In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

STUART “BART” BARTHOLOMEW, Construction Management, died July 12, 2013, at the age of 88. After 35 years in the private sector, he and wife Margaret moved to Chico, where he began a second career in the fledgling Department of Construction Management. He is survived by sons Steve, Tony, Jay, Nate, and Bill; daughters Caroline and Margot; 11 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

ZAUR BERKALIEV, Mathematics and Statistics, died June 3, 2013, at the age of 53. Berkaliev joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2011. He previously taught math at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at Karaganda State University in the former Soviet Union. He is survived by wife Lilia and daughters Kamila and Asem.

GUY BESNARD, Psychology and Administration, died Aug. 4, 2013, at the age of 92. He joined Chico State College in 1968 as a psychology professor and associate vice president for administration. He was hired to help manage the political and civil unrest on campus during that time. He is survived by wife Brita, children John and Catherine, daughter-in-law Debra, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

LOIS CHRISTENSEN, History and Humanities and Fine Arts, died May 24, 2013, in Chico. She was 87. Christensen was recruited to Chico State College in 1957 by President Kendall. In 1967, President Hill appointed her dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts. In 1968, she was honored with a campuswide distinguished teaching award. She is survived by three siblings.

ALLEN E. FORBES, Speech and Drama, died April 28, 2013, at the age of 86. He was in speech and drama from 1948 to 1986, beginning as an assistant professor and director of the speech and hearing department. He later served as department chair, head of the Faculty Senate, associate vice president for academic affairs, and acting vice president for administration. He was appointed executive vice president in 1980. He is survived by daughters Mary Ann and Jennifer and four grandchildren.

MELISSA GROVES, Child Development, died March 15, 2013, at the age of 54. She joined CSU, Chico in 2000, teaching early childhood curriculum, assessment, and administration. She had a grant from the Department of Education to support child care on campus and frequently presented at conferences. 

RICHARD HORNADAY, Art, died May 17, 2013, in Chico. He was 85. Hornaday joined the Chico State faculty in 1954. He was art department chair and professor of painting and art history. During his 30-year career at Chico, he was very involved in K–12 and community college art programs in the North State. He is survived by wife Jenifer, daughter Emily, and many other family members.

JUDITH KERRINS, Credential Program, died July 18, 2013, in Chico. She was 71. Kerrins was hired in 1991 and taught in the School of Education’s Preliminary Administrative Credential Program. She was named Professor of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators and traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright Summer Scholar. She is survived by partner Katherine, professor emerita in the Department of Psychology.

DON LILLIBRIDGE, History, died Dec. 21, 2012, at the age of 91. He was hired as a professor at Chico State in 1952. He taught American history until his retirement in 1981 and authored well-regarded books and essays. In 1972, he was selected as the CSU Trustees’ Outstanding Professor. In 1999, after his wife Flo’s death ended 56 years of marriage, Lillibridge married his former colleague, Michele Shover. His children by his marriage to Flo are Michael, Linda, Jennifer, and Catherine. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

BOB MAURER, Physical Sciences, died July 30, 2013, in Chico. He was 92. Maurer joined Chico State in 1952 in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences. He was chair of the department, chair of Faculty Senate, and dean of the School of Professional Studies. He retired in 1983 but continued to teach until 1991. Maurer is survived by daughters Martha and Ann, two grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

BOB ROSS, Political Science, died Aug. 3, 2013, at the age of 73. He served as associate professor, vice chair, and graduate advisor for the political science department. In 1993, he was appointed department chair, a position he held until he retired in 2002. 

ANDREW J. SIKULA JR., Business, died June 4, 2013, at the age of 68. Sikula served as dean of the School of Business from 1980 to 1986. After a stint at CSU, Fullerton, he returned to CSU, Chico as a management professor, earning the meritorious performance award in 1989. He served as management department chair before retiring in 1999. Sikula is survived by wife Judy and six children.

MARY WILBY, Research and Sponsored Programs, died Aug. 18, 2013, at the age of 67. Wilby came to CSU, Chico in 2005 and was the operations coordinator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. She was the “first face and voice” of the office. Wilby is survived by sisters Sydnei and Fran, brother Joe, and nephew Dennis.

NOELE WINANS, Career Center, died July 21, 2013, at the age of 71. She served as director of the Career Center from 1980 to 2000. She was hired in 1971 as an assistant at the then-called College Placement Office. She is remembered for the way she inspired student devotion. Winans is survived by sister Margie, brothers Grant and Collin, many nieces and nephews, and beloved dogs Jude and Bear.

—Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications

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