In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff


(BA, Psychology, ’73; MA, Psychology, ’76), Financial Aid and Scholarship, died August 16, 2017, at the age of 73. She was born August 14, 1944 in Ocala, Florida. In 1984, she was hired at Chico State as an administrative assistant and soon worked her way up to an administrative operations analyst, and then worked as an administrator from 1990 until her retirement in 2004. She is survived by her husband, Abe; children Mason, Wendy, Erin, and Ryan; her twin sister Mary Old-Kooi; a niece and nephew, her grandchildren; two other sisters; a brother; numerous cousins; and her longtime caregiver, Misty Correia.


Fred BrooksParks and Recreation, died June 3, 2017, at the age of 80. Born December 8, 1936, in Ogden, Utah, he went on to spend his life teaching parks and recreation courses, and planning and directing parks projects across California and the Western United States. Brooks was hired as a tenure-track lecturer at Chico State in 1976, retiring in 2000. While serving as president of the Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association, he initiated and led what became the annual luncheon for the Hall of Honor, into which he was inducted in 2012. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Terry Lee Schoenmaker; his sister, Viola Valdovinos; and children Sherri Sciarrino, Jennifer Armstrong, Christine O’Halloran, and Frederick Arron Brooks, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Human Resources, died May 20, 2017, at the age of 81. Born December 15, 1935 in Ogden, Utah, she moved with her family to Chico as a young girl. She was hired at Chico State in 1955 as a cashier in the benefits office, retiring in 2000. She was honored as the Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year in 1995, and she was voted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1998. In 2011, she was inducted into the Emeritus Retired Faculty Staff Association Hall of Honor. Boyer was preceded in death by her first husband, George Gerhke, and her second husband of more than 45 years, Larry Boyer. She is survived by her son, George Gerhke Jr.; sisters Vikki Duggan and Bonnie Westlake; brother Jim Smith; and three stepchildren.


Facilities and Management Services, died July 3, 2017, at the age of 65. Hardy was born August 20, 1951, and after graduating from Chico Senior High School, he served the US Army in field artillery. He was later hired as a custodian at Chico State in 1996 and worked in many buildings over the years until his retirement in August 2016. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons Keith, Greg, and Johnny; brothers Clinton, Tommy, Rob, and Bill; sister Kathy; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


David HeinzeCollege of Business, died March 3, 2017, at the age of 75. Born June 30, 1941, in Patterson, New Jersey, he was raised in Phoenix. He earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in actuarial science from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate in management science from Arizona State University. Heinze taught full-time until retiring in 2001. Heinze is survived by his wife, Sandra Heinze; children Timothy and Anne Heinze, Nathan and Dainy Heinze, Bethany and Tim Kizirian, and Christian and Katherine Heinze; and many grandchildren.


Counseling, died June 13, 2017, at the age of 90. Johns was born October 27, 1926, in La Puente, California, and spent her school years in Oregon, where she met her husband, Darlle Johns, in high school. They married January 22, 1944 and moved to Chico in 1961 with their three children, Rick, Jani, and Gail. That same year, she was hired at Chico State as an intermediate stenographer, retiring in 1991. She is survived by her son, Rick, daughter, Gail, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. 


Mike KingPsychology, died April 16, 2017, at the age of 77. Born August 1, 1939, in Georgetown South Carolina. He received a BA in 1963 in sociology and anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. In 1968, he earned a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He worked at Mendocino State Hospital from 1969 to 1971, and then was hired to teach psychology at Chico State in 1971, retiring in 1994. He was recognized by Chico State with the Professional Achievement Honors award in 1982, and again in 1988–89 with a Meritorious Performance Award. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Johanna Brawley, brother Brian, daughters Sigrid and Anya, and a grandson and several step-grandsons.


Louis James MihalyiGeography and Planning, died February 24, 2017, at the age of 93. Mihalyi was born October 4, 1923 in the Slovak part of Czechoslovakia to a Hungarian family. He survived war against the Soviet Union in 1941. Mihalyi became a Candaian citizen in 1956, then moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a mechanic and welder for United Airlines. He graduated from San Francisco State with his BA in 1961, completed a British Diploma of Education and teaching credential in 1962 at the Royal College of Makerere in Uganda, where he taught until 1963. He completed his master’s degree in geography at Stanford University in 1964 and became a high school teacher in Eureka. Later, he received a doctorate in geography at UCLA and was then hired as a faculty member at Chico State in 1967, retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Joann, and stepsons, Keith and Wes.


(BA, English, ’49), Counseling, died September 14, 2017, at the age of 91. Born November 5, 1925, in Blythe, she moved to Chico with her family and attended Chico State, graduating with a BA in English in 1949. As a student at Chico State she met her husband, Don Mulkey, and they married the year she graduated. She was hired at Chico State in 1967 and worked as a clerical assistant in the counseling office until retiring in 1991. She is survived by her husband, Don; children Greg Mulkey, Pam Mulkey, and Kim Davis and her husband, Rick; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, as well as other extended family members.


(Credential, ’88), Sociology, died March 25, 2017, at the age of 75. Nagle was born January 27, 1942, in Seattle. After graduating from Seattle High School, he went on to earn a BA from Western Washington State College in 1964 and a MA and PhD from the University of Washington in 1967 and 1968, respectively, specializing in social psychology and interpersonal relations. He was hired at Chico State shortly thereafter. After leaving Chico State, Nagle taught at several levels of education, living in the area on his 10-acre ranch near Butte College for many years. He is survived by his wife, Ana, and their four children, Johanna, James, Robert, and Elizabeth.


Henry Alfred PetersonPsychology, died March 21, 2017, at the age of 90. He was born and raised January 24, 1927 in Watts. He earned his BA in public administration from the University of Southern California in 1951 before attending Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned a BD degree. He went on to pursue his MA and PhD in psychology and education at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1960. Afterward, he was hired in the Department of Psychology at Chico State College, teaching the areas of educational psychology and industrial organizational psychology, and eventually serving as the department chair—retiring in 1993. He is survived by his children, Brian Peterson, Janeane Peterson, and Kristen Avakian, and five grandchildren, Anthony Avakian, Kaiya Avakian, H. Dylan Brown, Avalon Brown, and Eschan Brown.


Library, died May 5, 2017, at the age of 100. Born February 1, 1917 near Shoals, Indiana, Spring was raised in Indianapolis. She served the US Navy during World War II as a communications specialist in Chatham, Massachusetts, and as a shore patrol member in Oahu. After the war, she married Clem Spring Jr. and resided in Chicago, later returning to her home state to earn an MA in library science from Indiana University. She was hired as a reference librarian in Trinity Hall at Chico State College in 1958. Spring is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Clement and Cheri Spring; grandson Clement, and granddaughter Carrie.


(BA, Social Sciences, ’76; Credential, ’81), Regional & Continuing Education, died August 18, 2017. Born December 12, 1952 in Oroville, Timmons moved to Chico when she was in the fourth grade. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School, she attended Chico State, where she completed a BA in social science in 1976 and a teaching credential in 1981. She was hired at Regional & Continuing Education in 1984 and finished her service in 2006 as an administrative analyst, making many deep and lasting friendships along the way. She is survived by her sons, TYLER (BS, Business Administration, ’11) and Dane Timmons, grandchildren Charlie and Harper, mother Laurie, brothers Don and Kevin Dumford, and many nieces.

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