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Gene H. Dippel, emeritus associate vice president of information and telecommunication services, died Dec. 29, 2009, from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old. A native Texan, Dippel taught data processing for two years at Texas A&M University before joining Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. as a manager of corporate systems. He co-authored the 1969 college textbook “Information Systems: The Evaluation and Analysis of Data.” In 1970, Dippel moved further west, joining Cal State Fullerton as the automatic data processing manager — a new position described as “planning, organizing, directing and coordinating campus automatic data processing services, which are provided for the instruction of students and for faculty and administrative activities,” by Miles D. McCarthy, then-vice president for academic affairs. As Dippel's responsibilities grew with the new technology, his titles changed: director of information services and coordinator of information services technology in 1982 and associate vice president for information and telecommunications services in 1989. In 1994, Dippel was involved with the construction of a new telecommunications infrastructure upgrade featuring the installation of a fiber optic communications network throughout the campus. He retired in 1998 after being named acting chief information/technology officer in 1996. Dippel is survived by his partner, Ray L. Cochran.

Dorothea Kenny, emerita professor of English and comparative literature, died Nov. 19, 2009, in Taupo, New Zealand. The veteran educator served on the campus for 23 years and was credited with creating and sponsoring two campus organizations: the Poetry and Celtic societies, which included not only students but alumni and community members. Kenny joined the campus after serving as an assistant professor at Cal State Los Angeles and as a teacher in Venezuela, London and Madrid. She earned her doctorate at UCLA. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Duckworth.

Harry R. Gianneschi, former vice president for advancement, died Oct. 15 after a long battle with ALS. He was 65 years old. Gianneschi served the university for 10 years during which the university enjoyed nine consecutive years of fundraising growth; developed the Front & Center and Vision & Visionaries events; saw the renovations of the George G. Golleher Alumni House and El Dorado Ranch; expansion of Goodwin Baseball and softball fields; and the establishment of the University Advancement Foundation, It's Our University Faculty/staff campaign and Guardian Scholars program. Gianneschi is survived by his wife, Pat, and his two sons Matt and Brad. Private family services will be held in November in Florida, where Harry and Pat had moved after he retired.  

Robert B. McLaren, emeritus professor of child and adolescent studies, died Oct. 9 after a yearlong battle with Myasthenia Gravis. He was 85. One of the first faculty members in child development, McLaren was a co-founder of the Department of Religious Studies — now known as comparative religion. During his 30 years of service, he established campus chapters of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Freshman Honor Society of Phi Eta Sigma. He also founded, coordinated and chaired the Faculty Lyceum for seven years. McLaren is survived by his sons, Craig and Kirk, and daughter, Christina Tardiff.

Elmer L. Johnson, emeritus professor of physical education, died Oct. 22, 2009, at age 95. The veteran educator started his career as a high school instructor then became an instructor at Moorhead State Teachers College in Minnesota, before becoming a gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, Johnson became director of physical education for Faribault Public Schools in Minnesota, joined Whittier College in 1947 where he served until 1964, when he joined Cal State Fullerton as its director of athletics and chair of the physical education department. He taught on campus until 1980. Johnson served as chief archivist for the U.S. Volleyball Association from 1982-1990 and was honored by the association in 1999 with its Merton H. Kennedy-Elmer L. Johnson Heritage Award. The award, named in his honor, recognized significant contributions in the planning, collection, storage, retrieval and management of volleyball archives.

Ronald J. Crowley, emeritus professor of physics, died Nov. 7 following complications that resulted from a bicycle accident. He was 72. Crowley joined the campus community as an assistant professor of physics for the 1965-66 academic year and served for 25 years, retiring in 1990. He was noted for his work in science education, “including hosting science fairs at shopping malls and elementary schools. Your colleagues have attributed this effort as being instrumental in attracting more young people to careers in science,” said then-President Jewel Plummer Cobb in the letter awarding Crowley emeritus status. Although his research specialty was in astrophysics, Crowley became known for his expertise in the pseudosciences, specifically for his critical analysis of the field. For many years he taught “Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science” a course for nonscience majors that focused on how sound logic and scientific methods often are disregarded. Crowley earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in physics from University of Southern California. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Sean; and daughter, Colleen.

John Connor, supervising electrician in physical plant, died Oct. 18 of a heart attack. He was 61 years old. The Vietnam veteran joined the campus in February 1980 as an electrician I and moved up the the ranks to acting and then permanent supervising electrician in 1995. He also served as a representative of the State Employees Trade Council - United serving as Unit 6 business manager at the time of his death. In 2005, Connor and fellow electrician Gordon McCray were recognized by Information Technology for their effort in adding extra wiring and electrical circuits to assist IT in adding new servers to the data center. Connor is survived by his sons Kevin and Michael.

Robert Rayfield, emeritus professor of communications, died Sept. 10 at the age of 80. Rayfield served the campus community for nearly a decade, bringing his 14 years of experience working in the public affairs division of the Air Force to the classroom. He served as faculty adviser for Phi Beta Delta and the Public Relations Student Society of American and oversaw the Communications Week Task Force for four years. He is survived by his wife, Ann, his seven children and five grandchildren.

Doris Killian, a former employee in the financial aid office, died Sept. 3, 2009. She was 74. Killian, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1991 from Cal State Fullerton, joined the university in 1982 after careers as a grade school teacher and a bookkeeper. She served the campus for 20 years. Killian is survived by her four children and their spouses, Patrick and Cathie Killian, Christopher and Julie Killian, Maureen and Javier Larios, Michael and Belinda Killian, and 12 grandchildren.

Frances Stoller, wife of the late David Stoller, emeritus professor of management science, died Aug. 26 at the age of 87. Frances, a Cal State Fullerton alumna with a 1973 bachelor's degree in sociology and a 1981 M.P.A., had served as a registrar in University Extended Education and was involved with the Fullerton Arboretum and Art Alliance.

John B. Sweeney, emeritus registrar, died Aug. 15 at the age of 90. A 26-year, decorated veteran of the Marine Corps — he retired as a colonel — Sweeney joined Cal State Fullerton in 1970 after serving as registrar at Cal State Los Angeles and director of community relations at Ohio Dominican College. He served on campus for 13 years, overseeing registration as well as keeping track of students’ scholastic status, preparation of academic records, grade reports and veterans’ certifications. He was a member of the American and Pacific associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as well as a city councilman and planning commission chair for the city of San Juan Capistrano. Sweeney earned a bachelor's degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a master's degree in psychology from Ohio State University. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

Shirley F. de Graaf, wife of CSUF founding faculty member Lawrence B. de Graaf, died Aug. 12, 2009 of cancer. Shirley was active in the early faculty wives' organization, as a transcriber for the Oral History Program and involved in the Heritage House in the Fullerton Arboretum. She is survived by her husband of 50 years; daughter and son-in-law, Laurel de Graaf-Garcia and Win Garcia; and grandaughter, Lily Kathryn Garcia. A memorial will be held from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Fullerton Arboretum.

Alice C. Kinoshita, former secretary in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, died July 2. She was 86. Kinoshita joined the university in 1967, first in Admissions and Records, then in HPER, where faculty members remember her baking cookies and brownies for department trainings and workshops. She retired in 1977, returning in 1981 to serve a year in the Office of the Dean of College of Health and Human Development. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, James; daughters Carolyn Dale of Garden Grove and Donna of Colorado; son, Paul of Fullerton; and sister Chiz Imoto.

Elaine Hutchinson, emerita administrative assistant in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, died July 8 at the age of 86. She served on campus for 30 years, retiring in 1991. She is survived by her daughter, Cathe Murphy; her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Debbie Hutchinson; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dorothy Thorsen; and grandchildren, Jamie (Jeremy) Butcher and Stephen Hutchinson. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Christ Lutheran Church, 820 Imperial Highway, Brea.

Cheryl Aranda, 45, assistant to the dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) since 2005, died at home June 27 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

She is survived by her four children, Michael, Sara, Rene and Nathan; her brother, David; and her parents, Al and Dorene.

Aranda graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1987 with a bachelor’s in communications. In 2003 she returned as a temporary employee in the Science Education Program, then was made assistant to the dean in 2004. In 2007, she was presented with the Titan Excellence Award for her superior contributions as a staff member.

“Cheryl quickly proved to be a steady and reliable fixture in the dean’s office,” said NSM Dean Steven Murray, “where she always exhibited a pleasant, quiet demeanor and highly professional attitude. Although she took great pride in her CSUF work, besides her family, Cheryl’s real love was music. She was a singer-songwriter who developed a following in her music arena and was a much sought after and highly popular lead singer. Despite her lengthy illness, Cheryl always came to the office with a smile on her face.”

A funeral-memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1345 Turnbull Canyon Road, Hacienda Heights.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Cheryl Aranda to the Virginia K. Crosson Cancer Center, St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, 2151 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 2200, Fullerton, CA 92835. Notes and cards can be sent to Cheryl’s home at 21241 Cottonwood Lane, Diamond Bar, CA 91789.

Bessie M. Rutemiller, emeritus librarian, died April 24 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Rutemiller served the university from 1966 to 1982 and worked as coordinator of pre-cataloguing services. Former co-workers remember her as a passionate Francophile who traveled often to France and learned to speak the language. Although a private person, Rutemiller had lots of interests and belonged to a walking group. Prior to joing Cal State Fullerton, she has been a librarian at the Cleveland Public Library and held a master's degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. She is survived by her husband, Herbert C. Rutemiller, emeritus professor of management science.

Marie Hoffman, 93, former director of personnel for Cal State Fullerton, died March 26. She served the campus from 1963-1973 and was author of three children's books.

Hans Leder, emeritus professor of anthropology, died Feb. 28. He was 82 years old. Leder joined the campus in 1965 as the second faculty member in the department and served in various capacities, including department chair, during his 27-year tenure. Leder and his wife, Judith Remy Leder, Business Writing, were both awarded emeritus status in 1992 but remained active, traveling to Lithuania to teach at Kaunas University of Technology in 1996. Leder earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology at Stanford University. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter and son-in law, Erika Leder and Bill Harris, and son and daughter-in-law, Nevin and Cathy Leder.

Richard H. Lindley, emeritus professor of psychology, died Feb. 28 at the age of 82. Lindley joined the campus in 1965 and served the university for 25 years. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Lindley taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Trinity University and Eastern Michigan University, where he was head of the psychology department for one year. He earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley. After retirement, he and his wife, Shirley, moved to Fort Collin, Co. He also is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Grant and Tricia Lindley of Santa Barbara; daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Dean Helzer of Fort Collins; and four grandchildren.

Albert W. Porter, emeritus professor of art, died Nov. 18. Porter joined the campus in 1971 and served 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Shirley.

Alex Omalev, who coached college basketball in the city of Fullerton for 23 seasons, died Nov. 10 at the age of 88. Omalev was the first coach of an intercollegiate sport at Cal State Fullerton, launching the program for the 1960-61 season and coaching through the 1971-72 season before retiring. He coached the previous 11 seasons at Fullerton College and brought much of his last Hornet team with him to CSUF, which in those early seasons played its home games in Hornet Gymnasium. Omalev compiled a 139-176 record with the Titans and no successor has won more games. Among his players were Neale Stoner, who would come back to CSF as director of athletics, and Bobby Dye, who would coach the Titans to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in a seven-year (1973-74 thru 1979-80) tenure as head coach. Omalev was a second-team All-American basketball player at USC and graduated in 1948. He played AAU ball and had a tryout with the Chicago team of the fledgling National Basketball Association before becoming a drama instructor at Fullerton College. There he was recruited to try his hand at coaching. Omalev was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Omalev is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty; sons Tom and Stephen; and five grandchildren. (Sports Information)

Chuck Schroeder, a former lecturer in finance, died Feb. 23, from pneumonia complicated by emphysema. A Ford Motor Co. executive who retired in 1992, Schroeder began teaching on campus in the mid-1990s and taught until three years ago. He continued his affiliation with the university, assisting with the Center for Insurance Studies Board of Directors and as one of three business faculty who worked with the first delegation to visit from Tianjin (China) University of Finance and Economics. Schroeder is survived by his former wife, two children, three grandsons, two brothers and their families.

Russell V. Benson, emeritus professor of mathematics, died Feb. 22 of a rare form of leukemia. He was 80. Benson joined the campus in 1965 as an associate professor and served for 18 years. A specialist in geometry, he authored “Euclidean Geometry and Convexity,” published in 1966 by McGraw Hill Book Co., and was a member of the Mathematics Association of America, American Mathematical Society and Orange County Math Association. In 1970, Benson served as a visiting lecturer to Orange County high schools under the sponsorship of the MAA-Southern California Section, and instituted a National Science Foundation-sponsored, 12-week summer institute in mathematics for educators from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern and Butte counties, as well as Oregon and New Mexico. Benson earned his doctorate at USC and had taught at Long Beach State, as well as Long Beach and Los Angeles City colleges. Benson also earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 54 years.


Mary A. Koehler, 87, emeritus executive assistant to the president and assistant professor of communications, died Oct. 31 following an extended illness. A Cal State Fullerton alumna who earned both her bachelor's and master's in communications, Koehler joined the university's teaching faculty in 1970 as an assistant professor of communications, and in 1973 was picked to serve as executive assistant to the president for L. Donald Shields.

She served as a member of the president's cabinet, as a member of the executive staff and University Advisory Board, represented the president in meetings with off-campus community groups and on several all-university committees. In 1971, Koehler became the founding editor/designer of the university magazine Continuum and served in that role until fall 1983, when publication ceased, due to buget constraints. She was a member of the university's 25th anniversary committee and in 1984, authored “Kaleidoscope 1959-84,” a 96-page, hardcover book about the university's first 25 years.

Four years later, Koehler retired and with her husband, Carl, moved to Cedar Rapids, where the couple were donors to several community organizations, including the city's History Center, which was named in their honor. Koehler continued to support the university, as well, contributing $50,000 to the President's Scholars program in 2001. It was one of the first gifts of that size received for the program, which she helped to launch. Carl Koehler preceeded his wife in death in 1996.

Frank L. Roberts, emeritus professor of marketing, died Oct. 1 at his home. He was 93. Roberts, who had been an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, joined Cal State Fullerton in 1961, becoming the founding chair of the Department of Marketing, and served the campus for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, Luellyn; sons Dan, Darrel and Dale; daughter Diane; and grandson Brandyn.

Robert B. McLaren, emeritus professor of child and adolescent studies, died Oct. 9 after a yearlong battle with myasthenia gravis. He was 85. McLaren, who joined the campus as assistant professor of education, was co-founder of what is now known as the Department of Comparative Religion and co-organizer of the Child Development Program that became the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies. He established campus chapters of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and the freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma. McLaren also founded, coordinated and chaired the Faculty Lyceum for seven years. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, McLaren taught philosophy and served as director of religious activities at the University of Houston. He also was an ordained minister of the United Presbyterian Church. To read more, go to

Roberta “Bobbe” F. Browning, emeritus director of career development and counseling, died Aug. 7. She was 70. Browning served the campus community for 27 years and earned her master’s degree in counseling from the university in 1974. During her tenure she served as a counselor, assistant dean of students and, in 1980, director of career development and counseling. In 1991, Browning was elected chairwoman of the California State University Directors of Career Centers, where she served as the liaison between the chancellor and other California State University campuses. Browning is survived by her husband, Lee Broadbent, emeritus senior counselor, her brother, John Fullerton, a step son, two nieces and a nephew.

Rosemary McGill, reference and instruction and access services librarian, died May 2. She had been battling a brain tumor diagnosed in 2006. McGill, who had been born in England and raised in Nova Scotia, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dalhousie, a paralegal certificate from Denver Paralegal Institute and a master’s in library science from the San Jose State University program offered on campus in 1995. She joined the library in 1999 and had worked in reference and instruction, access services and collection and processing. She is survived by her daughters Brinton and Taylor Anderson-McGill.

Jeanne Skinner, first department secretary for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (now Modern Languages and Literatures) died April 26 of congestive heart failure. She was 96.

Skinner served on campus for 15 years before retiring in 1979, the same year she was honored as the University's Outstanding Staff Employee. During her tenure on campus she was a member of the Staff Council for eight years, including the first year of its formation. She also was a member of the council's elections and affirmative action committees, assisting in the writing of the campus affirmative action policy.

Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. May 10 at St. Mary Magdalene, 205 S. Glassell St., Orange. She is survived by her daughter Susan Brown; two granddaughters and four great grandchildren.

Atara Stein, emeritus professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics, died March 21 at the age of 48 years. She taught on campus for 15 years, retiring in 2005 when her multiple sclerosis necessitated her early retirement.

Stein's scholarly interests included British romantic literature, popular literature and culture, and gender studies. In 2004, her book, "The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction and Television" was published by Southern Illinois University Press.

"Atara's love and concern for her students was legendary," said Joseph Sawicki, chair and professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics. "Many stayed in contact with her, even after her retirement, by reading her blog."

In addition to her teaching and publishing interests, Stein served as faculty adviser for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. She also willingly served or chaired nearly every department committee. In 1998, she was an honorary inductee in the campus chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society - in recognition of her contributions to the community, the university and its students.

She is survived by her children, Sarah and Bradley Van Winkle, and her ex-husband, Chris Van Winkle. A private funeral service was held and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Condolences may be sent to: The Family of Atara Stein, 5108 Nearglen Ave., Covina, CA 91724. A celebration of Stein's life will be held on campus at a later date.

Earl Kunde, a skilled laborer for Cal State Fullerton from 1975 to 1994, died Feb. 3 at the age of 78. A memorial service was held Feb. 16 in Mesa, Arizona. He is survived by his sons, Rick Kunde of Corona and Scott and Joanne Kunde of Mesa; daughters Kim Chittic and her husband, Michael, of Payson, Ariz., and Debbie Cuttingham and husband, Randy, of Riverside; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mary Kay Crouch, associate professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics, died Jan. 21 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Crouch joined the faculty in 1985. She held a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in English from Cal State Long Beach and a doctorate in rhetoric, linguistics and literature from USC.

During more than 20 years on the university faculty, Crouch taught writing classes, detective fiction, and an English graduate course on writing theory and practice. She also supervised independent graduate research and coordinated the Developmental Writing Program. She was scheduled to supervise graduate students this semester.

Crouch is survived by her daughter Ursula.

Edsel F. Stiel, emeritus professor of mathematics and one of the earliest members of the department, died Jan. 18 of cancer. He was 74. 

A member of the campus community for 40 years, Stiel joined the faculty in 1962 just before finalizing his doctoral dissertation at UCLA. Nine years later, he became the second individual to serve as department chair and has been recognized as being instrumental in the initial decisions regarding the department’s structure, including undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Stiel’s specialty was differential geometry but his interests went beyond mathematics. In addition to his degrees in mathematics, Stiel earned a master’s degree in psychology from Cal State Fullerton in 1975 and he became a licensed psychotherapist. He retired in 1997, then joined the Faculty Early Retirement Program and continued to teach until 2002.

Stiel and his family recently funded a perpetual award for each year’s outstanding mathematics student, the Stiel Prize for Excellence in Mathematics. He is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.


Raymond A. Reyes, retired lecturer in Chicana and Chicano studies, died Dec. 27 following heart surgery. He was 66. Reyes served on campus for 10 years, teaching courses on ancient Mexican culture, Chicano history and cultural differences in Mexico and the Southwest from 1997 to 2007. He held master’s degrees in education from California Lutheran College and Latino American studies from Cal State Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Flora; children Madeline, Ann and Anthony; and five grandchildren.

Mary Joyce, Cal State Fullerton’s Gianneschi Professor of Nonprofit Marketing, died Dec. 12 following a long battle with cancer. She served at Cal State Fullerton for five years, joining the campus in 2002 as the first appointment to the professorship named after Harry R. Gianneschi, former vice president for university advancement and founder of the campus’s Center for Nonprofit Research, which also bears his name. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Joyce served at the University of Colorado, University of Central Florida, San Francisco State and was chair of the department of communications at Emerson College in Boston. She was a pro bono consultant with the Association for Donor Recruitment Professionals, the American Association of Blood Banks and the Carolina/Georgia Blood Center. She also served on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Orange County and the Council on Aging of Orange County. Joyce held a doctorate in business administration from the University of Kentucky and is survived by her husband, David Lambert, and siblings Linda Myers, Tom Joyce and John Joyce.

Steven T. Delbridge, lecturer in management, died Dec. 9 of a heart attack. The long time educator, who was 74 years old had served on campus for 29 years, teaching management and law courses. He held a juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law and a master of science in taxation from Golden Gate University. Prior to working on campus, Delbridge worked in aerospace as an engineering instruction and an engineer on the Boeing Minuteman missile guidance and control systems. He practiced law for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and eight children.

Andrew F. Montana, emeritus professor of chemistry, died of cancer Nov. 22 in Edmonds, Wash. He was 77. Montana joined the university in 1963 and served the university for 29 years, retiring in 1992. He became chair of the Chemistry Department in 1965 and served through 1971, returning as interim chair in 1977-78. The noteworthy researcher won a number of awards and distinctions during his career but on campus was noted by his peers for helping set the standards for teaching and research, as well as the computer program Organic Reaction Mechanisms, which he created with computer technician Jeffrey Buell. The program, which animated dozens of chemical reaction mechanisms to improve the educational experience of students, was honored in 2006 with an award from the California State University program, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). Montana earned his doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Washington. He is survived by his wife, Kay; son, Stephen; grandchildren, Shayne and Seth; and sisters Florence Harrison and Delores Meyer.

Harry P. Jeffrey, a noted Nixon Scholar and emeritus professor of history, died Nov. 4 of cancer. He was 70. A specialist in 20th century U.S. history, Jeffrey authored or co-authored a number of books, including “Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon: Impact of a Constitutional Crisis” with Thomas Maxwell-Long in 2004. He joined the campus in 1969 and was founding director of the Richard Nixon Oral History Project. In 1996, Jeffrey arranged for two former White House staff members — Alexander Butterfield, who revealed the existence of the Nixon taping system, and John Dean, who exposed the Watergate cover-up — to speak to his “History of Watergate” classes. Teaching and pursuing a life of scholarship were not his only aspirations. In 1960, Jeffrey was a Republican candidate for the Ohio Legislature, winning the primary, but losing the general election. He worked for the Republican National Committee, was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill from 1957 to 1976, and served as chief administrative assistant for Rep. John Heinz, as well as an aide to Sen. John Bricker, Rep. Paul Schenck and Rep. William McCulloch. In 1976, Jeffrey ran for the Republican nomination to the House of Representatives from California’s 40th district and 20 years later, served as Orange County chair for the Californians for an Open Primary, which backed voter-approved Prop. 198. In addition, Jeffrey served on several local organizations, including the Laguna Beach Civic League and Community Historical Society and California Seashore Environmental Alliance. He earned his doctorate in history from Columbia University. Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Mee-Young; son, Robert; stepdaughter, Clara; Sisters Julie and Susu; and grandchildren Marieke and Lex.  

John D. Cooper, emeritus professor of geological sciences, died Sept. 3. The 68-year-old, who had served for more than three decades in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, collapsed from a massive heart attack while on his morning walk. Cooper’s research emphasis was on how the southern Great Basin area of the United States and the eastern Southern California/Mojave Desert area became part of the continent. He authored or co-authored nearly 80 publications. In 2002, Cooper was instrumental in creating a curatorial facility for the Orange County Archaeological-Paleontological Curation Project, a part of the Orange County Harbors, Beaches and Parks Division. He remained active in the project even after retirement. Among his many awards and honors, Cooper was named 2005 Volunteer of the Year by the Orange County Division of Harbors, Beaches and Parks; recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 2000; and a made a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He was a member of the Society of Sedimentary Geology, the Olinda Oil Museum and Trail Task Force, as well as a board member of the Shoshone Museum, a reviewer for the Petroleum Research Fund and co-author of the proposal for Irvine Ranch Land Reserve to be designated a national natural landmark. He earned a doctorate in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. Cooper is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Chaska Cooper; son, Zachary Cooper; stepson, Randy Thompson; grandson, Dylan Thompson; and sister, Patricia Cooper.

Don H. Sunoo, 76, emeritus professor of communications, died Aug. 18 of cardiopulmonary failure due to bone cancer. Sunoo joined the Cal State Fullerton’s teaching faculty in 1977 following a successful career at the advertising agency, Foote Cone & Belding in Chicago. He served on campus for 17 years. During his tenure, Sunoo coordinated the advertising concentration, overseeing the work of four full-time and several part-time faculty members. His research appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Journalism Quarterly and Journal of Advertising Research. “He was a genuinely warm and contributing member of our faculty,” said Rick Pullen, dean of the College of Communications. “His leadership of our advertising program was instrumental in its development as one of the strongest in the nation.” In 1987, he took a leave of absence to go to South Korea to serve as a senior campaign adviser to Kim Dae Jung, a candidate for president. After retirement, Sunoo remained active in Southern California’s Korean-American business community, as well as in South Korea, providing expert consulting on advertising and strategic marketing. Sunoo, who received his doctorate from the University of Missouri, is survived by his wife, Anna, and two children, Julie Sanchez of Temecula, and son Ed, who lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Gangadharappa Nanjundappa, a 35-year veteran faculty member and professor of sociology, died Sept. 3 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where he was being treated for a heart condition. Known throughout the campus as Nanjun, the 67-year-old president served for 12 years as president of the CSUF chapter of the California Faculty Association and member of the CFA Chapter President’s Council. He was a statewide CFA board member from 1991 to 2001 and served for five years as CFA statewide associate vice president, south. A member of the Academic Senate since 1994, Nanjundappa served on numerous committees and was the faculty’s representative to the Associated Students Board of Directors from 1995-1999. In addition, Nanjundappa was a member of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, the American Sociological Association and Population Association of America. He was a member of the Orange County Democratic Central Committee and ran for state Assembly in 20002 and 2002 as the Democratic candidate for the 72nd District. He is survived by his daughter, Gita. A campus memorial service is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Golleher Alumni House.

James W. Cusick, emeritus professor of secondary education, died Aug. 23 at the age of 82. The long-time educator, who served 45 years in the field, had been traveling with his wife of 55 years, Ruth, on a road trip to his native Montana when he died in his sleep. Cusick joined the university in 1961 and served as chair of the Division of Teacher Education from 1964-69, as well as 1980-86. He also served as director/coordinator of secondary education for 20 years. Awarded emeritus status in 1987, he continued teaching until 1994. In addition to his long service on campus, Cusick was involved with the California Council on Teacher Education, where he served as executive secretary from 1969-80, president from 1982-84 and past president from 1984-86. He is survived by his wife, his sons Mike and James, daughters Connie Cusick and Mary Castaneda, and seven grandchildren.

Fenton E. Calhoun, emeritus associate professor of communications, died July 22, 2007, after a long illness. He was 77 years old. A former broadcaster, tech writer and advertising copywriter in Michigan, Calhoun joined the campus in 1970 and was the first faculty member in the Communications Department to teach advertising full-time. He led the advertising sequence for 10 years and served as faculty adviser for the award-winning student Ad Club. “Fenton Calhoun played a major role in the early days of the Communications Department,” said Rick Pullen, dean of the College of Communications and a former department colleague of Calhoun’s. “His professional experience and vision in advertising helped him launch the very successful and popular concentration.” Calhoun, who retired in 1992, earned his doctorate from Wayne State University. He is survived by his wife, Annette; daughter Susan and her husband, Tom Clark; son David and his wife, Devin; and five grandchildren.

Mary Jane Bragg, emerita librarian, died at home Jan. 7, 2007.  She was 88 years old. A niece of the first woman to serve in Congress, Jeannette Rankin, Bragg earned a bachelor’s degree in 1939 from Occidental College and a master’s degree in 1941 from Columbia before completing a master of library science in 1966 from UCLA.

Following World War II, she worked with the American Friends Service Committee, including relief work in Oberhausen and Munich, Germany. She served as an editor in the publications department at the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery before joining Cal State Fullerton in 1966, where she served as a reference librarian and later, coordinator of reference services.

“She made particularly valuable contributions in building the library’s print reference collection, and her efforts have facilitated the work of many generations of researchers,” said Richard Pollard, university librarian. “Those who knew Mary Jane regarded her as both a consummate professional and a most gracious individual.” 

Although Bragg retired in 1986, she did not end her connection with the university or the Pollak Library. In more recent years, she volunteered to assist with the Patrons of the Library Book Sale Center and was active in Continuing Learning Experience (now known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). She is survived by a brother, Kenneth Rankin Bragg; a niece, Rebecca Lee Bragg; and a nephew, Kenneth Rankin Bragg, Jr.

Kisa Hughes, a former women’s basketball player and assistant, died March 1, 2007 after a long bout with colon cancer. She was 33. Hughes was the Big West Conference freshman of the year for the Titans in 1992 before transferring to UCLA. After turning pro and playing internationally, she returned to Fullerton as an assistant coach in 1999. She is survived by her father, Ronald Hughes, professor of sociology; her mother, Barbara; three brothers and a sister.

Jose Soto, a member of the campus dining services staff, died Feb. 21, 2007of congestive heart failure. He was 53 years old. Soto had served the campus since December 2001. He is survived by his son Randy.

Gustave Bording Mathieu, emeritus professor of foreign languages and literatures and the university’s 1966-67 Outstanding Professor Award recipient, died Feb. 16, 2007 of pneumonia following a stroke. He was 86. Mathieu joined the campus in 1960 as founding chair of foreign languages and literatures and taught for 26 years.

Raymond V. Adams, emeritus professor and founding chair of physics, died Feb. 2, 2007 after a long illness. The veteran campus member, who served for 29 years, was 86. Adams joined the campus in 1960, planning the physical facilities for the department, hiring faculty and developing a physics curriculum, which, unusual for its time, included several laboratory courses. Devoted to teaching and his students — one of whom was entrepreneur Dan Black whose name graces the former Science Laboratory Center — Adams used a 1981 National Science Foundation grant to purchase specialized equipment, making it possible for students to get hands-on experience in planning and conducting automated physics experiments. In addition to his departmental and classroom leadership, Adams was one of the first chairs of the Faculty Council, now the Academic Senate.

Dolores ‘Dee’ Schlotzhauer, who served for 19 years in the College of Business and Economics, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. She was 70 years old. Schlotzhauer became a part of the Dean’s Office in June 1987 and served there for three years before joining the Management Department, first as a clerical assistant and later as an administrative assistant. She retired in December 2005 but remained dedicated to serving the needs of the department, returning and working as a retired annuitant through mid-2006. She is survived by her husband, Lorne; her mother, Ona Jo Prestibge; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Lori Howell; grandson, Bruce, and his wife, Jennifer; and great granddaughter Brodie. A service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at the Church of Our Heritage, Forest Lawn Covina Hills, 21300 Via Verde Dr., Covina.


Enid L. Gruber, assistant professor of child and adolescent studies, died Dec. 12, 2006 after a battle with breast cancer. She was 52. Gruber joined Cal State Fullerton’s faculty in 2000 and taught courses on adolescence and young adulthood, at-risk adolescents, middle childhood and youth services. She also authored new courses on adolescence and the media and adolescent pregnancy and parenting before going on medical leave in fall 2003. Gruber served as director of a five-year longitudinal project examining the impact of sexual content on TV and adolescents’ attitudes and risk behavior. The study was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Gruber is survived by her husband, Martin Anderson, a professor of adolescent medicine at UCLA, and her son, Dane, a student at UC San Diego.

Richard Wiseman, professor of human communication studies and Cal State Fullerton’s 2003-04 Outstanding Professor Award honoree, died Nov. 23, 2006. The 54-year-old educator had been on medical leave awaiting a liver transplant, having contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion.  Wiseman specialized in intercultural, interpersonal and nonverbal communication, as well as persuasion and research methodology. He authored nine books, was awarded more than 25 grants for his research efforts and was a founding fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.

Juanita Kaiser, former head of circulation for the Pollak Library, passed away Nov. 23, 2006 of natural causes. She was 82. Kaiser joined the library staff in 1968 and served for 19 years before retiring and relocating to Lake Elsinore, near to three of her children. She is survived by daughter Penny of Arizona, as well as son Tracy, and twins, John Kaiser and physical plant staff member Jan Pasquale.

Jackie Vanderheide, 78, who served as a receptionist and secretary in the university’s Testing Center, died Nov. 12, 2006 after a long illness. Vanderheide served for more than 20 years first as a reception in what was then called the Counseling and Testing Center, and then as department secretary for the Testing Center. “Jackie was known for her wonderful sense of humor, her compassion for students and her passion for learning and helping others pursue their education,“ said Lorrie Harnach, coordinator of testing services. “Jackie was a special lady to those of us who knew her. She will be greatly missed.”

Vanderheide is survived by her son, Richard, his wife, Pat, and their two children, and daughter-in-law, Judy, wife of Vanderheide’s son, Fred, who preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at Memory Gardens in Brea. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Cancer Center.

M. Elaine Hutchins, former part-time lecturer in elementary education, died Sept. 17, 2006 of complications from cancer. She was 76. She is survived by her husband, Richard, four children and eight grandchildren.

Sweta Kothari, 26, an administrative assistant in the Dean of Students and Student Life offices, died after a brief illness Aug. 23, 2006. Kothari, who served the campus for three years, is survived by her father, Rajesh, mother, Krishna, and sisters, Meghna and Krupa.

Samuel J. Cartledge, emeritus professor of foreign languages and literatures, died May 11, 2006 at his home in Decatur, Georgia. He was 71. Cartledge joined Cal State Fullerton in 1966 and served for 31 years before his retirement.

During his tenure, Cartledge served on several department committees and was recognized as a driving force in the development of two of the department’s programs, the bachelor’s degree in international business and the master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). He also served as a resident director for the CSU International programs in Aix-en-Provence, France, and in Tubingen, Germany. In 1969, Cartledge showed his wide range of skills by performing n the flute during a program of baroque instrumental ensembles and romantic songs.

Cartledge earned his doctorate degree from Yale University in 1966. He received Danforth and Woodrow Wilson fellowships in 1958 and in 1960, earned a Fulbright Fellowship. He had previously served as a translator and interpreter for the U.S. Army in Germany from 1955 to 1958 and was an instructor at the University of Georgia for three years.

After retirement, Cartledge returned to Decatur where he had grown up. He is survived by his companion, Standlee McCracken, sons John and Charles, brother Frank Cartledge and sister Mary Cartledge Moore.

Stephen Vasari, emeritus professor of foreign languages and literatures, died March 18, 2006 at home. Vasari, who had earned his doctorate in Hispanic languages and literatures at UCLA, had served the campus for 19 years and was noted for his publication record and service as library coordinator for Spanish, as well as on departmental and universitywide committees. He is survived by his wife, Josephine; three daughters and their spouses; and five grandchildren.

Gladys M. Fleckles, 60, former director of graduate studies, died April 22, 2006 of ovarian cancer. Fleckles, who served with the university for 21 years before retiring last year, was honored in 1998 as one of that year's Outstanding Staff Employees. President Milton A. Gordon described her then as a key member in the Office of Academic Programs known as a "problem-solver and a font of new ideas by all who have encountered her." Fleckles was credited with developing a public relations package for graduate programs, proposing the initial project plan for the University Website Organization and developing the catalog Web site. She also established a workshop titled "Cycles of Change in Graduate Administration" for the Western Association of Graduate Schools. She is survived by her mother, Virginia, siblings Bill, John and Barbara Horton, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Ovarian Cancer/Bradley Monk Research, UC Irvine.

Grace Navarro, a custodian with the university for more than 26 years, died Feb. 23, 2006 of cancer. Navarro, who retired in 2003, was 60 years old. She is survived by her husband, Robert, a warehouse worker on campus.

Longtime university supporter and community leader Clarence Iwao Nishizu passed away Jan. 26, 2006 of natural causes. He was 95. The humanitarian, philanthropist, civic volunteer, author and cultural ambassador was commited, on behalf of Americans of Japanese ancestry interned during World War II, to help secure 1988 passage of the Civil Liberties Act, which resulted in an official apology and reparations from the United States government. His involvement with the university began in 1966 and included assisting the Center for Oral and Public History and its Japanese American Project. In more recent years, he led fund-raising efforts for the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum -- scheduled to open March 21 -- at the Fullerton Arboretum. Nishizu was awarded an honorary doctorate by Cal State Fullerton and the CSU in 1999. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fullerton Arboretum.

Pete Yoder, former Titan head football coach in the 1970s, died Jan. 27, 2006 of brain cancer. He was 65. Yoder joined CSUF in 1972, after two seasons coaching running backs at USC under John McKay. He coached the Titans until 1974, when be left to become head coach at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. He garnered a 99-35-6 record and a 1979 conference title with the high school, where he served until 1986. An alumnus of Cal State Long Beach, Yoder retired seven years ago from Tustin Unified School District. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; son, Tom; daughters, Kathy and Laura; and grandchildren.

L. Jack Bradshaw, emeritus professor of biological science, died Jan. 7, 2006 at the age of 82.

A specialist in immunology, Bradshaw gained attention for his research endeavors on Ehrlich ascites malignancy, a cancer in mice. He devised a method that halted the cancer’s spread by using a nucleoprotein obtained from sperm cells of certain fish. His studies later broadened into efforts to control cancer by means of genetic regulation. Bradshaw also was involved in the testing of an experimental drug to increase the body’s ability to overcome symptoms of the herpes simplex virus. The clinical aspects of the 1975-77 study were carried out in the student health center; the scientific phase in Bradshaw’s laboratory.

Bradshaw joined the university in 1965. In 1971, he was named director of the Institute for Molecular Biology. The institute was established as a means of pooling research talents of scholars from numerous fields of science to tackle problems connected with human welfare, such as disease, genetic maladies, effects of pollution and aging.

Bradshaw, who earned his doctorate from Stanford, is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters Christina and Claudia; sons Jeff and Donald; a brother and sister. Donations may be made to the L. Jack Bradshaw Scholarship, account number 70443, c/o Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation, 2600 E. Nutwood Ave., Ste. 850, Fullerton, CA 92831.


J. Justin Gray, emeritus professor of music and the founding dean of the School of the Arts (now College of the Arts), died Dec. 1 after a prolonged illness. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident was 86 years old.

Gray joined the university in 1961. He was appointed dean in 1969, and served in that position until 1975. During the previous three years, he was associate dean of the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

An authority on early instruments, such as the lute and krummhorn, Gray conducted the university’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and appeared as a clarinet recitalist. He also served as conductor-performer with La Camarata Musicale, an ancient music society, and as guest conductor of the Montana Music Festival, All-Southern California Honor Band, Desert Area Music Festival at Mojave and Alaska Music Festival.

He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and his master’s from the Eastman School of Music. He earned his doctorate in music from USC.

Gray is survived by his wife, Patricia, two daughters and a son. Donations in his honor may be made to Landon Founder’s Scholarship for strings at CSUF.

Carlene Nelson, information technology consultant, died Oct. 3 from cancer. The 24-year campus veteran was 67 years old. Nelson provided instructional computing consulting services in the Computer Centerís prototype computer lab in the basement of McCarthy Hall and later played key roles in the implementation of the campusís first e-mail system. Most recently, she was involved in the transition to the current Outlook/Exchange system, where she managed e-mail accounts. She is survived by her husband, Lorin, daughter, Kathy, son, Tim, and three grandchildren.

A scholarship for sociology students has been established in Nelsonís honor. Contributions may be made to the Dr. Carlene Nelson Scholarship Fund, Acct. #33041, CSUF Philanthropic Foundation, 2600 E. Nutwood, Ste. 850, Fullerton, CA 92831.

Fran Cummings, former Titan women's volleyball coach, died May 31, 2005 of breast cancer. She was 51. Cummings coached at Cal State Fullerton from 1980 to 1988, then became a coach at Saddleback College before becoming an administrator and director of athletics at Santiago Community College. She is survived by her husband, Rod, and sons Michael and Eric.

Stephanie Ortiz, emeritus assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Program, died May 11, 2005. Ortiz joined the campus in 1972 and served for 19 years. During her tenure, Ortiz held several positions in EOP, including academic coordinator, assistant dean and coordinator of Student Academic Services when EOP was consolidated with educational equity programs.

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