A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2016 Issue

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Wildcats on the Move Coordinator
Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
E-mail wotm@csuchico.edu
Phone (530) 898-4143
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(BS, Biology, ’37) died February 13, 2015. He worked at the Hooper Foundation in San Francisco during World War II as part of the effort to supply plague vaccines. After the war, he completed a PhD in parasitology and joined the United States Public Health Service (PHS) in 1950. Soon thereafter, he established a PHS field station in New Mexico to study plague and tularemia in southwestern wildlife. After several years, he was transferred to the army’s Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, where chemical and biological field tests were performed, and he had to ensure the tests did not endanger the public. He was later sent to the army’s biological warfare labs at Fort Detrick in Maryland. His final posting was to the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, until he retired in 1976. In retirement, he and his wife, Loraine, traveled extensively in this country and abroad. He always spoke warmly of his undergrad days at Chico, and particularly fondly of Professors Vesta Holt and Lloyd Ingles of the biology department. He had a vivid recollection of riding in the rumble seat of Ingles’ Erskine car to the deserts of Southern California to collect specimens. Holdenried is survived by a son, Ellis, and daughter-in-law, Emily; his daughter, Claire; three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

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(BA, Social Science, ’51; Credential, ’52, ’63, and ’66) died November 9, 2015.  He was a Chico native, graduating from Chico High School in 1945. He enlisted with the US Navy in 1945 but was still in boot camp when World War II ended. After graduating from Chico State College and earning a teaching credential, Alexander accepted a teaching position at Fortuna High School. He eventually returned to Chico High School where, for almost 30 years, he would serve as a history teacher, the dean of boys, and the vice principal. Alexander was an active member of the Chico-Leland Stanford Masonic Lodge No. 111. In 1993, he was elected junior grand warden, and would eventually rise to the position of grand master of the Grand Lodge of California, the highest Masonic office in California. In his free time, Alexander enjoyed gardening, going on walks, and serving as a lay reader and chalice bearer at St. John’s Episcopal Church. He is survived by his son, Greg Alexander, and three grandchildren.

Lawanda Atteberry

 (Attended, 1951–1952) died October 18, 2015. She was a Gridley native and met her first husband, Dean Dixon, while taking classes at Chico State. They had two daughters, DeAnn and Kim. In 1964, she married her second husband, Harley Atteberry, and had two daughters, Alisa Costa and Julie Neville. In 1995, Harley and LaWanda moved to Eagle Lake. LaWanda was preceded in death by her husband and remained at Eagle Lake until her death. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.

Elmer Aranda

(Attended, 1952 and 1959–60) died September 29, 2015. Born in Chico, Aranda was a member of the Mechoopda Tribe of American Indians. He graduated from Chico High School in 1952 and enrolled at Chico State where he was a member of the boxing team. He eventually was drafted into the US Army and then honorably discharged in 1957. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and many other activities involving the outdoors. He is survived by his children, Steve, Elizabeth, Mark, Valerie, and Elmer Jr.; step-children Janice, Charlie, and Chepy; sisters Barbara and Donna; and brothers George, Jimmy, John, and half-brother Kenneth Durand.

Willard Turner

(BS, Business, ’53) died June 1, 2015. At Chico State College, he was active in track and field, Block C, Lambda Pi, and Pioneer Day activities. Turner’s mother was Evelyn Callaway Turner, who graduated from Chico Normal School in 1918. Her parents, Frank and Agnes Calloway, were well acquainted with John and Annie Bidwell and bought their property on Kennedy Avenue in Chico from Mrs. Bidwell in 1901.

Lyle 'Ted" Cleveland

(Attended 1958–59) died November 21, 2015. He was born and raised in Iowa and moved to Chico after an army tour in Korea. He was an engaged community member, volunteering for several organizations and charities. Cleveland worked in the Butte County Assessor’s Office for 25 years, the last eight as assessor. He is survived by his wife of almost 36 years, Vivian; daughters Debra Sinclair and Tracy Reed; son Patrick Cleveland; step-son Michael Cleveland; grandchildren Jessica and Tyler; and one great-grandson, Orion.

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(BA, Recreation and Youth Leadership, ’61) died December 2, 2014. After graduating high school in 1953, he served in the US Marine Corps, where he was a member of the corps’ basketball team and a “sharp shooter” for its rifle team. He served as the recreation director for the city of Merced and eventually became the first parks and recreation director for South Lake Tahoe. During his tenure and leadership, Gottschalk completed many recreation development and beautification projects, including the nation’s first federally funded indoor-outdoor swimming pool. The recent installation of a ceiling remote-controlled American flag in the South Tahoe High School gym was completed with the signage “In honor of Keith Gottschalk.”


(BA, Social Science, ’62) died November 27, 2015. After graduating from Chico State, he became a teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City and Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. Tarr eventually gained a reputation as an unofficial cheerleader for UC Berkeley, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors. He also opened three Tarr and Feathers Saloons with his business partner, Ed Hoeffer, and 49ers players Len Rohde, Randy Beisler, and Cas Banaszek. He is survived by his wife, Bette; sister Peggy McNulty; brother Fred; and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

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(BS, Business Administration, ’70) died February 5, 2015. After graduation, Ron was employed as a manager at JC Penney stores in Chico, Stockton, and Redding for 37 years. And upon retiring, Ron became a realtor in Chico, a second career in the town he always called home. He was known for his kind and generous nature, and loved his animals, reading, gardening, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Susan; sister, Patricia LaVoy (BA, English, ’67; Credential ’68 and ’68); grandchildren Vincent and Maddie; nieces Kim Britz and Brandy LaVoy; and nephews Zac and Justin Britz. 


(BA, Recreation Administration, ’74) died November 5, 2015. She was a Chico local and attended Sierra View Elementary School, Bidwell Junior High School, where she was the school mascot, and Pleasant Valley High School. After college, Archibald worked in the medical field and with the developmentally disabled. She was preceded in death by her son, Bryan, and father, Emmett. She is survived by her sons Kyle and Garth; mother Norma Moore; sisters Terry Houser and Shawn Moore; brother Garth Moore; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

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(Attended 1982–83) died October 28, 2015. DuFrane had a passion for the outdoors and athletics, and attended Chico State with a full-ride football scholarship. He was known for his love of fishing—discovered during summers with his grandparents on the Smith River—and his penchant for wooing people with his bright personality and enthralling stories. He is survived by his wife, Jodi; son Case; daughter Claire; sister Dana; brother and sister-in-law John and Kara Parsons; mother-in-law Nancy Parsons; step-mother Barbara; and several nieces and nephews.

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(BS, Physical Science, ’91; MS, Environmental Studies, ’93) died December 23, 2015. He worked as an electrician and contractor in Chico and in Paradise, and at one time owned a gas station in town. In his spare time, Groarke enjoyed playing music and discussing foreign and domestic politics. He is survived by his sisters, Leslie Groarke Lea and Colleen Louise Groarke; and his brother-in-law, Gary Lea.


(BA, Social Work, ’94) died November 22, 2015, of natural causes. He met his wife, Beth, while studying at Chico State, and the two married in 1996 at Lake Tahoe. After earning a teaching credential from CSU, Stanislaus, Selee taught elementary school for 14 years at Denair Elementary School. He also coached basketball, baseball, and soccer.