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Roy Emrick Obituary

Arizona says good-bye to Roy Emrick, October 13, 2019, a pioneer environmentalist, well known physicist and beloved father and husband. A native of Ohio, Roy earned his BS at Cornell University and PhD at University of Illinois, both in physics. He moved to Tucson in 1959 to join the University of Arizona Department of Physics as part of its expanding faculty, serving for 37 years. Roy was also well known as one of Arizona's pioneers in the environmental protection movement, establishing with friends Arizonans for Water Without Waste (AWWW), later Arizonans for a Quality Environment. Roy was also a longtime member of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, serving for many years as treasurer. In addition, Roy was past president of the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. An avid hiker, backpacker and nature lover, Roy spent 40 years exploring the sky island mountain ranges of southeast Arizona as well as the canyonlands of northern Arizona and southern Utah. A longtime member of the Southern Arizona Hiking Club, Roy spent many a Sunday night driving home from distant hikes before teaching Monday morning classes. But the Grand Canyon held a special attraction and Roy logged many hundreds of miles on its trails and spent many nights below its rim, even completing two rim-to-rim-to-rim hikes in his fifties.

Roy is survived by Frances, his wife of 27 years. He is also survived by his three children, Steven Emrick and his wife, Liz; Gail Emrick and her children, Jean Marie, Montgomery and Sebastian; Ellen Emrick Taylor, her husband, Mark and their three children, Olivia, Julia and Sophia; and Jean Emrick, the mother of his children.

Roy will be remembered for his kindness and generosity having served on many boards and for many causes. Among these were the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the UA and causes of social justice including the Sanctuary movement. Roy donated time and financial resources that served vulnerable people, without wanting or claiming recognition. His loss will be greatly felt to all those who loved, knew and worked with him. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27, 2019
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