ASU Obituaries - Last Name Starts With "T"

Mary Rosary Taliercio, 65, passed away on Oct. 22, 2009.  She graduated from Rosary College of River Forest, Illinois and received a Master's degree in Education Administration & Principalship from ASU. Mary taught 20 years in the district 83 system at Roy school in Northlake, Illinois, and later taught 12 years at ASU West campus. She is survived by her husband Pasquale. a sister, niece, nephew and many other family members and friends.

Esther Falk Taylor, 88, passed away April 15, 2010. Esther was employed as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at ASU from 1965 until her retirement in 1989. Esther is survived by one niece and six nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

Jacqueline J. Taylor, 79, passed away on July 4, 2010. She is survived by two brothers, friend Ruth Ludemann, plus nephews and nieces. Jackie was an R.N. who graduated with a BSN from the University of Washington School of Nursing, earned a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of North Carolina, and then a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She began her academic career at Wayne State University and then moved to ASU in 1967 where she was instrumental in developing the graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing program. Professor Taylor moved to Montana State University in 1976 where she pioneered a new satellite nursing program in Missoula. She returned to ASU in 1984, and continued teaching in the graduate Psychiatric Nursing program until her retirement in 1996.

Elvin David Taysom, 95, passed away October 6, 2012. Elvin completed his BS degree in Animal Husbandry in 1940 from the University of Idaho. At the same time, he finished his ROTC studies and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. With WW II in full swing, he was first stationed at Ft. Robinson Nebraska, with the Calvary division of Company B. When the Calvary division was abandoned, he continued his service duty in the Quartermaster division. He was discharged from active duty in the Army in 1946 but remained active in the Army reserve and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonial in 1982. He completed his Master Degree from Utah State College in 1950 and a Doctorate Degree in Animal Science from Washington State College in 1953. He then took his first teaching position on the faculty of Arizona State College. During his teaching years, he was associated with Dr. M. E. Ensminger's International Stockman's School under the sponsorship of Agriservices Foundation and taught animal production in many schools in the United States, Russia, and Yemen. He retired from teaching in 1982 after 29 years of service to the students of ASU. Elvin is preceded in death by his parents, four siblings and a great-grandson. He leaves behind his wife of 73 years, Myrtle, three sons, 14 grand-children, 24 great-grand-children, and four siblings. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 6-8 PM in the Tempe LDS Stake Center, 2707 S College Ave., Tempe with funeral services on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10 AM, preceeded by a visitation from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, also at the Tempe LDS Stake Center. Elvin will be laid to rest in the Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale, AZ. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the missionary fund of the LDS church.

Dutton TeagueDutton O Teague, 86 passed away on June 29, 2013. He served in WWII and Korean wars. He was Asst. Dean of Social Work at ASU and the Univ. of Louisville. Later he was Exec Director of the Phoenix Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's; he led efforts to increase services for Early Stage persons. He is survived by wife Madeleine, two children, a sister, nephew, and 11 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes 85248 on Sat. Aug 3 at 3:00 p.m. Memorials to Alzheimer's Assoc Desert SW or Phx Hospice of the Valley.



Clarabelle TheobaldClarabelle Theobald passed away August 9, 2010. She was a staff nurse at Ohio State University Hospital when she became interested in teaching other nurses. She moved to Arizona and earned her BSN in 1959, then her Master's in Nursing from UCLA and returned to Arizona. In 1982 she was one of the first to earn her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Clarabelle was one of the founding faculty at the ASU College of Nursing and had a leadership role in their medical surgical department throughout her career there. She wrote a grant to integrate computers into the college and then provided computer support to her colleagues. A memorial service will be held at Friendship Village, 2645 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe on Thursday, August 19th at 3:00 in the Skirm Auditorium. Clarabelle is survived by her sister. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Rev. Jane A. Tews, 60, Senior Pastor of Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe, passed away on June 22, 2013. Jane received degrees from Nassau Community College (NY), Scarritt College (TN), Claremont School of Theology (CA), and the College of Law at ASU. From 1978-89 Jane served as Associate Pastor for Tempe First United Methodist Church and was also the Director of Campus Ministry at ASU. In her 35 years of ministry Jane pastored Christ United Methodist Church (1989-91), Gilbert First United Methodist Church (1991-97), Central East District Superintendent (1997-2004), and Dayspring United Methodist Church (2004-2013). Jane also served as a part-time Municipal Court Judge with the Gilbert Court from 1989-2012. For over 20 years, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Friendship Village life care center in Tempe. Jane is survived by her mother, three sisters, a niece, two nephews and her beloved dog, Mischief. A celebration service of Jane's life will be held at Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Rd. in Tempe on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jane's name may be made to any of the following organizations: Friends For Life animal rescue in Gilbert (, Imagine No Malaria mission project (, and Dayspring United Methodist Church ( (Source: Arizona Republic)

George Allen Thomas, 77, died on July 18, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Cathleen Hansel, and their three children; four children from previous marriages, a sister, brother and fourteen grandchildren. George graduated from Beloit College. Early in his career he taught speech and drama at Beloit College, the University of Washington and as an associate professor at ASU. Some of the numerous theater, TV and movie positions he held included: Chief Stage Setter at the Expo'67 Autostade, Stage Manager for ABC Sports at the 1972 Olympics, and Set Decorator for the second Dick Van Dyke show. George started his own theater consulting business, GTA Associates, and designed innovations that are incorporated into Phoenix Symphony Hall and many college and high school theaters. In 1980, George moved back to the Northwest. A memorial service will be held on July 25th 2:30 p.m. at Washington Care - Center, 282 S. Walden in Seattle. (Source: Arizona State University Tributes: Notable Deaths & Obituaries)

Leo “Lee” Thompson, 92, passed away on June 10, 2013. Lee’s first wife, Beatrice “Bea”  passed away in 1976. He then married Hazel (LaMew) Spiceland in 1980. Lee worked at a water company as an Engineer in West Virginia early on in his career. He then worked at ASU as a locksmith, retiring in 1984 after 20 years of employment. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, a son and five brothers. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Hazel Thompson, six children, 13 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. A graveside service was held June 13, 2013 at 11am at Poland Zion Cemetery in Poland, Indiana. Donations can be made to Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services, Inc., P.O. Box 471 Valparaiso, IN 46384. (Source: Hazel Thompson, wife)

Walter L. Thompson IIIWalter L. Thompson, III, 70, passed away on July 2, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by Ella, his wife of 27 years, a brother, four children and six grandchildren. Walter received a B.A. in Economics from North Carolina A&T University in 1965. For most of his career, he worked for IBM Corp., from which he retired in 1998. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from ASU the same year, after which he returned to work for ASU before retiring in 2007. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Desert Mission United Methodist Church in Scottsdale. Cremation and burial arrangements will be held ahead of time and entrusted to Messinger Mortuary. The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Sherman House Hospice of the Valley (602-530-6992) (Source: Arizona Republic)

Wilford George Thompson, Jr., M.D.

Wilford George Thompson, Jr., M.D. 88, died September 19, 2013. He joined the Army Air Corp in WWII, and was accepted to medical school. He graduated from medical school at the age of 24, first practiced in Anchorage, Alaska, during the Korean war; practiced family medicine in Wray, Colorado; and then in Mesa from 1963 through 1980. He served as Chief of Staff of Mesa Lutheran Hospital in 1977. He retired his office practice in 1980, and then spent two years at ASU at the Student Infirmary. He is survived by his wife, Jean, three daughters, a son, five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a brother. He is predeceased by his parents, two siblings and one great-grandchild. An open house Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 28th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Solterra Senior Living, 350 South Alma School Road, Chandler, Arizona 85224. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Comprehensive Hospice, 2111 E. Highland Avenue, Suite B-425, Phoenix, Arizona, 85016 Family and friends may share memories and condolences at (Source: Arizona Republic)

Nancy Fees Thornhill, 66, passed away on April 9, 2007. She became a teacher after graduating from ASU in 1963 and taught school at both Gilliland and McKemy Junior High Schools in Tempe. She also later taught a college adjustment course at ASU. She married Sam Fees in 1964. He was the father of four children, Samuel, Patricia, David and Brian. They added John to the family in 1967, Nancy's only child from "scratch" as she liked to say. Nancy married Gordon Thornhill in 1980. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two stepsons. She is survived by five children, 17 grandchildren.

Clarence H. "Bud" Thorson, 88, passed away on December 9, 2008. He is survived by his former wife, Ruth Jean Stasell, four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He worked at ASU until his retirement.

Shirley Ruth ThumannShirley Ruth Thumann, 87, passed away July 21, 2013. Shirley worked as a typist and administrative assistant at Northwestern Insurance Co., the Veterans Administration, Milwaukee Labor Press, Brookfield Lutheran Church and ASU. Shirley is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister and many nephews and nieces. Memorial Visitation will be held at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, August 10, 2013, with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:30 PM, at Three Pillars Ewald Chapel, Village on the Square, 375 Hwy 67, Dousman, WI 53118. The interment will be at10:00 AM, on Monday, August 12, 2013, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove, WI 53182. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Shirley's name should be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at (Source: ASU Foundation)

Lawrence (Larry) J. Toschik., 89, has passed away. He had a bent for art at a very early age. After winning an art scholarship, he interrupted that to go into military service. He spent two hundred and ninety days in combat in Italy during WWII. Larry worked at an advertising agency and with a commercial art studio in Milwaukee before moving to Arizona. Larry opened his own commercial art studio, and years later he became Art Director for ASU Department of Publications. Larry did freelance work for Arizona Highways Magazine, which led to several written and illustrated articles, plus four unprecedented complete issues of magazine. These gained international attention and launched his professional career as a fine arts painter. Larry is survived by his wife Cecelia, three children, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two siblings. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 5th from 6-8 PM at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria, AZ. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 6th at 1:00 PM at the Forum at Desert Harbor, 13840 N. Desert Harbor Dr. Peoria, AZ 85381. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Bible Society, Hope for the Troops, 1865 Broadway New York, NY 10023-7505.

Lois "LoLo" Troxel, 69, passed away on April 6, 2010. Lois was a secretary and administrative assistant for the zoology department of ASU. She leaves behind her a twin sister, a son, a daughter, 6 grandchildren and 1 1/2 great grandchildren.





Rudy H. Turk, 80, passed away on August 14, 2007. An avid read, historian and artist, Rudy found a career, joy and expression in the arts. Rudy retired after 25 years as the Director of the Art Museum at ASU. Rudy was also a prolific writer, lecturer and painter. His is survived by his wife, Wanda, four children, and five grandchildren. A scholarship has been established in his name at the ASU Herberger College of the Arts. There is an interview with Rudy in ASURA's Video History library.

Wanda Lee (Borders) TurkWanda Lee (Borders) Turk, 85, died June 19, 2013. She was a graduate of the University of Louisville and received her Master's of Arts degree at the University of Indiana. Wanda was an accomplished artist and particularly enjoyed working with textiles. Wanda and her husband, Rudy H. Turk, came to Arizona from California in 1967 and settled in Tempe in 1968. Wanda served on the Board of Directors of the Tempe Public Library for fifteen years, was a member of the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission, volunteered with the Tempe Historical Museum, Friends of ASU Dance, and in various positions at Friendship Village where she and Rudy lived from early 2006. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, granddaughter and, her husband Rudy Turk, former director of ASU Art Museum. A private memorial service was held June 24, 2013. Wanda is survived by four children and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be sent to: ASU Foundation, Rudy Turk Award Endowment (Acct #40001802), P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, Arizona, 85280-2260. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Don TurleyDon L. Turley, 81, passed away on January 5, 2013. Following his military service in the Army he received a BS in Agronomy from ASU. This led to employment for the U of A Experimental farm in Mesa and later the ASU Cotton Center, researching pesticides. His wife, Martha, preceded him in death in 1988. He is survived by nine children and 28 grandchildren. To support his large family Don left agricultural research and worked in the construction industry for more than twenty years before finding his last career driving a bus for Mesa Public Schools. Visitation is Friday, January 11 from 6-8 PM at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N Centennial Way. Services will be held Saturday January 12 at the Old 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 15 W 1st Ave in Mesa. Visitation from 10-10:45 with services starting at 11. Interment will be at the Mesa City  Cemetery.  (Source: Arizona Republic)

Billie Lee Turner IIIBillie Lee Turner III, 42, passed away on May 18, 2013 two years to the day after his mother passed away, both from a long struggle with myotonic dystrophy (MD). Bill was an outstanding athlete in his youth, lettering in soccer and golf, but by his senior year in high school his MD began to impede his abilities. Bill also suffered from Asperger Syndrome from an early age, although he was not formally diagnosed until 2009. He and his parents moved to Arizona in 2008. Bill is survived by his father, Dr. B. L. Turner II, Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, ASU, and a sister. Support for research on myotonic dystrophy would be appreciated: Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in the memory of Bill Turner ( (Source: ASU Foundation, Obituary Registry


Christy Gentry Turner IIChristy Gentry Turner II, 79, passed away on July 27, 2013. He received his BA and MA from the University of Arizona (1957, 1958), and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin (1967). His early career began at the Museum of Northern Arizona and later he was appointed a Museum Fellow. He was a professor in the Department of Anthropology, ASU for 40 years and a Regents' Professor Emeritus. His decades of ground breaking research in multiple fields are known to anthropologists, physical anthropologists, and archaeologists all over the world. Just recently, he saw the completion of his book "Animal Teeth and Human Tools." Christy was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline Adams Turner. He is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren, a sister, two nephews, a niece and many cousins and family friends. He also leaves behind his wife, Olga V. Pavlova and her two daughters. Traditional Russian Panikhidas are being held in Novosibirsk. An Arizona memorial service is being planned for the Fall. Please contact for details. Final interment will be held privately in Benson, AZ. (Source: Arizona Republic)

Donald Raymond Tweet

Donald (Don) Raymond Tweet, 84,  passed away on April 11, 2013. Don is survived by his wife, Pat, two sisters, five sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Don served his country as a "Seaman First Class" in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948 on the U.S.S. Bushnell. Don received a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from University of Minnesota in May 1952 and later became a Certified Public Accountant. He worked for Minnesota Woolen, John F. Forbes, ASU and retired from the University of Arizona as Finance Director of the U of A Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held in Tucson, Arizona on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM at Bring's Broadway Chapel, 6910 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, Arizona. A reception will be held at Rolling Hills Golf Course, 8900 East 29th Street, Tucson, Arizona following the service.