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
 John Xavier Evans1 Dec 2018
John Xavier Evans, 85, passed away December 1, 2018. Dr. Evans, known as "Jack" was a founding member of "Great Hearts" schools and "The Phoenix Institute," and an English Professor at ASU, The University of Notre Dame and Middlebury College. Jack leaves behind his wife, Rosemarie, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 pm, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. also at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. A reception will follow the interment at City of the Lord, 711 West University Dr, Tempe, Arizona. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Donald George StewartDonald George Stewart29 Nov 2018
Donald George Stewart, 85, passed away November 29, 2018. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Don graduated from the University of Utah and then attended the University of Tennessee where he received his Doctor of Philosophy. Don was a professor at ASU for many years. He co-wrote books on mathematics with his good friend and colleague Matt Hassett. He retired professor emeritus. Don is survived by a brother and many nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters. A celebration of Don's life will be held at Skirm Auditorium at Friendship Village, 2645 E Southern Avenue in Tempe on December 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Yaa-Yin (Meng) FongYaa-Yin (Meng) Fong28 Nov 2018
Yaa-Yin (Meng) Fong, 61, passed away on November 28, 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1979 from Feng Chia University, in Taiwan and immigrated to Arizona in 1980, to attend ASU, earning her MBA in 1983. With her business savvy and dedication to academics, she quickly grew into a leadership role at ASU after starting her career there as an accountant. When she left ASU 23 years later, in 2006, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Biodesign Institute. In 2006, Yaa-Yin became the Director of the Office of Research Services for the University of Hawaii, and served in that position for ten years before becoming the Assistant Vice President of Academic Resource Planning at the University of Texas, Arlington. Yaa-Yin is survived by her husband, Peter Crouch, who joined ASU in 1984, was appointed dean of ASU’s Fulton College of Engineering in 1995 then served as ASU’s vice provost for global engagement from 2005 to 2006. Crouch was appointed dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2006. In 2016 he joined University of Texas Arlington as dean of the College of Engineering and as a professor of electrical engineering. Yaa-Yin is also survived by her son, two brothers and a sister. Her funeral service was held December 4, 2018. (Source: Dignity Memorial, Arlington, TX)
Robert Edward BerneyRobert Edward Berney27 Nov 2018
Robert Edward Berney, 86, passed away on November 27, 2018. In 1954 he earned a Bachelors degree and graduated from the ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate at Washington State College (later Washington State University WSU). He went on to active duty with a regular Army commission and trained at Ft. Benning with the latest class from West Point, earning both Ranger and Airborne certifications going on to spend his first 18 months with the 82nd Airborne Division. After four years in the Army, Robert returned to WSC to get his MA degree in Economics. He earned a PhD in Economics from The University of Wisconsin under a Ford Foundation grant in 1963. After earning his PhD in 1963 at Wisconsin, he spent a year with the Royal Commission of Taxation in Ottawa, Canada and then two years at ASU before joining the Economics Department at WSU, teaching public finance, money and banking and macroeconomics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He retired after 33 years at WSU in 2000 as a full professor, having spent seven years as Director of Graduate Programs in Economics, seven years as Chair of the Economics Department, a year as Chair of the Faculty Senate, a year visiting at Indiana University, a year with the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, an agency of the Federal Government in D.C., and six years on loan to the Federal Government, mostly as Chief Economist for the U. S. Small Business Administration. Robert is survived by his long-time life partner Georgette Toews, two sons, a  daughter, two grandsons and a sister. He was predeceased by a son and a brother. Services will be private and held at a later date in Washington. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Robert's name to The Nature Conservancy, The American Himalayan Foundation, The Robert E. Berney Endowed Fellowship in Economics Sciences of Washington State University or The Peter William Berney Scholarship Fund of Washington State University.
The Honorable Edward Lopez PastorThe Honorable Edward Lopez Pastor27 Nov 2018
The Honorable Edward Lopez Pastor, 75, passed away on November 27, 2018. In 1961, he was awarded a scholarship from the newspaper company where he worked and enrolled at ASU. Ed earned his law degree from ASU in 1974. By the mid-1970s, he had fully committed to the growing Chicano movement - a movement that fought for the rights of Latinos and all working families who wanted a better life for themselves and their children. 
Ed honed his advocacy skills at Guadalupe Organization, Inc., a non-profit, community-based organization in Guadalupe, Arizona. His public service career followed with the administration of Arizona Governor Raul Castro where he advocated for workers and enforcement of the Civil Rights Act. Ed's younger brother, Bob, was killed in a car accident in 1975 which affected Ed deeply and brought him to the realization that elective office was one of the most effective ways for Latinos to have a strong voice at the proverbial table. In 1976, he successfully ran for a seat on Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, where he served for fifteen years. 
Ed Pastor served the state of Arizona as its first Mexican American congressman when he won a special election to assume Congressman Morris Udall's seat in 1991. He served for 23 years as a congressional leader on the House Appropriations Committee, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Small Business, the Education & Labor Committee, and the Agriculture Committee. In recognition of his keen ability to work "across the aisle" he served as deputy whip from 2010 until the conclusion of his tenure with the U.S. House of Representatives. 
The Congressman's background as a chemistry teacher afforded him a keen understanding of the environmental challenges facing the United States and the world, and he was dedicated to the preservation of our national parks, wetlands, and natural habitats. He spearheaded efforts to secure funding for research, development, and construction of the Phoenix Metro Light Rail System, and vigorously supported the Rio Salado & Tres Rio development projects believing in their intrinsic economic value to the city of Phoenix and state of Arizona. 
He never forgot our country's veterans, was always sensitive to the needs of his constituents, and advocated for immigrants, in particular the "Dreamers," by seeking to create and provided a pathway to citizenship for innocent children that only know the American way of life. As President Obama remarked upon his retirement Ed was, "The first in his family to graduate college, and the first Hispanic Congressman ever elected from Arizona, Ed Pastor has spent his life fighting to give every American the same chance to work hard and get ahead that this country gave him." 
Following his retirement, Congressman Pastor continued to serve the state of Arizona and spearheaded the Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service at ASU. We are reminded of his enduring legacy with the Ed Pastor Environmental Protection Area (Pima County), the Ed and Verma Pastor Elementary School, and the Ed Pastor Transit Center, as well as many other landmarks throughout the state.
Congressman Pastor is preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Verma Mendez Pastor, two daughters, one of whom is Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor, four grandchildren, a sister and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Entombment will immediately follow at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix. Reception will take place at the Harper Great Hall from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Jim Wellington20 Nov 2018
Jim Wellington, 87, died on November 20, 2018. Jim served in the United States Air Force from 1951 through 1953. After being honorably discharged he attended and graduated from ASU in 1956. He then went to work for Arizona Public Service in different Human Resource management positions. He retired in 1991. He then worked for Kids Voting, Drake, Beam, Morin a New York management consulting firm; Maricopa County Human Resources, and the Wellness firm of Piotti, Johannsen, Robinson, and Roe. Jim volunteered for numerous non-profit agencies and community organizations including Chairman Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic Board of Directors; Scottsdale Friends of the Library Board of Directors; Member Scottsdale School Board; President, Arizona School Boards Association; President, Arizona Academic Decathlon Association; Commissioner, Scottsdale Planning and Zoning ; Member, Maricopa Community College Foundation Board of Directors; Member ASU Advanced Public Executive Program Advisory Board; President Phoenix Personnel Management Association; Chairman, ASU Center for Executive Development, and he served on the Hospice of the Valley organization Speakers Bureau for over 10 years. Jim was preceded in death by a sister and a son. He is survived by his wife, Alice Anne, two daughters, five grandchildren, one great-grandson, nieces and nephews. Other survivors are Anne’s two daughters, two sons and their children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Jim’s honor on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1:00pm at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow. Donations are encouraged to Hospice of the Valley or mailed to 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85014, or donations to the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund, 34065 Tom Darlington Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262.(Source: ASU Foundation)
Sanford J. CohnSanford J. Cohn19 Nov 2018
Sanford J. Cohn, 73, passed away November 19, 2018. He earned his PhD in psychology at Johns Hopkins University, studying with measurements expert Dr. Julian Stanley.  In 1979, he married Catherine Gore and became a professor at ASU’s Special Education Department (now the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College) where he focused his research and life work on educating academically talented students.  He was known to his friends in education as "The Grandfather of the Gifted in Arizona." He created the Project for the Study of Academic Precocity (PSAP) at ASU, and he worked with legislators to write the first mandate for gifted education in Arizona. In 1984 he helped the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University expand their educational options for gifted students in grades 2 through 6. In 1992, he started Conexiones, a program that brought secondary school-age migrant students to ASU for workshops and summer classes and introduced them to state-of-the-art technology and the possibility of a college education. One of his more recent passion projects was to support  the development of a school within the University that would help exceptionally gifted 7th through 12th graders bridge the gap between middle school and college. This school became a reality as the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, part of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.  Throughout his career, Sandy worked as a consultant to numerous schools all over Arizona and the United States as they worked to create educational opportunities for their talented students, and he published many academic articles on assessment and identification of academically talented children, program evaluation, and intellectual development.  He also co-authored two informative books: Educating the Gifted: Acceleration and Enrichment, co-edited with William C. George and Julian C. Stanley; and Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning, co-authored with long time friend and colleague Barbara A. Kerr.  In 2009 The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) established the Sanford J. Cohn Lifetime Achievement Award and honored Sandy as the first recipient.  Sandy is survived by his long time partner, Antonio Diaz, best friend Cathy Cohn, a brother, niece, nephew and many grand nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center . A celebration of life will be held at Double Buttes Cemetery in Tempe, Arizona, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Ronald Roscoe StarcherRonald Roscoe Starcher17 Nov 2018
Ronald Roscoe Starcher, 85, passed away on November 17, 2018. He pursued his education at Marietta College, Marietta, OH, where he graduated in 1955 with a major in chemistry and a minor in physics. Following graduation he served as a Radar/Electronics Technician for the U.S. Army station in Karlsruhe, Germany. After his army tour he worked as a development chemist for American Cyanamid Company of Bound Brook, N.J., at their Willow Island, WV plant. After he married Kathryn "Kay" Briggs they moved to Tucson, Arizona, where both entered graduate school at the University of Arizona. Ronald received his master's degree in 1964 followed by his Ph. D. in 1971. During this time he worked as a Jr. High Science teacher, Sr. High Chemistry teacher and Science Department Head at Canyon del Oro Jr.-Sr. High School located in the Amphitheater Public School District and as a principal at Suffolk Hills Catholic High School in Tucson. In 1971 he assumed the position of Superintendent for Antelope Union High School District #5, Wellton, AZ. In 1975 he became the Superintendent for Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District #840, Eloy, AZ. In 1984 he moved to Safford, AZ, where he became the Superintendent for Safford United School District #1, from which he retired in 1988. He was a member of the Adjunct Staff of the University of Arizona, ASU and Northern Arizona University, where he taught undergraduate, graduate courses and supervised student teachers. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Superintendent for the Diocese of Tucson with responsibility for 21 schools in the Diocese of Tucson. He served as president of the Central Arizona College Governing Board, as well as positions with civic and professional associations including team chairperson of numerous North Central Association visitation teams. He was a member of the American Chemical Society. Ronald was also a skilled photographer having his own photograph studio "Ron Star Photography." Ronald is survived by his wife Kathryn, a brother, niece and two children. He was preceded in death by his sister and an uncle. Services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Immaculate Heart High School, 625 Magee Road, Tucson, AZ 85704; First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 318 Front St. Marietta, OH 45750; or to the Safford High School Scholarship and Educational Foundation, Inc, 734 11th St., Safford, AZ 85546. (Source: ASU Foundation)
George Wesley Johnson, Jr.George Wesley Johnson, Jr.16 Nov 2018
George Wesley Johnson, Jr., 86, passed away November 16, 2018. Wes attended Brigham Young University for one year and then continued his education at Harvard where he served on the Harvard Lampoon and worked with a number of influential writers, editors, and thinkers, including John Updike. In his junior year, he deferred his studies for 2½ years to serve a mission in Belgium and France for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While doing so he became interested in French history and culture. After graduating from Harvard, he completed a PhD in History at Columbia University and advanced studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. During his career, Wes was awarded Ford and Rockefeller Foundation grants among many others that impacted his work in West African, Public, Business, Urban, and Latter-day Saint histories. His pivotal work on the French-speaking, West-African country of Senegal made a significant impact on the dialogue of African Americans that he was working with in New York and in France. During his career, Wes wrote many books and articles and founded two successful academic journals that continue to the present, including Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought (along with Eugene England) and The Public Historian: Official Journal of The National Council for Public History (University of California Press). During his career, Wes taught at Stanford University, University of California-Santa Barbara, ASU and Brigham Young University. He retired from BYU in 1997. Wes is survived by his wife, Marian, four children and 17 grand/great-grandchildren. Services in honor of Wes were held at the Edgemont 14th Ward Meeting House, 4220 Foothill Dr., Provo on November 20, 2018.
Stanley MilsteinStanley Milstein15 Nov 2018
Stanley Milstein, 86, passed away recently. (Obituary published November 15, 2018.)  He played the cello in the All New York City Orchestra in High School, and in college won the National Collegiate Championship for dramatic reading. He was a graduate of the City College of New York, and received both his MA and MD degrees from The University of Iowa. Between graduate school and Medical school he served as a medic in the United States Army where he was stationed in Orleans, France with postwar American occupation forces. He was discharged from the Army the same year the Allies declared an end to the occupation of Germany in 1955. Returning to the US he went to Medical School on the GI Bill, and then moved to Phoenix for his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in 1961. Stan played the cello as a charter member of the Arizona Cello Society and taught the History of Medicine at ASU for a decade. He and his wife, Jeanne, sang together in the Phoenix Bach and Madrigal Society. A thrice published author, he worked on the English translations of Adam Politzer's "History of Otology" and Jacques Joseph's "Rhinoplasty and Facial Plastic Surgery", making two landmark medical texts available to the English speaking world. In 1987, Stan was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and retired from medical practice. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, three sons and four grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:30 am at Beth El Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85009. Memorial contributions may be made to Original Tremble Clefs Chorus, c/o Don Dotts, 1206 E. Harbor View Drive, Tempe, AZ 85253, Hospice of the Valley, Ryan House/Adults, 110 W. Merrell, Phoenix, AZ 85013, or Beth El Congregation, Cantor's Fund or Kiddish Fund, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85021. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Yolanda Eclipse SpinaYolanda Eclipse Spina14 Nov 2018
Yolanda Eclipse Spina, 86, passed away on November 14, 2018.  She worked as a secretary in the ASU Library for many years.  Left to cherish her memory are her three children.  A Celebration of Yolanda's life will be held at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Robert Hunt DuckworthRobert Hunt Duckworth7 Nov 2018
Robert Hunt “Bob” Duckworth, 86, passed away on November 7, 2018. Bob earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in General Business from Indiana University in 1954 and then served two years in the Army at Fort Lee, Virginia and at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. When he completed his tour in the Army in 1956, he worked collecting delinquent loans with the Irwin Union Bank and Trust Company in Columbus, Indiana. It soon became evident to him that the challenges of banking were exciting, and he never again considered any other career field. In 1960 he joined the Bank of Douglas (Arizona Bank) in Tucson, AZ. Soon he was transferred to Phoenix where he became the youngest branch manager in the state. In 1966 he joined First National Bank where he managed the bank's main office in downtown Phoenix and was promoted to an Assistant Vice President followed by a Division Vice President in 1970. In 1975, he became Executive Vice President and head of the Commercial Banking Group. He was promoted to Chairman of the Board and CEO of First Interstate Bank (formerly First National Bank) in 1985 where he served until he retired in 1990. He was a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Bob also served as the National President of the Robert Morris Associates in 1980, traveling across the nation conducting seminars in the commercial lending society. Bob was a strong leader in Phoenix civic affairs for decades. He was a founding Director of Valley Forward, Former President of The Phoenix Downtown Lions Club, Former Chairman of the Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of Sun Angel Foundation and an active board member of ASU Foundation Board, St. Joseph's Hospital, American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Community Alliance, ASU College of Business Council 100, and many others. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, a son, daughter, three grandchildren, one great grandchild, a sister and several nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Valley Presbyterian Church. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Vi at Silverstone, 23005 N.74th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 at 3:00 pm. November 24, 2018. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, (1-800-AHA-USA1) or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215, (1-800-diabetes). (Source: Arizona Republic)
June Marilyn Tucker ThompsonJune Marilyn Tucker Thompson3 Nov 2018
June Marilyn Tucker Thomson, 92, died on November 3, 2018. June showed remarkable musical abilities at an early age and was so sufficiently developed as a pianist that her parents gave her a Chickering baby grand piano for her tenth birthday. She also became a wild film enthusiast at a tender age. She estimated recently that she had seen and reviewed over 10,000 films in her career.  In 1943 she matriculated to Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS where she received her B.A. in Music Education in 1946. She met and married Dr. Tom Radford Thomson. Following their graduations, they moved to Alamosa, Colorado where Dr. Thomson was appointed Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Adams State College. In 1961 the couple moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where Dr. Thomson was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at ASU and June established her career as a well loved and successful piano instructor. In 1984 the couple retired to Sonoma, CA. June was predeceased by her husband in 2017. She is survived by five children and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled later. Donations to Pets Lifeline or mail to Pets Lifeline, P.O. Box 341 Sonoma, CA are always appreciated. Friends are invited to the visitation Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10am to 12pm at the Adobe Creek Funeral Home, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. Private family interment, Valley Cemetery, Sonoma, CA. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Troy CrowderTroy Crowder29 Oct 2018
Troy Crowder, 94, passed away October 29, 2018. He was Professor Emeritus from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Troy came to ASU in 1969–70, where he taught occasional classes in journalism, but his main job was as the Assistant to acting (and then full) President Harry K. Newburn. He stayed on as Assistant to the President through John Schwada’s term (1971–1981) and most of Russell Nelson’s term (1981–1989). He retired in 1986 as Special Assistant to the President Nelson. When Troy retired, he explained his early retirement at age 62 by telling people that there were still lots of birds throughout the country and the world that he and his wife wanted to see. Troy’s academic area was journalism, and in their travels both throughout the U. S. and the world, Troy took photographs, and then wanting to be more involved in what he saw, he began painting. Troy was a member of ASURA. His  ASURA Video History Interview was conducted October 22, 2003. View by clicking on Play on the right side of the screen. Troy is survived by his wife, Betsy, and was preceded in death by a son, Greg. No service is planned. (Selected information from: Emeritus College Journal)
 Douglas Lynn Jeffries28 Oct 2018
Douglas Lynn Jeffries, 68, passed away October 28, 2018. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Mid-America Nazarene College and then served four years in the US Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Interpreter, achieving the rank of Petty Officer, 200 Class. He returned to college earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wichita State University, and a Master of Science in Botany from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He received a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from ASU and then taught two years at ASU as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Central Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. In 1991 he moved to Clarksville and began teaching at the University of the Ozarks where he was a Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies; he taught one of the few classes in Lichenology in the region. Dr. Jeffries was a co-sponsor of the university's environmental organization, the Planet Club. In 1997 he and the Planet Club began an Annual Tree Planting Day that has resulted in planting of 10 to 15 trees on campus every year until his retirement in 2016. At Ozarks, he received the Above and Beyond, and Advisor of the Year Awards in 2010, and in 2011 was awarded the Bagwell Outstanding Faculty Award. Due to declining health, Dr. Jeffries retired from teaching in May 2016 after 35 years of full and part-time teaching at the University level, and 25 years at the University of the Ozarks. In 2012 he was given the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council.  Dr. Jeffries serves the local community as President of Clarksville's Tree Board as a part of the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Johnson County / River Valley Humane Society who run the Needy Paws Animal Shelter since 2009, and was President of the Board of Directors for three years. His family consists of two feline companions, April and Sonja, both adopted from Needy Paws Animal Shelter in 2010. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the University of Ozarks or Needy Paws Animal Shelter. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Frederick A. BrandtFrederick A. Brandt23 Oct 2018
Frederick A. Brandt, 79, passed away October 23, 2018. In 1963, Fred graduated with his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University. He received his Masters degree in Business Administration from Long Island University and his PhD. from ASU. He taught at ASU, Portland State Univ., Long Island Univ., and the Russell Sage Colleges Graduate School in Albany New York. He was also the founding director of the Russell Sage MBA program. Fred is survived by his wife, Margaret "May" Delafield Brandt, two sons, a sister and niece. A memorial celebration for family and friends will be held on Long Island at a later date. To honor Fred's life, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's and Parkinson Association of Vero Beach or the Senior Resource Association of Vero Beach.
Dr. Ronald F. HildingDr. Ronald F. Hilding23 Oct 2018
Dr. Ronald F. Hilding, 80, passed away on October 23, 2018. He graduated from Phoenix College in 1958. He completed his education at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1962, and finished his medical residency in 1966. He served as a Captain in the USAR and was deployed to Vietnam from 1966 through 1968, at which time he was honorably discharged. Upon his return to Phoenix, he began his lifelong career, fulfilling his dream to become a psychiatrist. His practice spanned over 35 years and included private and hospital patient care, as well as teaching at ASU. He is survived by a brother, a nephew and two great nephews. In lieu of flowers, Ron wished for donations to be made to Friends of Channel 8 and Hospice of the West Valley. Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:30AM at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024 (Source: Arizona Republic)
Dale Scott RidleyDale Scott Ridley22 Oct 2018
Dale Scott Ridley, 63, passed away on October 22, 2018. Ridley graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in agriculture and the University of Texas at Austin with a master's degree and a PhD in educational psychology. He spent 21 years at ASU as a professor, program director, author and principal investigator of over $110 million in federal grants supporting district-based teacher and principal preparation programs and comprehensive school reform initiatives in urban and rural partner districts across the state of Arizona. He also served as the Associate Dean in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU before coming to Texas Tech in the summer of 2011 where he became the Dean of the College of Education. At Tech, the college engaged in significant reform and undertakings, including housing one of only twelve Promise Neighborhood Grant Programs in the United States under his leadership. In 2016, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Ridley to a brief stint on the state Board for Educator Certification. He was a member of Deans for Impact, Educate Texas and the Southern Regional Education Board Teacher Preparation Commission. Scott is survived by his wife, Kristina Lee McCrae, a daughter, his mother, stepfather and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his father. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 10, at The Difference Maker's Fellowship located at 224 Buddy Holly Avenue. Interment will follow at the Grady City Cemetery in Grady, New Mexico at 2:00 pm MST on November 10th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Dr. Scott and Kris Ridley Scholarship in Education or c/o College of Education, Box 41071, Lubbock, Texas 79409. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Dr. Dolores SandsDr. Dolores Sands22 Oct 2018
Dr. Dolores Sands, 88, passed away on October 22, 2018. Dolores received both a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Nursing from Wayne State University and ultimately her Ph.D. from ASU. She began her career in nursing research as a professor at ASU. She was recruited to University of Texas at Austin to lead nursing research; she conducted major research initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health and was honored with numerous awards recognizing her significant contributions to advancing nursing education and practice. Ultimately, Dolores was chosen to be the Dean of the College of Nursing at UT Austin, a position she held for 20 years. There she oversaw the education and training of thousands of nurses and contributed to knowledge of many thousands more through her prolific research publication legacy. Upon her retirement in 2009, her distinguished career was honored by being named UT Austin's first Dean Emeritus. Dolores is survived by two daughters, a son and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur. A Visitation will be held at 9:00 A.M. with Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dolores and Arthur C. Sands Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Office of Development (512-471-2628), 1701 Red River, Austin, Texas 78701. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Joseph Vincent GardnerJoseph Vincent Gardner19 Oct 2018
Joseph Vincent Gardner, 74, passed away on October 19, 2018.  Joe served in the U.S. Coast Guard four years, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in the Earth Sciences. He taught at IU-Purdue, Fort Wayne, Ind., and ASU before entering the business world. He owned an Amateur Radio retail store and then worked for Motorola's MARS, a Remote Sensing company in Phoenix, Ariz.; in Maryland he interpreted Earth satellite data for Northrop Grumman; in a NASA facility in Fairmont, W.Va., he worked on NASA projects and helped create their internet education site, the Observatorium. Also in Fairmont, he became Director of Research at the Institute for Scientific Research. Joe is survived by his wife, Sharon (Boor) Gardner, a daughter, three grandchildren, three brothers and a sister. A memorial service was held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., in the Chapel at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford, PA. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions in Joseph's name to: Bedford County Historical Society, 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522.
Luene DorseyLuene Dorsey12 Oct 2018
Luene (Armstrong) (Welch) Dorsey, 81, passed away October 12, 2018. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Eastern New Mexico University. After a marriage and divorce, Luene lived in Phoenix, AZ, where she worked as a reference librarian and later retired from ASU. Luene is survived by a sister, two daughters, a son, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. (Source: ASU Foundation)
James J. CoxJames J. Cox9 Oct 2018
James J. Cox, Ed.D., 71, passed away on October 9, 2018. Jim earned his BA in Experimental Psychology and Southwestern Anthropology then his Masters in Counseling/School Psychology and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University. Jim's professional life included participating and holding office in psychological, counseling and special needs related organizations. He previously served on the Board of Psychological Examiners as a member and as Chairman. He taught master's and doctoral level classes at NAU, ASU and the Professional School of Psychology. His school psychology work and counseling included providing services in his private practice but also to school districts in northern and central Arizona. Over the years, Jim, especially, enjoyed working with students from the Navajo, Hopi, White Mountain Apache, and Tohono O'odham nations. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, a daughter, brother and other relatives. An open house celebrating Jim's life will be held at his residence, 10011 Buckskin Ct., Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (off of Cosnino Road) on Saturday, October 20 from 2 to 4 pm. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Ron R. FanningRon R. Fanning1 Oct 2018
Ron R. Fanning, 72, passed away on October 1, 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Arts in English from NAU and ASU. He became a Professor at Mesa Community College, ASU and the Ohio State University. His career lasted approximately 40 years during which he taught over 1,000 classes in English composition, modern fiction, western literature, journalism, creative writing and numerous English 101 and 102 classes. Ron was an exceptional photographer, painter, and writer; winning numerous accolades for his artwork, photography, paintings and screenwriting. His paintings were very large animal and nature scenes reflecting his view of man and nature. Together with his friend Tony Motzenbacker, he won second prize at the 2014 Austin Film Festival for Best Original Screenplay, "Nuclear Sirloin". Ron was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother. He is survived by a daughter, two brothers, three sisters, a cousin and many nieces and nephews. Ron's family will be having a private Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 3rd at the home of his nephew. A public Memorial Service/Celebration of Ron's Life will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 3-5:00 PM at the Meadows Arizona Clubhouse located at 2401 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona 85282. Please contact (480) 543-0055 for details and/or to both of these events. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Arizona Humane Society. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Shirley A. TalleyShirley A. Talley29 Sep 2018
Shirley A. Talley, 79, passed away on September 29, 2018. In 2002 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from ASU. Not long after, ASU hired Shirley to develop their life-long learning program, where she sought and secured funding from the OSHER Foundation and established learning centers and curriculum throughout Phoenix's many retirement communities. She became active in the American Association for University Women, eventually serving as president of the Arizona chapter. Shirley is survived by her husband Ron, two children, two siblings and five grandchildren. Services will be held at Desert Springs Community Church in Goodyear, AZ on October 20, 2018 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: • The Tuscano Elementary School Tutoring Program which was so dear to Shirley's heart. Make check payable to: Fowler Elementary School District Tuscano Shirley Talley Memorial 1617 S. 67th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043 • The American Cancer Society (Source: ASU Foundation)
Martha Wallace-JonesMartha Wallace-Jones26 Sep 2018
Martha Wallace-Jones, 67, died on September 26, 2018. Martha was active in the Brattleboro (Vermont) performing arts community and a dedicated patron of the Brooks Memorial Library. After high school, Martha took a year off to study the organ before moving to California to attend Mills College in 1969. However she spent more time at student protests than classes so she returned to Putney in the early seventies where she met and married Alan Jones. Soon after, they moved to Mesa Arizona for two years where Alan studied and taught mathematics at ASU. Eventually they returned to Vermont where Alan took a job teaching math at BUHS and Martha began acting, directing and dancing in local productions. Martha worked for years as a typist, transcriptionist and office manager for local publications and authors but she was most known for her performances in numerous productions for The Actors Theatre, Brattleboro School of Dance and Brattleboro Center for the Performing Arts.  Martha is survived by her daughter, three sisters, five nieces and her nephew. She is predeceased by her husband, Alan Jones, her sister, her mother who died just ten days before she did, and her father. The family will hold a private memorial celebration of Martha's life. Donations may be made to the Windham County Heat Fund   (Source: ASU Foundation)
James R. RowleyJames R. Rowley22 Sep 2018
James R. Rowley, 74, died on September 22, 2018. Jim earned a Bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Master's degree in fine arts from the University of Utah. In 1972, he founded a graphic design firm in Denver, Colorado, which quickly became one of only a handful of firms then working nationally on medium to large-scale identity, signage and exhibit projects. In 1986, Jim relocated the firm, then known as Rowley Associates, to Scottsdale, Arizona. There he continued an active consulting practice while taking on the additional challenge of becoming an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at ASU. Jim left full time teaching in 1992 and renewed attention to his design consulting business, which he continued until 2017. Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn Dyer Rowley, a son, two grandsons, two sisters and many other relatives. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Marissa Roche TheisenMarissa Roche Theisen22 Sep 2018
Marissa Roche Theisen, 66, passed away last Saturday. She attended the University of New Hampshire for her Bachelor's degree and a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard. After graduate school, her passion for environmental issues carried her to Washington D.C., where she worked for The Conservation Foundation. Her job there focused on connecting and empowering citizens through dialogue and education and working to improve issues like water quality, sewage treatment, and national forest conservation. In D.C. she met Chuck Theisen whom she followed to Phoenix where they were married. Although the marriage only lasted four years, it brought her two beautiful children. Marissa's professional experiences in Phoenix were vast and varied, but followed a common theme: service. After attaining an MBA from ASU, she and Rich Fisher started Win Win Creations, a management consulting firm specializing in conflict disappearance. Together they facilitated partnering workshops for a range of clients, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Navy, the Marines, and the Arizona Department of Transportation. This work also led her and Rich to write a book in 1997 called George and the Jeannie: An Adventure in Conflict Disappearance. Afterwards, she briefly stepped in as Executive Director of the YWCA of Maricopa County and then became the President and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers forum in 1999, leading that organization for 18 years. Within this role, she helped spearhead the creation of Arizona Gives Day. Marissa also was a Faculty Associate at ASU's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. And she volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including the YWCA, the Junior League of Phoenix, Child Crisis Arizona, Social Venture Partners, and the Self-Employment Loan Fund. Marissa was preceded in death by a brother. She is survived by a son, a daughter, two granddaughters and four sisters. Her family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Ceremony for her on October 8th. Please email rememberingmarissa@gmail.com for details if you would like to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Marissa Theisen Family Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation   (Source: Arizona Republic)
George BoutellGeorge Boutell16 Sep 2018
George Boutell, 74, passed away on September 16, 2018. In the early 1960's George was ranked the No. 1 Amateur Golfer in the United States by Golf Digest and Golf World magazines. Widely known for his extraordinary short game, George played on the ASU golf team and was named 1st Team All American. He played on the PGA Tour from 1968 to 1973 and then was a golf professional at Papago Golf Course for several years. From 1975 to 1985 he was the ASU men's golf coach, and twice was named Coach of the Year in the then PAC 10. Thereafter, George spent 20 years as a PGA Tour Rules Official and, following his retirement, he was honored with the 2009 Anser Award by the Southwest Section of the PGA of America. He was inducted into the   ASU Hall of Fame and the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame. George is survived by a brother and two nieces. A Celebration of George's Life will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 1 at Camelback Golf Club (7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale AZ 85253). Casual dress is acceptable. Parking may be limited, so please carpool if possible. In lieu of flowers, George hoped that memorial contributions would be made to the Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 13400 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ.
 Martha Straley Smith15 Sep 2018
Martha Straley Smith, 93, passed away September 15, 2018. She completed her degree at Capital University in Columbus Ohio. She went on to teach in Tipp City, Ohio, and later moved to Chicago while her husband, Marion, completed his master's degree at the American Conservatory of Music. They moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1952 when Marion accepted a position as a voice professor at ASU. She is survived by two children and two granddaughters. The visitation for Martha will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens, 4310 East Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042. 602-437-0436. The funeral service will occur Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, 215 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281, followed by burial at Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Helen Louise SpracaleHelen Louise Spracale14 Sep 2018
Helen Louise Spracale, 84, passed away on September 14, 2018. She and her husband, James, moved to Arizona in 1960. The two were perhaps best known for many years as the owners/operators of Pete's Fish & Chips at its original Tempe location on Mill and University. Helen eventually retired from the Civil Services Dept. at ASU in 1996. She is survived by four children and a grandson. Helen is being laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Mesa, AZ at a private family ceremony on September 28th. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Evan GarrisonEvan Garrison13 Sep 2018
Evan Garrison, 24, died on September 13, 2018. He graduated in 2017 from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with degrees in Physics and Math. He was a graduate student in the physics Ph.D. program at ASU. He had been a Teaching Assistant in Physics at ASU since fall 2017 and worked as a Research Assistant, studying electronic band structure of green phosphorene nanoribbons. He passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exam and completed a scientific journal article for the American Institute of Physics' AIP Advances. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, a nephew, grandparents and more than 30 first cousins, aunts and uncles. Funeral will be Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, 2100 Fourth Ave. North. Donations may be made to UAB, designated to the Evan Garrison Memorial Fund for a Scholarship in Physics.
E. Darrell ElderE. Darrell Elder11 Sep 2018
E. Darrell Elder, 82, passed away on September 11, 2018. Darrell earned his Bachelor's degree in Education at Eastern Illinois University in 1958 and then earned a Master's degree in Education Administration at Northern Illinois University. He taught in Tempe, Arizona and became a Teacher placement director at ASU. Darrell returned to Springfield, where he worked for the State of Illinois Teacher's Retirement System for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and an infant son. Mr. Elder is survived by his wife, Francine Elder, three sons, five grandchildren and two sisters. Visitation and Funeral Service: The Elder family will greet family and friends at West Side Christian Church, 2850 Cider Mill Ln., Springfield, IL from 9:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2018 until the time of a funeral service at 11:00 am Saturday. Burial will be private in the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the West Side Christian Church 2850 Cider Mill Ln., Springfield, IL 62702 (Source: Arizona Republic)
George William AtkinsonGeorge William Atkinson7 Sep 2018
George William (Bill) Atkinson, 79, died on September 7, 2018. He attended Slippery State College for two years and JBEW Apprentice School for four years. In 1974 Bill moved his family to Mesa, Arizona because of his son's health. He worked as a maintenance electrician at ASU for 23 years, the last 12 years as lead electrician with the Tele-Communications Department. He retired in 1997. Bill was preceded in death by a son. He is survived by his wife, Carol, two sons, six grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and two brothers. A Celebration of Bill's life was held on Saturday, September 22, at Green Valley Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to your favorite charity in Bill's memory.
 Arnold Thoedore Johnson5 Sep 2018
Arnold Theodore Johnson, 88, passed away September 5, 2018. After his service in the Navy where he was stationed on Guam during the Korean Conflict, Arnold taught Science and was also the principal for three years in Souris, ND. Later he taught at ASU while completing his Masters Degree in Biological Science. Leaving Arizona, he taught science at a high school and two junior high schools in Wisconsin. The next 30 years were spent at North High School, North St. Paul, MN, where he taught biology and other sciences. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Carol, two daughters, a son, a sister, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was held September 10 at First United Methodist church of Stillwater, 813 Myrtle St. W., Stillwater, MN. Memorials preferred to the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater or the donor’s choice. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Veronica Fernandez4 Sep 2018
Veronica Fernandez, 42, passed away on September 4, 2018.  Veronica was recently doing custodial work for ASU. She is survived by three children. All services will occur in San Diego, California at Greenwood Memorial Park and Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Avenue.
Richard O. FinleyRichard O. Finley4 Sep 2018
Richard O. " Dick" Finley, 84, passed away September 4, 2018. In 1952 he went to Arizona State College but decided he would rather own a ranch, so he left school to make his fortune pumping gas at Standard Oil. The real world was a wake-up call, so he re-enrolled with a renewed determination and drive to get an education. He got a job as an RA in Irish Hall, was elected Activities Vice President of the student body, where he rallied students to change the name to Arizona State University. After graduation, he worked as Executive Manager of Associated Students at ASU for the next decade. He later went on to earn a Masters Degree in Counseling. After working at Modern Builders, he and his brother Mike left their respective jobs to start Finley Construction in 1968. His expertise in real estate development, storage facilities, sand and gravel, and ranching, has changed Arizona for the better. He was Chairman of the Board of the 100-acre billion-dollar Good Samaritan Hospital redevelopment project. He and his brother Mike built over 1500 single family homes, including six subdivisions, commercial buildings, tenant improvements and countless projects at friend's homes. Dick is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, two grandchildren, a great grandchild and three siblings. A celebration of his life will be Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 am at Scottsdale Bible Church's Venue on the east side of the campus. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dick Finley Young Life Scholarship Fund   (Source: Arizona Republic)
Dennis E. MitchemDennis E. Mitchem29 Aug 2018
Dennis E. (Denny) Mitchem, 87, passed away on August 29, 2018.  Denny served in the Air Force where he achieved the rank of lieutenant. After his military service, he completed his college degree at the University of Nebraska.  He began working for Arthur Andersen and Company in 1952 as an Accountant, Auditor, and Consultant and served there for forty years. In 1958, he helped open Andersen's Phoenix Office and later was admitted as a partner. Denny is a past chairman of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. From 1992 through 1994, Denny was the manager of the Resolutions Trust Corporation financial processing center in Denver. In 1994 he moved to Moscow as the Manager of the Local Privatization Center project for United States Agency for International Development. When he returned to Phoenix from Russia, he served for over two years as the executive director of Valley of the Sun Habitat for Humanity. In late 1998, Denny joined NAU as Director of Corporate Relations. He spearheaded NAU's corporate development activities reaching out to Arizona business leaders to assist the college in formulating objectives and securing resources necessary to achieve them. He retired in 2010 but continued to serve as a volunteer. He also served as the chairman of the audit committee and board member of a successful publicly held corporation which was sold to foreign investors in 2007 for $3.5 billion. Denny also served the United States Agency for International Development as a consultant relative to the emerging accounting professions in southeast Europe. During his years in the Valley, Denny was very active in the community. He helped found Valley Leadership, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Herberger Theater, ASU College of Business Council of 100, Economic Club of Phoenix, Citizens Transportation Council, Downtown Crime Task Force, Phoenix Community Alliance, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and YES on 400. His past Chairmanships include Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Visitors and Convention Bureau, Citizens Bond Committee, Residents for Safe and Efficient Transportation, Valley of the Sun United Way Campaign and Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. He served Goodwill Industries of Arizona for over forty years and in 2015 they named the Dennis E. Mitchem (Denny) Strategy Room in their corporate headquarters after him to recognize his service. Dennis is survived by his wife Betty, four children, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a grandson and sister. His services will be at the First United Methodist Church at 5510 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 on Friday September 28th at 10am. Please do not send flowers. If you want to do something, he has an endowed scholarship at the Northern Arizona University Foundation. Memorial gifts may be directed to the NAU Foundation online or via mail. Mail checks to NAU Foundation, PO Box 4094, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, and write "Fund 1599 in memory of Dennis Mitchem" in the memo line. Or, make a secure online gift at alumni.nau.edu/giving . Select fund 1599, "Mitchem Family Scholarship," and in the comment box, type "In memory of Dennis Mitchem." Or you could make a contribution at the First United Methodist Church. (Source: Arizona Central)
Mary MenkMary Menk26 Aug 2018
Mary "Louise" Menk, 91, died August 26, 2018. She studied two years at the University of Montana then finished her degree in Fashion Design at Southern Methodist University. After her husband, John "Jack" D. Irwin, finished his law degree they settled in Billings, MT, where he opened his practice. He was killed in a plane crash in November of 1959.  Louise decided to start a new life the summer of 1962 and moved to Arizona with her two daughters. She designed clothes for shops on 5th Avenue in Scottsdale. Later she obtained a real estate license, landing a job in the mortgage business. The company she worked for was near Dean Witter in downtown Phoenix and she spent her lunch hours watching the ticker tape and nights charting stocks. She and her boss soon determined that her heart was in the stock market, so she resigned from the mortgage business and quickly became a successful investor. She was so successful that the Arizona Republic featured her on the front page as "a woman who conquered the male dominated stock market business". In 1983 she married Louis W. Menk, a leader in the railroad industry. He passed away in 1999.  Throughout Louise's life, she was a philanthropist and volunteer to many organizations including the Desert Foothills Land Trust, Desert Foothills Library, The Heard Museum, and the Foothills Caring Corps. She was a Trustee Emeritus of the Yellowstone Art Museum and served on the Board of Directors at the Crisis Nursery Inc. Arizona. Louise and her husband Lou were passionate about and avid supporters of the Desert Foothills Land Trust from its early days. Louise recognized, encouraged and supported several talented and struggling artists throughout her years. She also set up funds that provided scholarships to students at the University of Montana through the John D. Irwin Jr. Memorial Scholarship, and at ASU through the Louis and Louise Menk Endowed Scholarship in The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Mary Louise Menk is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. A service has already taken place at Desert Hills Presbyterian on August 31, 2018. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Desert Foothills Land Trust, P.O. Box 4861, Cave Creek, Arizona, 85327 in her memory, or to the nonprofit of your choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Dorothy RissmanDorothy Rissman23 Aug 2018
Dorothy Rissman, 74, passed away August 23, 2018. Dorothy received a Bachelor's Degree from Wichita State University where she also did graduate studies. She spent most of her life as a professional artist. She has been represented by galleries in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Portland, Denver and Seattle. Her collectors include: Emprise Bank, Bezos Family Foundation, Neimen Marcus, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, Westin Hotels, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Swedish Hospital, The Breast Cancer Center (Phoenix), Nordstrom, AT&T Corporation, and Arizona Foundation for Blind Children. See Dorothy's work at Dorothy Rissman . She was an accomplished violinist and played with the Taliesin Ensemble at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Dorothy is survived by her husband Benton Peugh, her son, two sisters and two step children. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to  Lawrence Humane Society  , 1805 E 19th St., Lawrence, KS 66046, or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Melvin Firestone19 Aug 2018
Melvin (Mel) Firestone, 87, passed away on August 19, 2018. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1967 and was a member of ASU’s Department of Anthropology faculty for more than 30 years, retiring in 2003 as Emeritus Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology. Mel was a psychological anthropologist interested in marine anthropology, religion and psychology. He was known for his work with fishing communities in Newfoundland (Savage Cove) and in Devonshire. He also published on the Sephardim, Jews of Iberian descent who’ve retained their own distinctive customs and rituals. His wife, the late Sharon Firestone, was also an anthropologist who studied the lives of women in Savage Cove, the basis for her ASU Ph.D. dissertation in History (2006). (Source: Geoffrey A. Clark, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor Emeritus, School of Human Evolution and Social Change)
 Charles Duval Switzer19 Aug 2018
Charles Duval Switzer, 76, passed away on August 19, 2018. He enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and served as a foundryman on the USS Piedmont and the USS Dixie stationed out of San Diego, CA. His daughter, Heather Switzer, graduated from Virginia Tech with her PhD in Public and International Affairs and is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at ASU. Charles is survived by his wife, Rita, his daughter Heather, a son Scott, two brothers and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. He is preceded in death by eight relatives. Services to celebrate Charlie's life will be held in Princeton, WVA and Salem, VA.
Margaret FussellMargaret Fussell18 Aug 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Fussell, 66, passed away on August 18, 2018. After graduating with a BS in Education from Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State University), she worked in Missouri in the education field. Shortly thereafter Peggy moved to Arizona and became a teacher within the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools and a member of the City of the Lord Catholic Community. In the 1990's Peggy joined ASU as a High School Recruitment Coordinator at Fulton Schools of Engineering (18 years), where she cultivated students' success. Peggy is survived by a sister, three brothers, eight nephews and nieces, a great-nephew and great-niece. A Rosary Service will be held at 9:30AM on Friday, August 31, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E Libra Drive, Tempe, with a Memorial Mass to follow at 10AM.  Interment to follow at St Francis Catholic Cemetery.  Donations, if you wish, can be made to City of the Lord or Americare Hospice & Palliative Care.
Lois Mae TildenLois Mae Tilden18 Aug 2018
Lois Mae (Brown) Tilden, 88, passed away on August 18, 2018. Lois was a secretary for over 25 years at Community General Hospital and as secretary to a Dean at ASU. Lois is survived by five children, a brother, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Bradley, a sister, and a grandson. A gathering will be held in New York at a date to be announced by the family.
Loretta RichardsLoretta Richards14 Aug 2018
Loretta “Jane” Richards, 87, passed away August 14, 2018. Jane obtained an Aviation Secretarial Degree at Thiel College in Greenville, PA. After graduation she went to Washington, D.C. to work for the government in the offices of the Marshall Plan. In the sixties, Jane was again involved in government work in Arizona after attending Grand Canyon College. For 32 years Jane worked with the Arizona State Legislature, which included serving as Chief Clerk of Arizona - House of Representatives for 17 years. For 18 years Jane worked doing stats for ASU football, Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Suns. She was preceded in death by a son and her husband Philip (Flip). She is survived by two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandsons, many nieces and nephews and three siblings. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 8 at 11am in the Kachina Ball Room at Sun Village Community Center, 14300 W. Bell Rd., Surprise 85374 - followed by a reception in the Residents' Lounge. Memorial contributions in Jane's honor may be made to Rainbow Acres -2120 W. Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322; Banner Home Care & Hospice - 275 E. Germann Rd., Ste 110, Gilbert, AZ 85297.
 Stephen Winter Tobey, Sr.13 Aug 2018
Stephen Winter Tobey Sr., 82, passed away August 13, 2018. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology, his M.S. in Organic Chemistry, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Madison University of Wisconsin. He taught Chemistry at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon; Purdue University, West Lafayette; Harvard University, Boston and ASU. He retired from The Dow Chemical Company in 1999 as a Research Scientist with numerous US patents, journals, and publications. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, four children, five granddaughters, six grandsons and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Celebration of his life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to Aurora BayCare Hospice or Simply Cremation, Green Bay Wisconsin, or a charity of your choice. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Thomas E. HendrickThomas E. Hendrick5 Aug 2018
Thomas E. "Tom" Hendrick, 81, passed away on August 5, 2018. Tom earned a BS and MBA degrees from the University of Washington. This was followed by a PH.D. in Business from the University of Oregon where he was a National Defense Fellow. Tom began his teaching and research career in higher education at the University of Colorado - Boulder (for 13 years) where he earned the rank of full professor. While at CU Boulder he co-authored a text book on production/operations management which has been used in courses in several hundred colleges and universities. In 1983 Tom joined the faculty at ASU. While at ASU, he was a Professor in Supply Chain Management in the W.P. Carey School of Business. He was also a Senior Faculty Research Associate for the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS) where he led several research projects, authored journal articles, and directed over 40 executive roundtable programs throughout the world. Tom retired from ASU in 2006. Other international experiences included two summers in the Republic of China as a consultant to their power and petroleum industries, and acting dean for the European Institute for Purchasing Management. Among several honors and awards were "MBA Supply Chain Management Professor of the Year", John Deere Faculty Fellow, and National Defense Fellow. Tom was an active consultant to several firms, including Motorola, Maricopa Medical Center, John Deere and Accenture. Tom is survived by his wife, Kathleen Law Hendrick, two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center. Donations can be made by check to: 124 W. Thomas, Ste 250, Phoenix AZ 85013 (Please make any checks to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center and please note "In Memory of Thomas Hendrick”. Donations may also be made online at  Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center . (Source: Arizona Republic)
George Lewis CowgillGeorge Lewis Cowgill31 Jul 2018
George Lewis Cowgill, 88, died on July 31, 2018. He enrolled in the University of Idaho then later transferred to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. George graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in physics and in 1963 obtained a doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University. He was a professor of anthropology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., between 1962 and 1990. He devoted most of his research effort to mapping the city of Teotihuacan and analyzing archaeological artifacts, such as pot sherds, found there. He also made important contributions to the application of statistics to archaeological research, and to the comparative study of ancient cities. In 1990 ASU recruited him to its faculty. He flourished at ASU and continued to work with graduate students and do research in Teotihuacan well after his retirement in 2005 as Professor Emeritus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. The American Anthropological Association awarded him the Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology in 2004. In 2015, he published Ancient Teotihuacan: Early Urbanism in Central Mexico. George is survived by a niece. A memorial service in Arizona will be planned for later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASU Teotihuacan Archaeological Research Center Endowment. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Jack M. ForemanJack M. Foreman31 Jul 2018
Jack M. Foreman, 77, passed away on July 31, 2018. Jack received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at ASU. Following the completion of his schooling and some time as a fifth grade teacher, he returned to ASU to work in the development department and played an integral role in the fundraising for the Packard Baseball Stadium. This experience led him to a sales career at IBM, Wang Laboratories in Las Vegas, Blue Cross Blue Shield in Salt Lake City and then finally to starting his own company, LJE Insurance, in 1995. Jack is survived by three daughters. The following services will be held in celebration of his life: (1) Wake on Friday, August 31st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Starks Mortuary, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106 and (2) Mass on Saturday, September 1st at 11:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, which will be immediately preceded by a Rosary at 10:30am (address below). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the South Salt Lake Animal Services, 2274 South 600 West, South Salt Lake, UT 84115 and the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church Renovation Fund, St. Vincent De Paul Parish, 1375 Spring Lane, Salt Lake City, UT, 84117.
 W. Henry Duckham II30 Jul 2018
W. Henry Duckham II, 89, died July 30, 2018. Henry trained as a classical orchestral player at the New England Conservatory graduating with undergraduate degrees. He served as principal clarinet for the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra and toured with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He attended Tanglewood as a fellow and later taught as an adjunct faculty member at ASU, Whitman College and Oberlin Conservatory. He toured the mid-west as a member of a clarinet/guitar duo. His interest in jazz and classical music started early and as an improviser he performed with a number of established jazz players. He left the music business to support his family, working in sales and marketing for KLH Research and Development Corp., Salada Foods and Ludens Confectionery Co. as director of Marketing. In 1967 he earned his MBA degree from Northeastern University. In the mid-1970s his original commitment to music brought him back to the field as an administrator and he served as Development Director for the Phoenix Symphony and later as a fund raiser for Whitman College, eventually moving to Oberlin, OH to become the Director of External Affairs for the Oberlin Conservatory. He moved to Falmouth MA in 1991 to join Sea Education Association and served as alumni Director for his alma mater the New England Conservatory. He is survived by his second wife, Elaine, his three sons, six grandchildren, a sister and many nieces and nephews.
June Ellen Graton MeitzJune Ellen Graton Meitz30 Jul 2018
June Ellen Graton Meitz, 82, died on July 30, 2018. She graduated from Wright State University with a BA in Education and Master’s in Marketing. Her employment included modeling, dental hygiene, veterinary assisting, editing, writing, research, marketing, publicity, co-owner of a travel agency, and teaching at ASU and Ottawa University. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. She is survived by one sister, three brothers, one daughter, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association or the ACLU.
 Philip Charles Alexander Jordan26 Jul 2018
Philip Charles Alexander Jordan, 54, died July 26, 2018. His education included the School of Nursing at Columbus State Community College. He received a Bachelors of Arts at ASU. He worked as a Nursing Student at Columbus State, and for 25 years as an IT Support Administrator at ASU West. He is survived by two siblings. He was preceded in death by his spouse, his parents and a brother. A donation in memory of Philip C. Jordan aka Charlie may be made to the Arizona Humane Society or Columbus Humane.
Virginia WaltersVirginia Walters20 Jul 2018
Virginia (Ginny) Walters, 93, passed away on July 20, 2018. Jane worked at ASU for the Comptroller and at U of A College of Medicine as a secretary. She was preceded in death by her husband James E., a son, two brothers, one sister and a granddaughter. She is survived by three daughters, three grandsons, two granddaughters, three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Following her wishes, a private family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate her life.
Dora Marie CreelDora Marie Creel16 Jul 2018
Dora Marie Creel, 88, passed away on July 16, 2018. She is retired from Kansas City Power and Light and ASU bookstore. She served as a board member for the Gilbert Schools Education Foundation and the Gilbert Boys' and Girls' Club. Dora is preceded in death by her husband, John, and two brothers. She is survived by her sister along with numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at Eternal Life Lutheran Church on Friday, July 20 at 10:00 am., 7025 E. Main St. Mesa, Arizona (Main St. & Jefferson). Burial will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona and Hospice of the Valley.  (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Arliss Anne Webster14 Jul 2018
Arliss Anne Webster, 64, died July 14, 2018. She majored in piano at Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) before moving to Colorado where she graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education/Reading. Arliss went on to earn a M.A. degree in English/Literature at San Francisco State University. She married Tim Webster in 1983; they later divorced but remained friends. Arliss had a distinguished career as Assistant VPs at Bank One and Wells Fargo., yet she spent most of her career in higher education. She served as an administrator in a variety of challenging leadership roles at Samuel Merritt University, San Francisco State University, ASU, Community College of Denver, the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She retired after 11 years at Metro. She taught as adjunct faculty at most of these institutions. Arliss was preceded in death by her father and brother. She is survived by her mother, two brothers, a niece and many cousins. Burial is at the family plot at Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Denver Botanical Gardens or Denver Dumb Friends League (Source: ASU Foundation)
Isidro VallesIsidro Valles11 Jul 2018
Isidro Valles, (Chilo), 79, passed away on July 11, 2018. He graduated from ASU in 1971 with a Bachelors of Art Degree and enjoyed a fulfilling career as Director of Financial Aid at ASU, Director of Financial Aid at Miller Institute and as a Criminal Investigator at the Internal Revenue Service. Isidro was instrumental in assisting minority students at ASU with financial aid and other support. He is survived by a son, a daughter, a brother and grandson. A luncheon to honor his life will be held on Friday, July 20 from 11:30-1:30pm at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery Reception Hall, 401 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 480-945-2654. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Linda S. Nichols6 Jul 2018
Linda S. Nichols, age not given,  passed away on July 6, 2018. She attended Purdue University before moving to Arizona where she attended and worked at ASU. She acquired an associates degree in paralegal studies. For many years she worked for Rural Metro Fire Dept./Amt as equipment and medical supply specialist; most recently at Amr Division of Envision Healthcare in an administrative capacity until she retired. She is survived by her partner Deborah, a daughter, two sisters, an aunt and cousins. She was preceded in death by an uncle. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
Terence Michael MulkernTerence Michael Mulkern4 Jul 2018
Terence Michael Mulkern, 57, passed away on July 4, 2018. He earned a Bachelor of University Studies in Architectural Journalism from North Dakota State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from ASU. Prior to the birth of his children, Terry taught writing at ASU. After the birth of his sons he was a stay-at-home dad and husband first in Glendale, Arizona and then in Kentwood, Michigan. Terence is survived by his wife Wendy Ljungren, two sons, his mother, three sisters, two brothers, an aunt and two uncles. Terry is preceded in death by his father. A reception will be held in Kentwood in July and a memorial service will be held in Fargo in August. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Mary PistorMary Pistor28 Jun 2018
Mary Pistor, 62, passed away on June 28, 2018. She was a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's in Rehabilitation. After choosing to pursue a career in education, she received her degree in Elementary Teaching from Grand Canyon College and later a Master of Education from ASU. As a lifelong educator, Mary worked at the Osborn School District for 38 years starting in 1980. Her passion and love was for her students, initially as a fourth grade teacher to her final position as Director of Curriculum. During her tenure she brought many valuable programs to the Osborn District while also serving as an ASU adjunct faculty member. Mary is survived by her husband, Lee, a son, three sisters, numerous nieces and nephews as well as grand-nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 on August 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM, all are welcome. Instead of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Osborn School District Educational Foundation.
Melvin Wilson Barber, Jr.Melvin Wilson Barber, Jr.27 Jun 2018
Melvin Wilson Barber, Jr., 77, passed away on June 27, 2018. He served his country in the Air Force in Japan. He earned a bachelor's degree from InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and an MS and a PhD from the University of Kansas. He was a professor of sociology at ASU, Pan American University, Laredo State University, Florida A&M University and Flagler College. Melvin is survived by his second wife, Rowena Noble, his three daughters, his first wife, Janet Barber, his uncle, his sister and a host of cousins, nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life for Melvin Barber, Jr. will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. John Baptist Church in Hopkins, SC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harriett Barber House in memory of our Dad and sent to The Harriet Barber House, 3008 Twin Oaks Way, Columbia, SC 29209.
Masako TakiguchiMasako Takiguchi25 Jun 2018
Masako Takiguchi, 86, passed away June 25, 2018. Though she spent the majority of her childhood and adulthood in Japan, she lived in Glendale and Phoenix for over 50 years after marrying an Arizona native, Minoru Takiguchi, who was a produce farmer. Masako has been a JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) member since 1960 and a board member since 1975 where she was Chapter membership chair, Vice President and President. As a "Kibei" (a name given to those Japanese Americans who returned to the States after living in Japan during World War II), she was happy to honor the Isseis' Keirokai and also served as Mr. Takemori's correspondence secretary for the Chojukai. Masako's volunteer experience is extensive within the Japanese community in Phoenix. She was one of the charter founders of the Japanese American Citizen's League, a charter member of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, Japan American Society of Phoenix, Arizona American Asian Association, Arizona Gakuen School and founder of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. She was appointed by Arizona Governor Rose Mofford, Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, and council members Skip Rimza and Phil Gordon, to serve on various committees such as the Phoenix Pride Commission, the Phoenix Women's Commission, Phoenix Sister City Commission and the Phoenix Bonds Commission. She was a member of organizations such as ASU West's Provost Club, Young Women's Christian Association of Maricopa County, Arizona Matsuri Festival, Sekishu School of Tea Ceremony, and served as an honorary co-chair for Arizona America Japan Week. Because of her work with many associations, and the support of friends and associates, Masako has received numerous awards from organizations such as the City of Phoenix, the City of Glendale, Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, the City of Phoenix Parks, Recreation and Library Department, Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Sister Cities International 50th Anniversary Circle of Distinguished Volunteer Award, and Who's who among Asian Americans. In 2010 she received a special award from the Emperor of Japan entitled "The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays." This lifetime achievement award honors those who have made a significant contribution in furthering the Japanese cultural arts in the U.S. In 2011, Masako also received the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission Himeji Committee inaugural Lifetime Achievement award. This award was named after her and will be given to those who continue to contribute significantly to the Japanese culture arts. Today, Masako continues to work on creating more awareness about the Japanese culture through her civic projects. She is survived by three daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter. Donations may be made to the Japanese Friendship Garden . (Source: ASU Foundation)
Gladys Styles JohnstonGladys Styles Johnston20 Jun 2018
Dr. Gladys Styles Johnston, 79, passed away June 20, 2018. Her career in higher educational administration spanned 45 years. She became ASU Dean of Education in 1986. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jack B. Kinsinger, who was Vice President for Academic Affairs at ASU from 1982-1987. She is also survived by two step-children, three grandchildren and a host of 21 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at First Institutional Baptist Church, 1141 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM followed by a homegoing services at 11:00 AM. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Samuel B. Green18 Jun 2018
Samuel B. Green, 71, died on June 18, 2018. He earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and his PhD in psychology, specializing in psychometrics and applied statistics, from the University of Georgia. After his graduate training, he accepted a position at Auburn University. Subsequently, he taught and conducted research at the University of Kansas. He joined ASU in 2000 and, at the time of his death, was professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. Sam is survived by his wife, Marilyn, three daughters and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held on June 22, 2018 at Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283. Private burial will be at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Sam asked his family and friends to fight hate and bigotry and requested that they consider donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League.
Thomas Paul JacobsenThomas Paul Jacobsen16 Jun 2018
Thomas "Tom" Paul Jacobsen, 67,  passed away on June 16, 2018. Tom went to ASU for both undergrad and graduate school. He served his career as a Hospital Administrator, including at Chandler Regional Hospital (Chandler, AZ), Centinela Mammoth Hospital (Mammoth Lakes, CA), Desert Samaritan Hospital (Mesa, AZ) and at ASU’s Student Health Center. He also was a Consultant for both inpatient and outpatient facilities in operations, construction and accreditation as well as a Surveyor for the Accreditation for Ambulatory Health Care. Tom once found a particularly rewarding role in his career serving as Director of Development for Life Care Services at Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona, where he had also served on the Board of Directors. Most sentimental and appropriate, Friendship Village is exactly where Tom was able to pass into eternal peace. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Child Crisis Center and was on the Arizona Citizen Review Panel for Children. Tom is survived by two children, two siblings, two grandsons and his life love and friend, Margi. There will be three private family services of memoriam and celebrations of Tom's life: Prescott, Arizona by his in-laws; Santa Fe, New Mexico by his parents; and on a ski boat at sunset in the canyons of Lake Powell. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send a charitable donation in Tom's name to the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, Arizona and/or to 2nd Chance Dog Rescue in Queen Creek, Arizona. Condolences and positive sentiments of Tom may be submitted in a memory book to the Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery .  (Source: Arizona Republic)
Steven Franklin Danish IIISteven Franklin Danish III15 Jun 2018
Steven Franklin Danish III, 65, passed away on June 15, 2018. Steve has always worked in construction whether it was roofing or electrical work. The last 20 years he was proud to work for ASU as a Project Coordinator. Steve is preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by a brother, nephew, three children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other family members. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Robert E. LutzRobert E. Lutz15 Jun 2018
Robert E. Lutz, 85, passed away June 15, 2018. Bob owned and operated Lutz Engineering for 43 years. He will leave behind an indelible mark on the field of engineering, not only for the numerous accolades he compiled, or the sterling reputation he acquired through all those with which he did business, but rather the unparalleled standard of excellence with which he held everyone, especially himself. He shared his knowledge with others as an associate professor of electrical engineering at ASU. His wife, Jo, preceded him in death. He is survived by three children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A gathering was held in his Sun Lakes home on June 23, 2018. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Wilburn Philip DyerWilburn Philip Dyer11 Jun 2018
Wilburn Philip "Phil" Dyer, 72, passed away June 11, 2018. Phil graduated from ASU with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business. He was a Sun Angel founding board member, lifelong ASU athletics supporter, and received the prestigious Frank Kush Award. He excelled in athletics, playing baseball for ASU. He was an Army veteran. Phil was the co-owner of Dyer Electric and served as President of the National Electric Contractors Association of AZ. Phil is preceded in death by a brother-in-law and three step nephews. He is survived by his wife, Annie, a son, two daughters, a stepson, two stepdaughters, a brother, sister, stepmother, two nephews and 12 grandchildren. A fund has been created to assist with expenses. All donations to the Phil Dyer Memorial Fund at Christ Church are tax deductible. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 pm at Christ Church, 1120 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ. Reception to be held afterward at Karsten Golf Club. (Source: Arizona Republic)
George KaradyGeorge Karady10 Jun 2018
George Karady, 87, passed away June 10, 2018, while traveling in London. George received his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest. In 1986, he was appointed Salt River Chair Professor at ASU in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Previously, he was with EBASCO Services where he served as chief consulting electrical engineer, manager of electrical systems and chief engineer of computer technology. He was an electrical task supervisor for the Tokomak Fusion Test Reactor project in Princeton. At ASU George helped shape engineering curriculum to reflect industry needs and championed computer-based education. His research expertise spanned power electronics, high-voltage engineering and power systems. He was active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional organization and earned the highest distinction of membership as IEEE Fellow. For many years, he actively participated with the International Council on Large Electric Systems, a non-profit association for electric systems experts. George is survived by his wife, Iris Feldman, a son, two grandchildren, two step-children and five step-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, George's family requests that contributions be made to the Phoenix Children's Hospital "When In Need Grandmas Serve," or WINGS. Include the note "In memory of George Karady" and send to PCH Foundation, 2929 E. Camelback Road Suite 122, Phoenix, AZ 85016. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Mary Elizabeth SiglerMary Elizabeth Sigler9 Jun 2018
Mary Elizabeth Sigler, 52, passed away on June 9, 2018 after a nearly three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mary earned her B.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (2003) at ASU and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania (2000). She was appointed to the faculty of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU in 2003. She quickly established herself as a leading voice in criminal law and jurisprudence and, in 2012, was appointed as an Associate Dean at the College of Law. Mary was a frequent contributor to leading law journals, with dozens of publications, and was a sought-after panelist at international conferences. Her work led to a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University in 2006 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2007. In her fifteen years on the faculty at ASU Law, Mary taught jurisprudence, criminal law, and other courses, and her impact on Arizona's legal community will be felt far into the future. Mary was pre-deceased by her parents and a brother. She is survived by two brothers, two nephews and numerous cousins. A wake/visitation will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix from 6:00 P.M. -8:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue in Phoenix, with the interment to immediately follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street in Phoenix. A reception for family and friends will follow the interment. Flowers can be sent to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home or donations can be made in Mary's memory to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah or to the Arizona Humane Society. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 William W. Phillips8 Jun 2018
William W. Phillips, 92, passed away on June 8, 2018. Bill was in the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. He graduated from the University of North Dakota and after a short time in the business world returned and received a Master Degree in Education. He later obtained a Ph.D. from The University of Missouri. Bill became a history professor at ASU in 1956 and retired in 1987 as Emeritus Professor. Bill was a member of ASURA. Bill is survived by his wife, Marlene, and many nieces and nephews. Private services were held. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Barbara Ridge6 Jun 2018
Barbara Ridge, the West Valley business owner, civic leader and community activist who helped to conceive of and lead the successful grassroots effort for what would become ASU’s West campus, died on June 6, 2018. She was 78. Her passing was communicated to ASU by her son, Jamie Ridge. Ridge, along with her husband Sterling, the former Glendale mayor, advocated for an ASU campus near Glendale starting in the 1970s and continued to be strong supporters of the university well past the campus’s establishment on West Thunderbird Road.  “Barbara Ridge was a tremendous leader in our community,” said ASU executive vice president and university provost Mark Searle, the former provost of the West campus. “She and Sterling were a powerful force to drive the establishment of ASU’s West campus and to push for its continued excellence. We will always be thankful for Barbara’s contributions to our university, her civic mindedness and her commitment to education.” Ridge’s vision of a four-year degree-granting college in the West Valley initially came out of the desire to finish her own bachelor’s degree after becoming a mother; the trip to Tempe to complete that work was impractical. She and others saw the need for an institution of higher education that could serve the fast-growing community on the other side of the Phoenix metro area.  Ridge was proud of what the West campus has become, especially the access to higher education it provided to a broad and diverse group of students, according to her son. Those wishing to honor Barbara’s memory may contribute to the Barbara and Sterling Ridge Memorial Scholarship. Checks can be made out to the Glendale Union High School District, 7650 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301 (Attention Tina Charette). Please include “Barbara and Sterling Ridge Memorial Scholarship” on the memo line. (Source: ASU Insight)
Carmen Jimenez VarelaCarmen Jimenez Varela3 Jun 2018
Carmen Jimenez Varela, 102, passed away on June 3, 2018. She spent most of her working years as the Head Chef in the cafeteria at ASU. Carmen is survived by five children. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM, with a reading of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 AM, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. Interment will immediately following the services at St Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 North 48th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Roy Alan BarnesRoy Alan Barnes1 Jun 2018
Roy Alan Barnes, 71, passed away on June 1, 2018. Roy graduated with honors from New Mexico Military Institute where he played defensive lineman for the school's championship football team. He attended Colorado State University intending on majoring in Veterinarian Sciences, but ultimately changed his major to Zoology. After his graduation in 1968, he received a full fellowship to ASU, but his studies were interrupted by the Vietnam War. Roy served from 1969-1973 at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Arizona as an x-ray technician. After leaving the Air Force, Roy received his Masters of Science in Zoology from ASU in 1974. Soon thereafter, he took a full-time job on campus as a lab technician in the Anthropology Department. He taught Biology at Scottsdale Community College from 1974 until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure, Roy received many accolades and awards for his hands on and enthusiastic approach to teaching. He received SCC's prestigious "Outstanding Environmental Biologist" award in 1992 and took a full-time professorship in the following year. In 1998, he was recognized as "Outstanding Faculty Member," and in 2011, he was recognized by the school for the creation of the "Hall of Biodiversity Past." His greatest passion and accomplishment was helping to envision and secure the funding for the SCC Center for Nature and Urban Wildlife. In addition, Roy taught children and students part-time throughout his life in the Phoenix Zoo education program and at SCC. His fantasy novel, The Children of Fardragon, published in 2015, chronicles his love of nature in a fantastical world of dragons and environmental destruction. The "tree dragons" of Fardragon are mythical elaborations of the same "tree dragons" he wrote about for his Masters Thesis at ASU decades earlier: Urosaurus Ornatus, the ornate tree lizard. Roy is survived by his wife, Betty Jayne, who worked in the Dean’s Office in the College of Business in the ’70’s. Also surviving are two children and five grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 am, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Rd, Mesa AZ 85206. In memory of Roy, consider a donation to CNUW at SCC or to one of many organizations committed to helping animals or keeping the earth safe. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Thomas DishionThomas Dishion1 Jun 2018
Thomas Dishion died June 1, 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Art in philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara before moving to the University of Oregon for his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology. Dishion started his academic career at Oregon in 1988 and moved to ASU in 2011. He was named an ASU Regents’ Professor of psychology in February. He was a central figure advancing the field of prevention science, which brings techniques or interventions backed by research into the community. At Oregon, he founded the Child and Family Center, and at ASU, he re-envisioned prevention science by founding and directing the REACH Institute in the Department of Psychology. Dishion studied how deviant behavior can be reinforced among adolescent peers and can lead to substance abuse, violence and delinquency. In 1999, he published a paper in American Psychologist that examined how peer reinforcement of deviant behavior can occur in group therapy, thereby causing clinical interventions designed to help teenagers to instead backfire. This paper influenced federal guidelines for group therapy interventions for adolescents. Sharlene Wolchik, professor and co-director of the REACH Institute, described Dishion as passionately believing that basic science research should form the foundation for interventions for at-risk youth. This conviction led Dishion to also focus on the parent-child relationship, specifically how interactions between a parent and child could unintentionally reinforce unhealthy behaviors that can then lead to problem behaviors in the future. To break the cycle of reinforcing unhealthy behaviors — in parent or child — Dishion took his research findings on group dynamics in adolescents beyond the university walls and developed the Family Check-Up program. The program targets at-risk families with young children and teaches parenting skills that improve the interactions between parents and children. These simple parenting skills have wide-ranging effects and protect children against substance abuse and a range of mental health problems years later in life. “The Family Check-Up represents a leap forward from behavior problem treatment to the prevention of the problem behaviors, in a context that affords universal implementation,” said Kenneth Dodge, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. “This approach has the potential to move the needle in population health, which is rare for psychological interventions.” Dishion’s efforts developing and implementing the Family Check-Up program in the community earned him the 2010 Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Science. During his 30-year career, he published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals, was awarded more than $100 million in federal research grants and trained myriad scientists. His papers were heavily cited, which means his work widely influenced other scientists. “He introduced game-changing questions, theory, and methods on a broad range of topics such as bullying, the developmental course of antisocial behavior, and the neurobiology of young adult romantic relationships,” said Nancy Gonzales, incoming dean of natural sciences, Foundation Professor of psychology and co-director of the REACH Institute. “For this work, Tom received the 2019 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society.” The Bronfenbrenner award is presented by the Developmental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association to scientists whose research has advanced developmental psychology but who also apply their research efforts to society. Dishion’s award will be presented posthumously at the 2019 annual meeting of the association. “Tom was a special man in so many ways,” said Steven Neuberg, Foundation Professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. “As a scholar, his scientific contributions were remarkable. As a contributor to our broader society, his creation of empirically sound, evidence-based interventions to enhance the well-being of at-risk children, adolescents, and families is nothing less than inspiring. And he was a good friend to so many. We will greatly miss him.” Dishion strongly believed universities should be actively involved in the community, and his Family Check-Up program is used widely in the U.S. and also internationally. Through his efforts to offer research-based interventions to society, he exemplified the values and goals of the New American University. Dishion is survived by his wife, Thao Ha, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, three children and six grandchildren. A celebration of Dishion’s life is being planned at ASU at the beginning of the fall semester. (Source: ASU Insight) 
William F. Burke, Jr.William F. Burke, Jr.31 May 2018
William F. Burke, Jr., Professor Emeritus of ASU School of Life Sciences, died on May 31, 2018, at age 71. Bill received a BS in Biology from the University of Dallas, an MS in Biology from North Texas State University, and a PhD in Microbiology from ASU. He also received a post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Institute in San Diego. With over 30 years of teaching at ASU, Dr. Burke dedicated his life to sharing his love of education and science. The visitation service and rosary for Bill was held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home in Mesa on June 7, 2018. Mass was celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe on June 8, 2018.
 Joel Lenzi O'Connell31 May 2018
Joel Lenzi O'Connell recently passed away. A former National Diving Champion many times over, Joel had lived in Tempe for the past 37 years. After retiring from competition, she became a school teacher at Shadow Mountain HS and began the Sun Devils Diving Team which she coached for many years. She was married to former long-time ASU Diving Coach, Ward O'Connell (now deceased). Joel is survived by two sisters. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Maria Verso BurtMaria Verso Burt24 May 2018
Maria Verso "Toni" Burt, 77, passed away on May 24, 2018. Toni was a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (Cum Laude in Biology) and Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (now part of Drexel University in Philadelphia). Her medical specialty was endocrinology (board-certified). She met her husband, Prof. Donald M. Burt, a geologist, in 1971 while she was doing a pediatric endocrine fellowship in Toronto. They spent a few years moving around while her husband taught geology at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Yale University (New Haven, CT) while she continued to practice medicine. They moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1975 where her husband is Professor of Geology in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. She variously treated endocrine and other patients at Maricopa Medical Center, ASU Health Services, The National Institutes of Health Research Unit, CIGNA Healthplan, Phoenix Endocrinology Clinic, Banner Health Specialty Clinic, and Pediatric/Adult Endocrine Clinic Gilbert. In addition she served patients in rural areas by offering day-clinics in Page, Payson, and other areas. She also authored or co-authored numerous research papers and served as principal or sub-investigator in numerous clinical research studies. From 1986-1996 she served as volunteer Director of Camp AZDA (known as "Doc") of the Arizona Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, where young summer campers were taught to deal successfully with Type 1 diabetes and yet lead active outdoor lives. In 2005 she was honored among the national Top Ten Women in Business for the American Business Women's Association. She is survived by her husband, Donald, two children, a brother and numerous nieces and cousins. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM on June 12, 2018, at Resurrection Catholic Church of Tempe, located at 3201 S. Evergreen Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul (where she also donated her medical services).
 Gerald Robert Carey22 May 2018
Gerald Robert Carey, 67, passed away on May 22, 2018.  Gerry graduated from ASU in 1972 with both an education and theater degree.  He earned his masters in acting and directing in 1976.  He worked for both U of A and ASU in public events and the theater department.  He also taught English and Theater at Coronado High School.  He retired from Coronado in 2012. Gerry is survived by his wife Dorotha, two brothers, a sister and many nieces and nephews. A gathering and Rosary was held on May 25, 2018 at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.  Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7655 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Donations in Gerry's name may be made to Bladder Cancer Awareness Network (BCAN) or to Hospice of the Valley. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Harvey Hirsch20 May 2018
Harvey Hirsch, 86, passed away May 20, 2018. His working career included being an elementary school teacher, college professor at ASU, technical writer at Dow Chemical Company, author, and children's illustrator. With his wife Audrey, he co-authored children's books: A Home for Tandy and The Creche of, Krakow (later retitled Grandma's Lost Gift). He also published Pale Moon: A Collection of Selected Poems, was the co-illustrator for a highly acclaimed home schooling science book entitled Showy Science, and in his late seventies and into his eighties started a new career as a children's illustrator for national children's magazines. He is survived by four daughters, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and wife, Audrey. A private family celebration will be held at a later date.
 Thomas Daniel KennedyThomas Daniel Kennedy13 May 2018
Thomas Daniel Kennedy, 86, passed away May 13, 2018 in Phoenix,  Arizona. After completing a bachelor's degree, Tom rose to the position of assistant plant manager for Southeastern Bell Telephone. Higher education called and he earned a Master's degree and Ph.D. As professor of Psychology, he taught at ASU from 1967 to 1972. After two years as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, Professor Kennedy returned to ASU to become one of the founders of the Center of Criminal Justice, now known as The School of Justice Studies. He was associated with the School from 1974 to 1995. He served as Department Chair of Faculty from 1975 through 1978 and was School Director from 1979 through 1980. As Director, he was an ideal supervisor to the staff; he gave them the tools to do their jobs and then got out of the way. The staff respected and appreciated Tom's astute and effective leadership. Tom was a leader in liaising with local professionals in the criminal justice community. He was a mentor to several current and former corrections administrators. Tom was admired by faculty and students for his serious approach to teaching and research which was tempered by a robust sense of humor. His proudest achievement was the consensus of his students who said he was "tough but fair”. Professor Kennedy is survived by a daughter and granddaughter. A memorial will be held at 9:30am on June 22 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, 85024. (Source:  James Fieberg)
Helene M. HooverHelene M. Hoover11 May 2018
Helene M. Hoover, 91, died May 11, 2018. Helene received her Bachelor's in 1948 and Master's degree in 1951 from Louisiana State University. She completed her doctorate in 1965 from Oklahoma State University. She was a professor at ASU in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1956 until she retired 45 years later. Helene was chairman in the Department of Home Economics for eight years and was also the National President of Phi Upsilon Omicron from 1976-1978. She published research articles throughout her career and co-authored a college textbook with her husband in 1981. Early in her career, Helene also taught a college course on KAET TV. During her final years at ASU she traveled and conducted research in Costa Rica and Sydney, Australia with her co-authors. Throughout her teaching career, she was active in many professional societies and served on numerous professional committees, ending her career serving on the committee to form Barrett Honors College at ASU. When Helene retired in 2001 she was honored to be a guest coach at an ASU football game. She is survived by three daughters, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and a brother. A small family memorial was held on May 12, 2018, prior to burial at the Mesa Cemetery. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Arlevia SnyderArlevia Snyder11 May 2018
Arlevia Lucretia "Art" Anderson McNeill Snyder, 90, died on May 11, 2018. She attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa from 1944 to 1946. Later, she attended Florence State Teachers College, now the University of Alabama at Florence, and in 1958 received a Bachelor of Science degree focusing in chemistry and biology. In 1968, after receiving a National Science Teachers Association fellowship, she received a Master of Natural Science degree from ASU in Tempe. She taught fifth and sixth grades at Lookout Mountain Junior High School in St. Elmo, Tennessee, from 1958 to 1960. From 1960 to 1965, she taught elementary science on live TV for the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Public Schools during which time she worked closely with NASA and the space program. In 1986 she applied to be the first teacher in space on what became the ill-fated Challenger. After marrying World War II veteran and professor Ernest E. Snyder Jr. in 1965, she and her three children moved to Tempe, where Ernie was a professor at ASU. In the summers of 1963 and 1964 she was assistant to the director of the National Science Foundation, Earth Science Institute at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. While in Arizona, she taught elementary science in the Mesa Public Schools and Phoenix Country Day School. She taught science education part time at ASU. On a one-year leave of absence, she taught in Sacaton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, in 2003, four sisters, two half-brothers, a half-sister, a stepson and an infant great-grandson. She is survived by a sister, three children by her former marriage to Richard G. McNeill Sr., a stepson and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside service for her and Ernie at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, in the Escalante, Utah, cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to institutions Mrs. Snyder advocated for and supported: Florence Woman's Club, P.O. Box 1506, Florence, AZ 85132; Arizona Lions Vision Center (Florence Mobile Eye Unit), 3124 E. Roosevelt St., Suite 1, Phoenix, AZ 85008; New Multipurpose Escalante Community Center, Escalante City, Box 189, Escalante, UT 84726; Escalante Canyons Art Festival, Box 40, Escalante, UT 84726; Smile Train ; and Montana Trout Unlimited Memorial Float for Smith River Conservation . The Ernest E. and Arlevia A. Snyder Papers are held in the University Archives at Arizona State University Library.
 Leonard LehrerLeonard Lehrer8 May 2018
Leonard Lehrer, 83, passed away May 8, 2018. He was a renowned international artist, founding trustee and current honorary member of the International Print Center New York, Emeritus Board Member apexart New York City, Emeritus Professor of Art New York University. Leonard had forty-eight solo exhibitions in his lifetime and was included in multiple group exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, Library of Congress, Gangsneung Art Cultural Center, Korea, Bibliothque Nationale de France, Sprengel Museum of Art, Germany and some one hundred other public collections across the US and the world. Lehrer attended Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at the Philadelphia College of Art and served as Department Chair for the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at San Antonio. At ASU he was Chair of the Art Department, Founding Director of the School of Art, Director of the Print Research Facility and Director of the Visual Arts Research Institute. During the 1990s, he served as Chair of the Department of Art & Art Professions at New York University. At Columbia College Chicago he became Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts in 2001. His last position in academia was at the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts as its Director of the Printmaking Convergence program. In addition, Leonard was Chair of the Arts Advisory Committee to the College Board for ten years; he received the Southern Graphics Council International Lifetime Achievement Award, and was appointed Co-chair of the Arts Task Force of the Fulbright Alumni Association. In 2006, he was selected to give the keynote address at the Fulbright Association's International Alumni Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in Athens, Greece and a Fulbright Senior Scholar AIA grant in 2005. He was a member of the International Core Committee that developed a post-graduate international art school for presentation at EXPO 2000, the world's fair in Hannover, Germany. He was Visiting Professor at the International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM), "Culture of Doubt" Conference, Salzburg, Austria, in 2005, and Visiting Professor at the International Summer Graduate Seminar, Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia. Leonard was preceded in death by a daughter and grandson. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, three children and four grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held on June 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Thurman's Mansion, 17900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Driftwood, Texas 78619. Donations may be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., Austin, Texas 78759. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Helen T. VotichenkoHelen T. Votichenko8 May 2018
Helen T Votichenko, 98, died May 4, 2018. Helen received her Masters Degree from ASU and taught French at ASU. She was married to T. Alexander Votichenko, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, who taught at ASU for over 30 years. Helen is survived by three sons, four grandchildren and a granddaughter. Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4027 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ. on July 7, 2018 at 10:00 am. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Ben Mccoy Young, Jr.Ben Mccoy Young, Jr.3 May 2018
Ben (Mac) Mccoy Young Jr., 85, passed away on May 3, 2018. Ben served in the U.S. Air Force for five years. He married Delores Forinash and they had three children. The marriage later ended in divorce. In 1973, Ben married Janice (Westrum) Appenzeller. Ben’s professional career included 23 years with Massey Ferguson and 26 years with the Parking Administration Department at ASU. Ben is survived by his wife, Janice, a blended family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a brother. Ben is preceded in death by a son. A memorial service was held at Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel in Boone, Iowa, with interment at South Marion Cemetery near Stratford.
Nancy P. HansonNancy P. Hanson1 May 2018
Nancy P. Hanson, 63, died on May 1, 2018. Nancy enrolled at the University of Connecticut and later at Michigan State University 's (MSU) School of Criminal Justice in 1975. In her professional life, she never really held a job for more than five years, proclaiming "change is good, jobs get boring". She was a waitress, managed the Wild Horse Ranch's grocery, gas, rents, licensing, and fish bait operations, and was an undercover shoplifting shopper. She served as a juvenile and runaway services probation officer, did a stint as a Research Assistant at MSU, was a Customer Service Rep for Ambassador International, coordinated the Eastern Nevada Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, along with various typing, writing, editing, and proofreading gigs. She worked a stint for Shell Oil of Michigan, facilitating drilling in endangered wetlands, with a side effect of souring domestic wells. In Elko, she became the federal Bureau of Land Management's first Lightning Detection System (LDS) specialist (a 1979 high tech firefighting tool). Remaining in LDS, she also became a BLM fire logistical radio-dispatcher upon her 1980 Arizona arrival. In Arizona she became a program coordinator of social service agencies for the Arizona Dept. of Economic Security. Then she joined the Arizona Dept. of Education as a Chemical Abuse Prevention Specialist. Later she transferred to ASU as Clearinghouse Coordinator for the state's first Arizona Prevention Resource Center. Eventually she moved to the Arizona Dept. of Health Services to manage all domestic violence and crippled children's contract services. In 1991, she earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from ASU. Thereafter she left government to start her own company, Hanson Consulting. She worked with police, Indian tribes, local, state and federal agencies, non-profits, rural hospitals, and schools. Nancy assisted in the start-up of a naturopathic medicine university and was hired by the national Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to re-focus their core safety training mission. Nancy is survived by her spouse, Richard, a brother, an uncle and four nephews and nieces. She requested no formal funeral services or memorials. Nancy's Non-Memorial Celebration took place May 20, 2018, at the Hanson House. Memorials or donations may be given in Nancy's name to the Arizona Humane Society on their website.
Max L. SchrimsherMax L. Schrimsher1 May 2018
Max L. Schrimsher, 85, passed away on May 1, 2018. Max graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, in Roswell, NM, in 1954. He also attained the rank of pf C/LTC and commanded the 1st Battalion. Named a distinguished Military Student, he was commissioned in Armor Branch upon graduation, and entered the service. Max was inducted in to the NMMI Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1958 he began working for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, a company he remained with until 1983. He rose from trainee for management, to the eventual Western Division Sales Manager, and was responsible for Goodyear's sales and marketing in 24 western states. In 1983, he left Goodyear and co-founded the Phoenix based Western States Tire Company. He retired from the tire industry in the mid-1990's after more than 35 years. Max was a member of the ASU Sun Angel Foundation Board. He was preceded in death by four brothers, five sisters and a grandson. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Schrimsher; two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, a sister and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and reception will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, 6715 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley (1510 E Flower Street Phoenix, AZ 85014), New Mexico Military Institute Foundation (101 W. College Blvd, Rowell NM 88201) or Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church (6715 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253). (Source: AZ Republic)
Dr. Donald Garold KimbleDr. Donald Garold Kimble30 Apr 2018
Dr. Donald "Don" Garold Kimble, 83, passed away on April 30, 2018. After completing studies at Texas Chiropractic College in Houston in 1959, Don and his wife, Joan, settled in Rock Hill, SC and established Kimble Chiropractic Center. Having come from a family of 15 chiropractors, Dr. Kimble believed in the healing power of chiropractic, a dedication to professionalism, and a commitment to continuing education. For the first 16 years of practice, he used full spine and meric techniques but was never completely satisfied with the results he was getting. After attending an Activator Methods Technique class while attending a Parker Seminar in Las Vegas, he began to experience great success with this new method and eventually changed his technique completely over to Activator Methods. He was one of the only Certified Activator Methods chiropractors in his area and traveled extensively as an instructor. Don is very respected by the professional community as evidenced by many teaching appointments and requests to provide lectures. He practiced for 60 years and also with his son, Dr. Mark Kimble, and his daughter, Dona Jo Kimble Ramsey, a Chiropractic Assistant. Always feeling the need to give back to the profession which has given so much to them, Dr. Don and Joan Kimble donated $100,000 in 1992 to the Department of Chemical, Bio and Materials Engineering at Arizona State University ( ASU) to fund a clinical study comparing the biomechanics of the neck in healthy people to those with neck injuries. The principal investigator for the study was Assistant Professor Gary T. Yamaguchi, Ph.D. at ASU who worked in collaboration with Dr. Arlan W. Fuhr's clinic in Phoenix, Arizona to develop a greater understanding of the mechanisms of neck dysfunction following neck injuries by comparing the effectiveness of chiropractic methods, rehabilitative procedures, surgery, and "non-treatment" protocols. Dr. Kimble was elected to the first Class of the South Carolina Chiropractic Hall of Fame 2005, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed to a Doctor of Chiropractic in South Carolina. Dr. Kimble was preceded in death by five brothers. He is survived by his wife, Joan Cozart Kimble, a son, daughter, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a sister. Funeral services were held Friday, May 4, 2018 at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC. Burial followed in Forest Hills Cemetery, 4290 Old York Road, Rock Hill, SC. Memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
 Philip Edward Richards29 Apr 2018
Philip Edward Richards, 89, passed away April 29, 2018. Flip served in the Navy 1948-1952. He attended Thiel College in Greenville, PA for a year, then moved to Arizona in 1954 to take advantage of GI program and housing at Victory Village at ASU where he earned his BS in History and Master's Degree. For 37 years he worked on stat crew for Sun Devil football games, for Phoenix Suns for 20 years 1968-1988 and also did stats for AZ Wranglers, Outlaws and Cardinals final game 1993 Fiesta Bowl. Flip taught government to seniors at Maryvale HS and finished up as a bailiff in Superior Court. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a son. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Urban) Richards, two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandsons and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 2 at 11am in the Kachina Ball Room at Sun Village Community Center, 14300 W. Bell Rd. Surprise, 85374 followed by a reception in the Residents' Lounge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Flip's honor may be made to Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322; St. Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Av, Phoenix 85009; Phoenix Rescue Mission, PO Box 6708, Phoenix 85005.
John F. McDonaldJohn F. McDonald26 Apr 2018
John F. McDonald, 79, passed away on April 26, 2018. John retired from ASU as a Master Electrician. In retirement, John realized commercial success as an artist of Arizona's landscape, flora and fauna. His gallery was located in Prescott, Arizona. He is survived by a brother, a niece and nephews, and his artistic colleagues. In keeping with his generous spirit, John chose to donate his body to the Science Care Institute in order to help others. A gathering of John's coterie and friends released his ashes at sunrise on the trails of Granite Mountain, where John hiked every morning. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Sharon Portwood YoungSharon Portwood Young22 Apr 2018
Sharon Portwood Young, 55, passed away on April 22, 2018. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She was a Senior Management Analyst at NAU and later worked at ASU as an HR Data Consultant. In addition to her husband, Michael Brownlie, and her mother, Sharon is survived by a son, a brother and other relatives. Memorial services will be held at the Presbyterian Church, 201 Veazey Street, Union Point, GA 30677 at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday May 12, 2018. Inurnment will take place at Wisteria Cemetery immediately following the service.  (Source: ASU Foundation)
Harvey PeskinHarvey Peskin21 Apr 2018
Harvey Peskin, 86, passed away on April 21, 2018. He was a longtime San Francisco State psychology professor, psychotherapist and Holocaust scholar. His paper which will run posthumously in Psychoanalytic Dialogues is titled Who Has the Right to Mourn? Relational Deference and the Ranking of Grief. It was not lost on family or friends or colleagues that, in the waning moments of his life, he was frantically finishing a paper on how to cope with a loved one’s death. In midcareer, Peskin began focusing on the intergenerational transmission of trauma experienced by the children of survivors of the Shoah and other genocides. In 2015, Peskin was awarded the Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide by the International Psychoanalytic Association. He also served on the boards of Survivors International and the Holocaust Oral History Project. After graduating from City College of New York, he went to UC Berkeley to attend graduate school. He was appointed a professor at S.F. State in 1958 where he taught until 1994. His son, Victor, earned a Ph.D. and is an associate professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU, specializing in genocide and international tribunals. His focus on victims of marginalized atrocities draws a direct line from his father’s life’s work. Harvey Peskin is survived by his wife, Tsipora, two sons and two grandsons. The family requests donations in his memory be sent to Yad Vashem. (Source: ASU Foundation)
David L. ByrnDavid L. Byrn20 Apr 2018
David L. Byrn, 84, passed away on April 20, 2018. David attended Phoenix College and then graduated in 1955 from ASU (then known as ASC of Tempe) with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and with a High Distinction ranking on his diploma. Following graduation he was employed in the Washington School District No. 6 in Phoenix for the next 34 years in various teaching and administrative positions including principal of three schools. Just before his retirement in 1989, he was promoted to Director of Personnel for the largest elementary district in Arizona. During the 34 years, he spent a year as president of Arizona School Administrators and was presented a special award by the National Association of School Administrators. In 1958 David worked part-time as official the NCAA offensive statistician for the Sun Devils football team, a position he held for more than a decade including working the annual Fiesta Bowl game. From 1968-1978 he worked as the 24 second shot timekeeper for the NBA's new Phoenix Suns basketball franchise. After retirement, David worked as a consulting Artist-in-Residence for poetry writing, conducting large group assemblies and classroom instruction in poetry writing techniques and methods. He has written and published ten volumes of poetry. In the 1980s, he was awarded a commendation by the Latin American club of Arizona, and has written hundreds of poems about Native Americans, nature, colors, the history of Mexican culture, travel and a very broad variety of personal experiences. Between the years of 1985 and the present, he has written approximately 1,700 poems and has been fortunate enough to have received awards for the majority of them. David is survived by his wife, Diana, his four children from a previous marriage, and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 Marjorie Fetterhoff19 Apr 2018
Marjorie Fetterhoff, 96, passed away on April 19, 2018. Marjorie attended Central Business College and was employed at J.A. Lamy Manufacturing Company. After passing a merit exam, she moved to Jefferson City, Missouri, where she worked at the Unemployment Compensation Commission. In 1945, after passing the Civil Service Exam, Marjorie moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked at the Pentagon. In 1946 she married Willard M. Fetterhoff. In 1947, they moved to Prescott, AZ then in 1965 Willard accepted a position at ASU. Marjorie was active in ASU Faculty Wives Club. Marjorie is survived by three daughters, five  grandchildren and a great-grandson. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Tempe First United Methodist Church, 215 E. University Drive. Remembrances may be made to Tempe First United Methodist Church (United Methodist Women or Stitch in Time), United Methodist Outreach Ministry, or a charity of your choice. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Virginia Abbadessa16, Apr 2018
Virginia Abbadessa, 83, passed away on April 16, 2018. She was a former employee of ASU and La Petite Academy preschool. She was the wife of Charles, the mother of five children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. With all due respect the family will be celebrating Virginia's life in a private ceremony.
Stephen Fred ButterfieldStephen Fred Butterfield16 Apr 2018
Stephen (Steve) Fred Butterfield, 65, died on April 16, 2018. Steve entered ASU in 1970 and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. His career spanning more than 35 years included work in investment banking, capital markets and municipal finance, but it was his work in the student loan industry that propelled his career in the direction of his dreams. In 1990, Steve and business partner, Mike Dunlap started to acquire student loans portfolios together and in 1996 they co-founded Nelnet with a vision that it would become a world-class business designed to help students and families plan and pay for their education making their educational dreams possible. In 2003, they took the company public on The New York Stock Exchange. In 2007 Steve retired from Nelnet, but continued as vice chairman and shareholder. Steve’s love of ASU football and Sun Devil Athletics drew him to a leadership role within the Sun Devil Club. His most recent passion project was serving as co-chairman of the Club's recent Sun Devil Stadium fundraising effort. His love of the game helped drive the strong culture of giving within Sun Devil Athletics and was backed by personal investments that he ensured funded specific programs. Steve is survived by his wife, Shelby, three sons, a daughter, three grandchildren and a brother. A Memorial Service and reception will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Paradise Valley Country Club, 7101 N. Tatum Blvd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Butterfield Family Scholarship Fund, care of Hutchinson Community College Endowment Association, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS, 67501 or online at Hutchinson Commnity College Endowment Association . (Source: Arizona Republic)   
Jennifer L. HaighJennifer L. Haigh14 apr 2018
Jennifer L. Haigh, 45, passed away on April 14, 2018. Jenny was a 1991 graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School where she was a three sport athlete, and will become a 2018 inductee into the first CDH Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a 1996 Graduate of UW Madison where she captained the women's soccer team and was named to the All Big Ten Academic Team. After college Jenny played professional soccer in Sweden. She then became an assistant women's soccer coach at ASU for three seasons, followed by U of Missouri, Columbia. She was named head coach at Northwestern University in 2000 becoming the youngest division one coach in the country. She is survived by her wife Aileen Guiney, a son, daughter, her parents, in laws, brother and sister. Mass of Christian Burial was on April 20 at LUMEN CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. Memorials preferred to Team Jenny at Anchor Bank 1570 Concordia Ave. Snelling St. Paul 55104 for her children's education. 651-698-0796
 Timothy J. Dyer12 Apr 2018
Timothy J. Dyer, Phd., 80, passed away April 12, 2018.  He received his undergraduate degree in political science and graduate degree in educational administration from Eastern Michigan University. Following graduation he was a school administrator for the Wayne-Westland district, while also serving on the Ypsilanti city council and later as mayor from 1968 to 1970. He also served for 12 years as a member of the EMU Board of Regents. Tim's career in educational leadership then took him to Phoenix, Ariz., to serve as superintendent of the nation's largest high school district. Next came Washington, D.C., where he headed the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He then returned to Arizona as full professor of educational administration and Director, Division of Psychology in Education at ASU. He made a large gift made to EMU to establish the Dr. Timothy J. Dyer Distinguished Interdisciplinary Chair in Forensics/Debate and Human Rights through his estate. The chair will lead in the creation of the Center for the Study and Research of Equality and Human Rights in the College of Arts and Sciences. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 20, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 410 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI.
 Leah C. Herring12 Apr 2018
Leah C. Herring passed away April 12, 2018. Leah attended UCLA. She married Edward Herring, a Presbyterian minister.  Together they ministered in churches in Kansas, Texas and Tempe, AZ., where he was the campus pastor at ASU. After Ed's death in 1964, Leah and her children moved to Prescott, where she worked with the Yavapai County Assessor's Office until her retirement in 1995. In 2006 she married Donald Sharpe.  Leah is survived by her husband, her four children and numerous grandchildren. A private interment will take place at the Resthaven Cemetery in Phoenix.
Shirley L. PattersonShirley L. Patterson10 Apr 2018
Shirley L. Patterson, Ph.D., 84, passed away April 10, 2018. Dr. Patterson's life work was informed by her education at North Texas University, McCormick Theological Seminary, University of Kansas and University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the KU faculty she organized community projects for Third Presbyterian Church, Topeka, KS and participated in President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty by opening Crossroads Counseling Center that remains open today in Mission, KS. Dr. Patterson taught in the graduate schools of Social Work at KU, N.M. Highlands, UNLV, and ASU. She specialized in Gerontology. She presided for several years over the NOW chapter of the Sun Cities, AZ and organized several Women's History Month fundraisers including writing, directing and singing in "Voila La Femme - A Musical." After moving to La Vida Llena LifeCare Community in Albuquerque in 2005, Shirley organized "The Gathering of Women" which led to co-editing with Susan Cho two volumes of "Turning Points in Women's Lives" (2012, 2015). Shirley is survived by her partner, Susan Cho, a brother, nephew, niece and other kin. A gathering to celebrate Dr. Patterson's life will be held on April 28, 2018, 4 pm at La Vida Llena. Memorial contributions may go to PB&J Family Services (505-944-7224) and Southwest Women's Law Center (505-244-0502).
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)
 Paul J. Kruczynski27 Mar 2018
Paul J. Kruczynski passed away on March 27, 2018. Paul served our country in Korea. He retired from ASU in 1992. He was inducted into the Michigan Music Hall of Fame in 2003. He played accordion professionally for over 70 years. He is survived by his wife, Janice, four children, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two siblings. Memorial services will be held at a later date.  (Source: ASU Foundation)
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)
 Paul Plunkett19 Mar 2018
Paul Plunkett, 82, passed away March 19, 2018. After graduating from Loyola Academy, then in Chicago, Plunkett went on to Harvard University, completing his undergraduate degree in 1957 and earning a law degree in 1960. He returned to Chicago and joined the law firm now known as Mayer Brown. He left there a few years later to join the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he helped to obtain the conviction of Teamsters leader Hoffa on fraud charges in 1964. One of the high-profile trials over which he presided was a jury trial that resulted in the 1996 conviction of eight members or associates of the Gangster Disciples. In 1966, he joined his father's firm, McMahon & Plunkett, as a partner. In 1978, he returned to Mayer Brown as a partner. He was nominated to the bench in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in late 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, was confirmed and began his work on the bench in early 1983. Plunkett moved to senior status with the District Court in 1998, reducing his caseload but continuing to hear cases until about ten years ago. In addition to his long career as a judge, Plunkett taught students at John Marshall Law School and Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Chicago and at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. In addition to his son, Plunkett is survived by his wife, Martha, his other three sons, a sister, a brother and ten grandchildren. A family service will be private. (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)
 Fred D. Nea30 Jan 2018Fred D. Nea, 78, passed away on January 30, 2018 joining his wife Darby, as well as two daughters. He is survived by two daughters, a sister, brother, nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. After graduating Dexter high school in 1957, Fred worked for Stoddard County Missouri (civil engineering division), for a short time before enlisting into the Air Force in 1958. After boot camp, he was transferred to Williams Air Force base in Chandler Arizona, where he was a medic. Fred retired after 32 years with Motorola. He was a pioneer in the construction of cleanroom fabrication facilities for the semiconductor industry. Some of the facilities he helped lead were: MOS6 in Mesa, AZ, MOS11 in Austin, TX, MOS12 in Chandler, AZ, which still operates today as an integral clean manufacturing plant, MOS21 in Mesa, AZ, and his final project, Motorola's water fabrication facility in Tianjin, China. Fred was also involved throughout his career with the industry organization Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), which authored all the US Cleanroom Standards and Recommended Practices. Additionally, throughout his career,  Fred was instrumental with ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction and through the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) was an advisor to the school technology programs. He was a founding member of CREATE (Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments), which brought ASU recognition as a leading developer of Project Management Standards, Education, and Best Practices for specialty technology construction. If you would like to contribute a donation in Fred's honor, the following were charities close to Fred's heart: Hospice of the Valley (1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656), St. Jude Children's Hospital; The Apache Junction Food Bank (575 N. Idaho Rd. Suit 701 Apache Junction, AZ 85119) and Gold Canyon Methodist Church Food Bank (6640 S. Kings Ranch Road Gold Canyon, AZ 85118).
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)