Alums In Memoriam
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KATHRYNE J. BASSLER (Credential, '29; B.A., Education,
'52) died Oct. 6 at the age of 94. She taught in Chico schools for
many years. She is survived by her daughters, Molly and Louann;
son, William; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one
WESLEY I. BUMP (attended fall '31–fall
'36) died June 9 at the age of 89. He retired in 1979 after 42 years
as a conductor for the Western Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara; sons, Delbert and
Dennis; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
AILEEN M. SANFORD (B.A., Education, '33) died
in September at the age of 91. A resident of Gridley since 1935,
she is survived by sons Roger, Ron, and Tom; seven grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband of 60 years, Keith, and
an infant daughter, Jean Marie, preceded her in death.
LEO OLIVER (B.S., Biological Sciences, '35) died
Dec. 30 at the age of 91. After a brief teaching career, he worked
at the Collins Pine Company in Chester, California, as purchasing
and personnel manager until retirement in 1972. His wife, Dorcas
(Dotty) Sloan, predeceased him. Survivors include his companion,
Wilma Laken; sons, John and Michael; daughter, Susan; brother, Ernest;
sister, Carolyn; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
VELDA SHELEY (B.A., Education, '36) died June
29 at the age of 88. She taught elementary school for several years
in Chico. Her survivors include her son, Charles; daughter, Norma;
five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
DOROTHY ELIZABETH ANDERSON (B.A., Education and
Credential, '40) died July 7 at the age of 85. She taught in the
Chico Unified School District for 25 years and was instrumental
in introducing the arts to the elementary schools. She retired as
an art consultant at Chapman School. Her husband, Nels, and sons,
Ronal and Larry, preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter,
Dorna; son, Carl; and three sisters.
BOB MADDUX (B.A., Political Science, '61) died
May 27 at the age of 64 after a two-year struggle with leukemia.
He was the first president of Valley Clean Air Now in Fresno, California,
a nonprofit, industry-driven campaign to educate the public and
fund practical solutions for cleaner air. He is survived by his
wife, Linda; his mother; a brother; five children; and five grandchildren.
JACK J. MCKILLOP (Credential, '49) died June 22
at the age of 81. During World War II, he was an investigating officer
in war crimes, and later he was an agent for Bankers Life Nebraska
and a real estate agent. Survivors include his wife of 60 years,
Norma; daughter, Jill; son, Jack; sister, Beverly; brother, Bob;
three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
GEORGE HENRY HARMS (B.A., Industrial Arts and
Credential, '52) died Aug. 21 at the age of 79. He is survived by
his wife of 52 years, Betty; daughter, Cathy; son, Terry; brother,
Wert; sisters, Evelyn, Berneice, and Jean; and four grandchildren.
EDA MAE STUMP (B.A., Education, '53) died Aug.
29 at the age of 91. She taught and was principal at Richvale School
for 30 years, retiring in 1972. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Vern. Survivors include her sister, Edna.
DEE M. HOPPOUGH (B.A., Education and Credential,
'54; M.A., Education, '69) died Oct. 7 at the age of 81. During
World War II, she served in the Navy Waves decoding enemy messages.
She taught kindergarten at Salem, Sierra View, and Neal Dow schools
in Chico and developed a kindergarten readiness test used by the
Chico Unified School District during the 1970s. She is survived
by her daughter, Lindy, and a granddaughter. Her husband, Bob, preceded
her in death.
ELMER RAY JENNINGS (B.A., History, '55) died July
11 of colon cancer at the age of 69. In 1958, he earned a law degree
from the University of Santa Clara. He was a Tehama County deputy
district attorney for 13 years, formed a public defender partnership,
and served as a justice court judge before retiring in 2000. Survivors
include his wife of 31 years, Dee; mother, Alberta; sons, Ryan,
Larry, Steve, Greg, and Kirk; daughter, Bree; brothers, Jim and
John; and four grandchildren.
VIRGIL V. RICKETTS (B.A., Education and Credential,
'58) died in October at the age of 72. He served in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War and was an educator in Oroville for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Charmaine; sons, Garth and
Derk; sisters, Margaret and Miriam; three grandsons; and two step-grandsons.
His eldest son, Todd, preceded him in death.
JAMES MARVIN BULLINGTON (B.A., Industrial Arts
and Credential, '60) died July 20 at the age of 78. A lifelong resident
of Chico, he is survived by his wife, Lois; and son, James.
DON PAUL RUST (B.A., Education and Credential,
'61) died May 4 at the age of 69. He served in the U.S. Navy during
the Korean War and was a teacher and vice principal at Brown Elementary
School in Rio Oso, California. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn;
daughters, Kelly and Katie; son, Don; sister, Mayre; and two grandchildren.
LANA JEAN WALKER (B.A., Education and Credential,
'64) died Aug. 31 at the age of 60. She taught in public and private
schools in Chico, Sacramento, and Marin County. She also owned and
operated Sonshine Llamasary of Chico and Shingletown, California.
Survivors include her mother, Shirley; step-father, Ray; son, Robert;
daughter, Shannon; brother, Bill; and five grandchildren.
FERNE HOCKETT (B.A., Education and Credential,
'65) died Oct. 14 at the age of 92. She taught at Biggs Elementary
School. Survivors include her sons, Wayne and Loren; daughter, Janet;
sister, Helen; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; and son, Lloyd.
ERNEST(ERNIE) HILLMAN (B.A., Mathematics, '66)
died Dec. 2 at the age of 60. He worked for Matthews Conveyor, later
Rexnord Products, in Chico, and most recently for Masonite in Corning.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathleen; brothers, David
and Douglas; and sisters, Karen and Cathy.
PHILLIP ALLEN LARSON (attended fall '72–spring
'76 and fall '85) died in August at the age of 58 of liver failure.
He was self-employed as a videographer, gardener, tax preparer,
and maintenance person. He is survived by his mother, Frances; and
sisters, Andrea and Cheryl.
KENNETH EDWARD JOHNSON (B.A., Sociology, '73)
died May 28 at the age of 69. He worked as a banker for 33 years,
retiring as a vice president of Sanwa Bank in Los Angeles, California.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; sons, David and Michael; and
DEBORAH (DEBBIE) FRANZMAN (B.A., Sociology, '75;
M.A., Sociology, '77) died Aug. 19 following a great white shark
attack near San Luis Obispo, California. She had been an instructor
at California community colleges, most recently Allan Hancock College
in Santa Maria. She is survived by an adopted son.
JOHN MILNER WELDON (M.A., Speech and Drama, '75)
died Oct. 10 at the age of 56. He was chair of the Theatre Department
of Indian Valley College in Novato, California, before moving to
Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, where he worked in sales at Ford's
Theatre and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Survivors include his wife, Anne; mother, Ida; and sister, Linda
VICTORIA ANN CHIK (B.S., Management, '76) died
Aug. 7 at the age of 50 after an extended illness. She was a graduate
student in special education and taught at Gerber Elementary School
until spring 2003. She is survived by her husband, Dale; son, Ryan;
and daughter, Morgan.
HELEN SCHALLER (attended spring '82) died Aug.
22 at the age of 98. She and her husband, Ray, owned and operated
Bartlett Drug Company in Chico from 1944 until his death in 1971.
Survivors include her daughters, Barbara and Carolyn; sisters, Ellice
and Marie; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH HEBERER (B.A., Music, '85) died in December
2002 of brain cancer. He was a career U.S. Navy musician based in
Naples, Italy. He is survived by his wife and children, ages 2 and
SRIJAYA DALTON (attended fall '98–fall
'00) died May 26 at the age of 22 in a traffic accident in San Francisco,
California, two days after graduating from San Francisco State University.
A gifted musician, she earned her degree in cinema studies and most
recently worked as a teacher's assistant in a film class. Survivors
include her mother, Mary; father, William; sister, Ari; and grandparents.
CASEY MARIE JACKSON (multicultural and gender
studies junior) died July 23 at the age of 21 from a fall while
hiking in the Stanislaus National Forest. She was working at Camp
Tawonga near Yosemite National Park. She is survived by her parents,
Robin and Keith, and grandparents.
GARY KEELING (instructional technology senior)
died Oct. 14 of cancer at the age of 58. He enjoyed being an official
at CSU, Chico intramural soccer and football games. A brother, James,
and a sister, Karen, survive him.
ROBERT USHER (construction management freshman)
died Sept. 20 at the age of 19 in an automobile accident near Sacramento,
California. He planned to pursue architectural construction management
and become a general contractor.