CINCINNATI, Ohio – Guy C Van Orden, 59, died Friday, May 11, 2012 at his home in Cincinnati where he lost his valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Guy was born Oct. 6, 1952 in Blackfoot, the son of Cyril E and Nola Rae Wheeler Van Orden. He was the oldest of six children.
Guy grew up in Riverside and attended Moreland and Riverside Elementary, Snake River Junior High and Snake River High School.
His family moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1968, where Guy attended and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1970.
Guy loved education and the challenges that came with it. He received his B.S. of Psychology, with honors, from the University of Oregon (1979) and his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California at San Diego (1984). He served as a professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University (1987-2005) and in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati (2005-2012). During part of this time, he was also the Program Director for Perception, Action & Cognition at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va.; he was a visiting professor in the Department of Psychonomics at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; he was on the Advisory Panel of Experts, for Social Sciences and the Humanities, Commission of the European Communities Seventh Framework Programme, in Brussels, Belgium; and he was the Director of the Center of Cognition, Action & Perception at the University of Cincinnati (CAP) and Director of Research in its Department of Psychology.
Guy was a world-renowned scientist, respected internationally for his research and vast library of publications, and he was sought out as a speaker and expert in his field.
While education was a big part of his life, Guy also enjoyed music, art, photography, shopping and traveling the world. He was always game for a new adventure.
He and his wife, Heidi, recently renovated an historic house in Clifton, Ohio, where he was able to design, decorate and landscape to his heart’s content.
Guy loved spending time with family and friends and had a talent for making anyone feel important and valued. He was admired by people throughout the world and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Heidi Kloos Van Orden and her children, Nikolaj and Tanaja; his father, Cyril Van Orden, Blackfoot,and his siblings: Lynnette Van Orden Moore, Woodland, Hills Calif.; Paulette Van Orden (Bevan Bryan), Franktown, Colo.; Kelley Van Orden Dalley (Lane), Blackfoot; Kent C Van Orden (Darady), Ammon; Claudia Van Orden, Aurora, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nola Rae Van Orden and brother-in-law, Michael Moore.
There will be a casual memorial gathering at the home of Lane and Kelley Dalley, in Riverside on Saturday, May 26, between noon and 2 p.m.
There will be a second memorial for family, friends and colleagues at Guy and Heidi’s home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 30, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UC Psychology Department in his memory.
For donations: https://webapps.uc.edu/foundation/gift/gift.aspx 
select: one time gift, and then select: McMicken College of A&S as the designation of your gift. In the textbox provided, simply state that the donation is in memory of Prof. Guy Van Orden.
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