I especially enjoyed the spring 2012 issue of Chico Statements as it evoked so many memories of the academic year of 1941–1942, when I attended Chico State. Les Adams was my favorite teacher, so young then. There were no college dorms there yet, and some classes were still held in Bidwell Mansion—I crossed the footbridge over Chico Creek to my home economics classes in the huge kitchen and its once stately rooms.
I later graduated from Chapman College, but my heart belongs to Chico State (my hometown) and its wartime memories. I was very saddened to read of the passing of Araks Vartabedian Tolegian (BA, Education and Credential, ’38). I knew her and her family, and she was a dear friend of my sister Evelyn Dixon Smith (BA, Education, ’43), who passed away Feb. 12, just two weeks past her 90th birthday [see In Memoriam—Alumni].
—Dorothy Dixon Hutt (attended ’41–42)
I just had to drop a line to tell you I was really tossed back in time when thumbing through the spring 2012 issue of Chico Statements and finding one of my photographs in the 1972–2012 section. As a mass communications student and photographer/staff member of The Orion, along with working as the Butte County correspondent for the Sacramento Bee and part-time photographer for the Chico Enterprise-Record during the mid-1970s, I was capturing hundreds of images during my time in Chico. Even so, I immediately knew the 1975 portrait of the stately gentleman smoking his pipe—Thomas Fleming—as one of my images. It was one of my favorites at the time, and I still remember how Mr. Fleming brought to the shoot all the things that made it easy for a young buck photojournalist to make a lasting picture.
I’m living in Minnesota now. I’m still making photographs and continuing my other career path in radio broadcasting as an on-air talent.
Thanks for the memories!
—Joseph Kreiss (attended ’75–’77)
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Homer Metcalf and Jack Otto in the last issue of your publication. Homer, an icon of his department [Sociology] and campus with his ever-present grin; Jack, dedicated to helping every student he could while managing an evolving program (Educational Opportunity Program). I know both men will be missed.
It seems our generation, our classes of the late ’60s and early ’70s, are losing many: Ken Kuhta, the long-missed maverick; tender-hearted Margo Peter; and Wanita Demitras, the silver fox of the Counseling Center. Now Homer and Jack.
These people helped shape our generation. I hope the following generation has been so fortunate.
—Nancy Williams Sequest (BA, Sociology, ’72)
I was very fortunate to have had many excellent professors in both political science and history while attending Chico State. However, the one that stands out most in my memories is Earl R. Kruschke of political science.
Professor Kruschke had the greatest influence on my life out of all my professors. He brought political science to life. He made the subject exciting, interesting, and fun. His lectures were always presented with enthusiasm and sophistication and above all with a superior intellectual grasp of the subject.
In addition to being an outstanding professor, he was also a character builder for many young men and women. He was always encouraging and positive. He always had time to talk with you. He might ask you to walk with him to his next class, but he always had time for you regardless of how many schedules he had to meet. He not only had a knack for making you feel important to him as a student but also as a person. I recall him joining up with several of us young men from one of our political science classes to have a beer and watch the early election results. He surely had a rare combination of mastery of his field of study and a genuine interest in his students, which promoted their success.
In large part, I pursued education as a career due to Professor Kruschke.
—Lloyd L. Ludu (BA, Political Science, ’68; Credentials, ’68, ’70, ’77)