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Harold Carter (B.A., Education, '32) died June 18. He was 91. He was a teacher in San Rafael schools for 38 years, and he also taught leatherwork and woodworking to San Quentin State Prison inmates. He is survived by five daughters and three sons. His wife, Evelyn, preceded him in death.
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Genevieve Wadlington (B.A., Education, '35) died August 11 in Redding, California. She was 82. She had been a teacher for the Chico Unified School District. She is survived by her husband, Donald, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
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Stephen W. Brown Jr. (B.A., Psychology, '41) died of pneumonia October 12. He was 81. He was known as "Mr. Education" in Auburn, California, for his support of the local schools long after retiring in 1983 as a principal. He is survived by his wife, Rose.

Arthur "Art" Elwell Nason (B.A., Education, Music, '41; M.A., Elementary School Administration, '57) died of cancer January 3. He was 80. He taught music in Bishop and Yuba City, California. He retired in 1979 after 30 years as a teacher and elementary school principal. Nason served on the Alumni Board for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, a son, four daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Leo A. Palmiter (B.A., Education, '41) died December 26, 1999. He was 80. He was a former county superintendent of schools and spent four decades as an educator. He assisted in developing the county's special education and regional occupation programs. He was inducted into the CSU, Chico Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 for his boxing, track, and football participation during 193740. He leaves his wife, Betty, who attended Chico State, five children, and 10 grandchildren.

Fred A. Rabo (B.A., Physical Education, '43) died July 1 in Chico. He was 79. He had farmed and ranched in Durham, California, for 50 years. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and had been a prisoner of war for 14 months. He leaves his wife, Dorothy, two daughters, and three sons.

Constance Clarice (Peace) Staples (B.A., Credential, '49) died October 9 in Gridley, California. She was 72. She taught for 30 years in Yuba City, Biggs, Gridley, and the Olivehurst-Marysville areas. She is survived by her husband, Charles, and four daughters.
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Gene Penne (B.S., Accounting, '52) died of cancer June 7. He was 72. For 37 years, he owned and operated Orchard Lanes of Chico and Lariat Bowl of Red Bluff. He was a former city councilmember and twice mayor of Red Bluff. He served as officer and member of Tehama Bank, the Red Bluff Planning Commission, Rotary, the Small Business Committee, and the California Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Gena, two sons, and a daughter.

Robert Paul Fizer (B.A., Education, '55) died November 16 in Chico. He had been a teacher, principal, and school administrator. His love of aviation was evident in building and flying an ultralight plane. He is survived by his wife, Agnes, and two daughters.
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Marjorie June Reed (B.S., Education, '60) died in Salem, Oregon, on September 23. She was 78. She was a teacher and counselor for 26 years, receiving a special "Best Friend Award" at her retirement. Survivors include her husband, Hayward, three sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Dale Lackey (B.S., Business Administration, '67) died of cancer on October 13 in Fortuna, California. He was 58. His love of the outdoors was expressed as a columnist for the Mercury News in Trinity County. He was a fishing and whitewater rafting guide, and co-wrote California Blue Ribbon Trout Streams. He leaves his wife, Maureen, a son, and two daughters.
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John Albert Taylor (B.S., Business Administration, '75) died of cancer July 29 in Chico. He was 65. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years and was a volunteer with the Salvation Army. He leaves his wife, Rebeca, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Meralea Pynchon (B.A., Child Development, '79; Credential, '96) died of cancer November 25 at age 44. She was a teacher in Orland, California. She is survived by her husband, Ray, a son, and a daughter.
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Lisa V. (Rotunda) Bird (B.A., Credential, '84) died in an automobile accident in Los Angeles November 22. She was 42. She earned a doctorate in 1996 from the University of San Francisco and taught in the Bay Area and Hawaii. She was a teacher at a Las Vegas elementary school at the time of her death. She is survived by her parents, Roland and Marilyn Rotunda, and three brothers.

David Lynn Hyams (B.A., Credential, '84) died of cancer October 7. He was 47. He taught for 17 years at Sierra Avenue Elementary School in Thermalito. He led the Dances of Universal Peace and enjoyed snorkeling, backpacking, singing, and playing the guitar. He is survived by his wife, Insu.

James Michael Cook (B.S., Instructional Technology, '87) died November 1 in Oroville, California. He was 53. He was a teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School and Butte College. Survivors include his wife, Shyla, and two daughters.

Kelly Marie Shields (B.A., Philosophy, Religious Studies, '88) died in Homewood, California, on March 2. She had multiple sclerosis. She worked with the Association for Retarded Citizens while living in Chico. She was a poet, painter, and a teacher to many people. She leaves her lifetime partner, Jeff Glickman, and family members.
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Linda Padgett-Mackin (M.A., Education, '93) died at her home September 25. She was 55. She taught English as a second language at Butte College and was a painter, sculptor, and weaver. Her husband died in 1982. She is survived by a son and a daughter.

Kelly Baylor (B.A., Psychology, '95; M.A., Psychology, '00) died in Chico October 7. She was 52. She used a wheelchair and helped others in the same situation by organizing the Great American Wheelchair Race in 1994, 1995, and 1996. She was author and editor of New Worlds magazine. She raised 32 foster children and leaves behind her partner, Stephen Silver, and a son.

Jose Armando Sanchez (B.A., Political Science, '99) died in an automobile accident outside Chico December 10. He was involved in numerous campus programs and organizations prior to his graduation and served as A.S. president 199798. He had started in the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship at the state capital in October. He is survived by his parents, Armando and Maria Sanchez, a brother, and a sister.
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