A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2017 Issue

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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
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1940s

FLORENCE MARIE (Morrison) CAMPOS

(BA, Physical Education; Credential ’49) died November 14, 2016. During her time at Chico State, she participated in many activities outside of her studies. She was president of the Delta Sigma Epsilon Sorority, the Chico State student body secretary, Associated Women student president, founding member of the Physical Education Club, and very active in dance, field hockey, and gymnastics. In 1990, she was inducted into the Chico State Sports Hall of Fame. In 2013, Campos and approximately 200 other women alumni received belated “C” letters for their athletic achievements during college. After college, Campos was a high school physical education teacher and the master teacher for Nancy Cooper, a retired Chico State physical education department head. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, ROLAND CAMPOS (BA, Commerce, ’50), whom she met during her freshman year at Chico State.

 

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1950s

JAMES MCKENNA

(BA, Industrial Arts, ’57) died December 11, 2016. By the age of 16, he became an apprentice machinist at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and then became a journeyman in 1947. At the age of 22, he proudly served the US Army as a first class sergeant, spending most of his service time stationed in Germany. After earning his degree from Chico State, he went on to teach at Washington High School in Fremont until 1961, and then at Pacifica High School in West Pittsburg from 1968–76. He worked at Price Pump as a young man in the late 1940s and early 1950s before returning to Sonoma in 1961 to become general manager. He also opened the first Arneson Pool Sweep office in Walnut Creek in 1967. In 1969, he realized his lifelong dream of opening his own machine shop, McKenna Products, Inc., which he operated in Pittsburg until his retirement in 2002. He is survived by wife, Palmyra Prato; siblings Eileen McKenna, Ann Loftus, Mary Carroll, and John McKenna; children Kathleen, Eileen, Maurice, Maureen, Angela, James, and Franceen; and 16 grandchildren.

 

ROBERT TONEY

(BA, Social Science, ’57) died November 4, 2016. After graduating from Chico State, Toney was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy in 1957. His naval career spanned 34 years. He commanded four organizations with the Navy and received numerous honors and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Oakleaf Cluster, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He completed NATO Defense College in Rome, and the National and International Security Course at Harvard University. He holds honorary doctorates from National Defense University and Golden Gate University. Toney retired from the military as a rear admiral in 1994, and he served on several boards including the University Advisory Board and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2013. He is survived by his daughters, Kimberly and Kelly; son Robert, his wife Victoria, and their son, Benjamin; brothers Glen and Charles; sister Virginia; goddaughters Nicole and Brooks; godson Charles Brooks Jr.; and other relatives and friends.

RICHARD JOHNSON

(BA, Psychology, ’57; MA, Public Administration, ’76) died January 30, 2017. He was the chief probation officer of Siskiyou County from 1963–84 and was instrumental in implementing its diversion program, which kept predelinquent and at-risk youth from becoming career criminals. He remained committed to the welfare and care of the children and youth in his care, including the first establishment of a school within the juvenile hall, the J. Everett Barr School. He is survived by his ex-wife, LOLA JOHNSON (BA Education; Credential, ’58); children SCOTT JOHNSON (BS, Computer Engineering, ’87) and Todd; his daughters-in-law; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

CHARLES RICHARDS

(BA, Psychology, ’58) died November 3, 2016. With a love of competition, the Paradise native spent much of his time playing sports—softball and basketball in his early years and then tennis and golf later in life. Known as a role model and admired for his integrity and sense of fairness in his life and career with juvenile institutions, Richards remained humble about his achievements. Preceded in death by his son, Chuck, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary; daughter Cheryl; and grandchildren Dominic and Dillon, and Dillon’s wife, Michelle.

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1970s

EDDIE “SUGAR BEAR” NAKADE

(BA, History, ’72) died April 19, 2016. A graduate of Stagg High School in 1968, Nakade attended Delta College before completing his bachelor’s degree at Chico State and then his credential in 1973. After moving to Atwater in 1983, he began teaching at Atwater Elementary School, where he taught for over 30 years. Before his retirement in 2007, Nakade taught at Shaffer School and Mitchell K–6 before transferring to Mitchell Senior Elementary, where he taught seventh-grade history. While at Mitchell Senior, he was the student body advisor and coached softball and basketball. Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dennis, he is survived by wife Debbie; siblings David and Shirley Bertoni-Hall; and nephews Steven Pocoroba and Kevin Schindler.

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2000s

WES SHOCKLEY

(BA, Social Work, ’09; MA, Social Work, ’10) died November 2, 2016. A United States Army veteran, Shockley served as the president of the Chico State Student Veteran Organization in spring 2009. He was a relentless advocate for veterans services and instrumental in lobbying to open a Student Veteran Center (SVC) on the Chico State campus. Shockley continued to advocate for veterans and mentor his fellow student veterans well after the campus opened the SVC in spring 2010. After graduation, he worked as a counselor for the VA at the Chico Vet Center. He then became the lead counselor at the facility after a short time. He had recently relocated to the Sacramento area to become the director of the Carmichael Vet Center, also a VA facility. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and two children.

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2010s

JACK CALLAWAY

(Attended, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, ’16) died November 4, 2016. Originally from Campbell, California, he graduated from Leigh High School and enrolled at Chico State for the fall 2016 semester. He is survived by his parents, Tracy and Bob Callaway, and sister Lauren.

EVA CUARENTA

(BA, Public Relations, ’13) died December 23, 2016. During her time at Chico State, she was an account executive for Tehama Group Communications and a student assistant in the journalism and public relations department’s computer lab. After graduation, Cuarenta returned to her hometown of Modesto and worked at Niagara Bottling Company in Stockton. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, and extended family.

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Alum Notes

CRISTINA RAMIREZ

CRISTINA RAMIREZ

('08) was promoted to assistant superintendent of Calcrete Construction.

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JOEY KOCHLACS

JOEY KOCHLACS

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BOB GEISER

BOB GEISER

('88) received a distinguished service award from the Boy Scouts.

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