Her Life


Gaye Lona Gould, our beautiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away at the age of 60 years on September 5, 2020.

Gaye was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 14, 1960 to Linda Ringel Gould and Philip Gould. She graduated a year early from Paramus High School, class of 1977, in the town where she grew up.

From high school, Gaye went off to Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where she graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 1981. Gaye worked her way through college waiting tables around campus. She served as President of the ASU Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, was a Sigma Delta Chi journalism award winner, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

After a few years as a journalist at The Phoenix Gazette, she entered the College of Law at Arizona State University, again graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1986. She was a member of the Student Bar Association, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and was on Law Review.  She was elected to the Order of the Coif (top 10% of graduating class) and received the American Jurisprudence Award for having the highest grade and rank for Contracts I. During law school she completed a summer internship in San Francisco at the United States Court of Appeals. Upon graduating she completed a one year clerkship at the Arizona Supreme Court and then joined the firm Sacks Tierney as an associate. She worked at Sacks Tierney for most of the remainder of her legal career with some time away.

While at law school, Gaye met her future husband, Peter Hogan, who dropped out of law school after several months. They started dating after Gaye’s graduation and fell in love. Peter went on to medical school in Philadelphia, where Gaye finally joined him after being convinced he wouldn’t be dropping out . . . again. When the Philadelphia law firm she had joined disbanded, they returned to Tucson, Arizona, where they lived for another year, while Peter completed his second year at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Theyreturned to Phoenix for the remaining two years of medical school, followed by Peter’s residency.

In 1992, Gaye and Peter were married by a Justice of the Peace over a lunch break, during which time Peter was completing his residency. Subsequently, Peter took a position with the Navajo Health Foundation Hospital in the Navajo Nation in Ganado, Arizona. Gaye adored the friends, social life, and outdoor adventures in this isolated community. She also contributed her legal expertise, including writing grants for the hospital and medical center. Gaye also devoted much of her time to helping stray cats around the compound to find homes. She was affectionately known as “the cat lady”. When they finally left Ganado after two years, they took along two, much loved, adopted cats, Sherman and Gray Boy. They also took home a lovely baby girl, Berit Shea Gould Hogan, who was only three months old at the time they left (born the summer of 1998).

After a year in Wickenburg, Arizona, Gaye, Berit, and Peter returned to Phoenix for good. Gaye returned to Sacks Tierney, where she remained for another twenty years. She volunteered a tremendous amount of time as a board member of the Heritage Heights community, a community of friends and neighbors that she loved, and where she lived for 20 years. Among many contributions, she managed the architectural committee, landscape maintenance, and spent innumerable hours advising the board on legal issues. The couple shared a love for travel, vacationing with Gaye’s family, hiking, camping, kayaking, and bird watching. In 2018 they traveled to Africa for several weeks in search of birds and big cats. Gaye personally arranged their itinerary, in part to ensure she would fulfill her lifelong dream of seeing the big cats, particularly leopards. The following year, they went to Peru on a seventeen-day birding adventure which took them from Lima, over the Andes, and by motorized canoe down the Dios de Madre River into the Amazon Basin.

At the time of Gaye’s passing, they shared their home with four rescue cats and their two seventeen year old desert tortoises that they had raised from the quarter-sized babies they had adopted. They loved being with friends and going to restaurants, concerts, museums, and movies. Gaye is survived by her husband of 28 years, her devoted and loving 22 year old daughter, Berit Shea Gould Hogan, her parents Linda and Philip Gould of Paramus, New Jersey, her brother Mark Gould and his wife Meg Gould of Weehawken, New Jersey, and her niece Margeaux Emma Gould. Gaye will be missed by all of her relatives, friends, and colleagues. Gaye had many close friends over the years, from childhood on, and was committed to maintaining many of those friendships through the years.

This is, of course, only a cursory glance at a wonderful life. All friends and family are invited to submit recollections, including how they met or were touched by Gaye, along with any photographs, anecdotes, or stories to fill out the record of her remarkable journey.

In lieu of flowers and cards, please consider a contribution or remembrance to one of many organizations that Gaye supported or one of your favorites.

Gaye contributed significantly to the following three charities:
- Raising Special Kids, State of Arizona Charitable Campaign
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service
- Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Gaye also supported:
- The Phoenix Symphony
- The Phoenix Art Museum

- Sierra Club (Gaye recently received a thirty year Certificate of Appreciation)
- National Audubon Society
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Southern Poverty Law Center

Heritage Heights Street Sign

A street sign was placed in the Heritage Heights community in remembrance of Gaye and as a thank you for the work she put into the HOA Board for many years.

A Message From Sacks Tierney

A message from Sacks Tierney, the law firm Gaye worked at for the majority of her career.

A Message From The HOA Board

A message from the Heritage Heights HOA Board.
(From Trestle Management Group on behalf of the Heritage Heights Home Owners Association)