Obituaries - 2019

These obituaries are for people who died during 2019. 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.

Dr. Donald L. KeeferDr. Donald L. Keefer28 May 2019
Dr. Donald L. Keefer, age not given, passed away on May 28, 2019. Don graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn masters degrees from Stanford and the University of Michigan and then acquired a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. After gaining years of industrial experience at Gulf Oil and Chevron as a decision analyst, he served as a professor at ASU in the WP Carey School of Business, Supply Chain Management from 1987-2010. Upon his retirement, he was awarded emeritus status. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, two daughters, two grandchildren and a brother. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Don's life with his family and friends on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Tempe First United Methodist Church, 215 E. University Dr. Tempe. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Hospice of the Valley or Habitat for Humanity.(Source: Arizona Republic)
 Marceil Kelley Peterson26 May 2019
Marceil Kelley Peterson, 80, passed away on May 26, 2019. She was born on May 12, 1939 to Floyd George Kelley and Fern Dial Kelley.  The Kelley family had a farm on the south edge of Shelley where she lived until just before her 8th birthday when they moved into what was called “the big house” on Locust Street in Shelley, built earlier by Floyd’s father John Kelley.  The house seemed very large and the family was excited to be there.  The property was large enough to have a barn and small pasture where the children’s Shetland pony Lightning was kept.  Marceil and her brother Karl rode the pony all around the neighborhood and were popular with friends who got to ride also.  She also rode Lightning once in the Shelley Spud Day parade.  At this time Floyd owned and operated a farm located just east of the Butte near Shelley.
Marceil was a cheerleader in the eighth grade, which she really enjoyed.  She was a bit of a tomboy as she loved sports and played softball in their pasture as soon as spring came.  She also played basketball in the Scout House behind the LDS Church as well as football—all with neighbor kids.  She finally had to give up playing football as she started to develop into a young woman and noticed the boys were tackling her differently.
The walk to school was much closer than out on the farm and she made the trek four times each day because she always went home for lunch.  She attended the Shelley Elementary School for eight years before moving to High School which was even a shorter walk.  Marceil started playing an older brother’s coronet in the fourth grade and continued to play that instrument through High School.  She took piano lesson for a few years, but finally gave it up—a decision she always regretted.  She played the coronet in the Shelley High School Band, marching with the band in parades, and competing at band festivals.
Marceil loved her high school years where she said she had great fun.  In addition to her activities in the band, she worked on the yearbook staff and was editor of the yearbook her senior year.  She enjoyed attending basketball and football games and was in the Pep Club which she said was a great outlet for energy and noise.  Her first date with Val was on Halloween her freshman year in high school.  Marceil and Val participated in many of the school and stake dances and other social activities, such as attending the movies and drive-in movies that were popular in those days.  Marceil was rated as 5th from the top in her class and graduated both in Seminary and High School in 1957.
That summer she married Val Peterson, a farm boy from Taylor.  Shortly thereafter these high school sweethearts were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and only a few weeks later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where Val enrolled at the University of Utah and Marceil found work as a filing clerk at the Continental Bank.  Val worked part-time jobs all through school and Marceil worked until she because pregnant with their first child, Kelli.  Following Kelli’s birth Marceil became a full-time mother at home and two more daughters Jodi and Lori were born before Val’s university graduation in 1962.  Marceil was a wonderful wife and mother.  With Val busy with his jobs, it was her role to manage the family and the home, which she did well.
Upon graduation, Val accepted a job with Phillips Petroleum at the National Reactor Testing Site in Arco, Idaho.  Unfortunately, Val soon became unhappy with the job and quit after only three months and the family returned to Utah, where he went to work with an engineering consulting firm where he had been working part-time as a student.  The family lived in Salt Lake for five more years where another daughter Jill and son Jeff were born.
In 1967 the family moved to Logan, Utah where Val started work at Utah State University (USU) in their facilities management department where he was soon advanced to head up the department.  In Logan a sixth and last family member was born—a daughter Marci.  While living in Logan and after the children were well along in school, at the age of 40, Marceil started attending the University and eventually completed training to be a Nurse.  After becoming registered as a nurse, Marceil worked at the Logan Regional Hospital for 4-1/2 years.
After working twenty years at USU, Val was lured to Arizona State University (ASU) to become their chief facilities officer.  The work at ASU was more stressful than at USU and following three heart incidents and a triple heart bypass, Marceil convinced Val to retire earlier than planned.  So after 12-1/2 years at Arizona State University, Val retired in July 2000 and Marceil retired from her nursing career shortly before he did.
In preparation for retirement, two years previously, they had constructed a “retirement home” in Chandler, Arizona.  Val’s criteria for an ideal retirement home was threefold: 1) no stairs to climb; 2) no swimming pool to maintain; and 3) no grass to mow.  While living in Chandler, Val and Marceil were temple workers at the Mesa Temple and served as couple missionaries in the Baltimore Maryland Mission.  In 2012 Marceil was diagnosed with Pick’s Disease which is a slow but progressive form of Alzheimer’s disease.  Following the diagnosis, Marceil wanted to move closer to one of her children.  A year or so later, she and Val ended up moving to Tucson, Arizona living near Jeff and his family.
Throughout her life, Marceil was active in the LDS Church and other activities.  At the children’s school she was involved with school activities and PTA.  In the Church she held a variety of positions including young women’s president, stake girls camp director, camp nurse, ward girl’s camp leader, ward music coordinator, chorister, visit teaching coordinator, temple worker, ward missionary, full-time missionary.  She particularly loved working with the youth.  In the Church there were only three things she shied away from: talks in sacrament meeting, teaching callings and last-minute requests to pray—although she did all of them when absolutely necessary.
Marceil was an excellent wife and mother, she loved her family, liked to be helpful,  she was a good cook and homemaker, organizing and running the day-to-day things at home, making children’s clothing, and quilting……..more?  She kept the faith to the end.
A funeral is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 30 in Tucson and another gathering of some sort in Shelley, Idaho on June 1st. More details will be forthcoming. Marceil will be buried in the Taylor Cemetery located east of Shelley, Idaho in the Peterson family plot. 
John Christopher RitterJohn Christopher Ritter26 May 2019John Christopher Ritter, 55, passed away May 26, 2019. He moved from Long Island to Arizona in his early 20s, where he worked many years at ASU. He then moved to Eureka, California where he was employed at Mad River Hospital and later at St. Joseph Hospital. In 2012 he moved to Lake County where he was employed by Meadowood Nursing Center for many years. Recently, he worked for the Veteran's Administration clinic in Ukiah. John is survived by his husband, Todd Metcalf, a daughter and eight brothers and sisters. A celebration of life is being planned for August 17, 2019. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Douglas P. ToddDouglas P. Todd24 May 2019Douglas P. Todd, former State Senator and Maricopa County Treasurer, passed away on May 24, 2019. He was 89 years old. Doug attended what was then Arizona State College. He graduated as a member of the first class of the School of Agriculture in 1951. In partnership with his father-in-law, they grew cotton, alfalfa and barley on the family farm south of Baseline in Tempe. When the farmland was sold in the early 1970's, Doug took on new challenges including oversight of the design and construction of the Lakeshore Bible Church of God (on the former farmstead) and the reestablishment of the dormant Maricopa County Fair. His success with the fair lead him to be elected to represent District 27 (Tempe) to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1978, and he later served three terms as State Senator for the same district. In the Arizona State Legislature, where he served for 14 years, he found himself on the appropriation subcommittees that oversaw the funding of the state universities. He strove to achieve fair and equitable solutions for funding parity. These efforts sparked the next level of growth for Arizona universities, especially for ASU, and Doug was named ASU Alumnus of the Year in 1995. Doug was elected as Maricopa County Treasurer in 1992 and served twelve years. The beginning of his tenure was marked by a severe fiscal crisis for the County, which he skillfully managed, leading Maricopa County to financial health and higher bond ratings. Doug is survived by two sons, two daughters, fifteen grandchildren, twenty four great-grandchildren, and a brother. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anne (Monie), and by a son. His funeral is scheduled for 9:30 AM on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ 85284. As was Doug's custom, attendees are encouraged to wear a bola tie to the service to honor his memory. Interment will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Valley .
 Judith Fern Snapp Gill19 May 2019Judith Fern Snapp Gill, 77, passed away May 19, 2019. Judy graduated from Wichita University (now Wichita State University) with a master's degree in English Literature, preparing for a career teaching secondary English. Judy and her husband, Gill, first lived in Wichita and then moved to Park Forest, Illinois as Sam enrolled for graduate study at The University of Chicago Divinity School. Following Sam's career toward professorship in History of Religions, especially in Native American Religion, the couple and their son spent a summer living in a native built hogan on the Navajo Reservation near Tuba City, Arizona. The family then moved to Tempe, Arizona where Sam taught in Religious Studies at ASU from 1975-1983. After a sabbatical at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Sam accepted a position at C.U. Following Judy and Sam’s divorce in 1995, Judy later worked at the University of Colorado Credit Union and then at the Boulder Police Department until she retired in 2010. Donations in her name may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. Judy is survived by two children, three grandchildren, two sisters, a brother and her former husband, Sam Gill. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Lasca Jackson Beck16 May 2019Lasca Jackson Beck, 83, passed away May 16, 2019. Lasca earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Women's University in Denton. She completed her Student Nurses Training at Parkland Hospital, receiving the classification as Registered Nurse in 1958. She returned to Mt. Pleasant and worked at Titus County Memorial Hospital from 1958 to 1968 as Head Nurse and then as Director of Nurses. Lasca began her career in Education as a professor in the School of Nursing at Texarkana Junior College from 1968 to 1984. She taught at ASU School of Nursing from 1984 to 2002, then Adams State College School of Nursing and Trinidad Junior College in Alamosa, Colorado from 2005 to 2007. She was a member of several professional organizations including the National Society of American Nurses to which she was a delegate in Washington D.C. Lasca was preceded in death by a brother and her husband, Buddy Beck. A graveside service was held on May 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant.
Manuel DominguezManuel Dominguez5 May 2019Manuel Dominguez, 79, passed away, May 5, 2019. Manuel graduated from ASU. Manuel was one of founders of Los Diablos, the official Latino chapter of ASU Alumni. In the 1970's, Manuel served as the Special Assistant to Governor Raul Castro. Manuel’s wife, Rose, preceded him in death. He is survived by a sister, two daughters, a son, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on May 16, 2019 at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 with a rosary at 7:30PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, May 17, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 5614 W Orangewood Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. The burial will follow in Resthaven Park Cemetery. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Melissa GardnerMelissa Gardner4 May 2019Melissa Gardner, (Mel), 56, passed away on May 4, 2019. Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. She subsequently worked for several prominent research laboratories at Coors Biotech, ASU and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. She obtained a master's degree in counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix and began her practice as a Clinical Counselor. A natural counselor, she soon built a robust clinical practice and a national reputation as an expert in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) counseling therapy. In 2012 Mel and her husband, Dave, moved when Dave accepted a faculty position at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. Despite having to complete additional academic course work for Indiana certification and develop brand new relationships in this new environment, Mel was soon fully established in another thriving clinical practice. Never were Mel's counseling skills more evident than when she counseled others through her final journey, helping them cope with immense grief, while living out her final days with incredible strength, grace, humor and just enough counseling to keep all on course. Mel is survived by her husband, David, two daughters, her parents, three sisters, two brothers, several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on May 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at ARN Mortuary in Zionsville, Indiana followed by a gathering to celebrate her life at 4:30 p.m. A service will also be held in Toledo, Ohio on May 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 104 W. Broadway St., Maumee OH 43537. Dinner to follow at Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Road, Maumee OH 43537 The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or to EMDR International Association . (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Elizabeth Billmire Mayer4 May 2019Elizabeth "Betty" Billmire Mayer, 87, died May 4, 2019. She was a retired coordinator of teacher training for ASU, founder of Mayer School in Ithaca, N.Y., and lifelong educator. Private scattering of ashes were held. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Betty is survived by three sons, a daughter, seven great-grandchildren and several hanai grandchildren. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Fred HuffFred Huff30 Apr 2019Fred Huff, 86, passed away on April 30, 2019. Fred graduated from Kansas City Junior College in 1951. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics from Baker University where he was affiliated with Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He joined the Naval Air Cadet program, receiving his wings in June, 1955. After completing his four years' service in the navy as a flight instructor he went to Kansas University for graduate work in Radio/Television, followed by a decade of work at KCMO-TV, Kansas City, MO, where Fred became an accomplished documentary producer. A transfer in 1968 took Fred to KPHO-TV in Phoenix, AZ, where he continued to produce documentaries and news broadcasts. Upon retirement from Meredith Broadcasting after 33 years, Fred went to work at ASU for fifteen years. Fred is survived by his wife, Peggy, two sons, a sister, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Wednesday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to St. Barnabas Foundation, St. Barnabas Music Program, or Hospice of the Valley. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Delphine Barde22 Apr 2019Delphine Barde, 83, passed away on April 22, 2019. She retired from  ASU where she worked for over 25 years as a department manager. She is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. A Funeral Service was held on May 5, 2019 at Green Acres Mortuary Family Room at 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Donations may be made in Delphine's Memory to the Alzheimer's Association. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Addie Jean KinsingerAddie Jean Kinsinger19 Apr 2019Addie Jean Kinsinger, 93, passed away on April 19, 2019. She entered Hiram College in 1944. There she met her husband, Jack, who started there upon returning from service with the Army Air Force. Fresh out of college, Addie taught school in upstate New York while Jack pursued his master's degree at Cornell, and then she helped run local youth group activities in the Philadelphia suburbs as Jack finished his Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania. In the late 1950's, Jack, Addie and their two children moved to Michigan. She worked as a professional librarian and instructional materials designer in the Okemos School System outside of Lansing, Michigan. Later she earned her masters' degree in Library Science at Western Michigan University and then ran a school library system in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also began a long period of involvement in professional organizations, first with the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators, (MAME) and later with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), as an early proponent of the role of technology on how education was developed and transmitted. She became president of AECT in 1993-1994. Later she helped to run its Foundation for many years and was instrumental both in its mentoring program and in helping to extend its international reach. She was an Emeritus Trustee until her passing. In 1982, Addie and Jack moved to Arizona where Addie worked with ASU's PBS station KAET, managing its state-wide educational technology outreach and volunteering on pledge nights. Addie visited several local school systems in Arizona to help them adapt learning technology to their curricula. She retired in 1990. Addie is survived by one sister, a son, step-grandson, a daughter, three grandchildren, and her former husband, Jack Kinsinger, who was Vice President for Academic Affairs at ASU from 1982-1987. Any donations can be made in her name to Hiram College or to AECT. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Robert Dale CoffeyRobert Dale Coffey13 Apr 2019Robert Dale Coffey, 91, died April 13, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII and the Korean War as an Operating room technician. He received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Miami. He went to Emporia Teacher College where he received his teaching degree. He then attended ASU where he received his master’s degree in Art History. He taught at Morenci, Ariz. and Thatcher Jr. College, going on to teach Art History for ASU. He is survived by Bill Swift, his long time friend and business partner, his ex-wife Helene Brockelman and other relatives.  Mr. Coffey was co-owner of Red Lamp Antiques of Prescott, and Red Lamp mobile home park in Thatcher, Ariz. Mr. Coffey was laid to rest in the America City Cemetery in America City, Kansas next to his parents, on Tuesday April 23,
Charles Edward Myler, Jr.Charles Edward Myler, Jr.13 Apr 2019Charles Edward “Chuck” Myler, Jr., 92, passed away on April 13, 2019. Chuck served in the U.S. Army, arriving in Berlin shortly after the conclusion of World War II in Europe. After his service, he earned degrees from Loyola (BBA 1951), Harvard (MBA 1953) and University of Florida (PhD 1970). His PhD thesis formed the basis of Real Estate law in Florida. Chuck was a professor for most of his career, first at Loyola University New Orleans where he taught for 13 years. Most of his career was at ASU where he taught primarily real estate from 1968-2000. Chuck was an active member of FIABCI, an organization that fosters international real estate. He was recognized many times for his service on the Education and Exchange Committees. Chuck's life was devoted to the education of youth. He truly cared that his students had meaningful learning experiences in his classes. When not teaching, he organized educational exchanges worldwide, often hosting exchange students in his own home. Even in his personal life, as he increasingly required constant care, he was known to counsel his young caregivers, often immigrants from all over the globe, encouraging them to pursue whatever educational opportunities that came their way. Chuck is survived by five children and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynette (nee Moebes) and two brothers. The visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m. (rosary at 7 p.m.) Tuesday, April 23 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona 85204. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E Knox Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044. Graveside service to follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charles E. Myler, Jr. Scholarship Fund at Loyola University of New Orleans or Catholic Charities . (Source: William Verdini)
Reverend Culver H. NelsonReverend Culver H. Nelson12 Apr 2019Reverend Culver H Nelson D.D., L.H.D, known as "Bill", passed away on April 12, 2019, five days after his 93rd birthday. After graduating from University of Redlands, Bill served with the American Bible Society and upon his ordination in 1952 began his ministry in Pacoima, California. The church grew from 15 members to over 650 members by the time of his departure in 1954. Having passed on an opportunity to take over a church in Santa Barbara, Bill chose Phoenix, a city of just 90,000, knowing it was poised for growth. In 1954, he was the Founding Minister of Church of the Beatitudes followed by the creation of the Beatitudes Campus in 1965, from which he served thousands of parishioners and hundreds of elderly citizens. By 1979, Church of the Beatitudes had become the largest active congregation in its denomination throughout the United States. Bill contributed to Phoenix in diverse areas such as labor-management relations, the arts, transportation, education, care of the elderly and mentally ill. He served in numerous community and religious capacities including General Chairman, Phoenix Forward Long-range Goals Commission for the City of Phoenix; Chaplain (occasional) Arizona Legislature; Executive Committee, Valley Leadership; Board of Directors, Phoenix Symphony Association and Arizonans for Jobs and Energy; Chairman, Agricultural Employment Relations Board; Founding Member of Phoenix Forty; Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood and Crisis Nursery; Founding Director, ASU Board of Advisors (Sun City), and Board of Directors Interfaith Counseling Service northwest. Another nonprofit concern, Center DOAR (development of order resources) he founded 65 years ago has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the nation, with outreach programs for older adults. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores “Dee”. He leaves behind three children, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His service will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, 4pm in the sanctuary of the Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021. The family will receive friends before the service beginning at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of the Beatitudes, or Beatitudes Campus Retirement Center (1610 W. Glendale, Phoenix AZ 85021). (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Fredrick J. Farnsworth8 Apr 2019Fredrick J. Farnsworth, 86, passed away on April 8, 2019. Fred served in combat in the U.S. Army 27th Wolfhound Regiment in Korea. He earned a B.S. from Utah State University and an M.S. from ASU. He worked for Boeing on the Minuteman Missile Program, was Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at ASU, then returned to Boeing to work in various management positions until retiring in 1993. Fred was preceded in death by a brother and sister. He is survived by his wife, Mary, a sister, five children, eighteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He will be remembered at a Memorial Open House on Saturday, April 20, from 12 to 3pm at 15022 SE Fairwood Blvd in Renton, WA. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Frank M. GutierrezFrank M. Gutierrez6 Apr 2019Frank M. Gutierrez, 65, passed away on April 6. 2019. Frank worked custodial jobs which included Luce Press Clippings, ASU and Talking Stick Resort and Casino. He leaves behind two brothers, a sister, his long-time love Sonja Quinones and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. with services following at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 North Macdonald, Mesa, AZ. Burial to follow at the City of Mesa Cemetery. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Barbara T. HabigBarbara T. Habig6 Apr 2019Barbara T. Habig, 86, passed away on April 6, 2019. She moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 1963 with family and worked at ASU in Business Administration. Barbara was a member of ASURA. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, and is survived by nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish, 3801 E. Greenway Road in Phoenix. Entombment to follow at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, 23015 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Katherine Sue ShermanKatherine Sue Sherman6 Apr 2019Katherine Sue Sherman, 60, passed away on April 6, 2019. Katherine earned a Bachelor's Degree from ASU and graduated with honors. Her daughter Erin is a software developer for ASU. Katherine spent much of her career in project management, a profession she very much enjoyed and excelled at with the State of Oregon and Cognosante Consulting. She is survived by her husband, Bob, two children and a grandson. The family asks that charitable donations be made in Katherine's name to the American Cancer Society. The Memorial Funeral Service for Katherine was Monday, April 15 at 9:30 am at San Tan Mountain View funeral Home, 21809 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ  85142 (Source: ASU Foundation)
Eugenia Hopper ZavaletaEugenia Hopper Zavaleta6 Apr 2019Eugenia (Genie) Hopper Zavaleta, 92, passed away on April 6, 2019. She received the BS degree from Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, and the MCE degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Other graduate study was done at Union Seminary in New York and New Mexico State University. She served as the Director of Christian Education in First Presbyterian Church of Lubbock, Texas, the Presbytery of El Paso and the Synod of Oklahoma. Genie and her husband, Hector Zavaleta, worked for 10 years with the Migrant Ministry of the National Council of Churches. In Arizona, she was an instructor at Phoenix College, an associate faculty for ASU and worked with various poverty programs, including 15 years with Maricopa County Health Department. She received numerous awards, including the 2005 Alumni Award from Austin Presbyterian Seminary and the Lifetime of Democratic Service award from the Arizona Democratic Party. She and Hector received the George Brooks Award from the Presbytery of Grand Canyon and the Martin Luther King award from the City of Tempe. They also received an award from the students of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition for 10 years of work for the Dream Act and for the undocumented students. She is survived by her husband, Hector, and two sons. A service of cremation will be held for the family, followed by a memorial service at University Presbyterian Church, 139 E Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282 on May 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. In her memory consider a donation to: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (click on the giving tab) or at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Office of Institutional Advancement 100 E. 27th Street Austin Texas 78705-5797. Or a scholarship has been established in her name for students in the Maricopa Community College District. Gifts are being accepted for the Genie Zavaleta Scholarship fund to benefit Dreamers and DACA students. Donations can be made online at Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation or by check to: the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, 2419 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Sam PilafianSam Pilafian5 Apr 2019Sam Pilafian, 69, passed away on April 5, 2019. He was a virtuoso tuba player who performed an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop and rock music and brought unflagging exuberance to teaching young tubists. As a busy soloist, a founding member of the influential Empire Brass quintet and a partner to the acoustic guitarist Frank Vignola in the jazz group Travelin' Light, Mr. Pilafian expanded the musical possibilities of his lumbering instrument. A natural entertainer, he was once nicknamed the Evel Knievel of the Tuba for daringly playing "The Clarinet Polka" while standing on his head. He also tried teaching the tuba to Fred Rogers on an episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in 1985. "You have to blow through buzzing lips," Mr. Pilafian told Mr. Rogers. After creating a sound, Mr. Rogers said, "Your lips tickle.” Mr. Pilafian tickled his lips during more than 40 years of diverse collaborations. He played with the singers Bernadette Peters and Barbara Cook; the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton orchestras; the ensemble on the Philip Glass album "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982); the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as a substitute or soloist; and Pink Floyd, on the 1979 album "The Wall.” Mr. Pilafian is best known for his work with Empire Brass, whose repertoire includes Renaissance and Baroque music, transcriptions of classical works, show tunes, Christmas songs and pieces composed for the quintet. It has released more than two dozen recordings. Empire Brass embraces the classic brass quintet configuration - a pair of trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba - and has long been known for its virtuosity and showmanship. “You have not often heard an ensemble that played with more gusto than this one," the New York Times music critic Donal Henahan wrote of an Empire recital in 1977. Sam played the accordion as a youngster, but he switched instruments at age 11 on the advice of a veteran tubist, who told him that if he played tuba he would always have friends. He was a quick study and within a few years had joined the musicians union and was playing in hotel orchestras that backed headliners like Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli, and in a six-piece Dixieland band that performed at racetracks and other places around Miami. While attending what is now the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he earned a bachelor's degree, he had a summer fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center for advanced music training in Lenox, Mass. His tuba playing impressed Leonard Bernstein, who was an adviser there, and who enlisted him in the orchestra for the premiere of his theatrical work "Mass" at the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1971. Tanglewood was also the birthplace of Empire Brass. Michael Tilson Thomas, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony, was then a conducting student at Tanglewood. He told Bernstein that the five brass instrumentalists "should begin playing together because we sound alike, although we had never met,” Mr. Pilafian told The Post-Dispatch. “So we did," he added, "and we became a rehearsal band, getting together just to rehearse.” He remained with the group for 22 years, leaving in 1993. Mr. Pilafian was also a teacher for many years. He held positions at Boston University, Berklee College of Music, the Tanglewood Institute, ASU and the Frost School. He and a fellow tubist, Patrick Sheridan, developed a series of exercises adapted from martial arts and yoga to help singers and wind and brass players breathe more effectively. When Mr. Pilafian was in college, he was determined to do whatever was necessary to elevate his musicianship. So he tried an experiment with a friend, Mike Gerber, a blind pianist, he told NDSU Magazine in 2017, when he was a visiting artist at North Dakota State University. Fascinated by Mr. Gerber's heightened sense of hearing, Mr. Pilafian bandaged his own eyes. He was disoriented that first day but felt that his hearing had noticeably improved after three days. On Day 4, he concluded that his listening had grown dramatically acute, and he could play back whatever Mr. Gerber played on the piano."Nothing was the same after that," he said. In addition to his wife, Diann (Jezurski), Mr. Pilafian is survived by two sons and two sisters. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Sean F. Lee1 Apr 2019Sean F. Lee, 78, passed away on April 1, 2019. Sean emigrated to New York in July 1958. In 1959 he joined the United States Marines, where he served both active duty and reserves until 1965. Sean's background in retail and consumer goods began at Montgomery Ward in New York in 1963 where he started as a management trainee and progressed through positions as store manager, East Coast Regional Merchandise Manager, Los Angeles Merchandise Manager, and served on the Chairman's Task Force at the corporate headquarters in Chicago. While working for Montgomery Ward, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. On leaving Wards in 1980, he joined WR Grace in Los Angeles, California, as Vice President Merchandise Manager and subsequently served as President of the six separate companies that operated retail center concepts. In 1988 he became President and CEO of Home Base, a multi-billion-dollar national home improvement retailer. Sean served as Board Emeritus on the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Board, was a Co-founder of the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix, and participated as the founding President of ERIN (Executive Resources Irish Networking), which is now known as Irish Networking Phoenix. He was one of the cultural center's 2016 Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Award Recipients and proudly holds that title along with the late Senator John McCain and retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor. Sean will be missed by his wife Janet, two children, two grandchildren and two siblings. One of Sean’s children, Dr. Janet Carleton, is a professor at Glendale Community College and a faculty associate with ASU, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication at the Polytechnic Campus. Sean's funeral will be Friday, May 17, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Glendale, 11:00am. Lunch and sharing of memories will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the St. Joseph the Worker (Click on green "Donate Today" button, choose "One Time" and enter at bottom "In Memory of Sean F. Lee).
Laurence Ray Manuelito, Jr.Laurence Ray Manuelito, Jr.27 Mar 2019Laurence Ray Manuelito, Jr., "Larry Love," 48, passed away on March 27, 2019. Larry attended the University of New Mexico then went on to receive an Occupational Studies Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Larry began his culinary career as a personal chef for local professional athletes: Stephon Marbury (Phoenix Suns), who nicknamed him "Larry Love," because he cooked with love, Niel Diggs off season (Green Bay Packers) and David Boston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He worked as an executive chef for Sodexo with ASU Athletics Sun Devil Stadium, with Delaware North for San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale Stadium and San Diego Padres Petco Park, San Diego, CA. Most recently he was employed by SSP America, Phoenix, AZ. Larry is survived by his wife, Christi Bonner Manuelito, two sons, his parents and many nieces and nephews. Larry is preceded in death by his grandparents and an aunt. A celebration of life service was held on April 6 at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018. To honor Larry's fierce love for his sons, the family requests donations to Larrys Love for his Boys Fund . (Source: ASU Foundation)
Richard H. WhitneyRichard H. Whitney23 Mar 2019Richard H. (Dick) Whitney, 81, died March 23, 2019. He attended Claremont Men's College and held B. S., M.B.A. and law degrees from the University of Arizona. Dick was an attorney with Gust Rosenfeld for more than 55 years, spending his entire distinguished career there. He joined the firm in 1963, having started as an office boy in 1961. His law practice was estate planning, probate and trust administration. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the American Bar Association. He served on Gust Rosenfeld's Executive Committee and was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel's membership selection committee, nominating committee; he served as a regent and chairman for Arizona. Whitney was included in the Trust and Estates category of The Best Lawyers of America ®, recognized in AZ Business Leaders for Estate Planning in 2016, the Trusts and Estates category of The Best Lawyers in America ® (1983-2019) and Southwest Super Lawyers ® for Estate Planning & Probate (2007-2015). He was AV® Preeminent ™ rated by Martindale-Hubble ® representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Countless arts and civic organizations in Arizona benefitted from Dick's leadership, energy, and commitment to volunteerism. He was the founding chairman of the ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, and a former board member of the Arizona Theater Company, Heard Museum, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He also served as chairman of the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center, president of the Friendly House, and a board member of the Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona. Most currently he served as President of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society Board (PCMS) of Directors. Four years ago he established the Whitney Scholarship program for music students from seven Title 1 Phoenix schools. He was also instrumental in organizing and overseeing the Composer in Residence program for PCMS and helped the organization secure its own concert grand piano. To honor his grandparents, in 2016 Dick and Linda donated a Corten steel sculpture to the City of Glendale Main Library. The seven foot by three foot piece was created by Arizona artist Michael Anderson. After meeting Lewis Ruskin, one of the foremost art leaders in Phoenix during the early 1960s, Dick was asked to craft the enabling legislation that established the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Humanities as a state agency. The legislation was signed into law on March 13, 1967, by then-Governor Jack Williams. Later, Governor Bruce Babbitt appointed Whitney to serve as the Arts Commission's third chairman. In 2017, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Commission, Dick and Linda Whitney were honored with the Shelley Award for their efforts on behalf of arts and culture. In 1977, through his legal work at Gust Rosenfeld representing the Valley National Bank, Dick wrote the white paper that made the case and laid out the strategy to start a community foundation for Arizona. His idea led to five banks joining together to fund the foundation for three years, covering all administration costs, which allowed the foundation to operate and not compete with other nonprofits for support. In addition to founding the Arizona Community Foundation, he served five years as its chairman. Dick Whitney is survived by his wife, Linda, two daughters, two grandchildren and a brother. A memorial celebration will be held at the Phoenix Country club on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 2 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Arizona Community Foundation and the Phoenix Chamber Music Society. (Source: AZ Republic)
Dr. Obadiah HarrisDr. Obadiah Harris20 Mar 2019Dr. Obadiah Harris, 89, passed away on March 20, 2019. Dr. Harris graduated with a BA and MA from ASU and with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was also a Mott Fellow while at the University of Michigan. His career included serving as a minister, a counselor, teacher, professor at New Mexico State University and ASU, public speaker and author of several books. Beginning in 1991 he served as President of the Philosophical Research Society. During his tenure which lasted until spring of 2017 he developed the University of Philosophical Research (UPR). UPR is an on-line, non-profit, accredited wisdom school which provides graduate degrees in Consciousness Studies and Transformation Psychology. Dr. Harris served as President and taught courses. He also was able to digitize the Manly Hall Library which makes it available to the world. During this process he was able to protect and repair several ancient texts. He retired in 2017 due to declining health. He was granted the title of President Emeritus by the Board of Directors of the Philosophical Research Society and UPR. His last published book was entitled The Simple Road. His last manuscript the Aim of Life remains to be published. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne. He is survived by a daughter, two granddaughters, two great grandchildren, three nieces, and four nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles on Sunday May 12, 2019. The event will be open to the public and registration to attend is requested at the website of or . (Source: Arizona Republic)
Michael Lee LungbluthMichael Lee Jungbluth19 Mar 2019Michael (Mike) Lee Jungbluth, 64, passed away on March 19, 2019. He worked as a journeyman painter at ASU from 1979 to 2005, when he retired. Mike worked on many painting projects for the university, including the football field in preparation for the annual Fiesta Bowl game, Sun Devil stadium and Gammage Auditorium. Mike is survived by his wife, Johnnie Fay Jungbluth, a son, a daughter, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his mother and two brothers. He is preceded in death by his father and a brother. All whose lives were touched by Mike are invited to the viewing and funeral services located at Advantage Melcher Chapel of the Roses, 43 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa, AZ 85204. Viewing will be on Thursday, March 28 from 4-8pm. Funeral services Friday, March 29 at 10:00 am. The burial will be held after the funeral service at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Bruce Staffel MeadorBruce Staffel Meador19 Mar 2019Bruce Staffel Meador, 93, passed away on March 19, 2019. Bruce graduated from high school in 1943 and joined the Merchant Marines. His ship, the SS Jeremiah O’Brian, was torpedoed during World War II and is now a museum. Following WWII, Bruce received a BA in Economics from the University of Texas, where he also completed his MA and PhD in Education. He studied under a renowned scholar in the field of education, Dr. George Sanchez.  His dissertation, completed in 1959, was titled, The Education of Minority Groups in Hays County, Texas. Bruce’s seminal work looked at social justice for bilingual students in Texas. As a doctoral student, Bruce received a research fellowship to examine the depiction of Mexican history in US textbooks. He lived in Mexico City for one year which began his lifelong connection to and advocacy for the people and culture of Mexico, including Mexican immigrants in the United States. Following the completion of his doctoral studies, he began his tenure as a professor of education at ASU. While there, he and colleague Bob Roessel worked with multiple Native American groups on issues of equity in education. He also worked with Volunteers in Service to America as a field supervisor on Arizona tribal lands. In 1965, while on sabbatical from ASU, Bruce accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in La Jolla, California where eminent psychologist Carl Rogers was a visiting fellow. Bruce and Carl became colleagues and along with others founded the Center for Studies of the Person in 1967. With Douglas Land and Bill Coulson, Bruce founded the La Jolla Program in summer of 1968, with workshops and trainings around the world focused on encounter groups. Bruce remained with the Center for Studies of the Person until his death. The family moved from La Jolla to their ranch in Ramona in 1974. Bruce and his wife, Betty, divorced in 1978. They both continued to live on their ranch, albeit with separate homes and eventually both remarried. Bruce conducted annual La Jolla Program workshops in Berlin for 10 years, also meeting with private groups in former East-Berlin. He met his wife Heidrun there in 1984 while facilitating a workshop on client centered therapy. A son was born in 1985, and they lived on their Ramona ranch for the remainder of Bruce’s life. Bruce is survived by his wife Heidrun, two sons, two daughters, a brother, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a a grandson. A memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on April 6, 2019, at The First Congregational Church in Ramona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Doctors Without Borders. (Source: AZ Republic)
John Louis PickensJohn Louis Pickens11 Mar 2019John Louis Pickens, 69, passed away on March 11, 2019. He received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science from Maryville in St Louis, MO and a Master of Arts in Business Management from Webster University. He had a lifelong law enforcement career included training at the St Louis Police Academy and Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy as well as a host of organizations including time as the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE). He also served in the Air Force for three years. He worked in St Louis City and Uplands Park as a police officer where he earned a promotion to Lieutenant. From there he served as the first Black Chief wherever he went. Those stops included time as Chief of Police in Pine Lawn, MO, the University of Missouri St. Louis, and Chief of Police at Northern Illinois University. His most prestigious career appointment came after an intense interview process when he was selected to direct the then largest university in the United States as Chief of Police at ASU. He eventually retired from the police force in 2014 and then became Executive Director of Security at ASU where he served until September 17, 2018. John leaves four sons, one grandson, six granddaughters, eight great grandchildren, three sisters, one brother and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. One brother predeceased him. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Steve Estil Gano21 Feb 2019Steve Estil Gano, 64, passed away on February 21, 2019. Steve graduated from Indiana University in 1976 with a B.A. degree in cognitive psychology. He received a B.S. degree in computer science from Purdue University , and an M.S. in media technology from MIT's Architecture Machine Group (later the Media Lab) where he helped create some of the seminal applications of media technology. He then embarked on a career developing advanced interactive media applications on the research staffs of Atari Research, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple Computer in California. He was a consultant to industry leaders including Interval Research, Macromedia, and Microsoft. In 1999, Steve became Director of Technology for Education at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In recent years, he established a digital media firm called Object Cult. As principal of the firm, he joined the leadership teams as Associate Research Professional for two National Science Foundation funded innovative technology projects at the School for the Future of Innovation for Society at ASU. He aimed to create simple tools that enable people to appropriate and remix digital content as a way to reflect on their responses to science, technology, society and the future. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by two sisters, four nephews and a great-nephew. Steve's life will be celebrated by a gathering of family and friends in Big Sur, California this spring. The family suggest that memorial contributions be made to: , indivisible ; Doctors Without Borders . (Source: Arizona Republic).
Christine L. WellsChristine L. Wells20 Feb 2019Christine L. Wells, 80, died on February 20, 2019. She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a Master's degree from Smith College, and a Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She completed a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her teaching career spanned many years and many levels beginning with middle school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1959, and continuing at Smith College, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada), Temple University (Philadelphia), and culminating as a full Professor at ASU in 1997. She was instrumental in establishing new degree programs in physical education, wellness education, and exercise science (Kinesiology). Chris was the writer of more than 100 research papers and reviews, and the author of three books: The Environment and Human Performance (with Emily Haymes); Women, Sport and Performance: A Physiological Perspective (2 editions; translated into Spanish, Korean and Japanese); and a trade book Healthy Hearts, Healthy Women. She held many elected professional offices often being the first woman in those positions, and received many national level awards such as The Wonder Woman Award, the Billie Jean King Award (Women's Sports Foundation), the Alumni Fellow Award (Penn State University), Distinguished Alumna of the University of Michigan College of Education, and the Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine. Chris played all sorts of sports prior to Title IX, took up bicycling and running in her 40s and was nationally ranked in Biathlon (cycling and running) and Triathlon (swimming, cycling and running). She is preceded in death by her parents and her life partner, Anita Notdurft Hopkins (who died in 2002). Please do not send flowers. Chris would rather that donations be made to the Western Environmental Law Center or the HealthWell Foundation. A celebration of her life is planned for the spring. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Lauren Michelle MarshallLauren Michelle Marshall17 Feb 2019Lauren Michelle Marshall, 23, passed away on February 17, 2019. She graduated summa cum laude from ASU in 2018 with a degree in Journalism and Psychology. Currently, Lauren was a Research Assistant with the Bridges Program-ASU Research Institute, a Business Development intern at 180 degrees design + build and recently rejoined her Workshop family at Not My Kid. Lauren is survived by her parents, a brother, two grandmothers and many other relatives. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate Lauren's life on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 1 to 5 at her parent's home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of the Lauren Marshall Scholarship with the non-profit organization Workshops for Youth and Families, c/o Not My Kid, 602-652-0163.
Rena Patricia SkinnerRena Patricia Skinner17 Feb 2019Rena Patricia Skinner, 89, passed away on February 17, 2019. Linda Van Scoy, one of the ASURA Office Coordinators, said that Pat was a member of ASURA and an office volunteer in 2000-2002. Initially when ASURA was at the Visitor's Information Center (VIC) she trained new office volunteer staff, and then when ASURA moved to the Community Services Building she worked a weekly shift. Linda recalls that Pat was a "treasure". Linda is fairly certain that Pat worked with Jimmy Creasman and Kathryn Gammage, and following that, moved to the Board of Regents Office. Pat is survived by her husband, Allen. CORRECTION: Allen passed away in 2014. His obituary indicated two sons and five grandchildren surviving.  A Memorial Vigil was held for Pat on March 7, followed by Mass of Christian Burial and Committal on March 8, 2019.  A Tribute Movie and photos are available at Dignity Memorial .  (Sources: Dignity Memorial and Linda Van Scoy)
Gilbert T. VenableGilbert T. Venable17 Feb 2019Gilbert T. Venable, 76, passed away on February 17, 2019. He attended Cornell University and graduated 1st in his class from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As a law student, he spent the summer of 1965 in Mississippi working on Civil Rights Issues. In law school, he founded a group for students to do research for the ACLU. He served as a law clerk for Judge William Hastie, Chief Justice of the 3rd Circuit U.S. Ct. of Appeals, headed the ACLU in Pittsburgh for 2 years and taught Environmental Law from 1970 to 1976 at ASU. During that time, he spent one year as a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund. His passions in law were Environmental and Civil Liberties. Leaving the academic world to enter the private practice of law allowed him to work more directly with the people he was serving. He was in private practice from 1976 to about 2008 when he needed to slow his participation due to health problems. Gil was co-counsel with Stewart Udall in the Navajo Uranium Miner cases and Nuclear Bomb test fallout cases. He was very proud of his part in stopping Orme Dam which would have flooded the Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation and destroyed the core population of bald eagles in the Southwest. Gil is survived by his spouse, Christine Locke, two children, three brothers and many other family and friends. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on March 30, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix located at 4027 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ. In lieu of flowers, Gil requested that donations could be made to the Arizona Civil Liberties Union and the Sierra Club. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Anne Marie AdamsAnne Marie Adams16 Feb 2019Anne Marie Adams, 62,  passed away on February 16, 2019. Anne received a BS in Visual Comm. Design from ASU in 1981, where she also worked at PBS station KAET, beginning her lifelong career in the Entertainment Industry. She then moved to Los Angeles where she continued her career beginning at Post Production facility Video Transitions. Anne served as Executive Producer or Consultant Executive Producer at companies such as: Marks Communications, ABC Television, Viacom, Inc., Creative Planet, Vulcan, Inc., Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, and The Hettema Group. One of the projects dear to Anne was working as the "Director of Multimedia Production" at Vulcan, Inc. owned by the late Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. She was the "Project Lead" for the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. She managed all aspects of the project from concept development through installation and opening. Anne is survived by three sisters and five nephews. Memorial donations accepted at Home Fur Good .
 Jeanne Fiery16 Feb 2019Jeanne Fiery, 83, died on February 16, 2019. Jeanne was a pioneering nurse practitioner, enjoying a long career with the University of Massachusetts, ASU, International School of Business Management, Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital, and Banner Health System. She was also an experienced pilot and member of the International Organization of Women Pilots, also known as the Ninety Nines. Jeanne supported World Gospel Outreach in Honduras and the Shalom Child Development Center in India for many years, providing nursing support. Jeanne is survived by three daughters, their father Charles Smith (Bobbi), nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers, nieces and nephews. Jeanne is predeceased by a brother and two grandchildren. Private family memorial. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Northern Illinois Hospice. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Robert Anthony Trennert, Jr.Robert Anthony Trennert, Jr.15 Feb 2019Robert (Bob) Anthony Trennert Jr, 81, passed away on February 15, 2019. Bob earned his Bachelor's degree at Occidental College (1963), his Master's at Los Angeles State College (1965), and his Doctorate from UCSB (1968). He taught as a Professor of History at Temple University from 1967-1974. Bob next taught history for 30 years at ASU. He was a founding member of the Western History Association, the Mining History Association, and the Scottsdale Westerns. Bob was also a long-time member of the Arizona Historical Society, National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Railroad Historical Society. Bob is survived by his wife, Linda Trennert, a son, daughter and two granddaughters. Bob is predeceased in death by a sister. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 South Dobson Road in Mesa, AZ. Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of the Valley . (Source: Arizona Republic)
Jean Emily FairfaxJean Emily Fairfax12 Feb 2019Jean Emily Fairfax, 98, passed away on February 12, 2019. Jean graduated in 1940 with Honors in Liberal Arts from the University of Michigan. She earned a Master's degree in World Religions from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Jean began her career as Dean of Women at Kentucky State College and later served in the same post at Tuskegee Institute. She committed much of her time and talents to the American Friends Service Committee working as a direct relief worker in Austria following World War II, a director of college programs and as an administrator of Southern  Civil Rights programs. She was a leader among citizens who rallied behind the cause of free and reduced lunch programs, and through her work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, she was instrumental in the desegregation of higher education. Jean's sister Betty moved to Arizona in the 1950's and worked as a teacher and counselor with the Phoenix Union High School District for over 50 years. Because of Betty's dedication to education, a high school in Laveen bears her name. When Jean joined Betty in Arizona in the 1980's, they pulled their modest financial resources and actively engaged in a vast array of civic-minded philanthropic pursuits. Through the Arizona Community Foundation, the ASU Foundation, the University of Michigan Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation and the Southern Education Foundation, Jean and Betty supported many educational and scholarship programs, as well as nonprofit organizations addressing social equity, housing, health care, employment, and criminal justice, in addition to a passion for the arts. Jean served on many boards of organizations, including the World Council of Churches, NPR, National Commission on Secondary Schooling for Hispanics, and Women and Foundations Corporate Philanthropy; and she won numerous awards, including the ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Servant-Leader Award, Hon Kachina-12 Who Care Award, and the Maricopa County YWCA Tribute to Leadership Award. Jean is survived by a host of beloved friends and colleagues. Two siblings predeceased her. For those wishing to honor the legacy of the Fairfax sisters with a gift in their memory, please make a donation to the Jean E. and Betty H. Fairfax Memorial Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation . (Source: Arizona Republic)
Paul Byrne AbePaul Byrne Abe6 Feb 2019Paul Byrne Abe, 77, passed away on February 6, 2019. Paul, a Japanese American, spent the first few years of his life in the Jerome Relocation Center during World War II. The family was sponsored out and relocated to Pueblo and then moved to Sterling, CO where he spent his adolescent years. He earned his Bachelor's in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley and a Masters in Technical Theatre from Purdue University, Lafayette. Upon earning his Masters, Paul was a faculty member at various colleges teaching lighting design and technical theatre but found his true calling and passion directing the opening and renovations of convention centers, performing arts theatres, and arenas. Some of the many buildings he managed included the Farmington Civic Center in New Mexico, Lima Civic and Convention Center in Ohio, and the OnCenter in Syracuse, New York. He later settled in Tempe and worked at ASU’s Gammage Theater as rental coordinator. Paul was preceded in death by a brother. He leaves behind his wife, Diane, two daughters, two granddaughters and other relatives. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 23rd at 2 pm at ASU's Karsten Golf Course, 1125 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281 with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arizona Humane Society .
Irene Ruth (Walsh) AhearnIrene Ruth (Walsh) Ahearn6 Feb 2019Irene Ruth (Walsh) Ahearn, 93, passed away February 6, 2019. She earned her nursing degree in 1944. She and a childhood friend moved west after World War II. While working at the ASU infirmary Irene met her future husband, John. They were married in 1955, lived briefly in Tucson while in graduate school at UofA, and moved permanently to Phoenix in the late '50's. Irene is survived by three daughters, two sons, their wives and children. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix 85020.
Harriet Barbara RaczkowskiHarriet Barbara Raczkowski31 Jan 2019Harriet Barbara Raczkowski, 92, passed away on January 31, 2019. After high school graduation in 1945, Harriet went to work for the U.S. Navy as a civilian employee where she earned a Recognition of Service Certificate for her efforts during World War II. Her career included assistant to x-ray technician, pediatric medical office assistant and teacher's aide while residing in Johnson City, New York. In 1982 Harriet and her husband moved to Arizona where she went on to work in the ASU Purchasing Department, retiring in 1993. In 1999, they relocated to Silverthorne, Colorado. Harriet is survived by her husband, Stanley, a son, granddaughter, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by two siblings. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bristlecone Foundation for Hospice, PO Box 1327, Frisco, Colorado 80443. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Thursday, February 21st, with reception to follow at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 89 Smith Ranch Rd, Silverthorne, CO 80498. A Celebration of Life will be held at Three Trees Chapel, 13416 W Arbor Pl, Littleton CO 80127, on Tuesday April 16th at 11:00am, with reception to follow. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Harry Lundgren30 Jan 2019Harry Lundgren, 90, passed away on January 30, 2019.  Harry received engineering degrees from Purdue University, Oklahoma State University, and ASU, and served in the U.S. Army. He was Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering at ASU. He was instrumental in the growth of the department during his career from 1961-1989, particularly with the acquisition of microcomputers for the College. An ASURA Video History Interview with Harry was conducted by Dave Scheatzle in 2015. Harry is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, and a brother. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 2 pm, in Skirm Auditorium, Friendship Village, Tempe. (Source: Arizona Republic and ASURA website)
Ariel M. WatsonAriel M. Watson28 Jan 2019Ariel M. Watson, 96,  passed away on January 28, 2019. She worked as executive secretary in New York City for the Chemical Bank & Trust Company. Following a move to Connecticut in 1960 she was appointed as Clerk of the East Lyme Probate Court in Niantic, CT and held that position until 1977. After moving to Arizona she became a secretary in the Office of Sponsored Projects at ASU retiring as Office Supervisor in 1990. Survivors include two sons, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A son and husband, Lester, preceded her in death. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. Because of her love of animals, in lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in her memory to the Arizona Humane Society or to any no-kill shelter of choice. (Source: Arizona Republic)
 Daniel Kirby Phippen27 Jan 2019Daniel Kirby Phippen, 99, passed away on January 27, 2019. Daniel worked in Summer Sessions and Extension. His wife, Muriel, preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters and a son. A memorial service for Daniel was held on February 2, 2019 at The Church of the Epiphany in Tempe. (Sources: Peggy Randolph, Linda VanScoy)
Jay Olin ReederJay Olin Reeder27 Jan 2019Jay Olin Reeder, 71, passed away on January 27, 2019. Jay attended Grand Canyon College then moved to Kansas City. In 1974 he received a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Religious Education from Midwestern Theological Seminary. He pastored a small church in KY for about a year before moving back to the Phoenix area. Jay worked thirty plus years at ASU in the custodial department where he held various positions including supervising other employees. He retired from ASU in 2010. Jay is survived by his wife, Ruth (Layton) Reeder, two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters, nieces and nephews. Jay's body was donated to Science Care Anatomical for study and then he was cremated. Jay’s family will have a memorial service on April 6, 2019, at his home at 3510 College Avenue in Tempe. Friends and family are encouraged to come by the house from noon to 5:00 PM on that day. Come prepared to share your favorite "Jay" story or event. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Leslie Louis Smith IVLeslie Louis Smith IV19 Jan 2019Leslie Louis Smith IV, 49, passed away January 19, 2019. Leslie received his Bachelors in Creative Writing and MA in Educational Theater from NYU. He was earning a PhD in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Sciences from the School of Arts, Media + Engineering (AME) at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and Arts. At the time of his death, Leslie was newly appointed as the Program Manager of the Synthesis Center at ASU where he coordinated the uniquely diverse, international activities of the Center while at the same time pursuing his PhD. He began his career as a literary intern at the 1991 Young Playwrights Festival. His career includes positions with the New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater, The Theater Development Fund, and Jujamcyn Theaters. He curated materials for LA Independent Film Festival, and The Sundance Institute and worked as a development consultant to Mirimax, FineLine Features, and Paramount Classics. As a playwright, his works include Somewhere In Between (Carousel Theater Co) and a one-man show, was in workshop for NYTW and at The Public Theater. Leslie founded Revelation Theater, which he operated as Artistic Director and as Producing Artistic Director from 2000-2005. There he directed Temporary Help off-Broadway in 2002. Leslie was a member of the League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers where he served on the Administration Committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards from 2004-2008. His social services experience includes senior strategy positions for the American Red Cross (9/11-Katrina), United Way of New York State's 2-1-1 Initiative and managing inter-agency initiatives for government and nonprofit corporations in social service fields in New York City. He served on the board of The Trevor Project for the agency's first five years. He has produced special events that have raised more the $25 million for various charities close to his heart. His cultural fiction novel was named a 2015 Readers Favorite Finalist. As a filmmaker, Smith wrote, produced and directed David Searching which received a 1997 US theatrical release, played over 45 Domestic and International Film Festivals, and was added to the UCLA Film Archives Legacy Project permanent collection in 2011. Leslie is survived by his father, a sister, three uncles and seven cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother, grandparents and two aunts. There was a memorial visitation in Phoenix, AZ on February 2, 2019. There will be a memorial visitation in Benton, Arkansas on February 9, 2019 from 1-3 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 17320 Interstate 30 North, Benton, Arkansas 72019 followed by a private graveside service at the family cemetery on Wye Mountain. There will be a memorial visitation in NYC this summer. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 Guadalupe Valdez18 Jan 2019Guadalupe "Lupe" Valdez, 87, passed away on January 18, 2019. Lupe had been a chef most of her career and was longest a chef at ASU for over 30 years. Lupe is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, three siblings and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband Albert Valdez, a sister and a brother. Her funeral was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Saturday, January 26, 2019 with a graveside service at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery following. Donations will be accepted for Family Care Homes, Jensen House. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Robert G. BaileyRobert G. Bailey14 Jan 2019Robert G. Bailey, 79, passed away January 14, 2019. Robert was a world-renowned geographer who served 53 years with the US Forest Service. His work for the Forest Service began in 1966 on the San Dimas Experimental Forest near Los Angeles. In 1971, he earned his PhD in Geography from UCLA. His career ultimately took him throughout the West, before landing him in Fort Collins in 1978. During his early career, Bob's work was considered crucial to the battle to save the extraordinary water clarity of Lake Tahoe. Later, he developed an ecosystem mapping and land classification system that became well known by geographers and ecologists throughout the world. His system guided land management decisions by the Forest Service and was adapted as the primary land management and conservation model for other state and federal agencies and conservation groups. He worked with groups in several foreign countries to help develop national systems based on his principles and methods. He also published four books on eco-geography, with one forthcoming, and numerous influential professional journal articles. Bob received several awards and honors for his work both in the US and abroad. Although he retired a few years ago, Bob continued to work as an Emeritus Scientist for the Forest Service. Bob is survived by a daughter, a grandson, his partner Veronica Lim, a sister, his former wife and friend Loretta Bailey and a half-sister. His son Matthew G. Bailey predeceased him. According to an article published in the online ASU Insight, in 1998 a van carrying members of the Geography Club and the Friends of Geography group, who were on their way to visit a copper mine in Bagdad, Arizona, experienced an accident resulting in the injury of several students and the death of Matthew Bailey. Matthew was a senior geography student and active member of the Geography Club through the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, then known as the Department of Geography. Following Matthew’s passing, Bob Bailey was instrumental in the creation of the Matthew G. Bailey Scholarship through the ASU Foundation. The scholarship fund helps to support the work of students to help them accomplish the fieldwork that is integral to their work. Through the scholarship, 50 young geographers have been awarded scholarships to help support their research through fieldwork. Bob will be buried alongside his son Matt at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 22, 2019 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, Fort Collins, followed by interment at Grandview Cemetery. Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to the Matthew G. Bailey Scholarship Fund   (Source: ASU Foundation and ASU Insight)
Linda Barrett HallettLinda Barrett Hallett14 Jan 2019Linda Barrett Hallett, 74, passed away January 14, 2019. Her father, Thomas Wilson Barrett, was a World War II US Air Force Colonel, a chemist and tenured ASU professor. Linda’s own life accomplishments are noteworthy. At 13, she passed an audition to play violin with the Phoenix Youth Symphony. At 18, she was invited to perform in Salzburg Austria and won an international competition for budding opera stars. Her talents in the performing arts continued as she received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Vocal Performance. During her college years Linda toured Europe again performing with a BYU performance group. After college, she performed in many civic functions, becoming well-known for her performance of the soprano solo in Handel's "The Messiah". Her vocal talent took her from touring in Europe to playing the lead in an American production of "Hello Dolly" in Sao Paulo Brazil (1981). Linda is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters and a brother.(Source: ASU Foundation)
Linda Kay Chandler VergesLinda Kay Chandler Verges8 Jan 2019Linda Kay "Chan" Chandler Verges, 75, passed away on January 8, 2019. Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with triple major credentials in English, History and Psychology from Oklahoma Univerity in June 1965. Upon graduation, she moved to Godfrey, IL and worked at the Monticello Female Seminary [now Lewis and Clark Junior College] as Social Director and Resident Counselor from 1965 to 1966. Next, she was the Assistant Dean of Women for Freshmen at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, from 1966 to 1967. Linda's post-graduate career began the fall of 1967 at North Texas State University [now University of North Texas], in Denton, Texas, where she was also a Graduate Assistant with the English Department, until 1969. In September 1969, she began commuting to Lawton, Oklahoma and became an English instructor at Cameron College [now Cameron University]. Linda completed a Master of Arts in English Renaissance Drama in January 1970 at North Texas State University. In 1970, she began additional post graduate studies at OU, while continuing to teach at Cameron University. In 1972 the family moved to Tempe, Arizona where Linda became a Library Cataloging Assistant at ASU from August 1973 to March 1974. She moved on to the Librarian position for the Arizona Office of Economic Planning and Development and EPA/Emergency Department, under the Office of the Governor, from 1974 to 1975. From 1976 to 1978, she became a Registered Representative – Stock Broker for Dean Witter Reynolds, one of the first women in this profession. In 1978, she became a Stock Broker with Drexel Burnham Lambert in Scottsdale, Arizona until 1979. Building on her financial knowledge, Linda evolved to a Financial Services Representative with First Federal Savings and Loan in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1980 to 1982. She also held a securities principal license, administered by the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which qualified her to administer activities such as corporate securities, REITs, variable contracts, and venture capital as well as approve advertising and sales literature relating to municipal securities. She developed and presented seminars for First Federal on financial topics as well as creating a prototype program for the firm's "IRA by Phone" campaign. From 1983 to 1995, she worked with Great Western Bank, Dillard National Bank and Ford Consumer Finance Company. In 1980 Linda became the first President of the Paradise Valley (AZ) Consumer Advisory Board (1980–1982), playing a key role in helping to establish the Humana Desert Valley Hospital Medical Center. She served on the hospital's Board of Trustees for six years. She was also active on the elected board of the Greater Paradise Valley Chamber of Commerce (GPVCC), beginning in 1983, and became President and Director of the GPVCC from 1986 to 1988. She was appointed to the Phoenix Peripheral Area C and D Planning Advisory Committee – a special group to assist the planning commission and Phoenix City Council on developing vacant land in north Phoenix. She served on the Rio Salado College Community Advisory Committee for five years. She supported the Maricopa Community College (MCC) system expansion to establish an extension campus of Rio Salado College in the Paradise Valley Mall. Additionally, Linda's role with the Planning Advisory Committee and role on the Maricopa Community College County District Task Force (seven years) helped to establish the seventh campus for the MCC system at North 32nd Street and East Unions Hills Drive, a 90-acre site. With satellite locations being used from 1985 to 1987, the Northeast Valley Education Center became the new Paradise Valley Community College and welcomed students and faculty to the campus in September 1987. In 1995, Linda returned to Oklahoma to care for her mother who had been diagnosed with cancer. After her mother passed away in June 1995, Linda remained in Spencer while her husband continued to operate his business in Phoenix, AZ. From 1995 to 2012, she continued her financial career with various titles at three banks in Oklahoma City in addition to working independently on recoveries with a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, in OKC, and was involved with the Oklahoma Bankers Association. Linda was a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), was accredited by IAFCI as a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator, was also a Certified Fraud Examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She was also a member of Oklahoma City Metro Area Fraud Investigators Association (MAFIA). Beginning in 2012, she worked as an independent contractor in the banking industry in Oklahoma and Colorado. She had over 42 years of experience in finance and banking in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Linda is survived by her husband, Stephen, a daughter and other relatives. A Celebration of Life Open House is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Spencer Senior Center, 8302 NE 36th St, Spencer, OK 73084, behind the Spencer Police Station and Fire Station, at NE 36th Street and Spencer Road. Linda donated her body to the University of Oklahoma (OU) Willed Body Program. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made either to the OU Willed Body Program in memory of Linda K. Verges: OU Willed Body Program BSEB-100, P.O. Box 26901, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901; or to the Spencer Historical Society and Museum, P.O. Box 394, Spencer, OK 73084. (Source: ASU Foundation)
 David Bedworth6 Jan 2019David Bedworth, 86, passed away January 6, 2019. He received his undergraduate degrees from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. His graduate degree was from Purdue University. David came to ASU in 1963 as Professor of Industrial Engineering, and retired in 1993 as Emeritus Professor, Industrial Engineering. David is survived by his wife, Virginia, two children and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1 p.m. at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, AZ 85225. (Sources: Philip Wolfe, Virginia Bedworth)
Janelle KruegerJanelle Krueger4 Jan 2019Janelle Krueger, 96, passed away on January 4, 2019. She completed her registered nurses (RN) training at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio in 1948. Janelle married Ray Edgar Krueger in 1943. They moved to New Jersey, Maryland and Washington DC for her husband’s career as a radio/electrical engineer at the Bell Labs and the National Bureau of Standards. During that time, Janelle's work as a public health nurse took her from laundromats to embassies to tuberculosis treatment settings to continuing education at Catholic University. When the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) moved its major laboratories from Washington, DC to Boulder in 1950, they moved again. In 1952 Janelle continued her public health nursing career at the Boulder City-County Health Department. From 1958 to 1966 she served as Director of the Public Health Nursing Division, where she was recognized for her outstanding service in the field of public health in the county, the state and on national councils. She earned a B.S. degree in Nursing with special honors in 1957 and a M.S. in Nursing in 1958 at the University of Colorado-Boulder. After completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at CU-Boulder in 1969, Janelle accepted a faculty position at the University of Arizona's College of Nursing in Tucson. In 1976 she returned to Boulder where she served as Director of the Nurse Scientist program at the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). In 1984 she was recruited by ASU to serve as Dean of the ASU College of Nursing, a position which she held until her retirement and return to Boulder in 1992 at age 70. Janelle pioneered nursing research, teaching and practice in the areas of quality of care assurance in nursing, development and funding of statewide healthcare services for underserved communities including aging and mental health care services, development of ethics guidelines for research with human subjects, integration of Native American healing traditions into nursing education and practice, the advancement of nursing research utilization across health care settings and the promotion of universal, single-payer health care and pay equity for nurses. She authored/co-authored numerous books, book chapters and professional journal articles across this range of issues and played an active role in advancing the missions of the professional organizations to which she belonged. Janelle is survived by a daughter, brother, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray E. Krueger, three brothers, a sister and nephews. For information about informal gatherings throughout the upcoming year in celebration of Janelle's life and to share memories, historical material and/or condolences, please contact Cosima at . Contributions in support of Janelle's nursing education legacy may be made to "The Janelle Cowan Krueger Endowment" in care of the ASU Foundation . Contributions to Boulder's Emergency Family Assistance Association are also welcomed. (Source: Arizona Republic)
Gloria Sue HigginsGloria Sue HigginsUnknownGloria Sue Higgins (date of death and age at death not mentioned) and her family moved to Tempe in 1968 after her husband, Norman, had obtained his PhD at Syracuse University. He began a 20 year teaching position at ASU (college/department affiliation uncertain; possibly educational technology). During the 1980’s Gloria began working at Diamond’s Department Store and worked there for over 20 years. She also worked at the Ticketing Box Office when the store was purchased by Dillard's. During the 1990's she traveled the Southwest with her daughter. A memorial service will be scheduled in May. For details please contact her son Michael at (Source: Arizona Republic)