Jack August, reknowned Arizona historian, died on January 20 at age 63. He was Director of Institutional Advancement at the Arizona Capitol Museum in the State Library and former Executive Director for the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest and the Arizona Historical Foundation. Best known for his many books on leading historical figures in Arizona’s history, August inspired the water community with his knowledge of water politics, as displayed in his 1999 book Vision in the Desert: Carl Hayden and Hydropolitics in the American Southwest, which received a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) on Saturday, January 28, at 2 p.m. Following the service, a remembrance reception will be held at Chambers restaurant and pub (705 N. First Street).