Music faculty Sandra Belden passed away July 1

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

UAA instructor of voice Sandra "Mickey" Belden, one of UAA's longest serving and most dedicated faculty members, passed away after a short but courageous battle with brain cancer on July 1.

A long time, dedicated member of our university community, Mickey taught at the Anchorage Community College and at the University of Alaska Anchorage after the merger.

"Among her many qualities, Mickey possessed a quick wit and the ability to view even the most challenging situations in a positive light, such as her final courageous battle with cancer," said Dr. Timothy Smith, chair of the UAA Music Department. "She always saw that she had time in her busy schedule to share a contemplative thought or helpful suggestion for anyone. When she laughed, she was always laughing with you. We will miss her," Smith added.

In addition to her work at UAA, Mickey was also active in the Anchorage music scene for the past 30 years. She was passionate about music, the arts and education and was past president of the Anchorage Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Mickey's husband, Dr. George Belden -- associate professor in the UAA Music Department, their sons and extended family.

A memorial service to honor Mickey's life was held on Sunday, July 5, at the UAA Fine Arts Building. A memorial scholarship at UAA will be established in her name in the near future. We, at UAA are privileged to have benefited from the talent and dedication of Mickey Belden.

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