In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff
In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff
JOSE “JOE” BALDERAMA JR. (BA, Social Science, ’89), Educational Opportunity Program, died Feb. 15, 2014, at the age of 67. In 1993, he began working as an EOP advisor. He served as chair of the Chicano/Latino Council, the Latino Alumni Association, and the Latino Leadership Retreat. He was a member of the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee and the Student Affairs Professionals of Color organization. He is survived by wife Vicki; children Dhawnita, James, Cameron, Carrie, and Alan; and nine grandchildren.
JACK BROWN, KCHO, died Sept. 15, 2013, at the age of 68. He was hired as KCHO station manager in 1981 to transition the station into a National Public Radio affiliate. Brown expanded KCHO’s signal and secured sister station KFPR 88.9. He also served twice as president of California Public Radio, a statewide organization for public radio managers. He is survived by wife Kathy, daughter Meghan, and son Sean.
MYRON “BUZZ” BUZZINI (BA, ’78; MA, Special Major, ’78), Instructional Media Center, died Jan. 12, 2014, at the age of 68. He taught photography at the University and eventually transitioned into a staff position in the Instructional Media Center. He worked as a media production specialist until retiring in 2010. Buzzini will be remembered for his kind and helpful character, his fondness for black-and-white photographs and movies, and his love of trains.
FRANK FICARRA, Philosophy, died Jan. 29, 2014, at the age of 86. He taught philosophy and jazz history at CSU, Chico and served as chair of the then-Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Ficarra was also known as a Joyce scholar, jazz historian, drummer, pianist, and for many years, the host of an original jazz program on KCHO.
MICHAEL JOHN GUNDLACH, Management, died Nov. 24, 2013, at the age of 40. He taught at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, before coming to CSU, Chico in 2006. He was advisor to the campus Human Resource and Management Association and also served as an academic senator and on the Faculty Recognition and Support Committee. He is survived by daughter Sylvie Michelle.
ROBERT (BOB) LAYNE HOCKING, Mathematics, died Sept. 13, 2013, at the age of 82. He taught math at CSU, Chico for 27 years, retiring in 1989. He and his wife, Anna, then moved to Mackay, Idaho, where he enjoyed his days playing golf, fly fishing, and completing woodworking projects. Hocking is survived by wife Anna, sons Wes and Rob, daughter Kathy, four grandsons, and two great-grandsons.
YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ INGLE, (MA, Education, ’86), Education, died Jan. 17, 2014, at the age of 68. She was hired by the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies and the Department of Education in 1983. She was active in a number of local community organizations. She is survived by husband Henry, son Stephen, daughter Lisa, and granddaughter Olivia.
BILL JONES, Business and Finance, died Oct. 8, 2013, at the age of 66. He began his career at CSU, Chico in 1978 as a supervisor in the Financial Aid Office and ended it as associate vice president for Business and Finance. After retiring in 2007, he farmed with his family and served on the Oroville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is survived by wife Sandy and daughter Kathy.
ROBERT MATSON, Business, died Jan. 3, 2014, at the age of 90. He taught accounting and taxation as an adjunct professor at CSU, Chico from 1978 to 1986 after retiring from Matson and Isom Accountancy Corporation, the company he cofounded with Chico alumnus Howard Isom. The corporation is considered a top accounting firm by national and international standards. He was predeceased by wife Jean. Matson is survived by his wife Joan; sons Richard, David, Jim, Mark, and Tom; daughters Melissa and Nance; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
RITA MULHOLLAND, Education, died Jan. 11, 2014, at the age of 65. She taught in CSU, Chico’s professional studies in education program from 2001 to 2006. She spent her life focused on special education. She is survived by sisters Sandy, Jackie, and Candace and brothers Bob and Andrew.
PHILIP NORDHUS, English, died Nov. 16, 2013, at the age of 96. He came to Chico State in 1957 and taught American literature until his retirement in 1980. He then became active in community service, volunteering at the Chico Museum, Chico Branch Library, Stansbury Home, Association of Northern California Records and Research, and St. John Episcopal Church. Nordhus is survived by wife Anne; children Elizabeth, John, and Sara; and five grandchildren.
PETE RIEHLMAN, Athletics, died June 6, 2013, at the age of 79. Riehlman was Chico State head football coach from 1968 to 1973. In the storied 1971 season in which the team went to the Camellia Bowl, he was named Conference Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
J. KENT STEPHENS, Meriam Library, died Sept. 20, 2013, at the age of 76. He became the university library’s first science and technology librarian in 1960 and is credited with building the library’s science collection. When he retired in 2000, he was the subject librarian for what is now the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management. Stephens is survived by son John, daughter Kristina, and five grandchildren.
JOHN LOUIS WORDEN JR., English, died Jan. 19, 2014, at the age of 86. He joined the Department of English in 1967 and taught at CSU, Chico until retiring in 1983. He is survived by wife Marcia, daughters Linda and Sylvia, son Ira, and five grandchildren.
Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications