Obituaries - 2018

These obituaries are for people who died during 2018. They are listed in reverse chronological order. All of our obituaries have been collected by ASURA volunteers, primarily from the Arizona Republic. They have been edited for use in ASURA publications.
 

PhotoNameDateObituary
Ronald Reed McCook, Sr.Ronald Reed McCook, Sr.9 Apr 2018
Ronald Reed McCook Sr., 73, passed away April 9, 2018.  Ron was employed by Parker Boiler Co. in California where he learned all about the boilermaker business. A few years later, he moved back to Tempe where he joined McCook Boiler Co., the family business that was started by his grandfather.  He became co-owner of McCook Boiler Co. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he served as a Bishop of a young single adult congregation at ASU for several years. Ron is survived by his wife, Shayne, six children, 27 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on April 21, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Tempe South Stake Center, 1111 E. Knox Rd, Tempe, Arizona 85284, at 12:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Following funeral services, interment will be held at Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St, Mesa, Arizona 85201. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to support the * Ann Romney Center MS Research Fund * at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Memorial gifts can be made online at Brigham and Women's Hospital or checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women's Hospital with "in memory of Ronald Reed McCook Sr." in the memo line and sent to: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Shirley Mae TathwellShirley Mae Tathwell7 Apr 2018
Shirley Mae Tathwell, 92, passed away April 7, 2018. She completed her Bachelor's degree in nursing; then her Masters Degree in Nursing at The University of Iowa, and then Doctorate in Nursing at Northern University of Illinois. She went on to teach nursing at ASU and worked as a nurse at Maricopa County Jail. Shirley leaves behind a sister-in-law, two step brothers, five nieces, seven nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Theodore Tathwell, a brother , nephew, niece and step brother. Visitation Service was held on April 13, 2018 at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, Arizona. Committal Service followed at Resthaven Park Cemetery 6450 W. Northern Ave. Glendale, Arizona.
 Pat Blankenship Wellons7 Apr 2018
Pat Blankenship Wellons, 81, passed away April 7, 2018. Pat graduated from Union University, a Baptist school in Jackson TN, with a BA in Religion in 1958. She then attended University of Tennessee School of Social Work and earned her BSW in 1959 and Tulane University School of Social Work in New Orleans where she earned her MSW in 1961. Pat and husband, Kennard, moved to Sonoma County California where she worked for the California mental health and child welfare system with juvenile, runaway and troubled teenage girls. In 1967, they moved to Tempe Arizona where Kennard was an assistant professor of Social Work at ASU. In 1969 they moved back to the San Francisco Bay area to Berkeley California where Kennard was a Doctoral Student in Social Work at University of California – Berkeley. Pat worked for the Alemeda County school system as a school social worker with teenage girls and troubled adolescent youth. In 1973, upon graduation, Dr. Kennard W. Wellons took a job at the University of Kentucky, School of Social Work as an associate professor and assistant director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging in Lexington Kentucky. In 1973, Pat started working for Bluegrass East Mental Health Retardation in the Comprehensive Care Center in Lexington as a counselor for adolescents. She earned her LCSW licensure in 1975. She entered private practice in 1977 and later opened her own practice private practice. In 1980-81 she was voted President of the Kentucky Clinical Social Workers Association where she and a colleague spearheaded the passage of legislation in Frankfort to create the Social Work Licensure Board and allow licensed social workers to have direct access to treat patients. As a result, she received the Kentucky Outstanding Licensed Clinical Social Worker of the year in 1981. In 1981-82 she was elected President of the National Clinical Social Workers Association and honored as 1982 National Clinical Social Worker of the year. She was also a board member of the National Registry of Health Care Providers in Clinical Social Work and Treasurer of the Federation of Societies for Clinical Social Work. For 41 years Pat was an independent private clinician in adolescent & adult individual and group therapy, a supervisor for University of Kentucky MSW students and LCSW licensure candidates, a mental health consultant to numerous local churches and city, county state and federal courts and judges, a nationally recognized speaker, a mental health trial expert and a mentor to hundreds of social workers in the field, particularly women. In 2016, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Kentucky Clinical Social Workers Association. Pat was preceded in death by six siblings. She is survived by a son, a grandson, over 50 nieces, nephews and their children. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Pat B. and Dr. Kennard Wellons scholarship fund at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work for first generation MSW students. Dr. Kennard Wellons was a long-time full professor of Social Work at UK and Pat Wellons was a mentor and supervisor to hundreds of UK MSW students in clinical placements and licensing. Memorial service was held April 14, 2018 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Richard William CoyneRichard William Coyne5 Apr 2018
Richard William Coyne, 73, passed away on April 5, 2018. Richard graduated with honors from the University of Illinois-Urbana, where he received his B.S. in chemical engineering. He later served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching mathematics and general science at a Teacher Training College in Ghana. Upon his return to the States, he taught high school math in the Windy City, spent 20 years of marketing and sales career at AG Communications and then joined the faculty at ASU in 2002, where he taught undergraduate coursework in calculus, finite mathematics, and math for business analysis. He retired from ASU in 2015. Richard is survived by two sons, two brothers and three sisters. He is preceded in death by his wife Ellouise Coyne (nee Murphy). A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5-8:00 pm with a rosary beginning at 7:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria AZ 85381. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 10:00 am at St Thomas More Catholic Church, 6180 W Utopia Rd, Glendale AZ 85308. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Richard's name to the Sickle Cell Society . Further services and interment will be held in Chicago at a later date.
Alberta KallausAlberta Kallaus3 Apr 2018Alberta "Berta" Kallaus, 87, died April 3, 2018. Berta attended Marycrest College in Davenport, IA, but was greatly attracted to nursing as a member of a medical family and entered Mercy Hospital's nursing program in Iowa City where she completed her Registered Nursing program in 1951. After graduation she was employed by Mercy Hospital as a nurse in the operating room for 20 years and later as a nurse in an allergy doctor’s office. In 1953 Berta married Norman Kallaus who was a member of the University of Iowa's business faculty. Later they moved to Tempe, AZ where Norm joined the ASU faculty. Next, they moved to the NY area where Norm joined the McGraw-Hill editorial staff. Their move back home to Iowa City and family was their last major move. Berta is survived by her husband, Norm, three daughters, three grandchildren, a nephew and niece. She was preceded in death by a brother and sister. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 9 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial followed in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Iowa City. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Iowa City Hospice or the Oaknoll Music Therapy Program. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Edward Schlar30 Mar 2018Edward Schlar, 81, passed away on March 30, 2018. Eddie graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and, after serving with distinction as a Captain in the US Army, he went on to a long career with the City of Phoenix. He also taught business at ASU and Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He is survived by his wife, Avis, three children and five grandchildren. The funeral service will be Sunday, April 8, 12:30 pm at Sinai Mortuary, 4538 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016 followed by interment at Beth El Cemetery. Visitation will follow the interment at the Kessler home. For details, please call Sinai Mortuary at 602-248-0030. Donations in Eddie's memory may be directed to Camp Ramah in California, 17525 Ventura Blvd, Suite 201, Encino, CA, 91316. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Jacqulene AndersonJacqulene Anderson25 Mar 2018
Jacqulene "Jackie" Anderson , 80, passed away on March 25, 2018. Jackie and her family moved to Arizona in 1958. She worked in the Archeology Department lab at ASU. Jackie is survived by her husband, Clarence “Wayne”, two children, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a sister. Jackie specifically requested that there not be a funeral service. In respect of her wishes, family and close friends will hold a private dinner in remembrance of Jackie. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Marilyn Ricci-BorskiMarilyn Ricci-Borski10 Mar 2018
Marilyn Ricci-Borski, 81, passed away on March 10, 2018. Marilyn lived in Arizona for the majority of her life starting her career in the medical profession. She spent 30+ years as a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse (CNS) working with St. Joseph's Hospital and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She was named faculty at Grand Canyon University, ASU, Northern Arizona University, University of North Dakota, and Texas Women's University helping foster in the next generation of Neuroscience Nurses. She founded the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses (certifying organization) and was the President for the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certificates. Later in her career Marilyn was able to venture out and make an impact in the Myasthenia Gravis community organizing events, publishing work, traveling, giving presentations, serving on the Arizona Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, and serving as the Nurse Advisor and co-Vice President. Memorial donations in memory of Marilyn can be made to the Arizona Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. She is survived by her husband, Stephane Borski, a daughter, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Joe WoodsJoe Woods9 Mar 2018
Joe Woods passed away on March 9, 2018. He worked as a carpenter's apprentice in downtown Phoenix and over the years proceeded to every job on the construction site and in the office. He had a career with Kitchell Contractors and then joined with Sam Kitchell and Peter Bidstrup to start Doubletree Inns. After ten years with Doubletree, he started his own construction company, Joe E. Woods, Inc. His buildings include hospitals, office high-rises, hotels, and a remodel of the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Joe was Mesa Man of the Year and named by the Mesa Tribune as the most influential person in the city in 1986. He served on the board of directors of the Mesa United Way, Valley of the Sun United Way, Mesa Rotary, Sunshine Acres, MARC School, Samaritan Health Hospital, Mesa Salvation Army, ASU East, and Mesa Country Club. He was a generous supporter and benefactor of the Phoenix Children's Museum, the East Valley Boys and Girls Clubs, and PreHab/New Leaf. He was a member of the original Rio Salado Advisory Board and was a 2005 ASU Alumnus of the Year recipient. Joe served his country in Korea. He is survived by his wife, Nina, a son, five grandchildren and two sisters. Services will be at First Presbyterian Church in Mesa at noon on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Bernardo L. BustamanteBernardo "Benny" L. Bustamante7 Mar 2018Bernardo "Benny" L. Bustamante, 83, passed away on March 7, 2018. Benny was employed by Phelps Dodge Corporation in various capacities as a copper miner for over 30 years before retiring in 1985. He was then employed by ASU Residence Hall Services for over 10 years, as well as by American Bicycle Association for 18 years. Benny is survived by his wife Mary, four children, 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nine siblings, and many other extended family. He is predeceased by a brother. Family & friends are invited to his Celebration of Life service on Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa, AZ. Graveside services will be held at the Ajo Cemetery on April 28, at 11:30 a.m. in Benny's home town of Ajo, Arizona. Memorial donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the National Kidney Foundation. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Donald E. ClineDonald E. Cline3 Mar 2018Donald E. Cline, 91, passed away on March 3, 2018. Don served in the United States Army in Germany during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1950 he joined Mountain Bell in Colorado where he held management positions in sales, public relations, advertising, and operations. In 1973, Don moved to Arizona as Mountain Bell's Assistant Vice President for External Affairs, serving in that position until 1982 when he was named Arizona Vice President and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 1987. In 1990 he accepted a gubernatorial appointment from Rose Mofford as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. His most recent position was as a founder and Chairman of the Board of Republic BankAZ. Don served on the Governor's Commission on Reform of the Welfare System in Arizona, was a member of the Commission on Cost Efficiency in State Government (Mini-Grace), and led the Arizona Chamber of Commerce as chairman. He also was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Standard Register/PING LPGA tournament, president of the Boys Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, and served as the general chairman of the 1988 Citizens Bond Committee. Other memberships included ASU Council of 100, Phoenix 40, life membership in the Fiesta Bowl Committee, and President of the Board of Governors of Moon Valley Country Club. He was designated 1986 Man of the Year by the Phoenix Advertising Club for outstanding service to the community. Don is survived by a sister, a daughter, a son, eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances. Visitation is open to all at 5-8pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix. Interment with Military Honors will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 10am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix. A Memorial Service will be held at 1pm on March 14 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. 7th Street, Phoenix. A reception for family and friends will follow the Service at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to a memorial fund in memory of Donald E. Cline, which annually benefits several Phoenix Valley charitable organizations. Please make checks payable to InFaith Community Foundation and send to 625 4th Ave. S., Ste. 1500, Minneapolis MN 55415, with "The Donald E. Cline Fund" written in the note portion of the check. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Edgar Lawrence KorrickEdgar Lawrence Korrick3 Mar 2018Edgar (Ed) Lawrence Korrick, 92, passed away on March 3, 2018. Ed graduated from Stanford University in 1948 with a B.A. in Economics having interrupted his studies from 1943-1946 to serve in the U.S. Air Force . He began his career working in the family-owned department store, Korrick's, and then moved on to become a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley until his retirement at age 72. He served ten years as a Phoenix city councilman and Vice-Mayor. As an appointee to the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board from 1987-1994, he participated in the construction of Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor. It was an enormous source of pride to him, as was the Native American art chosen to showcase Arizona's cultural heritage. Ed's abiding interest in public education and his devotion to ASU resulted in he and his wife establishing a professorship endowment for ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. He is survived by his wife, Helen, three daughters and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 9 at Sinai Mortuary, 4538 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016. Interment followed at Beth Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to your favorite charity. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Evelyn Regina KrosnickEvelyn Regina Krosnick3 Mar 2018Evelyn Regina Krosnick, 94, passed away on March 3, 2018. She graduated from Temple University where she majored in voice and studied privately with Marion Freschl, of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, and Martin Rich of the Metropolitan Opera. In Philadelphia her husband, Arthur, began medical school and Evelyn taught music, first in the Philadelphia public schools, and later in Lower Makefield Township. She was a pioneer in utilizing radio and the then-new medium of television in the musical education of young people. Evelyn served as personnel manager for the Mercer County Symphonic Orchestra then as General Manager and later as Executive Director as the orchestra took up residence in the Lawrenceville School and became the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. She remained active with the GPYO until 2007 when she and Arthur moved to Scottsdale. Arthur's career in medicine as a diabetologist expanded as he became one of the world leaders in the treatment of this malady. In the 1960's, Evelyn and Arthur became friends with George Nakashima, the dean of the American Crafts Movement, and over the next thirty years as patrons and collaborators inspired George to develop his singular vision. The collection they built is now housed in museums around the world. In 2005, Arthur and Evelyn moved to Arizona where their lives continued to be filled with music and art. They were patrons of the Heard Museum and ASU as well as encouraging many musicians, including the string quartet, Tetris. Evelyn recently completed her autobiography, "A Beautiful Life Lived in Harmony," a testament to the world she built with her husband, Arthur. Arthur preceded her in death in 2012. Evelyn is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Greater Princton Youth Orchestra or the American Diabetes Association. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Richard West JacobsRichard West Jacobs1 Mar 2018Richard West Jacobs, 77, passed away on March 1, 2018. Rich completed his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and his doctorate from ASU.  He spent much of his career as the Director of Budgets for Utah State University.  He belonged to a number of professional organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research (RMAIR), where he served as president. He taught math classes at Brigham Young University, ASU, the University of Utah, Utah State University, and at the Utah State Prison.  He also wrote the state math exam for Arizona. He leaves behind his wife, Diane, eight children, 28 grandchildren and a sister. He was preceded in death by a brother, a sister, and twin granddaughters. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 10, at the Fruit Heights 7th Ward LDS Chapel, 24 South Country Lane, Fruit Heights City, UT. (Source: ASU Foundation)
George Albert Barratt, Jr.George Albert Barratt, Jr.28 Feb 2018George Albert Barratt, Jr., 90, passed away on February 28, 2018. He joined the US Navy prior to the end of World War II and served with an Honorable Discharge.  He graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor's degree in business administration. After graduation, he was an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago. During the Korean War, he joined the US Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Captain. He returned to Arthur Andersen and opened the Phoenix office where he was admitted to the partnership.  George left the firm and eventually worked as the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Computer Sciences Corporation in El Segundo, California retiring in 1989.  While in Phoenix, George served as Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council, College of Business Administration at ASU and was a member of the board in charge of the Business and Government Division of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. George is survived by a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, and two sons. Burial service was held at Camelback Cemetery in Scottsdale. Donations can be made in memory of George to K-BACH 89.5 FM in Tempe and the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Carole Jean JoyceCarole Jean Joyce27 Feb 2018Carole Jean Joyce, 73, passed away on February 27, 2018. Carole graduated from nursing school and became an award winning Immunization Nurse/Vaccine Manager for the Mountain Park Health Centers. Under her leadership, the clinics' vaccine program became a model for the nation. When Carole retired from Mountain Park, she worked as a nurse consultant for the Phoenix Fire Department. Additionally, she was an adjunct faculty member for the ASU College of Nursing and a Commissioner for the City of Phoenix Human Services Department. Carole leaves behind her husband, Bob, three children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two siblings. She is preceded in death by a sister. A Catholic mass was celebrated on March 7 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 3220 West Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85053. She will be buried March 16 at Jordan Cemetery in Waterford, CT. Donations in memory of Carole may be made to the Kwamie Lassiter Foundation, 2820 S. Alma School Rd. #18-300, Chandler, AZ 85286. Donations will go directly to the children battling cancer and Sickle Cell Anemia at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Helen Y. DixonHelen Y. Dixon24 Feb 2018Helen Y. Dixon, 102, passed away on February 24, 2018. In 1936 she graduated from Peru State Teachers College in Peru, Nebraska. In 1939 she graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. In 1942 she joined the National Board of the YMCA as a program assistant in USO work and continued full time in the USO for several years, with postings in Lompoc and San Bernardino, California; the Panama Canal Zone; and the Territory of Hawaii. Her husband, John, was killed in an accident in Japan in 1946 during the U.S. occupation there. She was a PE teacher in Owatonna, Minnesota, from 1948 to 1950. She and her son then moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where she worked as a librarian from 1951 to 1953. In 1953 they moved to Tempe where she was first employed by Mathews Library at Arizona State College. She then taught 3rd grade in the Roosevelt District in Phoenix, from 1955 to 1979. Helen is survived by her son, a niece and a nephew. She was predeceased by her husband and a sister. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Warren B. Kuhn19 Feb 2018Warren B. Kuhn, 94, passed away February 19, 2018. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Army, assigned to the Ordnance Corps, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. After basic training, and non-commissioned officers school, he became instructor at the Ordnance Depot & Supply School. He was promoted to Platoon Sergeant in 1944, then to Officer Candidate School, where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1945 and reassigned as a company-training officer. Later he was posted to the 3012th Ordnance Base Depot Company, Red River Ordnance Depot, Texarkana, TX. The unit just returned from the war in Europe was to be among the first Ordnance units for the pending invasion of Japan, but at Japan's surrender it was deactivated, and he became Chief, Training and Materials Branch of the RROD Ordnance Center, with secondary duty as General Courts Martial Officer. In 1946 he returned to Aberdeen Proving Ground as Assistant Chief, Training Methods Branch. Following WWII he served in the Army Organized Reserve until recalled to active duty in 1950 for the Korean War. In the Korean conflict, he served first at White Sands Proving Ground, NM where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He served overseas with the Far East Command's Eighth U.S. Army, Korea, serving at I Corps Advance Headquarters, Uijongbu, on the border of North & South Korea. His duties involved him with all units along the Corps front, and as liaison with the Korean Army; he was at Panmunjom, site of the Korean truce negotiations. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was released from active duty in 1952. Kuhn held a B.A. from New York University and an M.L.S. with honors from Columbia University. His library service began in the Reference Department, New York Public Library, then successively to the University of New Mexico; Assistant Director, ASU; Assistant University Librarian, Princeton University; Assistant Director of Libraries & Director of the Meyer Memorial Library, Stanford University and finally to Iowa State University, first as Director and then Dean of Library Services. During his tenure, Iowa State expanded its physical building with two major additions, several branch libraries, a new veterinary medical library, a new design library and broadened its collections to more than a million and a half volumes. He instituted new departments of Special Collections, University Archives, Government Publications, a Map Room, Media and Microform facilities, computer rooms and individual faculty and group study facilities. He and his colleagues at Iowa's state universities formed the first intra-university cooperative step to employ a shared computer advisory officer for all three libraries, headquartered at Iowa State. The latest Library Addition (1984) architecturally incorporated facilities specifically designed for extensive future computerization which resulted in the installation of today's e-Library system at the University. He retired in 1989 as Dean Emeritus of Library Services. Kuhn was very active in national, regional and state library professional affairs. He served as professional consultant for the Universities of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, San Francisco State and Wisconsin, and with the library accrediting arm of the North Central Accreditation Association. He is survived by a son. He was preceded in death by his long-time associate, Margaret Mae Gross. Memorials may be made to the Warren B. Kuhn Book Endowment, created by the ISU Class of 1934. No services are planned at this time.
 Betty Wood16 Feb 2018Betty Wood, 86, passed away on February 16, 2018. She attended Long Beach City College and later received her Associate in Arts Degree from Scottsdale Community College and her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from ASU. Her final job prior to retirement was as a secretary at ASU for the School of Social Work. Betty is survived by her a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, great grand children, nieces, nephews and other relatives. She is predeceased by three siblings. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Tracey L. Srinivas14 Feb 2018Tracey L. Srinivas, 54, died February 14, 2018. She attended Aaker’s Business College before relocating to Mesa, Arizona when she met her husband while working at ASU in 1988. Tracey leaves behind her husband, Damodaran, a son, a daughter, three siblings and her step-mother. A blessing of the ashes was held on February 23 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND. Burial will be held in the spring in Grand Forks, ND.
George Edward HullGeorge Edward Hull11 Feb 2018George Edward Hull, 69, passed away February 11, 2018. He earned both a bachelors and masters degree in the field of horticulture at Ohio State University. After graduating, he moved to Arizona and began working at Harper's Nursery. His passion for plants soon took him far and wide and he traveled extensively for conferences and research. He collaborated with several nurseries across the southwest as well as Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. He taught courses at Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College and ASU. George developed and patented over 25 new strains of plants, most notably 'Sparky,' an ASU colored Tecoma blossom. A portion of the proceeds through the sale of 'Sparky' fund a horticulture scholarship for ASU students. George is survived by family, friends and colleagues from around the world. George's ashes will be returned to Ohio. Small gatherings in his memory are occurring in multiple locations.
Randy James RandellRandy James Randell7 Feb 2018Randy James Randell, 63, passed away on February 7, 2018. He served in the US Navy during Vietnam on ship Dixie. Randy was employed at ASU West for 30+ years. He is survived by his wife, Sherry, his mother and two sisters. He was predeceased by his father and a sister. An honor service will be held on Friday, February 23 at 1:00pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Road, Phoenix 85024 (Source: Arizona Republic)
Ann Irene NevinAnn Irene Nevin30 Jan 2018Ann Irene Nevin, Ph.D., 80, passed away on January 30, 2018. Ann graduated Magna Cum Laude accumulating M. Ed., Ed. S. and Ph.D. She was tenured Professor at University of Vermont and Professor Emerita, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, at ASU (as of May 2003), plus visiting professor at three other universities after her first retirement. She authored or co-authored over a dozen books, more than 75 refereed publications of research articles, and a score of chapters in edited books. She learned more than a dozen evidence-based, active learning strategies for teachers and specialists to use to integrate students with special learning needs. Since the 1970s, she co-developed various innovative teacher education programs including the Vermont Consulting Teacher Program, Collaborative Consultation Project Re-Tool sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children, the ASU program for special educators to infuse self-determination skills throughout the curriculum, and the Urban Special Education Academic Leaders (SEALS) doctoral program at Florida International University. Ann is survived by her husband, Rolf Parta, three sisters, a brother, four children, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, plus her children's' father, J. David Egner. A public Celebration of Ann's Life will be offered by family on March 17, 2018, 3pm at First Congregational Church in Sarasota, FL followed by Der Dutchman's buffet. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann's name to your favored charity. (Source: ASU Foundation and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Faculty Directory)
Julia Kmetko RichardsonJulia Kmetko Richardson26 Jan 2018Julia Kmetko Richardson, 98, passed away on January 26, 2018. She worked many years in the Mesa Public School system, for Motorola and at ASU. Julia is predeceased by siblings and two husbands. She is survived by a daughter, a son, multiple grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a handful of great-great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Green Acres Mortuary on February 9 at 2:00 p.m. Gifts can be made in her honor to the charity of your choice.
Richard Wayne LoweRichard Wayne Lowe25 Jan 2018Richard Wayne “Dick” Lowe 92, passed away on January 25, 2018. He served in the Army Air Force from 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946 receiving three medals during his time. He graduated from Arizona State College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He began working at the Southwest Experimental Poultry Station and in 1969 went on to become a poultry teacher at the ASU Farm. He retired in real estate as a broker/property manager for Red Carpet and eventually Lowe & Associates. Richard leaves behind his wife Rosalie Lowe, a daughter, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday February 2, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa, AZ. 85201. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the First Presbyterian Church in the memory of Richard Lowe. Phone number (480) 694-8606. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Donald Eugene MowrerDonald Eugene Mowrer23 Jan 2018Donald Eugene Mowrer, 88, died on January 23, 2018. After graduating from Wooster College, he attended Florida State University where he received a Master's Degree Speech Pathology. Don received a PhD in Education at ASU and was later employed as Associate Professor of Speech Pathology at ASU, where he became known as an expert in his field, authoring a number of books and journal articles in the field of speech therapy and speech disorders. Don is survived by five children and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, on Saturday, February 27, at 2:00 P.M. with burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Barbara Stone Bedient20 Jan 2018Barbara Stone Bedient, 95, died January 20, 2018. She graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology. After graduation she worked as a laboratory technician, first at Boston Children's Hospital, then at Parke-Davis in Detroit and then at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. It was there that she met Jack D. Bedient and they married in 1949. Barbara accepted a technician position in the Medical School at the University of Washington. After Jack completed his teaching certificate at the University of Washington he was hired to teach mathematics in Port Angeles, Washington. In 1959, the family moved again for Jack to attend graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Jack was hired by the mathematics department at ASU in 1963 and became Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics. Barbara and Jack helped establish the Tempe Center for the Handicapped which provided social activities for young adults with disabilities. Eventually Barbara earned her teaching certificate at ASU then taught 7th and 8th grade science from 1969 until her retirement in 1988. Barbara is survived by four children, four granddaughters and a brother. She was preceded in death by two siblings, a cousin and an aunt. The family will gather in Tempe later this year to celebrate her life.
Frederick Richard UngerFrederick Richard Unger20 Jan 2018Frederick Richard Unger, 68, passed away on January 20, 2018. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business/Finance. After graduation he joined Calmark Realty Management in Santa Monica, CA, where he worked doing real estate syndications around the country and eventually serving as the company's President. In 1982 he started his own company; National Western Capital Corporation (NWCC) in Long Beach, CA. NWCC formed many single asset partnerships and was the beginning of Fred's entrepreneurial career. In 1987 Fred and family moved to Paradise Valley, to begin working in the rather yet untapped development and real estate market in Scottsdale and surrounding areas. Throughout the last 30 years Fred became well-known by many for his noteworthy work on projects such as The Hermosa Inn, The Royal Palms Resort, and Scottsdale's Southbridge; transforming and restoring iconic and historical places to their greatest potential. Fred believed and most appreciated the human transformations he was blessed to be a part of. In 2016 he was elected to the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame for his contributions to the City. Bringing out the best in people was his greatest gift, and he accomplished this through his example and his mentorship of many. Through the years Fred mentored students in the ASU Entrepreneurship Program. He was on the boards of many Valley organizations. Fred's legacy continues on through his wife, Jennifer (Moore) Unger, four children, five grandchildren, two siblings and countless nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating Fred's life was held at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on Monday, January 29, 2018. For memorial contributions, the Unger Family has designated three organizations that Fred supported: the UMOM New Day Center , Paradise Valley United Methodist Church  and Cancer Support Community Arizona . (Source: ASU Foundation)
George William BothwellGeorge William Bothwell19 Jan 2018George William (Bill) Bothwell, 83, passed away on January 19, 2018. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 10 years he joined the Canadian Marconi Company in Montreal, Canada where he initially took on expat assignments supporting field product engineering to the United States Air Force (Dover, DL) and the Royal Canadian Navy (Halifax, NS). In 1966 he returned to Montreal and moved into manufacturing management. In the early 1970's he was recruited into the Montreal based corporate headquarters of Northern Electric which became Northern Telecom (Nortel). In 1976 he became Plant Manager of the Nortel manufacturing location in West Palm Beach, FL then in the early 1980's he moved to Raleigh, NC to manage the Nortel factory in Creedmoor, NC and the development of the major factory complex located in the Research Triangle Park. In the late 1980’s he moved to the Nortel corporate headquarters located in Nashville, TN where his final position at the company was as the Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Purchasing. Bill was a supporter for professional growth of the purchasing profession. He supported the Minority and Small Business Development Council of Tennessee, and was involved early on with the Center for Advanced Procurement Strategy (CAPS) in ASU’s W.P. Carey College of Business. After his retirement from Nortel in 1995, he and his wife moved to Phoenix. Bill is survived by his wife Pat, three children, a grandchild and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandchild. The family is planning a celebration of life for at a future date. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley in Bill's name.
Barry CarterBarry Carter19 Jan 2018Barry Carter passed away on January 19, 2018. He attended Eltham College and graduated from the British Naval Academy. Upon graduation he served a 12 year Short Service Commission with the Fleet Air Arm as an aviator. After being promoted to Lieutenant, he participated with great distinction in the 1956 Suez War flying a record number of sorties off of HMS Eagle in De Havilland Sea Venoms. From then to mid 1958 he was seconded to the Royal Australian Naval Air Force to coach and support their navigators who were also flying in Sea Venoms from their base in Nowra New South Wales. On his return to the UK he was invited to command the Fleet Air Arms Field Gun Crews on two record breaking occasions in 1958 and 1960. This was history in the making for until then no officer had been invited twice—and none since. After 12 years in the Royal Navy, Barry moved into a series of senior marketing roles with the Ford European Group and their Associates. From there he became the International Sales and Marketing Director for Lotus Cars, and a few years later moved to a similar position with Lamborghini UK. Through his international contacts Barry was invited to move to the USA. After a short spell guiding the local Coors Beer distributor in marketing and sponsorships, Barry established his own successful marketing consulting business enjoying a number of prestigious clients and handling innumerable product launches. One constant thread throughout his life was his love of sports and coaching--especially rugby. He was head coach of the ASU men’s team from 1997-1983 and again from 1988-1993. He returned to coach the ASU women's team from 1999 until heart surgery forced him into retirement. Throughout his tenure as both men's and women's coach his teams consistently won local, regional and conference championships. Several players went on to become All Americans and represented the USA on an international level. On Saturday, March 10, 2018, there will be gathering celebrating Barry's Life in Scottsdale. For more information please send an email to nmcarter2018@yahoo.com. (Source: Arizona Republic)
John E. DriscollJohn E. Driscoll15 Jan 2018John E. Driscoll, 83, died on January 15, 2018. He studied briefly at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, a Benedictine seminary. Deciding not to become a priest, he returned to Fargo to enter North Dakota State, where he earned his B.A. in 1958. He began teaching in Browns Valley, MN, where he met and married his first wife, Lois Westbrock. He then taught in Hastings, MN, before moving to Arizona in 1962. He earned his Master's degree from ASU in 1968. John taught at Alhambra and Washington high schools before entering the community college system in 1970. He taught English at Phoenix College for 27 years, serving as department chair and faculty president. He also taught for NAU and ASU, teaching a Shakespeare course at the Valley Shakespeare Festival in 1978. John retired in 1996. Survivors are his wife, Eileen Bailey Driscoll, his daughter, son, sister, four grandsons, four great-grandchildren and four nieces. John was preceded in death by a daughter. Survivors also include Eileen's three daughters, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a sister. John’s Memorial will be at 3 p.m., January 28, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital Chapel, 350 W. Thomas, Phoenix.(Source: ASU Foundation)
Helen Elizabeth NebekerHelen Elizabeth Nebeker15 Jan 2018Helen Elizabeth Nebeker, 90, passed away on January 15, 2018. Helen achieved a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. to become a Professor of English at Arizona State University, Tempe, teaching there from 1957 to 1987. Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Aquila Chauncey Nebeker, Jr., and her only son. Survivors include a daughter, four grandchildren and five great-grandsons. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 10:30 AM in the LDS chapel at 9565 E. Larkspur Dr., Scottsdale. There will be an hour to visit and renew "auld acquaintances" in the Relief Society Room preceding the service. A private graveside service for the family will be held at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery following the funeral. To share online condolences or stories and read a sketch of Helen's life go to Grandma Nebeker Blog
Celia Ann Jarrett HalsteadCelia Ann Jarrett Halstead14 Jan 2018Celia Ann Jarrett Halstead, 72, passed away on January 14, 2018. Celia held degrees from both the UofA and ASU. She was a social worker and psychiatric social worker. She taught at the ASU School of Social Work, lectured nationally on health care, and won numerous awards. She was preceded in death by a daughter. She is survived by her husband, Dale, a daughter, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four sisters and an extended family of nieces, nephews and in-laws. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice. A Celebration of Celia's life will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at El Casino Ballroom, 437 E. 26th St., Tucson, AZ, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Robert D. OhmartRobert D. Ohmart14 Jan 2018Robert D. Ohmart, “Dr O”, 80, passed away on January 14, 2018. He received his B.S. (1961) and M.S. (1963) degrees in wildlife management and biology from the University of New Mexico, and Ph.D. in vertebrate zoology from the University of Arizona (1968). In 1970, as Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, he initiated a Wildlife Biology program at ASU. He was very much involved in the development of the Center for Environmental Studies, which has become the current Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. After retiring in 2006 he focused on his love of farming. With guidance from Dan James, one of his graduate students, he created a company called Double "O" Enterprises. The mission was to provide a diverse blend of native Sonoran plant seed to revegetate disturbed landscapes. He was a pioneer in this field, and his success is evident as you drive along any Arizona highway or byway. Dr. O's team of field researchers and students conducted the seminal work that established the blueprint for habitat and wildlife needs in the Southwest. His longterm, collaborative research along the lower Colorado River laid the foundation for understanding habitat requirements for wildlife and creating that habitat where it had been lost. His work in the conservation arena was tireless, as was his role in influencing conservation efforts for the southwestern bald eagle and the southwestern willow flycatcher. In 2009 he was inducted into Arizona Game and Fish Department's Outdoor Hall of Fame and, prior to that, was awarded the Arizona Wildlife Federation's Thomas E. McCullough Memorial Award. Dr. O is survived by his wife, Teresa, two brothers, four children, 14 grandchildren and extended family. A celebration of his life will be held on January 27, 11:00 a.m. at the Sun Valley Community Church (Tempe Campus) in the chapel with a reception to follow in the social hall. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation (2600 E Elwood St, Phoenix, AZ 85040) or Hospice of the Valley (1510 E Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014). (Source: Arizona Republic)
Laura Jane FloresLaura Jane Flores11 Jan 2018Laura Jane Flores, 66, known to everyone as Jane or Jayni, died January 11, 2018. Dr. Flores earned a Bachelor's degree in Education and Bi-lingual Education from Eastern New Mexico University. For a time she taught in Clovis, while she completed her Master's Degree. She went on to earn a PhD from New Mexico State University. Dr. Flores taught at the Flagstaff campus of ASU and then became Dean of Education at Mesa Community College. She eventually returned to New Mexico, and taught at Clovis Community College before moving to Las Vegas, NM to teach at Highlands University. Later, she taught at the Rio Rancho branch of Highlands. Dr. Flores retired in 2014. In addition to her teaching positions, she worked at different times as office manager at LaCasa in Roswell, and at James Polk Bank where she taught Spanish to the employees. Jayni is survived by a brother and numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and even great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. The Rosary for Dr. Jayni Flores was recited on January 16, 2018 at St. Helen Catholic Church followed by Mass of the Resurrection followed by burial in the Portales Cemetery, NM. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Janet Louise BriaJanet Louise Bria7 Jan 2018Janet Louise Bria, 87, passed away on January 7, 2018. Janet was a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Journalism and received her Master of Arts degree from ASU. She taught English Literature at ASU and Literature and Humanities at Glendale Community College. Survivors include a son. A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, 25 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 and Ryan House, 110 West Merrell Street, 1st Floor Phoenix, AZ 85013.
 Bruce T. HalleBruce T. Halle4 Jan 2018

Bruce T. Halle, founder of Discount Tire, died January 4, 2018. He was 87. Halle was Discount Tire's chairman of the board and was ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest person in Arizona with a net worth of more than $5 billion. Halle started his first tire store in Ann Arbor, Michigan, four years after he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in business administration. He opened his second store in 1964 and had seven in Michigan by 1970 and expanded to Arizona that same year. Discount Tire moved its headquarters to Scottsdale in 1987. The company had more than 200 stores by 1990 and opened its 500th store in 2002. It currently has 975 stores in 34 states with more than 20,000 employees. "There are really just five simple lessons to life: Be honest, work hard, have fun, be grateful and pay it forward." (Bruce T. Halle)  Halle and his wife, Diane, are strong advocates for social justice, higher education, health and medical initiatives and the arts and have channeled their generosity to a range of ASU initiatives since 1985. They gave generously to the ASU Art Museum, the ASU School of Art, and the Herberger Institute, as well as to scholarship and visiting artist programs that impacted individual students and artists. They were passionate about making sure the general public had access to great art, as evidenced by their support for James Turrell’s ‘ASU Skyspace: Air Apparent’ and the adjacent Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden near Rural and Terrace roads. The Halles recently gave a gift to support the Mayo Medical School — Arizona Campus and its collaboration with ASU. Their most recent gift supported the newly constructed Herberger Young Scholars Academy, a unique learning environment for gifted children at the ASU West campus. Halle is survived by his wife, Diane, four children, three siblings and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers and the mother of his children, Geraldine (Gerry) Konfara Halle. The family has held a private service in his honor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to his favorite charities: Marine Corps Scholarship Fund , 909 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314; UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. , 3333 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85008; Bruce T. Halle Assistance Fund , 20225 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255. (Sources: legacy.com, Arizona Republic, ASU News)

 Rosemary Johnson3 Jan 2018

Rosemary Johnson, 93, died on January 3, 2018. Shortly after her birth, she was adopted. At age 11, Rosemary was united with her biological father, and paternal grandparents, aunts and cousins. Her paternal relatives had a profound and positive impact on her life. After graduation from high school, she enrolled in the Milwaukee General Hospital School of Nursing and joined the Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II. When she finished the three-year nursing program, she moved to the Twin Cities, Minnesota, School of Public Health. After completing a Master's Degree, she was appointed as an instructor in the School of Public Health. In 1959, she was appointed to the faculty of the ASU School of Nursing to develop the Public Health and Mental Health Nursing programs. She served as Acting Dean of the College of Nursing (1964-1966). She then attended UCLA's doctoral program of Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. She returned to ASU College of Nursing to coordinate the graduate Community Health Nursing area of concentration. She was chairperson of over 50 students' research projects and theses. Rosemary retired from the ASU College of Nursing as Professor Emeritus in 1987. Her professional service experiences included serving on the National League for Nursing Collegiate Board of Review. She made accreditation visits to collegiate nursing education programs throughout the US. She also served as President of the National Committee of Graduate Faculty in C.H.N./P.H.N. She was a delegate to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. She was an outstanding faculty of the ASU College of Nursing in 1985 and selected as "Business Woman of the Week" by the Mesa Arizona newspaper. In 1993, Rosemary moved to Prescott with her longtime friend, Juanita Murphy. Rosemary is predeceased by her biological and adoptive parents and her adoptive brother. She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and her longtime friend, Juanita Murphy. A Memorial Celebration of Rosemary's life was held at Unity Church, 145 S. Arizona Ave, Prescott, Arizona, on January 13, 2018. Contributions can be made to the Rosemary Johnson Nursing Scholarship at ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovations. (Source: ASU Foundation)