Robert William McGaughey Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Robert William McGaughey, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University. Robert McGaughey, known to family and friends as Bob, died peacefully at home on July 29, 2022, ending his twelve-year journey with lung cancer. He was 80 years old. Bob was born to Milford William McGaughey and Ruth Chase McGaughey on September 21, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When Bob was seven, his family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he attended Longfellow Grade School, Washington High School, and Augustana College (now Augustana University.) After completing graduated from Augustana, Bob completed his M.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado under the mentorship of Joseph C. Daniel and his Ph.D. at Worcester Foundation and Boston University under the mentorship of MC Chang . Bob then went to England and worked at the ARC Unit for Reproduction and Biochemistry in Cambridge, England with Chris Polge and Ian Wilmot. Upon his return to the United States in 1970, he completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado. In the fall of 1971, Bob accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Zoology at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, where he taught, received grants, researched, published articles and book chapters, mentored students, and served the zoology department and the university. on many committees until his retirement in 2004. During his years of study and research, Bob worked with eggs and embryos of many mammalian species. This experience was crucial to his work as a consulting embryologist. In 1984, Bob began consulting as a laboratory director and embryologist for the Arizona Center for Fertility Studies established by Jay S. Nemiro, MD. Over their long and successful association, Jay and Bob have helped many couples realize their dream of having children. By the time Jay and Bob retired from this job, many thousands of babies had been welcomed into loving families. In the fall of 2018, Bob was recognized by Augustana University as a Distinguished Alumnus for his contributions to reproductive science and his pioneering work in the field of assisted reproductive technologies. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Mel and Ruth McGaughey. He is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-three years, Barbara, his beloved son, Matthew and stepdaughter Raya, brothers Richard (Loree Ann), Ronald (Mary Jane) and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at ASU Research Park, 7290 South Price Road, Tempe. In lieu of flowers, Bob asks you to consider donating to a cause or charity close to your heart. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Posted on September 14, 2022

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Memorial service

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at ASU Research Park, 7290 South Price Road, Tempe.