In Memoriam

In Memoriam: William S. Bickel, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics

William S. Bickel, a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics who taught at the UA for more than 50 years, died on June 1 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 80. "He had the ability to not just teach the material. He had the ability to give you physical intuition," recalls Brian Schmidt, a former student and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. "That was something that he was remarkably unique in doing. That physical intuition helps you understand and solve physics at a very deep level."

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In Memoriam: CALS Business Analyst Allison Ketterling Duarte

Ketterling Duarte had worked at the UA since graduating from the University in 2007. "As a role model, she built friendships, gave kindness, grew from curiosity, accepted her responsibilities, and shared joy with others," recalls Jeffrey Ratje, CALS associate vice president.

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In Memoriam: School of Journalism's Jim Patten

Professor Emeritus Jim Patten, who helped save the UA journalism program from elimination in the mid-1990s, died June 5 after a brief battle with cancer. "Jim led the department through its most difficult time," said Jacqueline Sharkey, who succeeded Patten as department head in 2000. After organizing the effort that saved the department, she said, "he led the rebuilding process that resulted in the department again being recognized nationally as a leader in journalism education."

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In Memoriam: Phenology Network Botanist Patricia Guertin

Patricia Guertin, a botanist for the UA-based USA National Phenology Network, died on May 16 at the age of 65. "Patty was caring, humble, generous, and a devoted member of the USA-NPN team," her colleagues wrote in a remembrance. "She always made time to write a carefully detailed response to an observer question or help a fellow staff member puzzle out a species identification."

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UA President Emeritus Henry Koffler Dies at 95

Henry Koffler, the first UA alumnus to serve as president, oversaw the University's ascension to the top ranks of major research universities. External research funding more than tripled during his tenure. "Henry believed that the core mission of a university requires recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding talent, and, at the same time, creating a working environment where talented people can be productive," said former UA Provost George Davis.

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Former Journalism Professor Bick Lucas Dies at 88

Bick Lucas, who taught journalism at the UA from 1982 to 1994, joined the UA faculty after serving in the Army and as the sports editor of The Denver Post. He taught reporting, editing and design, and created the journalism program's first sportswriting course.

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In Memoriam: Michael Delahanty

Michael Delahanty, a 29-year veteran of Parking & Transportation Services, died on Jan. 28. He was 58. "He always saw the bigger picture and realized we needed to come up with a solution that was satisfactory for everyone," said Brian Dolan, assistant director for Planning, Design and Construction, who worked with Delahanty for 28 years. "He was a master at being able to put that together."

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In Memoriam: Donald W. Carson

Donald W. Carson, a revered professor in the UA journalism program and one of the early leaders in helping diversify the nation's newsrooms, died in Tucson on Feb. 1. He was 85. Former student Gabrielle Fimbres says Carson was "a true gift in my life, as a professor, mentor and friend." A memorial service will be held Feb. 23.

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In Memoriam: Frank M. Whiting

Frank M. Whiting, professor emeritus of animal science, died in November at the age of 84. "He encouraged us and built our confidence," a former student recalled at his memorial. "If we messed up, he showed us how to fix it and pushed us to try again."

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In Memoriam: Nicolaas Bloembergen, Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate

Nicolaas Bloembergen came to the UA as a visiting scientist in 1996 and became professor of optical sciences in 2001. "Nico was both an icon in the optics and physics world, as well as a warm, generous and caring person," said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences. "He enriched our community in many ways, and we will miss him greatly."

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