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.

2020

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.