This page honors members of the NAFSA community who have passed during the last year. NAFSA is saddened by the loss of these individuals and is grateful for the many contributions they made to the association and the field of international education. They will be missed.

2021

Kasey Janelle McCarthy

Kasey Janelle McCarthy passed away on April 4, 2021. In addition to her work as an international student adviser at GIA, Kasey was active in several professional organizations, including NAFSA: Association of International Educators and PIER. NAFSA is grateful for her many contributions to the the association and the field of international education.

Erika Marie Rohrbach

Erika Rohrback passed on January 31, 2021. As a member of NAFSA since 1997, Erika received honors, including the Leadership Award and the James O’Driscoll Distinguished Service Award for “outstanding service and leadership to NAFSA Region X,” both in 2009. She also became Region X chair in 2010, and diversity adviser of the Member Engagement Committee from 2012. NAFSA is grateful for her many contributions to the association and the field of international education.

2020

Geoffrey Ellsworth Gee

Geoffrey Ellsworth Gee passed away on December 28, 2020. In addition to his work as the director of Penn Abroad at the University of Pennsylvania, Gee was active in several professional organizations, including NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad, of which he was a founding member. NAFSA is grateful for his many contributions to the field of international education and the association.

Edward Devlin

Edward Devlin passed away July 12. In addition to his role as the Director of International Student Programs at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Devlin was a NAFSA leader and helped create national standards for international student recruitment. Over the years, Devlin was a pioneer in setting the standards for the ethical recruitment of international students. NAFSA is grateful for his many contributions to the association and the field of international education.

Robert B. Kaplan

Robert (Bob) B. Kaplan passed away in Port Angeles, WA, on February 8, 2020, surrounded by family members. In addition to his work as emeritus professor of applied linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California, Kaplan also served as president and chair of NAFSA's Board of Directors from 1983 through 1984. He was a recipient of the association's Life Membership Award and served on the advisory board for International Educator magazine. NAFSA is grateful for Kaplan’s many contributions to the association and the field of international education.

2019

Margaret (Peggy) Pusch

Margaret (Peggy) Pusch passed away on December 22, 2019. In addition to her work as president and executive director of SIETAR USA, Pusch also served as president of NAFSA’s Board of Directors and was a member of the New Century Circle. Pusch was also the cofounder and editor of the Intercultural Press. NAFSA is grateful for Pusch’s many contributions to the intercultural field and the association.

Ken Rogers

Ken Rogers passed away on December 6, 2019. In addition to his work as the associate dean of international services and programs at Indiana University for 25 years, Rogers also served as NAFSA’s vice president for regional affairs and was a member of the New Century Circle. In 1999, he received the International Education Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA in Honor of Homer Higbee. NAFSA is grateful for Rogers’s many contributions to the association and the field of international education.

Arlene Jackson

Arlene Jackson passed away on August 15, 2019. She served as the director for international education at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Jackson served as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors from 2014-2016. Her contributions and dedication to the community of international education were extraordinary.