Mr. Zales was an avid reader and writer. He taught Russian and American literature at the University of Arizona Osher Lifelong Learning Institute with his stepfather, Kenneth Greenfield.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth Zales of Tucson; sister, Melissa (Tim) Zales Koller of Weston, Connecticut; and three nieces.
Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon of Congregation Beit Simcha officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Repertory Theatre in the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television. Mail contributions to the College of Fine Arts Development Office, P.O. Box 210004, Room 113, Tucson, AZ 85721-0004, or call 621-9057.