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.

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)

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)

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)

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)