of Public Programs for students entering the Hospitality field.
  Edith Schapira 12 Oct 2008 Edith Schapira, 76 of Phoenix, passed away on October 12, 2008. She lived in Arizona since 1945 coming from Detroit, Michigan. She retired in 1994 after 25 years in the Student Advisement office at the College of Education at Arizona State University. Edith will be remembered as a "great advisor and encourager to students -- a great support for teacher education." Also as a loving wife, mother and grandmother as well as a true friend to many. Her work on education and charity projects will be sorely missed. She is survived by her husband Jerry and her four children Susan Wagner (Chuck), Howard Schapira (Patti), Robin Constance, Jeffrey Schapira (Amy) and her brother Shiel Gayler (Trish) as well as her 7 grandchildren.
  Haymon Harrelson Boggs II 6 Oct 2008 Haymon Harrelson Boggs II, 72, of Glendale, AZ passed away on October 6, 2008. "Hal" was born in Glenville, West Virginia on October 15, 1935 and was an avid hunter and fisherman. A 1959 West Point Academy graduate who earned the nickname "Blaze" for his shooting prowess, he served in the Vietnam War and achieved the rank of Captain. Following his Army service, Blaze went to work for Winchester and shot trap and skeet professionally. His love of knowledge brought him and his family to Tempe, AZ in 1973 where he became a professor of business at Arizona State University. Three years later, the Boggs family moved to Glendale where Hal taught business at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. After leaving the teaching profession, he and his wife, Mary, started their business, Rehabilitation Specialists Group, Inc., of which Hal served as the CFO. While their children attended Glendale High School and went on to college, Hal and Mary became active members in the Glendale Sister Cities program, of which Hal served as treasurer, and they opened their home to a number of high school exchange students from around the world. Hal is survived by Mary, his wife of 43 years, son William Boggs (Elaine), and daughter Cathy Turner (Brian), and 6 grandchildren.
  Connie Stafford Sherman 3 Oct 2008 Connie Stafford Sherman, 57, died on October 3, 2008. She served as Vice President of Administrative Services at Glendale Community College since January 2004. She also served in several administrative positions at other institutions of higher education prior to GCC. These included positions with the University System of New Hampshire, St. Phillip's College and ASU. She came to GCC from her position as Vice Chancellor of Systems Administration for the Community Colleges of Spokane, Washington. Connie was preceded in death by her father, her late husband James Sherman, and an aunt. She is survived by a daughter, her mother, two brothers, two granddaughters and other relatives.
  Jean B. Stange 2 Oct 2008 Jean B. Stange, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on October 2, 2008. Born in Ames, Iowa in 1920, Jean received her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and her Masters of Arts from the University of Minnesota. She taught at the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty at Arizona State University. After a long and distinguished professional career, Jean retired as an Associate Professor of Decorative Arts from ASU in 1983. She remained active in the community as a member of the Arizona Designer-Craftsmen and as a docent at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe. In addition to her many academic and professional achievements, perhaps Jean's greatest accomplishment was the joy she brought to the world by her tireless devotion to her many, many friends; friends whose lives were brightened by Jean's sincere and unwavering friendship. Always ready to listen and raise the spirit, Jean Stange was a beloved "point of light" in this difficult world. She will be missed.
  Lloyd H. Blowers 27 Sep 2008 Lloyd H. Blowers, 81, died September 27, 2008. Survivors include his wife, Dixie L. Blowers (ASU staff), three daughters, four sisters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Lloyd was predeceased by a son, two brothers and his parents. Memorials: the Queen Creek 4-H Club.
  Elisabeth Webster Peplow 23 Sep 2008 Elisabeth Webster Peplow, 89, died on September 23, 2008. Click on her name to see the complete obituary. An interview with Bonnie is available in our Video History library.
  William Shively 16 Sep 2008 William Shively, 84, died on September 16, 2008. William served in the European Theater in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a minesweeper. He worked as an engineer at ASU for 16 years.  Preceded in death by his wife Esther and three children. He leaves behind four children, nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren and his very close companion "Sue" Delster and many extended family members.
  John David Clark 14 Sep 2008 John David Clark, 68, died September 14, 2008. He worked as a baker at ASU for over 20 years. Survived by his wife, a daughter, granddaughter, and three siblings.
  Diana Lynn Bailey 6 Sep 2008 Diana Lynn Bailey, passed away September 6, 2008. She served tirelessly at Grady Gammage Auditorium. She is survived by her husband, Tom Bailey, two siblings, four sons, 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren as well as numerous extended family members.
  Bernadette Yellen 18 Aug 2008 Bernadette Yellen, 61, died August 18, 2008. She held a master's degree in political science at the University of Louvaine, was Professor of French at ASU, an active member of the Woman of the Sacred Heart, and most recently a Residency Coordinator at Scottsdale Healthcare. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Ross Yellen, four children, two grandchildren, three siblings and many other kinfolk and friends.
  Alfred Cavis Barnes 28 Jul 2008 Alfred Cavis Barnes, 86,passed away on July 28, 2008. Survived by his wife, Leona Walters Barnes, two children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Served in the Air Force during World War II and Korean War.  Highest honors - the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf clusters. He completed Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at ASU, earning varsity letters in football and baseball. He coached coaches and taught at several high schools, at Phoenix College, and taught part-time at ASU. He left to teach at Northern Iowa University and to complete a Doctorate at Indiana University. Returning to Arizona, he was a researcher and trainer at Aviation Crash Injury Research, then joined the Arizona State Department of Health. He also taught at San Diego State University where he retired in 1980, then joining Air Research as a safety engineer, retiring in 1989. His residence was in California.
  Lawrence Farina 24 Jul 2008 Lawrence Farina, 75, passed away on July 24, 2008. After serving in the Navy, he graduated with honors with a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from General Motors Institute. Larry's career began at General Motors where he was proud of designing the tail light on the 57 Bel Air. Then he went into aerospace working on the Gemini Space Program with Aero Jet in Sacramento, onto GE in Cincinnati, and finally 28 years with Garrett Air Research in Phoenix. He also taught a Metallurgical Engineering course at ASU. Larry was a long time Football Referee. He was the first member inducted into the Big Sky Conference Football Officials Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; five sons, eleven grandchildren.
  Robert Leo Hennington 22 Jul 2008 Robert Leo Hennington, 78, husband of Dr. Jo Ann Hennington, died July 22, 2008. Jo Ann Hennington retired as a faculty member and administrator in the School of Business at ASU. There were no services in Arizona, only graveside services were held in mid-August in Hereford, Texas. 
  Mac Alexander Ralston 12 Jul 2008 Mack Alexander Ralston, 93, died Saturday, July 12, 2008. Dr. Ralston served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Mack received his BA & MA from Indiana State University and his Doctorate from Indiana University. He taught in Indiana for 20 years. He was a professor at ASU until retirement in 1985. His wife preceded him in death in 2006. Survivors include three children, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
  Bruce Frederick Wauters 5 Jul 2008 Bruce Frederick Wauters, Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, Retired, died July 5, 2008. He is survived by three sons. Bruce earned his Masters Degree at San Diego State University and later taught at ASU and South Mountain Community College. Bruce will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
  James Paul Younger 3 Jul 2008 James Paul "Bud" Younger, 84, died July 3, 2008. He was signed to a professional baseball contract upon graduation from high school. In 1948 Bud and wife, Betty, settled in Arizona. In addition to his summers playing professional baseball, Bud coached at Arizona State College, and earned bachelors and masters degrees there. After two years coaching in Casa Grande, he spent 30 years at Tempe High, teaching social studies and physical education. His greatest passion was coaching: varsity baseball and an assistant coach in football and basketball. Bud followed the ASU Sun Devils and Arizona Diamondbacks closely. His wife preceded him in death in 2006. Bud is survived by two children, four grandchildren and their families.
  Kenneth L. Rowe 15 Jun 2008 Dr. Kenneth L. Rowe, 77, died June 15, 2008. Dr. Rowe served with the US Army in Korea from 1952 - 1954. He received his BA in 1956 and his M. A. in 1960, both from the University of Northern Iowa. He completed his Ph. D. in 1969 at Michigan State University. After teaching in high school in Iowa, he moved to Phoenix, AZ where he became a Professor of Marketing at ASU in 1964 for nearly forty years. He served as Chair of the ASU Marketing Department and was honored with Teaching Excellence awards in 1975 and again in 1989. Dr. Rowe served on many university, community and national advisory boards. He was highly involved as an advisor for the national high school marketing and sales educational program, DECA, and was the faculty advisor for the national professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. Kenn was a master teacher and mentor. He guided many students into successful careers and remained engaged with them long after graduation. Dr. Rowe is survived by three brothers. Two brothers preceded him in death.
  Donna McEwen 6 Jun 2008 Donna McEwen, 78, passed away on June 6, 2008. She had lived in Phoenix for the past 39 years. She was preceded in death (in 2003) by her husband Douglas McEwen, retired professor in ASU's School of Music and conductor of Choral Union. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two sisters.
  Dorolis Maxine McManis Wade 31 May 2008 Dorolis Maxine McManis Wade, 87, passed away May 31, 2008. Dorolis worked as a secretary for the OS Stapley Company in Mesa and ASU where she retired. She is preceded in death by Murlon, her husband of 52 years. She is survived by 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
  Brent Brown 24 May 2008 Brent Brown passed away on Mary 24, 2008. Click on his name to see a full obituary.
  Fred Kramer 23 May 2008 Fred Kramer, 88, passed away on May 23, 2008. Fred retired from ASU as an electrician after 20 years. He is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.
  Charles Regis Fowler 13 May 2008 Charles "Chuck" Regis Fowler passed away on May 13, 2008. He was an Army Veteran, and retired from ASU in 1997. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary (Rivera), five children, sixteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and other kinfolk. He is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings. 
  Judith Joy Radke 4 May 2008 Judith Joy Radke, 79, passed away on May 4, 2008. She obtained her BA and MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and later received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a Fulbright Scholar in France in 1951-2. She spent her first teaching years in Hays, KS and Winnemuca, NV and ended her career as Professor of French upon retirement from ASU. She is survived by her sister and brother in law. Her parents, and two brothers, preceded her in death. 
  Duane Peter Holloran 3 May 2008 Rev. Duane Peter Holloran, 70, passed away on May 3, 2008. He graduated from the UofA in 1960. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1963 with a Master's of Divinity degree. Returning to Arizona he served as pastor of two Presbyterian churches. Duane then enrolled at ASU and obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1973. He helped found the Phoenix Interfaith Counseling program in 1973, and for the following 24 years served as Executive Director. Duane served as adjunct professor for San Francisco Seminary, ASU and Phoenix Community College. In 1997 Duane returned to the parish ministry. Duane is survived by Nancy, two sons five grandchildren and other relatives.
  S. M. Hunter 30 Apr 2008 S.M. "Sam" Hunter passed away on April 30, 2008. Sam was an Army WWII Veteran, POW and recipient of two Purple Hearts. Sam was employed for over 36 years in the Audio Visual Services Department at ASU. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Lou, four children and four grandchildren.
  Georgialene Hearn 29 Apr 2008 Georgialene Hearn, 76, died April 29, 2008. She taught English composition at ASU for several years. She also spent many years as a professional counselor, helping others with alcoholism, substance abuse, and family issues.
  Margaret Ann Heath 29 Apr 2008 Margaret Ann Heath, 84, passed away on April 29, 2008. She was employed as a supervisor with the State of Arizona Department of Education and later retired from ASU as a data processing supervisor. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur, a brother and a son. One brother, two sons, a daughter-in-law and six grandchildren survive her.
  Cheryl Elyse Cheatham 26 Apr 2008 Cheryl Elyse Cheatham, 62, away on April 26, 2008. She is survived by her mother and father, 3 children, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Cheryl earned degrees from the University of San Francisco and the University of Minnesota. She retired from ASU after 24 years as Coordinator of Student Services with the Executive MBA Program. Cheryl's husband, Glenn Cheatham,  preceded her in death. She established and maintained an ASU scholarship fund in his memory for the last 13 years.
  Rosie Bennett Lyon 23 Apr 2008 Rosie Bennett Lyon, 76, wife of Rusty Lyon, died April 23, 2008. She earned her degree in Elementary Education at Arizona State College in Tempe. In addition to other projects Rosie and Rusty funded jointly at ASU, they established The Rosie Lyon Scholars in Education in the College of Education. In 2004, Rosie was an inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame. In 2006, she received the Alumni Service Award and became a lifetime member of the ASU Alumni Association. She was a member of the executive committee for the ASU Campaign for Leadership from 1995 to 2001 and was a member of the Adopt A Devil Program supporting female athletes. She also supported the ASU women's and men's tennis program. Rosie is survived by her husband, Rusty; two sons, five granddaughters and two sisters. One son preceded her in death.
  Inez Ruth Smith 23 Apr 2008 Inez Ruth Smith, 96, died April 23, 2008. Her husband, Clyde B. Smith, who died in 1976, was the former Head Football Coach, Head of the Athletic Department and Athletic Director for ASU. Mrs. Smith was an active member in community organizations including ASU Faculty Wives Club and the ASU Emeriti Faculty and Wives Club.  Mrs. Smith was predeceased by one child and is survived by two children, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
  Richard Adams 15 Apr 2008 Richard "Rick" Adams, died April 15, 2008. He leaves his wife of 27 years, Jill, an ASU employee, and his daughter Mallory, an ASU graduate student. He is survived by his parents and three siblings.
  James E. Canright 9 Apr 2008 James E. Canright, 88, passed away on April 9, 2008.  He received his undergraduate degree in Botany from Miami University (Ohio), and his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard before assuming teaching positions at Harvard University, Indiana University and then ASU. Beginning in 1964, he served as professor and chairman in ASU's Department of Botany Microbiology, then professor of Botany and then became an emeritus professor when he retired in 1985. He was also active in numerous professional socities and held many leadership positions. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, two sons and two daughters.  Dr. Canright was extremely proud of his association with ASU and remained an avid Sun Devil fan to the end.  
  Lorraine Ann Stepton 3 Apr 2008 Lorraine Ann Stepton, 75, passed away April 3, 2008. She was employed with ASU until she retired in 1996. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Stepton Jr.; four daughters, two sisters, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
  Raymond C. Boles 16 Mar 2008 Raymond C. Boles, 82, passed away on March 16, 2008. Not an ASU employee but in his 50 years of barbering in Tempe, he cut the hair of nearly every VIP at ASU, Tempe, and the state of Arizona.
  William R. Gruver 10 Mar 2008 William R. Gruver, 82, passed away on March 10, 2008. He was a noted Phoenix broadcast journalist-commentator at KFYI Radio and Metro Systems Broadcasting as well as a lecturer in communications at ASU, Rio Salado College and many Community Centers around the Valley. He was a graduate of Columbia University and is the author of a respected history of the nation's Democratic Party. He was an advisor and confidante to the late Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, and later a key staff member for Robert F Kennedy in the senator's brief and tragic presidential campaign of 1968. He was a political "advance man" for three U.S. Presidential Candidates including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy. During the latter campaign he was standing nearby when Bobby Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Mr. Gruver is survived by his wife, Barbara Anne; 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren.
  David S. Price 7 Mar 2008 David S. Price, 82, passed away on March 7, 2008. He was a retired chemistry professor from Glendale College, 1968-88. He formerly taught at Tempe Union High School from 1959-63. He was employed by Dow Jones Chemical company following graduation from Alma College, Alma, Michigan where he earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He received his master's degree in Physics, from ASU, while employed in the laboratory, and taught at ASU in the science dept. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delpha. He is survived by his wife, Dee, his four children and two grandchildren, as well as other relatives.
  Mary Elaine McGovern 2 Mar 2008 Mary Elaine McGovern, 76, passed away on March 2, 2008. Elaine lived in Arizona for 42 years and was associated with St. Jude Guild, ASU Retirees and the MARC organization, and was a substitute teacher with Mesa Schools through the years. Survivors include two sons, a sister, 5 grandchildren and other kinfolk. 
  Wayne Murlin Baty 23 Feb 2008 Wayne Murlin Baty, 82, passed away on Feb. 23, 2008. Wayne was preceded in death by his mother, father and five siblings. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, and two sons and their families in addition to other kinfolk. Wayne graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and received his Masters Degree from Northwestern University and his PhD from University of Southern California. After teaching at Emporia State (KS) and USC, Wayne accepted a Professorship at ASU, College of Business, from where he retired as Emeritus Professor in 1987. 
  Don Riggs 19 Feb 2008 Don Riggs, former Dean of ASU Libraries, passed away on February 19, 2008. He contributed significantly to the ASU Libraries and positioned them as  part of the academy on the Tempe campus. Don retired on December 31, 2007 due to poor health. Upon his retirement, Nova Southeastern University established the Donald E. Riggs Scholarship Fund.
  George Morrell 9 Feb 2008 George Morrell passed away February 9, 2008. A second generation native of Arizona, he was born in Florence, AZ. Click on his name for a full obituary. An interview with George is available in our   Video History library.
  Shirley Jane Burke 6 Feb 2008 Shirley Jane Burke, 86, passed away on February 6, 2008. She worked for twelve years as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Education at ASU. She was preceded in death by her husband William. She is survived by two daughters, six sons, and a sister.
  Helen E. Clark 4 Feb 2008 Helen E. Clark, 87, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2008. She worked for almost twenty years as an ASU records clerk in the days before computers, and was known for her smile and kindness to frantic students. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hail, and a son. Survivors include one daughter, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
  Caroline Lucile Woodruff Martens 2 Feb 2008 Caroline Lucile Woodruff Martens, 98, died Saturday, February 2, 2008. She is survived by a daughter and a nephew. She graduated in 1931 from Iowa State University with a degree in education. After her husband's (Ted) death in 1967, Caroline moved to Arizona. She worked with Associated Students at ASU for 8 years.
  William Frederick Podlich 16 Jan 2008 William "Bill" Frederick Podlich, 92, ASU professor emeritus, died Jan. 16, 2008. At the age of 20, he graduated from Towson State Teacher's College in Maryland and later obtained a master's degree at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. After the war, he attained his doctorate from the State University of Iowa and moved his family to Tempe, where he began his 32-year teaching career in the education department at ASU. Podlich was an accomplished scholar who wrote and was awarded one of the first National Science Foundation grants at ASU. He also helped attract new faculty to the university. His leadership experiences at ASU included service as director of student teaching, president of the Faculty Assembly and president of the Faculty Association. After retiring from ASU in August 1981, Podlich devoted much of his time to volunteer work in politics and service in the United Nations Association, both locally and at the state level. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret, three children, seven grandchildren.
  Joyce Gooding 2 Jan 2008 Joyce Gooding, 67, passed away on January 2, 2008. Joyce married Elmer Gooding in 1962 and they moved ro Arizona in 1967. She earned a BA degree from ASU and an MA from NAU. Joyce taught elementary school for 5 years at Gethsemane Lutheran School and 21 years at Nevitt Elementary School in Tempe. Joyce is survived by hr husband, Elmer; two daughters, two sons-in-law, six grandchildren.