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ENIS LONGNECKER (AB, Education, ’34) died July 16, 2009, at age 97. She was an educator for 37 years, teaching Spanish at Hayward High School. She was a member of St. Leander’s Church in San Leandro and maintained close ties to her family in Italy. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence.
VINCENT “ERNIE” NELSON (AB, English, ’38) died Aug. 2, 2009, in Sonoma. Born in Louisiana, he was raised and educated in Durham. In 1944 he entered the military and served as a U.S. Army chaplain for 25 years, rising to colonel prior to his retirement in 1969. Nelson was predeceased by wife Edith and is survived by daughters Karen and Linda Ann, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
ROBERT DUTTON (AB, English, ’48) died Sept. 21, 2009, at age 86. He taught at Franklin High School in Stockton and later at San Joaquin Delta College, where he served as division chair. “He always spoke highly of Ruby Jones, his English teacher at Chico State who taught him to write,” says his estate executor. Dutton earned his PhD at University of the Pacific. He is survived by son Scott.
ZWISTA “SISSY” MONOHAN (AB, Commerce and Credential, ’48) died Aug. 18, 2009, at age 82. She taught typing and business math for more than 40 years. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren, as well as tutoring and volunteering at St. Basil’s. She is survived by husband Charles, daughters Anna and Kay, and two grandchildren.
WILLIAM BARTLETT (AB, Industrial Arts and Credential, ’50; MA, Secondary School Curriculum and Methods and Credential, ’51) died Nov. 11, 2009, at age 88. He served as a naval pilot on an aircraft carrier and later taught in the Vallejo Unified School District for 35 years. He loved fishing, swimming, and spending time with his family. He is survived by wife Eleanor; children Kim, Todd, and Holly; and three grandchildren.
VERNON BRUCE (AB, Education and Credential, ’50; MA, Elementary Curriculum and Methods, ’64) died Sept. 3, 2009, at age 86. He was with the Marine Corps for 22 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He served in World War II and Korea. After returning to the Chico area, he joined the Glenn County Office of Education and later became principal of Murdock School. In 2004, he and wife Pat received the Citizens of the Year Award from the Orland Historical and Cultural Society. Bruce is survived by Pat; children Stephen, Bill, and Luanne; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
HELEN MURIEL POPE (AB, Education and Credentials, ’50) died Aug. 29, 2009, at age 79. She taught in many places in the North State, including Hamilton City, where she stayed for 22 years. After retirement, she worked as a consultant in the Capay school district and was active in the St. John’s Episcopal parish. She is survived by husband Bill; children Gary, Ronald, Diana, and Carol; and 11 grandchildren.
ZEALAND HILLSDON-HUTTON (AB, Social Sciences, ’54) died June 1, 2009, at age 77. He attended seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley and was ordained a priest in January 1958. For 50 years, Rev. Canon Hillsdon-Hutton served many churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, where he was known as Fr. Zea. He is survived by an extended family of friends and co-workers.
BETTY RUTH LEHMICKE ANDRE (AB, Language Arts and Credentials, ’55) died Sept. 14, 2009, at age 86. She served as a Navy recruiter in Illinois and then as a transport airman in Seattle from 1943 to 1945, before raising three daughters and moving frequently as a military spouse. In 1968, she joined Spokane Community College as a vocational guidance counselor, then dean of women. She is survived by daughters Nancy, Wendy, and Marcy; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
JOHN RAGLAND (BA, Laboratory Technician Training, ’55) died Sept. 13, 2009. His graduate work at Chico State prepared him for his bioanalyst and microbiologist licenses. Ragland worked at Oroville Hospital until 1991. He and his wife loved to travel, visiting all seven continents and most of the United States. He is survived by wife Barbara; children Terry, Wendy, and Peggy; and six grandchildren.
RONALD KOENIG (attended fall ’56, fall ’57, and spring ’58) died Aug. 14, 2009, on his 76th birthday. He was a U.S. Army sergeant with 57 master parachute jumps and received an honorary discharge after being shot down during a training exercise. He later became sheriff of Tehama County, and in 1985 was appointed chairman of the California Board of Prison Terms, where he served for 12 years—longer than any other chairman in California history. He sat in parole hearings for criminals such as Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. He is survived by wife Patricia; children Teresa, Angela, Barry, and Bryan; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
DUANE THOMPSON (attended fall ’54–fall ’58) died April 5, 2010, at age 74. While at Chico State, he was a charter member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He worked for 51 years in television production, a majority of those years in Sacramento. Thompson is survived by wife Dorothy, son Tim, daughter April, and two grandchildren.
LEE ALAN PEZZOLA (AB, Industrial Arts, ’62; Credential, ’63; MA, Industrial Arts, ’65) died Dec. 2, 2008, at age 72. He came to Chico State upon honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. He taught industrial arts, driver’s education, and math at Campolindo High School for 31 years. He also coached freshman football and served as assistant principal and athletic director. Pezzola is survived by wife Carolin; children Cara, Christopher, and Anthony; three grandchildren; and one great grandson.
WES WALSVICK (AB, Physical Education, ’65; Credential, ’66; MA, Education, ’76) died Oct. 15, 2009, at age 67. He had a successful career in education spanning more than three decades, which included teaching, coaching, and administering at Durham High School. In 1993, he was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements on the basketball court. His retirement was spent attending as many sporting events as possible and reading numerous books. He is survived by son Wade, daughter Lori, and six grandchildren.
PAUL STREMEL (BS, Business, ’67) died April 24, 2009. A resident of St. Helena, Stremel retired from Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford as general manager. He is survived by wife Diane, daughter Emily, son Todd, and one granddaughter.
JAMES SCOLES (BA, Social Science, ’70) died Oct. 12, 2009, at age 65. Scoles was a resident of Juneau for 21 years and worked for the Alaska Department of Corrections. He retired from the state in the late 1980s and moved to Oregon before returning to Alaska in 2002. He is survived by life partner Ramona, son Jason, and daughter Jennifer.
GLEN ALLEN BONN (BA, Sociology, ’72) died Aug. 24, 2009, at age 62. He served in the U.S. Army. After graduating from Lincoln University with a juris doctorate in 1978, he opened his business, The Legal Source, in 1980, which he ran until 2004. Bonn had a love for music, baseball, classic cars, bowling, and spending time with his many close friends and family. He is survived by significant other Tamora Parr, brothers Bill and Rick, and cousin Marilyn Vogt.
MARY (GRIFFIN) GRIFFITH (BA, Anthropology, ’72) died Aug. 3, 2009, at age 60. She was a seventh-grade science teacher in Santa Rosa, where she and husband Jim had been living for 22 years. She is survived by husband JIM GRIFFITH (BA, English, ’74).
ROBERT GUNDERSON (BA, Industrial Arts, ’72; MA, Industrial Arts, ’74) died Oct. 18, 2009, at age 84. He was a teacher at Las Plumas High School. He also served as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and worked as a civil engineer, contractor, and rancher. Gunderson loved to fly and restore World War II planes. He is survived by wife Loretta; children Arlyn, Cindy, Rob, and John; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
MICHAEL SHELLY ROSENTHAL (BA, Political Science, ’75) died in 2009 at age 56. He was a successful businessman and started the Santa Monica Mirror in 1999. He was also an athlete and loved camping and the outdoors. His friends and family will remember him for his warmth, kindness, and good humor. He is survived by wife Laurie and son Dylan.
JACK LAWRY (BS, Business Administration, ’80) died Oct. 5, 2009, at age 78. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired after 22 years as an air traffic controller. He served at numerous naval stations, including the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. After graduating from CSU, Chico, he served as bank manager of the Esplanade branch of First Interstate Bank. He is survived by Jean, his love of 55 years; children Janet, Renee, and Philip; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
CHRIS ANDERSON (BS, Computer Science, ’85; MS, Computer Science, ’91) died Dec. 3, 2009, at age 47. He had been working in Grass Valley since 2000 and was immediate past president of the Nevada County Chapter of the Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance. He is survived by wife Sheri; mother Linda; and sisters Elise, Beth, and Aileen.
PATRICK LEE WISECARVER (attended fall ’83–spring ’86) died July 26, 2004, at age 41. While at CSU, Chico, he was a record-breaking wide receiver on the football team. He owned, operated, and carved ice sculptures for San Jose Ice Company. Wisecarver loved coaching his children Brittany and Colton and their teams in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf.
ANGELIQUE RENEE DAVIES (BA, Liberal Studies, ’98) died Oct. 29, 2009, at age 48. She served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1985, and later moved to Chico in 1995. She enjoyed art, reading, and spending time with her family. She is survived by husband Darrel and son Clyde.
PATRICIA LEE COTTER (BS, Agriculture, ’01; MA, Social Science, ’06) died Sept. 12, 2009, at age 59. She cherished time with her family and all of her dear friends. She is survived by children Angela, Derrick, and Jeb; and seven grandchildren.
GINA MAGGIO (attended fall ’07–spring ’09) died Oct. 5, 2009, at age 21. She came to Chico in 2007 from San Jose and was a communication sciences and disorders major with a minor in child development. She is survived by parents Larry and Jill; brothers Ryan, Larry Jr., and Anthony; and sister Lynette.
MAX RICHARD ANDERSON (attended fall ’07–summer ’09) died Nov. 14, 2009, at age 20. He moved to Chico from San Rafael in 2007 and had many friends in the campus community. He is survived by mother Susan, father Bill, and sisters Peg and Pei Ja.
REID ENGELBRECHT (attended fall ’08 and fall ’09) died Feb. 1, 2010, at age 19. He came to Chico from San Diego. Engelbrecht loved surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. He is survived by parents Chris and Hank, and sister Allison.
SIMERDIP SINGH THIARA (attended spring ’08–fall ’09) died Dec. 14, 2009, at age 22. He transferred to CSU, Chico from Yuba College in 2008 and was in his third semester of the nursing program in the medical-clinical rotation. He is survived by parents Kuldip and Gurjit; sisters Raghbinder, Jasbir, and Rajvinder; and brother Jagmohan.
—Anna Harris and Samantha Gasper, Public Affairs and Publications
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ALFRED “AL” DAVENPORT (BA, Physical Education, ’73; Credential, ’74) died in April 2010 at the age of 60. He was raised in Willows and attended Shasta Junior College before he was recruited to play football at Chico State. He was an All-Far Western Conference player and a 1st Team Little All Coast player for both years he played for the University.
Upon graduation, Davenport accepted the head football coaching position at Princeton High School, where he took a team that hadn’t scored a touchdown the previous year to the North Coast Section Co-Championship in a three-year period. He also coached basketball at Princeton and taught four subjects.
In 1979 Davenport went to Corcoran High School, where he was head football coach for three years. He coached football, basketball, and track in Cor-coran until 1999, when a quintuple heart bypass surgery forced him to give up coaching. He retired five years ago.
Davenport, a 2000 Chico State Hall of Fame inductee, enjoyed life, particularly family, golf, friends, and the Central Coast. He was active in fundraising for Children’s Hospital Central California. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Clairen; sons Tyler and Dan; and six grandchildren.
—Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications