Peter Allison Peter Allison 29 Dec 2015

Peter Allison, 65, passed away recently. He held a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Washington, and Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University. His career included business and technology that spanned venture capital, biotechnology, petroleum, real estate, and most recently, his appointment as Senior Director for Technology Innovation of the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. He taught business courses at ASU, and served on the Board of the University of Washington School of Public Health, the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University, and other business and civic boards. He is survived by his wife, Traci, her two children, a grandson, his parents, a sister, brother, nieces, nephews and other relatives. A Memorial Service is scheduled for December 30th, 3:00 p.m., at Hazen & Jaegar Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. Donations in his memory may be made to JDRF, the American Heart Association and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Spokane.(Source: ASU Foundation)

Michael Belok Dr. Michael Victor Belok 28 Dec 2015 Dr. Michael Victor Belok, 92, passed away on December 28, 2015. Michael was drafted into the U.S. Army after the outbreak of WWII. After the war, he went back to college and received his PhD from USC in 1958. He was a Professor at ASU in the College of Education until 1989. He co-authored several books, including Approaches to Values, The Psychological Foundations of Education and The US and the Persian Gulf. He was published in Who's Who in the West in 1976 and 1982. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgina, and two sisters. He is survived by a niece and ten step-grandchildren. Graveside services were held December 31, 2015 at the Mesa City Cemetery. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Marie Corrine Irvan Marie Corrine Irvan 26 Dec 2015 Marie Corrine Irvan, 86, passed away December 26, 2015. Corrine was a graduate of ASU. She was employed in the Budget Office at ASU for many years, retiring in 1991. After retiring she volunteered as Business Manager and Office Coordinator for ASURA from 1991-2007. She was preceded in death by husband, Bill Irvan, a son and two brothers. She is survived by a sister and many nieces and nephews. As an avid animal lover, and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local animal shelter. Funeral services will be held at Messinger Mortuary 7601 E. Indian School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM.
(Source: Arizona Republic)
  Joseph P. Fiore 22 Dec 2015 Joseph P. Fiore, 86, passed away on December 22, 2015. Joseph was the director of operations at ASU for many years. Survivors include many nieces and nephews and his sweetheart, Sharla James. He was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service for Joseph on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at 11:00AM in Assumption Cemetery on Kings Highway in Westport, CT.
(Source: Arizona Republic)
Monte R. Allen Monte R. Allen 15 Dec 2015 Monte R. Allen, 84, died December 15, 2015. Monte served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Lakehurst, NJ and Litchfield Park, AZ. He earned his doctorate at Denver University and was a professor of Education at ISU for twelve years. Monte and family then moved to Arizona where he served as an academic advisor at ASU West for seven years. He was preceded in death by his sister. He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Allen, two children, four grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and two brothers. A private family service will be held at Shadow Rock Church on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 12:30 followed by an 'all are welcome' Celebration of Life at his daughter's house at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley at or American Cancer Society at (Source: Arizona Republic)
Edward Waldmann Edward B. Waldmann 14 Dec 2015

Edward B. Waldmann, MD, FACP, 89, passed away on December 14, 2015. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Creighton University, where he graduated summa cum laude from the medical school and received the Adolph Sachs Award. His internship was spent at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, followed by service as a naval flight surgeon. After the Navy, he became associated with the Mayo Clinic, first as a fellow in medicine and then as a staff member. In 1959 he moved to Phoenix and joined Phoenix Medical Associates. In 1968, he was named medical director of the Mercy Care Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and then developed a consulting practice in internal medicine and nephrology. He was on the teaching staff at St. Joseph Hospital from 1979 until his retirement in the 90’s; an associate in internal medicine at the University of Arizona from 1973-1984 and instructor for the nurse clinician (practitioner) program, Graduate School of Nursing at ASU from 1973-1978. Dr. Waldmann is survived by three children, two grandchildren, four stepchildren from his late wife, two step-grandchildren and one stepchild from his surviving wife, Sandra Waldmann. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Grace Agnes Rieg 10 Dec 2015

Grace Agnes (Riechlmayr) Rieg, 91, passed away on December 10, 2015. Grace was a teachers assistant at St. Marks Catholic School and the ASU Newman Center. She is predeceased by her husband, Harold. She is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A viewing will be held December 14 at 9 a.m. with funeral services to follow immediately after the viewing at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale.

Dennis Wharton Dennis Earl Wharton 10 Dec 2015

Dennis Earl Wharton, 55, passed away on December 10, 2015. Denis worked as a Principal Tech Support Analyst at ASU, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for 18 years and Information Systems at Mesa Public Schools for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Cindy, a daughter, two sons and his parents. Services will be held December 18, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3920 E. Brown Road, Mesa, Arizona 85205. Visitation from10:00 A.M.-11:40A.M. Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon. Internment at City of Mesa Cemetery 2:00 P.M. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Frank Spinosa  Frank Spinosa  5 Dec 2015

 Frank Spinosa, 85, died December 5, 2015. Frank began playing the violin at the age of seven and continued years of studying to obtain his Bachelors and Masters in Music from Boston University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in 1969 from the University of Illinois. Frank was a Professor of Music at ASU known for his devotion to excellence and an incredible sense of humor. Throughout the years, he was concert violinist and Concert Master in many symphonies across the country. His Quartet with Gene, Bill, and Taki was nationally and internationally recognized. He was a conductor for the Sun City and Mesa Orchestras. He authored several popular books on "string technique". Frank also played shows for hundreds of national acts and plays that came through Phoenix. Frank is survived by his wife, Barbara, five children, three grandchildren and three siblings. At his request, there will be no services. (Source: Arizona Republic)  

Charles C. Hahn III Charles C. Hahn III 3 Dec 2015

Charles C. “Chuck” Hahn III, 77, passed away on December 3rd, 2015. Chuck graduated from ASU with a business degree, and was also an ROTC cadet. He served in the US Air Force at Selfridge Air Force Base near Mt. Clemens, Michigan as a First Lieutenant working in Air Intelligence during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his military service, he moved to Phoenix in 1968, where he spent his professional career in Real Estate Development in the greater Phoenix area. He was an early major donor to ASU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The Hahn Endowment gave several scholarships to Business students who showed high promise and were in need of assistance. Chuck is survived by two children, five grandchildren, a brother and two nephews. Funeral Service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church at 6300 N. Central Ave, January 4th, 2016 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Charles Hahn Endowment at ASU Foundation for a New American University. For Information, please call ASU W.P. Carey School of Business at 480-965-5461.  (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Michael Cochise Young  Michael Cochise Young  30 Nov 2015

 Michael Cochise Young, who oversaw for more than a decade the Flinn Scholars Program, the hallmark merit-scholarship initiative of the Flinn Foundation, passed away peacefully on November 30 at her Phoenix home. Young grew up in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s University and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, all in English literature. Previously director of Tulane University’s Honors Program, Young joined the ASU Honors College in 1990 and was named associate dean in 1991. In that role, and in subsequent positions as director of ASU’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program and director of ASU’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement, she advised dozens of Flinn Scholars among many hundreds of other undergraduate students. From 1989-2001, she served in numerous governing-committee roles for the National Collegiate Honors Council. From 2001 to early 2012, Young served as the Flinn Foundation’s Assistant Vice President, Scholarship Programs, introducing the extraordinary opportunities afforded by the Flinn Scholarship and Arizona’s public universities to many thousands of high-achieving Arizona high-school students, teachers, and counselors, and guiding more than 200 Flinn Scholars through their undergraduate educations. After leaving the Flinn Foundation in 2012, Young worked as an independent educational consultant, with one of her major clients ASU’s Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, a specialized school for highly gifted students from grades 7-12. In the community, she was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Phoenix and participated in Wisdom’s Way School, an interfaith training program for individuals preparing to work as spiritual directors. Young also continued working on a series of “children’s books for adults” focused on discernment of one’s purpose in life. A memorial service was held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 a.m. (Source: Flinn Foundation web site, edited by David Schwalm) 

Vincent Paul Apilado Dr. Vincent Paul Apilado 28 Nov 2015

Dr. Vincent Paul Apilado, 79, passed away November 28, 2015. Dr. Apilado received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1970. He was a well-respected professor at ASU and chairman of finance and real estate at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2006, he was inducted into The Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT-Arlington. Vince retired from full-time teaching in May 2010. He was a published author in many business journals and worked with numerous attorneys as an expert witness. Surviving is his wife, Elsa Apilado, two sons, three daughters and six grandchildren. Memorial Mass was on December 5, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington, TX. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  David Samuel Williams 24 Nov 2015

David Samuel Williams, 89, passed away November 24, 2015. David was a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corp serving during the Korean War. He rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 1950 he graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Mathematics. He pursued graduate studies at Stanford Law School and New York University and was also a Past Adjunct Professor at Stanford Law School, ASU and the University of New Mexico. He received his Juris Doctor in 1968 from La Salle University Law School. David had a career in the insurance industry serving in executive positions in the U.S., Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, a sister and a son. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell, OK on December 11, 2015, at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  Laura Jean Kehrer-Emileane 22 Nov 2015

Laura Jean Kehrer-Emileane, 62, passed away November 22, 2015. Laura moved to Arizona in the 1990's where she worked as a Nurse Practitioner and taught at ASU. Laura is survived by two daughters and five siblings. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Advantage Maryvale Mortuary, 6901 W. Indian School Road Phoenix, Arizona. (Source: Arizona Republic)

W. D. Ray W. D. (Bill) Ray 22 Nov 2015

W. D. (Bill) Ray, 93, passed away November 22, 2015. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Auburn University and went on to teach math at Auburn University, Arizona State University and high schools in Georgia and Alabama. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a crew member of a B-17. After his teaching career, Bill became a skilled auctioneer, and was eventually inducted into the Alabama Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. He also became a real estate broker, a certified real estate appraiser and a real estate developer. He owned Ray Farm, Ray Realty and Auction Company and, later, Courthouse Square Antiques in LaFayette, Ala. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Corinne Fincher Ray. He is survived by three daughters and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held November 28, in Lanett, AL.

  Lieutenant Colonel James Hill (Ret.) 19 Nov 2015

(Ret.) Lieutenant Colonel James (Jim) O. Hill, 86, passed away on November 19, 2015. In 1950 Jim received his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee and a commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He later earned Master of Science degrees from the University of Colorado [Management] and Tennessee State [Education]. In 1953 Jim served in the Korean War and later in Viet Nam. He was an ROTC instructor and director at Tennessee State, and was selected as part of a special commission to rewrite the USAF's advanced ROTC curriculum while director of the advanced program at Tennessee State. In 1971, Jim was honored as the outstanding administration Officer of the Year for the North American Air Defense Command Division [NORAD]. In 1973, he retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, settling in Glendale, Arizona, where he began working for ASU, first as an administrator of professional training for the Center for Executive Development in the College of Business, and later as Director of Community Relations, a position he held until his retirement in 1995. His first wife, Irene Jackson Hill, passed away in 2010. He is survived by three children, his second wife Nazie, a sister, six step-children, one grandchild, three great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Jim's life was honored at Good Hope Baptist Church in Franklin, AL on November 28, 2015, with final interment at Forehand Cemetery, Franklin, Alabama. A further memorial will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, [date to be determined] at the Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. You may sign the guestbook or send condolences to the family by visiting Meadows' website at

Fr. Paul Edward Scanlon Fr. Paul Edward Scanlon 19 Nov 2015

Fr. Paul Edward Scanlon, O.P., 82, died on November 19, 2015. He attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. He then entered the Dominican Order, receiving the habit in 1952 in Kentfield, CA. He studied for the priesthood at St. Albert's College (now Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology) and St. Thomas College in River Forest, IL. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco in 1959. His first assignment was at St. Peter Martyr Parish in Pittsburg, CA and then onto St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley, CA. At St. Mary Magdalen Parish he began his lifelong friendship with the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters and a desire for collaboration with the Dominican Nuns and Sisters. He served in campus youth ministry at ASU in Tempe, AZ. He spent 40 years of his religious life in leadership positions beginning with the Friars in formation in Kentfield, CA. He was elected prior of the Dominican House of Studies in Oakland, CA in 1967. Two years later, he was elected Provincial of the Western Dominican Province, a role he served for two terms. He began his ministry as a missionary at the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Mexicali, Mexico. Between assignments in Mexicali, he was Student Master at St. Albert's Priory in Oakland, CA in charge of the Dominican Friars in their time of formation and study. After serving in Mexicali, he became the pastor of St. Dominic's Parish in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles. Later he was assigned to Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, AK. In Alaska he also served at St. Christopher by the Sea Church in Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, 850 miles west of Anchorage in the Aleutian Islands. The vigil will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on December 3rd and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on December 4th, both at St. Dominic Church in Benicia, CA. To honor the memory of Fr Paul, donations may be made to the for the education of future priests of the Western Dominican Province. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Barrie Richardson Barrie Richardson 18 Nov 2015

Barrie Richardson, 81, died November 18, 2015. He earned a B.A. from Carleton College, and an MBA from Indiana University, where he also earned his doctorate degree in marketing, business and government, applied economics, business history and philosophy. He served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corp, Industrial Engineering, before starting a distinguished 43-year career in teaching and administration. He taught at Bethany College, ASU, Indiana University, Hope College and at Centenary College of Louisiana. Barrie was predeceased by a sister. He is survived by his wife, Janie, four children, a sister and nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 20, 2015, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan St., Shreveport, LA. Memorials be made to The Community Foundation, 401 Edwards, Suite 105, Shreveport, LA 71101 or to the charity of the donor's choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Simon P. Fullinwider 12 Nov 2015

Simon P. Fullinwider, PhD, 82, passed away on November 12, 2015. Simon was an Emeritus Professor, History Department, at ASU. He is survived by his wife Roberta Randall Fullinwider, a daughter and a grandson. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society at 930 B Wellness Dr, Greenville, NC 27834. 
(Source: Dignity Memorial Website)

  Rosemarie Kohut-Smith 10 Nov 2015

Rosemarie Kohut-Smith, 80, passed away on November 10, 2015. After serving in the US Navy and raising her children, she worked and retired from ASU as a data entry operator. Rosemarie was preceded in death by her husband, Allen B Smith, and a twin sister. She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A small home service will be held at Rosemarie's home in Mesa, AZ on Friday, November 20 at 2pm.

Mimi McBride Mimi Robbins McBride 9 Nov 2015

Mimi Robbins McBride, 62, passed away on November 9, 2015. Mimi received a vocal scholarship to attend the University of Montana as a music major. She later received another scholarship to attend ASU where she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Library Science and was selected as the librarian for the Salt River Day School in Gila River, Arizona. Mimi also worked with Tempe-based The Bilingual Center and later joined the staff of the National Indian Education Association's Project MEDIA, a federally funded program focusing on the eradication of racism and stereotyping. Mimi earned two masters degrees: an M. Ed from ASU and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She founded, established, and maintained the American Indian Library Materials Center at Hayden Library on ASU campus. Because of funding that Mimi raised for the university, the American Indian collection later became known as the Labriola Center (named after the benefactors) and has become an integral part of the ASU Library and campus life. In order to share both her artistic and educational dreams, Mimi formed her own organization, WorldViews International. She conceived and published a quarterly journal that contained reviews of American Indian media materials by American Indian professionals. She published The American Indian Quarterly Review for over a decade. Mimi was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include her mother, two sisters, two brothers, two nieces and a nephew. Funeral services for Mimi have already been held in Polson, Montana.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Marge Injasoulian Marge Injasoulian 6 Nov 2015

Marge Injasoulian, 79, died on November 6, 2015. She graduated from Northwestern University's School of Communication in 1959. In 1962 she was hired as Promotion and Publicity Director at the CBS affiliate KOOL-Radio-TV, and in 1972 became Vice President of Information Services for KOOL. KOOL made her the only female voice speaking out on issues, doing editorials at the end of the evening news. She was also a community leader, active in over 35 different local, state and national organizations including the National Organization for Women, the Arizona Democratic Party, the Charter Government Committee, the board of the first Arizona Women's Commission created by Gov. Raul Castro, and others. In addition, she was a member of advisory councils for ASU. In 2006 she was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Bishop Thomas O'Brien named her the first woman to ever hold the position of Communication Director for the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. She was instrumental in helping the Bishop bring Pope John Paul II to Phoenix in 1987 and Mother Teresa to town in 1989. In 1986, Marge conceived and created the Arizona Women's Town Hall through the Soroptimist Club. She retired in 2002. Marge was preceded in death by a sister and brother. Besides her partner, Barbara Hanson, Marge is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m., at the Praise and Worship Center, 2551 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 85225. Donations may be made in Marge's name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

 Patricia McLaughlin  Patricia McLaughlin  5 Nov 2015

Patricia "Patti" McLaughlin, 77, passed away on November 5, 2015. Patti worked at ASU for over 30 years in Residential Life. In her professional life she won many awards and accolades, including the prestigious President's Award of Merit from ASU. Honored by all the awards she received, she was most pleased when she was able to assist, comfort, and resolve the problems of angry or flustered students and their parents. She is survived by three sons, a grandson, brother and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband John "Jack" McLaughlin, a daughter and a sister. Viewing: Wednesday, November, 11, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm at Green Acres Mortuary (McKellips and Hayden Rd.) Memorial Service: Thursday, November 12, 2015, Viewing at 10:00amand Funeral at 11:00am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (3110 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale). (Source: Arizona Republic) 

Velma Sheldon Velma Carolyn Sheldon 30 Oct 2015

Velma Carolyn ("Bonnie") Sheldon, 88, passed away October 30, 2015. She graduated from Mesa Community College in 1976. She served on the staff of the Arizona State Library and Archives and on the staff of ASU Library. She is survived by six children, 13 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and three siblings. She also made a difference in the lives of 23 foster children. Bonnie was predeceased by her husband, two sisters, two brothers and one grandchild. A service to celebrate Bonnie's life was held on November 7, 2015, at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 12th Ward, 2152 East Adobe Street, Mesa, Arizona, 85213. The family is also planning a memorial service for Bonnie to be held in Michigan during the summer of 2016.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Michael Mitchell Michael James deRamus Mitchell 27 Oct 2015

Michael James deRamus Mitchell, 71, passed away October 27, 2015. He graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Inter-American Relations in 1965. He and his wife, Ina, became Peace Corps volunteers in Hualpencillo, Chile. In 1968 he began graduate study at Indiana University and earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies followed by a Ph.D. in Political Science in l977. Over 40 years in academia, Michael taught at MIT, Princeton University, St. Peter's College in Jersey City, SUNY Albany, then at ASU in 1990. A pre-eminent expert in Afro-Latino and Afro-Brazilian politics and culture, Michael did much of his research in Brazil. He served on the Executive Council of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and as lead editor of its journal, the National Political Science Review. He is survived by his wife, Ina, a son, a daughter, two granddaughters and numerous other relatives. Memorial donations may be directed to: Fordham University, Development & University Relations, 45 Columbus Avenue, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10023 Attention: Stewardship The New York Kids Foundation, PO Box 542, Bronx NY 10459. A Memorial Gathering Service was held on November 05, 2015 at Lakeshore Mortuary 1815 South Dobson Road Mesa, AZ 85202. A Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, November 21, 2015 12:00 p.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle 3450 W. Ray Rd. Chandler, Arizona 85226.

Roxielee Decker Roxielee Farmer Decker 25 Oct 2015

Roxielee Farmer Decker, 98, passed away on October 25, 2015. She grew up in Troy, Alabama and earned a degree from TSC. She married John Decker in 1940 while he was a PhD student at Duke University. In 1955 the family moved to Tempe where John was on the faculty at ASU. Roxielee was a member of the ASU Faculty Wives Club. In 1968 she earned a Masters degree from ASU in library science. Roxielee was predeceased by her husband, John, in 1982. She is survived by three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions can be made to Tempe 1st Congregational Church.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Rodger Golston Rodger Golston 21 Oct 2015

Rodger Golston, 73, passed away on October 21, 2015. A graduate of the Detroit College of Law in 1968, he served as a Phoenix deputy public defender before being appointed Chief Presiding Judge of the City of Phoenix municipal court. He then spent four years as the Chief Deputy County Attorney of Maricopa County. He spent the last three decades as a private practice attorney in the East Valley. He also taught for many years as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at ASU. Rodger is survived by his wife, Patricia Hardyman, a daughter, a son and two grandchildren. Charitable donations in his name may be sent to the Donor Network of Arizona . (Source: Arizona Republic)

  William Carl Prigge 18 Oct 2015

William Carl Prigge, 91, died October 18, 2015. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He received his undergraduate degree from Mission House College (now Lakeland College) in 1948, his Master's degree from University of Wisconsin in 1950 and Doctorate in Education from Indiana University in 1965. He was a life-long educator, teaching at Chadron Teachers College, University of Wisconsin, ASU, Indiana University, Illinois State University, James Madison University, and Chicago State University. His wife, Jean, preceded him in death in 1968. He married Dorothy Schramm Gutzler in 1970. Dorothy passed away in 2014. He is survived by two sons, four grandchildren, cousins and dear friends.He was preceded in death by his first and second wife, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services were held on October 25, 2015 in Sheboygan Falls. Burial followed at the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.  (Souce: ASU Foundation)

  Harvey Harry Rhodes 18 Oct 2015

Harvey Harry Rhodes, 90, passed away October 18, 2015. Harvey was in WWII in the 101st Airborne Division from 1944-1945. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the  University of North Dakota. He worked for General Electric in Schenectady N.Y for 18 years. He also, worked at ASU as a Computer Consultant and retired in 1990. Harvey married Alice Irene Ankers in 1952 and she passed in 1971. He married Margit Jensen in 1973 and she passed in 1990. Visitation will be held Wednesday October 28, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Thursday October 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. located at Chapel of the Chimes. Committal service will be held at West Resthaven at 11:30 a.m. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Murray Donald Sirkis Murray Donald Sirkis 18 Oct 2015

Murray Donald Sirkis, 88, passed away on October 18, 2015. His career took him from MIT and the University of Illinois to Rutgers University, West Point Military Academy and ASU, where he was Emeritus Professor, Electrical Engineering. He was named Outstanding Professor and served as president of the Faculty Senate. In retirement, he volunteered, teaching math to at-risk high school students and to women incarcerated in the state prison. He is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, great grandchildren and a brother. He was predeceased by his wife, Dolores Sirkis, and a daughter. The family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice. His favorites included ALS Association, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and Hospice of the Valley. Interment was at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Services have been held.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Eugene Henning Eugene William Henning 11 Oct 2015

Eugene William Henning, 87, passed away on October 11, 2015. Eugene worked as a Computer System and Design Engineer for Honeywell. Prior to Honeywell, he worked for General Electric as an engineer. Eugene was also an instructor at ASU teaching Math and Computer Information Systems. He held a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri. He also had completed most of the course work toward a PhD. Eugene served as a Corporal in the U. S Army from 1950 - 1952 until he was honorably discharged. Eugene is survived by his three children, two step children, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Eugene was preceded in death by wife Laura F. Henning in 1988 and wife Marion Theresa Henning in 2009. A service for Eugene was held on October 14 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 5105 North Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Donations may be made in memory of Eugene to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 5105 North Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013.

  Elizabeth Sturgis Manera 11 Oct 2015

Elizabeth (Bets) Sturgis Manera, 86, passed away on October 11, 2015. Bets received a BA in Education from Maryland State Teachers College at Towson. She taught in high schools in Towson and St Louis MO for five years then accepted a position as a professional Girl Scout. She moved to the Phoenix, AZ office of the Girl Scouts in 1957 with the primary duty of directing the summer camping program of the Girl Scouts in Prescott. In 1963 she completed a Masters degree and a Doctorate in Education at ASU. Following graduation, she taught in the Department of Secondary Education and Curriculum at ASU from 1963 until her retirement in 1992 as Professor Emerita of Secondary Education. During her professional career Bets wrote books, monographs, articles, made international, national and regional presentations. She is listed in the World Who's Who of Women in Education: Who's Who in the West; Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who of Women. In 1993 she was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Association of Teacher Educators and previously selected as one of seventy Leaders in Teacher Education in the United States, honored by the Association of Teacher Educators in 1990.  Prior to retirement, she served on a number of boards of professional non-profit groups such as the Association of Teacher Educators; the American Association of Curriculum and Instruction; and the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction. Bets is survived by her husband Paul, two children and a grandson. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, October 31, 2015 at the North Scottsdale Bible Church Hayden Chapel, 7901 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Donations in lieu of flowers to may be made to P.E.O. Chapter D, %Diane Newton, 3047 W. Hearn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053, Foundations of ABHOW at the Terraces of Phoenix, 7550 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 or Phoenix Art Museum.  (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Norma Ruth Barer 7 Oct 2015

Norma Ruth Barer, 88, passed away on October 7, 2015. A graduate of ASU, (B.A. and M.A.), Norma choreographed dozens of musical productions within the Phoenix community and at Scottsdale High. She worked as a counselor at Scottsdale High until its closing and taught in the Scottsdale School District until retiring in 2008. Norma served on the faculty at ASU. She also served the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Foundation as a Board Member. Norma leaves behind a daughter, three granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. Norma was preceded in death by husband Phillip Barer and a daughter. A graveside service was held October 11 at Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ. A donation may be made to Autism Speaks, 6330 San Vicente Blvd., #401, Los Angeles, CA 90048 or                       (Source: ASU Foundation)

Vicki Baggett Vicki J. Baggett 3 Oct 2015

Vicki J. Baggett, 66, passed away on October 3, 2015. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and a master's degree from ASU. She She is survived by her husband, Daniel, a brother and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Vicki worked in the legal field, initially as a legal secretary and as an IT professional after her college degree. She also taught at ASU. Her wish was that she have no funeral. Donations may be made to the Humane Society.

Charles Jenkins Charles Gray Jenkins 2 Oct 2015

Charles Gray Jenkins, 82, passed away on October 2, 2015. Chuck attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon, received his MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary and obtained his Counseling Psychology Ph.D. in 1973 from ASU. Chuck maintained his private practice for over thirty years including work with Motorola, Canyon Ranch and teaching at the Executive Development Center at ASU. Early in his career, Chuck founded the Interfaith Counseling program, providing high quality professional supervised interns and residents in master's and doctoral programs, along with other specialized programs helping people with life issues and life skills. Chuck served parishes in Alaska, Pakistan and Arizona. During seminary in San Francisco, he served the families of Alcatraz and the inmates at San Quentin. Chuck is survived by his wife, Jean Hight Jenkins, three children and four grandchildren. Services will be held in the Kilgore Chapel of Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley 85253 on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley ( or the American Cancer Society ( (Source: Arizona Republic)

Ira and Mary Lou Fulton Mary Lou Fulton 1 Oct 2015

Mary Lou Fulton, 82, passed away October 1, 2015. She was an alumna of ASU and one of its most generous supporters. Fulton and her husband, Ira A. Fulton, are the largest individual donors in the university’s history. ASU’s Teachers College is named for Mary Lou. In addition to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Ira and Mary Lou encouraged others to give to the university through the Fulton Challenge grant-match program. Their financial support includes the gifts that established the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the ASU Decision Theater. The ASU Foundation building is also named for the Fultons. In the early 1950s, Mary Lou enrolled in ASU’s then-College of Education. She met Ira Fulton, then an ASU football player, in 1953. They wed in June 1954 and had three children. She put her education on hold to raise her family, but returned to earn her degree in 1975. "Mary Lou’s great passion was teaching children to read, lifting their self-esteem and giving them lifelong learning skills,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “I loved working with my students in remedial reading,” Fulton said in 2003. “Those children were precious, and I learned more from them than they did from me.”The Fulton family has generously requested that those wishing to honor Mary Lou Fulton’s legacy consider making a memorial gift to Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Memorial Fund. Gifts can be made online at or mailed to: Kimberlee Rowe, Assistant Director Business & Fiscal Operations, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 37100, Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100. (Source: ASU Insight)

Frank Nageotte Frank L. Nageotte 1 Oct 2015

Frank L. Nageotte, 89, passed away on October 1, 2015. He was the former chairman and chief executive officer of Greyhound Lines, Inc. Frank spent his entire professional career with Greyhound, starting as a secretary in the bus business and retiring as both president/chief operating officer of the diversified company that became The Greyhound Corporation and chairman/CEO of Greyhound Lines. Miles College in Birmingham, AL awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1981 for his efforts to hire and promote African American employees. In recognition of his executive leadership, Arizona Gov. Jane Hull appointed him to a board that reviewed the financial and business practices of the state corrections department. He also served on various other corporate boards during his career with Greyhound and after retirement. He remained active throughout his life in many charitable and volunteer endeavors. He served on a number of those boards and also as chairman of capital campaigns for Phoenix Baptist Hospital, the Foundation for Blind Children, and All Saints Newman Center at ASU. Frank is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and their nine children, two brothers, 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A Funeral Mass was held on October 21, 2015 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 6261 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. Contributions may be made to Christ Child Society of Phoenix, 4633 N. 54th Street, Phoenix AZ 85018.

James Yeater James Willis Yeater 28 Sep 2015

James Willis "Jim" Yeater died on September 28, 2015. He received his Bachelor's degree in English at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. He was drafted into the Army and spent a year fighting in the Korean War. After returning, he obtained his Master's Degree in Theatre at the University of Washington in Seattle. He taught for a year at Hoquiam High School in Hoquiam, WA. In 1950 he began working on a Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He accepted a job at Arizona State College (soon to be University) where he taught Theatre classes and directed many plays and musicals (and a few operas) for 32 years. He retired in 1990. When the Coen Brothers filmed "Raising Arizona" in the Valley, Jim was cast as the "Fingerprint Man" in the picture. Jim was honored by the Talking Book Library for the many years he recorded books for the blind and described theatrical performances for blind patrons. Jim is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two sons, four grandchildren and other relatives. Service information is unavailable at this time. Arrangements have been handled by Green Acres Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ. (Source: Arizona Republic)

James Christie James F. Christie 26 Sep 2015

James F. Christie, 68, passed away on September 26, 2015. Dr. Christie was a professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at ASU. He received the Brian Sutton-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Play. The award recognizes his work in early childhood education as it relates to language and literacy. His research focused on how play contributes to children's early education. He published 16 books, hundreds of articles, mentored many students and teachers and lectured internationally on the role of play in learning. Dr. Christie co-directed federal grants to improve school readiness for culturally-diverse children in Head Start and Reading First programs. He worked with teachers in rural schools in Bullhead City, Mohave Valley, The Navajo Nation and Fort Mohave Indian Nation. He leaves behind his wife, Mary, two daughters, four granddaughters, a sister and two nieces. A celebration of life will be at the family home on Saturday, October 3 starting at 5:00 P.M.. Call Angela Rutkowski for directions. -602-330-1184.

Judy Schaefer Judy Schaefer 26 Sep 2015

Judy Schaefer, 75, passed away on September 26, 2015. Judy attended ASU. At ASU she was a founding member of Wings of Gold and the ASU Foundation's Women in Philanthropy program, and also a strong supporter of the Adopt-A-Devil program and The ASU President's Club. Judy and her husband Bill have held season tickets for ASU sporting events for 55 consecutive seasons and are the benefactors of the Judy and Bill Schaefer Sports Hall of Fame located on the University's Tempe campus. Preceded in death by a son, she is survived by her husband Bill, a son, six grandchildren and a brother. A Celebration of Love and Friendship honoring Judy's life will be held on Sunday, October 25 from 3:00 until 5:00 at Paradise Valley Country Club. The remembrance she would have appreciated the most is support given to the Arizona Humane Society in her honor, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, AZ 85041 or online: gifts. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Claudelle L'Ecuyer  Claudelle Frances L'Ecuyer  25 Sep 2015

Claudelle Frances Bailey L'Ecuyer passed away on September 25, 2015. She attended the University of Arizona for one year before marrying Richard E. Bailey, Sr. After the death of Richard, she became a juvenile court referee in Pima County. She became the lobbyist at the State Legislature for the Arizona parole and probation officers; and the nationwide representative for Vision Quest, an organization based in Tucson serving troubled youth. In 1981 she became the Director of State Government Relations for ASU. During that period she completed her degree in Criminal Justice and was appointed to the state's first Criminal Justice Commission. She married Robert L'Ecuyer in 1983. In 1995 she retired from ASU. She is survived by her husband, Robert, her two children, a brother, four stepchildren, 19 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a stepson, grandson and great-grandson. Visitation will be Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6-8 PM, at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 1 PM, at the LDS Shalimar Ward Chapel, 1881 E. Del Rio Dr., Tempe, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Arizona State University Foundation, Tempe, Arizona. (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Vivian St. George 21 Sep 2015

Vivian G. (Kohler) St. George, 87, passed away on September 21, 2015. Vivian worked at ASU in Computing Services. She retired in 1989. She enjoyed writing poetry and was published in the United States and Europe. Her first husband, John, passed away in 2007. In 2011 Vivian married Rev. Gordon St. George. Vivian had two sons. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Lori Ann Peterson Hurst Lori Ann Peterson Hurst 20 Sep 2015

Lori Ann Peterson Hurst, 53, passed away September 20, 2015. She is the daughter of Val Peterson, retired director of ASU Facilities Managment and ASURA President from 2008-09. In 1984 Lori graduated Cum Laude from Utah State University with a BS degree in computer science and a minor in math. Following graduation she and her husband, Gary, moved to Los Angeles, where Gary completed a master's degree and Lori worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 1985 both Lori and Gary accepted jobs at Morton Thiokol in Brigham City and then in Logan, where Lori worked as a computer programmer. In 1988 they moved to Sugar Land, Texas, where Lori worked for Ferranti International maintaining control system software. Later Lori was employed by Shell Oil Company where she installed and maintained refinery control systems. Lori, Gary and their children moved to Oslo, Norway in 2004. In 2006 the family moved to their current residence in Richmond, Texas. In 2009-10, Gary had another foreign work assignment in Brisbane, Australia, but with one child finishing high school and starting college, the family did not move to Australia. Around 1992 Lori became ill with Lyme disease that went undiagnosed until early 2000. By that time the disease had severely compromised her immune system and destroyed the cartridge in all of her joints. She is survived by her husband, Gary, two children, her parents, Val and Marceil Peterson, and five siblings. She is predeceased by a daughter. Funeral services were held September 26, 2015, in the LDS Richmond Stake Center at 9950 South Mason, Richmond, Texas. She was buried in the Logan Cemetery on October 3, 2015. Condolences and memories may be shared online at . 
(Source: Logan Herald Journal)

Billy Gene Wood Billy Gene Wood 20 Sep 2015

Billy Gene “Bill” Wood, 85, passed away on September 20, 2015. He graduated from Eastern Illinois State University in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree majoring in chemistry. He then enlisted in the Air Force for a four-year term and went through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He was then sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for specialized training in radar. He was later transferred to work with the civilian Ground Observation Corp in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While there, he married Ellen Jacobson in 1952. He enrolled part-time at the University of Minnesota and later was sent to Anchorage, Alaska to man a radar site on Fire Island in the Bay of Anchorage. After his four-year enlistment was up, he enrolled at the University of California, Berkley and obtained a degree in Physics. After graduation, he accepted a position as an Engineer at Goodyear Aerospace in Goodyear, Arizona. He earned his masters' degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1960. IBM hired him to work in their research and development division in Endicott, NY where he and his group invented automatic check sorting machines. Later he rejoined Goodyear Aerospace in Arizona to work on side scanning radar for the Air Force. At the same time he taught Electronics and Technology two nights a week at Phoenix College. After he retired from Goodyear Aerospace in 1977 he accepted a position as a professor of Engineering and Technology at ASU. He retired from ASU in 1999. He then taught as an online adjunct instructor at Rio Salado. At Chandler-Gilbert Community College he and his daughter, Dr. Lorelei Wood, taught a chemistry class together. Bill belonged to many service organizations and clubs, electronics groups and the ASU Faculty Senate. Bill is survived by his wife Ellen, a daughter, four grandchildren, three sisters, a brother, and an aunt. Bill was preceded in death by a son. Funeral services and burial will be at Mariposa Gardens Funeral Home, 400 S. Power Road in Mesa (Southwest corner of Broadway and Power Road 480-830-4422) on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at3PM with viewing at 2PM. Everyone is invited to celebrate Bill's amazing life at the services with refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project 4150 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 480-946-0663.
(Source: Arizona Republic) 

Anne Kempton Parfet Anne Kempton Parfet 17 Sep 2015

Anne Kempton Parfet (Kinnerup), 83, passed away on September 17, 2015. Anne graduated from ASU with an undergraduate degree in physical education and Master's in dance. Upon graduation, she taught at ASU, later teaching at Scottsdale High School. She had a career as an exercise and fitness professional, working at Elizabeth Arden and then as a business owner opening the first spa at the Arizona Biltmore. Her legacy lives on through the Anne Kinnerup Parfet Dance Scholarship at the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and her companion Hans Nickel. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: ASU Foundation, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260. Checks should be made out to the ASU Foundation with a note that the funds are going to the Anne Kinnerup Parfet Dance Scholarship (40001831). For credit card donations go to Please use the Donor tab located on the top of the webpage. Click on the online giving button provided. This will then show where to invest, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Scholarships. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Gary Johnson Gary Johnson 10 Sep 2015

Gary Johnson, 59, passed away September 10, 2015. He was well known as an entertainer of western music and storytelling. "One of These Days", his fourth album, was released only three weeks before his passing. His wife, Pam, survives him along with his mother and two brothers. Johnson was also a professional photographer best known for his works published in Arizona Highways Magazine and other notable publications. For several years he was an adjunct professor at ASU West teaching photography and photojournalism. While teaching there, he recalled a 1997 article for Arizona Highways Magazine that he photographed and Peter Aleshire wrote about the early 1900's historic and controversial photography of Brother Simeon Schwemberger in the Four Corners region. Johnson knew that the century old glass plate photography was succumbing to the elements in the basement of the Mission. He then connected the Mission with ASU West's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Navajo and Hopi tribal leaders and other cultural and preservation experts. Eventually the collection was rescued, preserved, and digitized and is now permanently stored at ASU West with partial displays on campus and other traveling exhibitions shown around the world. An event celebrating Gary's life will be held on Saturday September 26, 2015 starting at 10 a.m. poolside at the Smoke Tree Resort and Bungalows, 7101 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253. An online condolence book and other information is available at Johnson's music website at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association

 Susie Sato  Susie Ishikawa Sato  7 Sep 2015

Susie Ishikawa Sato, 98, passed away on September 7, 2015. She was a longtime proponent of Mesa and Arizona history with the Arizona Historical Foundation, Mesa Historical Society, Mesa History Museum, and Mesa Public Library History Room. She was Mesa's first Pride In Mesa recipient in 1998 for her lifelong efforts to preserve the history and legacy of Mesa. Susie is preceded in death by her husband, Carl, a brother and three sisters. She is survived by three children, 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11 AM at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ. No flowers please. Donations will be forwarded to organizations of Susie's interest. 

Following are excerpts about Susie’s connection with ASU that was supplied by Dr. Christine Marin,  Professor Emeritus, Department of Archives & Special Collections at Hayden Library.
“It was in the early 1970s when I met Susie & her colleagues/staff members at the department known as the Arizona Historical Foundation, established by 1964-65 and located in the Hayden Library at ASU in Tempe. Susie was a Library Assistant supervising student assistants and staff members. She also served as a Reference assistant, teaching patrons and students how to use and work with primary/secondary sources/archival materials, which were essential to their research and writings. Susie had an extensive knowledge of local-area history, the history of Arizona, the history of the Japanese community in Maricopa County, and the history of Mesa. The Reading Room in the AHF was the student’s home-away-from-home & Susie nurtured every one of those students, made them successful in the classroom. Today, they’re seasoned Professors, important Scholars & teachers and writers, with many perhaps retired too. Susie Sato was their link to academic success. Susie was pursuing a degree in History at ASU and was a serious scholar and writer, and a part-time student. Her article, “Before Pearl Harbor: Early Japanese Settlers in Arizona”, was published in the Journal of Arizona History, Vol. 14, No. 4, Winter, 1973. It was a major and path-breaking article on a topic that had received little attention by Arizona scholars and it remains important today.” (Source: Arizona Republic and Dr. Christine Marin,  Professor Emeritus, Department of Archives & Special Collections, Hayden Library)

Joseph Talavera Joseph Talavera 7 Sep 2015

M. Joseph Talavera, 87, passed away on September 7, 2015. Joe is survived by his wife Veronica. Veronica retired from Information Technology at ASU in 1997, and is a member of ASURA. Joe is also survived by a sister, as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Joe retired from Salt River Project after 40 years of service. He served as Director of the Salvation Army in Apache Junction. A graveside service was held on September 14, 2015 at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Jeffrey Covill Jeffrey C. Covill 6 Sep 2015

Jeffrey C. Covill, 60, passed away on September 6, 2015. Jeff earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Hospitality from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Babson College, with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurial studies. After graduation, he worked for a Virginia bank and for Union Mutual (now UNUM), a Maine-based life insurance company where he was a director originating both debt and equity transactions for commercial real estate projects. He moved to Phoenix in 1984, working in real estate development before founding a commercial mortgage banking company in 1990 called Keystone Mortgage Partners. Keystone was sold to GMAC Commercial Mortgage in 2001, and Jeff continued on as manager of the 14 offices comprising the Western Region. Most recently, he was co-founder with Ann McCartney of Lighthouse Commercial Finance. He also was the owner of Pickering Street Associates, a direct investment and consulting firm founded in 2004. Among his many civic roles, he was vice president of the ASU Research Park Board and served for six years as a member of the Arizona State Land Department Board of Appeals. His professional accreditations include a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), AZ Mortgage Banker RI, SEC Broker/Dealer and he held an Arizona Real Estate Sales license. He is survived by a son, a brother, two nephews and other relatives. A memorial celebration will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 East Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of Jeffrey Covill to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), 300 N 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006 ( (Source: Arizona Republic)

Valerie Provenzano Valerie Provenzano 6 Sep 2015

Valerie Provenzano, 76, passed away on September 6, 2015. Valerie graduated from Hofstra College (now university) in 1961 with a B.A. in Education and Communication Arts, and in 1966 from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo with an M.S. in Communication Disorders. She began her career as a Speech Educator and Clinician in Wyoming. She then moved to Arizona and spent one year as a Speech Pathologist for Phoenix Elementary Schools followed by 33 years with the Tempe Elementary School District. She served as the head of the Speech Department for three years, Secretary of the Tempe Elementary Association, and Secretary and Board member of the Arizona Speech, Hearing, and Language Association. After retirement she served as a board member of the Lyric Music Theater, which supports the music theater at ASU. She leaves behind a sister, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Thomas Byzantine Catholic Church, 19 west Bruce Avenue, Gilbert, AZ, 85233. A divine liturgy and memorial service will be held at St Thomas Byzantine Catholic Church, 9 a.m. October 3, 2015.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

  Josephine DeTomaso McElligott 4 Sep 2015

Josephine DeTomaso McElligott, 85, passed away on September 4, 2015. Josephine had been employed as a secretary for Red Star Express, NYS Department of Veteran Affairs and more recently at ASU in Tempe. She is survived by three sons, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Josephine was predeceased by her first husband, William DeTomaso; second husband, Kenneth McElligott and two sisters. Mass of Christian burial was held in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to either Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088; or to Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.

Kenneth Myers Kenneth C. Myers 4 Sep 2015

Kenneth C. Myers, 79, passed away on September 4, 2015. Ken attended ASU and NAU graduating in 1962. While living in Flagstaff, Ken was part of a crew who built the ski lift at the Arizona Snow Bowl. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service at White Horse Lake near Williams as a firefighter and camp host. He worked in Phoenix, for many years as a computer programmer/analyst for Honeywell, Mesa School District, ASU Library and Maricopa County in the assessor's office from which he retired in 1994. Ken is survived by his wife, Mary, two daughters, four grandchildren, a sister, nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held on September 15, 2015 at Hampton Funeral Home, 240 S. Cortez St. in Prescott. Donations may be made in his memory to the Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301 and the Good Samaritan Society Prescott Hospice and Marley House, 1065 Ruth St., Prescott, AZ 86301.

 Martha Belle Canter Moretz  Martha Belle Canter Moretz  1 Sep 2015

 Martha Belle Canter Moretz, 95, passed away on September 1, 2015. She was retired from the Housekeeping Department of ASU. Mrs. Moretz is survived by six daughters, two sons, 35  grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Dellet Canter, her second husband, Lester Moretz, a daughter, three sons, five sisters, four brothers, two grandchildren and a great-grandson. Funeral services were conducted September 4, 2015. Burial followed in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Memorial may be made to Medi-Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina 28607. (Source: ASU Foundation) 

Robert McElwain Robert McElwain 28 Aug 2015

Robert “Bob" McElwain, 92, passed away on August 28, 2015. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator on a B29 in the Pacific Theater. Bob retired from Sponsored Projects at ASU and was a member of ASURA. He was preceded in death by four siblings; his wife, Louise, and a son. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, two children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held onSeptember 2 at Bueler Mortuary in Chandler. Memorials may be made in his memory to Chandler United Methodist Church, Chandler, AZ. 

  Catherine Jean Yocum 27 Aug 2015

Catherine Jean Yocum, 89, passed away on August 27, 2015. She graduated from East Stroudsburg (PA) State Teachers College in 1947 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Health Education. She also obtained a Master's Degree from ASU in 1954. Catherine's teaching career included ASU; University, Bridgeport, CT; Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI; Amerikan Kiz Koleg, Istanbul, Turkey; University of Florida, Gainesville and Beloit College, Beloit, WI. She is survived by three sisters, nieces and nephews. Memorial service to be announced. Donations in Catherine's name may be made to: Saint Andrews Methodist Church 102 Lower Market St. Milton, PA 17847; Good Samaritan Village 10560 Applewood Rd. Sister Bay, WI 54234 or First Baptist Church 2622 S. Bay Shore Dr. Sister Bay, WI 54234
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Bridget Cherie Harper Bridget Cherie Harper 26 Aug 2015

Bridget Cherie Harper, 44, died on August 26, 2015. She is survived by her mothers, Betty Harper and Sally Yeagley, two brothers and two sisters. She is preceded in death by her father, Brian William Harper III. Bridget graduated with distinction in ceramics from ASU and continued her education independently, spending time as artist-in-residence in the Historic Pottery Village of Dan Kwean in Thailand, and working and traveling through Italy. She had solo exhibitions at the PaulScott Gallery in Scottsdale and at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in Merced, California. Her work appeared in numerous group exhibitions in Arizona, including the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Shemer Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Skysong, ASU Ceramics Research Center, and others. Her art has also appeared around the world. She was a visiting lecturer at ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts, Ceramics Department, and the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum. From 1999 to 2007, she conducted Youth Art Workshops for the Vision Gallery in Chandler, Arizona. Bridget's art is in the collections of the Ceramic Research Center, Tempe; the Virginia Piper Foundation, Scottsdale; and the Ironwood Cancer and Research Center, Scottsdale. Her art and artistry have been featured in numerous publications. Bridget is the subject of an alumni profile to be published in the September issue of ASU Magazine. From 1998 until her passing, she served as program coordinator for ceramics for the City of Tempe Cultural Services Division. In that capacity, she built what has been described as one of the most sophisticated community arts studios in Arizona. She was the Selected Artist for the design and production of the Architectural Excellence Award for the City of Chandler, Arizona, 2003-2004; Chair, Fundraising Committee and Treasurer of the Artist Advisory Committee for the ASU Ceramic Research Center; Consultant for the Dr. AJ Chandler and Frank Lloyd Wright Monument in Chandler, Arizona (2001); and Artist, Sculptures for Princess Cruise Liners in Scottsdale and Trieste, Italy. Plans are being made for a memorial service to honor and celebrate Bridget's life with, as she requested, "food and laughter.”

Victor Teye Dr. Victor Baker Teye 25 Aug 2015

Dr. Victor Baker Teye, 66, passed away on August 25, 2015. Dr. Teye received his education at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana and at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He was an educator for almost 30 years and taught at several schools and colleges including ASU, the University of Winnipeg, Canada, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Cape Coast University, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He was visiting Professor at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria. Dr. Teye also worked for international organizations like Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), was a Fulbright Scholar, co-authored two books in Tourism and published several articles in referred journals on Tourism. Dr. Teye retired in 2011 from ASU as Professor Emeritus after almost thirty years of teaching. He is survived by his wife, Anna Anatsui, three children three brothers and the mothers of two of his children. Visitation will be held on September 4, 2015 at 6:00 P.M at Falconer Funeral Home, 251 W Juniper Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233. Services will be held the following day, September 5, 2015 at 10:00 A.M also at Falconer Funeral Home. Burial is to take place following services at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

James Schoenwetter Dr. James Schoenwetter 22 Aug 2015

Dr. James Schoenwetter, 80, passed away on August 22, 2015. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1967. He joined ASU faculty in 1967, following four years at the Laboratory of Anthropology at Santa Fe, New Mexico. He retired in 2000. Dr. Schoenwetter was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He was an active member of the Emeritus College, a recipient of the 2015 Emeritus College Distinguished Service Award, and Director of the Emeritus Press. While his research reputation stems from expertise in the study of pollen recovered from the deposits of archaeological sites, he has taught generations of students something he believes will long outlast what he has told them about the procedures of field and laboratory archaeology or information about what has been learned of prehistory. He calls it, “The habits of mind that are the tools for undertaking creative, stimulating, and productive professional careers.”
Information about a memorial event for Dr. Schoenwetter will be shared as it becomes available. (Source: Emeritus College)

Elaine Leventhal Elaine Otter Leventhal 15 Aug 2015

Elaine Otter Leventhal, 97, philanthropist and volunteer, died August 15, 2015. In 1940 she earned a bachelor’s degree in History from UCLA. She then enrolled in secretarial training at the Wright MacMahon Secretarial School, and in an advanced accounting course at UCLA. She and her husband, Kenneth built their business, Kenneth Leventhal & Co., which grew into a major firm specializing in real estate and complex reorganizations. In 1995, they endowed the USC School of Accounting and it was renamed The Elaine and Kenneth Leventhal School of Accounting. In the 1960's she became involved with the L. S. B. Leaky Foundation, founded by Louis and Mary Leaky. Later, when the members of the Foundation split, Elaine continued to support and volunteer for the Institute of Human Origins, an offshoot of the Foundation. She has been a board member for over forty years of ASU’s Institute of Human Origins and was actively serving in that capacity at the time of her death. In 1989 she earned a master's degree in liberal arts from the USC Graduate School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from USC in 2000. Preceded in death by her husband, Elaine Leventhal is survived by two sons and a grandchild. Services were held August 26, 2015 at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. Contributions may be made to The Institute of Human Origins at ASU, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, or USC's Leventhal School of Accounting.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Robert Archer Robert Hugh Archer 7 Aug 2015

Robert Hugh Archer, 72, passed away on August 7, 2015. Rob moved to Arizona when his father, Jerome Archer, became Chair of the English Department at ASU. After taking his Baccalaureate Degree at Arizona State, Rob earned his Master's Degree in English Literature at New York University. He then studied in London as a Fulbright Scholar. Upon returning to the U.S., he accepted a professorship at Texas A&M University. Two years later, he was accepted into the Ph.D. program at UCLA. Later he was a Professor of English and the Humanities at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. Rob is survived by his wife, Heather; a daughter, many cousins, colleagues, and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Theater. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hungry for Music .

   John J. Hallum, Jr.  6 Aug 2015

John J. Hallum, Jr., 76, passed away August 6, 2015. He began his high school coaching career at Pickens High School in South Carolina from 1960-62, and played four years of college football at Newberry College. He earned a Master's Degree at Murray State University. He coached high school football that included two state Kentucky state titles, and was named the Kentucky High School Coach of the Year by the Lexington Herald. He was head football coach at Morehead State University 1968-71. He coached at the University of Maryland 1972-81, where the team won three consecutive ACC titles. From 1982 to 1990 he coached at the University of Kentucky, and for eight years coached the offensive lines. He then finished out his college coaching career at ASU (1990-1992). After completing a 24 year coaching career, he served as a senior scout for three NFL teams: Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns. He is survived by his wife Mable, two sons, a stepson,  a sister and two nephews. A private burial was on August 18 in Norris, SC. Any donations can be made to Team Focus, PO Box 91626, Mobile, AL 36691. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Maureen Hannley Maureen Hannley 3 Aug 2015

Maureen Hannley, 72, passed away on August 3, 2015. Maureen earned a PhD in Auditory Sciences and Biocommunication from Baylor College of Medicine, as well as a Master's and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. She joined ASU in 1976 where she was professor and founding chairman of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. She also held faculty appointments at Stanford University College of Medicine, Duke University College of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Most recently, she was appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor in Otolaryngology at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine. As Chief Research Officer of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, she initiated and expanded the research programs of the Academy. Dr. Hannley received awards for significant contributions to research and for advancing research training in otolaryngology. She was formerly Health Services Administrator and Director of the Hearing Research Program at the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Maureen is survived by her mother, two children, three grandchildren, six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and a sister. A memorial service is planned for August 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, 5801 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ. (Source: Arizona Republic)

   Helen Stafford Autore  1 Aug 2015


Helen Stafford Autore, 89, passed away on August 1, 2015. Helen, husband Donald and children moved to Tempe in 1959 when Donald was hired as part of the original faculty of the newly founded College of Engineering at ASU. Donald retired from Polytechnic in 1988. Helen is survived by her husband, Donald, seven children and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters. Funeral arrangements will be private. Donations may be sent to St Vincent de Paul Society. (Source: Arizona Republic)


  Jeannine Ann Cohoe Fullerton 27 Jul 2015

Jeannine Ann Cohoe Fullerton, 83, died July 27, 2015. Her husband, Bill, accepted a position at ASU in 1958. Jeannine earned her BA and M.Ed. in Physical Education, at ASU. She taught PE at McKemy and Gilliland junior high schools; then later taught first grade at Rural School and second grade at Broadmor in Tempe. She retired from teaching in 1987 when she and Bill returned to the family farm. Jeannine was preceded in death by her husband, Bill. She is survived by two daughters, two granddaughters and four great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life reception honoring Jeannine was held in Kiowa, Kansas. (Source: ASU Foundation)

John George Rusnak John George Rusnak 23 Jul 2015

John George Rusnak, Ph.D., passed away on July 23, 2015. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest in 1962 and spent seven years as a missionary in Costa Rica. After he left the priesthood, a Ph.D. program at ASU brought him to Arizona. He became a full time clinician, consultant and instructor in state Community Colleges, ASU and at the University of Phoenix until his retirement in 2000. John is survived by his wife Pepper, two sons, two daughters and eleven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Memorial donations would be welcomed by the Nick and Kelly Children's Heart Fund, ACF/ Nick and Kelly Children's Heart Fund, 1321 E. Bay View Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283, Please visit for condolences. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Earl Wyatt Earl Reed Wyatt 23 Jul 2015

Earl Reed "J" Wyatt, 83, died July 23, 2015. He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture. He enlisted in the Army as an active reserve and served two years, including service during the Korean War. He worked for Maricopa County planning and zoning. Frank Lloyd Wright and Associates, Van Cleve and Associates, as well as being a landscape architect for residential, business, church, parks, colleges and community projects. One of the highlights of his career was working for ASU for many years. Reed moved his family to Rexburg, Idaho in 1973, where he worked for Ricks College as their landscape architect. Survivors include his wife Loree, four children, four siblings, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a daughter. Funeral services were held on July 27, at the Rexburg Center Stake chapel. Condolences may be sent online to the family at (Source: ASU Foundation)

James Bell James W. Bell 22 Jul 2015

James W. Bell, 86, passed away on July 22, 2015. Jim received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University in Topeka; his Master's and Doctorate in Education at Kansas University in Lawrence. He joined the Air Force during the Korean War and served four years in Special Services at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Kansas for a teaching position at Emporia State Teachers College. In 1966, he moved to Tempe to become a Professor in the College of Education at ASU where he taught for the next 25 years, retiring in 1990. Jim is survived by his wife, Marian, four daughters, four grandchildren and  two great grandchildren. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11AM Friday, August 7th, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St, Phoenix 85044. Memorial donations can be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 1028 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ
(Source: Arizona Republic)

John Ziegler John Joseph Ziegler 22 Jul 2015

John (Jack) Joseph Ziegler, 83, passed away on July 22, 2015. He joined the Navy in 1950, stationed out of San Diego, CA. where he met and married his wife, Carole. He graduated from ASU with a Bachelor's degree. He was an electrician by trade and worked at ASU before transitioning to Motorola where he retired. He also built and ran the Tempe Health Club on Mill Ave. He is preceded in death by two sisters and a brother, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law. He is survived by longtime companion Viola Wright, ex-wife Carole Ziegler; six children, 14 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the VA National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Serenity Hospice or any Cat Rescue.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Florence Fitzgerald Florence "Sally" Fitzgerald 17 Jul 2015

Florence "Sally" Fitzgerald, 91, died on July 17, 2015. She attended Drake University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Her husband, Donald Fitzgerald, was a professor of Physics at ASU, San Jose State University, and at University of Central Oklahoma. Sally worked as in the College of Art at ASU. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald. She is survived by six nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 24, 2015, at11:00 a.m. at Bradford Village Assisted Living in Edmond, OK. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, Union, Iowa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Donald and Sally Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Dr. Baha Jassemnejad, Department of Physics, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034.

Allen Beach Moore Allen Beach Moore 17 Jul 2015

Allen Beach Moore, 81, passed away July 17, 2015. Allen completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1958. After residencies at the University of Cincinnati, Bayfront Hospital at St. Petersburg, Florida, and Saginaw General Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan, Allen began private practice in Essexville, Michigan. He then served as Associate Corporate Medical Director for International Harvester Corporation in Chicago. He returned to Michigan in 1969, for private practice in Bay City, and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1980. He served as Associate Director of Family Practice Residency and Corporate Director of Health and Environmental Systems at Good Samaritan Hospital, and Medical Director for Biosystems Institute in Tempe, the Biltmore Health Center in Phoenix and Salt River Project. Allen served as an instructor at ASU, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, the nursing program at Saginaw Valley State College, and various EMT, police academy, and ski patrol programs. Allen and his wife relocated to Dana Point, California, in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Allen was predeceased by a brother. At his request, services were not held. In lieu of flowers to family, and honoring his combined love of children and medicine, donations may be made in his name, at
(Source: ASU Foundation)

 Francis Paul Ruane  Francis Paul Ruane  13 Jul 2015

Francis Paul Ruane, 87, passed away on July 13, 2015. He was a graduate of the University of Scranton, and also studied for an MBA at Syracuse University. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and served in the USAF during WWII where he earned his wings in 1953. He joined IBM in 1956 and worked there for 34 years. Later he worked in the Career Services Office at ASU for many years. He was a navigator at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for nine years and a docent at the Champlain Air Museum and the Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force in Mesa. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, two daughters, a son, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, 2213 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, AZ with internment in Scranton, PA at a later date. Memorials to Frank can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Bridget's Church in Mesa. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Lowell Huggins Sr. Lowell Dean Huggins, Sr. 11 Jul 2015

Lowell Dean Huggins Sr., 72, died on July 11, 2015. Lowell moved to Arizona in 1956 with his parents and has always had a great love for Chandler. He graduated from Chandler High and worked as a barber since 1960. He served the city as a police officer for 20 years, and served on the Chandler City Council from 1988 to 1996, and was re-elected in 2000 and 2004. Lowell is unique in Chandler history as the only person to serve three terms as vice-mayor. Lowell also taught martial arts and criminal justice as ASU and MCC. He is predeceased by a son and a brother. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann, a son, two stepdaughters and other relatives. A Celebration of Life service is planned for 9:00 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 8, at the Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

Dr. Robert Gwinner Dr. Robert Gwinner 7 Jul 2015

Dr. Robert "Bob" Gwinner, 79, Emeritus Professor, passed away July 7, 2015. In the U.S. Army, he served in the intelligence area in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Mississippi Southern College. Bob started his career at the University of Wyoming in 1960, as an assistant professor of business. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1963, from the University of Arkansas, he taught at the University of Alabama before joining ASU as Chairman of the Marketing Department. He retired from ASU in 1998. His wife, Mary Christine, preceded him in death. They had two children. In 1986, Bob married Rose Marie Rackley, who had two children. A memorial service will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3539 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. Memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Please visit to place online condolences.

Donald Heschke Donald R. Heschke 5 Jul 2015

Donald R. Heschke, 98, died July 5, 2015. Donald owned and operated several service stations in Tomahawk, WI, and in 1970 the family moved to Mesa, AZ, where he worked at ASU until his retirement. He is survived by a daughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette, in 2014, who was also retired from ASU; a son and a daughter. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Charitable Fund of Central Arizona. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Bevie Sanders Bevie Sanders 25 Jun 2015

Bevie Truett Sanders, 98, passed away on June 25, 2015. A veteran of World War II, he earned his doctorate at University of Texas at Austin and was a professor of accounting for 28 years at ASU. He also taught at Sul Ross State University and University of Texas at El Paso. In 2005, he and his wife received the City of Tempe's Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award for their work with international students. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, a sister, two sons and three grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at Tempe Mortuary. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1 at Church on Mill. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Church on Mill international student ministry, 1300 S. Mill Ave., or Campus Christian Center,

Ivan Saddler Ivan R. Saddler 18 Jun 2015

Ivan R. “Jack” Saddler, 96, died on June 18, 2015. He served in WWII and The Korean War. After serving in the Korean War, he entered college at Texas Western University (now UTEP) in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife moved to New Jersey where he worked for RCA for several years. After moving to Scottsdale in 1964, he began working in the semiconductor business at Motorola, where he spent the majority of his career. Just prior to his planned retirement from Motorola in 1982, he was contacted by the Technology Department at ASU and asked to become a professor. He greatly enjoyed teaching and continued to do so well into his 70s. He was very proud of starting a clean room where technology students and employees of various governmental agencies and corporations learned hands on how to make semiconductors. Ivan is survived by a daughter, a son and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Polly and by his eldest son. There will be a celebration of his life in the Fall of this year. Memorial donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, please contact Scottsdale United Methodist Church.

Maxine Marshall Maxine Sue Besser Marshall 17 Jun 2015

Maxine Sue Besser Marshall, 89, died June 17, 2015. Maxine attended Washington University. She moved to New York City in 1954, where she worked for the National Committee for an Effective Congress. She married Jonathan Marshall in 1955, and they moved to the Valley in 1963 when he became publisher and editor of the Scottsdale Daily Progress. For the Daily Progress, she wrote four weekly columns. She edited the Saturday Magazine, a literary, news and cultural weekly published as part of the Daily Progress. As editor, she featured the early work of noted writers Tobias Wolff, Rita Dove, Denis Johnson, Ron Carlson, Norman Dubie and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Rios. Marshall earned a bachelor's degree from ASU in 1976 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from ASU in 1994.The ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences gave Marshall its Distinguished Achievement Award in 1988 and selected her to its Hall of Fame in 2001. She served as chairman of the board of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and was a founding member of the Phoenix Charter 100. In 1997, she won the Body Positive LIFE Award from Scottsdale Mayor Sam Campana for her contributions to the community's quality of life and her advocacy for cultural diversity, civil rights and AIDS awareness. Marshall and her husband led the Marshall Fund of Arizona from 1987 to 2003. Together they launched the Marshall Lecture Series at ASU, and endowed ASU's Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry. They also funded the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden. A grant from the Marshall Fund allowed the Arizona Nature Conservancy to preserve land next to Ramsey Canyon Park to ensure the survival of several species of hummingbirds. Maxine and The Marshall Fund won awards for leadership and service to the community from ASU, the Arizona Theatre Company, the Arizona chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Arizona Historical Foundation, and The Desert Foothills Land Trust. She was a member of the 1981 White House Conference on Aging, served on the Advisory Council to the Area Agency on Aging, the Advisory Council of Displaced Homemakers, and the Pritzlaff Commission on Long Term Care for Arizona. She was also one of the original organizers of the Scottsdale Senior Center. Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona gave Marshall its Maggie Award in 1987. In 1999, she and Jonathan earned the Scottsdale Life Achievement Award. Marshall is survived by four children and seven grandchildren. A memorial service for Marshall was held on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley. Donations in her memory can be made to Project Humanities at Arizona State University, P.O. Box 873003, Tempe 85287-3003; or the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008.

David Brixen David E. Brixen 12 Jun 2015

David E. Brixen, 60, passed away on June 12, 2015. He was the Associate Vice President, Facilities Development & Management at ASU and had just retired in February, 2014 after 38 years of service. ASURA’s Video History Project was attempting to schedule Dave for an interview. Sadly, it didn’t happen. Dave is survived by Terri, his wife of 38 years, a daughter, son, granddaughter, sister and nieces. A Celebration of Dave's life will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation in Dave's honor. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Frances Storlie Frances J. Storlie 11 Jun 2015

Frances J. Storlie, 89, passed away on June 11, 2015. She was a graduate of Clark College's first nursing class in 1962. She earned a BSN from the U of O, a Master's Degree in Nursing Ed. from Oregon Health and Science University in 1967, and a PhD in Urban Studies from PSU in 1976. In 1973, Frances was selected as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Nursing, representing Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. She also served as the nurse editor for the Heart and Lung Journal during its inaugural year of 1976. Dr. Storlie was a faculty member for ASU's College of Nursing graduate program, and taught at the Univ. of Nevada. She helped organize adult nurse practitioner programs, and taught 75 courses in electrocardiography. In 1978, the Clark College Alumni Association honored her with the Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of her exceptional service to Clark College, exemplary service to the community, and personal and professional achievements. She became one of the first licensed/accredited Nurse Practitioners in Oregon (1981) and spent the last years of practice as a clinical director and nurse practitioner in Vancouver, WA. In 1986, after learning fluent Spanish, she embarked on over 40 medical missions to Mexico, Central and S. America including the South Pole. She was predeceased by her husband, Alton “Bill”. She is survived by two siblings, two children, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great, grandchildren. A private family ceremony will be held at Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver, WA. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Virginia Aldape Virginia Juliene Aldape 5 Jun 2015

Virginia Juliene Aldape, 71, died June 5, 2015. Virginia went to Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas, earning a bachelor's degree (1970), followed by her master's degree (1972). She began her professional career, first as a Rehabilitation Counselor at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. After 7 years in Minnesota, she accepted a counseling position at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Then she transferred to San Diego, where she was a Counselor in Disabled Student Services at San Diego State University; later, she became a Crisis Counselor for San Diego County Mental Health. She retired from the Veteran's Administration as a Caregiver Coordinator. Virginia is survived by five siblings and numerous relatives. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 15 at St. John's Cathedral, Boise. Memorial donations will be accepted at the Disabled American Veterans local office, 444 W Fort Street, Room 143, Boise 83702 and Shriners Hospital for Children , Fairfax Road & Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

  Gene D. Phillips 4 Jun 2015

Gene D. Phillips, 91, passed away on June 4, 2015. Gene earned an Emeritus of Education and attended Butler University and Indiana University. He was a professor at ASU, Boston University, and a boys' school in England. He was also a member of the U.S. Navy. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Coultas Phillips of 67 years, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and ten siblings. A Celebration of Life was on June 8, 2015 at Bono Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to Clinton Lions Club. Condolences for the family may be offered online at (Source: ASU Foundation)

Cathy Lahti Cathy J. Lahti 2 Jun 2015

Cathy J. Lahti passed away on June 2, 2015. Cathy came to Arizona in 1967 to study at ASU. She worked at PBS Eight for 15 years, retiring in 2012. Her favorite responsibility at Eight was as an on-air talent for their semi-annual pledge drives. Cathy is survived by her husband Chet, a sister, two children and three grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, Wednesday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to charities supporting lung cancer research or community reading programs.

Roger Lidman Roger Wayne Lidman 31 May 2015

Roger Wayne Lidman, 58, died on May 31, 2015. Roger graduated from ASU with a degree in anthropology. He started working part time at Pueblo Grande Museum in 1976 and became the director in 1990. During his 38-year tenure, he made great friends in the museum community, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and other Arizona Indian communities. Roger was a past president of the Central Arizona Museum Association and the Museum Association of Arizona. He served on the board of the Western Museums Association and was a board member and past president of the Arizona Humanities Council. He also served as a faculty associate teaching museum administration for the public history program at ASU. He presented papers related to museum education, management, and operation nationally and in Canada, South Korea and Taiwan. Roger was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife Cindy, his mother and other relatives. A celebration of his life will be held at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, at 12 p.m. on June 19, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary or the Arizona Animal Welfare League. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Herbert Bohlman Herbert Bohlman 22 May 2015

Herbert “Mac" Bohlman, 79, ASU Professor Emeritus, passed away on May 22, 2015. He received his BS degree from Drake University, MBA and JD Law degree from Indiana University. Mac Served in the US Navy and retired as a Lt. Commander and then became an attorney and practiced 50 years in Arizona. He was a faculty member in the College of Business from 1959-2000. Along with his law practice he served as a Pro Tempore Judge for Maricopa County. He assisted in the organization of the Tempe Community Council, Tempe YMCA, Tempe Community Action Agency and the Tempe Sister Cities. He is survived by his wife Mary "Mimi" Bohlman, four children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. His memorial service is June 1st at 12:30 p.m. at the Shrine Auditorium at 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix 85008. In lieu of flowers please send donations to El Zaribah Hospital Travel Fund or Bohlman Scholarship Fund at Drake University in his honor.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Ernest John Nigro Ernest John Nigro 12 May 2015

Ernest John Nigro, 32, died on May 12, 2015. Ernie earned his B.S. in biology with an emphasis in herpetology from ASU in 2005. He held positions at ASU as a research assistant and lab technician, and conducted field research for Arizona's Dept. of Fish and Game. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and other relatives. A memorial gathering will be held in Grass Valley, CA, on July 18. For more information, send an email to

Kathryn Harris Kathryn M. Harris 5 May 2015

Kathryn M. Harris, Professor Emeritus of English, passed away May 5, 2015 at the age of 73. She received her BA and MA in English from ASU and joined the Department of English faculty in 1965. In 1980 she developed and supervised Writing for the Professions, an upper-division program in expository writing. She worked extensively as a consultant in writing for engineering firms, private research agencies, hospital corporations, the Superior Court of Arizona, and local justice courts. She was named Assistant Chair for the Department of English in 1990. She retired from ASU in 2004. In 2005 she received her PhD in Victorian literature from UofA. Kathryn is survived by two children and one grandson. As per her wishes, no services will be held. (Sources: James Odenkirk, Emeritus Professor; also English at ASU, a Newsletter for Alumni and Friends, Fall 1990, and AZ Republic)

 Jack Taylor  Jack Taylor  12 May 2015

Jack Taylor, 90, Professor Emeritus of the School of Art at ASU, died May 12, 2015. His degrees in Art Education are from Kutztown State Teachers College, now Kutztown University, and Pennsylvania State University. He taught for 41 years at all academic levels, including K through 12, teaching and supervising in the public schools. He taught at Westminster College, Pennsylvania, the University of New Mexico and from 1960 to 1990 at ASU where he was a Full Professor. He served fifteen years as head of art education and was responsible for the doctoral program from 1965 until his retirement in 1990. He was also an art education curriculum consultant and evaluator to the Arizona State Department of Public Instruction and to many public and private school districts. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Lytle Taylor, three daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Eckstein Center. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Deborah Kazal Deborah Kazal 4 May 2015

Deborah Kazal, 63, passed away on May 4, 2015. Dr. Kazal was a resident of Pascagoula, MS since 2006 and was a teacher at the Resurrection Catholic High School since 2010. Previously she was a professor of economics at ASU as well as at the University of Texas. Deborah was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughter, two brothers and a sister. A visitation was on May 7 at 2pm and mass followed at 3pm in the chapel of Our Lady of Victories in Pascagoula. The family requests that memorials be made to the Deborah Kazal Scholarship Fund at Resurrection Catholic High School. Please contact the Principal Kay McKenna at 228-762-3353 if you would like to give donations.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

   John Edwin Northrup  3 May 2015

John Edwin Northrup, 59, passed away on May 3, 2015. John earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D in the early 80’s from the University of California, Berkeley. From there he was briefly a post-doctoral researcher at Xerox's PARC (Palo Alto Research Complex) laboratories in Palo Alto, California, before taking a professorship at ASU. He returned to PARC after two years, where he led a long and illustrious career as a solid state physicist developing semiconductor materials useful to the electronics industry. He authored over 150 scientific publications and numerous patents. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Material Research Society. Dr. Northrup was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by two brothers as well as nephews and nieces. A public memorial service celebrating his life will be held in December of 2015. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Gladys Dejarnatt Gladys Marie Dejarnatt 30 Apr 2015

Gladys "Pal" Marie Dejarnatt, 83, passed away on April 30, 2015. In 1964, she and her three children moved to Arizona. She was a staff employee at ASU in the College of Business from 1971 until she retired in 1994. Gladys is survived by two children and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son. Her ashes will be buried in Riverside, Missouri. Her life will be celebrated at a service on May 23, 11:00 a.m., to be held at First Christian Church, 805 N. Country Club Road, Mesa, AZ.

Eleanor Durkee Eleanor Lucille Prochnow Durkee 28 Apr 2015

Eleanor Lucille Prochnow Durkee, 94, passed away April 28, 2015. Upon graduating from "Flag High" (Flagstaff) she obtained her pilot's license, and worked various jobs, as a candy striper, ticket and concessions attendant at the Liberty and Orpheum theaters, and in the Registrar's Office of the then named Arizona State Teachers College, now ASU. At ASTC she was involved in the WWII V-12 Training Program where she met her future husband, Frank D. Durkee. In August of 1948 she took the post of Executive Secretary of the Flagstaff Selective Service Board retiring in 1973 after 25 years of service. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Durkee Sr. (1975), a son and eleven siblings. She is survived by two sons and many other relatives. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., August 29 at the old Prochnow House, Linton Realty office, on 304 S. Elden St. on Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Flagstaff. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Flagstaff Family Food Center, PO Box P, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.

Betty Hunter Betty Hunter 28 Apr 2015

Betty Austin Hunter, 87, passed away April 28, 2015. Betty received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC Greensboro. She later taught home economics at Durham Senior High School, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. While at ASU she served as a guidance counselor for many years in the home economics department, which included chaperoning groups of students to the New York City fashion district. She is survived by a son, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters and one brother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, one sister and two brothers. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Mount Lawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared with the Hunter family at

  John Aaron Austin, Jr. 26 Apr 2015

John Aaron Austin, Jr., 72, passed away on April 26, 2015. John completed his undergraduate education at Louisiana Tech and his graduate education at ASU, receiving his Masters in mathematics in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 1971. John's career as a college professor spanned the following schools: ASU, University of Utah, Virginia Military Institute, and finally Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS) where he was a Professor, Department Chair, and Associate Dean in the College of Business. He retired in 2008 as a Professor Emeritus of Economics. He was one of the lead researchers in the development of the first artificial arm while in Utah. John was preceded in death by a brother and a stepson. He is survived by his wife, Donna Lowderback Austin, his three children, a stepdaughter, a brother, 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. John donated his body to science; therefore, there will be no funeral. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 27, at LSUS, Shreveport, LA, in the ballroom at 2:00 PM, with visitation from 1-2 PM. Memorials in John's name may be made to the College of Business, LSUS, One University Place, Shreveport, LA 71115, or to "Faith Fellowship Food Pantry," P.O. Box 8473, Hot Springs Village, AR 71910

Trinidad Pinedo Trinidad Grace Pinedo 18 Apr 2015

Trinidad Grace Pinedo, 79, died on April 18, 2015. She is survived by a brother, a sister, a son and four grandchildren. "Trini" worked full time as a secretary for over forty years and then part time at ASU West in the Parking and Transit from 2003 until her death. A rosary will be held on June 5 at 6 pm at the Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in Glendale followed by a Mass on June 6 at 10 am at St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Phoenix.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

  Dr. Robert Anderson 18 Apr 2015

Dr. Robert Anderson, 85, passed away on April 18, 2015. He graduated from the University of Iowa with his BS in 1952 and ME in 1953. He completed his PhD from the University of Nebraska in 1963. Bob worked in various school districts throughout Iowa for nine years as a chemistry, physics teacher, administrator, and high school coach. After he completed his PhD, he began his college teaching profession at Central Washington State College. Three years later he moved his family to Tempe, AZ where he was a professor at ASU for one year (1966-1967). They returned to the Midwest in the summer of 1967 to teach at WSU. He was instrumental in creating the Field Research Services Division through WSU. He retired in 1992. Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, and a brother. He is survived by three sons, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on May 9 at 10:00 a.m., at Rhatigan Student Center (WSU). In lieu of flowers a memorial in Dr. Robert E. Anderson’s name has been established with the WSU Foundation, 1845 N Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0002.

Paul Cullen Bradford Paul Cullen Bradford 17 Apr 2015

Paul Cullen Bradford, the father of Barbara Bradford Eschbach, ASURA board member and chair of Luncheons and Special Events Committee, passed away on April 17, 2015 at the age of 91.  Paul attended the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) for two years and then joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1943 to 1946. He received numerous honors including a World War II Medal, Bronze Star (European Theatre), Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Infantry.  He had Marksman Designation with rifle and carbine. After his discharge in 1946, Paul returned to the University of Illinois and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. For 38 years he worked with Shell Oil Company. His assignments were both in operations supervision and technical capacities in several refinery locations and Head Office Manufacturing.  He developed particular expertise in the catalytic cracking process and was recognized as an expert in the field. He also developed a process using centrifugal force that improved the output of usable/saleable product from a 55-gallon barrel of crude from approximately 50 percent to over 90 percent. This invention literally changed the world’s economy with respect to the oil industry. When Paul retired from Shell in 1986, he and his wife, Jean, moved from Houston to Leisure World in Mesa. Jean passed away in 1995. They had been married for 48 years. After Jean’s death, Paul became acquainted with another Leisure World resident, Betty, who was a widow, and they married in 1996. In 2005, Paul and Betty moved from Leisure World to Friendship Village Tempe. Paul is survived by his wife, Betty, his three children, Betty’s three children, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Paul’s Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 10:30am, in the Skirm Auditorium of Friendship Village Tempe, 2645 E Southern Avenue, Tempe AZ 85282. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in honor of Paul Cullen Bradford be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix AZ 85014-5656. Condolences to the family may be left at
(Source: Barbara Bradford Eschbach) 

  Earl Cox 15 Apr 2015

Earl W. Cox, 79, passed away on April 15, 2015. After moving to Arizona in 1977 he worked as a plumber at ASU until he retired. He was preceded in death in 2006 by his wife, Lucille. He is survived by a son, a daughter, a sister and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

 Marilyn Wahl  Marilyn Wahl  15 Apr 2015

Marilyn Louise Wahl, 87, passed away on April 15, 2015. Marilyn leaves behind two daughters and two granddaughters. Her husband, Donald Wahl, predeceased her in 2008. The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1970. Marilyn worked at ASU from 1970 to 1989, primarily in the President's Office. She was a member of the ASURA board from 1992-1994 and served as Secretary from 1992-1993. In addition, she was a volunteer in the ASURA office for several years. Graveside services will be held at Green Aces Cemetery, 401 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer's Association at would be greatly appreciated. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Robert Benjamin Robert Elliot Benjamin 13 Apr 2015

Robert Elliot Benjamin, 81, passed away on April 13, 2015. He received his law degree in Chicago, and his PhD in Economics from ASU. After working for many years with companies such as Valley Bank, O'Malley Bros, Motorola, Pepsico and Anheuser Busch, he left the law for academia. He taught at ASU, Western International University, The American Graduate School, and Mesa Community College. Dr. Benjamin is survived by his wife, Suzanne, a daughter, two sons, two step daughters, a step-son, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, Thursday, April 16 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Benjamin would appreciate contributions to the Wounded Warrior Fund for Marines.

Marshall Kelly Magruder Marshall Kelly Magruder 13 Apr 2015

Marshall Kelly Magruder passed away on April 13, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Anne, three sons, four brothers and many other friends and relatives. At only 19-years-old he became an owner/operator of multiple McDonald's franchises and continued to work hard and successfully in this franchise business until 1991. He was a member of several committees and boards, including charity and philanthropy positions. Marshall loved sports and sat on the Sun Angel Foundation Board of Directors at ASU, serving on many various committees within that organization. His impact throughout the community was extensive, stretching from the Ronald McDonald House to the Mesa Rotary Club, Mesa HoHoKams, Mesa Child Crisis Center, AZ Republican Party and election committees, Spinal Cord Society and St. Luke's Hospital as well as many others. Services will be held at Harvest Bible Chapel Chandler, 101 East Comstock Drive, Chandler, 85225 on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Private internment Green Acres Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Magruder Family Fund at or by calling 480-471-6614. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Thomas Roberts Thomas Gene Roberts 12 Apr 2015

Thomas Gene Roberts, 80, died on April 12, 2015. He earned his BA in philosophy from Wake Forest College; his Master's degree in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; and his Ph. D. in special education from UNC. Thomas was a pioneer in special education, and developed curriculum for St. Louis County, Missouri. After moving to Arizona in 1970, he began teaching at ASU where he remained for 27 years, retiring as Department chairman of Special Education. Thomas is survived by his wife, Jean Reed Roberts, four children, two granddaughters, two brothers and two sisters. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m.Thursday, April 16, 2015, at The Terraces, 7550 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020. The entrance to The Terraces is on Morten St. Donations may be made to Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, 10001 N. 92nd St., #121, Scottsdale AZ 85258. (Source: ASU Foundation)

  William Cohen 11 Apr 2015

William Cohen, 81, passed away April 11, 2015. He was the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School. After earning his law degree at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1956, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. Following that he began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota Law School. Later he taught at the UCLA School of Law and Stanford Law School, where he retired in 1999. Professor Cohen devoted more than five decades to the study and teaching of constitutional law. He wrote or co-wrote five books as well as dozens of articles and essays. Professor Cohen was also a visiting faculty member at ASU, Magdalen College Oxford and the European University in Florence, Italy. His first wife, Betty, predeceased him, as did a son. He is survived by two daughters from that marriage; Nancy Mahoney Cohen, whom he married in 1976, their daughter, two grandsons, two great grandsons, two brothers and a sister. Donations may be made to the Palo Alto Family YMCA or All Saints Episcopal Church Palo Alto. A memorial service was held on April 29 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, Calif.

  Clarice Maurine McGary 11 Apr 2015

Clarice Maurine (Calvert) McGary, 93, passed away on April 11, 2015. She graduated from Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1940. After her husband, George, retired from the Air Force, they retired in Tempe where Clarice was employed as a reference librarian at ASU. Clarice is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George, a son, a brother and two sisters. Her ashes will be returned to the family farm in Emmet Township, IL. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Patricia Marsh Patricia Marsh 4 Apr 2015

Patricia Marsh (nee Drugmand), 69, passed away on April 4, 2015. Pat graduated from ASU in 1967 (BS in Education). She was employed at ASU from 1973 until she retired in 2005. Her last position at ASU was as Manager of Surplus Property and Recycling.  She was a long-time member of the American Business Women's Association and was named Valley of the Sun Chapter Woman of The Year in 1983 and 1990. She was selected in 2010 by the Arizona Recycling Coalition for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat is survived by her husband, Paul, a daughter, two grandchildren, a sister and a brother. In lieu of flowers the family recommends donations to Hospice of Valley. There will be no service but a celebration of Pat's life is anticipated later this year. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Kathryn Swarthout Kathryn Blair Swarthout 3 Apr 2015

Kathryn Blair Swarthout, 96, passed away April 3, 2015. Under her pen name, Kate Swarthout, she was a columnist for Woman's Day magazine for 26 years. With her late husband, Glendon, an internationally-known novelist who died in 1992, Kathryn co-wrote six novellas for young adults. Mrs. Swarthout received a Certificate of Merit in Literature from the National Society of Arts and Letters for her writing. Together, Kathryn and Glendon established the Swarthout Writing Awards for young writers at ASU in 1962, which gives significant cash prizes for poetry and short fiction every April through the Creative Writing/English department on the Tempe campus. The 2015 writing awards ceremony will be held at the Faculty Club on campus on this Tuesday evening, April 21, 2015. The Western Writers of America honored Kathryn with their Branding Iron Award in June, 2010, at their Oklahoma City convention for her 35 years of service to that literary organization. Kathryn Swarthout leaves behind her son, two sisters, plus nieces and nephews. There will be a reception in Scottsdale later in May. Memorial donations may be made to the ASU Foundation for the benefit of the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Awards in Creative Writing Endowment, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, Arizona 85280-2260.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

  Arthur Matula 1 Apr 2015

Arthur Matula, former ASU journalism professor, passed away April 1, 2015 (estimated). His internment will be on May 4, 2015, at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. He served with the US Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific, China and Japan and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Industrial Editors Association, Sigma Delta Chi national men's journalism honorary and the Public Relations Society of Phoenix. He was a graduate of Texas A&M, Stanford University and Occidental College. He retired from Mesa College where he taught comparative religion. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Ross Matula, a former staff member of the Phoenix Gazette, and two sisters. 

Pamela Dunstan Pamela Dunstan 31 Mar 2015

Pamela Dunstan, 91, passed away on March 31, 2015. Pam was an accomplished pianist. She studied at The Royal Academy of Music, entertained at the Marine Hotel during the War, played with a band in Scotland and played concerts in London. Pam also played in bands in Canada, taught piano, and for decades served as the accompanist for ballet dancers in the Valley including stints at ASU, Ballet Arizona, Adam's Royal Academy of Dance in Tempe, and the Wright studio in Mesa. Pam is survived by ten children, ten grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held April 7, 2:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Church in Phoenix, (2311 E. Palm Lane), followed by a reception in the adjoining hall. 

 Mary Martha Prince  Mary Martha Prince  30 Mar 2015


Mary Martha Prince, 73, passed away March 30, 2015. Mary Martha was a graduate of Phoenix College, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, and her Master of Arts Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver. Mary Martha's professional career included teaching Secondary English in Claremont, CA; Maryvale, AZ and Colorado Springs, CO. She was Librarian at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and later the Library Director at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs. She also served as Librarian at ASU West, the Fountain Hills Branch of the Maricopa County Library System, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Gateway Community College. She is survived by a sister, a brother, nephews, nieces and grand-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Donations may be made in her honor to St. Vincent de Paul, Paralyzed Veterans of America or the Gary Sinise Foundation. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 North 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. (Source: Arizona Republic)


Shelia McDaniel Shelia O. McDaniel 28 Mar 2015

Shelia O. McDaniel passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Shelia taught at many Valley high schools. She also taught English as a Second Language at ASU then worked until retirement as a Systems Programmer at Honeywell. A graveside memorial service will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley, Phoenix.

DonnaKaye Wollam DonnaKaye Wollam 24 Mar 2015

DonnaKaye Wollam, 79, passed away March 24, 2015. She graduated with her BA in French from University of Montana, and then taught French in Chateauroux, France. She graduated with her MA in French from University of Washington, and then taught French and English at Three Tree Point in the Seattle area. She and her husband, Owen, moved to Tempe in 1962 when he took a professorship at ASU. DonnaKaye was active in ASU Faculty Wives and served as President of the association in 1972-1973. She was a supervisor with the US Census, Registrar with ASU, and taught French at ASU. DonnaKaye was preceded in death by her husband, Owen, who died on March 8, 2015. She is survived by a sister and two sons. A memorial will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 2pm in Skirm Auditorium at Friendship Village, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Teresa Waller Teresa Lynn Waller 20 Mar 2015

Teresa Lynn Waller, 51, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015. She was educated at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and at ASU. She had two bachelor's degrees, one master's degree in IT, and had worked halfway toward her Ph.D when she became ill with cancer. She was employed at ASU for 14 years in the financial department, dealing with NCAA scholarships. Survivors include her fiance, a brother and her father. She was preceded in death by her mother in 2002. Cremation rites have been accorded in Phoenix. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Joy Rasmussen Joy Rasmussen 15 Mar 2015

Joy Rasmussen, 72, passed away on March 15, 2015. Joy moved to Arizona in 1976 and earned a Bachelor's of Science degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Social Work and later a Master's Degree (also Magna Cum Laude) in Social Work, with a certificate in Gerontology. Joy used this expertise to work for such organizations as the Foundation for Senior Living, Hospice of the Valley and the Alzheimer's Association. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at ASU for many years. Joy is survived by her husband, Richard, a  daughter, two grandchildren, and other relatives. There was a Celebration of Joy's Life on Saturday, March 28, at the Shea home in Goldfield Ranch, followed by a short service of remembrance.

James Edward Ayres James Edward Ayres 10 Mar 2015

James Edward Ayres, 78, died on March 10, 2015. Jim received a BA from Fresno State College, and an MA from the University of Arizona. He was a pioneer in historical archaeology of the West, remaining active in the field until shortly before his death. He directed excavations for the Tucson Urban Renewal Project, headed the research division at the Arizona State Museum, served as Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer, taught at both ASU and UofA, and did independent consulting. He indexed all of Tucson's English-language newspapers from 1870 to 1911, the results of which will be published posthumously as a research tool for historians and archaeologists. Jim served as President of the Society for Historical Archaeology and received the society's two highest awards. He chaired the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and received the Arizona Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. Jim is survived by his wife, Marianne, and three brothers. No plans for a memorial have been made, but contributions may be sent to Arizona Historical Society Archives or American Heritage Center, Laramie WY. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Nancy Jean Taylor Nancy Jean Taylor 9 Mar 2015

Nancy Jean Taylor, 68, passed away March 9, 2015. She earned her bachelor's degree in agriculture at ASU, and was a purchasing agent at ASU. She was preceded in death by two brothers and her father. Nancy is survived by her husband, Scot, her mother and a brother. Services will be held on a date yet to be determined. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Olympic Medical Cancer Center Patient Navigator Fund, 844 North Fifth Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382.

Harry B. Wiggins Harry B. Wiggins 9 Mar 2015

Harry B. Wiggins, 87, passed away on March 9, 2015. Harry received Bachelor degrees from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the University of Vermont and earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He spent 30 years in executive management positions in the manufacturing industry ending his career on the faculty of the College of Business at ASU. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, a daughter and four grandchildren. Harry was predeceased by a son. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, at St. Patrick's Catholic Community followed by a luncheon reception at Westminster Village at noon. Those wishing to honor Harry's memory may contribute to the Westminster Village Foundation, 12000 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Owen Ardell Wollam Owen Ardell Wollam 8 Mar 2015

Owen Ardell Wollam, 87, ASU Emeritus Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures, passed away March 8, 2015.  He graduated with his BA in French from University of Montana, taught on the Blackfoot Reservation, attended Middlebury College Intensive, taught in France, and received his MA and PhD from University of Washington. Owen and his wife, DonnaKaye, moved to Tempe in 1962 when he took a professorship at ASU. He helped expand the French Section and Foreign Language Department until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by two cousins and two sons. A memorial will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 2pm in Skirm Auditorium at Friendship Village, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ.

  Owen Wollam 5 Mar 2015

Owen Wollam, ASU Emeritus Professor in the department of Languages and Literatures, now called School of International Letters and Cultures, passed away on March 5, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and two sons. An obituary has not been published, but the chaplain at Friendship Village confirmed Owen’s passing, and that his service will be Friday, March 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in Skirm Auditorium, Friendship Village, 2645 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. If an obituary is published, I will notify ASURA members. (Source: Alexandra Gruzinska, Assistant Professor, SILC)

Leonard Gordon Leonard Gordon 4 Mar 2015

Announcement - Leonard Gordon, Dean Emeritus and Senator, passed away March 4, 2015. Len was also Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and served many years as Chair of the Sociology Department. He was a founding member of the Emeritus College who continued his leadership on many levels. He was recently active on the University Senate Executive Committee, the Sexual Violence Task Force and Student Policy Committee of the ASU Academic Senate just to name a few. Len taught at ASU for over 40 years and had established the Len and Rena Gordon “Spunky” Award, which is presented each academic school year to a student who has shown “spunk” in overcoming obstacles to succeed as an undergraduate. (Len was also a member of ASURA. His Video History interview is available through the ASURA website at ) Len is succeeded by his wife Dorthy, his children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:00am at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260; (480) 860-2300. It will be a graveside service. You are most welcome to bring a chair to assist you. Condolences to Len’s family may be sent to Dorthy Herzberg Gordon, 13660 E. Columbine Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85259-3753. The Gordon family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to benefit the Len and Rena Gordon Spunky Award for ASU students. You may make a gift online at or send a check, payable to: ASU Foundation c/o Jill DeMichele, P.O. Box 876405, ASU CLAS Tempe, AZ 85287. Please contact with any questions or concerns. (Source: The Emeritus College)

Deanna Marlene Van Dyke Deanna Marlene Van Dyke 1 Mar 2015

Deanna "Dee" Marlene Van Dyke, 75, passed away March 1, 2015. She attended Augustana College with a major in elementary education. In 1961 she married Robert (Bob) Hershberger and later they moved to Philadelphia while Bob finished his master's degree in architecture. They then moved to San Francisco, and in 1962 to Pocatello, Idaho, where Dee completed her bachelor's degree at Idaho State University, and taught elementary school. In 1965 they returned to Philadelphia where Bob completed a doctorate in architecture then in 1969 they moved to Tempe, Arizona where Bob became a professor at ASU.  Dee served as director of the American Baptist Campus Foundation, taught elementary school, earned a master's degree in higher and adult Education at ASU, taught English as a second language at the Cook Christian Training School, and served as director of the Arizona Extension of the San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1988 they moved to Tucson where Bob became Dean of College of Architecture at the University of Arizona and Dee taught elementary school and served as development officer for a Christian school and the College of Humanities at UofA. Dee also pursued more than a year of graduate theological education to become an ordained deacon in the Methodist Church. She then served as Director of Children's Ministries at Christ Church United Methodist and Religious Life Director for Tucson Metropolitan Ministries. In 2002 they moved to Payson, Ariz. to retire. Dee was a leader in the Democratic Women's Club and was active in Amnesty International in Payson. Dee was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in January of 2012, and was living in a memory care facility in Phoenix at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, two sons, six grandchildren, a sister, a niece and two nephews. A brother preceded her in death. A Celebration of Dee's Life was held at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. on March 14, 2015. Contact Robert Hershberger at (928) 970-9180; P.O. Box 2266, Payson, AZ 85547. Memorial Gifts: send checks to Alzheimer's Association, 1028 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006. Note: for Research in Memory of Dee Hershberger.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Helen Blaesser Helen Ann Blaesser 26 Feb 2015

Helen Ann Blaesser, 101, passed away on February 26, 2015. Helen attended the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, and in 1935 graduated from the University of Wisconsin, with a Master of Arts. She later studied dramatics at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. In 1941 she married Willard Blaesser, then Assistant Dean of Men at the University of Wisconsin. In 1968 Willard  became a professor in the Department of Counselor Education at ASU and became Professor Emeritus in 1984. Over the years, Helen pursued her interest in drama and did local TV commercials in Tempe. After taking some art classes at ASU, Helen became an accomplished watercolorist. Her paintings won prizes at the Arizona State Fair, and many still adorn the walls of a number of banks and other institutions in Tempe. Helen and Willard moved to Massachusetts in 1998. Helen is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 4, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo in Manitowoc. Private burial followed. Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to an art museum or institution of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at (Source: ASU Foundation)

Sharon Luth Furcone Sharon Luth Furcone 23 Feb 2015

Sharon Luth Furcone, 50, passed away February 23, 2015. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from ASU in 1987, and her Ph.D. in Materials Science from M.I.T. in 1993. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at ASU (1993-1995), she joined Motorola. She became a Product Analysis Lab Manager at Freescale Semiconductor in 2009. She is survived by her husband, Emanuel; a son, parents, sister, brother and other relatives. A funeral mass was held on March 3 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 230 W. Galveston St. Chandler, AZ 85225.

Denise Nielsen Tackett Denise Nielsen Tackett 23 Feb 2015

Denise Nielsen Tackett, 67, died February 23, 2015. Denise was a free-lance writer and photographer who lived and worked overseas for 14 years as a research diver for ASU Cancer Research Institute. During this time, she lived in 12 different countries. For 10 years, she owned an international travel and photography business. Denise discovered, and had named for her, a pygmy seahorse species, Hippocampus denise. She wrote and published three books, was the initial director for the Wetzel County Museum. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister. Surviving are her husband, Larry, and three nieces. Her ashes were returned to her beloved Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. Memorial contributions may be made in Denise's name to: The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia, Attn: Amy Martin, 194 Airport Rd., Elkins, WV 26241. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Frances Knudsen Frances Schwager (Huhnke) Knudsen 21 Feb 2015

Frances Schwager (Huhnke) Knudsen, 88, passed away on February 21, 2015. Frances was dedicated to the nursing/teaching profession for 43 years. She graduated Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946 and continued through PhD., ASU, 1979. After 25 years of teaching nursing, she retired and was honored with Professor Emeritus status, ASU, 1989. Frances is survived by five children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two sisters. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kirk, and a brother. A private memorial will be held at the Grand Canyon in May.

Fred Alvin Giles Fred Alvin Giles 14 Feb 2015

Fred Alvin Giles, 75, passed away on February 14, 2015. Fred attended Weber State University. He became a machinist and production engineer where he worked for Sperry Rand and Hill Air Force Base in Utah. He moved to California and worked at Convair. He was Director of Rohr Industries of Chula Vista where he oversaw projects such as the first turbine-powered trains in the U.S., the rapid transit system for San Francisco (BART) train car, Amtrak Trains, and the Hydro boat. In 1978, he moved to Arizona and served as the director of Physical Resources at NAU for several years. Other positions he held were supervisor of maintenance, assistant director of physical plant, and Emergency and Management Preparedness planner. He left NAU in 1996. He later retired from ASU as associate director of Physical Resources. He is survived by his wife: Sanya, three children, four grandchildren and his brother. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister. A funeral service was held February 20, 2015, at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood with a graveside service following at the Sedona Community Cemetery. (Source: ASU Foundation) 

Lois Elaine Hedlund Lois Elaine Hedlund 8 Feb 2015

Lois Elaine (Kurth) Hedlund, 68, passed away on February 8, 2015. She was a program coordinator in the American Indian Program at the ASU Polytechnic campus. Lois was preceded in death by a sister and her father. She is survived by her husband, Eric Hedlund; her mother, a sister, two daughters and four grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service was held on March 7, 2015, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E. Southern Ave.,Tempe, AZ. Donations may be made to King of Glory Lutheran Church, Tempe AZ or Hospice of the Valley. (Source: Arizona Republic and Skye Leonard)

 Elden Gareth Barmore

Elden Gareth Barmore 7 Feb 2015

Elden Gareth (E.G.) Barmore,78, passed away on February 7, 2015. Elden started his banking career as mail clerk at First National Bank in Lincoln, Nebraska, and ended his career as President and C.E.O. of Rio Salado Bank in Tempe, Arizona. Elden graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. He served on several banker association boards; Phoenix Art Museum (Board of Trustees and Board Member of Western Art Association); board member of Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation; board member of East Valley Partnership; YMCA; Tempe Chamber of Commerce; ASU new Venture Development Council & Centennial Commission; Tempe & Valley of the Sun United Way; Tempe St. Luke's Hospital Board of Trustees, Tempe Diablos, and Tempe Diplomats. He was preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by by his wife, Carol, a son, two grandsons, two brothers, as well as nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. February 28, 2015, at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, 85282. Reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of the Valley (602-530-6900), or Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA, (602) 273-6852).
(Source: Arizona Republic)

  Mariko Sugawara Bragg 5 Feb 2015

Mariko Sugawara Bragg, 62, passed away February 5, 2015. She is survived by her mother, two sisters, four nieces, two nephews and her husband. She had been a Japanese language teacher at Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, ASU and Arizona Gakuen School. 
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Thomas Dezelsky Thomas Leroy Dezelsky 4 Feb 2015

Thomas Leroy Dezelsky, EdD, 80, passed away February 4, 2015. Tom attended Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, and University of Indiana for his EdD. In 1968 his career as educator brought him to ASU’s Department of Exercise and Wellness where he taught for 30 years. During that 30 years Tom was a member of the National and Division Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society where he conducted numerous workshops internationally on Board Development and Minority Recruitment, receiving many awards for his service. He served as the commentary voice of ASU gymnastics for many years and contributed management and technical services as well as creative insight for A Ludwig Dance Theatre from 1984. He served as ASURA’s Activities Chair from 2003-2004. Tom leaves behind five children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren, a brother and two sisters. Tom married Ann Ludwig in 1985 and his expanded family added three children (one deceased), twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to research and education about Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at CurePSP, 30 E Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 OR online at A celebration of Tom‘s life is planned in April at Tempe Mortuary. (Source: Jo Madonna via Tempe Mortuary)

Jannelle Griffin Warren-Findley Jannelle Griffin Warren-Findley 4 Feb 2015

Jannelle "Jann" Griffin Warren-Findley, 69, passed away on February 4, 2015. She attended the University of Arizona and was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. She completed her undergraduate studies at Texas Woman's University and earned a PhD in American Studies from The George Washington University. Jann spent three years as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching and doing research in Sweden and then two years teaching for the University of Maryland in England. She then lived in the Washington, DC area, teaching and establishing a professional historical research group. She moved to Arizona and was an Associate Professor of History at ASU for more than 20 years. She taught graduate courses and later directed the Public History Program. She served as President of the National Council on Public History, on the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians, as Chair of the Editorial Board of The Public Historian, a board member of the Australian journal, Public History Review, and furthered the research, teaching, and mentoring of public history stateside as well as creating lasting links between the USA and Sweden, England, Australia, New Zealand and China. In addition, she worked with the World Heritage Committee for Monuments and Sites administered by UNESCO. She received the prestigious Robert Kelley Award, which, in part, recognized her invaluable support for establishing the International Federation for Public History. After retirement in 2014, she made one final international trip to China to teach Public History and Cultural Tourism at the Center for American Culture at Sichuan University. She was preceded in death by her parents, two aunts and a cousin. She is survived by a son, her former husband, Jon D. Findley and other relatives. A memorial service will be held in Tempe at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arizona Historical Society, in care of Linda Whitaker, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 or the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, in care of Melanie Sturgeon, 1901 West Madison, Phoenix, AZ 85009. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Charles S. Sargent Charles Scales Sargent 3 Feb 2015

Charles "Chuck" Scales Sargent, 78, passed away on February 3, 2015.  He completed his B.A. at the University of Wyoming, his M.A. at UC Berkeley, and finished his Ph.D. study and dissertation at UC Berkeley on the evolution of Buenos Aires. His first teaching job was at the University of Nebraska followed by 22 years of teaching at ASU from 1971-1993, specializing in urban geography and Latin America. His analysis and writing on the evolution of the Phoenix metropolitan area provided the foundation upon which much has since been built. After retiring from ASU Charlie spent several months a year on cruise ships giving lectures and traveling the world. He is survived by a sister, a brother, and Martha Spruell, his partner for the last 17 years. Donations in his memory can be made to the Salvation Army or the Arizona Humane Society. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Hewitt Hartley Young Hewitt Hartley Young 2 Feb 2015

Hewitt Hartley Young, 91, passed away February 2, 2015. He was Professor Emeritus of Industrial Engineering at ASU and former department chair. He graduated with honors from Case School of Applied Science (now Case School of Engineering) in Mechanical Engineering in August 1944, where he had enrolled in the V-12 Navy Reserve unit during WW II. Following graduation, he attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis for V-7 midshipmen, where he completed the rigorous 90-day "wonder" training program and was awarded an ensign's commission. He served a total of 31 months of active satisfactory service, including assignments on the USS La Salle (AP-102) transport ship and the USS Brennan (DE-13) Evarts-class destroyer escort. He achieved the final rank of LTJG, USNR before concluding his military service. After the war he was an engineer at General Electric and later with the Thompson Products Jet Propulsion Laboratory while earning a master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Case. He was an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in 1953 then promoted to associate professor in 1956; in 1960 was appointed full professor and later assistant head of Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering. While at Purdue he earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from ASU and, in 1966, accepted a position as Professor of Industrial Engineering at ASU; he was appointed chair of the department. He retired from ASU in 1988. Hewitt was a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (formerly AIIE) and served on the Board of Trustees first as Vice President of Education and Student Affairs and later Vice President of Publications. Hewitt is survived by his wife Beatrice, five sons, a brother, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His parents and a son preceded him in death. A celebration of Hewitt's life will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., with burial service later in the day at 2:30 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, located at 23029 North Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Arizona State University Foundation. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Richard Sidney Beal Jr. Richard Sidney Beal, Jr. 29 Jan 2015

Richard Sidney Beal Jr., passed away on January 29, 2015. In 1947 he began teaching at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. In 1948, he took a teaching position at the San Francisco Baptist College, and began work on a Ph.D. degree at the University of California in entomology. On completing his doctorate, he became a professor of systematic theology at Denver Seminary. In 1956, he was invited to work as a research entomologist for the Department of Agriculture with assignment to the Smithsonian Institution, where he worked until 1958. He then became a professor of zoology at ASU. In 1962, he was transferred to Northern Arizona University. In 1965, he became Dean of the Graduate College and Research, a position he held until his retirement from NAU in 1983. His wife, Billie, passed away in 1986. In 1987 he married Evorine Brewer. They moved to Lakewood, Colorado, where both were on the faculty of Colorado Christian University until their retirements in 1994. They moved to Prescott, Arizona, and then to East Wenatchee, Washington, in 2011. Dick published several articles in scientific journals, and coauthored four books. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and a sister. He leaves a sister, a son, his wife Evorine, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., March 21, 2015, at Eastmont Baptist Church in East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dick's memory to the Eastmont Baptist Church's Hispanic ministry, 400 S. Kentucky Ave., East Wenatchee, WA 98802. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Ronald K. Pendleton Ronald K. Pendleton 29 Jan 2015

Dr. Ronald K. Pendleton, Ph.D. 74, passed away on January 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Elin, his friend Debbi Motts, a daughter, a sister and other relatives. His formal education included an A.A. degree in Education from El Camino Community College in Torrance, CA; a B.A. degree in Psychology from Humboldt State College in Arcata, CA; an M.A. degree in Industrial Arts from California State University, Long Beach; and a Ph.D. degree in Education/Technology from ASU in Tempe, AZ. In addition he is a graduate of the USAF Officer Training School, the USAF Pilot Training School and all three levels of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Reserve Law Enforcement Training Academy. Before completing his doctoral degree he worked as a research associate at ASU; an industrial arts teacher at The American School in Stavanger, Norway; manager and chief pilot for Santa Fe Air Service in Hooper Bay, Alaska; a commercial pilot for Continental Air Service in Vientiane, Laos; a combat pilot and forward air controller for the USAF in Viet Nam; a social worker for the Humboldt County Welfare Department in Eureka, California; and a technical illustrator for North American Aviation in Downey, California. Until his passing, Ron served as a professor of education in the Career and Technical Teacher Education Program in the College of Education at California State University, San Bernardino. He began at the University in 1981, and just completed his 34th year. He worked primarily with mature adults who have been successful in business and industry and want to become teachers. A celebration of his life will take place in Banning at Sun Lakes, CA, on Saturday, February 21, at 11 a.m. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Susan Clark-Johnson Susan Clark-Johnson 28 Jan 2015

Susan Clark-Johnson, 67, passed away January 28, 2015. At the time of her death, she was a director at Pinnacle West Capital Corp., parent of Arizona Public Service Co. She was former executive director of ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a professor of journalism at ASU and a longtime journalist who capped her 41 year career as president of the Gannett Newspaper Division, which includes The Arizona Republic. Clark-Johnson joined Morrison Institute in May 2009 after retiring as president of the Gannett Newspaper Division a year earlier. Among her accomplishments at Morrison Institute were the creation of the State of Our State Conference, which has become an annual signature event featuring panel discussions, reports and interactive discussion regarding Arizona’s key challenges and opportunities. Also launched was the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center, and she played an integral role in the early stages for forming the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute. She was recognized at the November 2014 conference for her deeds, including elevating the profile of Morrison Institute, which is part of ASU's College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Since 2010, Clark-Johnson served as a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU, where she was the driving force behind the creation of the school’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, which brings together students from across the university to develop cutting-edge digital products for media companies. She also pioneered the schools’ partnership with Chyron Corp., an innovative digital broadcast graphics products and services, to bring a new graphics management system to the school, and served as an adviser and advocate for other school initiatives. Clark-Johnson previously served as chairman and CEO of Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., as well as senior group president of Gannett's Pacific Newspaper Group with oversight responsibility for 32 companies throughout the West, including Hawaii and Guam. She was recognized by numerous organizations, including lifetime achievement awards from The Washington Women’s Center and the National Association of Female Executives. She was awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Diversity efforts from the National Association of Minority Media Executives and the Jerry J. Wisotsky Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League. She was a member of the Council of Foreign Relations; on the board of directors of Pinnacle West, the parent company of APS, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN). Clark-Johnson also was a member of the O'Connor House board of directors and chair of the O'Connor House advisory group. Clark-Johnson is a graduate of State University of New York at Binghamton, from which she also received an honorary doctorate. She and her husband, Brooks Johnson, lived in Paradise Valley, AZ, and Lake Tahoe, NV. In lieu of flowers, her family requests friends consider a contribution to one of her favorite charities: Fresh Start, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Hospice of the Valley or Lake Tahoe Summerfest. (Sources: ASU Insight and Arizona Republic)

  Aliki Coudroglou 27 Jan 2015

Aliki Coudroglou, 84, passed away on January 27, 2015. Many knew her as a well respected Professor in the School of Social Work at ASU. Her caring spirit and intellect are missed by many. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Keith A. Shriver Keith A. Shriver 27 Jan 2015

Keith A. Shriver, 67, passed away on January 27, 2015. Keith graduated with honors from Linfield College in Business Administration in 1970 and went to work for Peat Marwick and Mitchell in Phoenix, AZ. He later obtained a Master's Degree in Accounting at ASU in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. Previously, Keith worked as a researcher for the Federal Accounting Standards Board where he was introduced to teaching while conducting seminars. Keith returned to ASU School of Accountancy to begin his research and teaching career. At ASU, Keith was recognized with numerous teaching awards and is a nationally published author. Keith is survived by two siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother. A Celebration of Life for Keith will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1770 Baxter Road SE, Salem, Oregon at 1:00pm, Saturday, April 11, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Keith's name to the North Bend High School Community Scholarship fund, PO Box 567, North Bend, OR 97459. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Louis Hill Louis Hill 23 Jan 2015

Louis Hill, 87, passed away January 23, 2015 (estimated). Louis served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines from 1945-1947, and again in Japan from 1951-1953. He worked as a firefighter in Tulsa, OK. and later as a Civil Engineer in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK, prior to his long academic career. Louis earned three degrees from Oklahoma State University: B.A in Political Science, B.S. Civil Engineering and M.S. Civil Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in Civil engineering from Case Institute of Technology, (now Case Western Reserve). He began his teaching career in 1958 at ASU as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and taught until he became Chair of the Civil Engineering Department from 1974-1981. He served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Akron (Ohio) from 1981-1988. He then became the Assoc. VP of Research & Graduate Studies before retiring later that year. Louis authored several technical books including two involving structural design, one regarding FORTRAN programming and numerous journal publications. Louis was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jeanne. He is survived by a brother, a sister, a daughter, two sons and four grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be made in Louis' name to Scottsdale Presbyterian Church or to the Urological Research Foundation for prostate cancer research at (Source: Arizona Republic)

  Irene A. Benedict 16 Jan 2015 Irene A. Benedict, 94, passed away on January 16, 2015. In 1951 she married Charles H. Andrews and moved to Phoenix; he passed away in 1959. In 1962 she married Joel A. Benedict. He was ASU’s first director of Audiovisual Services, and in 1974 was appointed director of Media Research and Development. He retired in 1978, and passed away in 2001. Irene was a teacher, librarian and faculty member in the College of Education, retiring in 1978. The following comments are from Rob Spindler, ASU University Archivist and Head of Archives and Special Collections: “Irene and her beloved Joel were active members of the International Visual Literacy Association, and their interest in visual education and visual communication was a key feature of their careers in school librarianship and audio visual services. This enthusiasm led them to provide generous support for the Joel A. and Irene A. Benedict Visual Literacy Collection at the ASU Libraries. This special collection continues to provide a range of published and unpublished source materials documenting research and education in the use of visual materials, especially photographs and motion pictures, for communicating ideas in schools, industry and community settings. She assisted Archives and Special Collections staff in preserving Joel’s materials documenting his work at ASU. One discovery in that effort is the Joel Benedict Sun Devil Football Films from 1958. Irene was indeed a grand lady of ASU and a great supporter of the ASU Libraries.” Irene is preceded in death by a brother and two husbands, Charles and Joel. She is survived by a step-daughter, seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, a nephew and two nieces. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015. A mass at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church (2121 Rural Road, Tempe) and immediately after a gathering at Cottonwood Cemetery in Cottonwood to pay final respects. Any donations made be made to: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ, 85014. (Sources: Arizona Republic and Rob Spindler)
  Carol Hansen Skoglund 6 Jan 2015 Carol Hansen Skoglund, 90, passed away on January 6, 2015. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from ASU in 1968 and 1974 respectively. While studying and working as a graduate teaching assistant at ASU, Carol co-founded the Southwestern Malacological Society. During this time, she also maintained numerous service positions for the Western Society of Malacologists, as well as starting a retail mail order shell business (Panamic Specimen Shells), which flourished from 1974 to 1987. She became a world-renowned expert in Panamic mollusks, contributing to over 50 scientific publications. She specialized in gathering and identifying shells no larger than a grain of sand, which could only be seen through a microscope. Twelve species of marine shells have been named in her honor. As a result of her research associations with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Carol donated her impressive private collection of over 50,000 specimens (mostly self-collected from Mexico to Ecuador) to the museum in 2010. Carol is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a sister. Memorial donations "in memory of Carol Skoglund" may be made to: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Malacology), 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
(Source: ASU Foundation)