In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

ROBERT BRITTON, Computer Science, died May 11, 2012, at the age of 73. Britton was hired as a professor in the computer science department in 1969 and served as graduate advisor for 20 of his 30 years on campus. “He was the department’s primary specialist in the field of computer architecture,” says Moaty Fayek, former chair of Computer Science. Britton retired in 2001.

ANDREW DICK, Sociology, died May 16, 2012, at the age of 47. He began teaching for the sociology department in 2001 and continued teaching up until his death. Dick enjoyed doing research, writing, and inspiring and challenging his students. “I have never known anyone who loved his family, profession, and students more than Andy Dick. And he was loved back,” says Cynthia Siemsen, chair of Sociology. Dick is survived by wife Reneé and sons Matthew and Ian.

GEORGE HUANG, Education, died May 25, 2012, at the age of 76. He was born in Taiwan and completed a bachelor’s degree program at Taiwan Normal University. He then attended Vanderbilt University and completed his doctorate in education at the University of Idaho. Huang began teaching at Chico State in 1969. He was instrumental in developing the Asian Studies Program and created an exchange
program for students and professors with several Asian universities. In 1988, he received a Fulbright Scholarship. Huang is survived by wife Linda, sons John and Joseph, and one granddaughter.

LAURA ELIZABETH KERSTEN KING, Research and Sponsored Programs, died April 30, 2012, at the age of 58. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she met her husband, Guy, now a CSU, Chico geography and planning professor. She received an MA in anthropology at the University of Arizona. King was a development specialist and worked closely with faculty and staff to develop grant proposals. She is survived by Guy and daughter Mary.

JOHN HUGH NOLAND, Mathematics, died May 6, 2012, at the age of 87. Noland served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 as a radioman. He received his bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and his master’s degree from Montana State University. He taught at Chico State from 1959 to 1987. A chess champion, Nolan was named National Master in 1988 by the U.S. Chess Federation and placed first in the Grand National postal chess tournament in 1982.
He is survived by sons Gary and Robert and one grandson.

TERESA PATINO, Financial Aid, died March 3, 2012, at the age of 65. She was hired at CSU, Chico in 1976 as a data entry operator for the Data Control Office. She later worked in Admissions and Records and the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. She retired in 2003. Patino loved to cook, garden, and spend time with her three grandsons. She is survived by husband Daniel, son Rene, daughters Mariza and Olivia, and three grandsons.

ELIZABETH STOLP (BA, Education, ’31), Business Office/Fiscal Affairs, died April 2, 2012, at the age of 101. Stolp began working as a student assistant in the registrar’s office and the business office in 1927. When she graduated with a degree in education, she began working in the business office in accounting. Stolp was the only female business/accounting officer in the state colleges at the time. She served under five University presidents during her 40-year tenure before retiring in 1973. After retirement, she remained active at Chico State, and in 2010, she was inducted into the College of Agriculture Hall of Honor for her many years of service to Chico State. She is survived by son Fred, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.