These obituaries are for people who died during 2021. 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.


Albert Gutowsky

Professor of Economics

18 Jul 2021

Albert Gutowsky, 84, passed away on July 18, 2021. His education included Denver University, BA, 1959; University of Oregon, MS 1961, PhD 1965. An expert witness, he testified in state and federal courts in California, Nevada, and Oregon. Al taught economics at ASU 1965-1967; California State University, Sacramento 1967- 2004.

Al was preceded in death by a son. He is survived by his wife Constance, two sons, four grandchildren, and a brother. A celebration of life memorial will be held at a future date. (Source: Arizona Republic)


Maurine A. Fry

Faculty, College of Education


17 Jul 2021

Maurine A. Fry, 86, died on July 17, 2021. She served on the Educational Psychology faculty at ASU from 1972-1993. She spent the last five years of her career as Dean of the College of Education at Wichita State University.

Having received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of South Dakota followed by her PhD from the University of Iowa, Maurine would spend her professional life actively involved in education and continued to support various scholarships and endowments in her retirement.

Maurine’s survivors include her companion, Nancy Millett, a sister, five nieces and three nephews. A private celebration of life service is being arranged. Condolences may be sent to: The Family of Maurine Fry, 32019 White Street, Burbank, SD 57010. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Endowment Office at ASU. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Cynthia Welch

Cynthia Gail Welch

17 Jul 2021

Cynthia (Cindy) Gail Welch, 73, passed away on July 17, 2021. Cindy worked part time at ASU and completed her bachelor's degree in 1970. Pat, Cindy’s boss at ASU, often spoke about and showed Cindy photos of her Army son, Bob. In the summer of 1969 Bob and Cindy finally relented to a blind date. They were engaged within a few months, and married in 1970.

Bob deployed to Vietnam shortly after their wedding. Immediately following his tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to Bangkok, Thailand, for two years where Cindy was able to join him. They thoroughly enjoyed the country and the culture and their traveling interests were ignited. Army life provided many moves stateside plus the opportunity for Cindy to earn her master's degree from Kansas State University in 1977, and pursue various employment opportunities.

After Bob retired from 26 years with the Army, he and Cindy decided to continue work with the U.S. government overseas at American embassies and consulates, serving in: Nairobi, Kenya; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Dublin, Ireland.

In 2008, they moved to Prescott to be near Bob's mother. Cindy remained very active in retirement, supporting numerous philanthropic, educational and social organizations. She was involved with Prescott Art Docents and P.E.O.

Cindy is survived by her husband, Bob, two sons and four grandchildren. Cindy's Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Russell Wayne Moss

Russel Wayne Moss

Writing Teacher/Mentor

4 Jul 2021

Russell "Russ" Wayne Moss, 45, passed away on July 4, 2021. He has an Associate of Arts degree in Bible from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, in May, 2015. He graduated with honors from Elim Bible Institute and College, and holds an Associate in Applied Science, Biblical and Theological Studies, May 12, 2018. He was inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology in 2015. He graduated from Global Awakening School of Supernatural Ministry in the summer of 2018.

Russell was employed as a Shift Leader at Starbucks in Harrisburg and was recently employed as a Teacher/Mentor with ASU and tutored students with their Writing classes. Russell's Scripture for life is found in the Book of Romans, "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?" (Rom 10:14). Russell's reply was, "Here I am, send me!"

Russell is survived by his wife, Jennifer Elaine (Stark) Moss, his mother, father, brother, and other relatives. Russell's Celebration of Life was held at Christ Community Church, 1201 Slate Hill Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011, on July 12, 2021. Contributions may be made to an organization near and dear to Russell's heart, Sarah's House of Hope, 5503 Silver Creek Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050, a Christian non-profit dedicated to provide support, aid, and comfort to survivors and families in need from the pain of substance abuse. Donations can be made via link from their website, or mailed directly to Christ Community Church. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Ellen Mary Kennedy Johnson

Ellen Mary Kennedy Johnson

Professor, Women's Studies

29 Jun 2021

Ellen Mary Kennedy Johnson, 63, passed away on June 29, 2021. She graduated from St. Joseph's College in 1979. She received an M.A. in American Literature and her Ph.D. in British Literature and dedicated her life to teaching students from many countries the essence of those fields and also, most importantly to her, Women's Studies. Ellen was a tenured professor at ASU.

She was predeceased by her parents, and a sister. She is survived by her husband, Bill, a son, two grandchildren, a sister, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. After a private family ceremony on July 3rd, 2021, Ellen was cremated per her wishes. Sometime in the near future, Ellen's surviving family will visit her hometown of Chicago to celebrate her life. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 John Spence

 John Spence

Richard Snell Professor of Physics and ASU Regents Professor

 28 Jun 2021

John Spence, the Richard Snell Professor of Physics and an ASU Regents Professor, died June 28, 2021 in Boston. His career spanned more than 40 years at ASU, where early on he was a key contributor to ASU’s world-renowned program in electron microscopy and, most recently, was the director of science for the NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology Center on the application of X-ray free-electron (XFEL) lasers to structural biology. Spence’s links to ASU began in the mid-1970s.

In 1970, the same year that atoms were first observed directly by electron microscope, Professor John Cowley joined ASU’s Physics Department. Cowley, already an internationally recognized authority in electron microscopy (EM), later obtained a large NSF Regional Center grant, one of the first major research programs at ASU. Cowley established a world-leading school of EM, with faculty appointments, many students and postdoctoral researchers and the latest equipment, including half a dozen EM instruments. Soon after, Cowley recruited Spence and Sumio Iijima, along with Ondrej Krivanek and David Smith, all of whom made major contributions to the field.

In 1974, ASU launched the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science (CSSS), named for its founder. Eyring joined ASU in 1961 as chair of the Chemistry Department, which he helped build into one of the finest in the country. The center provides researchers with open access to sophisticated techniques for materials characterization and high-resolution EM. The Eyring Materials Center has remained a leading international center for the development of new techniques for imaging and analyzing atomic structures in matter.

Among Spence’s achievements were the first direct-detection EM cameras. A CCD (charge-coupled device camera) system for electron microscopy was first developed in 1986 at ASU in the Spence group. After seven years of research and development starting in 2001, a new sensor was invented that can make an image from electrons themselves, improving achievable resolution.

In 2012, a new home for the most sensitive electron microscopes, the Southwestern Center for Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy, opened on ASU's Tempe campus. This building was designed to house four electron microscopes, with the fourth bay reserved for a new instrument, called cryo-EM, dedicated to biology.

Spence led a team of ASU researchers who received a three-year, $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation to make his dream of cryo-EM a reality. ASU administration and faculty contributed additional funds, while many faculty across other Southwestern campuses have been using the new machine to publish new research in structural biology.

For his microscopy achievements, Spence received the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Microscopy Society of America in 2006, the Buerger Award of the American Crystallographic Society in 2012, the J.M. Cowley Medal of the International Federation of Societies of Microscopy in 2014, the Burton Medal of MSA and a Humboldt Senior Scientist Award.

Meanwhile, Spence had another major scientific advancement running in parallel — a high-risk, high-reward idea of using the power of particle accelerators to see the inner workings of nature at the atomic scale — and one that the scientific naysayers said would never work. But Spence and his colleagues, Janos Hajdu from Uppsala University, Sweden, and Henry Chapman from Hamburg University and DESY laboratory in Germany, proved them wrong.

The project began under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC laboratory, with the intent to come up with biological applications for X-ray lasers that were paired with the power of mile-long particle accelerators (BioXFEL). But first, they needed to overcome a formidable issue: the radiation power of large particle accelerators that was needed to see molecules at near-atomic scale often would quickly obliterate the delicate crystal samples before any data could be collected. Then, in 2000, Hajdu and Richard Neutze published a game-changing paper that theorized a way to not only record images of the mechanisms but also produce a movie showing them at work. 

Next, in 2006, experimental work led by Chapman proved for the first time that it was possible to “outrun” the radiation damage by using a very short pulse of the powerful X-ray beam. As the technique’s name implies, the light pulses occur over an astonishingly short time frame, measured in femtoseconds. A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second. To give a sense of just how brief this is, one femtosecond is to one second as one second is to about 32 million years.

In parallel in Arizona, Spence’s lab was building a device for sample delivery as well as crystallographic, data-deciphering algorithms. Despite the project being high risk at the time, the appeal was undeniable as Chapman’s experiments showed potential. The complexities of the project were also clear early on, such as the X-ray laser’s instability and scientific hurdles to overcome with the sample injection device.


In 2010, Spence was part of a worldwide team to develop the first theory and methodology to dig deeper into the biological world using XFELs. His team consisted of professors Petra Fromme, Uwe Weierstall, Rick Kirian, Alex Ros, Brenda Hogue and Bruce Doak. Fromme created the microcrystals that led to the first success of the project. Doak, Weierstall and Spence were then able to extend the recording time for the images. Weierstall built the first sample delivery device for the microcrystals, which was further refined by Doak. The synergy of the ASU BioXFEL team even extended outside the lab — with the formation of the "Who Knew," a bossa nova band that recorded an album and performed at the yearly BioXFEL conferences.

The X-ray laser structural biology work was ranked among the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2012 by Science magazine.

In 2013, they secured $50 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to form a seven-university BioXFEL Science and Technology Center (ASU, Stanford, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cornell, Rice, State University of New York at Buffalo and University of California-San Francisco). The XFEL consortium has been devoted to the development and application of hard X-ray lasers to biology for the last decade. This funding gave the team the opportunity to focus on diseases that have evolved to evade the effects of antibiotics, and to make movies of proteins in action.

In 2019, ASU received a $10 million gift to enable the completion of the first room-sized version of the technology, the Beus Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser (CXFEL) Lab, to make the technology more accessible to the worldwide research community and to speed up the pace of discovery. Donated by Leo and Annette Beus, the gift has funded this first-of-its-kind compact X-ray technology in the world. With nearly the same performance as the mile-long XFELs, the instrument has potential applications in medicine, the renewable energy economy, the computer industry and beyond.

In 2020, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded one of the physics research community’s highest honors, the prestigious Gregori Aminoff Crystallography Prize, to John Spence and his colleagues Janos Hajdu from Uppsala University, Sweden, and Henry Chapman from Hamburg University and DESY laboratory in Germany.

They received the award in honor of their innovative work in the structural imaging of molecular mechanisms with powerful X-ray free electron lasers. Their work provided the foundation to precisely see molecular machines like biomolecules, a major advancement for the field of structural biology and its potential applications to improve drug targeting, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy.

“Besides his scientific brilliance, John will be remembered for his personal kindness, including to me as the new chair, and his caring attitude as a teacher and mentor,” said Patricia Rankin, chair of the Department of Physics. 
“His books were bestsellers in the community — required reading for every microscopist. Among many achievements in crystallography, he will be remembered for the work he did with ASU’s Michael O’Keeffe in imaging chemical bonds.”

Spence's zest as a science writer was on display in his recent book "Lightspeed" (Oxford University Press, 2019). During a sabbatical, Spence visited many of the places where the historical measurements of the speed of light were first made, and he told the tale of the improbable connections between the search for an absolute frame of reference in the universe (the Aether) and Einstein's theories leading to the equivalence of mass and energy.
“He was remarkable in so many ways, from his pioneering accomplishments in multiple fields of physics, to his renaissance scholarship, to his personal hobbies of sailing, soaring and music,” said former Department of Physics chair and longtime colleague Peter Bennett.

“Most remarkable however was his totally unassuming persona that radiated kindness, generosity, curiosity and youthful energy. He was a personal hero for me as a scientist, colleague and friend. My memories of John span from early days as a fellow Moon Dog (Spence’s band name) to a recent colloquium on 'Lightspeed,' delivered to a packed room of colleagues here at ASU. It was particularly rewarding to engage with him as department chair over the past seven years. He delivered consistently at the highest level, in the department and across the university, all while making it look easy. His passing is an immeasurable loss to us all.”

Spence leaves behind his wife, Margaret, a sister and a son. (Source: ASU News)

John Bertrand Conlan, Jr.

John Bertrand Conlan, Jr.

Taught Geopolitics and American Foreign Policy

18 Jun 2021

John Bertrand Conlan, Jr., 90, a former two-term U.S. Congressman from Arizona retired, passed away on June 18, 2021. He received his Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School before receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Cologne and Hague Academy of International Law. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1954, practiced law in Chicago, then served as a U.S. Army paratrooper from 1956 to 1961 with rank of captain. He joined the faculty of ASU in Tempe to teach geopolitics and American foreign policy there and at the University of Maryland. He also continued his law practice in Phoenix, served as delegate to all Arizona state Republican conventions from 1962 to 1972, and following election to the Arizona State Senate in 1965 served as chairman of its Judiciary Committee until his election to Congress.

An ardent Christian evangelist, he also had served for a decade as press and political advisor for the Reverend Billy Graham's national ministry, and used that opportunity to organize evangelicals nationally to get involved in politics. With firm support of then-U.S. House Republican Minority Leader Gerald Ford, Conlan succeeded in getting himself elected president of the 1973 national class of 41 incoming new GOP congressmen and traveled nationally during his 1973-77 House tenure to help recruit other Christian evangelical candidates nationally to run for Congress. His efforts were joined with those of the late Reverend Jerry Falwell of Lynchburg, Virginia, founder of the Moral Majority; orthodox Catholic leader Paul Weyrich who helped found the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia; and conservative direct-mail magnate Richard A. Viguerie, formerly of Houston, Texas, now Virginia.

In 1975, Conlan succeeded in garnering bipartisan congressional support in both the U.S. House and Senate to cut-off federal funding for national implementation of a $12-million fifth-grade social studies course produced by the National Science Foundation called Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), a year-long study of the Canadian Arctic Netsilik eskimo tribe which Christian conservatives opposed on grounds it promoted "the religion of secular humanism," or cultural relativism.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Conlan traveled to Germany, the Republic of Georgia, and Ukraine to promote privatization, economic and political reforms. In 1976-77, in concert with other conservative leaders, he also helped organize a series of U.S. national seminars throughout the country, bringing renowned Soviet freedom-fighter Alexander Solzhenitsyn to America in 1976; promoting supply-side economics ideas of fellow U.S. House member Jack F. Kemp, RCalif., which became central to then-California Governor Ronald Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign to unseat Democrat incumbent Jimmy Carter.

Conlan is survived by his wife Julia; former wife Irene of Phoenix and their two sons, a sister and three grandsons. A celebration of life memorial service will be held in Asheville, NC, at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)

James Leo Hemauer

James Leo Hemauer

17 Jun 2021

James Leo Hemauer, 67, passed away on June 17, 2021. In 1970 Jim sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a swimming accident which left him paralyzed and a quadriplegic. He earned a degree in social work at UW Oshkosh then moved to Tempe, Arizona, to attend ASU where, in 1982 he earned his Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on higher education and disabilities. After graduate school, he took a position at the University of Arkansas where he developed a program to assist students with disabilities. As a consultant to many community and state agencies regarding disability law, Jim contributed research for a publication entitled, "Campus Access for the Learning Disabled."

With a job offer at ASU in 1985, Jim returned to his alma mater. His work there was to ensure that all students with physical disabilities had equal access to classroom materials and that all campus buildings met the legal requirements for accessibility. After serving ASU for 25 years, Jim retired in 2010 as the Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center (now known as Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services).

Jim was a member of various committees throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area that dealt with accessibility including working as a consultant with the NFL for Super Bowl XXX and also with the Grand Canyon National Park in creating accessible facilities. He was a frequent guest lecturer in many college courses at ASU and a guest speaker at many 6-12 schools throughout the Phoenix area.

Jim is survived by seven siblings, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. A memorial mass was held on  June 26, 2021 at Shepherd of the Hills Parish, W1562 Co Rd B, Eden, WI 53019. Jim will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Plymouth, WI. Memorials are suggested in Jim's name which will be used to establish a scholarship for students at Plymouth High School. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Jerry Hatcher

Jerry Hatcher

Taught computer literacy

14 Jun 2021

Jerry Hatcher, 83, passed away on June 14, 2021. Jerry served in the Army for 30 years including stations in Richland, WA, Anchorage, AK, Denver, CO, Walter Reed, Vietnam, Okinawa, and Honolulu, HI. While overseas the family travelled to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. He retired in San Antonio, TX in 1983.

Jerry moved to Phoenix to work with Phillips Medical and then taught computer literacy at ASU for five years. He also volunteered 16 years for the COPS (Citizens Offering Police Support) program.

Jerry was predeceased by two sisters. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, two daughters, and many nieces and nephews. Services will be planned for a future date. Visit Best Funeral Services to share a memory with family and get service updates. In lieu of flowers please send donation to Hospice of the Valley . (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Margaret Menke

 Margaret Menke

Wife of Robert Menke, founder of ASU Career Services

 14 Jun 2021

Margaret Menke, 100, died on June 14, 2021. Margaret was a Librarian/teacher in the Tempe Public School System. She taught elementary classes at the Broadmoor School, Ritter Grade School and Encanto Grade School for a total 52 years.

Margaret and her husband, Robert F. Menke, who founded ASU Career Services, shared a loving and devoted marriage of 58 years. Had Rob lived to the day of Margaret’s passing it would have marked their 74th anniversary.

Margaret earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern University, Evanston. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education at Arizona State College, Tempe. She was a member of the education sorority Alpha Delta Kappa and the honor sorority Pi Lambda Theta. She was also a member of the Tempe Women’s Club and attended St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. She also participated in many ASU faculty wives’ groups.

Margaret was pre-deceased by her sister and two brothers. She is survived by a niece and nephew. She will also be missed by her dear friends Elaine Stover and Brittani Hoffer as well as many long-time friends of Margaret and Rob.

Please raise a toast to Margaret Menke the next time you have a fine meal with family and friends. A memorial service is being planned for a later date at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. (Source: Elaine Stover)


Arthur Ernest Brown

13 Jun 2021

Arthur Ernest Brown, 78, passed away June 13, 2021. He worked in building construction and many other fields. Art retired from 30 years of service at ASU. He is survived by wife Frances, two daughters, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a sister and many cousins and aunts.(Source: ASU Foundation)

Stephen Warren Klare

Stephen Warren Klare

Faculty, College of Engineering

10 Jun 2021

Stephen Warren Klare, 74, passed away on June 10, 2021. He earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Electrical Engineering at George Washington University, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. As part of his Master's thesis, he helped develop the first US Post Office zip code reader. Steve began his career at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ in 1969, and then left to pursue a PhD at ASU. In 1971, under the auspices of the Arizona Heart Institute, he earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering while developing the first miniaturized, wearable heart monitor.

Steve continued his career at Motorola in Phoenix, AZ, where he led engineering R&D teams to numerous breakthroughs for national defense and NASA. He taught ASU classes and mentored numerous engineers, all of whom deeply respected Steve's brilliance and appreciated his expectations of excellence. In one of his key contributions to technology and space exploration, he helped design the communications systems for NASA's Voyager I and II, which launched in 1977. Steve's signature is engraved on golden records that both spacecraft continue to carry through the galaxy, sending back communications from outside our solar system.

In 1981, Steve moved to Atlanta, where he led Lockheed advanced research teams. His unique combination of technical expertise and entrepreneurial vision drove him to found Intercept Technology Inc, an innovative high-tech firm, which he led for the last three decades. He grew the company from a small Atlanta team to a global operation, developing specialized engineering software used in aerospace and defense, wireless, and semiconductor industries. His exceptional leadership and compassionate mentoring inspired and motivated everyone around him to work tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence and innovation.

Steve will be buried in the St. Francis Garden at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta. Steve is survived by his wife Karen (Kroesen) Klare, three daughters, six granddaughters, one great-grandson, two brothers and a sister. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Courtney Lonergan

Courtney Lonergan

Professor, college affiliation unknown

10 Jun 2021

Courtney Lonergan, 45, passed away on June 10, 2021 in a tragic auto accident. In addition to Courtney, Ali Geer, age 18, and Almira Geer, age 16, passed away, leaving behind the youngest child, Aracelli Geer, age 13. Courtney was a Cultural Anthropologist, Master Facilitator, ASU professor, diversity trainer, youth development mentor, catalyst for change, and a passionate supporter of humanity, the arts and human movements of every kind. Her soul and spirit shined bright in every moment, in everything she did, and through her three amazing children. She welcomed visitors with generous smiles and warm hugs including people from every imaginable faith, culture, ethnicity, identification. Known and celebrated throughout the state and beyond for her depth of knowledge and skills for facilitating diverse groups through conflict, planning, strategies and visioning, Courtney had endless patience and was truly accepting of every viewpoint. She instilled real hope and healing, invited open and honest dialogue, and shared her gifts through a multitude of training and community programs. Those who participated in her trainings strive to take her wisdom and pay it forward.

Donations to support Aracelli's future education and living expenses: GoFundMe Araceli Geer "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.” (Source: ASU Foundation)

Vaughn Paul Adams, Jr.

Vaughn Paul Adams, Jr.

Department Chairman, Engineering Design Sciences

9 June 2021

Vaughn Paul Adams, Jr., 83, passed away on June 9, 2021. After beginning his education at Purdue University, Vaughn moved from Chicago, IL to Phoenix, AZ in 1958. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Human Factors Engineering from ASU. He taught at ASU as a professor of Engineering for twenty years and became ASU's Department Chairman for Engineering Design Sciences. In 1975, he completed his Ph.D. at Texas A&M, in College Station, TX. With his entrepreneurial spirit, he acquired his professional licenses as a Surveyor and Professional Engineer in Arizona, California, and Texas. In 1979, he began his consulting firm, Biotechnics (later named BTI Consultants) which he led until his retirement in 2010. Other highlights of his career included working at the Ames Research Center at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA on the NASA space suit and the Moonlab project. Vaughn also contributed to designing the 69-kV utility structures throughout Arizona for Salt River Project.

Vaughn is survived by his wife Paula "Polly" Adams, three children, four stepchildren, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two children.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, from 6-8PM at Green Acres Mortuary in Scottsdale, AZ. Funeral services will be held at Grace Community Church on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 9AM with burial services to follow at Green Acres Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Palo Verde Chapter. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Delores Lorraine Sperstad

 Delores Lorraine Sperstad

Administrative Assistant, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

 9 Jun 2021

Delores “Dee” Lorraine Sperstad, 86, passed away on June 9, 2021. In 1967, she with her husband Marlowe and their family moved from Wisconsin to Arizona. Delores was administrative assistant for 23 years in various departments at ASU. She retired in 1997 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Delores was a member of ASURA and served as an office volunteer. 

In 1970 she and her husband hosted the first meeting of the King of Glory (KOG) Lutheran Church of Tempe. As a charter member of KOG, she taught Sunday school classes and confirmation. Delores was also in the choir and went on retreats, mission trips and various adventures with the church. She helped start and was involved in many programs including "Stitch and Smile," group.

Delores is survived by two daughters, two sons, a foreign exchange daughter of Helsinki Finland, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Delores was preceded in death by her husband Marlowe and a brother. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Geri Lerner Leshin

Gerie Lerner Leshin

ASU MetroCenter which became ASU West Campas

4 Jun 2021

Gerie Lerner Leshin, 79, passed away on June 4, 2021. After receiving her degree in elementary education at the University of Wisconsin, she taught elementary school in her hometown of Chicago. Later she earned her master's in counseling at ASU and ran the newly founded ASU West Campus (then called ASU MetroCenter). Later she was a counselor in private practice where she served many clients with care and dedication.

Gerie is survived by long-time partner Jackie Herst, three children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister and two nieces. A private celebration of her life will take place in July. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Arizona Friends of Talking Books . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Henrietta Soza Aguilar

Henrietta Soza Aguilar

Athletic Department

3 Jun 2021

Henrietta Soza Aguilar, 87, passed away on June 3, 2021. She was employed by ASU’s Athletic Department for over 20 years and was a member of ASURA. Henri touched the lives of many an Athletic Department employee, coach, or student-athlete over the years, some even referring to her as their "Second Mom."

Henrietta is survived by her husband, John Aguilar, six children, eight grandchildren and three siblings. She was predeceased by one sibling. A funeral mass will be held for family and friends at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Tempe on Monday, June 14, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please hug your loved ones like "Nana" hugged her grandchildren and consider a donation to Aguilar Elementary School or Hospice of the Valley. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Barbara Minckley

Barbara Minckley

Visiting Professor, College of Nursing

Late May 2021

Dr. Barbara Minckley, 96, passed away in late May, 2021. She earned her bachelor's degree, her master's degree and graduated with a cum laude in Nursing from Stanford University. For her doctorate she graduated University of California, San Francisco, magna cum laude. She became one of the first nurse practitioners in the United States. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1974.

Following years were spent in teaching and clinical research, first as a Professor at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, assisting in heart transplant research in conjunction with Stanford Medical School surgeons. She was a Visiting Professor and nurse practitioner at ASU where she treated patients at the College of Nursing's Vista del Camino Clinic. She retired in 1993 from her last position as Chair of the Department of Nursing at California State University, Long Beach.

Barbara is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 12th at Allegro Senior Living Center located at 1101 Plantation Island Drive S., St. Augustine, Florida 32080. Please call or text Alison at 407-221-7316 or Robbie at 352-486-6366 if planning to attend (count for chairs/refreshments).

To honor her life and memory, in lieu of flowers, please send a contribution made out to "WFCF Flagler College Radio Fund", and put Barbara Minckley Endowment on the lower memo line. Please mail to Flagler College, Institutional Advancement, 74 King St., St. Augustine, FL 32084. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Alva Royce Murdock

Alva Royce Murdock

Coordinator of Registration

29 May 2021


Alva Royce "Al" Murdock, 96, passed away on May 29, 2021. Following high school, Al attended Graceland College for two years and completed his degree at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri. His first job was being a shop teacher and principal in Blockton, Iowa. He then started working for Horace Mann Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa and moved with the company to Springfield, Illinois. Later he went to Arizona to become the company's state manager. He worked for ten years as Coordinator of Registration at ASU.

Al was married to Lois Jean Carpenter and they were blessed with two children. After Lois Jean's death, Al married Carol Sue Graeff. He adopted her daughter and they were blessed with three sons. At age 78, Al married Mildred Reed.

Preceding Al in death were his first wife, Lois Jean Carpenter Murdock, a son, a brother and a sister. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Reed, five children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, two sisters, nieces and nephews and other relatives. At Al's request, no funeral service is planned and burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Daniel Charles Brouwer

Daniel Charles Brouwer

Associate Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

26 May 2021

Daniel Charles Brouwer, 51, passed away on May 26, 2021. Daniel attended Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications. He then continued his education at Northwestern University where he was awarded his Master and PhD Degrees in Communications. Daniel was an Associate Professor at ASU, Tempe Campus, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication where he taught courses in Research, Dissertation, Thesis, and Gender Communications.

He was a co-author/co-editor of two books; he also had several chapters published in additional books, and had many published journal articles, reviews, commentaries, and papers. He also was a guest editor on a few books. His research and teaching interests included studies in the public sphere, rhetorical criticism, rhetoric of social movements, cultural performance, visual rhetoric, and political communication.

He served as a paper and program reviewer for the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association, served as a Red-Cross certified outreach educator and a weekly volunteer for two AIDS service organizations (Better Existence with HIV in Evanston, IL and the Chicago Women's AIDS Project).

Daniel is survived by his parents, three brothers, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Soller-Baker, Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette, IN 47909. (Source: Arizona Republic)


Thomas P. Templeton

Professor of Geography

26 May 2021


Thomas (Tom) P. Templeton, 90, passed away on May 26, 2021. Tom spent two years in the Army before earning a bachelor's degree from ASU and a master's degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville in Geography. Tom's career as a teacher began at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, AZ before moving on to the collegiate level. In the mid-sixties, he founded the Geography department at Mesa Community College (MCC) in Mesa, AZ. He enjoyed a robust and fulfilling career that included taking students on European trips as part of extended educational programs to explore cultural geography and anthropology. He spent 35 years at MCC, retiring for one day, before going to ASU to teach for another five years.

Tom was preceded in death two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Charline Morris Templeton, a son and a daughter. Tom will be laid to rest near Point Loma, CA. A celebration of Tom's life will be a private family event. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that any donations made in Tom's memory be made to the Mesa Community College Scholarship Endowment or the Richardson Endowment for Geography's Future, as both organizations support educational opportunities. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Douglas Raymond Gross

Douglas Raymond Gross

Professor Emeritus of Education

23 May 2021

Douglas Raymond Gross, 85, died on May 23, 2021. His education included a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Western Michigan University, in addition to a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Gross' professional work history included public school teaching and administration in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and 29 years as a Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology at ASU. He chaired the ASU Counseling Department and ushered countless graduate students through their Doctorates and into their professions as psychologists, counselors, treatment professionals and beyond. He retired from ASU as Professor Emeritus of Education in 1997. Doug was an active member of ASURA.

Doug served as a co-author and co-editor for 25 editions of textbooks. His texts are translated widely into numerous languages and have served thousands of college students in the field throughout the world.

Doug and his wife, Lola (DeLong) Gross, Ph.D, held parallel careers in Education in Arizona. Upon their retirement in the late 1990's, they returned to Lola's hometown, Three Rivers, Michigan, where they were active and engaged in the community and served on numerous boards. After retirement, Doug was a consultant for Carondolet Management for 14 years, conducting workshops throughout 25 states in the area of Grief and Bereavement. Doug also  did extensive volunteer training and work with Three Rivers Hospice.

Douglas was preceded in death by his wife, Lola, and his four older brothers. He leaves his nieces, nephews and other relatives. Based upon his wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be buried next to Lola. Doug preferred that no memorial service be held at this time. The Family will be in contact about future plans to celebrate Doug's life and the meaningful impact he has had on so many in his midst. Those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in his name to the Three Rivers Lions Club (420 Sixth Avenue, Three Rivers, MI 49093), the Three Rivers Hospice , Compassion and Choices or the St. Joseph County Michigan Animal Shelter (for Adoption and Care of Animals in their care) . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Thomas Joseph Aberger

Thomas Joseph Aberger

Faculty, School of Film, Dance and Theatre

22 May 2021

Thomas (Tom) Joseph Aberger, 70, passed away on May 22, 2021. Tom was a graduate of Hunter College in NYC and taught at University of California, San Diego, and at ASU from 2016 to 2019. At ASU he was a clinical assistant professor and production manager where he taught stage management and theatre management in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Tom served on the board of USITT and as a mentor for the Production Managers Forum.

Tom was a Renaissance theatre guy who devoted his professional life to the pursuit of moving theatre audiences to think, to feel, to consider the absurd, and to fall in love with the unlovable. A fierce advocate for new play development, Tom spent much of his career working with Lloyd Richards as the production manager for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference. From 1972 through 1999, Tom trained and mentored thousands of early career theatre professionals and passed on his love of theatre, his respect for the theatrical process, and a belief that we are all collaborators no matter what hat we wear on a particular production. He also served as production manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Walnut Street Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club and was technical supervisor for Peter Brook's The Mahabharata at BAM. As a production stage manager, Tom worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at many leading regional theatres, at Radio City Music Hall, and at New York's Phoenix Theatre, premiering over 20 productions, including Ladyhouse Blues, Uncommon Women and Others, and City Sugar. He also ran the award-winning Getting Out in New York City and on tour to Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Israel.

Tom leaves behind a gypsy's trail of friends around the country. Those who were lucky enough to be on Tom's Christmas CD list know that he loved all kinds of music, and he identified with those artists who, like Tom, freely shared their stories filled with emotion, imagery, and love. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Oren Walter Sprague


 22 May 2021


 Oren Walter Sprague, 89, passed away on May 22, 2021. Oren proudly served in the Navy and attained degrees from Graceland College and UCLA where he graduated with a Masters of Library Science. His work career included ASU and he finished his career as Vice President of Michner Library at University of Northern Colorado. He is proceeded in death by his wife Joanne, a sister and a daughter. Surviving members of his family include a sister, a son and daughter, five grandchildren, great-grand children, nieces and nephews. Per his request there will be no services or memorials, he just asks that you continue to give to the charities of your choice. (Source: ASU Foundation)
Roland M. Wright

Roland M. Wright

Professor, College of Business Administration

20 May 2021

Roland M. Wright, 91, passed away on May 20, 2021. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Northern Iowa, his M.S. in Accounting and Ph.D. in Corporation Finance from the University of Iowa. He served two years in the United States Army.

After five years with the General Electric Company he dedicated his career to teaching at the collegiate level. This involved positions at the University of Denver, ASU, Southern Illinois University and Belmont University. Some of his duties included serving as department chairman, advisor to student organizations, professional publications, work on accreditation and creating the Master of Accounting program at several universities. He was the recipient of several great teacher awards.

Roland is survived by his wife, Joan, four children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held at Brentwood Baptist Church on May 25, 2021, with an interment service following at Williamson Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Hope for the World, Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN 37027; or Willowbrook Hospice, 235 Noah Drive, Suite 300, Franklin, TN 37064. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Warren Clark Boop, Jr.

Warren Clark (Bucky) Boop, Jr.

Father of Lynda Williams, Research Professor of Geochemistry, School of Earth and Space Exploration

19 May 2021

Warren Clark (Bucky) Boop Jr., 87, died May 19, 2021. Warren graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Warren attended medical school at UT Memphis, graduating in 1956. This was followed by a year of internship at Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, then a year of surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Knoxville. He served in the US Navy as Ship's Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence. In 1960, he entered a Navy sponsored civilian residency in neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota under Professor Lyle French. Following completion of training, Warren received orders as Staff Neurosurgeon at the Oakland Naval Hospital (California). As the Vietnam war escalated, he was transferred to Great Lakes Naval Hospital as Chief of Neurosurgery.

In 1969, he resigned his Naval commission to accept a position as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. With department chairman Stevenson Flanigan they established the first neurosurgical training program in Arkansas in 1970. In 1976 he became Professor of Neurosurgery at UAMS and Chief of Neurosurgery at the Little Rock Veteran's Hospital. He served as Director of the Pain Control Program at Arkansas Rehabilitation Institute. In 1994, he retired from academic practice. His academic career was notable for his service as President of the Southern Neurosurgical Society (SNS) in 1985, and he was active in many professional societies (NSA, AANS and AMA).

Warren was pre-deceased by his wife, Nancy, and a sister. He is survived by three children. One of the surviving children is Lynda Williams, a Research Professor of geochemistry in the  School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. Warren is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Warren requested that any memorials be directed either to Wildwood Performing Arts Park in Little Rock or to Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock. A Memorial Service will be held for both Warren and Nancy on June 19, 2021 at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, 11AM. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Diana Fraser Seamans

Diana Fraser Seamans

Former Member of The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

19 May 2021

Diana Fraser Seamans, 99, died May 19, 2021. She attended Radcliffe College, graduating BA magna cum laude in 1943. She served as a Navy WAVE Ensign "Code Breaker" during WWII in Communications in Washington, DC, attended Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC, Lesley College for her MA, and ASU, certified under the Institute for Reality Therapy, Los Angeles and taught for fifty four years as an Academic Therapist and Learning Specialist in public and independent schools and clinics in North Carolina, Massachusetts and Arizona as an advocate for gifted dyslexics of all ages.

She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, PEO, The International Dyslexia Association, Institute for Reality Therapy, OSHER at Dartmouth and Adventures in Learning at Colby-Sawyer College. Diana was a former member of several organizations including The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at ASU.

Diana was predeceased by her husband, James Otis Seamans, a daughter and a sister. She is survived by two children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on July 22, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at The First Baptist Church, 461 Main Street, New London, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to The First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 336, New London, NH 03257 or Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742 or St. Barnabas Church, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Lois Elaine Dehghanpisheh

Lois Elaine Dehghanpisheh

Taught English as a Second Language

11 May 2021

Lois Elaine Dehghanpisheh, 74, passed away on May 11, 2021. She spent nearly 15 years of her life in Iran after marrying her husband Hassan. During that time she embraced her new family and a new culture and learned to speak fluent Farsi. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Pahlavi University in Shiraz.

Elaine began teaching English as a second language to students at ASU in 1983 and was a dedicated instructor for the next thirty years.

Elaine will be deeply missed by the surviving members of her family who take solace in knowing that she will always be in their hearts. Elaine was placed to rest at Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Ryan Thomas Brown

Ryan Thomas Brown

Adjunct Faculty, Emergency Management Degree Program

10 May 2021

Ryan Thomas Brown, 43, passed away on May 10, 2021. Ryan received his undergraduate degrees in Emergency Management and Political Science from North Dakota State University in 2004, and then a Master of Science in Technology degree from ASU in 2009.

Ryan worked for ASU in their Environmental Technology department while working on his Master's degree. Following his graduation, he worked as adjunct faculty for ASU's Emergency Management Degree Program. He landed a position with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) to begin the career he was most passionate about. He worked at DEMA from January 2009- April 2013, as an Emergency Services Project Specialist before progressing forward to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Oakland, CA in 2013 as a member of the Incident Management Assistance Team, and most recently as the FEMA Integration Team Lead in Arizona beginning in September 2019. His FEMA family looked to him as someone who was comforting in the chaotic circumstances they were faced with, often referred to as a beloved battle buddy and brother deployed to several disasters to help disaster survivors. He was a mentor and coach to everyone who had the opportunity to serve with him. His calm, collective, and credible character helped lead the FEMA Team through extraordinary challenges.

Ryan is survived by his parents, a brother and many other family members. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, uncles and an aunt. A Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. on Monday, May 17, 2021, immediately followed by a Celebration of Ryan's Life at 11:30 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd., in Phoenix. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed and can be viewed at  A Memorial Service will be held on July 9, 2021 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Valley City, North Dakota, a time will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Ryan Brown Memorial Fund
To donate over the phone, call 701-231-6801. Mention the Ryan Brown Emergency Management Memorial Fund.
Mail a check: PO Box 5144 / Fargo, ND 58105. Pay to: NDSU Foundation. Memo Line: Ryan Brown Emergency Management Memorial Fund
For any questions or IRA, stock donations, please contact Viet Nguyen (Source: Arizona Republic)

W. Donald McTaggart

W. Donald McTaggart

Professor of Geography

8 May 2021

W. Donald McTaggart, 87, passed away on May 8, 2021. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and completed a degree in geography at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He first lectured at the University of Malaya, and then in 1971 at ASU where he also served for a time as the head of the Department of Geography and later directed an international student program. After retiring from ASU in 1998, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and taught geography and GIS part-time at the University of New Mexico and for tribal education programs. His wide-ranging knowledge of geography, as well as of geology, economics, politics, and current events, informed his teaching and research and was a tremendous benefit to his students and colleagues.

Don excelled at cycling, soccer, and badminton. His addiction to cycling started at about age eight when his family toured the Scottish highlands by bicycle. He was the proud owner of a red Bike Friday which served as his main transportation for years. He was passionate about encouraging cycling and volunteered for many years as a cycling advocate for the city of Tempe, Arizona.

Don also loved music, having played the violin as a boy and later taking up the clarinet. He enjoyed chamber music and opera and was a regular participant in the rich musical concert life of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Additionally he was a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist church in Albuquerque and Taos.

Don is survived by his wife Donna Collins, as well as by his five children from his first marriage and by nine grandchildren. (Source: Lesley McTaggart, daughter)

Norman C. Higgins

Norman C. Higgins

Professor Emeritus

5 May 2021

Norman C. Higgins, 85, died May 5, 2021. After graduating from Central Missouri State College, Norm taught 7th and 8th grade science in Raytown, Missouri. He received a NDEA fellowship to study Educational Technology at Syracuse University which terminated in a PhD degree. Norm taught graduate level students at ASU for 26 years. He edited the Journal of Instructional Development, co-authored a text and many publications still in use today. Norm retired from ASU as Emeritus Professor.

Norm is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children and five grandchildren. Norm was preceded in death by Sue Higgins, wife and mother of his children, and his brother. A Memorial Mass will be held at Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills on Wednesday, June 2nd at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center  or Barrow Neurological Foundation 124 W. Thomas Rd. Suite 250 Phoenix, AZ 85013. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Rose Ann Sullivan

Rose Ann Sullivan

Professor, Interior Design

5 May 2021

Rose Ann Sullivan, 90, passed away on May 5, 2021. After marrying and raising five children, Rose Ann returned to college in 1977 and graduated top of her class at ASU with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design. She enjoyed many years as a top residential designer in the Phoenix area and was a Professor at ASU teaching the history of furniture.

Rose Ann is survived by her husband, Daniel J. Sullivan, Jr., four children and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter.

Private services will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Robert Shuter

Robert Shuter

Visiting & Research Professor of Communication

 4 May 2021

Robert Shuter, 74, an intercultural communication scholar at ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and professor emeritus at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University died May 4, 2021. He served as a visiting professor at ASU in spring semester 2014 and as a research professor during spring semesters 2015 through 2018.

Shuter received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Loyola University Chicago in 1969. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in communication from Northwestern University in 1971 and 1973. After completing his doctorate, he began his long professorial career at Marquette University.

Shuter taught at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University for 41 years. He became chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies after just one year, a position he held for a total of 29 years between 1974 and 1980 and again between 1987 and 2010. He helped bolster the department's reputation in several ways, including recruiting outstanding scholars, improving the curriculum and expanding the graduate program.

Shuter is survived by his wife, Diana, two sons, a brother and other relatives. Committal & Entombment Service was held May 17, 2021 at Rosehill Cemetery Mausoleum, 5800 N. Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60660. Donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. For information: 773-561-6874. (Source: ASU News and Dignity Memorial)

 James Edward Knothe

James Edward Knothe

Director, Facilities Development

 30 Apr 2021

James Edward "Jim" Knothe, 93, passed away on April 30, 2021. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Marine Corp serving until 1946. He was thrilled to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He earned his degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1954. Upon graduation, he joined the architectural firm currently known as HSR & Associates in La Crosse. He was a project architect with HSR for 30 years. He managed the HSR branch office from 1974 to 1984 in Madison. In 1984 he accepted a position at ASU as Director of Facilities Development. While there he oversaw the design and construction of Arizona State's West Campus. In 1990 Jim retired from ASU.

He was preceded in death by his wife Donice (Peterson) Knothe; a daughter and three brothers. Surviving are his eight children, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren three sisters and a brother. Jim also leaves behind his wife Beverly (Sundin) Knothe, three stepdaughters, step grandchildren and numerous friends.

Memorial Services will be held at a future date at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd. Madison, WI. Donations in Jim's memory to the Parkinson's Foundation. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Arthur Staats

Arthur Staats

Professor of Psychology

26 Apr 2021

Arthur Staats, 97, passed away on April 26, 2021. He served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Nevada during the D-Day invasion in WWII. After the war he was able to go back to school under the GI Bill. While at UCLA he and his wife both went on to earn Ph.D.'s in Psychology. In his early career Arthur worked as Professor of Psychology at ASU and as Visiting Professor at both UC-Berkeley and University of Wisconsin.

Inventor of "Time-Out" Professor Arthur Staats taught Psychology at University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1966 until 1997, followed by 23 years as professor emeritus. He was a leader in behavioral psychology with theories that linked multiple disciplines. His work continues to be widely referenced today. He is most famous for developing the childhood disciplinary tool of "time-out" and was recognized in 2006 by Child Magazine as one of the "20 People who Changed Childhood". Time-out is currently utilized by caregivers around the world to discourage unwanted behaviors. Arthur read widely and over his lifetime he developed concerns about unfairness to poor countries and groups, military aggression for economic gain, and climate change.

Art is survived by his wife Carolyn; two children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and devoted friends and colleagues. Donations in his memory may be made to Access Tennis(Hawaii Junior Tennis Foundation) ; University of Hawaii Foundation , or Punahou School. (Source: ASU Foundation)

John Robert Thompson

John Robert Thompson

Professor Emeritus of Geology

26 Apr 2021

John Robert "Bob" Thompson, 80, passed away on April 26, 2021. At Northern Arizona University Bob majored in geology, with minors in biology and forestry. His postgraduate schooling was at various universities, including Northern Arizona, Penn State, New Mexico State and Farliegh Dickinson. He devoted his working life to education as a university and college faculty member, teaching Earth Systemsgeology, biology, meteorology, oceanography, hydrology and environmental studies. As he put it, he got to talk to others about the Earth and its systems and got paid for it, a win/win.

Bob was a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (national honorary society in the Earth sciences), and was certified by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the states of Arizona, Indiana, and Alaska.

Bob was part of the founding faculty at Glendale Community College in Arizona, teaching geology there from 1968 to 2006. He was Chair of GCC Physical Sciences Dept. in 1987-2000. He was also on the founding faculties at Rio Salado Community College and at the new west campus of  ASU from 1989 to 2006. Bob retired from teaching in 2006 with Emeritus status.

As a Forestry minor with experience fighting fires in Arizona, Bob decided to stay with their Vallecito home through the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire (38 days, 70,000+ acres). Afterward he wrote a book, "FIRE STORY: Vallecito Burning A Personal Account of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire," to share his experiences. Bob also was indirectly involved with the first lunar landing. While at NAU, he worked as a Technician and Field Assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA at the new Division of Astrogeology in Flagstaff. He collated lunar orbiter photos in preparation for others picking the site for the landing, and training astronauts for studying the lunar surface at Meteor Crater in Arizona and the San Francisco Volcanic Field.

Bob is survived by his wife, Janis, a sister, a daughter and son, and eight grandchildren. Memorial services were held on May 1, 2021 at Desert Palms Ward 8602 North 31st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85051-3924. For those wishing to make memorial donations, we suggest a donation in his name to the Nature Conservancy . (Source: ASU Foundation)


Jean Binford

School of Engineering

25 Apr 2021

Jean Binford, 97, passed away on April 25, 2021. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder and received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Wichita State University. Jean and her family relocated to Arizona in 1960. Jean worked initially for the dean of the Engineering School at ASU, but her heart was in being a full-time homemaker. She and her husband, Charles, formed the Coolidge Children's Choir, a touring singing troupe of over 100 children from Coolidge, Arizona.
Jean is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren and scores of dear friends and extended family. A contribution to your local Boys and Girls Club and/or animal shelter would honor her legacy. (Source: Arizona Republic)


Beverly Reinhart

Student Health Department

23 Apr 2021

Beverly Reinhart, 85, passed away on April 23, 2021. She loved her career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner where she finally retired from ASU's Student Health Department. She lived her retirement years at the Friendship Village Tempe, where she knew everyone and everyone knew her, cruising around in her beloved Mini Cooper. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A private service will be held on May 18, 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association .  (Source: Arizona Republic)

Robert Harold Reavis

Robert Harold Reavis

Marine Biology

22 Apr 2021

Robert Harold Reavis, 63, passed away on April 22, 2021. He graduated from the Lester B. Pearson School in British Columbia in 1976. He completed his B.S. in biology at the University of Washington, where he was the president of the "Underdogs" diving club. While working at The Wet Whisker (which later became Seattle's Best Coffee) in the Ave Arcade, he was the first to introduce an espresso machine there; "Henry's Blend" was originally named "Roberto's Blend" after him. He continued in academia as a zoology doctoral student at UC Berkeley, where he studied the sex-changing abilities of the Tahitian ava-ava fish in Moorea, completed his post-doctorate at the University of Idaho studying the blue-banded goby, and worked for both ASU West and Glendale Community College.

Robert taught on-going marine biology classes, learned from and worked with the Ama divers of Japan, ran a scientific diving program in Catalina Island through a collaboration between ASU and UC San Diego, and provided 401 essential, on-going reef surveys of critical reefs off the coasts of Mexico and Hawaii and three other regions for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation across 20 years, where he engaged hundreds of students through the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. He logged 3,595 dives in his career. He participated in a dream research study in the summer of 2019, where he gathered and analyzed data on orca populations around Friday Harbor, WA. He also volunteered as a diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium!

Robert is survived by three daughters; his partner, Avril Hogan; his ex-wife, Reiko Reavis; three  siblings, two grandchildren and a large extended family. Memorials will be held in Seattle, WA and Glendale, AZ at a later time, due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's name securely online to Reef Environmental Education Foundation or mail a check to REEF, PO Box 370246, Key Largo, FL 33037 with a note that the donation is in Robert's memory. (Source: ASU Foundation)


Ken Kamptner

21 Apr 2021

Ken Kamptner (Kenny K), 64, passed away on April 21, 2021. He attended Western Illinois University and ASU. He was employed at ASU for 20+ years.

Kenny K is survived by his son, his father, two sisters, two brothers, his partner Julie (since 2006) her son and daughter. He is predeceased by his mother. Service was held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Funeral Home 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa AZ 85204 (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Tom Robson

Tom Robson

Former big league baseball player & coach

Husband of Jeannette (editor of ASURA's Prime Times Newsletter)

 20 Apr 2021

Tom  Robson, 75, passed away on April 20, 2021. Tom was a former big league baseball player and coach. Taken by the Mets on the 50th round of the 1967 amateur draft, Robson played two seasons in the major leagues, both with the Texas Rangers. He batted .208 with four RBIs over 23 games and 54 plate appearances in 1974 and '75, playing first base and designated hitter.
His last season as a player was with Nankai in Japan's Pacific League in 1976.

Robson coached in the Rangers' organization, serving as minor league hitting instructor from 1982-85 and then as a member of manager Bobby Valentine's coaching staff from 1986-92.

“As a hitting coach, Robbie was ahead of his times,” Valentine said in a statement. “He used kinetics and launch angle before anyone else did.”
Robson went with Valentine to Japan and was hitting coach of the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Pacific League in 1995 and served stints as the New York Mets’ hitting and bench coach under Valentine from 1997-2000 and in 2002.

Robson was the Cincinnati Reds’ hitting coach from the start of the 2003 season until manager Bob Boone was fired that July, then returned with Valentine to Japan and the Marines in 2004.

In August 1968, Tom and Jeannette were married on the baseball field. They said their vows on home plate. Then they walked under an archway of raised bats (a 21 Bat Salute!), courtesy of both teams. Tom earned a degree in physical education at ASU.

Robson is survived by wife Jeannette (editor of ASURA’s Prime Times Newsletter), sons Adam and David and three grandchildren.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the funeral will be limited to family and a celebration of life will be held at a future date. (Source: Beyond the Dash; Originally published by The Associated Press on April 21, 2021)

 Bettie Julkes

 Bettie Julkes

Faculty Associate & Academic Counselor

 17 Apr 2021

Bettie Julkes, 71, passed away on April 17, 2021. Bettie taught at Purdue University and spent over twenty years as a Faculty Associate and Academic Counselor at ASU. She never stopped teaching—educating her friends about exceptional leaders of color in the social justice movement.

Bettie was politically active and spent many retirement hours advocating for human rights, social and racial justice. She was a frequent contributor to the Payson Roundup’s Letters to the Editor. She was also a volunteer and counselor at the Time Out Shelter.

An avid adventurer, Bettie spent her summers traveling, often with her son Jason, to seven continents and 48 of the 50 states and all the National Parks. She said she moved to Payson to be near the mountains and trees which she so enjoyed.

Bettie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. She is survived by a son, two brothers and two sisters. A celebration of Bettie’s life will be held in the spring. If you wish to honor Bettie’s memory with a contribution, please consider the Time Out Shelter in Payson. (Source: Payson Roundup)


David Rey Garcia

Taught Dance & Choreography

14 Apr 2021

David Rey Garcia, 44, passed away on April 14, 2021. After high school graduation he attended New World School of the Arts University in Miami, Florida, until he moved to New York City to pursue his professional dance career. While in New York, he performed on Broadway shows "AIDA", the position of Asst. Choreographer/Asst. Dance Captain in the Broadway show "FAME on 42nd Street". David's television spots include, Across The Universe, VH1s Divas Live and VH1 Fashion Awards, NBC's Night of Too Many Stars, and a recurring spot on Saturday Night Live. He also worked/performed with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mya, Anastasia, OK GO, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, Cirque Ingenue, Kevin Aviance, Gloria Gaynor, Merv Griffin and at the FIFA World Cup in Korea. Between his gigs he bartended at Nowhere Bar NY.

David was a member of Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. He taught dance and choreographed at Joffrey Ballet, N.R.G Dance Convention, Koresh Dance Company, University of the Arts, ASU, Temple University, New School of the Arts High School, Metro Arts High School, Xavier Prep High School Dance Team and Chaparral High School Dance Team.

David was always looking for more outlets for his talents. He was selected for ads by iPod, VO5 hair products, Radar Magazine, Star Magazine, US Weekly Magazine and Sketchers Shoes across the world. David traveled extensively; lived in New Jersey for a short time, commuted to Philadelphia to teach dance and worked as a Flight attendant for US Airways. He also lived in Los Angeles and toured with Instincts.

David moved back to Phoenix in 2009, to care for his mother, after his father passed away. While in Phoenix, David remained in the professional dance world, until he retired at the age of 36. After his retirement, he continued his passion for dancing, by teaching his experience and expertise to the next generation of performing artist at Centre Stage Dance studio in Scottsdale.

David is survived by his mother, a brother, and two sisters. He is preceded in death by his father and a brother. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM at Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID 19, only the immediate family will be able to attend the Memorial service in person. However, the Service will be Live Streamed on Facebook of Resthaven/Carr-Tenney Mortuary. (Source: ASU Foundation)


Diane B. Svoboda


10 Apr 2021

Diane B. Svoboda, 66, passed away on April 10, 2021. After college graduation in New York, Diane worked in politics in Albany, NY for the Democratic Party. She held various educational positions of responsibility including a position at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Here she was a Project Associate whose job was to conduct management training seminars for New York State Social Service employees. Diane also taught classes at the College of St. Rose in Albany. Diane also managed a store called Computers'N You. Desktop computers were a very new thing back in 1983, so this was the cutting edge. (They sold Commodore 64's, Atari, IBM, Apple models and sponsored classes on how to use them).

When Diane moved to Phoenix, she taught at ASU, prior to accepting a position at Mesa Community College where she taught for many years, until her retirement. She taught English 101 and 102 as well as Technical writing.

Services were held at Green Acres mortuary and cemetery on April 16, 2021. Internment was in the Hope Garden at Green Acres Cemetery. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Lyle Blaine McCurdy

 Lyle Blaine McCurdy

Taught Electronic Technology

 7 Apr 2021


Lyle Blaine McCurdy, 80, passed away on April 7, 2021.  He served four years in the Air Force.

Lyle earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from ASU, and after receiving his Bachelor's Degree he started teaching Electronic Technology at ASU. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Education at Texas A&M University , where he also taught. He went on to become Chair in Electronic Technology at Cal-Poly Pomona, CA. Lyle devoted 33 years to education and retired from Cal-Poly in 2009.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Sheila, two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandsons. There was an open house Celebration of Life for Lyle on Saturday, April 24, 2021. He was     interred at the Marana Veterans Cemetery. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Thaddeus Regulinski

Thaddeus Regulinski

Professor, Electrical Engineering

 6 Apr 2021

Thaddeus Regulinski, 98, passed away on April 6, 2021. Thad was born in Torun, Poland. His parents were naturalized American citizens who had returned to Poland on business for several years, and Thad was born there. He came to the United States with his parents at age 12 to begin a life distinguished by high academic and career achievement and an idiosyncratic personal style.

Thad earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Manhattan College, a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and earned many awards in the field of reliability engineering and related fields, as well as in teaching. He was known as an expert in reliability design and engineering and published scores of professional works in the field of reliability, including deep space communications.

Following four years in the Army during World War II, much of that time in the Army Signal Corps, Thad began his professional career as a researcher at the US Army Communications Laboratories at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, then as a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In 1979, he and his family moved to Arizona, where he served as a staff engineering consultant at Goodyear Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin) outside of Phoenix until 1989. He also held a professorship at ASU and later at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

In the early 1970's Thad chaired the De Facto Segregation Committee of the Catholic Diocese in Dayton, Ohio, which produced recommendations for desegregating Dayton's Catholic schools. More than a desegregation plan, the report sought to even out the widely divergent funding of poor and rich parishes, by redrawing wealthy and poor district lines so that high-income and low-income students would attend school together. The archdiocese however, fearing that wealthy families would flee to the suburbs taking their dollars with them, rejected the plan, while the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who were the teachers and principals in the Catholic schools strongly supported it. Ultimately Dayton public and private schools were integrated, but not until years later.

Always a believer in the power of education to lift people out of poverty, after reading about the privation and hardship endured by children in Haiti living near the border with Dominican Republic, in 2014 Thad undertook to have a school built in Haiti. Working with the elders in a border region and with Jesuit Refugee Services which oversaw the project, Thad helped plan and funded the building of a sturdy three story, eighteen room elementary school in Haiti, which was finished in 2017. The school has survived storms and hurricanes. Several hundred children are educated in the school every semester.

Thad was predeceased by his first wife and mother of their nine children, Barbara W. Regulinski; and by their oldest child. He is survived by his current wife, Anne Bradford Stericker; eight of his children and eleven grandchildren. A celebration of life will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Thad's memory to a college scholarship fund of your choosing focused on academically high achieving but economically impoverished students, or to the Arbor Day Foundation, or to the Monarch Butterfly Fund. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Jane A. Boye

Jane A. Boye

Hayden Library

1 Apr 2021


Jane A. Boye, 72, passed away on April 1, 2021. She earned a Bachelors degree in English at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling at the same institution. Jane's career began at Safford High School, Safford, AZ as guidance counselor. She then worked at Hayden Library at ASU.

Jane completed studies for the colloquy program for teacher of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and was commissioned in February, 2002. She served several Lutheran schools along the Front Range in Colorado from 1995-2005 and also served elementary and secondary Lutheran schools in the Valley from 2005-2013, retiring in 2013.

Preceding Jane in death was a brother who died in infancy. She is survived by her husband Gary and two sons. A "Service of Victory of Eternal Life" was conducted on April 9, 2021, at Christ Church--Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Kathy Lynn Bernhardt

Kathy Lynn Bernhardt

Information Technology


29 Mar 2021

Kathy Lynn Bernhardt, 69, passed away on March 29, 2021. Kathy completed her bachelor's degree at Colorado State University, and then her Master of Education at ASU in 2011. After relocating to Arizona in 1989, she began her career in Information Technology at ASU, retiring in 2014.

Kathy will be greatly missed by her partner, Gerry Foley, her daughter, two step daughters, two sisters, a granddaughter and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and great nephew.

A service to celebrate the joy Kathy brought to the world during her life was held Thursday, April 8, 2021, at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1130 E Broadway Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119. Memorial Donations may be made to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E Arboretum Way Superior, Arizona 85173 or John Calvin Presbyterian Church, P O Box 5307, Apache Junction, AZ 85178. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Della M. Roy

Della M. Roy

Researcher, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the School of Mechanical Aerospace, Chemical and Materials

27 Mar 2021

Della M. Roy, 94, passed away on March 27, 2021. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1947 with a B.S. in chemistry, Phi Betta Kappa. Enrolled at the Pennsylvania State College, under Prof. E.F. Osborn, future director of U.S. Bureau of Mines, Della received an M.S. in Minerology in 1949. In the interim, she shared an office and lab with another graduate student, Rustum Roy, leading to marriage in June 1948. The couple then moved to live and work in India in 1949, returning to Penn State in 1950 where Rustum joined the faculty and Della completed a PhD (1952) in Minerology.

On the path to becoming an international leader in the field of cement chemistry, her career was marked by a series of unique milestones and pioneering firsts: In 1965, the mineral, Dellaite, was named in her honor; her 1987 induction into the National Academy of Engineering, represented the first Penn State female, the third female academic, and formed the first spousal couple (along with Rustum) to be so honored; with her colleague, Kathleen Mourant, she started and edited the first scientific journal in the field of cement and concrete for many decades.

In a research and teaching career at Penn State, spanning over 50 years, she rose to the rank of Full Professor in 1975. Over the course of her career, she became renowned for her work in advanced concrete materials for pavements, chemically bonded cements, ancient cement-based building materials, synthetic porous biomaterials for hard tissue implants and prosthetics, cement materials for nuclear waste isolation, and high temperature cements for geothermal wells, among others.

In "retirement," as well as maintaining active research at Penn State, she joined ASU and held a part-time joint appointment in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the School of Mechanical Aerospace, Chemical and Materials.

Among numerous national and international awards, she was elected to the World Academy of Ceramics as its first female member, she received the Jepson Medal (1982) and Copeland award (1987) of the American Ceramic Society, and became honorary member of the Institute for Concrete Technology (1987).

In 2012 she was a co-recipient of the first annual Golden Goose Award established by the United States Congress to honor federally funded research leading to major breakthroughs in scientific, technological, medical, public health, and other fields of benefit to the public.

Della is survived by two sons, two grandchildren and other relatives. A memorial service will be announced to take place later this year. Contributions may be made to the Rustum and Della Roy Innovations in Materials Research Award, payable to Penn State and mailed to: Office of Donor and Member Services, The Pennsylvania State University ,2583 Gateway Drive, Suite 130, State College, PA 16801. Please make a notation of the name of the fund in the memo portion of your check: Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Award. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Charles Franklin Lewis

Charles Franklin Lewis

Curator, Research Specialist Emeritus

Center for Meterorite Studies

26 Mar 2021


Charles Franklin Lewis, "Chuck", 85, passed away on March 26, 2021. After high school graduation, Charles went to the Socorro School of Mines in New Mexico to study geology. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. Charles began his career working with the Bureau of Mines in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1963 where he worked as a Research Chemist at ASU for 30 years, as well as being the curator of the Nininger Meteorite Collection, the largest in the world. He retired as Research Specialist Emeritus in the Center for Meterorite Studies. He also worked for NASA during the Apollo moon missions, where he studied and analyzed the lunar samples. His passion for minerals, fossils and meteorites was the highlight of his life and he was greatly respected among his peers around the world.

Charles is survived by his wife Janice Carroll Lewis, five children, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History PO Box 418320 Boston, MA 02241-8320 Add "Gift for the Dept of Mineral Sciences in honor of Charles F. Lewis" on check memo and/or include a letter with this information. The Lewis family will be made aware of any donations made. A celebration of life will take place at the Masonic Lodge in the Masonic Park in Southfork, Colorado on the 6th of July 2021. (Source: ASU Foundation)


Rachel R. Carroll

Native American Studies Department

18 Mar 2021

Rachel R. Carroll, 77, passed away on March 18, 2021. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at ASU and subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Special Education at NAU. She went on to attend 84 additional credit hours towards her doctorate. Rachel’s first teaching job was at Salt River Reservation, where she remained for 13 years. She was later the superintendent of Busby schools in Busby, Montana. Her academic positions have included principalships, superintendencies, student services administration, counseling, and many other academic posts. Rachel was instrumental in creating the Native American Studies Department at ASU, which grew to become a nationally recognized program, drawing students from all over the United States. She was very influential in education all over the Southwest.

Rachel was a lifetime learner, educator, and mentor. She was a Northern Cheyenne Ceremonial Woman, who helped many people on their spiritual journeys and rites of passage. The oldest ceremony of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe is the "Painted Faces" ceremony of the Great Race. She received this ceremony from her eldest sister, Victoria, and later passed it on to nieces and nephew. Rachel also had Ceremonial Person status for the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Main and for Hawaiian Native Americans.

She served on boards of many organizations, including St. Labre Corporate Board in Ashland Montana for 11 years, numerous school boards in Arizona, Montana, and other states, and the National Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. She was a spiritual elder and tradition healer at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC).

Due to Covid-19 restrictions attendance to the Chapel Service will be limited to family and a few close friends. (Source: ASU Foundation)

John H. Westerman

John H. Westerman

Faculty, Health Care

18 Mar 2021

John H. Westerman, 87, passed away on March 18, 2021. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Law in 1955; a BA in Business Administration in 1958; and a Masters in Hospital Administration in 1960. He had a lifelong career in hospital administration, starting at the University of Minnesota, then Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. He returned to the University of Minnesota, becoming the General Director of the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics at age 31. John served as President & CEO of Allegheny Health Services, Inc., in Pittsburgh, from 1982-1985, and; President and CEO of the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles, 1985-1992. He served as CEO of the Hilo Medical Center, 1993-1996, and the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, 1996-1997.

He served on the Boards of Blue Cross, Blue Shield, MN; NIH-CRC, JCAHO, MN State Board of Health, AAMC-COTH, California Healthcare Insurance Company, Inc., ACEHSA, VHA, Premier Hospital Alliance, UNC, and Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

John was on the Editorial Boards of JME, Health Care Management Review and Frontiers of Health Services Management. He was the author of numerous articles appearing in health policy and health management journals and participated in international health consulting projects and lectures.

John held faculty appointments at the University of Rochester School of Medicine; the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health; the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration; the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and ASU.

John was a champion of quality in patient care, medical education, and research. He was a hospital surveyor for the Joint Commission, a NIH surveyor for Clinical Research Centers, and consulted with the NHS on quality assurance in the UK. He believed in setting high standards, measuring against them, and accountability. John was a co-founder of the University Hospital Consortium (UHC) now part of Vizient. UHC became an important health care thought leadership, performance improvement, and group purchasing organization in the US. John advanced the acceptance of and standards for health care administrative fellowships as a means of developing young management talent in the field. His mentoring of fellows and colleagues led to generations of health care leaders for many teaching hospitals, health systems, and other health care organizations. His impact was both national and multi-generational in scope.

As impressive as John's career was, it is marked by much more than years and titles. It is more accurately measured by the impact he made on patient care, education, and the lives of so many. While at The Hospital of the Good Samaritan alone, John oversaw the development of four Institutes focused on specialty-specific research, education and patient care. He created four centers of excellence and recruited more than 50 world-class specialty physicians and researchers.

He created the highly coveted Westerman Healthcare Administration Fellowship. Those lucky enough to hold this position with John held it for life. Once a Westerman Fellow, always a Westerman Fellow. No matter where career and life took you, John kept up with you, checking in, providing support, and sending articles. He believed in and lived the philosophy of lifelong learning.

John is survived by three sons and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Laura Westerman. No memorial service or funeral is planned. The family plans a private ceremony. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Anthony Gully

Anthony "Tony" Gully

Professor, School of Art

17 Mar 2021

Anthony "Tony" Gully, 83, died on March 17, 2021. He received degrees in history and art history at the University of California, Riverside. He earned a MA at the University of California, Berkeley, with a break to teach in a one-room school in the remote Trinity Alps. After a PhD at Stanford University, he spent his career at ASU.

ASU was good to him with sabbaticals in London and over twenty summer sessions in Florence, Italy. He edited journals, helped found organizations, mentored student-curated exhibits at the ASU Art Museum, and lectured at the Phoenix Art Museum where he and Sue Gordon produced the show "John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye." After 36 years, he retired from the School of Art at ASU in 2008. Following retirement, he taught four summers in London for Ohio University. Besides in classrooms large and small, he delighted in showing students art and buildings in the museums and streets of London and Italy.

Tony is survived by his wife, Anne; three daughters, six grandchildren, five nieces, two nephews, and two sisters-in-law. Memorial donations may be made to the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Az 85008, attn: Allora McChesney or the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004, attn: Patricia Vitolo. Also, the Anthony L. Gully British Art Travel Fellowship was set up years ago by a student and friend, at the ASU Foundation, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU, P.O.Box 872102, Tempe, AZ 85287 attn: Trent Guerin. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Frederick C. Giffin

Frederick C. Giffin

Professor Emeritus, History


13 Mar 2021

Frederick C. Giffin, 82, distinguished Arizona State University professor emeritus of history, died on March 13, 2021, following an extended struggle with cancer. Fred was a scholar of modern Russian history and Russian-American relations, whose publications ranged widely from analyses of late imperial-era Russian labor legislation to Cold War topics and biographies of American radicals and their ties with the Soviet Union. Twice honored with teaching awards from the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1985 and 1999, his popular single-semester course, "Soviet Union," introduced two generations of ASU students to the complexities of the twentieth-century Soviet experiment. Active in national and regional professional associations, Fred was also a generous academic citizen, serving in significant administrative roles within the university. He was assistant dean of the ASU Graduate College in the early 1970s, and chaired the ASU History Department during the period of its greatest expansion in the 1980s. Fred's success as a university administrator rested both on his uncompromising integrity and his mastery of detail. He leaves behind devoted students and colleagues who continue to bear the imprint he has had on their lives.

Son of the late Frederick S. and Sarah (Beam) Giffin of Pittsburgh, Fred took his baccalaureate degree from Denison University, graduating summa cum laude. At Denison he met his lifelong partner, the late Martha (Marty) Giffin, who served for a time as an elected member of the Tempe School Board. An early beneficiary of competitive NDEA Graduate Fellowship funding, Fred completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the History Department at Emory University, serving for three years as assistant professor of Russian history at Southern Methodist University before assuming his position in the ASU History Department in 1967. Fred and Marty raised two sons, Frederick Scott of Leadville, Colorado, and the late Shawn Russell. In addition to his son Scott and daughter-in-law Shanon, he is survived by his two beloved grandsons, Jake and Kyle.

Fred was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather; a passionate runner and exercise enthusiast; a lover of books and movies; and a proponent for numerous causes dedicated to animal welfare and environmental protection. He was a role model to many and well-loved by family and friends. He will be greatly missed. No formal services are planned at this time. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the Giffin family.

"What you ARE stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Source: Arizona Republic)

 Charles Austen Angell

Charles Austen Angell

Regents Professor of Chemistry

 12 Mar 2021

C. (Charles) Austen Angell, 87, a world-renowned Regents Professor of chemistry who plumbed into the behaviors and physical properties of glass-forming liquids, died on March 12, 2021. Angell had been an active faculty member of ASU since 1989.

Angell, commonly referred to as “Austen,” leaves behind a trail of seminal research into liquids and glasses, but he also pioneered topics in the geochemical, biophysical and battery electrolyte spaces. He took what was ubiquitous and made it appear exotic. A good part of his career was devoted to exploring the properties of one of the most abundant substances on Earth — water — and transforming our understanding of it into a strangely beautiful compound capable of extraordinary properties. 

In the hands of Angell, water was pushed to extreme physical limits in order to study its peculiar properties. He stretched it and compressed it, heated it and then super-cooled it, reporting new measured physical quantities and observed physical properties along the way. Much of the work focused on the phase transitions of water, those imperceptibly short periods of time when massive reordering happens at the molecular level. One recent set of experiments proved that water could transition from one liquid state to another liquid state with a lower density due to a different arrangement of hydrogen-bonded molecules moving to stronger bonding, making it a more viscous liquid. All of this happens in the split instant before it crystallizes into ice. The work proved a liquid-liquid phase transition that had only been predicted in computer simulations of water models.

Angell’s work resulted in more than 520 publications, many of which provided novel insights into liquids and glasses that have been highly cited among his peers. Four separate scientific societies gave him their internationally contested awards — the American Ceramic Society Morey award in 1989, the American Chemical Society Hildebrand award in 2004, the Materials Research Society Turnbull award in 2006 and the Electrochemical Society Bredig award 2010.

Angell was elected chair of three prestigious Gordon Conferences. He was especially proud of an “outstanding reviewer” award, given to him by the American Physical Society in 2009 and was honored as the University College London's Bragg lecturer in 2015. More recently, he was honored with the Otto Schott Research Award (2018) and the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award from the Gothenburg (Sweden) Physics Centre (2019).

Water plays such an essential role in life that everyone recognizes it. But it was Angell’s unique insight and understanding of the substance that exposed its fundamental nature as marked by his discoveries, which will echo across the universe. (Source: ASU News)

Cynthia Phillips Fark

Cynthia Phillips Fark

Database & Systems Administrator


11 Mar 2021

Cynthia Phillips Fark, 63, passed away on March 11, 2021. Cindy graduated from Youngstown State University in 1981 with a Bachelors in Computer Science. She worked as a Programmer for Republic Steel and RMI Titanium from 1981 to 1987. She was a system analyst at Youngstown State University from 1987 to 1997. Lastly she worked as a Database and Systems Administrator at ASU Enterprise Partners from 1997-2017.

Cindy is survived by her husband Stanley Wayne Fark, two sons, a brother, a sister and one grandchild. Cindy was predeceased by a sister. Friends were received Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:00 am at Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler, Arizona with the service following. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Rosalie Evelyn

Rosalie Evelyn Nuckols

Secretary, School of Music

11 Mar 2021

Rosalie Evelyn (Leill) Nuckols, 82, passed away on March 11, 2021. Rosalie, her husband and children, moved to Tempe in 1974. Rosalie used her exceptional musical talent as a pianist and organist to play for dozens of weddings and funerals and served as church organist at Tempe Nazarene Church for many years for which she received a Distinguished Service Award in 2005. She worked as a secretary at Carr Mortuary and at ASU’s School of Music from where she retired in 1990.

Rosalie learned to play the piano at a young age and was thrilled to get to go backstage to meet her musical inspiration, Liberace, when he performed a concert at Phoenix Symphony Hall in the early 1980s.

Rosalie was struck with polio in 1944 at the age of 6 and endured many surgeries and struggles over the years. She showed incredible strength and fortitude in dealing with her disability and was always coming up with creative adaptions so she could be as independent as possible as she never wanted to be seen as different from anyone else.

Along with her husband, Ed, she is survived by two children, three grandchildren and two sisters.
She is preceded in death by three siblings.

Visitation will be held 10-11am Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Hippensteel Funeral Home, Lafayette, IN. Service will be held at 11am Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette, IN. Current Covid-19 precautions will be observed along with social distancing. Masks are required. Friends and those out of town are invited to watch a live webcast of the funeral service that will be available at Hippensteel Funeral Service under Rosalie's obituary. A Celebration of Life will be held in Chandler, Arizona on March 28th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley at (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Robert Harry Ellis

Robert Harry Ellis

Associate Vice President, University Relations


4 Mar 2021

Robert "Bob" Harry Ellis, 93, passed away on March 4, 2021. After graduating from high school he joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Bob utilized the GI Bill to attend ASU where he received a BA in Education. He was hired as a news writer, announcer and continuity director at KOY radio.

Bob began working at ASU in 1959 as the Director of Radio Operations and was then tapped to be the first General Manager of ASU's KAET (Channel 8) television, from 1961-1986, where many people knew him from the frequent pledge drives. In the 1960s, he spent summers in Cleveland attending Case Western Reserve University where he received an MA in Speech and Communication. Bob was also an Associate Professor, teaching a broadcast management class for over 25 years. He coordinated ASU's first trip to the Rose Bowl in 1987. In 1989 he retired as ASU’s Associate Vice President for University Relations.

Bob was a founding member of the ASU Retirees Association (ASURA) and served as the first president (1991-1992). A Video Project History Interview was conducted on July 29, 2002.

Bob was also a founding member of the Tempe Sports Authority and the Tempe Visitors and Convention Bureau. In addition, he served on the Phoenix Zoo Board, the Arizona Humanities Council and the national board of the Public Broadcasting Service. He was elected to the ASU College of Public Programs Hall of Fame and the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Bob and his wife, Frankie Jo, were married over 65 years and had three children. They traveled the world, attended ASU sporting events, and served their community. Bob loved to play bridge and tennis, and would gladly challenge (and beat) any young man in racquetball who asked his daughters for a date. He had a wonderful singing voice and didn't hesitate to belt out show tunes around the house, the grocery store, or while out on walks. He will be remembered for his love of peanut butter sandwiches, always being the first one to put up Christmas lights, and his classic '65 Mustang. Bob was an honest, ethical, and noble man, who sat at Frankie Jo's bedside for over two years, after a terrible car accident in 2017.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife Frankie Jo, and a son. He is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Donations can be made to: Robert & Frankie Jo Ellis/KAET Scholarship Fund c/o ASU Foundation, Attn: Gift Receipting, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280-2260 (memo line: 40002941). Services will be private. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Paul H. Young

Paul H. Young

Professor, Electrical Engineering

3 Mar 2021

Paul H. Young, 80, passed away on March 3, 2021. Paul served in the US Navy on the USS Pomodon, a submarine stationed in San Diego, sailing the West Pac for two years. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State, an MS-EE from San Jose State and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from LaSalle University. Paul worked for several years at Cubic Corp. before teaching at City College of San Francisco and at ASU. He returned to San Diego County (Carlsbad) to work for a small fiber optic engineering firm. He also taught classes at San Diego State and the University of San Diego. He wrote a textbook, Electronic Communication Techniques, that was so well received that the final printing was the fifth edition. 

Robert John Vinciguerra

Robert John Vinciguerra


2 Mar 2021

Robert John Vinciguerra (Aka Bob, Bobby, Vinny), 68, passed away on March 2, 2021. After high school he served as a Marine in the United States Military where his comrades bestowed the nickname "Vinny" upon him. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was as tough as he was tender. After being discharged, he used his broad handyman skills to build a career in the facilities management industry, which included his own roofing and tiling companies, and facilities maintenance at the detention center in Florence, AZ. Never backing down from a challenge, this would ultimately lead him to retiring as a head locksmith from the Federal Department of Transportation in Washington, DC just before heading back to Arizona and working for ASU. He is survived by his wife Cindi, two stepchildren and five grandchildren. Due to the current pandemic, there will be no services held at this time.(Source: ASU Foundation)


 Paul Liddell

Associate Research Professor

School of Molecular Sciences

 28 Feb 2021


Paul Liddell, an associate research professional in the School of Molecular Sciences, died in late February, 2021. Liddell, a native of New Zealand, came to ASU for his graduate work in chemistry in the early 1980s, initially working with George Pettit. Later, in 1986, under the direction of Devens Gust, Liddell earned his PhD as a synthetic organic chemist specializing in photosynthetic systems with an emphasis on porphyrins and carotenoids, key photosynthetic compounds. Liddell was hired by the ASU Center for Early Events in Photosynthesis, where he continued to work with Gust, the Moore research group and many other researchers who sought out his expertise in synthetic chemistry. 

Throughout his career, Liddell contributed to many important scientific discoveries. He designed and prepared extremely complex multi-component molecules containing several chromophores, electron donors and/or acceptors, and photochromic switching units. These molecular constructs included artificial reaction centers that absorb light and store the resulting energy, and molecular antennas that can trap light and make it available for conversion to electrochemical energy.

“Paul was a synthetic powerhouse," Gust said. "His molecular preparations were studied by spectroscopists and electrochemists at ASU and in collaborating laboratories around the world.”

Among the many molecules prepared by Liddell were some that were examined collaboratively at ASU and Oxford University, which helped uncover the hitherto unknown mechanisms by which birds navigate using Earth’s magnetic field. While at ASU, Liddell coauthored approximately 100 publications, including several in Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences¸ and many in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Throughout his career, Liddell willingly shared his expertise with others, mentoring a steady stream of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral associates in synthetic chemistry.

Postdoctoral associates who worked closely with Liddell observed, “He was always willing to help us with difficult procedures or designing synthetic alternatives related to our projects. He was always sharing his experiences as well as encouraging us with valuable discussions and kind words.”

“Paul Liddell showed me how chemists conduct themselves safely in laboratories," said John Crozier, ASU senior compliance officer. "I learned from Paul much about health and safety, particularly as it pertained to handling high risk chemicals.”

Ian Gould, interim director of the School of Molecular Sciences, observed that Liddell was very much appreciated as a colleague who was very friendly and generous with his time and expertise.

“Paul will be remembered not just for his hard work and outstanding scientific contributions, but as a kind, gentle and much-liked person who in his own low-profile way contributed much to the culture and scientific reputation to the School of Molecular Sciences," Gould said. (Source: ASU News)


Kenneth F. Stockwell

Construction & Maintenance Staff


26 Feb 2021

Kenneth F. Stockwell, 77, passed away on February 26, 2021. After high school graduation, he joined the United States Navy, serving with honor and leaving the service as an Electricians mate. Ken went on to become a journeyman electrician and union member. In 1972, he became a valued member of the construction and maintenance staff at ASU until 1999. Ken is survived by his wife, two children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Jack Collins

Jack Collins

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

18 Feb 2021

Jack Collins, 91, passed away on February 18, 2021. Jack graduated from The Ohio State University where he earned his baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He became a well-respected expert in the field of failure of materials in mechanical design.

He reached the rank of Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University after having taught students at both OSU (1972-1992) and ASU (1963-1972). At ASU he was in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and contributed greatly during its formative years. He was the author of two authoritative mechanical engineering textbooks which are still in widespread use at numerous universities worldwide. In addition, he was an engineering consultant for over 50 clients, including NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and General Dynamics. His accomplishments included design work on the first artificial heart valve, the V-22 Osprey and crash test dummies, to name just a few. He received numerous ASME Awards over the years including the prestigious International Machine Design Award in 1997 which recognizes eminent achievement in the field of machine design.

He was a selfless leader and spent countless community service hours volunteering for many organizations including serving as chairman of several boards and a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

Jack was preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by his wife JoAnn, three children, six grandchildren, a sister, sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The American Diabetes Foundation or a charity of choice . A virtual celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 and we invite all family and friends to attend and participate. For more details, please email . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Alexander D. Munoz

Alexander D. Munoz

18 Feb 2021

Alexander D. Munoz, 69, passed away on February 18, 2021. Alexander joined the military and served 20+ years. He then went to ASU, graduated and then worked at ASU until his retirement. Alexander left behind two sons, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Corina. Services were held February 27, 2021 at Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Dr.,  Chandler, AZ 85225. (Source: ASU Foundation)


Leon (Serle) Bryant

Student Services

17 Feb 2021

Leon (Serle) Bryant, 71, passed away on February 17, 2021. After graduating from ASU, Leon worked in student services for over 20 years. He will be remembered by his fiance, a brother and sister, a granddaughter and many nephews and nieces. (Source: ASU Foundation

Peter James Iverson

Peter James Iverson

Regents and Emeritus Professor of History

14 Feb 2021

Peter James Iverson, 77, passed away on February 14, 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in history at Carleton College, and his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was at Madison where Peter turned to his great academic passion of Native American history. He leapt at the opportunity to teach at what was then Navajo Community College (now Diné College). His connection to the living communities of Native peoples, particularly the Diné, inspired his scholarship and teaching for his entire career. He loved old traditions and new, both weaving and rodeo. He loved to listen and to engage, to teach and to play basketball with his students. He rebelled against a historical tradition that stuck to the archives, becoming a role model for modern historians who relied on oral histories and non-traditional sources. He taught this approach, insisting that his graduate students interact and collaborate with the Native peoples whose histories they were writing.

Peter wrote ten books (including Diné: A History of the Navajos (2002), We Are Still Here (1998), Barry Goldwater: Native Arizonan (1997), and Carlos Montezuma (1982)) and edited five additional volumes, as well as writing dozens of chapters, articles, and essays. These works, often written in collaboration with Native scholars and artists, broke new ground in the study of Native Peoples and the American West in the twentieth century. He always acknowledged with respect and gratitude his teachers from the Navajo Nation and other indigenous communities. He received many prestigious fellowships and honors for his pioneering work. He was the winner of the Chief Manuelito Appreciation Award for Contributions to Navajo Education, the Ak-Chin Indian Community Service Award, the American Indian Historians Association Award, the Wyoming Council for the Humanities Award, the Western Writers of America Award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Carleton College Alumni Association. He was named a McNickle Center for American History Fellow, a three-time National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow, a Leadership Fellow of the Kellogg Foundation, an Arizona Humanities Council Public Scholar, and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

Peter was the first ASU Regents' Professor of History. He also served as a professor of history at the University of Wyoming and as Anderson Visiting Professor of American Studies at Carleton College. He received awards for teaching, doctoral mentorship, and work as a faculty member at ASU and the University of Wyoming. He served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at ASU. He was associate editor of The Historian from 1990-1995, and consulted on five documentary films. He was active in several professional associations including serving as the President of the Western History Association and Acting Director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

Peter is survived by his wife Kaaren, four children, four grandchildren, two brothers and several nieces. Services will be planned at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Peter and Kaaren Iverson Native American Scholarship Fund which will support Native Americans studying at ASU, or checks may be made payable to "ASU Foundation" and sent to the ASU Foundation, Attn: Cash Receipting, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280-2260. Please indicate "In Memory of Dr. Peter Iverson" in the memo field. All gifts are tax deductible and will be added to a permanently endowed scholarship fund. To send condolences or sign the online guestbook, please go to Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery . (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Pedro Gomez

 Pedro Gomez

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

 7 Feb 2021

Pedro Gomez, age 58, an Arizona-based reporter for ESPN who was a frequent presence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, died on February, 7, 2021.

The Cronkite School and Gomez’s family established the Pedro Gomez Foundation Fund to honor his memory and continue his impact on sports journalism students.  

“Not only was Pedro an incredible journalist, but he was an even better person,” said Brett Kurland, director of sports programs and the Phoenix Sports Bureau at the Cronkite School. “He was always so generous to everybody connected to Cronkite — our students, our alumni, our faculty. It wasn’t just class visits or speaking appearances or mentoring. He was the first to share advice and wisdom when he encountered a Cronkite student in a clubhouse, to welcome them in and show them the ropes, to give them a word of encouragement.

“He gave so much to Cronkite and its students. What an incredible honor that his family has chosen to establish this fund to carry his legacy forward at Cronkite, to continue his tremendous impact on the Cronkite community.”

Born shortly after his parents immigrated from Cuba, Gomez started his journalism career in Miami and made his way to The Arizona Republic in Phoenix before landing a job at ESPN in 2003.

“The fund, I would imagine, is exactly what Pedro would want,” said Paola Boivin, digital director of the Cronkite News Phoenix Sports Bureau and friend to Gomez. “He was always about helping others, whether they were journalists or just people that were underserved. People know him as such a great baseball mind, but I know him more for having a bigger heart.”

Gomez was a celebrated baseball journalist and left an impact on the many Cronkite School students who had the opportunity to meet him.

Make a gift to the Pedro Gomez Foundation Fund at the Cronkite School or contact Lindsay Walker , director of development, for more information or 602-496-5052. (Source: ASU News)

Maralin Payne Bennett

Maralin Payne Bennett

Wife of ElDean Bennett, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Telecommunication (deceased 2001)

6 Feb 2021

Maralin Payne Bennett, 92, passed away on February 6, 2021. She met her future husband, ElDean Bennett, in Salt Lake City at Granite High School where both of them were in the Debate Club. Their dates were going to the city library to study for their debate topic. When they graduated, both attended BYU, but Maralin soon went to work to support ElDean. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1947. After ElDean’s graduation, they lived in Salt Lake City, where he worked for KSL Radio and TV, doing news, and becoming known as the "Voice of the Cougars" as he did play-by-play for the BYU sports teams for many years. In 1965, they decided to pursue an opportunity at a radio station in Boston. Not long after that ElDean decided to go back to school for a masters and doctoral degree in Lansing, Michigan.

In 1970, they moved to Tempe, Arizona where ElDean began teaching at ASU. Bennett took over as chair of the journalism program in 1979, when it changed its name to the Journalism and Telecommunications Department and became part of the newly-formed College of Public Programs. Under Bennett’s leadership, in 1984 the journalism department was elevated to a school and became the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication. Bennett continued at ASU for over 25 years. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Telecommunication.

Maralin was active all her life in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in the church. She spent a huge amount of time caring for one of their daughters who had cystic fibrosis and passed away in 1975. She also cared for her own father and her mother-in-law, as they reached the end of their lives. Her husband, ElDean, required constant care during his last years before he passed away in 2001. After his passing, she served a mission in the Tulsa Oklahoma mission. In 2018, she left her home in Arizona to move in with her daughter in Sandy, Utah.

Maralin is survived by one brother, five children, 17 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, ElDean, a daughter, two sisters and three brothers. There will be a private service for her immediate family to honor her life. (Source: Arizona Republic and ASU website)

Michael Thomas Fries

Michael Thomas Fries

Faculty, College of Architecture

6 Feb 2021

Michael Thomas Fries, 62, passed away on February 6, 2021. He graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and the University Of Texas School Of Architecture in 1984 with a Master of Architecture.

Michael and his wife Margaret and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1986. In 1995, they started FM GROUP INC, an architectural, environmental, and facilities firm that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020 and currently works in 50 states and around the world. In addition to starting his own firm and serving as the president of FM GROUP INC, over the years Michael taught at ASU and The Asbestos Institute. He also volunteered for many years with the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation including serving on its board.

Michael is survived by his wife, children, parents, and brother and will be missed by innumerable uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Due to the current pandemic, a socially-distant, masked, visitation window with the family will occur on February 27th from 10am-12pm at Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery.

Video condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michaels's memory to the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation Historic Preservation Project. Donations can be made through the website at (Source: Arizona Republic)

Sanford "Sandy" Kaye

Sanford "Sandy" Kaye

Music Instructor

6 Feb 2021

Sanford "Sandy" Kaye, 97, passed away February 6, 2021. He served in the army during WWII stationed in France, Belgium, and Germany. After the war, Sanford studied music composition at New York City College of Music. Upon moving to Arizona in 1958, he founded the Phoenix Chapter of the American Recorder Society and taught piano and recorder to private students as well as to classes at ASU. Sanford worked for Imperial Lithographers for 31 years, both as head of the Camera Dept. and, for several years, as their Motorola sales representative. Two of Sanford's most memorable musicals were "Look Up", performed at Phoenix's Circle 16 Theatre in 1963, and "Get That Vote", co-written with Lowell Rodgers in 1968.

Sanford was preceded in death by his brother. Sanford is survived by his wife Ruth Kaye, two sons, a daughter and numerous grandchildren. Limited attendance graveside services were held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on February 11, 2021. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Arthur John Eisenhower

Arthur John Eisenhower

Veterinary Instructor

3 Feb 2021

Dr. Arthur John Eisenhower, DVM, 95, died on February 3, 2021. He finished veterinary school at UC Davis, then moved to Merced, California, where he began his career. In 1960, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he opened a small animal hospital, then a larger one where he practiced medicine and managed a three-doctor hospital for many years. From 1973-76, Arthur and and his wife, Lila, volunteered with the Peace Corps in Afghanistan and El Salvador. Afterward, Arthur returned to his hospital, and also taught at ASU and served as Arizona State Veterinary Inspector. Art was preceded in death by his wife Lila Petersen Eisenhower. He is survived by four children, twelve grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Donations may be made in the name of Arthur John Eisenhower to a non-profit charity of ones choice . (Source: Arizona Republic)

Alden Ron Hibbert

Alden Ron Hibbert

Forestry Lab

2 Feb 2021

"Alden" Ron Hibbert, 93, passed away on February 2, 2021. After serving in the military during the Korean War, he took advantage of the GI Bill and earned his bachelor's degree in Forestry. His forestry degree landed him a job with the US Forest Service in North Carolina. He then went back to school for a masters degree in Hydrology. In his youth Ron and his brother would visit their uncle who was a prospector in Arizona. His love of the southwest led Ron to move his family to Tempe to join a new forestry lab on ASU’s campus.

After retirement Ron was able to pursue a passion for gold mining, developed in his early years visiting his uncle in Arizona. Gold mining occupied him for the rest of his life. With the enthusiasm and support of his wife and family, he purchased and began gold mining operations with his brother. During this time period Ron’s wife, Dolores, passed away. The brothers spent the next seven years coaxing gold from the rocks. Once they squeezed the rock dry, they shut down the operation, keeping the property for its beauty and solitude. He laer purchased a farm in Buhl, Idaho, escaping the hot Arizona summers. After two years of farming he returned to Arizona and settled in Yarnell Arizona, "where a desert breeze meets the mountain air".

On a driving tour of California's mining country in the Sierra's, he met a lovely docent, Ruby Minard, working at the museum in Angels Camp. They clicked, and were soon married. They enjoyed several years in Yarnell and then moved to Angels Camp, Ruby's lifelong home. They remained there and enjoyed family and traveling. After Ruby’s death, he returned to Yarnell where he remained until his death.

Ron is survived by two children. He is preceded in death by wife Dolores, a daughter and second wife Ruby Minard. The family is planning a Celebration of Life in Arizona and in Idaho on a future date. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to: Hospice of the Pines (mail to:) 13207 E Hwy 169 Suite A Dewey, AZ 86327 Yarnell Regional Community Center PO Box 641, Yarnell, AZ 85362. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Donald Wendell Turner

Donald Wendell Turner

Environmental Systems Analyst

2 Feb 2021

Donald Wendell Turner, 63, passed away on February 2, 2021. Don was employed by ASU as an Environmental Systems Analyst. Previous to that he was employed by Goodyear Aerospace/ Loral Defense Systems / Lockheed after graduating from IUP in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Don is predeceased by his mother and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Dubbins Turner, a son, his father, and stepmother, a brother, sister and extended family. A memorial get together will be held at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Dave Brown

Dave Brown

30 Jan 2021

Dave Brown, 88, passed away on January 30, 2021. His education included a B.A. from the University of Mount Union, an M.A. from Western Reserve University, and further studies towards a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. He received an Honorary Doctorate for his contributions in Public Administration and Education from the University of Mount Union. After graduation from college, he served in the US Army Signal Corps where he was stationed in Germany.

Dave and his family moved to Arizona in the 1970’s.  Dave served on numerous Boards of Directors over the years including acting as the Chairman of Brophy College Preparatory Trustees. He had a passion for teaching and taught at several universities: ASU, University of Minnesota and University of Oregon. He also guest lectured on real estate development and entrepreneurship throughout the country.

Dave's many careers included 13 years in City Management. In Escondido, California he served as City Manager and became interested in land development, which lead to a career in homebuilding. He was president of a number of public companies until he started his own homebuilding company in Phoenix in 1975 called "Homes by Dave Brown", which later became "Brown Family Communities". During 33 years of business Dave delivered over 25,000 homes. He also built and ran a nationally recognized Health and Fitness Center "The Western Reserve Club", along with owning a restaurant, "Mr. Brown's", a Tempe Office Park and his Guest Ranch, "Echo Canyon" located in Colorado.

Dave is survived by his wife Rosemary, four children and five grandchildren.

There will be no public memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dave to -

Brophy College Prep Student Financial Aid
Hospice of the Valley
Xavier College Prep
Alone No More Dog Rescue
Dave Brown's Memorial Website (Source: Arizona Republic)


Barbara A. Daniel

Member ASU Choral Union; Board member/officer Lyric Opera Theater

29 Jan 2021

Barbara A. Daniel, 70, passed away on January 29, 2021. When she was three years of age, she and her family moved to Belgium where she took delight entertaining the neighbors with tea parties and cute conversations in French, Flemish and English. When she was five, she contracted polio. The family eventually returned to the United States with a stop in Ohio and then on to Arizona. Eighth grade was Barbara's first class in public school. In school she tried her hand at acting but in 1964 the only part available to her in the school play was the flower cart. So she left acting and turned to choral singing and continued singing with choral groups for the rest of her life. After high school graduation in 1969, she started at ASU where she majored in Sociology and graduated in 1973. Later she returned to college and pursued a masters degree in family and marriage counseling.

After marrying Brian Daniel, they moved to Biloxi Mississippi in 1978. In 1982 they returned to Phoenix. Barbara joined the ASU Choral Union. Later she was a board member and officer with the ASU Lyric Opera Theater (LOT) Guild. She enjoyed catering the opening night events where she helped to organize food and beverages to feed 300 theater patrons. In 2005 Barbara was introduced to the ContraDance Community, a fun bunch of people that had great dances, pot luck dinners and good conversations. Unfortunately this was also the year she had a stroke that put her on oxygen. In her typical fashion, she figured out how to attach an oxygen tank to her wheel chair, kept a spare tank in the van and continued as if nothing changed. She became a board member, and was frequently the first person dancers met when arriving for a dance.

In 2011 Barbara was hospitalized for pneumonia, moved to Hospice, and eventually returned to her home until her death.  Barbara is survived by her husband, Brian. She was predeceased by a son. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Dorothy A. Scirocco

Dorothy A. Scirocco

Volunteer Usher, Gammage Auditorium

29 Jan 2021

Dorothy A. Scirocco, 92, passed away on January 29, 2021. Dorothy loved to volunteer for Hospice, Hope Keepers at CCC, New Hope Community Center, new citizenship exams, and as an usher at Mesa Arts Center and ASU Gammage

Dorothy is preceded in death by three siblings. She is survived by three children, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many wonderful nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 6, 2021 at 10 AM with brunch to follow, at Broadway Christian Church, 7335 E. Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85208. Her body was donated to the U of Arizona for medical research, to be followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Youth Haven in Eloy, AZ. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Claudia Lee Blackmer Freeman Vance

Claudia Lee Blackmer Freeman Vance

Payroll Deductions Clerk

29 Jan 2021

Claudia Lee Blackmer Freeman Vance, 86, passed away on January 29, 2021. She married Earl Reeseman Vance in 1951; he died in1959. After his death, Claudia started her own home accounting business and worked in that field for over 20 years, including as a Payroll Deductions Clerk at ASU. She eventually went back to school, graduating with Honors from the College of Southern Idaho, earning two Associate Degrees in Business and Fine Arts. She was chosen as one of "Who's Who among American Junior College Students" in 1976. She then attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communications, and a minor in Drama. A few years later, she returned to BYU as a Hall Advisor in the student resident dorms; a position she held for fifteen years. While in Arizona she became a certified Red Cross Home Nursing instructor and taught several classes in the Tempe 1st ward Relief Society.

Claudia was predeceased by her husband, Earl, and a son. She is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. A viewing for family and friends was held Friday, February 19th at Bunker Memorial Chapel at 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213. A funeral service was held Saturday, February 20th for family and close friends at Taylor Park Ward chapel, 825 South 32nd Street, Mesa, Arizona 85204. In lieu of flowers, friends may choose to donate to Rock Steady Boxing Mesa NFP, a Parkinson's therapy center, 501[c]3, through Facebook Fundraisers (Claudia's Memorial Fund). (Source: ASU Foundation)

Richard Walter Kelly

Richard Walter Kelly

Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

25 Jan 2021

Richard Walter Kelly, 85, passed away on January 25, 2021. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He started his extensive and esteemed career at ASU in 1964 as a professor. During his 35 years at ASU, he advanced to become Associate Dean of Engineering, making ASU a top-25 engineering program, and positively impacting countless students. He retired in 1999 as Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

In his retirement, he and his wife, Mary, started an antique business and enjoyed traveling, golfing, serving their OLPH parish, and spending time with their grandchildren and friends from the Irish community.

Richard is survived by two children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister. Richard was preceded in death by his wife Mary and a brother.

Due to COVID restrictions, a memorial service will be held later in the spring and close friends and family will be notified directly. To offer condolences, the family suggests you donate to the Alzheimer Foundation of America. (Source: Arizona Republic)

John William Guyader

John William Guyader

Director, Information Technology

24 Jan 2021

John William Guyader, 77,  passed away January 24, 2021. John graduated from the University of Arizona. After college graduation he moved to Manhattan Beach, California where his new career at RCA Computer Systems had taken him. Seven years later and with his MBA from the University of Southern California, John returned to the Phoenix area as a project leader at the Arizona Department of Revenue and after that as a director of Information Technology at ASU where he worked for 22 years until his retirement in 2006.

John was smart and quick witted. He never tried to be funny, he just had a good eye for the absurd and the quickness and vocabulary to accurately comment on it. He was generous but wouldn't suffer fools and, if you were his friend, you knew it. He had a gift for spotting untruthfulness in others and he could not stand a bully. If he was with his dogs he was happy. Better still, if he was with his dogs and friends watching football or snow skiing, or - best of all - on a southern California beach, he was in heaven. But most of all, he was a man who was secure in who he was and happiest when with his friends and the people he loved.

John is survived by his wife, Donna, a brother, three nephews and three grand nieces. It was John's wish that, because of Covid, there be no service at this time but if you go to the beach, take a ski trip or pet your dog, remember him. (Source: Arizona Republic)

William Don Holt, Sr.

William Don Holt, Sr.


20 Jan 2021

William Don Holt, Sr., 88, passed away on January 20, 2021. He graduated from East Texas State College (which is now Texas A&M at Commerce) with a degree in commercial art and advertising. In 1953 he entered the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. Don is a decorated Vietnam War Veteran.

 After retiring from the USAF as a Major, Don spent nine years as a Director at ASU where he received his Master's Degree in Business Education. He was completing his PHD when he was offered a job at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena, Texas. He served there for fifteen years and moved on to the position of Senior Vice President with a new company, Dynacq International. Dynacq built a new hospital and professional building in Pasadena and over the past 12+ years the company has built two hospitals in China and a few more in the United States.

Don is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Oakes, two children, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held with his family and his Celebration of Life will be held on a future date. Donations may be made to: Marble Falls Church of Christ Attn: Food Pantry711 Broadway Street Marble Falls, Tx 78654830-693-5575 (Source: ASU Foundation)

John Stanley Wasileski

John Stanley Wasileski

Information Technology

17 Jan 2021

John Stanley Wasileski, 77, passed away January 17, 2021. Dr. Wasileski was a gifted and passionate mathematician. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Wilkes College in 1965 and his Master of Arts in Mathematics in 1967 from Penn State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1970, also from Penn State at the age of 27.

In his long career, Dr. Wasileski served as both a college mathematics and physics professor and university administrator in institutional research and information technology in several institutions of higher education across the United States. These included Wilkes College (PA), Pepperdine University (CA), University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK), Arizona State University (AZ), Vanderbilt University (TN), Southwest Tennessee Community College (TN) and many more. Upon his retirement from his last position as Associate Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Memphis (TN) in 2007, he filled his time with adjunct teaching and also exploring new subjects, beginning a study of astrophysics just in the last few months.

Dr. Wasileski was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother. He is survived by his daughter, a son and a grandson. Condolences may be sent to Joseph Wasilewski, 2504 Nashboro Blvd, Nashville, TN 37217. Donations in memory of John Wasileski can be made to the Math Department at Penn State University and sent to Donor and Member Services, 2583 Gateway Drive, Suite, 130, State College, PA 16801. Please note in the memo line of your check in memory of John Wasileski - Math Department. (Source: Arizona Republic)


Telesfora M. Gonzalez

College of Nursing & Health Innovation

15 Jan 2021

Telesfora M. Gonzalez, 74, passed away on January 15, 2021. She was a health promotor teaching cancer prevention classes for ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the University of Arizona, and a translator for the Well Women Health Check Program. Telesfora was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and a son-in-law . She is survived by her husband, Nestor M. Gonzalez, five children, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a sister, a brother and many other family members. A vigil service was held on January 26, 2021, at West Resthaven Funeral Home in Glendale. Mass service was held on January 27, 2021 at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Phoenix. The interment followed at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale. (Source: ASU Foundation)

Robert James Creager, M.D.

Robert James Creager, M.D.

Lecturer, Family Nurse Practitioners Program,College of Nursind

12 Jan 2021

Robert “Bob” James Creager, M.D., 69, passed away on January 12, 2021. Bob obtained his A.B. in biology in 1974 from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1977, where he also graduated cum laude. He completed his internship and residency in family practice at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ from 1978 to 1981 where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Realizing his dream for teaching medical students and residents, he began by tutoring medical students in Biochemistry and nursing students in Biology in 1974. He went on to lecturing at ASU College of Nursing for the Family Nurse Practitioners Program in 1981. This led to him obtaining his M.Ed. in Higher and Adult Education from ASU in 1985 and so began his long career in teaching and mentoring medical residents through the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Bob began his career with HonorHealth (formerly Scottsdale Healthcare & Scottsdale Memorial). While at Scottsdale Medical Center Osborn, he served as the Director of Employee Health from 1986 to 1995 and as the Director of Continuing Medical Education from 1992 to 1997. He also started with the Scottsdale Healthcare Family Medicine Residency where he was the Assistant Program Director from 1981 to 1986, Program Director from 1986 to 2011, and with Honor Health Medical Group Mescal from 2015 to 2018. Throughout his career, he practiced in Family Medicine at several hospitals and private practices in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area while often also holding additional professional positions at the facilities.

He was preceded in death by a brother. He is survived by his wife, Theresa, three sons, a granddaughter, a sister and nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 Mark I. Harrison

 Mark I. Harrison

Adjunct Professor, College of Law

 11 Jan 2021

Mark I. Harrison, 86, passed away on January 11, 2021. He was one of the country's most respected leaders in the field of legal and judicial ethics and professional liability -- a guiding light in the Arizona legal community.

Mark attended Antioch College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Ellen, moved to Arizona in 1960, where Mark clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Lorna E. Lockwood. From there, he embarked on 60 years of law practice. He worked in several iterations of his own firm, including Harrison, Harper, Christian & Dichter before joining Bryan Cave, LLP in 1993. From 2004 until his passing, Mark was a partner at Osborn Maledon, P.A., where his practice focused primarily on legal ethics, lawyers' licensure, professional liability, judicial ethics and discipline, risk management, and writing "reply all" emails on a wide variety of topics.

Mark served in local, state and national bar associations, as well as countless civic and charitable organizations. He served as President of the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors in 1975 and was again elected to the Board at the age of 85, 40 years later. His advocacy for civil and social justice included service as President of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood in Arizona and as the first Chair of the Board of Directors of Teach For America Phoenix.

Mark chaired the ABA Commission to revise the Model Code of Judicial Conduct and Justice at Stake, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving fair and impartial courts. He helped countless lawyers and psychologists facing disciplinary proceedings. Seeing their humanity, he represented them with compassion and skill.

He taught legal ethics as an adjunct professor at both the University of Arizona and ASU Law Schools. Mark loved serving as a mentor to younger professionals, mindful that the experience, knowledge, and values he had acquired should be paid forward to the next generation.

Harrison received numerous state and national awards, including the ABA's Michael Franck Award for Professional Responsibility, the Burnham "Hod" Greeley Award for contributions to understanding the role of the judiciary, the State Bar's Walter E. Craig Lifetime Achievement Award, the Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisory Award, the Judge Learned Hand Award for Community Service, and the Planned Parenthood Peggy Goldwater Award.

Mark is survived by his wife Ellen, two daughters, two granddaughters, three step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and a vast group of family, friends and colleagues. Mark was buried at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on January 14, 2021. A celebration of Mark's life will be held later.

The family requests contributions be made in Mark's name to Planned Parenthood of Arizona, c/o Annet Ruiter, 4751 N. 15th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or to the University of Arizona Law College Association, directed to the Mark I. Harrison Scholarship 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., P.O. Box 210176, Tucson, AZ 85721 or to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Gary Wayne Prosper

Gary Wayne Prosper

Director, Support Services

9 Jan 2021

Gary Wayne Prosper, 85, passed away on January 9, 2021. After graduating from high school in 1953, he had a brief stint at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., then joined the military in 1954, spending time in Korea and being discharged in 1956.

Following discharge he attended Clarkson College in Potsdam, N.Y., graduated SUNY at Potsdam with a degree in education, then taught high school math for six years at Massena High School. He went on to attend the University of Maine and later graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, earning a Master's of Combined Science and EdD in Secondary Education Administration.

In 1971, he became assistant superintendent of Flagstaff Public School District for 10 years. In 1980, he retired and moved to Fountain Hills, where he became principal/superintendent of Fountain Hills School District. He then moved on to ASU as director of support services before returning to public education administration as principal of Anderson Junior High School in Chandler. Following retirement he taught math at the community college level and was as a hearing officer for the Scottsdale school district.

Gary is survived by his wife, MaryEllen Faucher Prosper, a son, a daughter, two grandsons and  three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gary's memory to Extended Hands Food Bank, 16548 E. Laser Dr. #6, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, or to the charity of your choice. Due to the current COVID restrictions, a private memorial will be held at a later date. (Source: ASU Foundation)

 John David Ratliff

 John David Ratliff

Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

 8 Jan 2021

John David Ratliff, 98, died on January 8, 2021. After graduating from high school, he received a scholarship to attend what is now ASU where he studied classic literature. His time in college was interrupted by his service as a radar technician on a Marine battleship in World War II. John returned from the South Pacific to complete his BA. He taught junior high for a year, married Dellamae Weller and headed for graduate school at Claremont College (MA). He then went to Stanford University for his Ph.D work (specialty in Shakespeare). He got a good job at Oregon State University, but wanted to return to Arizona and landed a position at ASU within a few years.

John enjoyed teaching, but his roving intelligence wouldn’t let him sit still. He intuited in the early 1960’s that the Valley he had known for so long was about to have a significant real estate boom and he wanted to be in on it. He plunged into the world of real estate, working for others at first to learn the ropes while continuing to teach. He’d opened his own business by 1965 and gradually reduced his hours on the ASU campus, but continued to teach Shakespeare courses into the 1970’s. His career in real estate took off and he was a force until he retired to travel the world in his later years. This last adventure took him to at least 80 countries.

John is survived by one daughter, three sons, their spouses and four grandchildren. (Source: Messinger Mortuary)

Rennard Strickland

Rennard Strickland

Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History co-acquired by ASU and Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Acquired in 2016

5 Jan 2021

Rennard Strickland, 80, died January 5, 2021. He was the Senior Scholar in Residence at the University of Oklahoma Law Center. Strickland, a native of Muskogee was considered a pioneer in introducing Indian Law into the University's legal curriculum. Strickland had been involved in the resolution of a number of significant Indian cases, including testifying on behalf of the Muskogee Nation and against the State of Oklahoma in the case which established the rights of American Indian tribes to engage in gaming.

Strickland was the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of American Law and Policy at the University of Oklahoma. He was the only person to have been a tenured professor of Law at all three of Oklahoma's ABA-approved Law Schools. He was the first and only person to have served as both the President of the Associate of American Law Schools and as the chair of the Law School Admissions Council. He was also the only person to have been honored by both the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) with their annual teaching award and the American Bar Association's "Spirit of Excellence" Award. In 1997, he was elected to the American Law Institute and in 2012 received the Robert Kutakes' Award presented by the American Bar Association in recognition of his substantial contribution to understanding between legal education and the active practice of law. In 1992, he was appointed Chair of the Osage Constitutional Commission by Judge Ellison, the Federal District Judge for the northern District of Oklahoma.

Strickland spent much of his career in Legal Education as a Dean of various law schools including the University of Tulsa, Southern Illinois University, Oklahoma City University, and the University of Oregon. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 1980, at Florida University Law School in 1983, and at Syracuse University Law School in 2001. He resigned the deanship at Southern Illinois Law School when he accepted an appointment at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988-89, before coming to the University of Oklahoma Law School.

Professor Strickland earned his B.A. from Northeastern State University, his J.D. from the University of Virginia, his M.A. from the University of Arkansas, and His SJD Doctorate from the Science of Juris Prudence from the University of Virginia. He had been awarded three honorary doctorates from Valporaza University, Northeastern State University, as well as Bacone University, where he was also honored with naming of the legal program, The Rennard Strickland Criminal Law and Society major. In 2012, Rennard was inducted into the Oklahoma Historian's Hall of Fame, and in 2015 he was presented with the Gibson Award for Life Achievement by the Oklahoma Center for the Book with special citation for his three books, which have remained "in print" for more than 50 years, including Sam Houston with the Cherokees, Fire and the Spirits: Cherokee Law from Clan to Court, and The Indians in Oklahoma (part of the series Newcomers to a New Land). In addition, he was honored in 2015 with the gold medallion from the Independent Publishers Association for his art book written with Cherokee Chief Chad Smith, entitled Building One Fire; the Outstanding Arts Publication – Spirit Red, the catalogue for the showing of his personal Indian art collection at the Fred Jones, Jr. Art Museum which was designed by Eric Anderson.

Among the additional awards presented to him were the St. Thomas More given to him by the first law school at which he taught, St. Mary's in San Antonino; and the Hayward Burns Memorial Award presented to him by the New York Bar Association's People of Color Conference. He served three terms on the ABA Council of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, six terms on the Board of Oklahoma Indian Legal Services and one term on the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers. At the time of his death, the University of Oregon Law School had held ten lectures on American Indian Law in his honor delivered by authorities in the field.

Strickland was an arts philanthropist having given his "Shared Visions" collection in 1992 to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and his "Spirit Red Collection" to the Fred Jones, Jr. Art Museum at the University of Oklahoma in 2009. He also gave his "Law and Popular Culture" collection to the University of Oklahoma Law Center. In 2016, the Scottsdale museum of the West and the Arizona State University Foundation acquired more than 5,000 motion picture posters and lobby-cards from Strickland and his "Golden West" collection became the center of their joint venture.

Rennard Strickland is survived by a sister, niece, nephew, grand-niece and three grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother. Friends are asked to make a contribution to either the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum or the Scottsdale Museum of the West. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Jacob Fuchs

Jacob Fuchs

Emeritus Professor, School of Molecular Sciences

3 Jan 2021

Jacob “Jack” Fuchs, 97, of Tempe, AZ, passed away January 3, 2021. His first recollection of interest in chemistry refers to an event that occurred at the age ten. He convinced his father to take him to the chemical supply house Eimer and Amend to purchase chemicals to augment the usual ones found in his regular chemistry set. Fast forward five years and Jack is now a laboratory assistant for his chemistry teacher at Stuyvesant High School.

In June 1944, he was awarded a B.A. in Chemistry from the Heights Campus of New York University but by that time he has already spent three months in basic training in the Army at Camp Croft, S.C. After serving in Europe as a Combat Infantryman with the 79th Infantry Division, he was discharged on Halloween, 1945. A blind date on New Year’s Eve brought Rose Lochansky into his life and they were married six months later. Then it was off to the University of Illinois-UC for graduate study. After receiving an M.S. (Chemistry) 1947 and a Ph.D. (Analytical Chemistry) 1950, there was an additional 18 months of post-doctoral training.

In 1952 Jack accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at what was soon to become Arizona State University. In addition to normal advancement through academic ranks, he also served as Executive Officer of the department for 14 years. He retired as Emeritus Professor, School of Molecular Sciences in 2007 after 55 and a half years on the faculty, establishing a record dating back to the founding of the school in 1885. Jack was also a member of ASURA. In 1956, he conceived and inaugurated a course geared toward the training of atomic spectroscopists. The “Modern Industrial Spectroscopy” program was offered annually each summer for 40 years and drew attendees from most of the states in the U.S. as well as every continent except Antarctica. In 1985, Jack served as National President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

No biography would be complete without mention of Jack’s parallel “career” as a musician which spanned six decades. He performed with many types of musical aggregations, both large and small, from jazz combos to symphony orchestras. He spent 27 years as Principal Timpanist with the Phoenix Symphony followed by 18 more years in the same capacity with the Symphony of the West Valley, providing him with the opportunity to share the stage with many notables ranging from the likes of jazz great Benny Goodman to conductor Arthur Fiedler. Perhaps his simultaneous listing for many years in American Men and Women of Science and in the International Who’s Who in Music sums up the life of Jack Fuchs, scientist/educator and musician.

Jack is survived by his daughter Tara (Alan) Roesler, Past President of ASURA, as well as a daughter-in law, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, and a son.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm with funeral service at 1:00 pm at Green Acres Memorial Chapel, 401 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. The service will be live streamed at (Source: Arizona Republic) text
Sheldon Weiss Simon

Sheldon Weiss Simon

Chair, Political Science Department

Director, Center for Asian Studies

2 Jan 2021

Sheldon Weiss Simon, 83, passed away on January 2, 2021. Besides being at the top of his class academically, in high school he found that he loved performing in musical theater. By college age, he was not only striving for academic excellence at the University of Minnesota but also studying vocal performance and appearing in university musicals. Upon graduation, he began his master's degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Studies at Princeton University with the thought of entering the foreign service upon graduation. Instead, he accepted an offer from the University of Minnesota to return for doctoral studies in political science.

After spending a summer in Cripple Creek, Colorado, performing in Imperial Hotel's melodrama theater, he headed to Minneapolis and UofM to begin his PhD program in political science. He and Charlann Scheid, who had been cast opposite him in the melodrama, developed a serious relationship and commuted between the Twin Cities and Evanston, IL where she was in her senior year at Northwestern University. They were eventually engaged and were married in the ASU Chapel. Later he was invited to do his doctoral dissertation research at the Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sheldon decided he wanted to join the Kennedy administration, so he accepted a position with the CIA as a political analyst. He arrived in DC in August, 1963. After President Kennedy was assassinated that November, being a government employee didn't have the same draw for Sheldon. He was also teaching classes at GW in the evening and found he enjoyed that more. During the three years in DC, Sheldon was also active in musical theater.

He decided to transition to academia in the fall of 1966 and accepted a position in the political science department at the University of Kentucky. He began his active publishing career while teaching at UK. To him, research and teaching were of equal importance. While in Kentucky, he applied for and won a grant from the National Humanities Council to put on musical theater shows for rural Kentucky communities. He was active in theater and political science research his entire life.

In 1975, Sheldon accepted an offer from the ASU Political Science Department to become chairman of the department. He served his four years in this administrative role and decided he would never do anything like that again. Subsequently, he served as director of the Center for Asian Studies. He enjoyed teaching undergraduate lecture courses and nourishing graduate students who would become the next generation of political science professionals. Research and publication were always a driving force in his life, so it is not surprising that he has several scores of journal articles, book chapters, and many books listed on his vita. Sheldon retired in 2018 as Emeritus Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies. (Source: Arizona Republic)

 Santos C. Vega

Santos C. Vega

Professor Emeritus, Director, Community Documentation Program and Community Art and Research Organization in Hispanic Research Center

 2 Jan 2021

Santos C. Vega, age 89, passed away on January 2, 2021. Santos honorably served in the U.S. Air Force, 1950-54 and was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He earned a B.A. Ed., 1958 and a M. Ed., 1959 from the University of Arizona; Bachelor of Law, 1967, from Blackstone School of Law; Ph.D., 1975, in Education from ASU; and a M.A in Theology, 2004, from San Francisco University.

Santos was a lay Dominican of the Life-Professed Order of Preachers Laity (OPL), St. Mary Magdalene Chapter, Tempe, Arizona. He directed the Hispanic Ministry Program at St. Thomas Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado; Director of the Tercer Encuentro Process in Ecclesial Region XIII; was the Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Denver, Colorado; and was the Executive Director of Braun Sacred Heart Center.

Santos was a passionate educator. His career in education began at the Florence Elementary and Junior High Schools, Florence, Arizona. He promoted education to all ages; he supported the Florence Head Start program; taught General Education Development (GED) courses and conducted the GED test throughout AZ, including the Gila River Reservation, Sacaton, AZ. Santos taught courses and was involved in programs at Central Arizona College, Phoenix College, University of Arizona, and ASU. Among many subjects, he enjoyed teaching English, Mexican American History, and United States citizenship courses. He ended his career at ASU where he served as a Director for the Community Documentation Program (CDP) and Community Art and Research Organization (CARO) in the Hispanic Research Center, and was a Professor Emeritus.

Santos received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from US President, Barrack Obama. This national recognition was due to his years of service including but not limited to: Vice Mayor of Florence, Arizona, President of Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education, Board member of Aurora Public School District, committed member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and his participation on numerous Boards and Committees in both Colorado and Arizona. He also taught at the Arizona State Prison and volunteered as a firefighter.

Santos is survived by nine children, 23 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and his wife, Josephine R. Vega. Santos was preceded in death by his wife, Edilia G. Vega, two brothers and two sisters.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 19, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 PM, at Richardson Funeral Home, 2621 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona.  Interment, with full military honors, will follow on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Holy Hope Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona.  

In Lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to his church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2121 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282.  The funeral mass will also be live-streamed at: for those that cannot attend or don't feel comfortable attending. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Ben Hines

Ben Hines

Baseball Coaching Staff

Jan 2021

Ben Hines, 85, passed away in January, 2021. He lettered in three sports in high school. He attended LaVerne College, and also had a short stint in minor league baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. After graduating from LVC in 1958, and one graduate year at Pomona College, he started his coaching and teaching career at LVC, as head baseball coach and defensive football coach. In 1972, the baseball team won the NAIA championship. He won more than 500 games and guided his teams to the postseason every year from 1968-80. When LaVerne rejoined the So. California intercollegiate Athletic Conference(SCIAC) in 1971, his teams went 137-25 in conference play and won eight SCIAC titles, including five straight from 1976-1980. In all, he coached 24 All-American and 53 First Team All SCIAC selections, including his son, Bruce, in 1979 and 1980. Sixty-three of his players went on to play professional baseball. During his years at LVC, Ben coached both of his sons in football and baseball, and watched his daughter play basketball and tennis while attending also at the same time.

In 1978-82, Ben managed the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks, AK. His 1980 team won the NBC National Championship and Ben earned the NBC Manager of the Year Award. Over a span of 11 summers, he managed teams in Calgary, Canada, as player and Manager, Fairbanks, AK; Ogden, Utah; Sturgis, S.D.; Bluefield, W. V.; and Boulder, CO. He also was part of the USA Olympic Baseball Team competing in Italy and was part of spring training for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan.

In 1980, Ben joined the ASU coaching staff and worked there for two years, winning the national championship the first year. From there, he worked briefly in minor league baseball with the Angels, before joining major league teams of Mariners, Dodgers and Astros. He worked for the Dodgers from 1984-1993. Ben developed a talent for teaching the art of hitting a baseball, and was the hitting coach for the Dodgers when they won the World Series in 1988. He continued with one year of coaching for the Houston Astros, after which he scouted for the Angels several years.

Among his honors and awards, were being inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, LaVerne College Alumnus of the Year, the NAIA Hall of Fame, the Bob Elias Kern County Hall of Fame, as well as having two fields named after him, the McFarland High School and University of LaVerne's Ben Hines Field. Ben wrote a book, "The Swing's the Thing" which highlights the mechanics used in hitting. Along with some former ULV baseball players, he had a small part in the movie, "The Fan".

Surviving family are his wife, Wanda, three children, five grandchildren, two great grandkids, a brother, his extended family of many former baseball and football players, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends. Preceding him in death were two siblings and a grandson. Ben's life will be celebrated in a You Tube memorial airing on February 27, at 10 a.m, and anytime thereafter. In his honor, a donation may be made to the Ben Hines Memorial Baseball Fund at the University of LaVerne. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future when Covid restrictions permit. (Source: Arizona Republic)