In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

STANFORD CAZIER, former University President, died March 14, 2013, at the age of 82. Cazier led the University through a period of growth in enrollment, facilities, and programs. While he was president, Holt, Plumas, and Butte Halls opened and the campus expanded and became renowned for distance education. Also during his tenure, in 1972, the campus changed from Chico State College to its current name. Cazier was predeceased by wife Shirley and sons Thomas and Paul. He is survived by sons David and John and four grandchildren.

JOE CHRISMAN, Computer Science, died Sept. 29, 2012, at the age of 78. He began his academic career at Chico State in 1970 after serving in the Navy during the Korean War and teaching junior and senior high school. During his 30-year tenure, he served in several departments until retiring from the Department of Computer Science. He is survived by wife Marilyn, sons Mark and Jon, and two grandchildren. 

ROBERT CORNELL, Facilities Management Services, died Aug. 19, 2012, at the age of 76. He worked as a sheet metal worker at Chico State from 1969 until his retirement in 1994. He and his wife, Patt, enjoyed taking their children camping, fishing, and hunting. “He helped make coming to work each day a delight,” says former colleague Bob Johnson. Cornell is survived by Patt and daughter Kimberly. He was predeceased by son Mark.

MERCEDES “MIDGE” FRONTERA-GILBERT, Theatre, died Oct. 22, 2012, at the age of 76. Gilbert taught in the Department of Theatre from 1980 to 1999, directing many drama productions and teaching primarily acting and performance of children’s literature. Gilbert also served as the director of the Peppermint Palace Community Theatre for children in Chico for many years. She is survived by husband Marty; children James, Katrin, and Galen; and four grandchildren.

TAMI HARDER KILPATRIC, Political Science, died Sept. 16, 2012, at the age of 51. She worked for CSU, Chico for 14 years, first in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, then in the Educational Opportunity Program and, for the longest period, in the Department of Political Science. “Tami was one of a kind, and so many of us will miss her amazing abilities, her inspiring leadership, her loyal friendship, and her smile,” says Diana Dwyre, political science professor. Kilpatric is survived by husband Randy and stepmom Genevive Harder.

PAUL T. KINNEY, Business Administration, died Nov. 14, 2012, at the age of 87. He developed the first CSU, Chico bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, was the first to bring computers onto campus, and was the first dean of the College of Business. Kinney is survived by wife Fritz; children Michael, Robert, and Loree; stepdaughters Kathy and Kristen; and several grandchildren.

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.

BARBARA C. MAHLER, Child Development, died Sept. 6, 2012, at the age of 84. She was a professor of child development and director of the Child Development Lab from 1972 to 1991. “Barbara was a dedicated director of the Child Development Lab for many years,“ says Sandra Machida, Psychology. ”Many Chico families appreciated her warmth and expertise as they navigated the sometimes uncertain parenting of their young children.” Mahler was predeceased by husband Clarence. She is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

BETTY MILLS, Political Science, died Feb. 19, 2013, at the age of 83. Mills worked at Chico State for 23 years, retiring in 1988. “Betty is fondly remembered for her high standards and personal support by the faculty, staff, and students with whom she worked,” says Professor Emeritus Robert Jackson. Mills is survived by children Russell, Brian, and Cheryl and five grandchildren.

LORRAINE MOSLEY, Interlibrary Services, died Jan. 19, 2013, at the age of 78. She worked at Chico State for 22 years and retired as head of Interlibrary Loan in 1996. “Lorraine personified excellent service and professionalism,” says JoAnn Bradley, Interlibrary Services. Mosley is survived by daughters Susan and Sandra, son Steve, stepson Danny, two granddaughters, and one grandson.

GARY LYNN PETERS, (BA, Geography, ’68), Geography and Planning, died Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 71. He taught in Geography and Planning from 1999 to 2003 and wrote 10 books. Peters is survived by wife Carol, son Jason, and daughter Erica.

FRANCES RAMSDELL, Biological Sciences, died Oct. 1, 2012, at the age of 91. She joined Chico State in 1960 as an assistant professor of biology in charge of the medical technology program and worked there for 26 years.

DON SCOTT, Physical Education, died Jan. 8, 2013, at the age of 85. During his tenure at Chico State, he was a professor of physical education, head coach of the Chico State basketball team, athletic director, and chair of the physical education department. He also served in the Air Force during World War II and the Korean War.

RICHARD SOARES (BA, Geology, ’85), Library Reference and Instruction, died Jan. 4, 2013, at the age of 58. He started work in Meriam Library in 2001 as the biology, chemistry, agriculture, nursing, and nutrition and food science librarian. Soares was also on the California Faculty Association Chico Chapter Executive Committee and worked as the campus faculty rights chair from 2009 to 2011. He is survived by wife Gail; children Heidi, Holly, David, and Leslie; and one granddaughter.

MARTHA WILLIAMS (Credential, ’73), Financial Aid, died Nov. 6, 2012, at the age of 62. She worked on campus from 1978 until her retirement in February 2012, first in the Educational Opportunity Program and then in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Williams’ colleagues remember her as a passionate, dedicated, and intelligent woman who promoted student access and success. She is survived by husband Bob and daughter Sydney, who graduated from CSU, Chico in spring 2012.

DAVID WOOD, Biological Sciences, died Oct. 13, 2012, at the age of 61. He was a CSU, Chico professor of ecology from 1990 to 2010. He did his early work on the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption and also did much research on the ecology of this region, especially in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jean G. Hubbell, and daughter Tenaya.

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications

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Mark Ulriksen

Mark Ulriksen

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