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HAZEL MAHON DE MARAIS (A.B., Education, ’21)
died March 8 at the age of 103. She taught school for several years
in Orland and Gridley. Survivors include her son and daughter; six
grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Her husband, Charles, preceded her in death.
FRANCES L. KING (A.B., Education and Credential,
’32) died on Jan. 20 at the age of 92. She was a teacher for
33 years, and retired from Glenn County High School in Willows,
California, in 1966. She was inducted into the CSU, Chico Athletic
Hall of Fame in 1989. Her siblings, Roy, Charles, Ralph, May, Jessie,
and Alice, preceded her in death.
HELEN MACKINNON (A.B., Education and Credential,
’39) died March 4 at the age of 86. She taught for many years
and also raised six children. Survivors include her children, Jim,
Joe, Glenda, Mike, Dolores, and Jane; 11 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren. Her husband, Donald, preceded her in death.
MARY JANE NICHOLAS (A.B., Education and Credential,
’45) died Jan. 26 at the age of 80. She worked as a teacher
and was an accomplished pilot. Her husband, George, predeceased
her. Survivors include her daughters, Kathy and Jeane; sons, Chris,
Greg, and David; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
WILLIAM KEMP (A.B., Education and Credential, ’48;
Secondary School Administration Credential, ’66) died March
17 at the age of 82. He taught for 23 years at Chico Junior High
School and Bidwell Junior High School. He is survived by his wife,
June; eight children; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and
six brothers and sisters.
ROBERT C. BEERY (A.B., Commerce, ’50) died
March 2 at the age of 81. Survivors include his sisters, Doris and
Anna Mae. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie, and daughter,
MARCIA A. KIRKPATRICK (A.B., Psychology, ’54)
died Jan. 1 at the age of 73. She worked for the Sacramento Public
Library for 14 years before retiring in 1990. She is survived by
her niece, Barbara Fichter; great-niece, Emily Harbison; and great-nephew,
JUDITH A. FAIRLEE (A.B., Education, ’57)
died Jan. 27 at the age of 68. She taught kindergarten at Mill Street
School in Orland, California. Survivors include her husband, Ed;
mother, Theresa; children, Mark, Melinda, and Brian; and eight grandchildren.
FRANK LARRABEE ( B.S., Business, ’60) died
April 2 at the age of 66. In addition to running the family farm
near Butte City for more than 45 years, he worked with many agricultural
and community service organizations. Survivors include his wife,
Melisse; sons, Eric, Scott, Keith, and Jason; daughter, Keri; seven
grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
RUBENA A. HIEBERT (A.B., Education and Credential,
’61) died Jan. 23 at the age of 72. She taught for many years
in Glenn County, as well as at a one-room schoolhouse in Kirkwood,
California. She is survived by her husband, William; daughters,
Jenyce and JoAnn; and six grandchildren.
DAN LEVINSON (A.B., Education and Credential, ’63)
died Oct. 14, 2003, at the age of 68. He taught students ranging
from junior high school through college for 24 years, including
20 years in Nome, Alaska. After retiring, he served as an emergency
mental health clinician in Homer, Alaska. He is survived by his
FRANK LUCERO (A.B., Education and Credential, ’63)
died Feb. 24 at the age of 67. He taught for 30 years in Tehama
County, and was a state representative to the California Teachers
Association for many years. Survivors include his wife, Sandra;
daughters, Debra, Tami, and Wendi; and three grandchildren.
INA EOFF (A.B., Education and Credential, ’64)
died March 19 at the age of 98. She was an elementary school teacher
for 28 years, teaching in Lassen County for several years. She is
survived by her son, Gerald; brother, Carl; two grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband,
John, preceded her in death.
KENNETH C. MILLER (A.B., Physical Education, ’64;
Credential, ’65) died March 19 at the age of 63. He taught
at San Leandro High School, and coached swimming and wrestling.
He was also the co-owner of Tarr and Feathers Saloon in Walnut Creek,
California. Survivors include his sister, Coral; brother, Neil;
and partner, Casey.
BETTY R. YOUNG (A.B., Education and Credential,
’64) died Feb. 22 at the age of 81. She taught special education
in Klamath Falls, Oregon schools for 25 years. Survivors include
her children, Douglas and Virginia; and four grandchildren. Her
husband, Harold, preceded her in death.
ALLEN W. FLOCK (B.S., Business Administration,
’65) died April 11 at the age of 61. In 1993, he retired from
Pacific Gas & Electric, where he was director of marketing and
customer service. At the time of his death, he was president and
chief operating officer of Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda. Survivors
include his wife, Linda; three sons; five grandchildren; a brother;
and his mother.
JOE P. YOUNG (B.S., Civil Engineering, ’66)
died April 3 at the age of 65. He worked for the California Department
of Transportation for more than 30 years. Mary, his wife, survives
him, as well as his son, Patrick; a grandson; seven stepchildren;
18 step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
PHILLIP “PRESS” POWELL (B.S., Agriculture,
’70) died March 11 at the age of 57. In 1977, he joined the
business established by his grandfather, E.C., and father, Walton,
making fly fishing rods. He also owned Chico Fly Shop. Survivors
include his wife, Martha; sons, Frank and Danny; and siblings, John,
Edwin, Nancy, and Charlotte.
CHARMAINE M. DERHAM (B.A., Child Development, ’73)
died Dec. 13, 2003, at the age of 52. She worked for 27 years as
a senior appraiser at the Marin County Assessor’s office.
Survivors are her partner of 32 years, David Murray; mother, Helen;
siblings, Mary, Vincent, and Richard; and four nieces and nephews.
ALLISON L. MILLER (B.A., Geography, ’74)
died Jan. 10 at the age of 52. She was an elementary schoolteacher
for 28 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is survived by her
husband, Phil; parents, Ralph and Virginia; sister, Laurel; brother,
Don; a nephew; and numerous cousins. Her brother, Jim, predeceased
DAVID N. WOOLF (B.S., Business Administration,
’74) died March 26 at the age of 53. He worked for many years
in the lumber industry and was employed at Cascade Wood Products
in Redding, California. Survivors include his wife, Debbie; children,
Jacob, Jara, and Tanner; a granddaughter; and five brothers.
DAWN CAMPBELL (attended fall ’76–spring
’77) died Dec. 6, 2003, at the age of 47. She was a spokeswoman
for the Northern California Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Project,
director of the Chico Chinese School, and a member of Families with
Children from China. Survivors include her husband, Bill; daughter,
Emma; father, Harry Hyman; and two brothers.
EDWINA GIBBS (B.A., Sociology, ’78; B.A.,
Social Science, ’82) died Jan. 22 at the age of 58. She was
an educator for the Oroville Union High School District for 30 years.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence; mother, Katherine Harrison;
six sisters; and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her
son, Lawrence; twin sister; father; and stepfather.
VICTOR P. TUCHMAN (M.A., Preventative Education,
’81) died Dec. 12, 2003, at the age of 54. He was a social
worker for the Monterey County Health Department and a former school
counselor for Soledad Union School District. He is survived by his
wife, Patricia Medrano; father, Hy; mother, Gloria; and brother,
MARC SIEVERS (B.S., Business Administration, ’85)
died Feb. 26 at the age of 41. He was a director in health and welfare
operations at Mellon Human Resources and Investor Solutions in San
Francisco. He is survived by his parents, Kate Sievers and Donald
Sievers; siblings, Taryn, Karra, Farrell, and Scott; and six nieces
THOMAS N. BRIGHT (attended fall ’90–fall
’93) died Dec. 22, 2003. He was 33. He is survived by his
daughter, Delainey; mother, Betty; and Delainey’s mother,
DANIEL J. RABIN (B.S., Biology, ’91) died
Jan. 9 at the age of 36. He practiced medicine in Oakhurst, California.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle; children, Jacob and Eliana;
parents, Ed and Jane; and sister, Rebecca.
JOHN H.K. VOGEL, JR. (B.A., Latin American Studies,
’91) died Feb. 6. He was 39. He taught English at the University
of Merida in Yucatan, Mexico, and was author of a guide to help
Spanish speakers understand the complexities of Eng-ish. He is survived
by his father, John H.K. Vogel; mother, Nancy Jo Vogel; sisters,
Nancy Clare and Carrie Jo; stepmother, Cynthia Vogel; and half-sister,
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JULIE O’HANLON KARABATS (attended fall ’01–fall
’03) died March 7. She was 21. She was scheduled to graduate,
in mathematics, in May 2004. Her husband, Chris, survives her, as
well as her parents, Ron and Sue; siblings, Jason and Joanna; and
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