B. Harry Goodman, '41 BS
B. Harry Goodman, born to Joseph and Annie McRae Goodman on November 11, 1915 in St. David, Arizona, passed away peacefully at his home on July 27, 2011. Harry is the next-to youngest of 12 siblings who precede him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife Rita Allred of 72 years and children Katrina Willis (Chad), Steven (Cindy), Dale (Nedra) and Jim (Diane); 21 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Harry met Rita at Arizona State Teachers College (NAU). They married on November 25, 1939. Both received their degrees in Education.
Betty Jo Campbell Anderson, '43 BA
Betty Jo Anderson, 89, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on May 13, 2011 in Phoenix from complications of Alzheimer's. Betty Jo was born October 3, 1921 in Vernon, Texas to Joseph and Josephine Campbell.
Betty Jo followed her brother Jim to Flagstaff in the late thirties and graduated from Arizona State College (NAU) in 1943.
While there, she met Fred Anderson and they were married March 11, 1944 in Oakland, California where he was completing preparation to fight in World War II. When he returned from the war in 1946 they moved back to Flagstaff. In 1953, Betty Jo went to work for the Coconino County Board of Supervisors eventually becoming the Clerk to the Board. Betty Jo was elected County School Superintendent in 1972 and served in that position until her retirement in 1984.
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Eldon Hakes Randall, '46 BS, '49 MED
Eldon Hakes Randall passed away peacefully April 20, 2011. Eldon was born June 23, 1919 in Pine to Arizona pioneers Frank Campkin Randall and Lucinda Helen Leavitt Randall. Eldon grew up in a loving family of 12. He attended Brigham Young University in the late 1930's before going into the Navy during World War II. He served as a pharmacist's mate first class in the Navy. Upon discharge, he attended Northern Arizona University where he played football, basketball and did competitive boxing. Eldon completed his degrees in education, became a high school athletic coach and then a school district superintendent in Thatcher and Fort Thomas, Arizona. Read more about Mr. Randall >
William Boyd Wolfington, '51 BS, '55 MED
William Boyd Wolfington of Holbrook died on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Flagstaff Regional Medical Center. He had just celebrated his 88th birthday.
Boyd, as he was known, was born on April 16, 1923, in Jerome to Wilber and Grace Ann (West) Wolfington.
Just after his graduation from Flagstaff High School, Boyd enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as an aviation machinist mate, 1st class in the Pacific Theater.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Boyd enrolled at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he received his bachelor's degree.
He taught at Holbrook High School for 30 years, where he retired as head of the Industrial Arts Department and brought the school to the cross country track state championship one year.
He also served as city councilman and mayor and was named Holbrook's Man of The Year.
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Lorraine Bellwood Orr Hunt, '51 BS
Lorraine Hunt passed away unexpectedly on May 27, 2011. She was born in Flagstaff, on July 9, 1930.
Lorraine graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1947 and then continued her music instruction at Arizona State Teacher's College (NAU).
After brief stints in St. Johns and Phoenix, Lorraine and her family came to Kingman in 1953 where she's lived ever since. She had one son, Toby.
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Robert S. Cox, '59 BS
Bob Cox, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of the Pacific, died peacefully in Tuscany. He was born in Amarillo, Texas and grew up in California. Following graduation from Northern Arizona University, he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to complete a Ph.D. degree at Indiana University. In 1963, he studied at University College, London while a Fulbright Scholar. Bob began his teaching career at Rice University. In 1971 he accepted a teaching position in the English Department at the University of the Pacific. Read more about Dr. Cox >
Wiley Horton, '61 BS
Wiley G. Horton, 73, of White Mountain Lake, passed away April 12, 2011, in Oceanside, California, while visiting family.
Wiley was born October 4, 1937 in Texas, and at a young age moved to Eloy, Arizona. At Santa Cruz High School, he excelled in all sports and held several records in track/field with a state record in discus. He starred in basketball at NAU earning Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. After graduating, he & his wife (Betsy) settled in the Yuma area, where they both taught until retiring in 1993. In 1999, Wiley was inducted into the NAU Basketball Hall of Fame. Read more about Wiley and the scholarship set up in his name >
William "Bill" J. Thomas, '61 BS
Bill Thomas, 74, died May 6, 2011 in Hobbs, New Mexico. He was born April 2, 1937, in Flagstaff to John and Mary Agnes Thomas.
He graduated from St. Anthony's/Flagstaff High School in 1955 and from Arizona State College (NAU) in 1961.
Bill was an avid supporter of NAU sports. He would drive around for miles to find a radio station that carried the NAU Lumberjacks. Read more about Mr. Thomas >
Virgil Hengl, '64 MED
Virgil Hengl passed away at his home in Yuma, Arizona on August 1, 2011. Vigil served in the U.S Navy during WWII and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. He began his teaching career in the 1950's at Williams High School in Williams, Arizona, and moved his family to Yuma in 1960 to teach at Yuma High School. Read more about Mr. Hengl >
Robert R. Kaecker, '71 BS & '80 MA, former NAU Chief of Police
Robert R. Kaecker passed away in Prescott, Arizona, on June 23, 2011, at the age 75, after a seven month battle with lung cancer.
He served in the U.S. Air Force Military Police. After completing his enlistment in the military, he moved to Arizona where he put himself through college, earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in justice administration from Northern Arizona University.
As a longtime resident of northern Arizona, he pursued a distinguished career in law enforcement, serving Flagstaff P.D., Coconino County S.O., Apache County S.O., Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control and was the Chief of Police of Northern Arizona University.
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R. Scott Thoms, '71 BS
R. Scott Thoms, 63, passed away February 13, 2011, in Peoria, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Igna; daughter, Stacey (Joel) Dockrill; brothers, Brian (Kim) Thoms and Barry (Danette) Thoms. Scott is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. He had a distinguished investment banking career with Western Savings, Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank, in Sun City, Arizona.
Guilford Dudly Acker Jr, '85 MA & '95 PhD and former NAU history instructor
Guilford Dudley Acker Jr., who taught history at Northern Arizona University for 13 years, died June 12, 2011. He was 63.
Dr. Acker joined the United States Marines in 1967 and served in Vietnam. He taught history at NAU from August 1996 to May 2009. He also graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977 and practiced law for seven years in Virginia Beach.
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Deborah Lee Voelker, '91 BS
Deborah Lee Voelker, 63, of Globe, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, in the presence of her family at Banner Gardens Hospice in Mesa.
Debbie was born in Danville, Illinois. on May 7, 1947, the daughter of Delbert Burdett and Patricia Ann Wiebusch.
Debbie married a Navy man, Dennis Voelker, in 1969 in Hawaii, and had two children.
As her children grew, and after her divorce in 1981, she decided to return to college. In 1991 she graduated from Northern Arizona University with her bachelor's in Early Childhood Education K-12 with a dual degree in Special Education. She received her Master's in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. Read more about Mrs. Voelker>
Jamie D'Lynn Lackey, '10 BS
Jamie D'Lynn Lackey, 22, died May 18, 2011. Jamie was born on June 6, 1988 in Tucson, Arizona. Jamie graduated Mountain View High School in 2006 and excelled in basketball and tennis. In December 2010, she graduated with a degree advertising with a minor in public relations. While at NAU, Jamie was an active participant in the Advertising Club. In between her studies and work, Jamie developed the passion and love for snowboarding, where she could regularly be found shredding the mountain. Read more about Ms. Lackey >
Rikki Rachele Williams Kitchen, Attended (current student)
Rikki Kitchen, 30, died April 15, 2011, in Taylor peacefully in her sleep.
She was born May 18, 1980, in Show Low. While living in Kanab, she met Michael Kitchen and they married October 3, 2003. Rikki was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 3 years old and struggled with complications throughout her life. She was in the process of earning her degree in Early Childhood Education via NAU's Extended Campuses. She had two children.
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Helen Jean Wolf, founded NAU's Tau Beta Sigma Music Honor Sorority
Helen Jean Wolf, community member and longtime supporter of the arts at NAU, died May 12, 2011, in Flagstaff. She was 86.
Mrs. Wolf was born July 3, 1924, in Van Wert, Ohio, to William and Josephine Grant.
Mrs. Wolf and her late husband, Donald Wolf, professor emeritus of music at NAU, were active in the NAU music community for nearly 30 years. Mrs. Wolf was involved with the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and founded NAU's chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma Music Honor Sorority.
Dr. and Mrs. Wolf were considered parents to an extended family of student marching band and concert musicians and were affectionately known for decades as the "Wolf Pack." Read more about Mrs. Wolf >
Irene McDonald, NAU retiree
Irene McDonald, 102, of Sedona, died June 22, 2011. She was born April 10, 1909, in Little Chute, Wisconsin.
She graduated as a registered nurse from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an associate degree from the Milwaukee Children's Hospital.
Much of her career was spent in United Verde Hospital in Jerome, and as a school nurse, which she loved, both in the Flagstaff elementary schools and in the Northern Arizona University Health Department. She was a member of the NAU Retirees, the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup and P.E.O. Chapter C in Gallup. Read more about Mrs. McDonald >
Joy Elaine Savage Jiron, custodial supervisor for NAU's Capital Assets
Joy Elaine Savage Jiron, a custodial area supervisor for Capital Assets and Services, died July 20, 2011. She was 60.
Mrs. Jiron came to NAU in October 1979, and held a number of positions within the department's custodial area over the 32 years she worked for Northern Arizona University. Read more about Mrs. Jiron >