These obituaries are for people who died during 2009. 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.

David Burstein David Burstein 26 Dec 2009 David Burstein, 62, passed away on December 26, 2009. David was a retired ASU astronomy and astrophysics professor. David's research on galaxies, star population and general clusters was known around the world and his work is heavily cited by others. David received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, Conn., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent 26 years at ASU. He served on numerous faculty committees, including a year as the president of the Academic Assembly. David's family would like to thank the outstanding caregivers at Sunrise of Chandler, the Alzheimer's Association and Hospice of the Valley. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gail, a daughter, a son and a grandson.
  Harry Schoolitz 26 Dec 2009 Harry Schoolitz, 76, passed away on Dec. 26, 2009. Harry received his bachelor degree from Slippery Rock University in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 through 1959. He graduated from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1961. In 1963 Harry moved to Scottsdale, Arizona & joined the legal community. His experience spans 44 years as a trial attorney & judge, faculty member of the National Judicial College, instructor at ASU, and speaker at judge & lawyer conferences nationally. In 1991 Harry auditioned & was accepted into the American Academy of theater & Arts in Pasadena, California. His wife of 32 years, Phyllis, and mother of his two children passed away that year. Harry continued his schooling & graduated in 1993. Over the years he developed an extensive compilation of accomplishments spanning theater, film, radio, television, public speaking, & teaching. Harry was a volunteer on-air talent for Sun Sounds Reading Radio Service which serves print disabled listeners and he became part of the executive board. In 1998 Harry married Diane. He is survived by his wife Diane, two children, seven grandchildren children, a sister and four step children.
  Thomas E. Riggs 24 Dec 2009 Thomas E. Riggs, 56, passed away on December 24, 2009. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Chauncey-Riggs, his mother-in-law, his father and step-mother, two daughters, two grandchildren and four siblings.  After graduating from the Rochester School for the Deaf in NY, Tom moved out West where he received a degree in Environmental Studies at the Metropolitan State College in Denver. His fascination with language led way to his Masters in Linguistics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Tom was most recently the director of the American Sign Language/Interpreter Preparation Program at Santa Fe Community College. He held the same position at Phoenix College and prior to that was ASL faculty at ASU, Colorado University and Front Range Community College. Tom also held a CDI, Certified Deaf Interpreter, from RID, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Professional Certification from ASLTA, American Sign Language Teachers Association. Tom has received many awards and recognitions from various teaching/ interpreting/ Deaf organizations and was most recently awarded the Deaf Leadership Award for NM from Hamilton Relay.
 Richard E. Strange Richard E. Strange 22 Dec 2009 Dr. Richard E. Strange, 81, the founding director of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra and a professor emeritus at ASU with a worldwide reputation, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. Strange, known affectionately as "Doc" to many, had garnered a worldwide reputation as a musician and educator. Before arriving at ASU in 1978, he was director of bands at Carnegie Mellon University, and his bands performed at New York's Carnegie Hall. While in Pittsburgh, he conducted the Carnegie Civic Symphony Orchestra from 1961 to 1974, and the Butler County Symphony Orchestra from 1965 to 1974. He was the founding director of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra which is in its 35th season. Strange directed his last concert in October and had told the group he was stepping down after this season. Adept in jazz and musical theater, years ago Strange played clarinet, saxophone and flute with Big Bands. He also played in "pit" bands that accompanied Broadway singers and TV stars. At ASU today, Gary Hill is director of ensemble studies at the Herberger Institute School of Music. Hill took Strange's place as director of bands at ASU 10 years ago. "Strange was a combination of extraordinary intelligence, superb musicianship and the persistence to put those two attributes to work", Hill said. Strange faithfully attended concerts, and supported Hill, even if he didn't always agree. Not only was Strange concerned with teaching students to perform, but he guided ASU undergrads to be good educators. Kimberly Marshall, director of ASU's music school, said Strange was "incredibly dedicated" and that he "will be sorely missed." In addition to his wife, Marian, Strange is survived by two sons and one grandchild.
  Patricia A. Hackett 14 Dec 2009 Patricia A. Hackett, 77, passed away December 14, 2009. Patricia worked at ASU's Student Health Center for 23 years. She is preceded in death by a daughter and son. She is survived by her husband, Roy Hackett, a daughter, a son, six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, three siblings and several nephews and nieces.
  Vince Castronovo 13 Dec 2009 Vince  Castronovo, 81, passed away Dec. 13, 2009. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, and lived there until 1980, when he retired as a Lieutenant with the Rockford Fire Department. He then was employed as a maintenance manager at ASU again retiring in 1993. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Merchant Marines. He also served in the U. S. Air Force for 7 yrs. Survivors include his wife, Liz, two daughters, two grandsons, one great-grandson, numerous nieces & nephews, four step-children, 10 step-grandchildren and 12 step great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and three siblings.
  Mary Jo Almendinger 12 Dec 2009 Mary Jo Almendinger, 65, passed away December 12, 2009. She received her Bachelor of Psychology /Sociology Degree from Winona State College and her MBA from University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was employed by EXCEL ENERGY, INC (NSP) as an Environmental Specialist for 10+ years. After moving to Arizona 28 years ago with her husband Gene, Mary Jo worked for the Arizona Corporation Commission and ASU. She is survived by her husband, Gene and several cousins.
Dudley W. Melichar Dudley W. Melichar 12 Dec 2009 Dudley W. Melichar, Ph.D., 82, passed away December 12, 2009. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from South Dakota State University. He began his teaching and coaching career in Spearfish, SD and later in Watertown, SD. In 1966, the family moved to Tempe where he earned his Ph.D. and eventually he developed the Department of Criminal Studies at ASU. Dudley dedicated his life to being a coach and an educator and retired as Associate Dean of the College of Public Programs at ASU. Dudley is survived by his wife, Blanche, two children and two  grandchildren.
Sylvia Debenport
Sylvia Debenport 10 Dec 2009 Sylvia Debenport, 77, died Dec. 10, 2009. She completed all degree work in music at Indiana University. In her early years, she was on the staff of the Santa Fe Opera and spent several summers at Marlborough Music where she studied with Martial Singher after which she worked professionally in New York City while continuing her vocal studies. For many years, she was a member of the voice faculty and director of the opera program at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. From 1978 until her retirement, she was Professor of Music and Associate Director of Lyric Opera Theater at ASU in Tempe Arizona.  She directed opera productions in the southwest and at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. Following her retirement, she relocated to Atlanta and continued to spend summers at her home in Lake City, Colorado. She is survived by her partner, Shelley McGehee and a sister. She was predeceased by two brothers.
  Patricia Cook Morrell 4 Dec 2009 Patricia Cook Morrell, 88, passed away on December 4, 2009. Patti worked for many years part-time at the Alumni House at ASU. She and her husband, George, traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. Patricia's husband was George Morrell, director of Purchasing at ASU until retirement. George passed away in 2008. She is survived by two daughters, a sister-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
  Vivienne Elizabeth Gardner 3 Dec 2009 Vivienne Elizabeth (McGaughy) Gardner, 84, passed away on December 3, 2009. Vivienne graduated from the Fegin School of Drama and Radio in New York City in 1945. She then toured the eastern coast for a year playing the role of Mother Darling in a road company production of "Peter Pan." At the age of 21 Vivienne moved to Arizona to teach radio and directing at Eastern Arizona Junior College where she met her huband, Lee Gardner. For 10 years Vivienne was involved at the Phoenix Little Theater where she directed and acted in many of their productions. She then moved on to her 21 year career in ticketing at Gammage Auditorium and ASU Public Events, retiring in 1988. Vivienne's husband preceded her in death in 1986. She is survived by a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
  Sara Jean McCulloch Frischknecht 23 Nov 2009 Sara Jean McCulloch Frischknecht, 81, passed away on November 23, 2009. She attended Utah State Agricultural College and was an active member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Sara was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Lee Conrad Frischknecht. Lee was Education Telecommunications Manager for KAET (ASU's station) beginning in 1980. He served as KAET's Assistant General Manager from 1985 until he retired in 1993. Sara became a valued team member at ASU's Center for Environmental Studies and the MBA for Executives program until her retirement in 1993. Sara and Lee later returned home to the Logan, Utah area. Sara is survived by four daughters, 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister.
  Miguel Flys 9 Nov 2009 Dr. Miguel Flys, 81, passed away Monday, November 9, 2009. He was born in the Ukraine, graduated from high school in Salzburg, Austria, graduated from the University of Madrid in 1951 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Madrid in 1954. In 1951, he immigrated to the United States. Dr. Flys was a specialist in contemporary Spanish literature and taught for over 50 years. Spanish poetry was his area of expertise. He taught at Catholic University, Washington, DC; Loyola University in Chicago, Bowling Green State University, and finally at ASU where he taught for 25 years before his retirement in 2001. While at ASU, Dr. Flys was Chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages for 8 years and oversaw the study abroad program in Spain for many years. He is survived by his wife, Felisa and their daughter, as well as by his four children from a previous marriage and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. A donation may be made in memory of Miguel Flys to St. Joseph's Foundation (Children's Health Center), 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013.
  Katharine K. Phillips 6 Nov 2009 Katharine K. Phillips, 92, passed away on November 6, 2009. Katharine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College. Katharine moved here to the Valley in 1958 with her parents and her four children. She was an active docent with the Phoenix Art Museum and the second president of FOMA (Friends of Mexican Art). She worked at ASU in the Spanish Department as a research assistant for Dr. Lewis Tambs and Dr. David Foster. She is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She will be laid to rest in the Mausoleum at Valley of the Sun in Chandler. 
  Marjorie Ann Franks 30 Oct 2009 Marjorie Ann Franks, 75, passed away October 30, 2009.  She was supervisor of Payroll in the Human Resources Department at ASU. Her husband Sam preceded her in death as did her parents.  She is survived by three siblings, two daughters, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Contributions can be made to Kulpahar Kids Home, c/o Ann Huffman, P. O. Box 32574, Phoenix, AZ 85064.
  Mary Rosary Taliercio 22 Oct 2009 Mary Rosary Taliercio, 65, passed away on Oct. 22, 2009.  She graduated from Rosary College of River Forest, Illinois and received a Master's degree in Education Administration & Principalship from ASU. Mary taught 20 years in the district 83 system at Roy school in Northlake, Illinois, and later taught 12 years at ASU West campus. She is survived by her husband Pasquale. a sister, niece, nephew and many other family members and friends.
  Margaret Gisolo 20 Oct 2009 Margaret Gisolo, 94, passed away on October 20, 2009. She was a pioneer in women's sports, and helped establish and served as chairperson of the dance program at ASU. She helped open the door for increased acceptance of women in sports. In 1928, she knocked in the winning run for the ball team she played on. The opposing team protested the loss, saying that the League was reserved for boys only. A three-man commission, including the Major League Baseball Commissioner, eventually ruled in favor of her eligibility. The team went on to capture the Indiana state championship and compete at Chicago's Comiskey Park. Because of her accomplishments and the high profile of the case, thousands of girls across the country wanted to sign up for American Legion baseball, but the rules were changed the next year barring girls from play, a ruling that stood until the 1970s. Margaret then turned her attention to dance in college graduating from Indiana State University. She earned a masters degree at New York University. She also served in the Navy in World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the war she taught dance at Indiana State College in Pennsylvania and studied dance at Columbia University for a year before moving to Arizona in 1953. Further study included work with Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and Jose Limon. She joined the ASU faculty in 1954 and served as Chairperson of the program in dance until 1977. She was a founding and supporting member of the Friends of ASU Dance and the Arizona Dance Arts Alliance. In 1979, Margaret received the ASU Distinguished Teacher Award. After retiring in 1980, she wrote a history of Dance Companies in the State of Arizona. Copies of this unpublished document are housed in the New York City Public Library Dance Collection and the Lincoln Center Library, among others. Indiana State University named her a Distinguished Alumna, she was awarded the ASU Fine Arts Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 1994 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by ASU. She resumed playing tennis and soon was on the national circuit. She was nationally ranked until 2000, when at age 86 she stopped traveling to national matches. At the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, she is included in a permanent exhibit celebrating women in baseball. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings. She is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made payable to the ASU Foundation, attention: "Margaret Gisolo Scholarship in Dance." Mail to: Development Office, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, PO Box 872102, Tempe, AZ 85287-2102. There is an interview with Margaret Gisolo in ASURA's Video History library.
  Anthony Alizio 13 Oct 2009 Anthony Alizio, 48, passed away October 13, 2009. Tony attended ASU and worked for the ASU Police Department for a period of time. After this he worked for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier for 22 years. Tony is survived by his wife, Donna, two daughters, a grandson and a host of other family and friends.
  Don Raymond Crabtree 7 Oct 2009 Don Raymond Crabtree, 85, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. He joined the Army in 1948, enjoyed a distinguished career, retiring as a Major in 1963. His last post was Fort Huachuca, AZ. and upon retiring settled his family in Tucson. He retired again in 1985 from ASU as the Director of Student Housing. He was predeceased by his second wife, Helen, in 2008. He is survived by three sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Donations in his honor may be made to American Diabetic Association or an organization of your choice. (Source: Jo Henry, UofA Retirees Association Membership Chair)
  Celia Halas 14 Sep 2009 Celia Halas, 86, passed away September 14, 2009. She is survived by three children, four grandchildren and her extended family. Celia and Mike Halas, her husband of 62 years, moved to Phoenix in 1949 after their graduation from Marquette University. At age 50 Celia returned to college and earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from ASU. She taught at ASU and began her private practice. She co-authored I've Done So Well, published by McMillan Press. She promoted the book on the Today Show and on news stations across the US. She later authored Why Can't a Woman Be More like a Man, a book for men about women. In 1977 she was invited with a group of prominent Arizona Professional Women to be a guest of the Chinese government on a tour of their country. This was just as China opened its borders to foreigners. Celia was the first President of Charter 100, and in 1989 she helped create The Malta Center for HIV/AIDS. She taught Assertiveness Training at the Casa de Paz y Bien for over 20 years. Celia and Mike lived in Paradise Valley until Mike's death in 2007. At that time she moved to Colorado to be with her daughter, Therese. Throughout her life Celia loved to write, her final book Love Letters: A Women's Story, is an autobiography.
  Karl Dowhie 30 Aug 2009 Karl "Coach" Dowhie, 63, died August 30, 2009. He and his wife moved to Phoenix in 1969. After earning his MFA/Education from ASU, he taught at ASU, Phoenix College, Chandler High School and participated in many 'visiting artist' programs. His large Southwest landscapes, waterscapes, and botanical paintings and prints are in many public and private collections. His Grand Canyon masterpiece from the Recession Artist River Expedition, "Matkatimiba", is in the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. His creative signage marked the redesign of the Desert Botanical Garden, and his 2007 one-man show of 'grand botanicals' celebrated the reopening of the Casa Grande Museum. His works can be viewed at Karl Dowhie Studios in Tempe. His contributions to Tempe and Arizona include helping to found the Tempe Center for the Arts, serving as its first Director in 1981; President of Arizona and USA Junior Olympic Freestyle Wrestling and Coach of their 1990 Championship Team; President of the Chandler Education Association; and organizer and Head Coach of Tempe Pop Warner. He is survived by Lynne Dowhie, his wife of 43 years, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren and three brothers.
  Roland Clements Hanson 28 Aug 2009 Roland Clements Hanson, 75, died on August 28, 2009. His wife, Joan Acton Hanson, preceded him in death. Roland is survived by a sister, a brother, four children and four grandchildren. Roland received a B.S. in Engineering Physics at Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1960. After postdoctoral work at Cornell University, he joined the faculty at ASU in 1966, teaching and conducting research on the behavior of materials. He rose to full professor while helping pioneer the use of diamond anvil cells to create extraordinarily high pressures, and used sophisticated scattering and absorption techniques to measure their effects. He retired in 1999. Donations in memory of Roland Hanson may be made to the ASU Physics Department (
  Ward O'Connell 25 Aug 2009 Ward O'Connell, 77, passed away on August 25, 2009. Ward taught public school in Miami, Florida and Washington and Sunnyvale, California. Later, he became the diving coach at the famed Santa Clara Swim Club while teaching school. He, then, became the water polo and diving coach at Yale University and and diving coach at ASU for 31 years. He was honored with numerous accolades as a diving coach, among them being the USA diving coach for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada and later in Cali, Columbia. He was also the World University Games Coach in Tokyo, Japan. He was a recipient of the prestigious Fred Cady Diving Award which is given to those who have dedicated a lifetime to the sport of diving. Donations in Ward's memory may be made to: Hospice of the East Valley, 1550 S. Alma School Road, Suite 102, Mesa, Arizona 85210.
  Louis Homer Grossman 21 Aug 2009 Louis Homer Grossman, Ph.D, 90, passed away on August 21, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Gloria; one son, two daughters, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Louis was a graduate of the University of Michigan, spent 5 years in the Army during World War II, and then went into business running the family owned Grossman's Department Store in Muskegon, MI. In the early 1960's he made a career change from the business world to academia. Upon completing his graduate work at Michigan State University, Louis moved his family to Tempe in 1966 and became a professor at ASU. He taught marketing and management at ASU as well as short term assignments at U-M, UCLA, Hebrew University (Jerusalem), University of London, Oslo Business School (Norway) and various consulting jobs for private businesses throughout the country. He published many business articles, books, and reviews in business journals. Following retirement in 1989, Louis headed the ASU faculty development program on an interim basis, and the Lincoln Center for Ethics. He served as a volunteer for 13 years as a Small Claims Hearing Officer for the Justice Courts of Scottsdale and Tempe. Donations may be made to the ASU Foundation, 300 E. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-2061; in the memo line write "Louis Grossman Scholarship Fund"; or to Hillel at ASU, 1012 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281.
  Geraldine Edwina Lukes Axford 14 Aug 2009 Geraldine Edwina Lukes Axford, 83 passed away on August 14, 2009. Geri was graduated from the Baptist Missionary Training College where she met her late husband, Dr. Roger W. Axford, (Professor Emeritus, ASU). After raising her family, Geri worked at ASU's Danforth Chapel and the Western Conference of the United Methodist Church. Later she was the office manager for Dr. Daniel Bauer. She held many offices including President of the Tempe Public Library Board and volunteered at Banner Desert Medical Center (formerly Desert Samaritan) where she served in various roles, including two terms as President of the auxiliary's board of directors. Preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother, Geri is survived by three children and nine grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to N.P.R. KJZZ Geri Axford Fund.
  Thomas Henry Mildebrandt 11 Aug 2009 Thomas Henry Milldebrandt, 83, passed away August 11, 2009. Tom was a US Navy veteran who served on an LCI in the South Pacific in WWII. He moved to Arizona with his wife, Joanne, in 1954 and joined the Arizona Highway Patrol where in his 32 years of service he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He taught Criminal Justice at the UofA, ASU and in South Africa. Tom is preceded in death by his wife, Joanne, with whom he had two children. He is survived by his wife, Doris Quackenbush, two children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice. 
  Donald H. Perry 11 Aug 2009 Donald H. Perry, 78, passed away August 11, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Joanne, a sister-in-law, 12 nieces and nephews plus numerous grand and great nieces and nephews. Don served in the Air Force 1952-1960. Served in Korea 1952-53 with the 36th Fighter Bomber Squadron and continued his service in the Army Reserve. After his service he was with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department, retiring after 20 years in 1980. Don also was with MVD and ASU West Security. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phx. AZ 85014 or Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL, 60614 or to a charity of your choice. 
  Patricia Ann Coddington 7 Aug 2009 Patricia Ann Coddington, 68, passed away on August 7, 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents. After 31 years working at ASU, she retired in 2008.  Survivors include a son, two grandchildren, a brother and several relatives in the NY area.
  Ron Johnson 7 Aug 2009 Ron Johnson, 78, long-time ASU swim coach, died August 7, 2009. Ron is survived by his wife Priscilla Johnson, four children, three grandchildren and a sister. Johnson coached the ASU men's swim team for 18 years (1976-93) and also was on Mona Plummer's women's coaching staff when the Sun Devils won the last two of eight AIAW national titles in the pre-NCAA days. Johnson's ASU men's teams earned six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships including a school best sixth in 1982 and seventh in 1983 and '84. Johnson was Mexico's Olympic coach at the 1968 Olympics and recruited many international swimmers to ASU. More than 25 of his ASU swimmers competed at the Olympics including 14 medal winners. He founded the Mesa Aquatics Club. Johnson was inducted into the Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 because of a masters swim career that included more than 50 world records. He survived multiple heart attacks including one during a masters meet in March 2007. Johnson swam for the University of Iowa and on the 1955 U.S. Pan American Games team. He was author of a recent book Romancing the Water.
  Nelson Lionel Haggerson, Jr. 6 Aug 2009 Nelson Lionel Haggerson, Jr, 82, passed away August 6, 2009. Nelson is survived by his wife Catherine Naomi Rumsey, five children, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Kate Haggerson, a son and a daughter. Family and Friends can visit to pay to tributes to Mr. Haggerson. He had been a faculty member in ASU's Policy Leadership & Curriculum Department in Secondary Education.
  Frank F. Navarrete 1 Aug 2009 Frank F. Navarrete, 66, passed away on August 1, 2009.  An ASU graduate, Frank served as a Phoenix police officer for 18 years, rising to captain. In 1981, Gov. Bruce Babbitt put Frank in charge of the Arizona Criminal Intelligence Agency, where he oversaw anti-crime operations including establishing an international drug interdiction program. In 1984, Frank began a 19-year career as a telecommunications executive and consultant working for companies like Motorola, Northern Telecom, and LCC Inc. In 2003, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano called on Frank to serve as Arizona's Director of Homeland Security and the Division of Emergency Management. In this position, Frank served as Chairman of the Arizona State Emergency Response Commission, the Arizona Criminal Justice Information System, the Rocky Mountain Intelligence Network, and the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information System. He was also an adjunct professor at ASU - teaching Homeland Security Theory and Application Courses. Frank is survived by his wife Kathleen and their two children; also by a daughter, granddaughter, three siblings and his mother. Contributions may be made to the Ethan and Morgan Navarrete Education Fund care of Wells Fargo Bank Account #2043097258 with a routing number of 503800503.
  Hildegarde Streufert Crane 30 Jul 2009 Hildegarde Streufert Crane, 84, died July 30, 2009. Hildegarde served as a University Professor for 34 years. She joined the Home Economics Faculty at ASU in 1961. In 1968, she introduced an Interdisciplinary Interior Design and Decorative Arts Program between the Art and Home Economics Departments. She served as Program Chair until 1985. She was the recipient of numerous awards. An endowment fund was established in her name in the College of Design. She retired, Professor Emeritus, in 1987, closing a 40 year teaching career. Hildegarde is survived by a sister, two brothers, three stepchildren, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, five brothers and one sister.
  Leroy H. Griffith 27 Jul 2009 Dr. LeRoy H. Griffith, 86, former professor of Secondary Education, ASU, passed away July 27, 2009. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees from Drake University and a Ph.D. degree in Secondary Education from the State University of Iowa. He also served as a non-public high school visitor for the state of Iowa and as school administrator for several Iowa schools. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Twila, two daughters, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Prior to his demise, he indicated that the ASU experience was an important segment of his life.
  Garth J. Blackham 24 Jul 2009 Garth J. Blackham, Ph.D., 82, passed away July 24, 2009. He graduated Utah State University in 1951 with a Masters Degree in Psychology.  He received his doctorate in 1954 from Cornell Univ in NYS and moved to Phoenix. He worked as a school psychologist for 8 years, then began teaching at ASU in 1962, retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, a daughter and a  sister. He was preceded in death by a daughter, his parents, and two siblings. He was past president of AZPA, past recipient of the outstanding state psychologist award for AZPA and was deeply respected by his students and colleagues. Donations may be made to Maricopa American Cancer Society. 
  Richard S. Juvet, Jr. 20 Jul 2009 Richard S. Juvet, Jr., Ph.D. 78, died on July 20, 2009. He retired after 25 years with ASU as Professor Emeritus (Analytical Chemistry) and also spent 15 years teaching at University of Illinois. Richard received his doctorate from UCLA. In addition to teaching, he conducted research, primarily on gas chromatography, at Cambridge University (England), Ecole Polytechnique (France), University of Vienna and Taiwan University. He was national chairman of the American Chemical Society's Analytical Chemistry Division, a member of the National Academy of Science and national president of Alpha Chi Sigma, the national chemistry fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Elthon Juvet, a daughter, three sons and two grandchildren.
A. J. Pfister
A. J. Pfister 20 Jul 2009 A.J. "Jack" Pfister died suddenly on Monday, July 20, 2009, at the age of 75. A fourth-generation Arizonan, Jack was born in Prescott on October 3, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia, a daughter, a son, and his brother, along with many cousins and extended family. He was a devoted father, a loving brother and dedicated his life to improving education and encouraging community service. Jack graduated from the University of Arizona in 1955, married in 1956, and then graduated from the University of Arizona Law School in 1959. He became a partner with the law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, where he remained until 1969. He joined SRP in 1970 and became general manager in 1976 until he retired in 1991. While at SRP, Jack advocated participatory management, initiated a special series to keep executives focused on community matters, and maintained high levels of integrity and good customer service. Among many achievements, he worked with Governor Bruce Babbitt to negotiate the state's first groundwater management act. Jack contributed his time generously to charitable, government, and community activities. He served on the transition teams for both incoming Governor Jane Hull and incoming Mayor Phil Gordon. President Jimmy Carter tapped him for a national steering committee to analyze the impacts from the Three Mile Island accident. He also served as a board member and on the staff of the Center for the Future of Arizona. Among many honors he received was the Human Relations Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1992. In commending the award, Dr. Lattie F. Coor, then-president of Arizona State University, stated, "Jack Pfister combines an uncommon ability at problem solving with a boundless commitment to the well-being of this community and this state. By listening carefully to all who are around him, he finds the common core of decency by which a society advances itself and helps us all to make this a better place in which to live."  
  Nevada Marie Williams 20 Jul 2009 Nevada Marie (Landon) Williams, of Tempe, AZ passed away July 20, 2009 at the age of 94. Nevada was born September 20, 1914 and raised in Piqua OH. She moved to Tempe in 1959 with her husband Lester Williams. She worked and retired from ASU, and then spent her time traveling and being a wonderful mother and grandmother to her family. Nevada is survived by three daughters and one son, seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Lester in 1987, a great great granddaughter, her parents, a sister and two brothers. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. No services are planned.
  Jeri Guthrie 1 Jul 2009 Jeri Guthrie, 88, passed away July 1, 2009. She had been retired for a number of years after working as an administrative assistant in the Decision Information Systems Dept. of the College of Business. She is survived by two sons; one son preceded her in death. (Source: ASU retiree friend and former co-worker)
  Frederick L. Whitam Jul 2009 Frederick L. Whitam, 76, died in July 2009. He was Professor Emeritus in Sociology, and was one of the faculty who established the ASU Ph.D. program in 1972.  Fred spent over 30 years teaching and engaging in research at ASU.  Prior to joining the ASU Department of Sociology in 1965, he earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University.  Fred also had served as an Assistant Professor and Sociology Department Chair at Millsaps College in Mississippi, as an Instructor at the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, and as a Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.  His book publications included The Protestant Spanish Community (1960) and the co-authored book with Robin Mathy on Male Homosexuality in Four Societies:  Brazil, Guatemala, the Philippines, and the United States (1986). (Source: Leonard Gordon, Arizona State University)
  John W. Lowe, Sr. 19 Jun 2009 John W. Lowe, Sr., 90, passed away June 19, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Kathryn, one son, two daughters, three grandsons and one great grand-daughter. He was preceded in death by a son, parents and three siblings. John's career included 32 years as a professor at ASU's College of Business.
  Alexander MacLeod Cameron 8 Jun 2009 Alexander MacLeod Cameron, 92, passed away on June 8, 2009. He was an honored WWII veteran serving in the 361st Army infantry in Europe 1942-1945. He worked many years in a lumber mill in Seattle, then as a warehouse manager in Phoenix, and in maintenance at ASU. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Barbara "Bobby" Cameron. He is survived by a son, a daughter, nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and two sisters.
  Warren Rice 5 Jun 2009 Warren Rice, an emeritus professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who was on the faculty of ASU for more than 30 years, died on June 5, 2009. Rice was at ASU from 1958 until 1990, and was one of the early leaders of engineering research at the University. He was the "father of engineering research ... a major force in improving the quality and quantity of engineering research at ASU," said Harold Nelson, a former ASU engineering student and faculty member. Rice had numerous significant research publications, and won several top teaching awards. He was a consultant to numerous companies, universities and research programs from 1948 to 2000. His expertise included some of the early efforts in environmental engineering. Rice earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. He is survived by a daughter, a son, two siblings, five grandchildren and partner Geraldine Quisenberry.
  George E. Paulsen 1 Jun 2009 George E. Paulsen, 86, died on June 1, 2009. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater in World War II. Following the war, he received the baccalaureate degree in 1949 from Hobart College and the Ph.D. in 1959 from Ohio State University. He was a professor of history at ASU from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. He is survived by two cousins, a nephew and three nieces. He was preceded in death by a sister.
  Elaine Brown Summer 2009 Elaine Brown, 92, passed away summer 2009. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 yrs. Walter Charles Brown, survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother. She was raised in a rural area in northwest Missouri where she attended and later taught in a one-room schoolhouse. She was active with the Faculty Wives at the University of Missouri and then later at ASU. Contributions may be made in support of educational projects to P.E.O., 1652 E. La Jolla Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282 or the Friendship Village Foundation.  
 Marvin H. Alisky Marvin H. Alisky 23 May 2009 Dr. Marvin H. Alisky, 86, passed away May 23, 2009. He was a distinguished professor, journalist, commentator, and political scientist. He attended Saint Mary's University before serving in the Navy 1944-45. Afterwards, he completed B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Texas and did postgraduate work at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterey in Mexico. He was a foreign correspondent in Latin America for NBC radio and The Christian Science Monitor, being one of the first journalists to document Argentine dictator Juan Peron's persecution of the Catholic Church. Back in the USA, he did TV broadcasts for the Texas Quality Network, before teaching journalism at Indiana University. In 1959, he and his wife moved to Tempe when he joined the faculty of ASU, where he served until retiring in 1990. He was a professor of journalism and then political science, founding the Department of Mass Communication (now the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication) and co-founding the Center for Latin American Studies. He authored or co-authored 19 books and more than 300 articles. He was most proud of his 1981 book Latin American Media: Guidance and Censorship. Over the course of his career, he visited every country in Latin America. In 1960, he was a Fulbright professor in Nicaragua, where he became personal friends with the heroic opposition publisher Pedro Joaquín Chamorro and his wife Violeta, later president of Nicaragua. An ardent champion of press freedom, he visited Chamorro when he was imprisoned by the Somoza dictatorship, and then in the 1980s, when Violeta Chamorro's La Prensa newspaper was under siege by the Sandinista regime, he led the outcry in America that helped ease conditions until free elections were held that made Violeta president. With his expertise about Latin America, he frequently appeared on local TV and radio through the end of the 1990s and at various times wrote columns that appeared in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Gazette and newspapers out of state. He was active in civic work, serving on local organizations such as the Tempe Public Library Board and the Arizona-Mexico Commission and in Washington D.C. with a presidential appointment to the Board of Foreign Scholarships overseeing the Fulbright program. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 53 years, two sons and two grandsons.
  Marie P. Rice 21 May 2009 Marie P. Rice, 93, passed away on May 21, 2009. She was predeceased by her husband, Ross, after 55 years of marriage. She is survived by four daughters, nine grandchildren, a sister and two nieces. She attended University of Chicago and graduated from ASU with bachelor's and master's degrees. Marie taught at ASU Payne Training School and in the Tempe Elementary School District. She was past president and active volunteer for the Tempe Historical Society.
  Elizabeth Mandarino 20 May 2009 Elizabeth Mandarino, 80, passed away on May 20, 2009. Following raising her children, Elizabeth loved working at ASU in the residency office. Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 61 years, Salvatore, two sons, three nephews, five grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and many more relatives.
L. William Seidman
L. William Seidman 13 May 2009 L. William "Bill" Seidman, 88, died May 13. Seidman, former FDIC chairman, popular CNBC commentator and former ASU College of Business dean, is remembered as a leader who made great contributions to the economy and higher education. Seidman served as a top economic adviser to President Gerald Ford and later led the federal response to the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). He served as the business school dean at ASU from 1982 to 1985. The school continues to honor Seidman through the economic research work accomplished at its L. William Seidman Research Institute founded in his name in 1992. Two important groups that Seidman created at the school also are flourishing. The Dean's Council of 100 is a national group of prominent business executives who advise the school. The Economic Club of Phoenix has become the preeminent forum for the exchange of ideas about business and the economy. Says Dennis Hoffman, an economics professor and director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business, "Bill helped us make the first major step toward being the highly ranked W. P. Carey School we are today."
  Dorothy Inez Patten Shlyk 4 May 2009 Dorothy Inez Patten Shlyk, 78, passed away on May 4, 2009. Dorothy is survived by a son, a daughter, a brother and 10 grandchildren. Her first husband, Nicholas Shlyk, passed away in 1963. She was later married to Henry Gerlach for 19 years. She worked at ASU for 37 years in the office of Student Affairs. She is preceded in death by her husband Nick, her mother, father, and sister.
  Elizabeth Louise Jelinek 27 Apr 2009 Elizabeth Louise Jelinek, nee Zeman, 92, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, James, two brothers and two sisters. James and Elizabeth moved to Tempe in 1953 when James joined the faculty at ASU (then Arizona State College) as a professor of education. Elizabeth also began working at the university as the executive secretary for the head librarian at Matthews Library. She worked at the library for 25 years, retiring in 1978. After her husband's death, Elizabeth moved to Arcadia, California in 2007. She is survived by her son and his family.
Bruce Snyder
Bruce Snyder 13 Apr 2009 Bruce Snyder, who coached Arizona State to a Pac-10 football title in 1996 and came within seconds of a national championship, died April 13, 2009, of cancer. Snyder, 69, was 58-45 in nine seasons at ASU (1992-2000) and was national Coach of the Year for his 11-1 team in 1996 that only lost to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. He coached for five seasons at California before coming to ASU. Snyder's ASU players included quarterback Jake Plummer and the late Pat Tillman. Snyder was diagnosed with melanoma in June. He told The Arizona Republic in the fall: "I've eliminated disliking my doctors that didn't catch it or my fate or circumstances. But I do believe this, though if all of a sudden I'm gone in a year, it's been a damn good life. And I've lived a healthier longer life than most." He is survived by his wife Linda, three daughters, two grandchildren and five siblings.
  Lester Moses Snyder, Jr. 7 Apr 2009
Lester Moses Snyder, Jr.79, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Les and his deceased wife Audrene are survived by two sons and seven grandchildren. Dr. Snyder was a graduate of Millersville State University (BA), NYU (MA), and University of Michigan (PhD). He moved to Tempe in 1967 where he became an associate professor, and ultimately, associate dean of the College of Education at ASU. Dr. Snyder was an active tennis player and volunteer. He served as president of the United State Tennis Association in 1995-96, and oversaw the construction of the new US Tennis Center in Flushing, NY, the home of the U.S. Open. Les was a founding board member of the Rio Salado Bank, and former chairman and board member of the Tempe Diplomats. Les was also president of Heuristic Systems, an educational consulting firm based in Tempe.
  Vernon LeRoy Moore 18 Mar 2009 Vernon "Vern" LeRoy Moore, 75, passed away on March, 18, 2009. He retired from the Air Force after 23 years of service, and continued his career in computers by working at ASU, the State of Arizona Motor Vehicle Division, and finally retiring from First Interstate BanCorp in 1988. Vern is survived by a son, three daughters, four grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and his first wife.
  Donald D. Chudanov 17 Mar 2009 Donald D. Chudanov, 87, passed away on March 17, 2009. He finished his working years at ASU. Don is survived by his wife Donna, a daughter, son, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two siblings.
  Victor Jay Miller Spring 2009 Victor Jay Miller, 88, passed away in the spring of 2009. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Illinois. His studies were interrupted by WWII. He volunteered for the Rangers and was with the 5th Rangers during the D-Day invasion. In Germany he was taken prisoner, escaped, and was later recaptured. After the war, and graduation, he was chairman of horticulture at the University of Nebraska. He came to ASU in 1958 and taught there until retirement in 1986. He was host of Gardening for Fun, a weekly TV show on KAET, for more than 20 years. He also wrote a column for the Arizona Republic with the same name. He is predeceased by Joyce his wife of 56 years, his second wife Mary, a son, a step-grandson, and two brothers. He is survived by his wife Faye, a sister, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and a step-great-grandson.
  Marjorie S. Nagel 25 Feb 2009 Marjorie S. Nagel, 87, passed away on February 25, 2009. Marge was preceded in death by her husband Earl T. Nagel and a brother. She is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Marge was in the Navy and her husband in the Marine Corps. They were stationed in Washington, D.C. until their honorable discharges in 1945. They moved to Scottsdale in 1958. Marge worked as a library cataloger at the ASU law library and retired in 1984. She sang with the Scottsdale Sweet Adelines and the Fiesta Chorus.
  Hazel Mae Smith 10 Feb 2009 Hazel Mae Smith, 81, passed away on February 10, 2009. Hazel retired from ASU/Grady Gammage after 24 years of service. She is preceded in death by her husband, Christopher and one daughter. She is survived by a brother, four children, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson.
  Thomas B. Watkins 5 Feb 2009 Thomas B. Watkins, 88, passed away February 5, 2009. He is survived by his wife Mary, a grandson and a great grandson. Prior to retirement, Tom was a Professor at ASU. He was very active in amateur radio, being one of a group of hams that operated the Goldwater Station during the Vietnam War. Tom was also a Navy Veteran of WWII.
  Senon A. Castillo 31 Jan 2009 Senon A. "Baldy" Castillo, 90, passed away on January 31, 2009. After serving in the Navy as Chief Petty Officer from 1942 to 1946 he attended ASU and graduated with a degree in education. He served as head Track and Field Coach at ASU from 1953-1979. He led his student athletes to 10 NCAA titles and coached 34 All-Americans. Twenty-four of his athletes competed in eight Summer Olympics and collected 13 Olympic medals, seven of which were gold. One of his greatest accomplishments was when his team won the Track and Field National Championship in 1977. He was an inductee in the Oklahoma State Field of Track and Field Hall of Honor, Penn Relays and Drake Relays Hall of Fame, national Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Arizona Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame and ASU Hall of Distinction. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leona, two children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one sister.
  Billy Joe Irvan 26 Jan 2009 Billy Joe Irvan, 83, passed away January 26, 2009. Bill is survived by his wife Corrine and one son. Corrine, an ASU retiree, was the Office Coordinator of ASU Retirees Association from 1991-2007. Bill attended Murray State College and went on to manage shoe stores in Kentucky, Tennessee, Tempe and Phoenix.
  Jacqueline Olds Miller 1 Jan 2009 Jacqueline "Jackie" Olds Miller passed away on January 1, 2009. Jackie worked in the Registrar's Office of Arizona State College (now ASU), and later taught in the Tempe Elementary School District. After she and her husband retired, they both became active volunteers at the Desert Botanical Garden. Her husband, Howard, passed away in 1997. Two children and two grandchildren survive them.