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BERTICE BAKER (SMITH) GLASS (Junior College, ’32) died July 3 at the age of 94. She worked for PG&E and at Cupertino High School, and wrote a weekly column for the Cupertino Courier. She was predeceased by husband James, son Michael, and daughter Patricia. Glass is survived by sons Robert, Gary, and Steven; daughter Judy; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
DOROTHY AGNES (CHILDS) WISE (AB, Education, ’34) died July 16 at the age of 93. She and her husband established a real estate business in Oroville, where she was a realtor and notary public for more than 50 years. Wise was predeceased by husband Clemmer and is survived by five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
DORIS REAM (Credential, ’37) died April 22 at the age of 91. She taught fifth grade at Oak Park Elementary School in Pleasant Hill for 25 years until her retirement in 1975. She was predeceased by husband Michael and daughter Marilyn and is survived by son Michael, three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
RODERIC MOORE (BA, Social Science, ’42; Credential, ’46) died May 28 at the age of 85. During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Moore retired as superintendent of the Oceanside Unified School District in 1981. He is survived by wife Norma; daughter Diane; sons Roderic III, Rex, and Jinx; and six grandchildren.
HARRY EDWIN ESTES (AB, Mathematics, ’47) died April 17 at the age of 82. He was a scout executive for Boy Scouts of America for 34 years. Estes is survived by wife Erline.
SAMUEL “SAM” L. WOLF (AB, Business Administration, ’48) died March 11 at the age of 89. He was a commanding officer and pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Wolf served in the Air Force Reserves until his retirement as colonel in 1972. Wolf is survived by wife Charlotte, daughter Ginger, son Dan, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
JACK HOCKING (AB, Education and Credential, ’49) died July 30 at the age of 81. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Hocking was also a stockbroker for 26 years with Merrill Lynch. He was predeceased by children John Alfred, Mary Ellen, and Lynda Sue and is survived by wife Patricia, son Jim, and a granddaughter.
DONALD E. MADDUX (BS, Biology, ’50; Credential, ’51; MA, Teaching of Biology, ’53) died March 17 at the age of 90. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Alaska and Germany. Maddux taught science at Los Molinos High School and biology at Oroville High School. He is survived by his brothers and a sister.
GEORGE ALBERT REEVE (BA, Commerce, ’50) died May 17 at the age of 88. During World War II, he was a U.S. Navy aviation ordnance supervisor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kadashan Bay. Later, he had a career in education and the private business sector. Reeve is survived by wife Dorothy; sons Carter and Tod; daughter Cameron; stepsons Joe and Marc; stepdaughters Connie, Sue, Melissa, and Cindy; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
HENRY “HANK” GEORGE SCHIERENBERG (AB, Biology, ’50) died July 3 at the age of 82. He was a veteran of World War II and worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture for 35 years. He is survived by wife Barbara, sons Paul and Allan, daughter Karen Jaime, and two grandchildren.
BRUCE GORDON MERRILL (AB, Social Science, ’51) died April 21 at the age of 82. He served in the Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio operator during World War II. Merrill was predeceased by wife Wilma and is survived by daughters Sharon, Debbie, and Melinda; son Tim; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
LEWIS J. MATHOT (BA, Education and Credential, ’52; MA, Elementary Curriculum and Methods, ’65) died April 17 at the age of 85. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and taught sixth grade at Hooker Oak in Chico. After retirement, he delivered the Chico Enterprise-Record for 25 years. Mathot was predeceased by wife Marge and is survived by three daughters, one son, four granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren.
CELIA SUZANNE (RUHNKE) BRACIAK (AB, Art, ’55; Credential, ’69) died Jan. 23 at the age of 74. She taught special education in June Lake and Oakland, worked for United Airlines, and was a dispatcher for the California Highway Patrol in Chico. Braciak was predeceased by husband Stanley.
JO ANN DEADY (AB, Education and Credential, ’55) died July 26 at the age of 74. She taught at elementary schools in Sutter and Alameda. Deady was predeceased by husband Gene and is survived by sons David and Michael and two grandsons.
JOHNNY AARON (AB, Education and Credential, ’58) died Jan. 4, 2004. He was a mathematics teacher in the Fontana School District. Aaron is survived by wife Muriel and children Eva Jean, Susan, Jon Curtis, and Connie Joe.
THOMAS C. HELZER (AB, Physical Education, ’60) died July 15 at the age of 69. He spent 35 years with the Anderson High School District, retiring as principal of North Valley High School in 1996. He is survived by daughter Jennifer and two grandchildren.
JOHN EDWIN SKRIPEK (AB, Industrial Arts, ’60; Credentials, ’61) died April 17 at the age of 84. He was a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps 72nd Fighter Squadron at Iwo Jima during World War II. Skripek was a woodshop teacher at Corning High School until retiring in 1988. He was predeceased by wife Mary and a grandson and is survived by children Celia, Mary, John, Paul, Marilyn, Ann, Michael, and Thomas; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
JACK BRUMLEY (BA, Elementary Education, ’62) died April 28 at the age of 74. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and taught at Bear River School in Wheatland until his retirement in 1993. Brumley was predeceased by son Timothy and is survived by wife Jane, daughters Victoria and Mary, son David, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
LOUIS R. “BOB” CANEPA (BS, Applied Science, ’62) died July 25 at the age of 68. He was a fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was an F-4 instructor pilot. After 30 years, he retired from the Navy in 1993. In 2005, Canepa retired as GIS manager for San Diego County. He is survived by wife Patty; children Janel, Jeff, Julie, and Joanna; five grandchildren; and mother Beryl.
CHARLES “CHUCK” ROBERT KINDIG (AB, Life Science, ’63; Credential, ’64) died Aug. 10 at the age of 66. After pursuing a master’s degree in microbiology, he and his wife, Irene, ran a restaurant near Lassen Volcanic National Park before moving to the Lake Almanor area, where Chuck taught at Westwood High School until his retirement in 1996. Chuck was preceded in death by son Gregory and is survived by wife Irene, daughter Cari, and two grandchildren.
CHARLES “DOC” SCOTT (BS, Agriculture, ’64) died April 9 at the age of 74. After receiving a master’s degree in animal breeding and a doctorate in genetics and genetic toxicology from UC Davis, he worked at the University of Utah Medical School for eight years before going into research. In 1989, Scott established his own environmental consulting business and retired in 1999. Scott is survived by wife Dolores, son Chuck, daughters Amie and Valerie, and two grandchildren.
ROBERT (BOB) L. SLOVER (BS, Business Administration, ’64) died April 4 at the age of 69. He opened a CPA practice in 1968 and retired in 2006. Slover is survived by wife Shirley; children David, Robin, Angie, Kent, Kathy, Karen, and Kurt; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
HORACE VAN “SKIP” TARTER (AB, Industrial Arts, ’64) died July 19 at the age of 66. He worked for the U.S. Secret Service for two years before owning Chico Auto Parts for 37 years. Tarter is survived by sons Harold and Greg and four grandchildren.
LEON “LEE” A. NEGRI (AB, Education and Credential, ’65) died July 22 at the age of 64. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Negri worked 35 years in the San Juan Unified School District and headed the graduate studies program for the University of La Verne until his retirement in 2004. He is survived by wife Jane; daughters Noel, Mindy, and Jessica; mother Alma; and five granddaughters.
GARY PLEASANT (BS, Business, ’66) died June 30. He worked for Simmons Bedding Company for 40 years, most recently as senior vice president of sales at the Atlanta headquarters. Pleasant is survived by wife Cathy and daughter Meredith.
DELOURIS ROSE VERONICA SQUYRES (BA, Social Science, ’66; Credential ’69; MA, Education, ’73) died June 7 at the age of 101. She worked as a legal aide in Santa Ana and taught for 15 years in Los Molinos. Squyres was predeceased by daughter Sally and is survived by daughters Glenda and Susan, son Bill, 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
EUGENE “BO” BOWEN (BS, Biology, ’71; MS, Botany, ’74) died April 16 at the age of 58. He worked for Tenaco West until it closed and then worked for Dole as an almond grower field representative. He is survived by wife Elisa; children Ariana, Ryan, and Sarah; and parents Betty and Edman.
GARY L. CUTLER (BS, Computer Science, ’73) died June 26 at the age of 61. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and designed the computer program that guided the Minuteman missile. Cutler worked for IBM and Control Data Corporation. He is survived by wife Gayle, daughter Jennifer, son Alex, and two grandchildren.
LINDA SUE HELTON (BA, American Studies and Credentials, ’73) died June 11 at the age of 56. She began teaching in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and taught various grades in the Capay Joint Union Elementary School District from 1979 until she retired in 2002. From 1988, she also served as principal and superintendent.
HOLLIE VINSON (BA, Information and Communication Studies and Sociology, ’77) died March 22 at the age of 51. Her articles were published in local and national media, and she was instrumental in the creation of trails, ramps, and other facilities for the physically challenged. She is survived by husband Greg, mother and stepfather Shirley and Glenn, and stepmother Betty.
DONALD CHARLES WOLSKI (BS, Computer Science, ’77) died March 19 at the age of 56. He was a programmer/analyst, systems administrator, and software engineer for NASA/Ames Research Center, Graphic Microsystems, and Syntex Research, and he taught at DeAnza College. Wolski also worked for Humboldt State University and was a computer consultant. He is survived by wife Margaret and daughter Caroline Lan.
PAMELA FLEMING (BA, Liberal Studies, ’79) died March 21 at the age of 51. She was an accountant for many years. Fleming is survived by husband Michael and sons Stephen and Rick.
PATRICK DANIEL MORFORD (BA, Social Welfare and Community Service, ’79) died March 30 at the age of 59. He was commissioned as a surface warfare officer lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and later operated a construction contracting business. Morford is survived by parents June and Earl.
JESS ANDERSON (BS, Music, ’82) died July 12 at the age of 47. After retiring as a heavy equipment operator at Golden Gate Fields in Emeryville, he moved to Coos Bay, Oregon, and pursued a painting career. Anderson is survived by wife Jill and children Leah, Miranda, and Eve.
JON G. STUART (BA, Physical Education and Psychology, ’83) died June 14 at the age of 48. After a brief time working in construction, he spent 23 years in sales in the fitness industry, 21 of those at 24 Hour Fitness, where he was one of the top 10 salespeople.
DANNY MARK McGEHEE (BS, Microbiology, ’91) died Feb. 10 at the age of 37. He was a physician’s assistant at the Lassen Medical Center in Red Bluff. McGehee is survived by wife Maureen; children Madison, Kyrie, and Kristopher; and parents Ron and Joy.
STEVEN MARK McALEER (MA, English, ’98) died April 28 at the age of 55. He worked for channel KSCH-TV 58 and KTXL-TV 40 in Sacramento and KIDD/KLRB in Monterey. For 12 years, McAleer was assistant general manager/underwriting director of KCHO Public Radio. He is survived by wife Donna and mother Lois.
MIKE GARDNER (BA, Sociology, ’00) died June 3 at the age of 31. He was a design engineer for AT&T. Gardner is survived by wife Jaclyn; stepmother Charmain; and grandparents Fred and Marilyn, James and Doris, and Robert and Catherine.
ALEXANDRE NICOLAS BERTHET (BS, Manufacturing Technology, ’06) died March 17 at the age of 25. He was a mechanical engineer with a company in Vacaville. Berthet is survived by parents Jane and Andre and grandmother Jean.
STEPHEN WILLIAM DAVIS (attended fall ’02–spring ’07) died May 13 at the age of 23. He was a senior pursuing a degree in liberal studies and had worked for three years in groundskeeping for University Housing and Food Service. Davis is survived by parents Danny and Janice, grandmother Barbara, and grandfather Gene.
RUSSELL EDWARD BRAINARD (attended fall ’03–fall ’06) died March 10 at the age of 21. He was pursuing a degree in recreation administration and was awarded a certificate of achievement by the University in February. He is survived by father Jeff and parents Susan and Robert.
RICHARD JAMES DYER (BS, Business Administration, ’03) died July 16 at the age of 36. He worked at Stott Outdoor Advertising. Dyer is survived by wife Tanya, father George, mother and stepfather Deborah and Will, and grandparents Lena and Haans.
JOSEPH DICKERSON (attended fall ’04–spring ’07) died May 5 at the age of 25. He was a senior pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. Dickerson is survived by parents John and Nina and grandmothers Ruth and Betty.
Anna Harris and Linda Moore, Public Affairs and Publications
From left, George Haas, Loren Coleman, and Arthur Buckley. San Francisco, 1975. Photo courtesy of Loren Coleman.
Curiosity and a Quest for Understanding
THOMAS ARTHUR “ARCHIE” BUCKLEY (AB, Education and Credential, ’41) died June 18 at the age of 89. He was a pioneer in what was at the time the new field of physical therapy. He also became a well-known researcher of the legendary Bigfoot.
A curiosity about the world and a quest for knowledge characterized Buckley’s life from his youth. He carried cameras in Yosemite for Ansel Adams and befriended local Native Americans, according to a July 1 article in the San Francisco Chronicle. His subsequent avocations all involved a love of the outdoors and of physical activity.
At CSU, Chico, Buckley participated in track and field and played a bit part in the movie Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn. He worked as a teacher in Willows after graduation.
During World War II, he was chief of physical reconditioning at McCloskey General Hospital in Texas, a hospital specializing in amputation and neurosurgery. He was the first to encourage automakers to alter cars for use by WWII veterans who had lost limbs, according to his obituary.
After the war, he did extensive research on amputees and the benefits of rehabilitative exercise at Veterans Administration hospitals in Oakland and Martinez. His work on geriatric amputees was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1959. He was an officer of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Association for Physical and Mental Rehabilitation, and the Association of Medical Rehabilitation Directors and Coordinators. He was also a member of the U.S. Board of Civil Service Examiners for physical therapists.
Buckley retired in 1969 after contracting polio and developing a bone tumor in his pelvis, but continued his Bigfoot research. He said he first sighted a creature he believed to be the legendary Bigfoot in 1970 in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, and he later became an active member of the Bay Area Group of Bigfoot researchers. He and other Bigfoot hunters were in a 1978 episode of the TV series In Search of… narrated by Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek.
Buckley was one of the founders of the modern Bigfoot research movement, says Loren Coleman, publisher of Cryptomundo.com, a Web site devoted to the search for the “most elusive and rare animals (cryptids)” on Earth. Buckley was “an incredible expert on feet, due to his work with veterans who had foot disabilities, battle wounds, and most of all, amputations. He took his special expertise in feet and was able to read footprints with a keen eye to how the animal, hominoid or hominid, was walking, striding, and/or running,” wrote Coleman in a tribute to Buckley.
Buckley is survived by wife Rhea, daughters Diane and Sharon, son Bill, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications