Dr. Ron Purcell may not be a name young guitarists are familiar with, but everyone is familiar with his work. Most notably, Purcell was one of the folks responsible for the Guitar Foundation of America’s inception and he founded the guitar department at California State University Northridge. Purcell was also the director of the International Guitar Research Archive, wrote two books, regularly contributed to Soundboard and other guitar publications, and published numerous performance editions.
Steve Thachuk, one of Purcell’s personal friends, wrote a memorial piece about him on his blog.
Update: The GFA has a piece on Dr. Purcelle that includes dates/times for services.