By Amy Schweigert
Arizona Daily Wildcat May 8, 1996
University of Arizona football tight end Damon Terrell died on the evening of Sept. 7. He was 21 years old.
Terrell, a 6-foot-3, 246 pound senior, spent about a month at the University Medical Center before his death. He was initially taken to the hospital on Aug. 10 after he collapsed during a conditioning run.
At the hospital, he was diagnosed with dehydration and exertional rhabdomyolysis, a disease that entails the breakdown of skeletal muscle. Terrell's spleen was also ruptured.
Exertional rhabdomyolysis is a rapid-spreading disease produced in susceptible people by strenuous exercise. It is potentially fatal.
An air bubble blocking the blood flow to his heart was the "terminal event" that ended his life, an autopsy report revealed on Sept. 22.
Heather Ann Dowd was killed Oct. 9 in a three-car accident near the southeast corner of campus.
Dowd, 21, was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Argentina and New York.
The anthropology senior was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at North Campbell Avenue and East Sixth Street, said a Tucson Police Department detective.
Dowd and Thomas W. Doyle, sociology senior, were traveling west across the intersection in a Honda Accord when they were struck by a southbound Chevrolet Camaro that ran a red light.
John L. Payne Jr., graduate student, fell to his death on Oct. 29 while climbing in the Dragoon Mountains near Bisbee.
Payne, 27, master of fine arts student with an emphasis in poetry, fell more than 300 feet, according to a press release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Department. He was attempting to rappel down the route named "What's My Line" at the Cochise dome wi th friends Bruce MacKenzie, 25, and Marcus Plassman, 36, Plassman said.
Carol Capas, public information officer for the Cochise County Sheriff's Department, said it appeared there was a technical failure with the line or the equipment.
Payne was in the final stages of his graduate program.
Professor of English Steve Orlen said Payne came from a working-class family in Illinois and was paying for school by working as a bartender.
"He was a good person, into writing and literature. He liked Arizona and the mountains," said Payne's father, John Payne Sr., in a telephone interview in October from his home in Decatur, Ill.
Christopher Ruhle was killed Feb. 16 in Northern California after being hit head-on by a driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
Ruhle, a 22-year-old UA media arts senior, was in San Luis Obispo, Calif., visiting friends and family for Valentine's Day.
He was driving to his girlfriend's home at the time of the collision.
"It was a terrible accident," said Ruhle's father, Roger Ruhle.
"My son was killed innocently. I'll miss him a lot," he said.
Ruhle would have graduated on Saturday and had been looking forward to returning to California to work for the television show "Extra," his father said.
The following was compiled from funeral notices:
Michael Derrel Stout, 52, died while recovering from triple-bypass surgery at the Veteran's Hospital on Jan 6.
Stout, a graduate student at the UA's College of Education, was working toward a doctorate in special education.
He served for four years as an airman at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
After his military service, he worked for financial institutions for about 20 years, including Arizona Bank, Tucson Home Federal Savings and Interwest Bank.
Stout held a master of arts degree in education from the UA.
Charles Ernest Abernethy died at the Tucson VA Medical Center on Feb. 14. He was 36.
Abernethy was working toward a doctorate in computer engineering at the UA at the time of his death.
He held a bachelor of science from New Mexico State and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the UA.
Abernethy also held the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reactor Program.
He was cremated and buried in Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.
Daniel Sean McCarthy, graduate student, died Feb. 18.
McCarthy, 34, had earned a bachelor's degree from the UA. He was working toward a master's degree in teacher's education when he died.
While attending the UA, he taught at University High School and mentored the school's Academic Decathlon Team.
The following was obtained from the UA Dean of Students Office and from information that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star.
Henry Hufford, graduate student, died of complications relating to AIDS on June 14. He was 46.
In 1970, Hufford graduated from Yale University. He then attended the UA College of Law. After many years of working as an attorney, he returned to the UA and began working toward a doctoral degree in anthropology.
In 1994, Hufford served as vice-president of the People With AIDS Coalition of Tucson.
Hufford was buried in Reading, Pa.
The following names were provided by the UA Dean of Students' Office. No further information was available:
- Meteb Mohsen Al-Mutairi, a UA College of Engineering and Mines, chemical engineering junior, died July 10.
Mariam Jalaluddin, a UA College of Business and Public Administration, management and information systems senior, died July 20.
Jiazhen Hu, language, reading and culture graduate student, died Aug 21.
Scott A. Parker, civil engineering student, died Dec 23.
Gary Bernard Moore, dramatic theory senior, died Jan 1.
Kurt Fayer died this academic year. He was a newly admitted UA student from New Jersey.
The following faculty members passed away this year:
- James Ray Clay, mathematician, died Jan. 16 after collapsing while riding his bicycle.
Clay, a professor at the UA for 30 years, was 57 years old.
In 1992, he published Nearrings: Geneses and Applications, which won him international renown for his research.
University of Arizona philosophy professor Jean Hampton died April 2 as a result of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage suffered on March 29. She was 41.
She began teaching at the UA in 1991.
Hampton was on sabbatical in Paris with her husband, Richard Healey, also a UA philosophy professor, when she suffered the hemorrhage.
She earned a doctorate from Harvard in 1980. After graduating, she taught at universities in California and Pennsylvania. Hampton also wrote more than 40 articles on political philosophy.
The following names were provided by the UA Office of Personnel:
Bernard Dickstein, clinical lecturer in medicine, died of heart failure Oct. 25.
Bartholomew Nagy, geosciences professor, died Nov. 10.