Carl Cross

Carl Cross

January 2019

Carl J. Cross retired in August 2015 after fifty-one years with ASU Libraries. In 1972, he and others established the University Archives, compiling records covering more than a hundred years, gathering information and artifacts from all over the university into a comprehensive historical archive of ASU.

In 2009, Carl began working with those who were developing what is now known as the ASU Digital Repository. His involvement in this project was made known to the directors of the ASURA Video History Project and Carl began entering the metadata for the histories already mounted on the web. He currently serves as the University Club liaison to the ASURA Board.

When Gammage Auditorium opened in 1964. Carl’s freshmen orientation was the first official gathering in the newly built auditorium, even before the inaugural concert. He became a supporter of Gammage, worked in the box office, and was later appointed to the university’s Performing Arts Board. Through the ASU Foundation, he has set up a legacy gift to continue his support for ASU Gammage.

In 2002, he and Judith Smith co-founded the ASU Carillon Society to raise funds to refurbish the instrument which was donated to ASU in 1966 by Associated Students as a memorial to those in the ASU community who gave their lives in service to their country. Each month, Carl goes to the Tempe campus to change the programming for the 5 pm. concerts. The Society sponsors three “sing-along with the carillon” programs each year.

In addition to singing with the East Valley Chorale and serving as its music librarian, Carl is also the Worship Leader for his church and has served as Secretary/Treasurer of a state-wide non-profit association.