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Richard Anthony “Dick” Kurz, 79, of Tucson, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 21, 2023. Read more»

Paul Durham, a former member of the City Council and known for his integrity and environmental advocacy, died Wednesday in Tucson at 67. Read more»

Pelé in a wheelchair in 2018 at the unveiling of his statue in Rio de Janeiro

My old biology teacher and soccer coach said that what Darwin was to biology, Pelé was to soccer. It’s hard to imagine how the game would have evolved had he not played. Read more»

Richard Shelton

Richard Shelton, a famed author and poet who helped further Tucson's burgeoning literary scene and spent decades teaching Arizona prisoners how to express themselves through writing, died last week at the age of 89. Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe at a 2010 think-tank discussion on 'Avoiding a Government Debt Crisis.'

On a December night in 2006, I did an exit interview with Jim Kolbe. I knew he was smart. I didn't yet realize he was brilliant. He saw how the pieces fit together, and his intellect explained how he could be a total pain. Read more»

Kolbe in 2017.

Jim Kolbe, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served Tucson and Southern Arizona from 1985 to 2007, died Saturday at the age of 80. Read more»

Flowers form an informal memorial to Meixner on Thursday, outside the campus building in which he was shot and killed.

The University of Arizona and Tucson community are mourning the death of Prof. Thomas Meixner, who worked to educate the next generation of water researchers and make our world's most precious resource safer for all. A candlelight vigil is set for Friday night. Read more»

The healthy young black dog cast one last longing look back at the house in Ajo, the apartment in Tucson, and the people he loves and whispered, "I love you. I'll be waiting, but take your time." Rest in peace, Nighteyes. Read more»

Van with Sarah Hamilton

Van Christian has shuffled off this mortal coil, but is somehow going to live forever anyway. The frontman for desert rockers Naked Prey died Tuesday, a day after his 62nd birthday, and every firework the preceding evening really was, somehow, for Van. Read more»

Shirley Anne Boudreau Leavitt was born in 1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts, and died June 22 in Tucson, Arizona. Read more»

Al Foul has left the building

Al Foul has left the building. Long live Al Foul. Read more»

Joel Valdez in an undated photo.

Joel Valdez was pretty much the template of a strong and effective city manager and public-sector honcho — one the longtime city of Tucson and University of Arizona bureaucrat created by following a few habits noticed by his contemporaries. Read more» 1

Joel Valdez in an undated photo.

Joel D. Valdez, whose name graces the Main Library in Downtown Tucson, was the city manager of his hometown for 16 years, and then a University of Arizona vice president for two decades. Valdez, "the definition of a civil servant," died Wednesday at age 87. Read more»

Julie plays bass while Mario plays a rainbow

In which your humble narrator puts aside the usual clever puns and esoteric bits of rock trivia and tells you about the person she got the chance to love: Mario Cordova. Read more»

Teresa Lorraine Beggy passed away peacefully on Feb. 27, 2022 with family at her side. Terry was born Dec. 3, 1930 in Denison, Texas, and devoted her life to her five children and her husband Charlie, providing a nurturing and supportive home. Read more»

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