Commerce and business and profes- sional trade associations. Served on several non-profit organizations throughout Arizona.
Ruth Shirley Emerson, ‘75 B.S., Oct. 10, 2007. Worked as a riveter dur- ing WWII; Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa at NAU. Worked for the state of Arizona in several career-related positions; biologist specializing in the study and identification of ant spe- cies. Well-read writer and artist.
Stephen C. Hall, ‘76 B.S., July 28, 2007 of a heart attack. Army veteran, on helicopter duty in Vietnam. Church youth and public school teacher; transportation specialist.
Paul McGeady, ‘85 B.S., June 14, 2007. Earned his Ph.D. in biochemis- try from Washington State University. Associate professor of chemistry at Clark Atlanta University for 11 years; well-respected researcher.
James Thomas Benedict, Jr., ‘86 B.S.B.A., Sept. 1, 2007. Army helicopter crew chief in Vietnam. Painting supervisor in NAU’s Capital Assets since 1982. Loved four-wheeling, John Deere tractors, collecting firearms and researching historical pioneers.
Ginny Emmons, ‘90 M.A.ED., ‘02 ED.D., July 26, 2007, of a massive stroke. Nine years as principal at Taft Elementary School; three years as principal at Webster Elementary School in Mesa, Ariz. Peace Corps vol- unteer; swimmer and lover of animals.
James Richard Dea, ‘96 B.A.I.L.S., Aug. 11, 2007. Air Force veteran. Worked in foreign service, and for al- most 30 years for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Michael Sullivan, ‘05 B.S., June 27, 2007. NAU clarinet professor for 13 years; orchestra soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. Fulbright scholar; named 2005-06 Teacher of the Year for the College of Arts and Letters.
Jason David Garcia, ‘06 M.ED., Aug. 16, 2007. Caring teacher of special needs children. Fitness lover, competing in marathons.
William “Sonny” Arthur Dunn, Sr., attended, Sept. 26, 2007. Navy Air Corps veteran. Longtime Maricopa farmer, civic leader and community builder.
Halbert Gates, attended, Aug. 5, 2007. Taught physics at NAU in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Brian Mickelsen, attended, Aug. 18, 2007, while running in Cottonwood.
Michelle Jaksa Phillips, attended. Oct. 10, 2007.
Friends and Associates
Samuel Nestor Clerry, retiree, Aug. 9, 2007. Army and National Guard Reserve veteran. Senior irriga- tion repairer in NAU Capital Assets for 12 years.
Allan B. Gray, Jr., retiree, June 9, 2007. Army Korean War veteran. Taught mathematics at NAU for 30 years; professor emeritus. Received the first Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.
Robert Frank Magana, June 5, 2007. Painter in NAU Capital Assets for 22 years. Enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting, fishing, cooking and spend- ing time with his family.
Charles G. Moore, retiree, Nov. 9, 2007. Navy veteran. Mathematics professor at NAU for 32 years. Kiwanis member, Boy Scouts leader, Lowell Observatory volunteer and traveler.
Dr. Venetta B. Kell, Attended, Retiree, June 19, 2007
Martha Jean Portree, July 7, 2007. NAU reference services librarian and active member in NAU’s Commission on the Status of Women.
As a full professor with NAU, Dr. Venetta Kell chaired the Business Education Department and later the Department of Communication. Benefiting from her business communications expertise, the univer- sity honored her with several Outstanding Faculty of the Year awards. In 1976 she was named Outstanding Vocational Educator of Arizona, and in 1984, NAU’s College of Business further recognized her by dedicating the Kell Communications Room in her honor.
Wilma Deane Stricklin, retiree, Aug. 7, 2007. Navy Korean War veteran. Former management chair and profes- sor, and university administrator.
Although she rarely spoke of her educational achievements and was shy about them when friends inquired, her academic credentials included a B.S., M.S. and doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. She was also elected to her alma mater’s Alumni Hall of Fame.The satisfaction Venetta gained listening to the success stories of her students was all the reward she ever desired. She loved her family and was especially proud of her daughter,Anne, who followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a teacher.
All in all,Venetta dedicated 42 years of her adult life to the field of education. She once wrote,“I feel that my very happy and active life can be attributed to the philosophy of my wonderful parents and their guiding Christian principles.”
The NAU Alumni Asso- ciation invites you to share your recollections of these outstanding individuals. Please email your reminis- cences to anne.walden@ nau.edu, or write to PINE Memoirs, P.O. Box 6034, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6034.
N.B.: ASTC = ARIZONA STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE AT FLAGSTAFF; ASC = ARIZONA STATE COLLEGE AT FLAGSTAFF
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