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In Memoriam

1920s  1930s  1940s  1950s  1960s  1970s  1980s  1990s

 

1920s

PAULA STATON JAMES (B.A., Education, ’26) died Dec. 25, 2001. She was 96. James was a teacher at Hamilton City Elementary School in Hamilton City, California, and was an inductee to the Glenn County Educators Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Helyn, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive her.

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1930s

FRANCES KING (A.B., Education, ’32) died Sept. 28, 2001. She was 89. She was a member of the first class to graduate from the newly named Chico State College. She began her teaching career at Manzanita School in Chico, then worked for Live Oak School District before taking a job in Gridley, California, where she taught fifth grade for 20 years.

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1940s

WALTER “BULL” ROBERTSON (A.B., Education, ’47; Credential, ’48) died in September, 2001 at the age of 81. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. In a career that spanned 40 years, he coached baseball, football, wrestling, and tennis for Elk Grove High School. He was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Marty, and brother, Gordon.

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1950s

ARL ANDERSON (B.A., Physical Education, ’51; Credential, ’51; Credential, ’52; M.A., Physical Education, ’69) died Sept. 27, 2001. He was 75. Anderson taught for the Enterprise School District in Redding, California, and received the Elks Invitational Trophy in 1988 for excellence in education, coaching, and community service. He was a 1990 inductee to the CSU, Chico Athletic Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; sons, Mike and Jeff; daughter, Laura Lee; and five grandchildren.

DARRELL COSART (A.B., Industrial Arts, ’51; Credential, ’51; M.A., Teaching Industrial Arts, ’58) died March 17, 2001. He was 82. He taught woodshop classes for the Oroville Union High School District for 24 years. After retirement, he opened Kelly Ridge Custom Rifle Shop, and was a member of the Custom Gunmakers Guild. He is survived by his wife, Anne; sister, Clarice; son, Joal; daughter, Darelann; and four grandchildren.

ROBERT “BOB” KIRKER (A.B., Industrial Arts, ’52; Credential, ’55; M.A., Industrial Arts, ’63) died Sept. 23, 2001. He was 79. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and taught industrial arts at Chico Junior High School before becoming a building contractor. He is survived by his daughters, JoAnn and Barbara; brothers, Edwin and Richard; and one granddaughter.

GENE HOWARD (B.A., Physical Education, ’54; Credential) died July 9, 2001 at his home in Chico. He was 69. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, Howard was hired to teach at Chico Junior High School and retired after 30 years in the profession. He was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. His mother, Bernadeen; wife, Fe; children, Molly and Joe; and two granddaughters survive him.

GLADYCE DEALEY MYERS (B.A., Education, ’58) died Jan. 14, 2001. She was 94. Myers was an elementary school teacher in Oroville, California, for more than 20 years, receiving the honor of Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1971. Her first husband of 53 years, Fred, and her second husband, J. Allen, preceded her in death. Survivors include her son, David; daughter, Sara; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

ROGER PATTISON (B.S., Agriculture, ’58) died July 22, 2001 in Reno, Nevada. He was 70. Pattison served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He owned Natomis Aviation. He is survived by his wife, Arletta; son, William; daughter, Laurie; one sister; one brother; two stepchildren; and two grandchildren.

D. DAYTON SAYER III (Credential, ’58; Credential, ’59) died Oct. 16, 2001 at the age of 73. He was a junior high teacher for Palermo and Thermalito Schools before joining Riley and Sweeney Insurance. Sayer retired in 1993. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; sons Dayton and Donald; daughter, Sharon; one brother; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

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1960s

LESTER WAHL (M.A., Counseling and Guidance, ’61) died June 30, 2001 at the age of 92. Wahl started teaching in 1932 in South Dakota, then moved to Montana and California. He owned and operated his own photography studio in Chico before managing Fanno Saw Works. In 1949, Wahl returned to teaching at Chico High School, later taking a job with Chico Junior High School, which spanned 21 years. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; son, Larry; daughter, Patricia; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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1970s

ROBERT MATTIAZZI (B.A., English, ’72) died Jan. 5, 2001. He was 54. Mattiazzi, a Vietnam veteran, managed a small grocery store in Chico, and later relocated to Eugene, Oregon. His mother, Harriet, survives him.

GORDON PIHL (M.A., Industrial Arts, ’72) died July 8, 2001 at his home in Chico. He was 76. Pihl served in the U.S. Army during World War II and went on to own and operate his own advertising agency and industrial printing service. After relocating to Chico, he taught industrial technology and graphic design at Butte College and CSU, Chico. He is survived by his daughter, Joanne; sons, Jim and Tom; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

ROBERT “BOB” TETSUO SATO JR. (B.A., Social Science, ’72; 2 M.A.s in ’75 and ’85) died Nov. 2, 2001 at the age of 52. Sato was a social worker, educator, university professor, lecturer, consultant, poet, and writer, as well as life-long student. He was active in the mental health community and was a commissioner for the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health. He is survived by his wife, Clelie; mother, Kay; brother, Howard; and sisters, Amy and Joan.

DIANE CAWTHON (B.A., Social Work, ’73) died July 30, 2001 at the age of 50. She was employed by Enloe Medical Center as a nurse for more than 10 years. Most recently, she worked at the Chico Surgery Center. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; sons, Ryan and Jeff; one brother; one sister; mother, Elizabeth; and four grandchildren.

DANNY ROYAL (B.A., Recreation Administration, ’73) died Oct. 10, 2001 in Reno, Nevada, at the age of 50. He served as a Boy Scout troop leader for six years, receiving the Scoutmaster Award of Merit. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son, Tommy; daughter, Katie; mother, Peggy; and sister, Cyn-Dee.

GARY JORGENSON (B.A., Political Science, ’77) died Sept. 11, 2001 at the age of 67. For the past 14 years, he served as a court reporter for the Hearings and Appeals Court. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Debra and Kathy; sister, Janet; and four grandchildren.

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1980s

BOB HERKERT (B.S., Agriculture Journalism, ’81) died Dec. 19, 2000, at the age of 42. Herkert was the executive manager for the Colusa County Farm Bureau. He was instrumental in the creation and publication of the Farm Bureau’s newsletter, Sod Buster, and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award last February. He is survived by his wife, Audra, and father, Harry.

DANIEL KIMBELL (B.A., Agriculture, ’81; M.A., Business and Economics, ’86) died July 5, 2001 at the age of 42. He worked as a financial consultant and resident manager for Merrill Lynch before moving to Colorado to start his own brokerage business. Kimbell was pursuing a doctoral degree in international finance from the University of Southern California, and was a member of the Mensa Society. He is survived by his parents, Doug and Norma; and his brother, Kevin.

MARK BRUCE (B.S., Business Administration, ’83) died Sept. 11, 2001 in the collapse of Two World Trade Center. He was 40. He was employed by Sandler O’Neill & Partners investment banking firm. He is survived by his wife, Dawn; and brother, David.

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1990s

ADAM BODINE (B.A., Anthropology, ’90) died July 29, 2001 at the age of 34. He spent a great deal of time traveling, visiting such places as Borneo and Sumatra. Bodine was an adventurer, artist, and environmentalist. He is survived by his parents, Roger and Jane; sisters, Vicki, Lisa, and Caitlin; and brother, Jonathan.

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