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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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