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William Raymond Noyes Bill to his friends, passed away quietly on December 20, 2012 surrounded by his wife, dog and dear friends after years of battling Lymphoma and Leukemia. He loved life, the beauty of Arizona, and his Snedco extended family. He had a passion for the University of Arizona from academics to athletics. He was a lifelong learner with a wide range of interests and strove for excellence in everything he did. He was born to Raymond Noyes and Florence Osthoff on February 6, 1941, in Greeley, Colorado. He established lifetime friendships from John Borrows Junior High School and Los Angeles High School. He graduated from Stanford University in 1962 and married the love of his life, Ginny, on December 20, 1964, 48 years to the day. After graduating from UCLA in 1968 with a Ph.D, he took his first job at the University of Arizona as Assistant Professor of History. In 1971 Bill joined the Administration and over the next 21 years held a wide range of administrative responsibilities including summer session, International programs, the news bureau, KUAT, University of Arizona Press, Center for English as a Second Language, The Guadalajara Summer School, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Extended University, Breakfast Academy, and U of A South Sierra Vista Campus. He hosted Multiversatility TV show for 11 years to introduce faculty to the community. He retired in 1994 as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Lecturer Emeritus to pursue another dream. He established Magellan University to bring education to anyone anywhere there was internet. He was ahead of his time, but he broke the barriers that led to what you see today in on line education. His other interests were golf and sailing. In 1994 he purchased their first boat and learned to sail and enjoyed it for nearly 20 years. He had a home in the White Mountains and played golf nearly every day in the summers. On his last round in October he had his first hole in one. He was a member of the President's Club at both U of A and Stanford. And was one of the longest standing members of the Graduate Club in Tucson. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Please call the family for further details. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012
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