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In Memoriam — Cecilia Teyechea Denogean Esquer

December 06, 2010

Cecilia Teyechea Denogean Esquer of Tempe, Arizona, passed away after battling the West Nile virus for 51 days on Saturday, December 4, 2010. She was surrounded in love by her husband and children. She was 68 years old. Born in Superior, Arizona on May 18, 1942, her family moved to Phoenix when she was in middle school. A graduate of Phoenix Union High School, Cecilia went on to earn three degrees from Arizona State University - a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education, a Master's Degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature, and a Juris Doctorate. Cecilia married Elias Y. Esquer in 1965, and they settled in Tempe the same year. Author of the recently published book "The Lie About My Inferiority, Evolution of a Chicana Activist," Cecilia worked to rid inequitable treatment of minorities and women, and raise awareness of the political strength young people hold. She was devoted to her family as well as her causes. Cecilia is survived by her husband Elías, her daughter Andrea and her son Marcos. She is also survived by her siblings Ray Denogean, Rudy Denogean, Connie Rojas, Irene Childress, Richard Denogean and Carmen Cook, and many nephews and nieces.  Cecilia spent many years as faculty at Phoenix College, where she chaired the Justice and Legal Studies Department.

A scholarship has been established in Cecilia's honor in collaboration with Los Abogados to benefit students studying Paralegal Studies at Phoenix College.  Contributions may be made in any of the following ways:

  • Online:  Click here to be directed to the Phoenix College portal of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.
  • Call:  Frank Luna at (602) 285-7667 or Barbara Stratton at (602) 285-7337.
  • Visit:  The Phoenix College Office of Alumni & Development, Room OSE-106, at 10th Avenue & Osborn.
  • Mail:  Download, print and complete the contribution form and mail it to the following address with your donation to:  Phoenix College Office of Alumni & Development, 1202 W. Thomas, Phoenix, AZ 85013. 

Forms of payment accepted are check or money order made payable to the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, VISA/Debit, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  Please consult your tax advisor for additional information.  Your gift will be restricted to the Cecilia Esquer-Los Abogados Scholarship at Phoenix College.  The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation which accepts and manages gifts on behalf of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, including Phoenix College.