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Recent Emeriti News

(Send news items to for inclusion.) See the CSU-ERFA "newsbox" at the right (or above) for links to news of interest to all emeriti.  Members who have moved or changed their email address recently are encouraged to send their new information to so that we can update our records.

News Flash: Silas Abrego, Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs has been nominated to serve on the CSU Board of Trustees by Governor Brown.

Save the date: the last Emeriti event of the spring 2015 semester will be a luncheon at Morningside Retirement Center in Fullerton on May 19, 2015 at 11:30 AM. The lunch will be hosted by Morningside. Our speaker will be Dr. Steven Murray, Emeritus VP of Academic Affairs and Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus, who will speak on the climate-change-related topic: "Changing Coastal Seas: Ocean Acidification and Sea Level Rise."  More details will be provided in a few weeks.

We have received the sad news that Wilma J. Traber, Professor of Nursing Emeritus passed away recently at age 88.  Professor Traber was instrumental in the development of the nursing bachelor's degree here at Cal State Fullerton.  A memorial service is scheduled for 2 PM on April 7, 2015 at Carlos Mexican Restaurant in Dana Point, CA.

We have received the sad news that John G. (Greg) Pierce, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, passed away on January 28th from cancer.  Professor Pierce was well known for his work applied mathematics and mathematical modeling.  He was instrumental in the development of the applied mathematics master's program at CSUF. Additional information is available on the campus news site.

Emeriti Theater Party - March 8, 2015.  The Emeriti have been invited to join the active faculty to view a production of SMASH, an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's An Unsocial Socialist by Jeffery Hatcher directed by Joe Arnold, Professor of Theater Emeritus.  The performance will begin at 2:00 PM in the Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus.  Advance purchase tickets will cost $10 and you may reserve a spot at a complimentary reception following the performance.  For details on how to purchase tickets and make reservations to attend the reception, please download this flyer.

President Garcia with 2014-15 Emeriti Scholarship Winners.

CSUF President Mildred Garcia with 2014-15 Emeriti Scholarship Winners Janis Alexa Smith (l) and Vanessa Lopez (r) at the December 3, 2014 Emeriti Luncheon hosted by President Garcia.

More pictures from the Dec. 3, 2014 Luncheon can be found on the Emeriti Flickr Page.  Special thanks to Patrick O'Donnell, University Photographer Emeritus, who provided all the pictures from this event.

We have received the very sad news that Gordon Bakken, Professor of History Emeritus, passed away on December 5, 2014 from cancer.  A campus celebration of Gordon's life will be held early in the coming spring semester.  Details will be provided when they become available.  Extensive obituaries for Prof. Bakken have been posted on the campus news site and in the Orange County Register .

We have received the very sad news that Danny Morris husband of Norma Morris, Staff Assistant to the President Emeritus, passed away from a heart attack on November 23, 2014.  Donations in Danny's memory may be sent to El Modena Baseball Boosters, Inc. PO Box 2982, Orange, CA 92859.  Danny's funeral will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 10:30 AM at McAuley & Wallace Mortuary 902 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton.  Internment to follow at Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 East Bastanchury Road, Fullerton.  Reception to follow.

Save the Dates: Our VP Rick Pullen is lining up several interesting Emeriti Events for the Spring 2015 semester.

January 27, 2015: Emeriti Luncheon at Yorba Linda Country Club.  Professor Jason Shepard, Chair of the Communications Department will speak on "The Death of Privacy."

March 12, 2015: Emeriti Luncheon - location and speaker TBA, or possibly a tour of the Huell Howser Archives at Chapman University.

April 19, 2015: Emeriti Theater Party Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus "Spring Awakening" winner of 8 Tony Awards including best musical.

May - date TBA: Emeriti Luncheon at Morningside Retirement Center - speaker TBA.

President Garcia's Luncheon for the Emeriti will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. For location, time and RSVP information, please download this flyer.

Bayard Brattstrom, Professor of Zoology Emeritus, reports that he is living in the high desert of western Arizona where he remains active publishing an eclectic mix of books, papers, and poetry.  More details can be found here.  We also have learned that Lee Bellot, Professor of History Emeritus, will be leading a tour of the Great Houses and Gardens of England from April 26 to May 8, 2015.

A memorial for Glyndon Riley, Professor of Speech Communication Emeritus, will be held on Sunday, November 16th in the Titan Student Union from 2 to 4 PM.  Please download this flyer for more information.

Our Emeriti Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee (Linda Andersen, Lee Broadbent, Tony Rimmer) recently reviewed well over 100 applications for our Memorial Scholarships.  From an array of outstanding candidates, the committee awarded the Emeriti Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship for 2014 to Human Services major Janis Alexa Smith and the Emeriti Memorial Graduate Scholarship for 2014 to Vanessa Lopez, who is working on her Master's degree in social work.  More information about Janis and Vanessa can be found here.

Our first Emeriti event of the Fall 2014 semester will be a theater party on Sunday, October 19th at 2:00 PM in the Young Theater of the Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus where we will see a performance of the comedy "Is He Dead?"  Download this flyer for information on how to purchase tickets ($10 advance purchase price, and how to register for the complimentary wine and cheese reception following the play.  Note that tickets for the reception are limited, so reserve early.

We have received the very sad news that Glyndon D. (Glyn) Riley, Professor of Speech Communication Emeritus passed away on September 2nd at age 85.  Professor Riley was known internationally for his work on stuttering.  An extensive remembrance of Glyn and his work recently was posted on The Stuttering Foundation webpage.

Important reminder for emeriti with email addresses.  You must change your password every four months.  All email addresses must be changed by September 30th.  If you need help changing your password, please see

We have received the sad news that Harvey Blend, Professor of Physics Emeritus passed away on September 5th one week before his 99th birthday.

We have received the very sad news that James D. (Jim) Young, Professor of Theater Emeritus and former president of the CSUF Emeriti Association passed away on August 29th.

An extensive obituary for Jim written by his son Doug is available here.  We will post information on memorial services when they become available.

L. Donald Shields, University President Emeritus, was honored by the Fullerton Arboretum on July 19, 2014.  President Shields received the Golden Oak Award at the Arboretum's 17'th annual Midsummer Night in the Garden gala in recognition of his efforts to establish the Arboretum.

Estate of Russell V. Benson makes major gift to CSUF.  We have learned that the estate of Russell V. Benson, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, has made a substantial contribution to the university to establish three separate endowed scholarship funds, and also to support a lighting project for the Fullerton Arboretum.

An initial gift of $1,476,000 will fund the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Undergraduate Mathematics Students, the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Graduate Mathematics Students, and the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund.

The Benson estate also donated $246,000 to the Fullerton Arboretum to support a lighting improvement project.

The criteria for awarding scholarships from the Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund will be the same as for our current Emeriti scholarships.  More information will be provided about the Benson Endowed Scholarships when it becomes available.

  In Memoriam
A complete list of deceased Emeriti is available in the Emeriti Directory, which is mailed to all members annually.
Here we list those members of the Emeriti who have passed away since the 2014/15 edition of the Directory was published.

Wilma J. Traber
, Professor of Nursing, Emeritus
John G. (Greg) Pierce
, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
Gordon M. Bakken
, Professor of History, Emeritus
Glyndon D. (Glyn) Riley
, Professor of Speech Communication, Emeritus
Harvey Blend
, Professor of Physics, Emeritus
James D. (Jim) Young
, Professor of Theater, Emeritus