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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.

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 at age 99.

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.

We have received the sad news that our colleague Jerry Rothman, Professor of Art Emeritus, passed away on June 5, 2014.  Jerry received a BFA from the Los Angeles Art Center School and an MFA from Otis Art Institute.  He joined the CSUF faculty in 1970 and was awarded emeritus status in 1997.

Jerry was a sculptor who was known for his work in commercial design and fine art.  An extensive article describing his contributions was published in the Los Angeles Times Obituary section on June 16, 2014.

The 2014-15 Emeriti Directory is being prepared now for distribution in July.  Betsy Gibbs has volunteered to carry out this task following the passing of Ruth Nycum last month.  If you are a member of the Emeriti, please check your listing in the 2013-14 Directory.  If any corrections or updates are needed please send them to Betsy.


Picture of Prof. Melinda R. Pierson.

Professor Melinda R. Pierson, Chair of the Special Education Department in the College of Education at Cal State Fullerton spoke to 45 members of the Emeriti and their guests at our May 20, 2014 luncheon, which was hosted by the Morningside of Fullerton Retirement Community.  Dr. Pierson's talk was on the Globalization and Reform of Education in America with an emphasis on the new Common Core Standards and the controversy surrounding them.  This very interesting talk generated a number of questions from audience members.  Additional pictures from the luncheon are available on our flickr page.

We have received the very sad news that Ruth A. Nycum, Librarian Emeritus, passed away on May 3, 2014 at age 88.  Ruth served for many years as Coordinator of Emeriti Records and later as Editor of the Emeriti Directory.  She joined the CSUF faculty in 1967 and received emeritus status in 1984.  She held degrees from Kalamazoo College, USC, and Cal State Fullerton.  Ruth is survived by her four children; Steve Nycum, Pattie Holder, Ken Nycum, and Sue Pintus.  At Ruth's request no services will be held.

Important Reminder for emeriti faculty with email addresses!  You now must change your password at least every four months.  If you have a university email address, you must change your password by September 30, 2014.  For more information about how to change your password, and how to create a strong password go to and follow the instructions.

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.

Glyndon D. (Glyn) Riley
, Professor of Speech Communication, Emeritus
Harvey Blend
, Professor of Physics, Emeritus
James D. (Jim) Young
, Professor of Theater, Emeritus