N A U C o n n e c t i o n s
M e m o i r s T h e y W i l l B e M i s s e d
Norma Coleman Barney, ‘28 B.S.ED., ‘61 M.ED., June 11, 2007. Received teaching certificate from ASTC. Taught for 25 years in Flagstaff schools.
Katherine Pavlich Duncan, ‘34 B.S.ED., Sept. 14, 2007. Only student elected Homecoming Queen two con- secutive years in 1932 and 1933; presi- dent, Associated Women Students.
Woodrow Francis LeSueur, ‘39 B.S.ED., ‘41 M.A., Aug. 9, 2007. Educator in the Phoenix Union High School District. WWII veteran, retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
receiving a distinguished service medal from the Chinese nationalist government. Businessman with many community affiliations and awards.
Peter Vasil Kotchou, ‘61 B.S.ED., ‘64 M.ED., Aug. 17, 2007. Army veteran; popular teacher and coach at Flowing Wells H.S. in Tucson for 32 years.
Simeon Traw IV, ‘61 B.S.,Aug. 30, 2007, after a battle with cancer. Longtime San Francisco resident; gay activist involved in bowling events, performances and AIDS fundraising.
Bertis “Bert” Gebert, ‘62 B.S.ED., ‘66 M.ED., Oct. 29, 2007 of a massive heart attack.
Richard “Jiggs” B. Hardt, ‘46 B.S.ED., ‘47 M.A., July 27, 2007. Played football at ASC; member of Chain Gang. Teacher and coach for 28 years at North High School in Phoenix.
James E. Cooper, ‘63 B.A., ‘67 M.A., Aug. 24, 2007. Lifelong educa- tor, serving as a teacher and adminis- trator for more than 43 years. Coach and avid sports fan.
Albert June Ong, ‘52 B.S.B.A., Aug. 17, 2007. At ASC, president of Blue Key and student body. Intel- ligence officer and captain in the WWII U.S. Army Air Corps in China,
S. Gabe Paxton, Jr., ‘64 M.A.ED., Feb. 1, 2007. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, earning a Purple Heart, Pacific Theatre Ribbon with
Thomas Gerald “Jerry” Chilton Sr., ’35 B.S., July 16, 2007
An invaluable friend of the university, Jerry Chilton was Past President of the NAU Alumni Association in 1974 and the first alumnus to receive the university’s Distinguished Citizen Award.After playing football at ASTC,Jerry enlisted in the Air Force during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. In 1941 he earned his master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
Jerry worked most of his life for Magma Copper Company in Superior,Ariz., retiring in 1985 as the assistant to the president and vice president of the San Manuel Arizona Railroad Company.
Among a plethora of other board and community service distinc- tions, he was Past President of the Arizona Easter Seal Society and the Arizona Historical Society, Past District Governor of Rotary and Past State Commander of the American Legion.
His son,Jerry Chilton Jr. says,“Dad was very proud to be an NAU graduate. He established a trust to fund a scholarship at NAU in his and my mother’s name, which should provide significant help on an annual basis to a deserving student.”For information on the Thomas Gerald and Maxine Blackman Chilton Scholarship Fund, #1398, contact the NAU Foundation at 928-523-2012.
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Ferrell Secakuku, ‘64 B.F.A., ‘06 M.A., July 25, 2007
Chairman of the Hopi Tribe from 1994 to 1997, Ferrell Secakuku helped resolve the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement, paving the way for Navajo and Hopi families to live in harmony in northern Arizona. Born in the village of Sipaulovi, he grew up working for his father’s trading post and earned his business degree from NAU. In 2006, he became an elder advisor in the university’s Applied Indigenous Studies program.
Chris Downum, an associate professor in anthropology, applauds Ferrell as “a man who lived his life with humility, grace, humor and a sense of purpose larger than himself. He has left behind a great legacy of stories, songs and insights.” Chair of Applied Indigenous Studies Octaviana Trujillo recalls how Ferrell lightened her load“with his humor and had a good heart for all.As a traditional leader, Ferrell contributed enormously to our mission.”
Ferrell was given a traditional Hopi burial.According to his daugh- ter Kim,“Just before he passed away, we had a very nice rain come down … it’s significant to Hopi in terms of welcoming him into the spirit world.”
three Battle Stars, two Presidential Citations and the Good Conduct Medal. His career focused on Indian education; he retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1982 and worked for the Choctaw Nation.Accomplished pianist.
Ernest “Ernie” Almaraz, ‘69 B.S.ACCY., Aug. 25, 2007. Worked at NAU in several departments; active in many local organizations including the Knights of Columbus. Enjoyed run- ning, hiking, fishing and camping.
Sandra J. Byerley, ‘66 B.S., Jan. 18, 2008. A lifelong animal lover and active volunteer in Wildlife Rescue in the care and rehabilitation of small mammals. Remembered as a loving and devoted wife and mother, and loyal and committed friend.
Miguel Angel “Manny” Manjarres, ’72 B.S. E.D., June 14, 2007. Retired lieutenant colonel, USAFR, decorated many times during his 34-year mili- tary career. Passionate about educa- tion, his love for his fellow man and his faith and positive outlook on life.
Darrel Phillip Shahan, ‘66 B.S., April 4, 2007 after a brief battle with cancer. Third-generation native Arizonan working in the pump indus- try for more than 30 years.
Donald A. Neumann, ‘70 M.ED., Oct. 4, 2007. Taught for 36 years at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind.
Guy Wayne McEachern, ‘68 M.S., July 22, 2007 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Army vet- eran; teacher and coach; retired after 30 years at Redwood High School in Visalia, Calif.
David G. Cronin, ‘70 B.S., June 4, 2007. His love of rock climbing and mountain rescue led him to become trained as an EMT and later a certified paramedic. Retired as an ambulance paramedic in 1995.
Robert Daniel O’Brien, ‘68 B.S., Sept. 22, 2007, of cancer. Army vet- eran, serving in Germany. His interest in science and industrial applications of chemistry was lifelong; he worked as a forensic chemist at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and began his own business in 1981.
Helene W. Weathersby Cole, ‘72 M.ED., Feb. 8, 2007. Teacher and librarian for Washington Elementary School in Phoenix.
Charles “Chuck” W. Shipley, ‘75 B.S., July 29, 2007. A three-decade career in public policy, working with health care, the Arizona Chamber of