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Wendy Whitacre

Posted 2007-11-18 by Tucson Newspapers
Wendy S. Whitacre - Our beautiful Wendy is now at peace.

She is survived by her son, Taylor Reed Boswell Whitacre; her mother, Suan Whitacre (Fred Shefte); her sisters, Robin Whitacre (Bill Williams) and Jill Rhodes (Rick); and her two nieces, Jessica and Rebecca Rhodes.

Born in Tucson on October 6, 1953, she passed away September 28, 2007.

Wendy was a graduate of St. Michaels Parish Day School and Rincon High School. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in Higher Education with Specialization in Second Language Acquisition. She was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Center for English Language Department (CESL) at the University of Arizona. She loved to teach and held many teaching positions including Reading and English at Mammoth/San Manuel School District in San Manuel, Language at St. Michael's Middle School in Tucson.

From 1994-1998 she was an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba University in Japan and from 1998 to 2000 an Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Education at Utsunomiya University also in Japan. She studied Japanese, French and Spanish and had numerous papers published. Wendy received an Excellence in Service to CESL Award in 2006, for doing the job she truly loved. Her most cherished role in life was being a mother to her son, Taylor.

She touched so many lives, and will be greatly missed by the many people who loved her. An educational fund at the UofA's Center for English as a Second Language will be set up to celebrate her life.

For donation information, please send an email to Also donations in her name may be given to the Primerva Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

A private memorial service will be held for the family.

Published in the Tucson Newspapers on 11/2/2007.

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