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Former UA president Henry Koffler dead at 95

UA President Emeritus Henry Koffler, who led the UA as president from 1982-1991 and oversaw its ascension to the top ranks of major research universities, died Saturday, March 10. He was 95. Koffler is survived by Phyllis (Pierson) Koffler, his wife of more than 71 years. ... Read more»

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Eulalia M. 'Pat' Koehler Nemec, 1924-2018

Eulalia M. "Pat" Koehler Nemec, 93, of Sterling, CO and formerly of Tucson, AZ, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Greeley, CO.... Read more»


Gary Norman Otto, 1947 - 2018

Gary Norman Otto, born in Tucson on Jan. 10, 1947, passed away Feb. 7, 2018, after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. He lived in Tucson for much of his life, having graduated from Flowing Wells High School in 1964 and the University of Arizona in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and medic in the 82nd Airborne Division. ... Read more»

Businessman Joe Scott, husband of Councilwoman Shirley Scott, dead at 78

Joseph L. Scott, husband of longtime Tucson Councilwoman Shirley Scott, died Saturday while visiting his ill brother. Scott, who operated Scott Supply Services for decades, had a heart attack.... Read more»

Tucson attorney Lowell Rothschild, father of mayor, dies at 90

Lowell Rothschild died Friday. Survivors include his children, Jonathan (Karen Spiegel) and Jennifer (Julian Izbiky), grandchildren Isaac Rothschild (Tanya Miller), Nathan Rothschild (Jenny Stash), Molly Rose Rothschild, and Alex Izbiky, two great-grandsons, and scores and scores of friends and colleagues and admirers.... Read more»

Memorial for political commentator Franzi set for Monday

A memorial service for outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," will be held Monday evening. The journalist and political activist died last month at 78.... Read more»


Emil Franzi: Local political legend dies at 78

Outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," died Wednesday. His frame had been weathered by cancer, but the curmudgeonly political operative, columnist and talk show host kept his opinions flowing strong. "You might not agree with him, but you had to listen," said radio talker John C. Scott.... Read more»5

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In more than a decade of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them.... Read more»3

Rodeo photographer, Western legend Louise Serpa dead at 86

From the archive: Rodeo photographer, Tucson fixture, mother and legend of the West Louise Serpa died Thursday. There are a lot of things I wish I had the chance to say to Louise before she mounted up and rode out into the ether.... Read more»6


Former SV Herald publisher Walter Wick dies at 85

Walter Wick, the former publisher of the Sierra Vista Herald and one of the driving forces behind the expansion of the Wick Communications newspaper chain, died Christmas morning at his home in Hereford. ... Read more»

Special Forces soldier from Tucson killed in Jordan attack

A Tucson soldier was among the members of a U.S. Army Special Forces team who were killed Friday in an attack on a convoy in Jordan. Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, was one of three Airborne soldiers killed as they entered a military base in Jafr.... Read more»

Phil Chess, founder of storied blues record label, dies in Tucson at 95

The man who distributed such ground-breaking classics as "Roll Over Beethoven," "I'm a Man" and "Smokestack Lightning" died at his Tucson home Wednesday. Phil Chess, who brought the world Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James and other blue and R&B stars who paved the way for rock'n'roll, was 95.... Read more»

RIP, a fine news hound: Abigail, 2003-2016

Who's a good dog? Abigail. The Sentinel news team lost its most faithful and loyal worker Tuesday, as Abigail Lee Corgidog Smith slowly fell asleep in the arms of her master. She was 13. ... Read more»2

Sheriff's Chief of Staff Bradley Gagnepain dead at 59

Bradley Gagnepain, a longtime employee of the Pima County Sheriff's Department and the chief of staff for Sheriff Chris Nanos, died Sunday night. He began his career in 1978 as a reserve deputy, rising to bureau chief and then retiring in 2014. He returned to PCSD as an advisor.... Read more»

RIP to the Greatest: Muhammad Ali dead at 74

Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxer and civil rights icon who proclaimed himself "The Greatest of All Time," died Friday after spending days in a Phoenix-area hospital. The 74-year-old Ali had been public about his Parkinson's disease for years. Although the brash and fleet-footed fighter had trembled for years, Ali never lost his deep dignity and ability to command a crowd.... Read more»1

Obituary: Christina Charlotte Duncan

Christina Charlotte Duncan, 73, of Vail, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016. As a child, Chris idolized Hopalong Cassidy. When asked if she had a crush on him, she replied, "No! I wanted to BE him!" For the last 15 years, she got her wish, in a way, by having a home in the mountains with horses. ... Read more»

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