Wildcats on the Move Coordinator
Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
Phone (530) 898-4143
Note: Only cities outside California will have the state name included.
(BA, Education, ’41) died Sept. 13, 2012, at the age of 93. She was a teacher for 18 years. Rohr was predeceased by her husband Harry, whom she married in 1950. She is survived by daughters Andrea and Lory Lou and son John.
(BA, Education, ’43) died Jan. 6, 2013, at the age of 92. She attended Chico State to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. In Chico, she met her husband, Kempton “Mac” McCarthy, who preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters Merle and Sally, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
(BA, Education, ’51; Credential ’51) died Oct. 29, 2012, at the age of 91. He served in World War II, during which time he also married his wife, Wilma. Rathbun’s career was spent with Thermalito School District in Oroville, where he was a bus driver, teacher, principal, business manager, and eventually superintendent. He retired in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, his son Chuck, and three granddaughters. He was predeceased by son Tim.
(BA, Education, ’53; Credential, ’53) died Nov. 9, 2012, at the age of 93. He was raised in Chico and is a World War II veteran. After his service, he began his career as a teacher, retiring from the Sacramento City Unified School District after 30 years. He played the trumpet in the Army Air Corps Band and many others. He is survived by his sister Elaine, brother Clare, former wife Patricia, four children, and five grandchildren.
(BA, Physical Education, ’59) died Aug. 29, 2012, at the age of 76. Gallino was a boxer and football player at Chico State after he served an Army tour in Korea. He was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He was head football coach at Watsonville High School for five seasons. Gallino is survived by wife Jeanne and children Gina and Anthony. He was predeceased by first wife Janine.
(Credential, ’62; BA, Education, ’63) died in 2012 at the age of 92. She was a special education teacher for 30 years and earned many awards and recognitions for her teaching and community activities. She and husband Jim traveled extensively and enjoyed community events. She is survived by sons Lendal, Art, and Russ; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by Jim and her son Ronald.
GORDON SUESS JR.
(attended ’63–’66) died March 21, 2012. While at Chico State, he was an active member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Suess earned a BS in geology from San Jose State University in 1970. He served 25 years as a police officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in San Jose and later went into real estate, becoming a broker and partner at Trans Estate Realty. He retired from the CHP in 1995 and dedicated his spare time to his daughter and grandchildren. He is survived by daughter Tami Lynn and four grandchildren.
(BA, Social Work, ’73) died Oct. 28, 2012, at the age of 65. He worked at Far Northern Regional Center as a service coordinator for 25 years, retiring in 2004. He enjoyed reading, watching movies, traveling, and collecting Hawaiian shirts. He is survived by wife Christine, son Aaron, and daughter Kara.
ROBERT WRIGHT JR.
(BA, Geography, ’73) died Sept. 15, 2012, at the age of 69. He made many lifelong friends and memories at Chico State and in his days living in Shasta Hall. Two of his children followed in his footsteps and attended Chico State in the ’90s. Wright served in the National Guard for six years and later worked as an electrician. He and wife Marilyn lived in Pleasanton, and he enjoyed traveling, golfing, and being with friends and family. He is survived by his wife and children Laura, Stephen, and Michael.
(BS, Nursing, ’78) died Nov. 5, 2011, at the age of 73. During her time at Chico State, she met her husband Gerald. She became a homemaker and was well known for her passion for cooking and baking. Anderson taught catechism at St. John’s Catholic Church in Chico and also was involved in two quilting guilds. She is survived by children Lory, Bill, and Kelly and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by Gerald.
CYNTHIA (WADDELL) YUILLE
(BA, Religious Studies, ’80) was one of two people killed in a shooting at an Oregon mall on Dec. 11, 2012. After graduating from Chico State, she earned a nursing degree at San Diego State and went on to work full time at Kaiser Permanente. She is survived by husband Robert and daughter Jenna.
(BA, International Relations, ’84) died Oct. 2, 2012, at the age of 50. He had careers in banking and landscaping. He is survived by mother Patricia and siblings Mark, Kathy, Paula, David, Linda, Bill, Stephen, and Fred.
(BS, Business Administration, ’94) died Nov. 6, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor. Friedman was a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance in Chico after graduation and later began a career in pension consulting and administration. He most recently worked for Bidwell Consulting Services Inc. He is survived by wife Michele and son William.
(undergraduate, Graphic Design) died Sept. 16, 2012, in Chico. She was 22. She was from San Anselmo and came to Chico State in fall 2008. Among her interests were art photography, fashion, and yoga. “I found her to be a very creative and fun-loving individual, definitely with her own great sense of style,” says Frank Armstrong, graphic design lecturer.
(undergraduate, Art) died Aug. 15, 2012, in a car accident outside Paso Robles. He was 22. He enrolled at Chico State in fall 2008 and was expected to graduate in spring 2013. “Sam was often quiet yet engaged with his studies, concerned with his fellow students, thoughtful, and respectful of the opinions of others,” says art professor Tom Patton. McNairn is survived by parents Carolyn and Robert and brother Ben.
(undergraduate, Communication Design) died Nov. 15, 2012, in Chico. He was 21. He came to Chico from San Diego in fall 2009. He founded Chico State’s Ski and Snowboard Club. “He was really a sweet, bright young man. He was one of those students who didn’t hide his enthusiasm,” says communication design professor Byron Wolfe.
(undergraduate, Environmental Sciences) died April 4 at the age of 21. He came to Chico State in fall 2009 from El Dorado Hills and was expected to graduate in spring 2015. “He was the kind of student I really enjoy because not only was he a bright student, but he also had a contagious enthusiasm that made our activities more enjoyable for his classmates,” says Susan Riggins, geological and environmental sciences professor. He is survived by his parents Vance and Tricia, brother Brett, and sister Ashley.
Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications
(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election cover.
(BA, Chemistry, ’71) is helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai.
(BA, Communication Design, ’92) runs The Sustainable Kitchen, a cooking school/farm tour program.