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LAVANCHE (CHRISTIAN) HURSH (attended fall ’33 to fall ’34) died Feb. 22 at the age of 89. She and her husband Vernon started a nursery in Arbuckle in 1949. Hursh is survived by her son Gary, three granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Vernon.

EDISON DAHLMEIER (attended fall ’34 to spring ’36) died Feb. 19. He was 88. He opened an insurance agency with his brother Hal, where he worked until retirement in 1985. Dahlmeier is survived by his wife Georgia, son Robert, daughter Diane, one brother, three stepchildren, four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Janet.

JEFFERSON B. WEST (AB, Education and Credentials, ’38) died April 2 at the age of 93. He devoted his life to education working as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in the Stockton Unified School District until his retirement in 1972. West is survived by his wife Madge, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

BEATRICE (RYAN) BRAYTON (AB, Education and Credential, ’39) died May 18. She was 88. Brayton and her husband Doug owned Brayton’s Hallmark in downtown Chico for 55 years. She is survived by sons, John and Jerry, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death.

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CLYDA HUNGER (AB, Education and Credential, ’41) died Jan. 30. She was 87. She was a teacher at Clayton B. Wire School in Sacramento for many years. She is survived by son Jay and daughter-in-law Sue. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman.

DOROTHY MORGAN (AB, Education and Credential, ’41) died April 4 at the age of 85. She was an elementary school teacher in Sutter County. She is survived by her son Robert, step-granddaughter Heather, and two step-great-grandchildren.

JOE WADLINGTON (AB, Art, ’46) died Nov. 30 at the age of 84. He was a speech and drama instructor, and acted in plays in Marin County. He is survived by sister Dorothy, brother Don, and five nieces and nephews.

NEWELL K. WITTER (AB, Accounting, ’47) died Jan. 18 at the age of 87. He retired in 1980 as a tax administrator in Redding. He is survived by his wife Maxine, daughter Dianne, sons David and Richard, a brother, a sister, and four grandsons.

BARBARA (HITTSON) WEINZINGER (Junior College Certificate, ’48) died April 12. She was 77. She was the office manager at Pine Mountain Lumber Company in Yreka for 25 years. She is survived by her husband Robert; children Vicki, Terry, and James; sister Phyllis; seven grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

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HERBERT JERGENTZ (BA, Education and Credential, ’51; Credential ’52; MA, Physical Education, Teacher Education, ’64) died Aug. 11, 2004, at the age of 77. He was a teacher and coach at Durham High School for 31 years. He is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Erin and Eric, twin brother Harold, three sisters, three grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

HACK MCINTURF (AB, Industrial Arts and Credential, ’51) died April 28 at the age of 75. He was a Butte County supervisor for several years, and taught and coached at Oroville High School for 32 years. He is survived by his wife Judy, son Jeffery, daughter Lynn, and one grandson.

IVOR “JACK” MONGER (BA, Education and Credential, ’51) died April 11. He was 82. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he was a teacher for 29 years in San Lorenzo. He is survived by his wife Edith, son Wayne, daughters Gayle and Bonnie, and granddaughter Jessica.

EDWARD J. OLSEN (BA, Education and Credential, ’51) died April 20 at the age of 80. He taught and coached for many years at Sycamore Middle School in Gridley. He is survived by his sons Jay and Mark, three grandchildren, and companion Virginia Faulk. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley.

RICHARD L. DAVIS (AB, Business, ’55) died in June 2004. He was 70. In 1999, he retired from his law practice in Menlo Park. He is survived by sons Matthew, Steven, Chris, and Paul. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon.

CHARLES D. JONES (BS, Civil Engineering, ’59) died Dec. 24, 2004. He was 68. He was a civil engineer in the construction industry. He is survived by his wife Roberta; children Sharmon, Brant, and Cliff; four stepchildren; and 13 grandchildren.

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ALICE (THURMAN) MAXWELL (BA, Education, ’61) died December 9. She was 88. Maxwell spent 33 years as an elementary school teacher. She is survived by her husband Lin, daughter Mary, son Andrew, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Marvin.

CATHERINE (ERICKSON) WHISMAN (BA, Home and Family Living, ’61) died Oct. 24, 2004. She was 78. She was a bookkeeper before moving to Hillsboro in 1989. Whisman is survived by her husband Miran, daughters Cathy and Marie, sister Dorothy, brother Andrew, and one grandchild.

DON BRANDT (BS, Agriculture, ’63; MS, Agriculture, ’78) died Jan. 7 at the age of 68. He was a high school teacher and coach. He is survived by his wife Claudia, daughter Robin, son Ron, mother Velma, two sisters, three grandchildren, and many relatives. He was preceded in death by father George and brother Dick.

GINGER IVERSEN (BS, Nursing, ’63) died May 6 at the age of 65. She worked for 25 years at Butte County Mental Health. Iversen is survived by daughters Lilith and Naomi.

NELSON BRILES (attended fall ’64 and fall ’65) died Feb. 13. He was 61. Briles was a major league pitcher for 14 seasons and was to be honored in May as one of the first nine to receive the Chico Professional Baseball Hall of Fame “Legends of the Diamond” award. He is survived by his wife Ginger, son David, and daughters Christina, Kelley, and Sarah.

ROGER “BUZZ” SCHROEDER (BA, History, ’66) died April 23 at the age of 61. He taught middle school math and history in Napa for 30 years. He is survived by his wife Jacquelyn, daughters Amy and Lisabeth, four grandchildren, and three siblings.

HELEN (ROTH) WILLIAMSON (BA, Social Science, ’67; Credential, ’68) died Jan. 8 at the age of 59. She taught elementary school for 34 years in Oroville. She is survived by her sisters Mary and Linda, and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

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DAVID FARNEY (BA, Sociology, ’71) died March 11 at the age of 58. He was a rancher and oil field owner in Wyoming for several years. He also worked on oil fields in Mongolia and Sumatra. Farney is survived by his wife Dona, daughter Tika, mother Mary, and brother Dan.

FEONA (STARKEY) STEEVES (BA, Natural Sciences, ’72) died March 22. She was 61. She was a Medicare analyst for Blue Shield/Blue Cross. She is survived by her husband John, sons Scott and Grant, stepchildren Jeff and Dianne, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

JUDI LOWRIE (BS, Health Science,’73) died March 30. She was 54. She owned and operated Floating Heart Gardens in Chico, and created the Chico Pond Tours. She is survived by her brother Jim and two nephews.

CHUCK BIAMA (BS, Business Administration, ’74; MBA, ’80) died April 26 at the age of 52. He was a certified public accountant for several companies in the Bay Area. He is survived by his son Bryan, parents Richard and Mary Jane, and three brothers.

MARTHA (EVANS) KIERSCH (BA, Psychology, ’75; MA, Psychology, ’77) died May 6. She was 58. Kiersch earned a doctorate in neuropsychology at Washington State University at Pullman. She had a private practice in Fresno.

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VICTOR NICOLI (BS, Computer Science, ’81) died March 13 at the age of 48. He worked in the cable television industry as a computer programmer. He is survived by his wife Cherile, daughter Victoria, and stepson Vincent.

MICHAEL DUCLOS (BS, Finance, ’82) died Sept. 19, 2004. He was 45. Duclos is survived by his wife Liberty, sons Justin and Christopher, parents James and Mary, and five brothers and sisters.

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BRADLEY GILLESPIE (BS, Business Administration, ’92) died Feb. 27 at the age of 41. He was a financial planner and member of the Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife Wendy; children Bradley Jr., Brittney, and Brooke; mother; grandmother; sister; and nephews. His father Gerald preceded him in death.

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER (MA, Social Science, ’95) died March 23 at the age of 48. She worked as an employment training specialist for San Joaquin County. She is survived by sons Anthony and Matthew, mother Mary, father Leonard, a brother, a sister, and four nieces and nephews.

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MATTHEW AXELSON (BA, Political Science, ’00) died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in June. He was 29. Axelson was a member of a Navy SEAL team searching for Taliban and Al-Qaida forces in the mountains in northeastern Afghanistan. His body was recovered July 10 in the Kuranwal Valley. He is survived by his wife Cindy, parents Cordell and Donna, brother Jeff, and many other relatives.

KARL “MARCUS” BRANNSTROM died due to a job-related accident on June 27 in Bakersfield. He was a sophomore, majoring in construction management. Brannstrom is survived by his parents Greg and Eva, brother Jeff, and sister Sarah, and many other relatives.

Stacey Schooler and Lisa Kirk, Public Affairs and Publications