President's Message
Preventing student alcohol abuse

Revisiting Chico's radical past

Editor’s Note
Cultural Diversity at CSU, Chico

Campus Collage
• Memorial Scholarships
• Mexican University
• Waste Habitat
• Web Sitings
• Briefly Noted
• Sportsline
• With Respect
• In the News

A World's Eye View
Back from Uzbekistan

A Faculty Reflection
Russia continues to struggle


New publications by faculty and alumni

Opportunities for Giving
Conservationist endows scholarships

Helping a New Generation of Students
Leadership Institute named after alumna

World Beat

Founders Week, the arts, and sports

Issue Credits
Spring 2001


George Benson
Frank Cliff
Carl Edwin Hein
David W. Lantis
Patty Ratliff

Linda Becktel, manager of retail food services for Associated Students, died August 1 at her home of metastatic breast cancer. She was 53. Becktel is survived by her husband, Donald, and two sons, Mike and Tony Martin. She had worked on the campus since October 1998.

George Benson, professor emeritus of communication, died June 29 in Chico from complications related to surgery. He was 74. Benson came to Chico to teach media arts in 1971 and established the KCHO Radio Reading Service for the visually handicapped in 1977. He was also known for co-hosting Chef's Edition, a call-in cooking show on KCHO. He retired in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Betty, a son, and a daughter.

Joseph Borsos, former employee of the University Farm, died September 28 at his home in Chico. He was 81. Borsos had been an airplane mechanic before moving to Durham and working on the University Farm from 1963 to 1969. He is survived by his wife, Marvel, a daughter, a son, and two stepsons.

Frank Cliff, professor emeritus of biological sciences, died October 1. He was 72. Cliff joined the biology department in 1960 and retired in 1992. He published a number of articles on herpetology and wrote a general zoology manual for biology classes at Chico State. He leaves his wife, Dorothy, three daughters, and a stepson.

Carl Edwin Hein, professor emeritus of the Social Science Division, died September 6 after a long illness. He was 78. Hein came to Chico in 1956, teaching courses in European history and later serving as chair of the history department. He retired in 1990. He leaves behind his wife, Lois, two daughters, and a son.

Carl Hermes, night custodian for Facilities Management Services, died October 11 at his home following an illness. He was 53. Hermes had worked on campus since 1986. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and belonged to several motorcycle clubs. Survivors include his wife, Debbie, a daughter, and a son.

Frances Lansdown died Nov-ember 28 in Chico. She was a librarian at Chico State for 20 years. Her husband preceded her in death. She leaves two sons.

David W. Lantis, professor emeritus of geography, died August 24 in a local hospital. He was 83. Lantis taught at Chico State from 1957 until retiring in 1991. He was a founding member of the geography and planning department. He is survived by his wife, Helen. Memorial donations may be made to the David W. Lantis Scholarship Fund at the CSU, Chico Department of Geography and Planning.

Lynne Neill, former clerical assistant in the School (now College) of Agriculture, died July 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was 51. Neill worked from 1987 until 1996, often assisting with scholarships for agriculture students and creating the first Web page for the department.

Patty Ratliff, assistant professor in the computer science department, died October 25 in Chico of cancer. She was 57. Ratliff had taught in the department (primarily the Unix operating system) since 1997. She is survived by two daughters.

Harry W. Riggs, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died October 6 in Hawaii. He was 82. Riggs taught in the department from 1964 to 1982. He leaves behind three sons.

John Svec, piano technician in the music department, died October 22 of cancer. He was 53. Svec tuned, repaired, and rebuilt pianos and harpsichords for the music department and was an expert technician for Steinway pianos. His survivors include his mother, a son, and a daughter.

Polly Williams, former staff member in Student Health Service, died September 3 following a long illness. She was the X-ray technician for 22 years. Williams leaves behind her husband, Bill, two daughters, a stepdaughter, and a stepson.


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