In Memoriam

Samuel J. Cartledge, emeritus professor of foreign languages and literatures, died May 11 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 camput 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.