[eDebate] Pfau Obituary

Timothy O'Donnell todonnel
Mon Mar 16 18:29:14 CDT 2009

For distribution to the NDT/CEDA community,

Daniel Cronn-Mills
AFA, President



Michael Walton Pfau (3/14/45-3/12/09) died in Norman, OK after a brief illness. Michael's life and career expressed his passion for research, argumentation and teaching. After graduating from Bloomington HS, he served in the US Air Force, earned his BA and MA from the University of New Hampshire, and later obtained his PhD from the University of Arizona. Dr. Pfau impacted the lives of countless students -- especially those he worked with at Alexander Ramsey HS in Roseville, MN (71-75); Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD (75-93); the University of Wisconsin in Madison (93-01); the University of Oklahoma (01-09); and a multitude of debate institutes and tournaments. Wherever he taught, he channeled his unflagging energy to motivate and inspire students to reach their goals. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ginger Nelson Pfau; son, Michael (Amanda) and grandchildren, Anika and Callan; daughter, Julie Pfau; sisters Shirlene Merrill and Kelly Kuehn, as well as a multitude of beloved family members, friends, academic colleagues, and former students. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Vivian Pfau. Visitation at Morris Nilsen Chapel (612-869-3226), March 17, 6-8 pm. Services at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 8443 2nd Ave S, Bloomington, MN, March 18, 11 am. Burial at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Local arrangements with Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma. So that he will still open doors for students even after his death, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Oklahoma Foundation (100 Timberdell Rd, Norman, OK 73019) for the Michael Pfau Scholarship Fund. Send condolences online at http://www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.htm

Timothy M. O'Donnell
Director of Debate and Associate Professor of Speech
University of Mary Washington
1201 William St., #25
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
todonnel at umw.edu
(540) 654-1252 (office)
(540) 654-1569 (fax)

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