In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

JEAN MARIE COAKLEY, Nursing, died Aug. 14, 2014, at the age of 97. She joined the nursing department as chair in 1979. At the time, the University lacked the resources to house a full nursing program, so many classes were held as what was then the David Grant Hospital at Travis Air Force Base in conjunction with Sonoma State University. “One of the first things she did was close the campus at Travis and bring everyone back to Chico,” said Professor Emerita Carol Leedom, Nursing. “The other thing she did was she got the master’s program approved by the then-National League for Nursing.” Coakley is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and many friends and acquaintances. 

ESTHER CONWAY, University Police, died Aug. 15, 2014, at the age of 54. She worked for 27 years as a 911 public safety dispatcher and supervisor at agencies including the city of Redding’s police and fire departments, the Shasta Area Safety Communications Agency, and the University Police Department. Those who knew her in UPD remember that she loved working for the University and with faculty, staff, and students. Conway is survived by brother Dave, sisters Ruth and Mary, nephews Sam and Will, and niece Hannah.

CAROLYN DANKERS, (BA, Education, ’65; MA, Education), Education, died July 30, 2014, at the age of 75. She began teaching at the University in 1979. During her tenure, she spoke at many education conventions and was involved with state textbook adoptions in California. After retiring in 2001, she moved to Washington to be closer to her daughter and become active in volunteer service. She is survived by daughter Sheri.

CAROL HARDY (BA, German, ’70; MA, Music, ’75), Meriam Library, died Oct. 18, 2014, at the age of 82. She came to Chico in 1965 to pursue her studies in music at Chico State College. She also earned a graduate degree in library science from San Jose State University. Hardy directed the newly formed music library at CSU, Chico and brought her unique combination of training to what was then the instructional media center. She was instrumental in establishing the cataloguing and archiving of music records and other non-print media in Meriam Library, and she introduced videocassettes, audio cassettes, and compact discs to the library. She is survived by daughter Deborah Sue; son Frank; sisters Ann and Cathie; brother James; and grandsons Tobias, Christopher, and Chad.

EDGAR GUERIN KNOX, Foreign Languages, died Oct. 24, 2014, at the age of 85. He joined the faculty at Chico State College in 1965, where he taught German and served as chair of the then-Department of Foreign Languages from 1970 to 1973. He was also a member of the Academic Senate. He was devoted to his students, encouraged their mastery of the German language and led various student groups to Europe as participants in the nonprofit Experiment in International Living. He was predeceased by his first wife, Erika, in 1978. He is survived by wife Missy; daughter Kate; stepdaughters Anna and Melissa; stepsons Edward and Jackson; and nine step-grandchildren.

LYNN LAYTON (MA, Psychology, ’67), Psychology, died Nov. 4, 2014, at the age of 90. Following completion of her master’s, she was hired as an instructor in the psychology department. She eventually was promoted to full professor and became director of the campus counseling center. She was awarded emerita status by the University in 1983. Her daughter, Leslie Layton, is a part-time journalism instructor at CSU, Chico. She is survived by daughter Leslie, son Barry, and granddaughter Tania Flores.

SANDRA “SANDY” MARGARET WILLIAMS McLEAN, (MBA, ’82), Business, died June 4, 2014, at the age of 79. She and her husband Raymond moved to Chico after he retired from the military. She began teaching in the College of Business in 1982, but had previously taught at Portland Communication College and other schools near where her husband was based. She was very involved in community groups, including the Chico Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, University Choir, Campfire, and St. John’s Episcopal Church. McLean is survived by her brother and his children, her stepchildren, and many step-grandchildren and friends. 

RICHARD SORENSEN, (BA, Social Science, ’55; credential), Facilities Management and Services, died Feb. 4, 2014, at the age of 91. He attended Chico State College on the GI Bill, living with his wife and children in campus veterans’ housing until he received his degree. He began working as an electrician for the University in 1960. He also volunteered as a timekeeper at Wildcat home basketball games, not missing a game in 30 years. He was inducted into the CSU, Chico Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.

JACK WINDSOR, Art and Art History, died Oct. 18, 2014, at the age of 98. Windsor began teaching art at CSU, Chico in 1948 and is credited with establishing the program in ceramics. He is also remembered for his involvement in planning and placing equipment in Taylor Hall when it was first constructed. He retired from teaching in 1986. An exhibition award in the Department of Art and Art History, the Jack Windsor Ink/Clay Prize, commemorates his contributions to campus.

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications