These obituaries are for people who died during 2016. They are listed in reverse chronological order. All of our obituaries have been collected by ASURA volunteers, primarily from the Arizona Republic. They have been edited for use in ASURA publications.

 Philip Glenn Stiles31 Dec 2016

Philip Glenn Stiles, 85, passed away on December 31, 2016. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Colorado and University of Arkansas, his Masters from the University of Kentucky, and his PhD from Michigan State University. He taught agribusiness at ASU from 1970-1997 and ten years at the University of Connecticut. He was the Peace Corps Representative for ASU for 25 years. He was a mediator for the United States Forest Service. Dr. Stiles worked on many international development projects with the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development. He was married for 56 years to Dr. Cathleen Hash Stiles. He is survived by one daughter, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two brothers, a sister, and his wife’s family. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Bonnie LaRae CageBonnie LaRae Cage30 Dec 2016

Bonnie LaRae Cage, 81, passed away on December 30, 2016. Bonnie worked for 26 years as a transcript evaluator for ASU Graduate Admissions. She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Cage. She is survived by three children, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two sisters. (Source: Arizona Silver Belt Newspaper, via Dr. Christine Marin, Dept. of Archives & Special Collections, University Libraries)

John Diggs SpraginsJohn Diggs Spragins24 Dec 2016

John Diggs Spragins, 82, died on December 24, 2016. John attended Arkansas College (now Lyon College) and completed his B.S. degree at Oklahoma A & M in 1952. He received his M.S. and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stanford University in 1964. John taught at ASU, Duke University and North Carolina State University and Oregon State University. In 1980 he joined the faculty at Clemson University as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he taught until 2000, achieving Professor Emeritus in 1996. He worked a sabbatical position for Hewlett Packard in Bristol, England as well as summer research positions in Boston, MA, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and Christ Church, New Zealand. He was a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. John's textbook: Telecommunications, Protocol and Design, co-authored by Joe Hammond and Krys Pawlikowski, was adopted by over 80 universities around the world. John was married for 52 years to Catherine (Cathy) Lucy Rogers. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two siblings. He was preceded in death by a brother. A Memorial Service celebrating John's life will be held at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, SC on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM. A memorial gift may be made to Water Mission to build a Living Water Treatment System in Haiti in John's memory. Gifts can be given online at or mailed to Water Mission at PO Box 71489, N. Charleston, SC 29415. Please note the John D. Spragins Memorial LWTS on the gift.

Marvin EdwardsMarvin Edwards22 Dec 2016

Marvin Edwards, 95, died December 22, 2016. He worked for the CCC, building cabins and surveying power lines around Kingman, Arizona. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and rose in the ranks to Master Sergeant. During WWII, he maintained radio and radar electronics on B24s. After the war, he attended college and worked as a broadcast engineer at radio station KRUX. Later, he worked as an engineer at the CBS station's South Mountain tower complex. After graduating from ASU, he became a professor in the radio and television technology department at ASU, which became the Electronic Technology Department. He retired from ASU in 1989. Marvin is survived by his wife, Francelle, three sons, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Francisco RosalesDr. Francisco Arturo Rosales22 Dec 2016

Dr. Francisco Arturo Rosales, ASU Professor Emeritus of History, passed away on December 22, 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1978. Since writing a dissertation on Mexican immigration to the Chicago area, he has published over 40 articles and essays and six books on the Mexican immigrant experience and on Latino civil rights. His book Chicano! A History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (Houston: Arte Público Press, 1996) accompanied a PBS documentary of the same name. Professor Rosales came to ASU in 1980 after five years at the University of Houston where he taught courses in Mexican American, United States and Latin American history. He also taught at the University of Nebraska and the University of California, Davis as a visiting professor. While at ASU he served in various university committees at the department, college and presidential levels. In addition, he was involved in numerous national organizations. He served on the board of editors in the American Nineteenth Century journal, and on the advisory committee of two national media projects, "Race with History" radio program and the "American Lynching" film documentary project. Professor Rosales was an active participant in the Chicano Movement, and in 1968, he served as the first co-chair of ASU’s Mexican American Student Organization, (MASO), which later became MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlán). A Memorial to honor his life will be held in January, 2017, at a date, time and location yet to be determined by the family. Details will be provided when they become available. (Source: Emeritus College)

Rayna Barroll AschaffenburgRayna Barroll Aschaffenburg20 Dec 2016

Rayna Barroll Aschaffenburg, 86, passed away December 20, 2016. She completed her college degree at the University of Texas. In 1968 she was appointed as a music professor at Fisk University. In 1969-1970 she received her Master's Degree in music at Rutgers University. In 1970, she moved to Columbia, SC where she taught music part-time at the University of South Carolina and continued giving music lessons and concerts until 1975. Rayna received her PhD in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland in 1980. She then became a Professor of Piano Performance at ASU until she retired in 2000. Rayna is survived by three children, three grandchildren, her first husband, Dr. J. Leeds Barroll, a brother and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother and her husband, Dr. Walter Aschaffenburg, a world-renowned composer.

 Donald B. Thompson Donald B. Thompson 18 Dec 2016

Donald B. Thompson, 59, passed away on December 18, 2016. He graduated from Kennesaw College in Georgia and from the University of Illinois with a PhD. He was a Professor at ASU and Research Scientist at the National Institute of Health. He is survived by his mother and a sister. He was preceded in death by his father. Private family services are scheduled. Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice in Springfield, IL. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Jay Lyman BishopJay Lyman Bishop10 Dec 2016

Jay Lyman Bishop, 84, passed away on December 10, 2016. Jay graduated from the University of Utah, earning a Bachelor's in Chemistry with a Minor in Math. During college, he simultaneously taught university courses and was also a Championship Wrestler on the University team. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, at which time he contracted Rheumatic Fever. He served in a special program for scientists. In 1962, he earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry with a Minor in Physics at his Alma Mater. Jay experienced a wide variety of interests including: being a Chemistry Professor at ASU, creating new anti-cancer agents, traveling as a guest Science lecturer, refining precious metals, developing alcohol fuel, speaking at the Pentagon, and decomposing bombs at U.S. Government Proving Grounds. Jay's posterity includes: nine children, 30 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneil, a daughter, son, two grandsons and a sister. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Woods Cross 3rd Ward Chapel, 1450 S. 350 W. Bountiful, Utah. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah, 10:30 am Monday, December 19, 2016. (Source: Arizona Republic) 

Rose Anna YaleRose Anna Yale7 Dec 2016

Rose Anna Yale, 99, passed away on December 7, 2016. She raised five children before returning to her RN nursing profession. She was active in many organizations including the ASU Faculty Wives, Phoenix Symphony, P.E.O. and ALEV. Rose is predeceased by her husband Frank Yale, who was a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; a son and a sister. She is survived by three daughters, a son, two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 13 from 4-7 pm (Rosary at 6:30) at Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens, 4310 E Southern Ave, Phoenix, 602-437-0436. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 am at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 S Rural Rd, Tempe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul food bank.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Nora GustavssonNora Gustavsson6 Dec 2016

Nora Gustavsson, 67, passed away on December 6, 2016. Nora received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work degrees from Hunter College and her PhD from the University of Southern California. She was an Associate Professor of Social Work at ASU and Co-Project Coordinator of the Child Welfare Training Title IV-E Training Grant for the BSW and MSW students. She published several books and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, and served on many university committees. Nora is survived by a brother and niece. A celebration of life service will be held in February. Donations may be made in her name to One N Ten, 2700 N. 3rd St. #2011, Phoenix, AZ 85004, or to Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, Inc., 2323 South Hardy Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Louise Alice MattsonLouise Alice Mattson5 Dec 2016

Louise Alice Mattson, 79, passed away on December 5, 2016. She was graduate of Macalester College. Louise was an ASU mentor elementary teacher and retired from Yavapai Elementary in Scottsdale where she taught first grade. She was preceded in death by a brother. She is survived by her husband, George Bruce Mattson, two sons, two grandchildren and other kinfolk. A celebration of her life will be held on January 7, 2017 at 11 AM at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3401 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-946-4207 In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, Caring Voice. 

Georgia Georgallas HallGeorgia Georgallas Hall4 Dec 2016

Georgia Georgallas Hall, 80, passed away on December 4, 2016.  She attended Brooklyn Community College to study dental hygiene, and taught dental hygiene at the State University of New York, Farmingdale. She received her BS from Columbia University, and then received a grant to attend the University of Michigan where she received her Master's in Public Health in 1972. The next year found her on the Navajo reservation, as a Home Health director in Chinle, Arizona. Always interested in aging, Georgia returned to the University of Michigan for her PhD in Gerontology. She then began teaching at ASU in the late 1970’s in the School of Social Work. She moved to Good Samaritan Hospital in the 1980's as a vice-president directing Gerontology programs. She then began work at the University of Arizona Medical School-Tucson and eventually the University of Arizona Medical school-Phoenix. Dr. Hall was nominated in 2012 for a Healthcare Heroes award. She was also recognized by the tribes in Arizona for her over 30 years of work with their elders. She is survived by a son.(Source: ASU Foundation)

Mariam Rose AustinMariam Rose Austin3 Dec 2016

Mariam Rose Austin, 89, passed away December 3, 2016. Mariam earned her master's degree in education from Stanford in 1948. She taught in several schools and colleges: Chandler HS, ASU, Tucson HS, Glendale HS and Glendale Community College spanning the years from 1948-1996. She coached women's sports of all kind including several regional titles in women's field hockey. Mariam is survived by two sons, a stepson, stepdaughter, several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a brother. A visitation will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 2pm-5pm at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale. A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 1pm at Resthaven Park Cemetery (south side); reception to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Salvation Army, 6010 W. Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Gretchen Anna FletcherGretchen Anna Fletcher27 Nov 2016

Gretchen Anna Fletcher, 71, passed away November 27, 2016. She was an ASU Academic Advisor in American Indian Student Support Services. Gretchen was survived by two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren and a sister. Her service was held December 21, 2016 at Resthaven/ Carr Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens, 4310 E. Southern Ave, Phoenix.

Ruth Margaret CaleRuth Margaret Cale26 Nov 2016

Ruth Margaret Cale, 87, passed away on November 26, 2016. Ruth got an associates degree in bookkeeping and worked in this field at the Canadian Canners Group In St. Davids, Ontario. After moving to Tempe, Ruth started a new career in collections for ASU and remained there until she retired. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by three sons, four grandchildren and two brothers. Memorial service for Ruth will be held Saturday December the 3rd at 5:00 PM Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care. 400 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206. 480-830-4422 | 6747 East Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85206 | 480-830-4422. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Maxine Stagg Johnson26 Nov 2016

Maxine Stagg Johnson, 91, a retired clinical social worker, educator, and administrator, died November 26, 2016. Maxine came to Arizona in 1963 after receiving her B.A. degree from University of Missouri. She earned her Masters of Social Work degree from ASU in 1965. She then held administrative teaching and supervisory roles for various agencies including the V. A. Hospital in Phoenix, ASU in Tempe and UTA in Arlington, Texas. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Ken E. Johnson, two brothers and a stepson. She leaves two stepchildren and three grandchildren. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Amy Lamborn MillsAmy Lamborn Mills26 Nov 2016

Amy Lamborn Mills, 91, died November 26, 2016. Amy earned her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science from Iowa State University in 1946 and 1955, respectively. She taught home economics and science at Spencer High School in Spencer, Iowa, and was a Professor of Home Economics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Amy is survived by her son and granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald. A Memorial Graveside Service was held on April 15, 2017, in Miles, Iowa. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Virginia Pesqueira26 Dec 2016

Dr. Virginia Pesqueira, 76, former Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Education at ASU,  passed away on December 26, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Eduardo Delci, former Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her Memorial Service will be held on February 11, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the Danforth Chapel on the ASU campus. (Source: Dr. Christine Marin, Professor Emerita, Chicana/o  Research Collection & Archives, Dept. of Archives & Special Collections, University Libraries)

Ryan Custer AmacherRyan Custer Amacher25 Nov 2016

Ryan Custer Amacher, 71, passed away on November 25, 2016. Ryan graduated from Ripon College in 1966 and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 1971. He held academic positions at the University of Oklahoma (1972-74); ASU (1977-81) where he served as Economics Department Chair; Clemson University (1981-1992), serving as Dean of the College of Commerce and Industry; and the University of Texas at Arlington where he was President (1992-1995) and later Professor of Economics and Public Affairs until his retirement in 2012. Ryan held a variety of positions in Washington, D.C. during his career. He worked at the Pentagon, writing a market plan for the All-Volunteer army; as a consultant at the Federal Trade Commission, and he worked on Law of the Seas negotiations at the U.S.Treasury.  Ryan co-authored or edited nine books on economics, two of which were translated into Spanish. He served on the board of directors at Business Week and as an education policy advisor to former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. In 2011, he wrote a book for a general audience A Baby Boomer's Guide to Their Second Sixties. Ryan was preceded in death by a brother and twin sister. He leaves behind his wife Susan Smith Amacher, two aunts along with many cousins. Memorial donations may be directed to the Ripon College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI  54971. Ryan's family plans a private celebration of Ryan's life at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Madeline Ong-SakataMadeline Ong-Sakata23 Nov 2016

Madeline Ong-Sakata, 78, died November 23, 2016. Madeline was a community activist and changed the ways of Arizona and the Asian American Community. She was involved with the ASU Asian Advisory Board, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Arizona Asian American Association, American Legion, City of Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory Council, City of Phoenix Police Asian Advisory Board, Arizona Public Service (APS), Maricopa Community Colleges, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and of course the Asian Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director and Asian SUNews at Editor in Chief. She held leadership positions in all the organizations mentioned. No one can ever forget how much she fought to have ASU providing students with Asian American Studies and becoming a Minor in 2009. She worked closely with the students at ASU and the Asian/Asian Pacific American Students' Coalition for over 15 years and mentored many to become the professionals they are today. Madeline was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy. She leaves behind a son, five daughters and 14 grandchildren. Viewing was held on December 18 at Messinger Indian School 7601 E Indian School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Catholic Mass was held on December 19 at 10am at St Agnes Church 1954 N. 24th St. Phoenix, AZ 85008. She joined her husband in burial at the Paradise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Ruth Lisette GoodrichRuth Lisette Goodrich20 Nov 2016

Ruth Lisette Goodrich, 87, passed away on November 20, 2016. Ruth received her Bachelors degree in Education from Montana State Univ. ('51). She taught high school athletics in Missoula MT, Portland OR and Palo Alto CA, and attended post-graduate classes to further her education at UCLA, Hawaii and Stanford. She moved to Tempe and resumed working in the secondary education department at ASU. From there she moved to the track department, where she worked with several athletic programs and received terrific reviews from ASU staff and athletes. Ruth is survived by a son, a brother, a niece and nephew. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10am at Elegant Care Living Facility, 442 E. Sunburst Ln, Tempe, AZ 85284. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charitable organization of your choice.

Howard J. SullivanHoward J. Sullivan20 Nov 2016

Howard J. Sullivan, 85, passed away November 20, 2016. He earned his doctorate at the University of Oregon. Dr. Sullivan taught at ASU's College of Education from 1971 to 2006, retiring at age 75. He was nationally known for mentoring the top master's and doctoral students in the field of educational technology. When he received ASU's top Mentor Award in 2002, it was said that he was responsible for more than 100 Ph.Ds. He was co-owner of Arcadia Farms Cafe with his wife, Carolyn Ellis-Sullivan. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ellis-Sullivan, three children, two grandchildren and a sister. Dr. Sullivan's memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 25, 2016 at Messinger Mortuary, 7600 E. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. To honor his lifetime contributions to ASU, donations may be made to ASU Technology in Education Fund/Howard Sullivan 3001433, c/o Chelsie Hancock, PO Box 2260, Tempe AZ 85280. Donations may also be made to Hospice of the Valley

 Susie Vastine Vineyard19 Nov 2016

Susie Vastine Vineyard, 92, passed away on November 19, 2016. Susie and her family moved to Arizona in 1967. Susie worked for many years at ASU. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy, six brothers and four sisters. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday November 26, 2016 at College View Baptist Church, 1810 S. Longmore, Mesa, Arizona at 2 pm. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Dennis Officer Dennis T. Officer 18 Nov 2016

Dennis T. Officer, 64, died November 18, 2016. He graduated from Hendrix College with a BA in Economics in 1974 and earned a Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Arkansas. He was on the faculty in the departments of finance at the University of Arkansas, ASU, and finally the University of Kentucky. He founded Lexington Research and Capital Group in 1995. Dennis is survived by his wife, Nancy, two children, a sister and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life was held November 22, 2016 at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Contributions may be made to: John Erck Walton College of Business Scholarship Fund 218 Donald W. Reynolds Center Fayetteville, AR 72701. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Carroll Blake Gambrell, Jr.Carroll Blake Gambrell, Jr.17 Nov 2016

Carroll Blake Gambrell, Jr., 91, passed away on November 17, 2016. He attended the University of Alabama where he was an ROTC Engineering student and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was called to active duty in April 1943, and sent to Yale University to continue his engineering education after which he served in the combat engineers in Europe during World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart for combat duty in Central Europe and the Remagen Bridge. In 2013 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in World War II. Following WWII, he received Engineering degrees from Clemson University, the University of Florida, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Later, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College, an MBA from West Coast University and an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Southern California Institute of Law, an institution that he helped establish in 1987 and served as chairman of its board of directors for 22 years. He also served on the boards of Winter Park Hospital and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Gambrell served as an engineering faculty member at Purdue University, and at ASU where he was Chair of the Industrial Engineering Department from about 1962-1967. He was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida) and retired as Dean Emeritus of Engineering and vice President of Research at Mercer University where he received the Kaolin Industry Endowed Chair of Engineering. He served as an advisor and consultant to three secretaries of the Army while on the Army Scientific Advisory Panel and the Defense Science Board. He retired from the Army Reserve as Lt. Col. in the corps of engineers. He was a long time member of the institute of Industrial Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education, and was a registered Professional Engineer in four states. He served several terms on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and conducted more than forty accreditation visits in the United States and foreign countries. He is survived by his wife, Olive, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Dr. Gambrell was preceded in death by two sisters and a son. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 3 to 5 pm at Carpenters Estates, Lakeland, FL. A private interment will be held at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to The C.B. Gambrell Scholarship fund at: Office of University Advancement. Attn: C.B. Gambrell Fund, 1501 Mercer University Dr. Macon, GA 31207 or Ruffner Mountain Nature Center 1214 81st St. So, Birmingham, AL 35206 Condolences may be sent to the family at 

Ronald GuilliamsRonald M. Guilliams14 Nov 2016

Ronald M. Guilliams, 77, passed away on November 14, 2016. Ron attended junior college in Scottsbluff, Nebraska before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1958. During his four-year tour of duty, he traveled around South America as a Naval photographer. Following his time in the service, he completed three years at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. Ron worked as a photographer in Glendora, California, and then in Santa Cruz. Later, he was transferred to work as the photographer at Ft. Leonard Wood Army Base in Missouri. In 1979 Ron opened his own photo studio— Guilliams Photography—in Rolla, MO. In 1986 the family moved to Arizona, where Ron worked as a photographer at first and later transitioned into working at the Foundation at ASU. In 2005 Ron returned to the Midwest where he worked at the Foundation at Missouri State University. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, a daughter, a son, three grandchildren and a sister.  He is preceded in death by a brother. Donations in Ron's memory may be made to The Family Caregiver Alliance at  or to Hope Church Outreach Ministry phone 417-882-5888. A memorial visitation was held on November 22, 2016, at Hope Community Church, in Springfield, MO, followed by a celebration of life memorial service. Ron was laid to rest on November 23, 2016, at Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, MO.

Evelyn Marie MorrisEvelyn Marie (Perkins) Morris14 Nov 2016

Evelyn Marie (Perkins) Morris, 81, passed away on November 14, 2016. She graduated from ASU with a Masters in Education. After teaching at Casa Grande, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix Union High Schools, she taught in the Business Department of Mesa Community College, from where she later retired. She was married to Donald Harvey Morris, a Professor of Physical Anthropology at ASU. He passed away in 2014. She is survived by a son. She is preceded in death by a brother. A memorial will be held at a later date. Memories would be welcomed by her son, Brian Morris, at P.O. Box 12583, Casa Grande, Arizona, 85230. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Colonel Eugene Mackey13 Nov 2016

Colonel Eugene Mackey passed away November 13, 2016. He retired from ASU in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Mardelle, one child and two grandchildren. A private service will be held for immediate family. 

Mildred GodseyMildred Irene Godsey11 Nov 2016

Mildred Irene Godsey, 96, passed away on November 11, 2016. Mildred worked at ASU in the housekeeping department for a number of years. She moved to Nevada in 1974 and began working for the Nevada State Hospital in 1974 until her retirement. Survivors include a daughter, son, four grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Thomas, she was preceded in death by two siblings and a grandson. Graveside services were held on November 14, 2016 in Nevada. (Source: ASU Foundation)

George A. FlynnGeorge A. Flynn4 Nov 2016

George A. Flynn, 79, passed away on November 4, 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami in 1961, and was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy where he served a reserve tour in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and participated in the Cuban Blockade aboard the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier. After military service he spent the next 17 years with the Miami Herald as Key West bureau chief, general assignment reporter, Action Line editor, Fort Lauderdale bureau city editor and county government reporter. He left that job in 1973, to earn a Master's degree in political science at Florida Atlantic University. He taught two years at Texas A&M before completing his doctorate at North Texas State University. He taught five years at ASU, and 16 years at California State University, Fresno, where he retired as professor emeritus. A brother, four sisters and a step-daughter preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Carol J. Flynn, a daughter, grandson and two step-children. There are no services planned at this time.  (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Mary Jane Wible Olson1 Nov 2016

Mary Jane Wible Olson, 83, passed away on November 1, 2016. Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Dan, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. She worked at ASU in the library and at Student Health Services from 1983-1999. She was a member of ASURA. Services will be held in Sullivan, IN on November 25, 2016. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Gary BirnbaumGary BirnbaumNov 2016

Gary Birnbaum, 64, passed away in November, 2016. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1973 from Harpur College, part of SUNY Binghamton. At Indiana University Law School he became Article Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. He graduated law school Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Order of the COIF. In 1976 he began working at Streich Lang Law Firm in Phoenix. He moved on to work at Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre, and Friedlander where he built a nine person law firm into a sixty person law firm. Recently, Gary managed their merger with the national law firm, Dickinson Wright of Detroit. Gary was a Faculty Associate at ASU Law School beginning in 2001 and was currently teaching a class on Private Property Rights. He received legal accolades too numerous to mention including Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyer to Bet Your Firm On. Gary is survived by his wife, Denise, a brother and his mother. Services will be held Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Sinai Mortuary Chapel, 4538 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Birnbaum Family Fellowship In Memory of Professor Gary Birnbaum at Arizona State University. P.O. Box 2260 Tempe, AZ 85280-2260.

Helen RawlsHelen Rawls31 Oct 2016

Helen Rawls, 97, passed away on October 31, 2016. After graduating from high school, she became a stenographer and joined the Army. She was one of the first women (other than nurses), to be a member of the armed forces. After the end of WWII, she attended Indiana University, where she met William Rawls. They married in 1949 and moved to Arizona. William was a member of the ASU faculty in the Physics department for 33 years. Helen was a member of the ASU Faculty Wives. She is survived by three children, two grandchildren, a brother, five nieces and nephews, and numerous other relatives. She was predeceased by husband William in 1996, and a brother. Services will be held at Friendship Village Health Care Center, 2525 E. Southern Ave. Tempe, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm. Contributions can be made to a charity of your choice, in Helen's name.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Bill TilleryBill W. Tillery31 Oct 2016

Bill W. Tillery, 78, passed away on October 31, 2016. Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern State University in 1960 and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado in 1967. Bill was a full professor at ASU where he taught in the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1973 until his retirement in 2006. After retirement Bill was awarded Professor Emeritus status and remained a part of the ASU Faculty. Before moving to ASU, he served as Director of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming (1969-73) and as an assistant professor at Florida State University (1967-69). Bill has served on numerous councils, boards, and committees and was honored as the "Outstanding University Educator" at UW in 1972. He was elected the "Outstanding Teacher" in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at ASU in 1995. During his time at ASU, Bill taught a variety of courses related to physics and received many grants for science curriculum development and science teacher inservice training. He developed science pedagogy which contributed to his well-known work with local middle and high school teachers. Some of this work included resources such as SERP (Science Education Resource Page) at ASU,  AEE Newsletter (Arizona Energy Education) in conjunction with APS and founding and directing a teacher training program for graduate credit called Portal School where area teachers were trained at the university to teach teachers in their own school districts science education techniques, lessons and activities. Bill authored or co-authored more than 60 textbooks, many monographs and served as editor of newsletters and journals. He leaves behind his wife, Patricia, their daughter and two daughters from his first marriage. There will be a service for Bill at Church of the Epiphany, 2222 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 on Tuesday, November 8, at 2:00 pm with a reception following. Contributions can be made in his name to the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA).
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Donald BahrDonald Morris Bahr30 Oct 2016

Donald Morris Bahr, 76, passed away on October 30, 2016. He was educated at Harvard University. Don's interest in indigenous cultures became a life-long immersion into the O'odham, their language, their songs and stories, especially in the village of Santa Rosa. In 1967 he joined the faculty of the Anthropology Department at ASU and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2006. Don is survived by his wife, Adelaide (Dilli), a son, daughter, five grandchildren and a brother. Services will be held in Arizona at a later date. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Roberta Marie GrahamRoberta Marie Graham30 Oct 2016

Roberta "Bobbie" Marie Graham,  87, died October 30, 2016. She worked at Hayden Library on the campus of ASU. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, and two sisters. She is survived by five children, two brothers, 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral mass and celebration of her life will be held at St. Steven's Catholic Church in Sun Lakes on November 9 at 2:00 PM. Her inurnment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona where she will be laid to rest with her husband.  

Elbadawy ElsharawyElbadawy ElsharawyLate October 2016

Dr. ElBadawy ElSharawy passed away in late October, 2016. He was Professor Emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at ASU and also taught at Ummul Qura University in Makkahal-Mukarramah. Dr. ElBadawy is survived by his wife, a sister and three daughters. Dr. ElBadawy's family will accept visitation at the Arizona Cultural Academy Masjid (7810 S. 42nd Place, Phoenix, AZ 85042) on Tuesday, November 1st from 4:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. Maghrib salah will begin at 5:45 pm, followed by Quran recitation and du’a. (Source: Julia Hammond, Arizona Cultural Academy)

Gerald Frank BlanchardGerald Frank Blanchard28 Oct 2016

Gerald "Jerry" Frank Blanchard, 81, passed away on October 28, 2016. Mr. Blanchard was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was retired from ASU. In addition to his wife, surviving are two sons and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on a later date at the VFW in Gaffney, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: a Humane Society of one's choice.  (Source: ASU Foundation) 

 Donald Prohosky Donald E. Prohosky 24 Oct 2016

Donald E. Prohosky, 86, passed away on October 24, 2016. Don was a graduate of Regis College in Denver, CO and received his Master’s Degree from ASU and later taught at ASU. He is survived by two daughters and two sisters. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. (Source: ASU Foundation and Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home) 

Jane Etta LeaseJane Etta Lease20 Oct 2018

Jane Etta Lease, 92, passed away on October 20, 2016. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1957 and was hired to be the first Home Economics teacher at Fort Huachuca. Jane Etta and her second husband, Richard Lease, moved to Bloomington, IN where Richard was an associate professor in Police Science at Indiana University. He helped Dr. Borkenstein perfect the Breathalyzer. Jane Etta taught Special Ed for the Stonebelt Council, high school chemistry, and was a substitute teacher. She received a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1962. They returned to Arizona in 1963 for Richard to receive his doctorate in Educational Psychology. Jane Etta taught Home Economics at the Williams Air Force Base Accommodation School and worked for ASU Library. She and Richard moved to Las Cruces, NM in 1966. At the University of Denver she earned a second masters in Library Science. She returned to Las Cruces and became a librarian in the Education Division of NMSU. In 2003 she and Richard returned to Mesa, Arizona. She belonged to various Ladies Auxiliaries of her husband's organizations including Faculty Wives Club and NM State University Faculty. Jane was preceded in death by two sisters, her first husband Jackson Edwards and second husband Richard J. Lease. She is survived by four daughters, two stepsons, nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Services will be held on October 27, 2016 at Mountain View Funeral and Cemetery, Mesa, AZ. Viewing at 9 a.m. and service at 10:00 a.m. Interment at National Cemetery, Cave Creek, AZ.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Louis PardiniLouis J. Pardini18 Oct 2016

Louis J. Pardini, 90, passed away October 18, 2016. He was Professor Emeritus of Technology. He received his B.A., A.M. from Idaho State University and Ed.D. from University of Northern Colorado. He was Professor and Department Chair in the Division of Technology at ASU, which was part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A Vigil Service will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:00-8:00 PM, Rosary at 7:00 PM at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Rd. Mesa, AZ 85204. The Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:00 AM at St. Steven Parish, 24827 S. Dobson Rd. Sun Lakes, AZ 85248-7409 

(Source: Thomas Schildgen, Professor of Technology)

Eugene LombardiEugene Lombardi17 Oct 2016

Eugene Lombardi, 93, passed away October 17, 2016. Gene served in the Army Air Force during World War II, trained as a bombardier and was extremely active in the entertainment corps. Education included a Bachelors of Arts degree from Westminster College, a Masters of Arts from Columbia University, an Education Specialists degree from George Peabody College, and a Doctorate of Music from Westminster College. Gene moved to Phoenix in 1950 to lead the Orchestra at Phoenix Union High School. In 1957 he accepted the position of conductor of the Symphony Orchestra in the College of Music at Arizona State College, later to become ASU. He retired from ASU in 1989 having served as a Professor of Music, Violin teacher and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. Eugene was Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for 19 years, Concertmaster of the Flagstaff Festival Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He was a member of the New Art String Quartet in residence at ASU. He was also the Conductor of the Phoenix, Arizona People's Pops Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphonette, the Fine Arts Strings at Scottsdale Community College and the Sun Cities Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lombardi is the recipient of the Music Appreciation Award from the City of Phoenix, the Gold Medal Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the ASU Alumni Association and the Excellence in Music Teaching Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. Eugene’s ASURA Video History Interview can be viewed at  Eugene is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Sue Lombardi, a son and a brother. Services will be on November 5, 3:00pm at Friendship Village of Tempe. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Rachel Ginnis FuchsRachel Ginnis Fuchs15 Oct 2016

Rachel Ginnis Fuchs, 77, passed away on October 15, 2016. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from Boston University in 1959 and 1962, respectively and a PhD in history from Indiana University in 1980. She began her career at ASU in 1983 and retired in 2015. She was Regents' Professor and Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at ASU. Her specialty was the social history of 19th-century France. Her pioneering studies of the intersections of gender, poverty, and law in 19th-century France reshaped the field of European historical studies. She was a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Camargo Foundation as well as numerous academic awards and teaching prizes. At her death she was halfway through an appointment as the General Mark W. Clark Distinguished Visiting Chair of History at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She served variously as president of the Society for French Historical Studies and the Pacific Coast branch of the American Historical Association; associate editor and board member of "French Historical Studies"; co-president of the Coordinating Council for Women in History; associate chair of the History Department and interim director of the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU and on numerous review panels for fellowships, academic presses, and journals. Dr. Fuchs is survived by her husband, Norman Fuchs, a Purdue University emeritus professor of physics. She is also survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and many other kinfolk. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 22, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Arizona Grand Resort Convention Center, 3rd Floor, in Phoenix. Memorial donations may be sent to Planned Parenthood of Arizona or to the Desert Botanical Garden ( (Source: Arizona Republic)

Rita Marie HigdonRita Marie Higdon9 Oct 2016

Rita Marie Higdon, 79, passed away on October 9, 2016. Rita retired from ASU where she was an Assistant Student Advisor with the Department of Justice Studies. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Higdon. She leaves behind three daughters, a son, two sisters, a brother and four grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ on Friday, November 25, 2016 At 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Chandler Christian Community Center Food Bank ( ) or Hospice of the Valley ( (Source: Arizona Republic)

Betty RosenzweigBetty Rosenzweig9 Oct 2016Betty D. Rosenzweig, 94, passed away on October 9, 2016. In 1956, she married native Phoenician jeweler, Newton Rosenzweig. Together they created a legacy of volunteerism and philanthropy that literally changed the Phoenix landscape. Betty and Newton Rosenzweig served on and raised funds for over 75 organizations including St. Luke's Hospital, the American Jewish Committee, Arizona Community Foundation, United Way, Phoenix Art Museum, ASU, Phoenix Little Theatre, the Foundation for Blind Children and Barrow's Neurological. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Newton Rosenzweig, a sister and two brothers. She is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. Private graveside service will be held at the Beth Israel Memorial Cemetery. A contribution may be made in memory of Betty Rosenzweig to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Phoenix, AZ 85014. 
(Source: Arizona Republic)
Ronald Edward BarrRonald Edward Barr7 Oct 2016Ronald Edward Barr, 80, passed away on October 7, 2016. Ron was a graduate of St. Louis University. He transitioned from radiation research to university administration at the University of Missouri and then worked in administration at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. From 1986 to 2002 he served as Associate VP for Research at ASU. He is survived by his wife Jean, four children, eight grandchildren and four siblings. A memorial Mass will be held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, 6596 Smiley Ave., St. Louis on Saturday, November 5 at 11 a.m. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Robert AnnanRobert Henry Annan4 Oct 2016Robert Henry “Bud" Annan, 78, passed away on October 4, 2016. Bud earned a BS from Kansas State ('60) and an MBA from George Washington University ('68) where he also completed postgraduate studies in International Economics. Later he taught as a guest lecturer at universities and served as a vital resource for ASU's solar energy program. His entire adult life was spent in service to his country, first as a USN Lieutenant and a Vietnam Veteran before being handpicked by Admiral Hyman Rickover for an elite group of engineers who helped usher in the country's "Nuclear Navy." After his military service, he began a 35-year career in the US federal government culminating in the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of Energy and garnering the prestigious US Presidential Medal for Meritorious Service in 1993. His professional career was dedicated to the development and advancement of renewable energies specifically solar electricity in the US and in the developing world. His goal was to improve the lives of others by bringing badly needed electric power to impoverished and remote areas around the world including South Africa, India, the Amazon Rainforest and American Indian Reservations in particular. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 29 at Messinger's, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley at or the Solar Electric Light Fund at
Gloria FullGloria Esther Full4 Oct 2016Gloria Esther Full, 71, died on October 4, 2016.  Gloria obtained a Master's degree in social work from ASU. Her career began as a social worker for the Murphy School District. Later she served pediatric and adult patients and families as a social worker, volunteer, and advocate at Phoenix Children's Hospital and several Banner facilities. She developed programs and support groups for patients and families battling cancer. Over the course of her life she taught, mentored, and provided clinical supervision to social work students at ASU and MCC. She retired from the City of Phoenix where she was an integral part of building and supporting the Family Advocacy Center. She advocated for victims of domestic violence and their children. She is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. Services were held on October 10 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona. Donations may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Arizona Chapter.
Charlotte HowardCharlotte C. Howard4 Oct 2016Charlotte C. Howard, 91, passed away on October 4, 2016. After finishing high school and business school, she worked as a secretary for Curtiss Wright Corporation. After several years with Curtiss Wright, she accepted a secretarial position with ARAMCO in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where she met her future husband, Clyde Howard, who was also working in the oil business. After the family moved to Tempe, AZ in 1973, Charlotte worked in secretarial positions at ASU and later at Western States Optical. She was predeceased by her husband, Clyde, a  brother and sister. She is survived by four sons, five grandchildren, and  three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Steven's Roman Catholic Church, 28427 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes, 85248 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlotte's memory to a charity of your choice. 
 Diana Bowling2 Oct 2016Diana Bowling, 72, passed away on October 2, 2016. She received her AA degree from MCC and her BA and MA from ASU. She was an instructor in the English Department at ASU and taught some classes at Chandler Gilbert Community College. Diana was survived by two daughters, a son and four grandchildren. Services will be held at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 North Cave Creek Road. Phoenix, AZ 85024 12:30pm on Friday October 14th. Please make contributions to your favorite charity. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Joseph DeMasiJoseph R. DeMasi2 Oct 2016Joseph R. DeMasi (age not given) passed away October 2, 2016. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Joe was a decorated police officer who patrolled New York’s Central Park on horseback for over 24 years. He spent more than 60 years as one of America’s finest men in Blue. After moving to Arizona, he was head of security at the ASU Art Museum, worked at the Adobe Liquor Store, drove the Fountain Hills students with special needs to school and was an active member of the Marshal Department and the Posse. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Adele. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, sister, nephew, five grandchildren and his faithful police dog. Services were held on October 8, 2016 at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary, 12065 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Donald GuinouardDr. Donald E. Guinouard26 Sep 2016Dr. Donald E. Guinouard, Emeritus Professor, Counselor Education, passed away on September 26, 2016 at the age of 87. He received a B.S. in Business Administration with accounting and economics majors and an M.S. in history and counseling from Montana State University, earned his doctorate from Washington State University in counseling psychology with a clinical psychology minor and did postdoctoral studies at Stanford University. He served five years as director of counseling for all the public schools in Pullman, Washington and started one of the early elementary school counseling programs in the country in 1956. He then served as an Associate Professor at Montana State University for six years, after which he served for 24 years at ASU where he was one of the four founding members of the Student Counseling Service, now known as Counseling and Consultation, and was a Professor in the graduate counseling program in the College of Education. An early licensed psychologist in Arizona, he also held public school counseling and teaching certificates in Washington and Montana, secondary school administrative certificate in Washington, and the Professional Counseling Certificate from the National Vocational Guidance Association. He held diplomates in the American Board of Forensic Counselors, the American Board of Psychological Specialties, and the American Psychotherapy Association. He served as a Sgt. in the Army Air Force, as a M/Sgt. in an Infantry Regimental Combat Team and later, as a M/Sgt. in the Air Force. Later he received a direct commission from M/Sgt. to 2nd Lt. in the Combat Engineers, becoming a “mustang” – an officer promoted from enlisted rank without attending any officer training program. He served as an Army Lt. and later transferred his commission to the Air Force Reserve where he eventually retired as a Colonel, USAF. His last dual assignment was as the Air Force Disaster Control Officer for the State of Arizona and as Senior Air Force Academy Liaison Officer for Arizona. A sister preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Irene, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. No services will be held. Ashes will be interred at a later date in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Donations may be made in his name to St. Mary’s Food Bank, St. Labre Indian School of Ashton, Montana; the Disabled Veterans of America, the Humane Society of the United States or the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
(Source: ASU Foundation)
Donna Mae Keller OsborneDonna Mae Keller Osborn26 Sep 2016Donna Mae Keller Osborn, 82, died September 26, 2016. Donna opened a Follett Hallmark Store on the ASU campus. Upon retiring around 1994 she and her husband, Neil Keller, returned to Nebraska. She was then married to Scotty Osborn for ten years until his death in 2015. Donna is survived by two daughters her late husband three children, six grandchildren, her late husband’s 11 grandchildren, her 12 great grandchildren and her late husband’s four great grand children. Donna was preceded in death by her first husband, Neil Keller, her second husband Merlin (Scotty) Osborn, a great grandson, a sister and four brothers. Funeral services have been held.
(Source: ASU Foundation)
Danny DearenDanny L. Dearen25 Sep 2016Danny L. Dearen, Sr., 83, passed away on September 25, 2016. He served in the Korean War for 19 months with the United States Army. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later earned a Master’s degree and PhD in education from ASU. He served for 25 years as an officer and Executive Vice President of the Samaritan Health System. He was also a professor in the Healthcare Management program in the College of Business at ASU. Dan was instrumental in founding AirEvac, which was a statewide medical transport system. He was also involved in the development of Phoenix Children's Hospital. Prior to entering the healthcare field, Dan served as a teacher, secondary school counselor and psychologist, and, later, as a principal and consultant. Dan is survived by his companion, Gail Christine Birkeland, a daughter and son, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren plus nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Lynn, who died in 2007, and a daughter. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tucson Medical Center Foundation, or to the healthcare organization of your choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Florence Irene Cattani22 Sep 2016Florence Irene Cattani, 80, died on September 22, 2016. Irene graduated from Brigham Young University. She earned a Master's degree in Child Development from ASU then began teaching at ASU. She was the founding director of the Psychology Department's Child Study Lab, working there until 1976, when the family moved to Reedley, California, where her husband Ray served as President of Reedley College and later as Chancellor of the State Center Community College District. After the move to California, Irene began taking classes to work toward a PhD in Early Childhood Education, which she earned from ASU in 1982. While completing her degree, she also obtained a counseling license and started a counseling practice. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, and three siblings. She is survived by her foster brother, her five children and 14 grandchildren. Services were held October 1st at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Del Rio Chapel, 1871 E Del Rio Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282. Charitable donations may be made to: Ray & Irene Cattani Scholarship Fund at Reedley College 995 N. Reed Ave, Reedley CA 93654 or Ray & Irene Cattani Scholarship Fund at Mesa Community College Web:
Charles WoolfCharles Martin Woolf16 Sep 2016Charles Martin Woolf, 91, ASU Emeritus Professor of Zoology, and Administrator, died September 16, 2016. He served as an Ensign in the Navy during World War II, stationed at Pearl Harbor. Woolf received his Bachelor's (zoology) and Master's (genetics, botany) degrees from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. (genetics) from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Utah before coming to ASU in 1961. At ASU, he served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, and Dean of the Graduate College retiring in 1989. He served ASURA as a Board Member from 2000-2003. During his academic career, he also taught summer school at Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, and Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China. He was a prolific writer and authored four books. He also published more than 75 articles in scientific journals summarizing his original research. Woolf is survived by his wife, Marion, four children, a brother, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 23 at Mariposa Gardens, 400 S. Power Road, Mesa, Arizona. The family will meet with friends from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., with the funeral starting at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship in his name. Make checks payable to the ASU Foundation and mail to ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Charles M. Woolf Scholarship Fund, PO Box 876405, Tempe, AZ 85287-6405. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Otis E. Young, Jr.16 Sep 2016Otis E. Young, Jr., 90, passed away on September 16, 2016. He served as Sgt., U.S. Army, 1943-46, and was an Air Force Reserve Officer 1948-1962. He received the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Indiana University. He was an Instructor, Alpena (MI) Community College, 1952-54; Assistant Professor, Bradley University, Peoria (IL), 1954-63; Visiting post-doctoral scholar, Ohio State University 1959-1960 and Professor of History, ASU, Tempe (AZ) 1963-88. Among many books, scholarly articles and reviews on Western, Military and Mining History, his three most notable books were The West of Philip St. George Cooke, who was the commander of the Mormon Battalion, Western Mining and The Mining Men. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two sons and one granddaughter. Private services have been held at St. Barnabas on-the-Desert Episcopal Church, Scottsdale, AZ. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Henry MortarottiHenry Mortarotti14 Sep 2016Henry Mortarotti, 85, passed away on September 14, 2016. Henry graduated with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Civil Engineering from New York University. He worked for City University of New York as Director, Office of Facilities Planning, Construction & Management for 17 years, and then for ASU as Director, Department of Planning & Construction until retirement. Henry is survived by his wife Joyce, four daughters, a son and six grandchildren.(Source: Arizona Republic)
Martin VanacourMartin Vanacour11 Sep 2016Martin Vanacour, 74, passed away on September 11, 2016. Martin graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor's in Public Administration and went on to get his Master's degree at NYU and his PhD from ASU. He served the City of Glendale for more than 30 years, including as City Manager for more than 15 years. He was also a professor and taught in the School of Public Affairs at ASU and the University of Phoenix. Martin is survived by his wife, Joyce Vanacour, a daughter, son and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held on September 13th at Beth El Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009. The family will be sitting shiva at the Vanacour family home. Donations in his memory can be made to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Barrow Neurological Foundation, or Marvin Andrews Fellowship Program. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Lanny PowellLanny C. Powell10 Sep 2016

Lanny C. Powell, 74, passed away September 10, 2016. He earned his Bachelors of Education and Masters of Geography at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Dr. Powell earned his Ph.D. in Geography and Agriculture Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1971. He taught at Bloomington Junior High School, ASU, Iowa State University, Illinois State University, St. Ambrose University and Black Hawk College. At ASU he taught in the Geography Dept. for one year, 1967-68, as a Temporary Visiting Professor. This one year had a big impact on him. Dr. Powell served as the Executive Secretary to the Deputy Assistant Director at the National Science Foundation, in Washington, D.C. Lanny was preceded in death by three sisters and a grandson. He is survived by his wife, Linda, a sister, four children and nine grandchildren. Cremation has taken place at Trimble Crematory. A memorial service was held on September 15, 2016. Memorials may be made to the Lanny Powell Memorial Fund in support of his grandchildren's education.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Mary Edith RushtonMary Edith Rushton10 Sep 2016

Mary Edith Rushton, 72, passed away on September 10, 2016. In 1966 she graduated from St. Hilda's College (U of T) with a degree in anthropology and a scholarship for further study at the University of New Mexico, receiving a MA degree and later teaching at the UNM Branch in Gallup. After she and her husband, Ted, moved to Phoenix in 1972 she switched to mathematics and in 1976 began working on computers at ASU. She retired in 2014. Services were private. Her body was donated to Science Care. She had no children. She is survived by Ted, and Col. Ross McKenzie. Contributions to honor her memory may be made to Lowell Observatory. (Portrait by Art Shilling, Rama, Ontario). (Source: Arizona Republic)

Helen KiginHelen Kigin8 Sep 2016

Helen Kigin, 94, passed away on September 8, 2016. She attended Mankato State College. Helen and husband Denis (Denny) moved to Tempe in 1958. Denis was a member of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences faculty before becoming Dean of Summer Sessions and Extension. He served as president of ASURA in 1992/1993, was a Board Member and held other positions in ASURA. Helen is preceded in death by a sister and brother. She is survived by her husband, Denny, four children, five grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and numerous grand nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass was held on September 17, 2016 at the Resurrection Catholic Church. Donations to Hospice of the Valley or St. Vincent de Paul would be welcome. (Source: Arizona Republic via Jeannette Robson)

Afton Larola McGrath MinerAfton Larola McGrath Miner8 Sep 2016

Afton Larola McGrath Miner, 83, passed away on September 8, 2016. She attended Eastern Arizona Junior College and ASU where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Afton taught elementary school in Chandler Arizona, Lancaster California and Duncan Arizona. She then returned to school and completed her Masters in Library Science at University of California, Berkeley. She worked as a librarian at Tempe High School, ASU and BYU. Afton is survived by a sister, brother, seven step children, 34 grandchildren 120 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers , a sister and three great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be Monday, September 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grandview 1st Ward, 1555 North 1350 West, Provo, Utah, where a viewing will be held from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm prior to services. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Chester BrittChester L. Britt30 Aug 2016

Chester L. Britt, III, 54, passed away August 30, 2016. Chet earned a B.S. in 1984 from the University of Iowa with Honors in Sociology, a M.A. in Sociology in 1986 from Washington State University, and a Ph.D in Sociology in 1990 from the University of Arizona. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Illinois from 1990 to 1995. His second appointment as an Assistant Professor was at Pennsylvania State University from 1995 to 1999. He held the position of Associate Professor, Sociology, at ASU from 1999 to 2006, and at Northeastern University from 2006 to 2011. He achieved the rank of full Professor at Northeastern University in 2011, which he held until 2015, when he accepted his most recent position at Iowa State University in 2015. His administrative responsibilities included Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, ASU, 2003 to 2006, Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2006 to 2008, Interim Dean, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2008 to 2010, Dean, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2010 to 2015, and Chair, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, 2015 to the present. He was also a Visiting Scholar, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University (Australia) during June of 2012. Chet is survived by his wife, Kelly Champion, of Ames; his four children, one grandson, his parents and one sister. Memorials may be made to UCC Church of Ames, Pastor Emergency Fund, 217 6th Street, Ames, IA 50010.

 Allan A. Yousten24 Aug 2016

Allan A. Yousten, 79, passed away August 24, 2016. He received his BS degree from the University of Wisconsin, and PhD in microbiology from Cornell. He served in the US Army, and as a research microbiologist at International Minerals & Chemical Corp. in Illinois. He joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1971 as Professor of Microbiology, and in 1980 received a Fulbright Fellowship for research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He conducted research as a visiting professor at ASU and at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. He retired from Virginia Tech in 2001. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Katherine and a son. Surviving are his second wife, Ann, three daughters, a son, granddaughter and other kinfolk. A memorial service was held on September 2, 2016 at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr SW, Blacksburg VA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Montgomery County, P.O. Box 287, Blacksburg VA 24063, or to the National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Ln, Ste 119, Minneapolis, MN, 55447, or to a Humane Society in your community.

Mary Elizabeth Holguin-WrightMary Elizabeth Holguin-Wright17 Aug 2016

Mary Elizabeth Holguin-Wright, 62, passed away on August 17, 2016. Mary earned a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology at ASU in 1975. After working at ASU in the College of Business, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Government Documents section of the Hayden Library, she obtained a Master's Degree in Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 1986. After graduation, she worked at the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix as an Executive Assistant to Father John McMahon who was in charge of preparations for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II to Phoenix. After the Papal visit, she worked in a variety of journalistic positions, including professional organizations, as well as several nonprofit organizations before retiring early due to ill health. Mary was also a member of the ASU Choral Union for 18 years. Mary is survived by her husband, Michael Wright, and a brother. A private memorial service is planned. Interment will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

Virginia Claire BuschmannVirginia Claire Buschmann16 Aug 2016

Virginia Claire Buschmann, 71, passed away on August 16, 2016. She graduated from Whitman College in Washington state in 1966 with a bachelors degree in Political Science. She also earned a master's degree in Counseling from Illinois State University and worked as a counselor in the College of Nursing at ASU. She then worked as a registered securities representative for Vanguard. She is survived by her brother, a niece and many friends. Contributions may be made to the Arizona Humane Society.

Marie GriffinMarie Griffin15 Aug 2016

Marie Griffin, 49, passed away on August 15, 2016. She is an alumna of Santa Clara University. Upon completing a Ph.D. in Justice Studies at ASU, she joined the faculty of ASU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 1996. Marie is survived by her husband, John Hepburn, professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; their twins, her mother, step-father, two sisters, a brother, two step-daughters and four grandchildren. Marie's father predeceased her. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 5-8PM at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM, also at Messinger Mortuary.

Bruce PapierBruce Papier15 Aug 2016

Bruce Papier, 76, died on August 15, 2016. Bruce served in the Air Force and was a drummer in Air Force Command Bands during his enlistment. Bruce earned a master of fine arts at The Ohio State University and began his academic career teaching at the University of Denver. He later taught at Purdue University and at ASU before taking a position at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. There he founded an innovative computer graphic design program (Design Studies) in the early 1990s. After retirement he was honored with professor emeritus status. Papier is survived by his beloved dog Shorty, four cousins, a niece and many friends. Donations may be made in his name to Save the Chimps, the Española Valley Animal Shelter, Wild Earth Guardians, or Sea Shepherds. No memorial is planned, but for further information, contact Hollis Walker,
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Joe W. MilnerJoe W. Milner14 Aug 2016

Joe W. Milner, 87, died August 14, 2016. Milner earned his bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1954 and his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1955. He was an accomplished journalist, serving as a reporter for newspapers in Texas, including the Dallas Times Herald and The Greenville Herald. He also was a journalism instructor at Eastern New Mexico University before earning his doctorate. He received his doctorate from the University of Wyoming in 1963. He was a Fulbright scholar who studied in East Pakistan from 1963-1964. Prior to joining ASU, Milner was the head of the journalism department at the Mississippi State College for Women from 1957-1958 and a professor at the University of Wyoming from 1960-1967. Milner taught at ASU from 1967 until his retirement in 1991, leading the program to new heights. As department chair from 1970-1979, he was responsible for transforming ASU’s Department of Mass Communication into a nationally accredited program and leading the department’s move into the new Stauffer Hall in 1973. He taught mass communication law throughout his 24-year tenure at ASU’s Department of Mass Communication, which became the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1984. At his retirement in 1991, Milner became a professor emeritus at the Cronkite School. The Joe W. Milner Scholarship was established, which continues to support high-performing Cronkite students, pursuing a journalism degree at ASU. He also continued to serve as a board member of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees. Milner received the Distinguished Newspaper Advisor Award from the National Council College Advisors in 1965 and was the national president of the American Society Journalism Administrators in 1978. He also was an early active member of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism/Mass Communications in the 1980s. Milner is survived by two sons and his longtime companion Ginger Dude. Memorial services have yet to be announced.  
(Source: ASU Insight) 

 Mary Jane Anderson11 Aug 2016

Mary Jane Anderson, 92, passed away on August 11, 2016. She moved to Tempe in 1961 and was employed in the Graduate Office for 21 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Swede" Anderson. Mary Jane is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11 am  with visitation one hour prior. 

Sylvia SilvaSylvia A. Silva11 Aug 2016

Dr. Sylvia A. Silva, 79, passed away on August 11, 2016. She administered many educational equity programs for over 20 years at CSU, Chico and continued this practice of educational service for five years at the ASU-West Campus where she retired as Associate Vice-Provost and Dean of Students in 2000. Sylvia is survived by five children, three granddaughters, a number of great -grandchildren, a foster daughter, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a second ex-husband, Aldo Romano and his three children. Sylvia is preceded in death by all her siblings. Services will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Chico, California. Bilingual Spanish-English rosary on Sunday, August 21st commencing at 6:30 p.m. Funeral mass on Monday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Memorial gathering to follow at CSU, Chico Bell Memorial Union (BMU) in Room 203 from 11:301:30 p. m. Please make gift donations to the Hispanic Association for the Community and Education (HACE) and write in for the Dr. Sylvia A. Silva scholarship fund set up in her honor to this address-H.A.C.E. PO. Box 5151 Chico, CA 95927-5151.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Carl SchnaitmanCarl A. Schnaitman10 Aug 2016

Carl A. Schnaitman, 79, passed away on August 10, 2016. Carl went to Earlham College in Indiana, and then Syracuse University where he received a BS in Forestry as well as his Master of and PhD in Science. He completed a Fellowship program in 1967 at Johns Hopkins University before coming to UVA as a professor in the Microbiology department where he worked for the next 23 years. In 1989, Carl became the department chair in the Microbiology department at ASU. His extensive work in Molecular biology research aided the launch of an exciting time of discovery for the human genome. His research has been published, and subsequently cited over 3,000 times in scientific publications. After his wife Lenore Schnaitman passed away in 2003, Carl returned to Charlottesville. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Cynthia Schnaitman, a son, step daughter, two stepsons, four grandchildren and a niece. He was predeceased by his sister, a niece and nephew. A memorial contribution may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, Doctors without borders or the Albemarle Rescue Squad. There will be a memorial service on September 17, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in the UVA Chapel followed by a reception at the Colonnades Club Garden Room.

 Margaret Richter5 Aug 2016

Margaret “Maggie" Richter, 78, passed away on August 5, 2016. She held a long career in data entry, and completed college courses while working at ASU. She is survived by a sister, three nieces, nine grandnieces/nephews and other relatives. Funeral services were followed by internment at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix.  
(Source: Arizona Republic)

 Ronald Keith Shelledy3 Aug 2016

Ronald Keith Shelledy, 65, passed away August 3, 2016. After high school graduation he joined the Navy and was honorably discharged. He worked for ASU for over 20 years, and recently retired from WalMart. Ron is survived by his parents, two brothers, a sister, seven nieces and nephews and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. Memorial for Ron will be August 13, 2016, 10 AM at Sunland Village in the Sunset Room, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave. Mesa 85206. (Source: ASU Foundation) 

Anne KisseeAnne S. Kissee30 Jul 2016

Anne S. Kissee, 76, passed away on July 30, 2016. She earned an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising. She served her country in the early 1960's as a United States Marine. Anne lived many places including Hawaii, California, Missouri, Arizona, and Florida before moving to Kenosha WI in 2007. She retired as an administrative assistant from ASU. Survivors include her two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kissee, and a daughter. Visitation will be held on August 2, until the time of the service at 3 p.m. Anne will be laid to rest with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

 Jennifer S. Murray Mesquita29 Jul 2016

Jennifer S. Murray Mesquita, 44, died on July 29, 2016. She earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from ASU, a Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona, and a membership in the American Association of Law Libraries. Jennifer's career in law included positions with U of A, ASU, USC, Greenberg and Traurig, Arizona Supreme Court, and Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County. She leaves behind her husband Frank Mesquita, mother, step daughter and a brother as well as extended family members. Jennifer requested that she be cremated and that her ashes be left in the care of her mother. Her family requests that donations be sent to Hospice of the Valley.

John MetzJohn Richard Metz23 Jul 2016

John Richard Metz, 72, died on July 23, 2016. He received his bachelors and master degrees in music from Syracuse University. He served as Pianist in Residence at Concordia College in Minnesota for twelve years before beginning his studies at The Juilliard School where he received his DMA in harpsichord. In 1980 Dr. Metz joined the music faculty at ASU where he developed an early music program and taught piano and harpsichord. He also directed the Baroque Ensemble, and founded the Phoenix Early Music Society. His edition of early 18th Century French vocal music was published by Pendragon Press, and his recordings include the harpsichord suites of Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Bach's Goldberg Variations, contemporary American music for flute and harpsichord, and with his wife, recorded and published the six cello sonatas of the early American composer Rayner Taylor. Dr. Metz performed in the Connecticut Early Music Festival every summer since its inception in 1982, and served as its Artistic Director from 1999 to 2007. Upon retiring from ASU in 2004 as Emeritus Professor, John and his wife Barbara moved to Waterford, CT returning to the Phoenix area in 2015. In addition to his wife, two daughters, and three brothers, Dr. Metz is survived by four grandchildren, a stepdaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to either Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation or The Phoenix Early Music Society. A memorial service will be held on September 18, 2016, at 3pm at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Chandler.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Eileen YellinEileen Yellin22 July 2016

Eileen Yellin, 60, passed away on July 22, 2016. She earned a B.Ed. in Special Education and an M.A. in Education from UNM, and a Ph.D in Education and Justice Studies from ASU. Eileen began teaching at Tempe High School in 1990. She worked tirelessly to serve the students in her Special and General Education classes. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at MCC, ASU, and NAU. She is survived by two brothers, two nieces, two nephews and other relatives. Tempe High School is creating a scholarship in her name to ensure students have the opportunity to follow their dreams. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Leonard D. Goodstein20 Jul 2016

Leonard D Goodstein, 89, passed away on July 20, 2016. Len came to Arizona in 1974 when he was invited to join the ASU faculty as Chair of the Department of Psychology. Leaving ASU in 1980, he turned away from an academic career, but never away from psychology. He lived mainly in Washington, DC where, among a variety of activities, he was the CEO of the American Psychological Association for several years until returning to Scottsdale in 2010. He will be missed by his wife, Jeanette, two sons, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren plus nieces and nephews. If you wish to honor his life and work, please donate in his memory to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, both in Washington, DC.
(Source: AZ Republic)

Robert Oscar GrondinRobert Oscar Grondin17 Jul 2016

Robert Oscar Grondin, 63, passed away July 17, 2016. Bob received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and went on to teach electrical engineering at ASU for over 30 years. He retired in 2015 as Professor Emeritus, IRA Fulton School of Engineering, Engineering Program, Polytechnic Campus. Bob is survived by his wife, Sonia, two daughters, a grandson and four siblings. Services will be held on Thursday, July 21, at Valley of the Sun in Chandler, 10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ, 85248, (480) 895-9232. Visitation begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at2:00 p.m. Donations are being accepted in his name at Copper Creek Inn Community (Chandler, AZ) and St. Mary's Food Bank.
(Source: Valley of the Sun Mortuary)

Mary Jean TateMary Jean Tate15 Jul 2016

Mary Jean Tate passed away on July 15, 2016. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science with emphasis on international law & diplomacy and a minor in foreign languages at Stanford University. She earned her master of arts degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Utah. She and her husband, Donald Tate, moved to Tempe when Don accepted a professorship at ASU in 1958. Mary Jean taught at Camelback High School where she chaired the Foreign Languages program, teaching Spanish, Latin, French, Russian, and English. Mary Jean had many interests and was involved in numerous organizations and activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Donald J. Tate, and a brother. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. rosary at 7, Thursday, July 21 at Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary, 4310 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church, 3201 S. Evergreen Rd., Tempe; reception to follow. Graveside services will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Phoenix after the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charities.

 Donald Autore10 Jul 2016

Donald Autore, 89, passed away on July 10, 2016. Donald worked as a plant engineer at Continental Machines, Robin Hood Flour, and the Ford Motor Company Twin Cities Assembly Plant, following completion of his engineering degree at the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor in 1949. In 1959 he was hired as part of the original faculty of the newly founded College of Engineering at ASU. He was a full professor in the Engineering Graphics Department for 29 years retiring in 1988. Don is survived by seven children and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, who passed away in 2015. Don’s remains will be interred at St. Francis cemetery alongside his wife. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St Vincent de Paul Society.

Elaine Carol McPeakElaine Carol McPeak10 Jul 2016

Elaine Carol McPeak, 75, died on July 10, 2016. Elaine pursued a Bachelor's Degree from Slippery Rock State Teachers' College and her Master's Degree at ASU. She retired after 26 years in the Peoria School District and worked an additional seven years as a student teacher supervisor for ASU West. Elaine is survived by her husband, Donald, a brother, two daughters and five grandchildren. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Betty Buck Philips9 Jul 2016

Betty Buck Phillips, 89, passed away on July 9, 2016. She and her husband moved to Scottsdale in 1965. She was employed many years at ASU, retiring in 1988. Betty is survived by a son, a daughter and a grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger, in 2013. Graveside services will be conducted 10:00 AM Saturday, July 16, 2016 in the Vinton Memorial Park, Vinton, OH.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

David WebbDavid A. Webb9 Jul 2016

David A. Webb, 77, passed away on July 9, 2016. David retired from ASU as assistant director of Grounds and Construction. He is survived by his wife, Marie JoAnn, three sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four siblings. Services will be held on Saturday July 16th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Green Acres Mortuary at 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ.

Julie PaulJulie Jennifer Paul4 Jul 2016

Julie Jennifer Paul, 82, passed away on July 4, 2016. She moved to Tempe in 1974 and worked at ASU in Human Resources for 25 years. Julie was preceded in death by her husband Ronald, a sister and a grandson. She is survived by a brother, three children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra Dr., Tempe, 85283.

Robert HessRobert K. Hess III1 Jul 2016

Robert "Bob" K. Hess III, 65, passed away July 1, 2016. Bob earned degrees from U.G.A. with Bachelors in History and Masters in Sociology and received a PhD in Reading from University of South Carolina. Bob had a career in Higher Education at Governors State University, Illinois and at ASU, where he taught in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He came to ASU in 1990 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Susan, three children, five grandchildren, a sister and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by a brother. A memorial service will be held at a forthcoming time at the Blythe Island United Methodist Church in August. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 Dr. Edward Dale Appleton Randolph29 Jun 2016

Dr. Edward Dale Appleton Randolph, 85, died on June 29, 2016. He studied at George Washington University and completed his B.A. degree in Spanish at the University of Virginia. He received his M.A. in Spanish and Ph.D., Spanish major, French minor, from Tulane University where he was a Carnegie Fellow. In 1951, he withdrew from U.Va. to enlist in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean War. He was assigned to the Army Security Agency and received his security diploma at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and his diploma in Russian from the Army Language School in Monterey, California. He was honorably discharged in 1954 after using his language skills on assignments, such as monitoring enemy Korean Air Force communications. During part of the 1950s and the early 60s, Dr. Randolph taught Spanish at U.Va. and Tulane and worked as an interpreter for the New Orleans Police Department. Later, he was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at ASU, President of the Foreign Language Division of the Arizona College Association and a member of Phi Sigma Iota, the National Romance Language Honor Society. Later, he was a tenured professor at Newberry College in South Carolina; Professor of Foreign Languages at Ambassador College in California; and Chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages at Ambassador College's Texas campus. Dr. Randolph also taught at the Camden Military Academy in South Carolina where he became "Major Randolph". In addition to his wife, Leslie Joy, who predeceased him in 2014, he was predeceased by a brother and sister. He is survived by a daughter, a son, stepson and three grandsons. He will be buried at Fort Bliss in Texas.
(Source: AZ Republic)

 Sharon Rochelle Wilkinson29 Jun 2016

Sharon Rochelle Wilkinson, 77, passed away on June 29, 2016. Sharon graduated from Luther College and the University of Michigan in Library Science. Sharon was long active in the ASU Faculty Wives club and also volunteered at the Tempe Historical Museum. Sharon is survived by her husband, Joe, who is ASU Emeritus Professor. Joe served as chair or co-chair of ASURA Retirees Day from 2001-2007, and was a Board Member 2003-2006. Additional survivors include a brother, three sons and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E Southern Avenue, Tempe, with a private burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Sharon's honor to the Tempe Historical Preservation Foundation (  or the Arizona Humane Society ( ).
(Source: AZ Republic)

Ellen SoeteberEllen Soeteber21 Jun 2016

Ellen Soeteber, 66, died June 21, 2016. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ellen began her professional career at two now-defunct afternoon newspapers, the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Today. In 1974, Soeteber joined the Chicago Tribune, where over time she moved up through the ranks as reporter, copy editor, and editor. In 1987, Soeteber was named the Tribune's metropolitan editor. She soon was named assistant managing editor and then associate managing editor. She was appointed deputy editor of the Tribune's editorial board in 1991. Ellen was named managing editor of the Fort Lauderdale-based South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1994 and served in that capacity until joining the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2001. She was the last editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to serve under the family of its legendary founder, Joseph Pulitzer, and the first and only woman to hold that position. She left the Post-Dispatch in November 2005. Staff under her direction at the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Sentinel and Post-Dispatch received numerous awards, including the Heywood Broun Award, Award for Young Journalists, the Education Writers Association's Grand Prize, the national SDX prize for deadline-news coverage, National Headliners Best in Show for photography, World Press and Pictures of the Year photo honors, and the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. She was a member of the board of advisors of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship Advisory Committee, and was the visiting professor in ethics and diversity at ASU Cronkite School of Journalism in 2008. Surviving are her husband, Richard Martins and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at . Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Kassly Mortuary, 9900 St. Clair Avenue, Fairview Heights, Ill. Funeral: Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Oakdale Cemetery, Oakdale, Ill. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Stanford SingerStanford Paul Singer10 Jun 2016

Stanford Paul Singer, 77, passed away on June 10, 2016. Born and raised in Evansville, IN, he was an alumni and former teacher at Mater Dei High School. He received his BA from U of Evansville ('63), his MA from Indiana University ('67) and his Ph.D. from UCLA ('87). He taught at UCLA, ASU, Cal State SB and E. Tennessee State. He lived the last 30 years in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his wife, Lenna DeMarco, four children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stan Singer Excellence in Writing Award Endowment at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Thelma FaulknerThelma Ray Faulkner9 Jun 2016

Thelma Ray “T-Ray” Faulkner, 84, passed away June 9, 2016. She earned a BA at Oklahoma College for Women, and a Master’s and PhD in Dance at Texas Women's University.  Her career began in outdoor education, included stints in elementary school, and teaching modern dance at two Midwestern universities, the University of Oregon and ASU. At Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Colorado, she began as assistant to the director and served in various capacities through retirement. She also worked in real estate, and in language arts before retiring in 1996. She is a member of University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's Alumni Hall of Fame, recipient of a National Dance Association Plaudit Award (1982), and in 1999, was praised for Outstanding Volunteer Service by Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. A private memorial is planned in Steamboat Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in T-Ray's name to Perry-Mansfield, 40755 County Road 36, Steamboat Springs CO 80487.  (Source: ASU Foundation)

 M. Austin Betz8 Jun 2016

M. Austin Betz, 76, passed away on June 8, 2016. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Lock Haven State Teachers College and a Masters from Penn State University, Master of Arts from Brown University, Master of Arts in Math & Statistics from the University of Illinois, followed by his Doctorate from the University of Illinois. He joined ASU in 1974 and retired in 1999 as Professor Emeritus in the College of Education. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Surviving him is an aunt and two cousins, Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Pennsylvania. Donations in memory of Austin can be made to the charity of your choice. (Source: AZ Republic) 

William James Melvin Peter Stein8 Jun 2016

Peter ("Pete") K. Stein, 87, died on June 8, 2016. Born in Vienna in 1928, he lived in Shanghai from 1938 until 1947, when he came to the U.S. to continue his education. After earning three degrees from M.I.T., he moved to Phoenix in 1955 to work at AiResearch, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1956. In 1959 he was recruited to the faculty at ASU's new school of engineering, where he pioneered the discipline of measurement systems engineering and gained international renown. He served as a full professor from 1963-77. He also lectured in "short courses" (in-service training of engineers) in dozens of countries from 1953-2000. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, a son and daughter, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held on June 10 at 10 a.m. at Sinai Mortuary, 4538 N 16th St, Phoenix, 85016. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Temple Beth Emeth of Scottsdale, PO Box 2831, Scottsdale 85282.  (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Robert D. Bowman6 Jun 2016

Robert D. Bowman, 90, passed away on June 7, 2016. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1944-1946) serving aboard the USS Concord. In 1968 he joined Saga Food Service as Food Service Director in ASU dorms until retirement in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Myrna, two sons, a granddaughter, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four siblings and a daughter. Internment will be private.  (Source: AZ Republic)

 William James Melvin6 Jun 2016

William (Bill) James Melvin, 84, passed away on June 6, 2016. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and was honorably discharged after being wounded. He played for the Denver Broncos as a tight end. His career as a Locksmith extended over 40 years, owning his own shop and working for others such as: Jim's Lock & Key Shop and ASU. He was a member of ALOA and NMLA. Bill is survived by a son and five stepchildren. The celebration of his life was held on June 14, 2016 at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ and he is interred at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Mesa, AZ. The family asks that donations be made to Hospice in Bill's honor. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Ignacia BarnettIgnacia Barnett5 Jun 2016

Ignacia Barnett, 83, passed away on June 5, 2016. She was one of New Mexico's first female DPS officers. Ignacia worked in Las Cruces at JC Penny's and Western Bank before moving to Arizona where she retired from ASU. A Memorial Service will be held June 10, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Legacy Funeral Home-Chandler, 1374 N. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ, US, 85225.

Robert RascheRobert Harold Rasche2 Jun 2016

Robert Harold Rasche, 74, passed away June 2, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Anita Bensen, two children, a brother, nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. He was awarded a PhD in Economics in 1966 from the University of Michigan. Bob was employed as a Research Associate at MIT while working on the Federal Reserve Board - M.I.T. Monetary Research Project. In 1967 he started work as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1971 he took a leave of absence and worked as a visiting scholar in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In 1972 he accepted a position as Associate Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. In 1975 he was promoted to Professor. From 1976-1977 he was on a leave of absence from Michigan State and returned to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department. In 1985 he was on a sabbatical for six months as a Visiting Scholar at the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. From September, through December 1986 he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor, at the Economic Outlook Center, Department of Economics, ASU, in Tempe, AZ. From January through March 1990, Bob worked as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, at the Bank of Japan in Tokyo. In 1998 he was offered the position of Research Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He retired from Michigan State University in January, 1999 and returned to St. Louis. In 2009 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser at the St. Louis Fed. He retired in June, 2011.  A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Road, Chesterfield, MO on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri, Attn: Elaine Baffa, 9666 Olive Boulevard, Suite 400, St Louis, Missouri 63132. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Arthur WhitingArthur Milton Whiting2 Jun 2016

Arthur Milton “Mickey" Whiting, 87, passed away on June 2, 2016. He attended BYU briefly, before transferring to ASU where he graduated with a business degree. In 1952, Mickey, his dad and three brothers formed Kaibab Lum be r Company in Fredonia, Arizona. Later, a cousin joined in and the extended Whiting family built Whiting Bros. Servi ce Stations along Route 66 and throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, California, Utah and Nevada. Kaibab Lumber Company diversified and evolved into Kaibab Industries, Inc. and under his leadership, the company grew to be one of the top 10 privately held companies in Arizona, with 1200 employees, and operations in 8 western states, as well as Mexico. During Mickey’s life, he served in many leadership positions and on the boards of directors of many companies and industry organizations. In 1987, Mickey and his wife, Lorana, established the Kaibab Industries Scholarship at ASU. It provides a one-time $2,500 award to a new ASU freshman each year. Three siblings preceded Mickey in death. He is survived by his wife, Lorana, five children, 20 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held Wednesday, June 8th from 6-8 PM at the LDS Church, Arcadia Ward building, 4225 N. 56 St, Phoenix, AZ. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 9th, at 11 AM, preceded by a visitation from 9-10:30 AM at the LDS Church, Arcadia Ward building, 4225 N. 56 St, Phoenix, AZ.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Thomas McCreaThomas McCrea29 May 2016

Thomas James McCrea, 79, died May 29, 2016. For 23 years Tom was a linotype operator and newspaper page make up person with the Frank and Irma Connolly-owned Tempe Daily News. Tom received his training at Toronto's Central Technical School and had apprenticed at a prestigious print shop in that city. In his years at the Tempe Daily News, Tom helped high school and ASU journalism students put together their school newspapers while also teaching them about the how's and whys' of the page make up and printing processes. Not long after the Tempe Daily News was sold to Cox Newspapers in 1980 and soon became the Tempe Daily News Tribune (and eventually part of the East Valley Tribune along with the Mesa Tribune and two other East Valley newspapers), the Daily News back shop was dismantled. Tom was moved to the Mesa Tribune plant. Tom is survived by two daughters, a son, twelve grandchildren, and four siblings. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, a daughter and five siblings. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3201 S. Evergreen Road, Tempe, AZ 85202. Following services at Resurrection, interment was at The Queen of Heaven cemetery in Mesa. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Louis WeschlerLouis Weschler29 May 2016

Louis Fredrick Weschler, 83, passed away May 29, 2016. Lou graduated from Harbor Community (technical) College) in 1953 and began a career in illustration and painting. After serving in the U. S. Army in Alaska, he graduated from California State University, Long beach, in 1958. He completed the MA in political science in 1960 and the PhD in political science in 1964 at UCLA. Lou, his wife, Joann, and two daughters, moved to Tempe in 1980 when he joined the School of Public Affairs faculty at ASU. Before coming to ASU he served on the faculties of the University of California, Davis, the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. His major research focused on natural resources and environmental quality management. At ASU he held several administrative posts including founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Public Administration, acting Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and acting Dean of the College of Public Programs. Most of all he loved working with students and cherished his teaching awards. Lou retired from ASU in 2000 and is a charter member of the Emeritus College. He joined ASURA in 1999. From 2001-2006 and 2009-2010 he served as ASURA’s Emeritus College Liaison and was a Board Member from 2008-2010. Lou’s Video History interview may be seen at ; Lou is survived by wife, Joann, and two daughters, both ASU graduates. 
(Sources: Joann Weschler, ASURA website)

Bernita Margaret StefflBernita Margaret Steffl28 May 2016

Bernita "B" Margaret Steffl, 95, passed away on May 28, 2016. B completed her R.N. degree at Ancker Hospital School of Nursing in St. Cloud, MN in 1942. After her Army Nurse Corps training in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, she joined the war effort and was stationed in Iran and Italy, where she nursed German POW soldiers; she returned to the states in 1946. In 1959 B joined the faculty at ASU, where she became a pioneer in gerontological nursing. She authored the first-of-its-kind "Handbook on Gerontological Nursing," which was widely used by universities across the nation. She spent a sabbatical working with a World Health Organization conducting health assessments in post-war Vietnam. B later received the Governor's Certificate of Merit for Service from the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging for her life's work. In 2007 ASU honored her legacy by founding the Bernita Steffl Professorship in Geriatric Nursing. Bernita is preceded in death by two of her siblings. She is survived by one sister, seven nephews and nieces and other relatives. A memorial service will be held in mid July. For more information on the service, you may email her nephew Jim at Donations in B's honor may be made to the B Steffl Professorship in Geriatric Nursing at ASU.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Marjorie Schoen  Marjorie Schoen 23 May 2016


Marjorie M. Schoen, 90, passed away on May 23, 2016. She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother. Marge is survived by her husband Robert A. Schoen, a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a sister. Her husband, Robert, taught at ASU beginning in 1966. His last position was as Department Chair of Aeronautical Technology; he retired as Professor Emeritus in 1988. A Celebration of Life for Marjorie was held May 28, 2016 followed by a private family interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. (Source: Tempe Mortuary)


 Janice Aldyne Hampton Janice Aldyne Hampton 19 May 2016

Janice Aldyne Hampton, 92, passed away on May 19, 2016. Janice attended Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. From the mid-1960's, she worked for almost 20 years at Eastern Arizona College in varied positions. She finished her career working in the English Department at ASU. She is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, her husband Henry Hampton and a daughter. A memorial service will be held at Tempe Mortuary on Sunday, May 22. Please consider a donation in Janice's behalf to Camp Deer Run, a Christian Youth Camp located in East Texas and supported by members of the Churches of Christ ( ) or to Hospice of the Valley (  ). (Source: ASU Foundation)

William PhalenWilliam Phalen19 May 2016

William "Bill" Phalen, 73, passed away on May 19, 2016. At the time of his death, and since 1998, he was owner and CEO of Cities West Publishing, the parent company of Phoenix Home & Garden magazine and PHOENIX magazine. Prior to getting into the publishing business, Phalen had a storied career in radio, founding or co-founding three broadcasting companies that acquired 24 radio stations across the country between 1970 and 1996. In 1996 he went on to pursue his interest in publishing. He earned a M.A. degree in Organizational Behavior from Vermont College and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He served on the advisory board of the ABC Radio Network and was a past member of the Walter Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees at ASU. In 2013, he was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame and, in 2008, into the Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. Phalen is survived by his wife, Maibritt Phalen, and two nieces. A Private Memorial Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paget's Disease/Arthritis Foundation , 5009 E. Washington St., Suite 125, Phoenix, AZ 85034; or Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation, 355 Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109-2067.

 Louisa Gerking Louisa Burke Gerking 10 May 2016

Louisa Burke Gerking, 95, passed away on May 10, 2016.  Louisa’s husband was Dr. Shelby D. Gerking (1918-1998) who was chair of the Zoology Department at ASU beginning in 1967 before retiring as professor emeritus. Louisa was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Arizona chapter of Planned Parenthood and earned the organization’s prestigious Peggy Goldwater Award for her dedication to service.  She was a member of the ASU Faculty Wives, president of the Arizona Society of Arts and Letters, active in the League of Women Voters, and a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum.  Louisa is survived by three sons, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Arizona Chapter of Planned Parenthood or the Phoenix Art Museum. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, 6715 North Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.        
(Source: Jo Madonna)

  Joanne Cecile Melnick 9 May 2016

Joanne Cecile Melnick, 74, passed away May 9, 2016. Joanne worked in administration for B.B.D.O. Advertising, ASU, and Ford Motor Company. Joanne is survived by two daughters and a sister. She was preceded in death by a sister. A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions in Joanne's name may be directed to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI or the Alzheimer's Foundation.
 (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Col. Edward Perry Hart Col. Edward Perry Hart 4 May 2016

Col. Edward Perry Hart, 83, passed away on May 4, 2016. He attended the University of Massachusetts for one year, then received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1954 he graduated West Point. In his distinguished, 30-year Army career, Colonel Hart served as an armored cavalry officer. He advised a Vietnamese armored cavalry squadron near My Tho during the Vietnam War, taught ROTC at ASU, and commanded the 3/35 Armor Battalion in Bamberg, Germany. He served as the Inspector General at the U.S. Military Academy. He finished his career as an instructor and Dean of Professional Development at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, and retired in 1984. He earned an M.A. in History from ASU and an M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He attended the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Armor Officer Career Course. Ed is predeceased by two sons. Survivors include his wife, Joan, a brother, seven children, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. A Memorial Mass celebrating Ed Hart's life will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 154 W Government Ave. in Norfolk. At a later date, he will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at . In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Edward Hart to one of the following: --Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 154 W Government Ave., Norfolk, VA 23503 --Covenant House, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001, Attn: Sandra Latchman; or at  
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Susan Harper HollandSusan Harper Holland1 May 2016

Susan Elizabeth “Beth” Harper Holland, 65, passed away on May 1, 2016. She came to Tempe, Arizona, in 2003, where she worked at ASU in the College of Education before moving to the Office of the President. She is preceded in death by her father and a brother. She is survived by two children, two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Beth was held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Old Main on the Tempe campus of ASU. A second Celebration of Life took place at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse in Richardson, Texas, near Plano on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Her cremains will be returned to Pineville Cemetery in Monroeville, Alabama, at a future date, where she will be able to lay in peace with her family. Donations may be made in memory of Beth Holland to the Intensive Care Unit Fund at Chandler Regional Medical Center ( , Dignity Health Foundation East Valley, 1727 W. Frye Road, Suite 230, Chandler, Arizona 85224,480.728.3931) or the ASU Gammage Elevate and Alleviate Campaign ( , checks payable to the ASU Foundation (Account 30006774) mailed to ASU Gammage, c/o Julianne Mate, P.O. Box 870205, Tempe, Arizona 85287,480.965.1910).
(Source: Arizona Republic)

  Yvonne Nash 28 Apr 2016

Yvonne Nash, 69, passed away on April 28, 2016. Yvonne worked for ASU as an administrative assistant in the library, then later for Cigna Health Systems as an administrative assistant. Yvonne is survived by her husband, Jim, a brother, four sons, nine  grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many cousins. 
(Source: ASU Foundation)

 Elsie Evelyn Sawyer Elsie Evelyn Sawyer 28 Apr 2016

Elsie Evelyn Sawyer, 89, passed away on April 28, 2016. In 1963 she moved to Arizona where she was employed for 20 years as the secretary to the Dean of Fine Arts at ASU. In 1979 she was awarded Employee of the Year at ASU. Elsie was preceded in death by two brothers and her husband, Doug Sawyer. She is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. No service is planned at her request. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your favorite charity.  
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Frank Samuel StalzerFrank Samuel Stalzer28 Apr 2016

Frank Samuel Stalzer, 91, passed away on April 28, 2016. He received his bachelors of music education degree from Kansas University in 1948 and his Masters of Music degree from University of Rochester, New York (Eastman School of Music). He taught at Louisiana State University from 1950-1955. Frank was the oboe professor at ASU from 1955 until his retirement in 1990. While at ASU, he was a member of the Woodwind Quintet. In 1955, he joined the Phoenix Symphony and was principal of the oboe and English horn for over 29 years. Frank was honored by the Arizona Music Educators Association as the recipient of the Music Educator Legacy Award. He was a member of Music Educators National Conference and International Double Reed Society. Frank is survived by his brother, a daughter, a son and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave in Phoenix, 85021. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frank Stalzer may be made to the ASU School of Music Friends of Music fund. Please make checks payable to the ASU Foundation with In Memory of Frank Stalzer in the check memo, C/O Lori Pollock, ASU School of Music, 50 E. Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85287.

 Earl Reding RobbinsEarl Reding Robbins26 Apr 2016

Earl Reding Robbins, 90, passed away on April 26, 2016. After serving the U.S. Navy, he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1950. Following graduation, he worked as an Electrical Engineer for General Electric for 11 years and received two waveguide patents. In 1957, he moved to Phoenix with the new Computer Division of GE and started working on his PhD and was an instructor. He decided to stay with teaching and acquired his PhD from ASU in 1968. He taught at ASU first in the Electrical Engineering Department and then in the Computer Science Department until he retired in 1989 as a Professor Emeritus. After retiring from teaching, he worked part time at Intel Corp. for two years and then did student advising for the Computer Science Department at ASU for another two years. Earl was also active in the IEEE going through all the elected chairs in the Phoenix Section and then became the Phoenix Section Chairman in the 70's. He was also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. Earl is survived by his wife, Joyce, a brother, seven children and step children, 16 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Interment took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. A celebration of Earl's life will be at Valley Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Earl Robbins to Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ. 

Gerald Olson  Dr. Derald V. Olson 25 Apr 2016

Dr. Gerald V. Olson, 87, died on April 25, 2016. He joined the Army Air Force in 1946 serving in Japan and later in Germany. Jerry received his Bachelors in Education in 1955 and his Masters in Education in 1957 — both from ASU. In 1978 he received a Doctorate in Education Administration from NAU. Jerry started in the Washington District as a 6th grade teacher in 1955 and held various positions, becoming Superintendent in 1987 until he retired in 1990. A few years later he was asked to return as Acting Superintendent for another year. His wife, Mollie, taught in the Tempe High School District. In 1956 Jerry started keeping statistics at ASU sports events. His stat crew came from his teaching friends which grew into Olson's Statistical Services when he joined with John Olson (an unrelated but kindred spirit who also loved ASU and sports). ASU named the Statistics Booth at Sun Devil Stadium after Jerry in recognition of over 50 years of accurate and timely stat keeping. Jerry is survived by his wife, Mollie, two daughters, four granddaughters and numerous great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Community Christian Church, 1701 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Emanuel Michael Cartsonis Emanuel Michael Cartsonis 12 Apr 2016

Emanuel Michael “Mike” Cartsonis, 88, died on April 12, 2016. While serving in the U.S. Army's occupying forces in Japan, he saw the impressive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotel. Inspired by Wright's architecture, he entered Wayne State University to study art. He transferred to the University of Michigan where he received his architecture degree. He earned a graduate degree in city planning from University of Pennsylvania. Mike's early professional achievements include his award-winning design of University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt Library while still a graduate student at Penn. He was a key member of the team that conceived and implemented Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle renaissance. He and his longtime friend and colleague, Patrick Cusick, were recruited by Goodyear Corporation to create the groundbreaking planned community of Litchfield Park, Arizona. Mike remained Litchfield's City Planner for much of the next 50 years, taking time off to teach architecture at ASU and University of Waterloo in Canada, and to plan the city of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. He later worked in Urban Planning and Zoning for the City of Scottsdale. During the 70s and 80s Mike founded his own firm and designed a number of commercial, medical, public, and residential projects. In 2014 he resigned from Litchfield Park to focus on activism and to care for his wife, Sylvia. Mike is survived by his wife, Sylvia, a brother, five children, and seven grandchildren. A memorial will be held on April 30, 2016 at the Wigwam Country Club at 1:00 PM. Please RSVP to
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Connie BorrorConnie Borror10 Apr 2016

Connie M. Borror, Ph.D., 49, passed away April 10, 2016. Connie was a Professor in the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at ASU West. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from ASU in 1998 and joined the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences in 2005. Connie was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality and was an editor of the journal Quality Engineering, as well as a former director of the Certificate in Statistics Program and co-director of the Committee on Statistics at ASU. Connie was the 2016 ASQ Shewhart Medalist; the first woman to earn this distinction. She was preceded in death by a brother. Surviving are two sisters, two brothers, nephews and a niece, as well as many great-nephews and great-nieces. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to to help defray the cost of her medical and funeral expenses. Her funeral will be on April 18, 2016 in Granite City, IL. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Bruce MerrillBruce Merrill9 Apr 2016

Bruce Merrill, 78, passed away on April 9, 2016. He had an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University. He later got a doctoral degree in political behavior from the University of Michigan, where he trained at the Institute for Social Research. Merrill joined ASU in 1970 and taught in the Department of Political Science, the Center for Public Affairs, the Department of Communication and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication before retiring in 2008 as professor emeritus. He also served as a senior fellow at the Morrison Institute. Merrill was a respected figure in regional and national politics, conducting polling for more than 100 campaigns, which included President Richard Nixon and U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, Gordon Allott, Pete Domenici, Peter Dominick and John Tower, among others. In 1972, he received a presidential appointment from Nixon to the Population Advisory Committee, which directs the work of the Census Bureau. At ASU, Merrill was known for establishing the nonpartisan Cactus State Poll, later known as the Cronkite/Eight Poll, on Arizona PBS. The monthly poll has kept an accurate pulse of Arizona voters for more than 20 years. He joined the Cronkite School in 1988, using the poll as an educational tool that taught students how to design surveys and interpret data. He was a member of ASURA and led educational sessions at Retirees Day events in 2008 and 2009. Merrill is survived by his wife Janis Sandler Merrill, a daughter, a son, his wife’s three children and a host of grandchildren from both sides of the family. There will not be a public service. Instead, a private family celebration will take place. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to A New Leaf  or Hospice of the Valley  organization.
(Sources: AZ Central, ASU Now, Emeritus College)

Guido Gustav WeigendGuido Gustav Weigend1 Apr 2016

Guido Gustav Weigend, 96, passed away on April 1, 2016. Guido was born in Zeltweg, Austria and raised in Vienna. At age 18, just after Hitler invaded Austria on March 12, 1938, Guido was drafted into the German army. Not wanting to serve in the Hitler regime, he escaped to the United States and began his education at the University of Chicago, where he studied geography. When the USA entered the war in 1942, Guido immediately volunteered to serve for the United States. Because of his knowledge of geography and his proficiency in languages, the Armed Forces assigned him to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the CIA. (There is a video clip of the ASURA Video History Project interview with Guido and his daughter, Cynthia Buness, talking about OSS.)   After WWII, Guido returned to the University of Chicago to finish his undergraduate degree and obtain his PhD. Guido had a long and successful career in post-secondary education, retiring first from Rutgers University as Associate Dean, and then coming to ASU in 1976. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1976-1984 and then as Professor of Geography until he retired in 1989. After retiring, Guido served on the ASURA board from 1993-1996; as Vice President 1994-1995; chair of AZ Council of Retired University Employees 1994-1995 and chair of the Scholarship Committee 1996-1998. Guido is survived by three children, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Guido will be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with his wife, Areta, who passed away in 1993. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to PSC Partners Research Fund for research on a progressive liver disease that affects one of Guido's grandchildren. Click on 'Donate Now,' and indicate that your donation is in honor of Guido G. Weigend.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Veronica WalshVeronica Walsh31 Mar 2016

Veronica Walsh, 83, died March 31, 2016. Vera was preceded in death by her husband,  Arthur, in 2004. Vera is survived by a daughter, two sons, two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She worked at ASU in the Graduate College and School of Fine Arts from 1980 to 1994. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home in Mesa (1562 S. Baseline Road, Mesa), followed by burial and luncheon. The family requests any donations should be made to Hospice of the Valley at

James WilliamsJames Williams31 Mar 2016

James (Jim) Williams, 57, passed away March 31, 2016. Jim attend Mesa Community College and later Michigan State University where he played Division I football. He coached football at ASU before coaching at Ferris State and then becoming an insurance broker. He married Elisa and they had two children. In 1998 he married Linda. Jim is survived by three siblings, three children and two grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Linda. Memorial Services were held Friday, April 8 at the El Camino Memorial Park. Donations may be made in his honor to either the Michigan State University Football team or the Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue at .
 (Source: ASU Foundation)

Julie Ann McNulty  Julie Ann McNulty 30 Mar 2016


Julie Ann McNulty, 57, passed away on March 30, 2016. In 1980, she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Science. After working as a nurse in Boston, Mass., for three years, she moved to Alaska in 1985. For more than 30 years, Julie worked as a nurse in Anchorage, Alaska, most of that time at the Alaska Native Medical Center. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Master Degree in Nursing and Health Care Administration. In 2013, she graduated from Oregon Health and Science University with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Science. She was an Associate Professor Nursing & Health Innovation Research at ASU until she passed away. In addition to her husband, Kirk, and a daughter, she is survived by her mother, a sister, two brothers and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father. A Celebration of Julie's life will be held on June 1, 2016, at 6 p.m., at Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99502. 


Wayne Wesley Luchsinger  Wayne Wesley Luchsinger 28 Mar 2016

Wayne Wesley Luchsinger, 91, died March 28, 2016. He received a Purple Heart during WW II while serving in the Army. After the military, he earned a doctorate in Bio-Chemistry and became a university professor. He taught in the Chemistry Department at  ASU from 1966 until he retired in 1984. He is survived by a sister, a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Sadie in 2007, second wife Geraldine in 2015 and a daughter in 1986. Visitation and viewing will be held at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E Southern Avenue, Tempe, on Monday, April 4th from9am to 10am followed immediately by a Memorial Service from 10am to 11am. A family burial will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make contributions to the charity of your choice.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Ross Figgins  Ross Figgins 26 Mar 2016


Ross Figgins, 80, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona, died on March 26, 2016. Ross earned a bachelor's degree at Valley State College (now CSU-Northridge). He earned one master's degree at Northridge, another master's degree at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a PhD from the University of Southern California. He taught for 30 years at Cal Poly Pomona in English and communication arts, earned promotion to full professor and retired in 1996. Ross's first wife, Jacque Weiss, died in 1982. In 1985 he married Jenny Gilsdorf, who was a tenured professor at ASU. They had a commuter marriage until Jenny found a tenure-track position at Cal State Long Beach in 1989. Ross is survived by his wife, Jenny, two stepsons and a step daughter. No service will be held. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so can make a contribution to a charity of their choosing.
 (Source: ASU Foundation)


William Maurice Gorman, Jr.William Maurice Gorman, Jr.26 Mar 2016

William "Bill" Maurice Gorman, Jr., 76, passed away March 26, 2016. He played baseball at ASU graduating in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He worked as the Ticket Manager for ASU before becoming the General Manager of the Single A Visalia Mets (New York Mets organization) for three seasons. He worked for 31 seasons as GM with the AAA Omaha Royals (Kansas City Royals organization) and four seasons with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants organization). He ended his working career as the sales manager for Boomers, a family amusement park. He was active with the ASU Baseball Alumni group. Bill leaves behind wife, Linda, ex-wife Janet, their two children, three grandchildren and three siblings. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Bill can be made to ASU Baseball scholarships; Sun Devil Club, PO Box 872205, Tempe, AZ 85287 or Mayo Clinic; Dept. of Development; 13400 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85259 Community of Caring Fund of Mayo Clinic in AZ.

J. Russell NelsonJ. Russell Nelson23 Mar 2016

J. Russell Nelson, 86, the 14th president of ASU for whom the Nelson Fine Arts Center is named, died on March 23, 2016. Nelson earned his bachelor's degree in business and economics from Pacific Union College and his master’s in business administration and doctorate in finance from the University of California Los Angeles. From 1961-1970, he served as an associate professor in finance at the University of Minnesota. In 1970, Nelson became vice provost and professor in finance at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his time at the university, he was rapidly promoted — to associate provost, vice president for budgets and planning, vice president of administration, and acting chancellor. He became the chancellor in 1978. Nelson led ASU from 1981 to 1989. He saw ASU through major physical expansions, including the opening of the West campus, the addition of the fine arts center that bears his name, and the construction of Karsten Golf Course. During his tenure, ASU also acquired more than $12 million in scholarship funding and nearly $10 million in endowed faculty positions. In the early 1980s, Nelson played a major role in ASU's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. His focus and dedication helped the Centennial Campaign for ASU raise more than $114 million for the growing university. As part of the fundraising campaign, Nelson created the ASU President’s Club, an organization of donors whose gifts are used for university advancement at the discretion of the president. Joined by a handful of passionate visionaries, he began a tradition of enthusiasm and support that has built momentum through the tenures of three ASU presidents: Nelson, Lattie F. Coor and Michael Crow. Today, the President’s Club roster lists more than 500 members. As the club’s membership has grown, so has its impact, providing funding for hundreds of projects and initiatives. There is a clip of an ASURA Video History interview with Nelson recorded in 2006. Nelson was preceded in death by his wife, Bonita, in 2014. He is survived by three sons, a foster son, two foster daughters and four grandchildren.  No memorial service is planned. The family suggests that those who wish to remember Nelson with a gift may donate to the New American University Scholarship fund on his behalf.
(Source: ASU Now) 

Lola B. DawkinsLola B. Dawkins18 Mar 2016

Lola B. Dawkins, 102, died on March 18, 2016. She attended Texas Christian University, but later received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from University of Texas at Austin. She taught at ASU and then moved back to Texas with her husband, Nathaniel, where she was a professor at Texas Western College, now the University of Texas at El Paso. Lola was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel T. Dawkins, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by four nephews and two nieces. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 805 Montana Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79902 at 1:30 pm. Kindly direct contributions to First Baptist Church: or The University of Texas at El Paso: Lola B. Dawkins Seminary Scholarship Fund or The Lola B. Dawkins Scholarship Fund First Baptist Church of El Paso UTEP Development Office 805 Montana Avenue Kelly Hall, 7th Floor El Paso TX 79902 500 W University El Paso TX 79968.

William Huizingh  William Huizingh 18 Mar 2016

William Huizingh, 97, died March 18, 2016. During World War II he was drafted into the Army Air Corps, and served 27 months in the Mediterranean Theatre war zone as a cryptologist. He earned seven battle stars, the Bronze Star, and a Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster. In 1945 when he left the military, he settled in Denver where he established his own furniture manufacturing business. In 1949 he went to the University of Denver where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and in 1954 completed his Master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. After being asked by the chairman of the Accounting Department to teach a class during the spring quarter and then full time, he decided his heart was in education rather than the manufacturing business, but he knew he needed a PhD. In 1956-57 he took more classes at the University of Denver and finished the coursework in two semesters while working as CEO of his company and teaching 15 hours a week. In 1959 he came to Phoenix on a spring-break vacation and visited the ASU campus and the College of Business. By accident he met Glenn Overman, dean of the College of Business and by the end of the visit, had a job as a faculty member. He returned to Denver, sold his business and moved to Arizona. In 1961 he became the first assistant dean of the College of Business. In 1962-63 he took a leave of absence to complete his oral exams and dissertation for the PhD at the University of Michigan, and then returned to ASU where he served as assistant dean and headed the accounting department until 1969. In 1969-71 he was director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. He served as associate dean from 1970 to 1981. Dr. Huizingh was a full time professor from 1981 until he retired in 1985 as Professor Emeritus of Accountancy. Upon on his retirement, a former student, John B. Mumford, established a $1.2 million endowment to provide scholarships in the name of Dr. Huizingh. Other endowments followed, including the Huizingh Scholarships at the ASU College of Business and the William Huizingh Teaching Award at ASU. Huizingh was certified in Arizona as a CPA; active in the Arizona Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. After retirement, Dr. Huizingh became a philanthropist and community volunteer. At the Desert Botanical Garden he served as board chairman as well as informal advisor to each Garden director since 1987 and served twice as interim director. His name is memorialized in the Garden executive director's title and in the Huizingh Operating Reserve. His first wife, Vera, died in 1977. In 1979 he married Edith who preceded him in death in 2007. He had no children.  A Celebration of Life will be held April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Desert Botanical Garden in Dorrance Hall. Tribute gifts in memory of Dr. Huizingh may be sent to: Desert Botanical Garden, The Saguaro Initiative/Endowment, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008. (Note: A clip of Dr. Huizingh’s ASURA Video History interview may be seen at ASURA Video History Interviews  The website also has information about how to view the entire interview.) 
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Richard MitchellRichard Mitchell16 Mar 2016

Richard Mitchell, 80, died March 16, 2016. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Richard graduated from Western Michigan University in 1960 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1964. He taught quantitative methods at ASU before joining the Geography Department at SUNY/Buffalo in 1966. He retired from SUNY at Buffalo in 1997. He served as Department Chairman and director of graduate studies. He is survived by his wife, Betty, two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and a brother. A Celebration of Life will be held at Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home on April 2 in Sarasota and inurnment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Voices of Hope for Aphasia  ; please mark your donation, "in memory of Dick Mitchell" or Suncoast Aphasia Support Group, Account No. 2563129853, at any Wells Fargo Bank.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Nicholas SalernoNicholas A. Salerno15 Mar 2016

Nicholas A. Salerno, (age not given), died March 15, 2016. He was a stalwart of the ASU English Department for 33 years, where he served as chairman for 10 years before retiring as an emeritus professor in 1991. Nick is well known in the Valley for his many contributions to Arizona arts, literature and film appreciation. He particularly relished creating and hosting Cinema Classics for PBS locally. The program paired classic movies with Nick's own interviews of the stars and technical wizards who made them. The show, which ran for more than a decade, was considered by many to be Saturday night appointment television of the first order. Partnering with Dan Harkins, Nick also launched Critics' Choice at Harkins Camelview Theatre, providing Valley film lovers with early "spread the word" viewings of quality independent and foreign films. His sister predeceased him. He is remembered by many devoted friends and students throughout the world and by numerous cousins in Italy. A memorial service will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 7655 E Main St, Scottsdale on Wednesday, March 23 at 10 AM followed by a procession to graveside services at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N 48th St in Phoenix. Contributions in his name may be made to: Roscoe Animal Retreat, P.O. Box 432, Roscoe, IL 61073. The office phone number for the retreat is (815) 871-0317. (Note: There is a clip of Nick’s ASURA Video History interview and information about how to view the entire interview at ASURA Video History Interviews )
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Sharon Jeannine BolsterSharon Jeannine Bolster11 Mar 2016

Sharon Jeannine Bolster, 77, passed away on March 11, 2016. She taught in elementary and high schools in Wisconsin. In 1981 she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in educational administration. Following that she taught at the University of South Carolina, then ASU and at NAU. She took her knowledge and skills to the Arizona Department of Education, and then went on to consult with various organizations and schools with the company she cofounded, Educational Cyberconnections, Inc. Finally, she developed and cofounded an online graduate school for teachers, now called Acacia University. She created curriculum and traveled internationally to Dubai, Egypt and China. Sharon is survived by her husband, Harlan Bolster, three children, four grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a sister and other relatives. 

 Elaine Moody Elaine Moody 10 Mar 2016

Elaine Moody, 88, passed away on March 10, 2016. Elaine was married to Albert Eugene Harry, from 1947 to 1977. After their divorce Elaine worked at Utah State University where she finished her Associate Degree. Later she earned a Certified Professional Secretary degree. In 1984 she  married Edward Grant Moody, a Professor of Animal Science at ASU from 1951-1984. Elaine is survived by their combined 11 children, 43 grandchildren and 99 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant, and three siblings. Funeral services were held on March 14 in the  Pleasant View First Ward located at 650 E. Stadium Ave., Provo, Utah.
 (Source: ASU Foundation)

Joan Elise LincolnJoan Elise Lincoln7 Mar 2016

Joan Elise Lincoln, 88, passed away on March 7, 2016. She graduated from Scripps College with a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) in 1949. She taught elementary school in Beaumont, Texas until she married David in 1950. They lived in Hicksville, NY, where David worked for the Sperry Gyroscope Company. Later they moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Joan was active writing and presenting speeches for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. The family moved to Arizona in 1965 and settled in Paradise Valley. Joan obtained a Masters of Fine Arts, (Ceramics) from ASU in 1973. She was awarded many substantial ceramic and sculptural commissions, including the fish fountain at Paradise Valley Town Hall. She was a member of the Town Council for 10 years, eventually serving as both Vice Mayor and Mayor of the Town. With husband David, she shared a vision that ethical behavior and interfaith cooperation would solve many of the world's greatest dilemmas. In 1988 they established The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, a research unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Science at ASU. And with others, they created Claremont Lincoln University, an accredited school bringing together students of all faiths to help transform the world around them. Joan is survived by husband David, four children, six grandchildren and twelve nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service celebrating her life on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM, with a reception to follow, at Paradise Valley Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253. The family suggests a gift in her honor be made to one of the following charities: Joan R. Lincoln Ceramics Fund, Chautauqua Foundation, P. O. Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722; Scripps College, Attn: David Carpenter, Joan and David Lincoln Ceramics Building, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-3905; Joan R. Lincoln Endowed Professorship in Ceramics at ASU, c/o Kristin Irwin, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280.

Barbara PhelanBarbara G. Phelan29 Feb 2016

Barbara G. Phelan, 85, passed away February 29, 2016. Barbara moved to Arizona in the late 1940’s. She worked as receptionist at Associated Students of ASU from 1967 until she retired in 1992. Barbara is survived by a brother and a niece. A small life celebration will be held at The University Club, on ASU Campus, Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 1-3 pm. Donations in Barbara's memory can be made to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control c/o Donations, 2500 S 27th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009 or (602) 506-7387 and Hospice of the Valley.

 Willis John Buckingham Willis John Buckingham 28 Feb 2016

Willis John Buckingham, 77, passed away February 28, 2016.  Will was a professor of American literature in the English Department of ASU from 1969 to 2000.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, studied at Union Seminary in NYC, obtained a master’s degree in English at University of Wisconsin Madison, and completed his PhD in English at University of Indiana Bloomington.  His scholarly interests include 19th century American poetry, and his publications include an annotated bibliography of Emily Dickinson as well as a documentary history of her reception in the 1890s.  Beloved by his colleagues and students, Will was the gentlest and most sensitive of scholars.  He was a curious traveler, a historian, and an epicurean, with a joyous way of savoring life’s every detail.  He was also an avid member of the Great Books discussion group of Tempe.  He brought altruism and benevolence to all those he encountered in life.  His sister, Jane Pfeifer, his daughter, Jocelyn Unger, his son, David Buckingham and his former wife and lifelong friend, Debra Buckingham, survive him.  A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the University Club at ASU, 425 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281.  Donations in his honor can be made to the ASU Foundation Willis Buckingham Memorial Fund at Proceeds will support the Hayden Library and English Department at ASU. 
(Source: Jocelyn Unger and David Buckingham)

Lionel KlikoffLionel Klikoff26 Feb 2016

Lionel Klikoff, PhD, 78, passed away on February 26, 2016. He received his BA from UCLA, a Masters from WSU and his Doctorate at Duke University. He taught at ASU, the Ohio State University, University of Utah, and Alleghany College where he was the Head of the Biology Department. After Academic life he was employed in the State Departments of Ecology at Arizona, Oregon and Washington and lastly in the Department of Natural Resources in Washington. Lionel is survived by his wife, Claudia, two daughters, a niece and a nephew. He is predeceased by two brothers. A remembrance memorial and potluck will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at the Toledo Senior Center, 150 Coal St. Winlock, WA 98591. In lieu of flowers, donations to environmental or wildlife protection organizations would honor him.
 (Source: ASU Foundation)

James TaszarekJames F. Taszarek25 Feb 2016

James F. Taszarek "Taz" (age not noted) passed away February 25, 2016. Taz was best known in the broadcasting industry, having managed radio stations in Phoenix, St. Louis and Cincinnati. He was Vice President and General Manager of KTAR and K-Lite for 10 years, and was deeply involved in many civic and charitable committees. He was a founding board member of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. He was on the boards of Phoenix Suns Charities, Salvation Army, Fiesta Bowl (Parade Chairman), National Speakers Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by a brother. Taz is survived by his wife, Sharon (Terbrock), three children and eight grandchildren and a sister. A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 2, and a mass at 10:30 a.m. on March 3. Both will take place at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Donations in Taz's honor can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Franciscan Renewal Center.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Elizabeth GriesmanElizabeth Marie Griesman18 Feb 2016

Elizabeth Marie Griesman, 87, passed away on February 18, 2016. She and her husband, Ed, moved to Sun City, Arizona in 1989. She retired in 2002 as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Education at ASU West. She was President of Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institutes of America for six years and was a former member of the Valley West Chapter of International Administrative Associate Professionals. An Egyptology enthusiast, she wrote and published several articles in the AESA newsletters, Portland, Oregon, reviewing Egyptian books for children. An article she wrote on Egyptologist Mary Chubb was published in "Ancient Egypt Magazine" in London and her article on Sarah Belzoni was printed in an Australian newsletter. Liz conducted classes at Rio Salado College on ancient Egyptian women, the Pyramids and the Sphinx. She also taught various classes on Egypt in the ASU/Osher Lifelong Learning program in Sun City, Sun City Grand and the Sun City Lifelong Learning program. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and a brother. Services will be held on February 26, 2016 at Stonebriar Funeral Home in Frisco, TX. Elizabeth will be laid to rest at Sunland Memorial Park in Phoenix, AZ at a private service. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Col. Russell C. Roberts, Jr.Col. Russell C. Roberts, Jr.18 Feb 2016

Col. Russell “Bud" C. Roberts, Jr. (USAF Ret.), 87, passed away on February 18, 2016. He earned a Bachelors Degree in History from Florida State University and Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University. He graduated from USAF Squadron Officer School & Air Command and Staff School. During his 26 year career in the AF, Bud earned numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters. Bud was a Vietnam Veteran who flew over 350 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller with Special Forces. Bud also led ROTC at ASU. He was predeceased by his wife, Deborah, and a sister. He is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A celebration of Bud's life will be Saturday, March 19, 2016 with Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, with reception immediately following at Ahwatukee Country Club at 1:30 p.m. The family requests charitable donations be made in honor of Bud Roberts to: Chandler Regional Medical Center ICU, or online at Checks to Dignity Health Foundation East Valley c/o Bud Roberts 1727 West Frye Road #230 Chandler, AZ 85224.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Gary C. AndersGarry C. Anders17 Feb 2016

Gary C. Anders, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, 65, died on February 17, 2016. He earned his doctorate degree in economics from University of Notre Dame. He taught at George Mason University, the University of Alaska, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and ASU. He also was a Fulbright Scholar and Kellogg Foundation Fellow. Through these programs, he taught at schools in Mexico, Japan, England, and Morocco. Gary's interest in international studies translated to his 22 years of teaching at ASU West where he organized trips for students to travel abroad and to learn from businesses in other cultures. Gary is survived by his wife, Kathy, a son, a daughter, and a grandson. A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, March 18, 2016 at St. Paul's Catholic Church (chapel), 330 W. Coral Gables, Phoenix, 85023. If you wish to honor Gary's legacy as an educator, gifts can be made online at (please designate the gift to the Gary C. Anders Scholarship Fund - Acct: 30006999) or send a check payable to the ASU Foundation to: ASU Foundation, c/o Kristin Irwin, PO Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

 Herbert Willard Fawcett Herbert Willard Fawcett 13 Feb 2016


Herbert Willard Fawcett, 82, died on February 13, 2016. After high school graduation in 1951 he joined the Navy music program and was Honorably Discharged in 1955. Later that year he entered the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a student of Sol Schoenbach, principal bassoon in the Philadelphia Orchestra, who became his long-time mentor. During his senior year at Curtis, he played bassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Later  in the year, he toured as principal bassoon with the Boston Pops Orchestra. After graduating from Curtis, he and his wife, Patricia Kirk, a flutist, played together in several notable orchestras – The Houston Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, the Santa Fe Opera and the Phoenix Symphony. Though his love of music never waned, he decided he could better support a family as a dentist. While playing with the Phoenix Symphony Herb attended three years of pre-dental school at ASU in Tempe.  At ASU he also served on the music faculty as an instructor in bassoon and played in the faculty woodwind quintet.  He then attended the UCSF dental school program as a Regent's Scholar from 1964 to 1967.  He completed dental school at UCSF and established a dental practice in Concord, CA. Herb and Pat divorced in 1975. He married Malgorzata (Gosia) Opalska in 1984. After retiring from dentistry in 2003, Herb continued to play in community orchestras, teach young students, and make bassoon reeds for world-class players. Herb is survived by his wife, Gosia Fawcett, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, a step-daughter and her two children. To honor Herb, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA in his name at  
(Source: Arizona Republic) 


Lorna Jeanne GieschenLorna Jeanne Gieschen12 Feb 2016

Lorna Jeanne Gieschen passed away on February 12, 2016. She and her husband, Don, lived in several locations while Don pursued his PhD in philosophy. They eventually came to Tempe, AZ where Don taught Philosophy. He retired from ASU as Emeritus Professor in 1989. Don was president of ASURA 1996-1997. Jeanne and Don relocated to Loveland, Colorado in 2014. Jeanne was predeceased by a brother. She is survived by husband Donald W. Gieschen, four children, 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Rudolph M. SuselRudolph M. Susel12 Feb 2016

Rudolph M. Susel, 75, passed away on February 12, 2016. He graduated from Heidelberg University in 1962. He received his MA in 1965 and PhD in 1972 (both in History) from Indiana University. From 1967 to 1969 he was a research associate at the University of Minnesota working in the then newly established/Immigrant archives collection, focusing on Slovenian Americans. From 1970 to 1976 he was an Assistant Professor in History at ASU. In 1978 he returned to Euclid, Ohio and in 1979 became the Slovenian Language Editor of the American Home Newspaper. He served in that capacity until the publication's cessation in 2008. From 1981-2013 he served as Slovenian Language Editor of Our Voice, the official publication of the American Mutual Life Association (AMLA), a Slovenian American Fraternal Insurance Company. From 1994 to 2013 he was a member of AMLA's Board of Directors. He is survived by two first cousins. Interment will be at Highland Park Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Those who wish may contribute in Rudy's memory to the Slovene Home for the Aged, 18621 Neff Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44119. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Leah Annette Argue30 Jan 2016

Leah Annette Argue, 78, passed away January 30, 2016. She received her nursing degree from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette, Indiana, where she met her future husband, Gary Argue, who was completing his PhD in electrochemistry at Purdue University. They moved to Dallas, Texas where they both started their professional careers. Their careers took them to Los Angeles, Boston, New York and finally to Scottsdale in 1980 where Ann continued as a surgical nurse and Gary was the Vice President of Research at ASU until his retirement. Leah was preceded in death by a brother and by her husband, Gary, in 2012. (Gary's obituary is on the ASURA 2012 obituaries web page.) Survivors include two sons, four grandchildren and a brother. A private ceremony will be held in Indiana at a later date. Donations in Ann's name can be made to the Hospice of the Valley. Friends may sign an electronic guest book

 Henry B. Sargent, Jr.28 Jan 2016

Henry B. Sargent, Jr., 81, died on January 28, 2016. He attended Stanford University and the University of Arizona, where he earned a BA (cum laude) in economics. In 1957 he earned his MS in economics and finance from Columbia University in New York. Sargent spent his career at Arizona Public Service, and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. When he retired in 1995, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle West, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of both Pinnacle West and APS. He was devoted to promoting the arts community in Phoenix. He served as president of the Phoenix Symphony in the 1970s. He served as chairman of the alumni association of the University of Arizona's College of Business. He and his wife established the Claire and Henry Sargent Graduate Fellowship in Theatre in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Sargent is survived by his wife, Claire King Sargent, three children and a brother. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on February 4, at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Phoenix. Charitable donations may be directed to Central Arizona Shelter Services.
(Source: Arizona Republic)

Catherine Carufel
Catherine Mildred Carufel26 Jan 2016

Catherine Mildred "Caye" Carufel, 90, passed away on January 26, 2016. During the late 1960's Catherine worked for ASU in the Education Department and Athletic Department. She is predeceased by three brothers. She is survived by her husband, Louis, five children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother. A Memorial Mass for family will be held on March12at the Marianist Community in Cupertino CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Douglas C. SheppardDouglas C. Sheppard25 Jan 2016

Douglas C. Sheppard, 93, passed away on January 25, 2016. He served in World War II and was discharged in 1947 as a first lieutenant. He received his Bachelors degree in 1948 from the University of Montana. Sheppard continued his studies in Spanish and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, earning his PhD in 1956. He earned a post-doctoral fellowship to continue his studies in Spain. Dr. Sheppard was Chair of the Departments of Foreign Languages at the University of Montana and at ASU, retiring from ASU in 1986. He also served on the faculties of University of Connecticut, University of New York at Buffalo, and West Virginia University. He is survived by his wife, MaryBelle Sheppard, two children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 6th, at The Church of the Master Presbyterian Church, 6659 E. University, in Mesa at 9:30 am.

Charles Ashley SaffellCharles Ashley Saffell23 Jan 2016

Charles Ashley Saffell, M.D., (age not stated), passed away on January 23, 2016.  He was a retired Family Practice Physician. His Bachelor of Science degree is from Memphis State University, and he received his Doctor of Medicine, (M.D.) in 1962 from the University of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis. After graduating from medical school, Dr Saffell served as a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force before opening his practice in Lakeland, Florida. After a move to Oakridge, Oregon, he came to Mesa in 1975 where he continued his practice for 28 of his 41 years as a physician. Dr. Saffell is survived by his wife, Marion, a daughter, a son and two grandchildren. Dr. Saffell’s son, Charles A. (Chuck) Saffell, ll, is employed at ASU in University Business Services, Materials Management. Chuck’s wife, Dr Erinanne Saffell, PhD, teaches Physical Geography & Meteorology at Mesa Community College and at ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 30, at the Southeastern Regional Library meeting hall, 775 N. Greenfield, Gilbert (SE corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe). Dr. Saffell's close friend Carl Matthusen, former Director of KJZZ radio station, will emcee. Donations may be made to , or St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, or to Hospice of the Valley, or any other nonprofit of your choice.
(Source: ASU Foundation)

Marilyn Susan VellutatoMarilyn Susan Vellutato22 Jan 2016

Marilyn Susan Vellutato, 76, passed away on January 22, 2016. She graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Art in Communications and had a career with ASU West Campus in administration. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Julius, four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation and Funeral Mass was at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Glendale Arizona on Friday, January 29th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.        (Source: ASU Foundation)

Laura DevanyLaura Devany21 Jan 2016

Laura Devany, 45, died on January 21, 2016. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Penn State University followed by a Master's Degree in Mass Communication from ASU. Laura served in public relations positions at several places, including the Maricopa County Environmental Service Department, the Phoenix City Council, the Alliance for School Choice, the Arizona Majority in the State Senate, First Things First, and ASU. She had just begun a job at Touchstone Behavioral Health as Marketing and Communications Specialist. Laura is survived by her parents, a brother and three nephews. A Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm with a Memorial Service following at7:00 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.

John Gaylord ColtonJohn Gaylord Colton19 Jan 2016

John Gaylord Colton, 88, passed away on January 19, 2016. He enlisted in the Army as weatherman in 1944. He graduated from Stanford University with an Industrial Engineering degree. After working for Owens Corning in Indiana John moved his family to Arizona and started Colton Building Systems in 1970. He served on numerous boards; the most notable being past president of the Arizona Associated Builders and Contractors, member of ASU Del E Webb advisory board, member and past board member of Arizona Country Club, Rotary 100 and a former Scoutmaster. His ASU support extended to annual scholarships for students of ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction. He is survived by his wife, Joan, three children, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two siblings. Services will be held at 1:00 PM on January 30, 2016 at Saint Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale AZ. Donations may be made to the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Robert Otto MeitzRobert Otto Meitz19 Jan 2016Robert Otto Meitz, PhD, Lt. Col. USAF (retired), 81, passed away January 19, 2016. Bob studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona, earning his BS in 1956. After a brief stint with General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania, he was called to active duty in the Air Force. He served in the Air Force; working in engineering, testing, research and development, teaching, and contractor liaison, from 1956 until 1976, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. While serving, he studied for a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and a Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering from U of A. After the Air Force, Bob worked for Unidynamics for 10 years, then returned to teaching with a short stint at Oregon Institute of Technology. He then was an Instructor in Engineering at ASU at the Tempe campus, and later the ASU Polytechnic campus until shortly before his death. Two daughters predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, June, one daughter and four grandchildren. Services will be at: A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W Bethany Home Road in Phoenix on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, Visitation at 6:00 pm, service at 7:00 pm. Inurnment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, date yet to be determined. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Frances Quist BallFrances Quist Ball18 Jan 2016Frances Quist Ball, 99, passed away on January 18, 2016. She worked as a secretary at ASU for more than ten years. She is survived by three grandchildren, ten great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, a son and siblings. There will be a visitation in Mesa on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way. There will be an additional visitation in Salt Lake City on Saturday, January 23, at 1 pm at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive.
Gerald FarinGerald Farin14 Jan 2016Gerald Farin, 62, died January 14, 2016. A professor of Computer Science and geometric modeling researcher, he had been known internationally as an intellectual leader in his field for more than three decades. Gerald received his degrees in Mathematics from the University of Braunschweig, Germany; his B.A. in 1974 and M.A. in 1977. He came to the United States in 1979 at the University of Utah, and received his Ph.D. at the University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1980 (summa cum laude). He worked at Mercedes-Benz in Germany for five years, and then returned to Utah as faculty. Gerald joined the faculty at ASU in 1987. His research and education work in Computer Aided Geometric Design is internationally renowned. He was highly influential in developing the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering top-ranking Computer Science program. He guided the Computer Science graduate program and served as the Graduate Program Chair. He was a founder and served as co-director of the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM) lab to bring computer science techniques to the benefit of other disciplines. PRISM’s research has considerably impacted ASU’s Decision Theatre. Gerald also lent his expertise around the world in numerous textbooks, journals and speaking engagements. His contributions to the field will continue to influence students and faculty for years to come. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Hansford, a brother and a sister. There will be a celebration of his life at a memorial at the ASU University Club on Friday, January 29, from 4-6 p.m.  A scholarship at ASU in his name will be announced at this event. (Source: Monique Clement and  Dianne Hansford)
Patricia MaasPatricia Ann Maas13 Jan 2016Patricia Ann Maas, 82, passed away on January 13, 2016. She moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1968 and worked at ASU in the department of Family and Human Development. Patricia is survived by three sisters, three sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held January 18, 2016 from 3 - 5 pm(Rosary begins at 5pm) at the Queen of Heaven Mortuary, 1562 East Baseline Road Mesa, AZ 85204. Funeral Services will be the following day, January 19, 2016 at 12:00 at Queen of Heaven Mortuary. Open House will be Tuesday, January, 2016 at the family home: 3361 E Lexington Ct. Gilbert, AZ 85295 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AVIANT Hospice, 2919 S. Ellsworth Rd. Suite 129, Mesa, AZ 85212. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Michael Edward ShelorMichael Edward Shelor12 Jan 2016Michael Edward Shelor, 71, passed away January 12, 2016. He was a veteran of the US Army (Corps of Engineers) completing OCS after graduating from Kansas State University. He settled in Phoenix in 1971 and established his firm, Michael Shelor Architects, in 1976. Michael received multiple awards for his work in both residential and commercial design and also served as a Director with the AIA on numerous Design Review Boards, including ASU and the City of Phoenix and other professional and community endeavors. He is survived by his four children, a granddaughter, a brother, nephew and niece and former spouses, Sharon White, of Phoenix, and Sheila Benson, of Atlanta, GA. He was preceded in death by two brothers. A Memorial Service will be held at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:30am. A donation in his name may be made to: UMOM New Day Centers, W.I.N. Campaign, David Hepburn, Chief Housing Officer, UMOM New Day Centers, 3333 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Juanita Rosita GreeneJaunita Rosita Greene10 Jan 2016Juanita Rosita Greene, 69, passed away on January 10, 2016. Juanita interpreted for the deaf at ASU. While interpreting in art class, she learned for the first time she had a talent for drawing. Later she became a licensed professional in financial services, joining Primerica Financial Services in 1989. In partnership with her daughter, Jeri Hernandez, she opened up a Primerica office. She was preceded in death by a brother. She is survived by her husband, Coburn Greene, two uncles, three daughters, seven grandchildren, a step grandson, four sisters and other relatives. Services were held on January 15, 2016.
(Source: Arizona Republic)
 Jo Ann Glotfelty Pedrick6 Jan 2016Jo Ann Glotfelty Pedrick, 89, passed away on January 6, 2016. Her husband, Prof. Willard H. Pedrick (Ped), founding dean of the ASU College of Law in 1967, preceded her in death in 1996. Although she was educated as a psychiatric social worker, Dr. Pedrick was involved in many areas of practice throughout her career. She taught social work at six schools including Boston Univ., Simmons College, Rutgers, ASU and two universities in Perth, Australia where she and her husband spent several sabbaticals "down under". There will be graveside services only for family members in Jefferson County, Iowa where both she and her husband were born. Visit for condolences. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Lucy Elena Watkins WeaverLucy Elena Watkins Weaver6 Jan 2016Lucy Elena Watkins Weaver, 76, passed away January 6, 2016. Lucy (Sammee) worked in clerical positions at ASU, including administrative assistant to the Assistant Registrar. Sammee is survived by her husband, Robert, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren and a sister. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church, 7201 W. Beardsley Rd., Glendale, AZ 85308 on January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Arizona Cancer Research Center. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Kumen Hurst JonesKumen Hurst Jones3 Jan 2016Kumen Hurst Jones, 69, died January 3, 2016. He studied at Brigham Young University. After serving in the United States Army he moved to Idaho to finish his MBA. Later he and the family moved to Mesa, Arizona where he tried his hand at several things, but finally found his home at ASU where he taught until they returned to Utah. There he built a second career with The Ascent Companies. Kumen is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Jones, six children, 21 grandchildren, four siblings plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister. A viewing will be held Friday January 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Lone Pine Ward Chapel (989 South 2550 East, Spanish Fork, UT 84660). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 9 at 11 a.m. at the same location. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Jean Marie SchmidtJean Marie Schmidt3 Jan 2016Jean Marie Schmidt, 77, died on January 3. 2016. Jean attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, earning degrees in Bacteriology, B.A. 1959, M.S. 1961, and a Ph.D. in Bacteriology, University of California, Berkeley, 1965. Jean was a professor of microbiology at ASU from 1966-2005. During those years she was Assistant Professor of Microbiology, 1971-79; Professor of Microbiology, 1979-2005; Acting Chair, Dept. of Microbiology, 1988-89; Associate Chair, Dept. of Microbiology, 1991; Associate Director for Cancer Biology, Cancer Research Institute, 1984 to 2005. She was a member of several honor societies and held professional fellowships. Jean is survived by an uncle and numerous first cousins. Services were held on May 27 at St. John's Bennington Lutheran Church, in rural Waterloo IA. A private inurnment was held later at the Old German Burial Grounds of Bennington Township. Memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 to support the Schmidt Family Cancer Research Fund. On the memo line please note in memory of Jean Schmidt.
Thomas FayThomas F. Fay1 Jan 2016Thomas F. Fay, 75, passed away on January 1, 2016. His education included an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam, followed by military service with the Army for the US Military Academy Band at West Point, after which he earned a graduate degree from Yale University School of Music. Tom’s professional career began with the Pittsburgh Symphony where he played second oboe for 17 years, eventually moving into management with the Houston Symphony. He then made a transition into fundraising, first in Milwaukee and later at ASU where he was Senior Development Officer at Herberger College of Fine Arts. When he moved to Omaha, he worked briefly for the College of St. Mary until illness necessitated his retirement. His service will be at 3 p.m. on January 10, 2016, at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Joan H. Squires, three children, four grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Omaha Performing Arts; University of Nebraska Foundation—Neuroscience Alliance (Lewy Body research); or the Tom Fay-Joan Squires Craft Endowment at ASU. (Source: ASU Foundation)