A Magazine from California State University, ChicoFall 2014 Issue

In Memorium

In Memorium

Wildcats on the Move Coordinator
Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
E-mail wotm@csuchico.edu
Phone (530) 898-4143
Note: Only cities outside California will have the state name included.


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(Certificate in Education, ’37; BA, Education, ’37) died Dec. 7, 2010. She was a graduate of Chico Normal School and taught in the Oroville school system for many years. She was a lifelong member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and Eastern Star, and was a “white ragger” in the YWCA. She was predeceased by her son Tim. She is survived by son Joel and two granddaughters.


(BA, Business Administration, ’59) died June 9, 2014, at the age of 83. He was a special education teacher for the San Leandro School District for more than 30 years. He grew up in Northern Ireland, immigrating to the United States as a teenager. He enlisted in the Army at 18 and served during the Korean war. After graduating, he returned to Ireland, where he attended the University College of Dublin. He met and married Edith after returning to America. He is survived by daughter Deirdre; son Noel; and grandchildren Kevin, Katrina, and Ella.

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(BA, Business Administration, ’62) died in June 2014. He was an IRS agent from 1962 until his retirement in 1990. A longtime IRS instructor, he developed and taught the first personal–income-tax course at Butte College. He served in the Army 1954–1956 and attended Fresno State, El Camino College, and Chico State through the GI Bill. He met his wife at Chico State and enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, and ballroom dancing. He is survived by wife Susan; children Jennifer, Michael, and Matthew; and grandchildren Melanie, Will, and Walker.


(Certificate, Agriculture, ’62) died May 9, 2014, at the age of 71. He was a leader, mentor, and farmer with a ranch in Tehama County. He attended Chico High School and married his high school sweetheart, Judy, in 1963. He farmed sugar beets, kidney beans, wheat, walnuts, almonds, and other crops and enjoyed racing at Silver Dollar Speedway and Shasta Speedway. After Judy passed away, he married longtime friend Christie. He is survived by wife Christie; son Stephen; daughter Anne; granddaughters Madison, Gillian, and Hailey; stepsons Bill and Bob; and step-grandchildren Robert and Raquel.


(BA, ’64; Credential, ’64) died June 12, 2014, at the age of 83. A lifetime Orland resident, she taught at Hamilton City Elementary School for 23 years. She was active in the California Teachers Association and a huge fan of the 49ers and Giants. She was preceded in death by parents Edward and Sue and brothers Raymond and Ernest. She is survived by son Greg, daughters Pamela and Marcia, 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

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(BS, Agriculture, ’72) died April 5, 2014, at the age of 67. He and wife Myra lived in Biggs, where they farmed for 44 years and raised three sons. He was a longtime member of the Sunsweet Growers Board of Directors and the Lake Madrone Water District. For the past 12 years, he worked for Caltrans in Truckee and Fort Bragg. He was a passionate outdoorsman. He was preceded in death by father Joe Sr. He is survived by wife Myra; sons Jason, Aaron, and Gino; and grandchildren Hannah, Brandon, Marissa, Maddox, Stella, Ava, Austin, and Abigail.


(BA, General Anthropology, ’75) died March 2, 2014. He obtained a master’s and PhD in anthropology from the University of Utah. His career as an anthropologist and archaeologist included work for the State of Utah, University of Washington, the Smithsonian, and since 1989, Idaho State University, where he was a professor of anthropology. He always spoke highly of the field experiences and education he received at CSU, Chico. He is survived by wife Dotty and children Sam, Keith, and Gretchen.


(BA, Art, ’75) died April 22, 2014, at the age of 61. While attending Butte College, he was an All-State football player and champion wrestler, and he was later inducted into the Butte Junior College Hall of Fame. In 1976, he moved to New York City to work for artist Leroy Neiman. From there, he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a paintings expert at Phillips Son & Neale Inc. Eventually he founded his own company, Franklin Riehlman Fine Art. With a gallery in Manhattan, he traveled the world purchasing art, specializing in 19th- and 20th-century paintings. He was preceded in death by father Pete and nephew Josh. He is survived by partner of more than 30 years Mary; mother Peg; brothers Mark, Troy, and Donald; and sister Ann.


(BS, Business Administration, ’78) died April 14, 2014, at the age of 57. He worked for Bank of America for 15 years in Citrus Heights, Fall River, and Redding and then moved to Union Bank in Redding. The last 10 years, he worked in business and loan consulting. He served on the consulting board for Prairie Creek State Park in Orick and was a Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Asphalt Cowboys since 1999 and awarded Top Hand in 2009. He is survived by parents Ken Sr. and Marion, and sister Jan.

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(BA, Art, ’80) died Aug. 9, 2013, at the age of 55 from breast cancer. She attended high school in the Marshall Islands before attending Chico State. Ordaz taught kindergarten for most of her 30 years in the Gilroy Unified School District. She enjoyed gardening and following the 49ers. In 2010, she was named as Santa Clara County Teacher of the Year. She is survived by husband of 25 years Chris and daughters Kaylyn and Claire.


(BA, Drama, ’86) died April 7, 2014, at the age of 51. He was born in Sacramento and attended Roseville High School. His hobbies were reading, taking road trips, and watching baseball. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He is survived by parents Larry and Nancy, brothers Mike and Barry, and many more family members and friends.

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(BS, Industrial Technology, ’96) died March 30, 2014, at the age of 44. He worked as an auto mechanic for Highway Patrol for the past 15 years. He also served in the Naval Reserves for 24 years and was mobilized in Operation Desert Storm and three tours of Iraqi Freedom. He is survived by his parents, brothers Tony and Steve, and many other extended family members and friends.

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(undergraduate, sociology) died Sept. 3, 2014, at the age of 25. He transferred to CSU, Chico in 2011 from Butte College. Known for speaking out on issues of diversity and equality, in 2012 he was elected AS Commissioner for Multicultural Affairs. He helped organize the campus Diversity Summit and recently participated in a documentary on diversity. Jon Slaughter, director of AS Programs and Government Affairs, said those who worked with Thompson will always remember him as a passionate, honest, and dedicated leader.

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications


(undergraduate, Business Administration) died Aug. 7, 2014, at the age of 32 in an auto accident in Saudi Arabia. He came to Chico as a conditionally admitted undergraduate to study language at the American Language and Culture Institute in August 2010. While at ALCI, he worked hard and made friends easily with students, faculty, and staff. In spring 2011, he matriculated to the University, studying business administration. The accident also took the life of his 1-year-old daughter. He is survived by his wife and sister.


(undergraduate, Recording Arts) died July 15, 2014, at the age of 20. He enrolled at CSU, Chico in fall 2012. He played saxophone and piano and sang. He was heavily involved in the music department, performing in the Chamber Singers, A Cappella Choir, Jazz X-Press, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and other groups. He also sang in the Bidwell Presbyterian Church choir and had a band called the Upstairs Neighbors. Joe Alexander, music professor and associate dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said Drange was a superstar in the music department and everybody loved him.


(undergraduate, Nutrition and Food Science) died Oct. 13, 2014, at the age of 20. She came to Chico State from Clayton in the fall of 2012. She was a member of the University A Capella Choir. She is survived by her parents, two sisters, and a brother. Kathryn Silliman, Nutrition and Food Science chair, said Lewis had a caring heart and was always concerned with others.


(undergraduate, Political Science) died Aug. 7, 2014, at the age of 21. He transferred from San Joaquin Delta College in spring 2014. Political science professor Diana Dwyre remembers Meyers as a vibrant, energetic, and positive person who was keenly interested in landing an internship or job in Washington, D.C. He is survived by parents Nolan and Kris; brothers Adam and Jacob; grandparents Mary Ellen, Dan,  Noni, and Frank; stepmother Lori; step-grandmothers Gail and Sue; and stepbrothers and sister Chris, Joshua, and Kailey.