Alums In Memoriam
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EILEEN FOSTER BOGERT (AB, Education and Credential, ’36) died Nov. 28, 2006, at the age of 92. She taught elementary school in Maxwell and Isleton for more than 35 years and also worked as a reading specialist. Bogert loved dancing and taught folk dance and country line dance. She was predeceased by her husband Jim and is survived by children John, Barbara, Bonnie, and Patti; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
MARVIN EDWIN LUNDBERG (attended fall ’39) died Feb. 3 at the age of 85. Lundberg worked on his family rice farm for 50 years. He was a World War II veteran and skilled craftsman who built the house his family lived in for more than 60 years. He loved nature and traveling. Lundberg is survived by wife Virginia; children Rodney, Karen, Carole, and Michael; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
JOHN MOISO (AB, Education and Credential, ’39) died Oct. 14, 2006, at the age of 89. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and worked as a bombardier on a B-24 during World War II. He then embarked on a 30-year career in education. Moiso was predeceased by his wife Jane and is survived by son James, daughter Jennifer, and three grandchildren.
THERESA SHOOK (AB, Education and Credential, ’41) died Jan. 27 at the age of 90. She worked at Enloe Medical Center for 27 years as director of food services. She was predeceased by husband Hugh and is survived by son Gary, daughter Sylvia, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
ETHELDA SEAMAN (AB, Education and Credential, ’42) died Jan. 23 at the age of 86. She contributed to the World War II effort by moving to Washington, D.C., and working for the general accounting office. She loved to travel and was involved in many lodges and clubs. She was preceded in death by husband Earl.
HENRY LEROY CLARKE (attended fall ’46–spring ’48) died Jan. 4 at the age of 83. He retired in 2000 after 38 years as general manager of the Contra Costa County Employees Association. Clarke is survived by son Cameron and a grandson; he was preceded in death by wife Maureen and daughter Erica.
NEVA MCREYNOLDS (AB, Education and Credential, ’46; Credential, ’53) died Jan. 26 at the age of 92. She taught business education courses at Chico State College, Chico Senior High, and Butte College until her 1974 retirement. She was predeceased by husband Robert and is survived by her children Neva and Robert, stepdaughter Joan, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
EDWARD “ED” GARTON (BA, Commerce, ’48) died March 1 at the age of 84. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and three stars with the U.S. Marines during World War II. Garton owned an accounting business, worked as city clerk in Orland, and was a partner in Park-Away Travel Accessories, manager of Ferrar’s Ranch, and owner of a Century 21 office. He is survived by wife Erna, son Edward, daughter Gail, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
ELDON MERLE DUENSING (AB, Commerce, ’49) died Jan. 26. Before graduating from Chico State College, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, from 1942 to 1946. He remained in Chico and retired from a career in construction in 1987. Duensing is survived by wife Fern; sons Jerry, Ronnie, and Doug; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
ROBERT GEORGE VONASEK (AB, Mathematics, ’50; Credential, ’53) died Nov. 30, 2006. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He taught school for four years, worked at IBM for 20 years, and in 1980 was appointed Glenn County Superior Court judge, a position he held until his retirement. He is survived by wife Shirley; children Patricia, Virginia, and Terry; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Jason.
ROBERT OLIVER SUNKLER (AB, Social Science, ’51; Credential, ’53) died in December 2006 at the age of 75. He was part of the U.S. Navy’s postal unit before becoming a postal worker at the Chico Post Office. He was primary scorekeeper for Chico Senior Softball’s weekday games for nearly 20 years.
BERNARD JOSEPH “BARNEY” MIRANDE (Credential, ’52; MA, Secondary Education, ’61) died Nov. 29, 2006, at the age of 81. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He taught at Colusa, Red Bluff, and Elk Creek high schools before retiring in 1980. He was preceded in death by first wife Marie and is survived by wife Genevieve.
GERALD L. FRANCIS (AB, Education and Credential, ’53) died Dec. 18, 2006, at the age of 87. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps before opening Gerry’s Photo in Willows. He then attended Chico State College, eventually becoming a teacher in the Chico Unified School District. He is survived by wife Arlyne; children Betty, Reed, and Mark; and six grandchildren.
ARDIS ARLEEN CAMPBELL (AB, Language Arts, ’55) died Oct. 12, 2006, at the age of 73. She was a longtime Ukiah educator and active in community affairs. Campbell is predeceased by son Craigie and survived by husband Carroll “Budge,” daughters Colby and Kenzie, and son Colton.
An Exceptional Educator
LOIS A. CALLAHAN (General Secondary Credential,’57; MA, Teaching of Business,’59) died Feb. 18 at the age of 75. She was one of the first women in America to be president of a large college.
Callahan earned a bachelor’s degree in business and education from Southwest Missouri State University and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Southern California. She was a high school business teacher and college professor before becoming dean, vice president, and president of the College of San Mateo.
At her retirement in 1997, she was chancellor of the San Mateo Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. She was hailed by Governor Pete Wilson and California’s congressional delegation as an “exceptional chancellor” who guided her colleges through challenging and difficult economic times.
Callahan was known for her philanthropy. At the College of San Mateo, she raised private funds to build a child care facility, giving mothers the chance to continue their education. The facility became a model for programs throughout the country. She also gave countless hours to her church and was elected to numerous local boards, including United Way, Coyote Point Museum, and the County Mental Health Association.
She is perhaps best known for lobbying the state legislature for funds for instructional equipment for California community colleges following the passage of Proposition 13. She secured hundreds of millions of dollars, and these monies are still referred to by some college presidents as “Callahan money.”
Callahan is survived by husband Harold, daughters Kristel and Brenda, and four grandchildren.
—Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications
DONALD P. EVANS (BS, Business, ’57) died March 17 at the age of 76. His career in education included teaching at Colfax High School and Yuba College. He was on the emeritus faculty at Sierra College, where he was also a counselor and dean of Student Support Services. He is survived by wife Arlene; daughters Ann, Kathleen, and Crystal; and five grandchildren.
HARVEY R. WILSON (attended spring ’57–fall ’63) died Nov. 15, 2006, at the age of 90. He worked in education until his retirement in 1979 from the position of assistant superintendent of educational services for Butte County. He was predeceased by wife Madeline and is survived by daughter Marilee, son Rick, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
STANLEY EUGENE HENRY (attended fall ’58–summer ’61) died Oct. 25, 2006, at the age of 67. He spent most of his life in the Chico and Reno, Nevada, areas working as a land developer. He is survived by wife Inge, son Eric, daughter Audrey, and four grandchildren.
RALPH JAMES SNELSON (AB, Education and Credential, ’59) died on Feb. 12 at the age of 73. He was an educator in the Chico school system for 35 years and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by wife Nellie Lee; children Jason, Mitch, and Deleese; and six grandchildren.
JAMES “JIM” MUMBY WATSON (attended fall ’61–fall ’64 and spring ’68–spring ’69) died Feb. 28 at the age of 63. He worked in forestry and the timber industry until he retired in 1993 from the position of sale administrator. He worked part time for the Colusa Recreation Department until 2004. Watson is survived by wife Karen and son Michael.
THOMAS LUND MERIAM (attended between fall ’62 and spring ’72) died Nov. 25, 2006, at the age of 62. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at San Diego State after attending CSU, Chico. He worked for PG&E as a rate analyst, computer programmer, and computer support consultant until his retirement in 2005. He is survived by wife Sharon, sons Tom and Ted, daughters Heather and Elizabeth, and three grandchildren.
ELEANOR VIRGINIA TRACY (AB, American Studies, ’63) died Dec. 25, 2006, at the age of 85. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, deacon at Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, and involved in the CSU, Chico Anthropology Museum and Alumni Association, among other groups. She is survived by children Ann, Thomas, and Jane; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Myles.
RONALD E. STEWART (AB, Economics, ’64) died Dec. 15, 2006, at the age of 67. He spent his career practicing law and was founder and managing partner of Stewart Humpherys Burchett & Molin LLP. He was also on the Chico City Council, serving as mayor from 1975 to 1977. He is survived by wife Joan, sons Rick and Aaron, a granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters.
VANCE VAN DE PEER (AB, Social Sciences, ’64) died Nov. 12, 2006, at the age of 67. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam for 18 months and was president of the Northern California Football Association for 40 years. He officiated at Pop Warner, high school, and college football games. He is survived by wife Sandra; children Kelly, Mardee, and Cassandra; stepsons Christopher, Corey, and Curt; and nine grandchildren.
ARNOLD “ANDY” H. EISSINGER (BA, Psychology, ’70) died Jan. 23 at the age of 90. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1941 and was assigned to duty in India and China. He then worked for the California Highway Patrol until his retirement as captain in 1971. After retirement, Eissinger went to Vietnam as the State Department advisor to train cadets for the National Police Academy. He is survived by wife Hazel, sons Richard and William, daughter Susan, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
LINDA A. HELVICK (BA, Physical Education, ’71) died on Dec. 31, 2006, at the age of 59. She was a teacher at Lee Junior High and Pioneer High School in Woodland. She was also the Pioneer Associated Student Body director and was honored as Teacher of the Year many times. She is survived by daughter Dana and one granddaughter.
MARY CECILIA (MEEHAN) RYAN (BA, German, ’71) died March 3 at the age of 57. She worked for Bank of America for 35 years, most recently as manager of the Brisbane branch. Ryan is survived by husband Richard, sons Matthew and Daniel, and daughter Jane.
JERRY REITH (attended fall ’72–spring ’74) died at the age of 52. He was a doctor of chiropractic and also earned a PhD in health sciences from UC Irvine. He is survived by wife Sunia and parents Fred and Connie.
MICHAEL A. BLANKEN (BA, Humanities, ’73) died Oct. 28, 2006, at the age of 61. He worked in various hotels around the Monterey Peninsula for more than 30 years before retiring to Sonora in 1999. He loved classic cars and animals. He is survived by wife Michele, mother Margaret, and stepdaughter Nicole.
HOWARD ROBERT “ROB” KING (BA, Economics, ’73) died Feb. 13 at the age of 58. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman during the war in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1971. He also attended the McGeorge School of Law and became an attorney working in Butte County in 1981. King is survived by wife Jean; daughters Jenae, Amy, and Rachel; and one granddaughter.
VIVIAN JOSEPHINE (MARTIN) CLARK (BA, Liberal Studies, ’76) died Oct. 26, 2006, at the age of 77. She raised her children in Squaw Hill before becoming a teacher’s aide at Corning Elementary School and operating her own small olive ranch. She is survived by daughter Pamela; son William; stepdaughter Peggy; stepsons Ted, David, and Tim; and two granddaughters.
NIELS CLYDE BASSETT (BS, Business Administration, ’77) died Jan. 13 at the age of 59. He was a bishop of the Paradise Third Ward for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, president of the Paradise Exchange Club, and a member of Toastmasters and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is survived by wife Collette; mother Norma; children Douglas, Joseph, Elisha, Erik, and Melissa; and seven grandchildren.
DOROTHY “DOT” ANDERSON (attended between fall ’78 and fall ’80) died Dec. 6, 2006, at the age of 71. She spent her career as a teacher and was active in 4-H and high school ski clubs. She is survived by husband Don, children Dawn and Dave, and four grandchildren.
ALICE VONTUNGELN (BS, Nursing, ’78) died Sept. 28, 2006, at the age of 65. She worked as a nurse for 32 years in Siskiyou County and taught Lamaze childbirth classes for many years. She is survived by husband Donald, sons Mark and Steven, daughter Suzy, four grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
TRACY OLSEN-SCHALICH (BA, English, ’79) died Dec. 11, 2006. She was an involved parent at Santa Rosa High, chair of Project Grad, and volunteer at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She is survived by husband John, daughter Sarah, son Brady, mother Jean, and grandmother Lily.
GREGORY R. NISHKIAN (attended fall ’81–fall ’82) died Dec. 18, 2006, at the age of 45. While at CSU, Chico, he was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity. His profession was in property management. He is survived by wife Patricia, children Parker and Grace, and father Richard.
NAOMI JUNE GARRISON (attended fall ’82–fall ’83 and spring ’91) died Dec. 20, 2006, at the age of 74. She was a nurse at San Joaquin General Hospital and in private practice, and later retired as the director of education for Dameron Hospital. She was preceded in death by husband Denzel.
SYLVIA NICOARA (BS, Home Economics, ’83) died Feb. 2 at the age of 47. Her goal was to be a wife and mother, and when her children started school, she worked in her church nursery caring for babies. Nicoara is survived by husband Peter; children Tria, Ben, Allen, and Shelley; and parents Peter and Mary.
THERESA LEAH RICK (BS, Business Administration, ’84) died Nov. 4, 2006. She fell in love with Chico during her time at CSU, Chico and made the city her home until her death.
SEAN ROBERT PAX (attended fall ’87–spring ’90) died Dec. 16, 2006, at the age of 38. He completed his degree in recreation administration at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and loved surfing, cycling, and his dogs. He is survived by parents Steve and Linda.
STACEY RENEE (HEFFLEY) LYON (BA, Journalism, ’94) died Feb. 23 at the age of 36. She was a proud mother of three whose life revolved around her family. She is survived by husband Richard, daughters Maycey and Miranda, son Rhett, and parents Terrence and Judith.
MICHAEL DALE NICHOLAS (BA, Political Science, ’96) died Nov. 9, 2006, at the age of 33. He had been a probation officer for Butte County since 1998 and served in the U.S. Marine Reserves. Nicholas was an avid soccer player who coached his daughter’s teams. He is survived by wife Jodi, daughter Madison, and parents Jim and Mardy.
NANCY MARIE HAINES (MS, Industrial Technology, ’97) died Oct. 7, 2006, at the age of 47. She was a passionate advocate for animals and the underprivileged. She is survived by parents Janice and Charles.
JON TAYLOR ROUNDY (attended fall ‘98–spring ‘02) died Feb. 11 at the age of 30. He was a huge sports fan, and he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Orland High School. He is survived by parents Bruce and Pamela.
RYAN SHIPMAN (attended fall ’98 and spring ’99) died Dec. 23, 2006, at the age of 32. For the past five years, he had worked as a wildland firefighter for Alpine Wildfire Service in Reno, Nevada. He also played for the Chico Sabers semiprofessional baseball team. He is survived by parents James and Marla and daughter Jacy.
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GREG MCFALL (BA, Sociology, ’06) died Dec. 8, 2006. He received the sociology department’s W.E.B. duBois Award, given to students who overcome challenges or adversity during their college careers, for his fight against cancer. He was pursuing a master’s degree in social science at the time of his death.
BRIAN LEVENTON (criminal justice student) died in early April at the age of 30.
ROBERT BRIAN SCHLAUCH (construction management student) died Oct. 17, 2006, at the age of 24. He loved hunting, fishing, and being creative. Schlauch is survived by parents Gene and Ramona.