Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1978 at Michigan State University, Ferlazzo became an active leader of the Northern Arizona University chapter for many years. At the national level, his service to Phi Kappa Phi included terms as Western regional vice president from 1995 to 2001, immediately followed by three-year terms as president-elect, president, and past president. He served as chair of the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee and a member of the Awards Council during the 2012-14 biennium.
At the close of his term as past president in 2010, Ferlazzo said, "It has been a great pleasure and privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of Phi Kappa Phi. Having the chance to visit many of our chapters and to meet with our outstanding faculty and student leaders has given me a very positive sense of the important contributions that Phi Kappa Phi makes to higher education. I look with optimism toward the future--to the growth of Phi Kappa Phi and its expanding role in promoting the life of the mind."
A professor emeritus of English at Northern Arizona University, Ferlazzo passed away on April 2. Many who served with him on the Society's board expressed great sadness when they learned of his passing, including two former Society leaders who followed in his footsteps.
"In the truest sense, Paul was both a gentleman and a scholar," said Robert B. Rogow (Society president 2007-10). He was a wonderful friend and leader who served Phi Kappa Phi well for many years in many capacities in his unassuming, humble and gifted way."
"I was touched by Paul's spirit and his service to Phi Kappa Phi," said William A. Bloodworm, Jr., (Society president 2010-12). "Very much a newcomer to the board in 2007, just as Paul began his role as past president, I learned much from him. He was a wise and kind man."
A native of New York City, Ferlazzo earned a BA. from Saint Francis College in 1966, an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, and a Ph.D. as a National Defense Fellow at the University of Oklahoma in 1970. He embarked on a career in academia that spanned four decades, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature, publishing regularly, and serving in administrative roles at Northern Arizona University.
Before joining the faculty of NAU in 1985, Ferlazzo taught at Michigan State University, Montana State University, and held a Fulbright Lectureship at the University of Bologna in Italy as well as exchange faculty positions in Germany and China. He earned distinguished teaching, research and service awards, and secured a three-year Ford Foundation Grant. As a scholar of American poetry, he wrote two books on poet Emily Dickinson and in 2012 released Poetry and the American Presidency, the first study to focus on the importance of poetry in the lives of 18 American presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Upon his retirement in 2010, he pursued his lifelong interest in art, taking classes at a local studio, community college, and NAU, and could be found on most days in his study working on a canvas.
He is survived by his wife, Carole, son Michael, four grandchildren, sister Frances, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved son John Paul Ferlazzo.
Philip F. Barret-communicator who could light up a room with his joyful presence and keen sense of humor. Receiving a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree from California State University-Long Beach, he served as teacher, counselor and administrator for more than 20 years for the Torrance Unified School District. Upon retirement, he entered into a partnership with his wife, Norma, and together they taught their own model of therapeutic intervention, competency-based brief hypnotic therapy. In March 2014, the couple received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Barretta taught medical hypnosis to colleagues from Sydney to Siberia and was on the faculty of several institutes in Europe, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He passed away on May 7 surrounded by family. Survivors include his wife, three children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
David Arthur Miller (Texas A&M University-chapter at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, passed away on May 21 after battling cancer for 12 years. Miller was board certified in internal and pulmonary medicine and a fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. He established a successful medical practice in the late 1970s and began teaching as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1989. He continued to teach after retiring from his medical practice and joined the faculty full time as an associate professor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2010. One of the first doctors in South Texas to work with AIDS patients, Miller taught HIV/AIDS care and prevention in the Coastal Bend community and was asked to present at countless national and international medical conferences, including the International AIDS Conference. A Phi Kappa Phi member since 1967, Miller received numerous honors and accolades. Most recently, he was presented the Excellence in Teaching Award by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Faculty Excellence. Miller's strong faith and quick sense of humor carried him through the last 12 years of his life, after his first cancer diagnosis in 2003. He is survived by children and grandchildren, and his wife of 39 years, Mary Ellen, who is also an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Jacquelyn Michelle Tooley (Berea College), 62, pursued her passion for promoting peace and social justice through teaching and activism. She taught in the religion department at Belmont University from 1995 to 2003 and at Berea College from 2003 to 2015, where she was the Eli Lilly Chair of Religion, associate professor of religion, and chair of the peace and social justice studies program. She served on the national boards of Bread for the World and Witness for Peace. Tooley educated students and the wider community about peace-building, migration and human rights by incorporating service-learning and collaborations with social change organizations into her courses and research. Her scholarly publications, including a book titled Voices of the Voiceless: Women, Justice, and Human Rights in Guatemala, focus on Christian ethics and the intersections of belief and social action, particularly through the experiences of marginalized people. A dedicated Phi Kappa Phi member, Tooley served her Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Berea as president-elected from 2012-13 and as president from 2013-14. She died on May 26 after a two-year struggle with melanoma. She is survived by three brothers and a sister and their families.
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|Title Annotation:||Paul Joseph Ferlazzo|
|Publication:||Phi Kappa Phi Forum|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2015|
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